Gloria gets dressed in the locker room. I assume this is the next day. McManus enters and asks her what she's doing there, but she counters that work is all she has at the moment. She goes on that she and "Preston" didn't have the best marriage, but they did really love each other. She sighs, "Why'd he have to die?" Cue the flashback continuation, which consists of Cyril being chased down an alley and arrested by several cops. "Prisoner Number 98P284. Cyril O'Reily." Murder one, life, parole in sixty. In the infirmary, Pete and McManus break the news to Gloria. We don't hear all of it, but Gloria says, "Preston is dead because of me!" Yeah, it's true, and no amount of Aim is going to make that taste go away. Cut to Gloria marching resolutely into Em City with McManus in tow. She enters Ryan's cell, and he tries to hug her. She pushes him away, and struggles to find these words: "I became a doctor to help people. Now I know that that sounds like a cliché, it sounds naïve, but it's true. I could have a fancy practice anywhere, but instead I chose to work in Oz. I saved your life, O'Reily. And in return you destroyed mine." She stares for a moment longer, and walks off. I must say I was extremely pleasantly surprised by that speech -- it had such potential to be maudlin or hysterical, and it's not that either of those would have been completely unjustified, but I much prefer Lauren Velez's emotional but resolute choice here. Excellent job. McManus enters after Gloria has gone and informs him that Cyril confessed, and goes on that although Cyril refused to implicate Ryan in the murder, the cops still want to interrogate Ryan. McManus turns to go, but Ryan calls him back. "You gotta see that I love her, man." You know, when McManus has what I think is good reason to call you pathetic, you're really hitting your low point as a character. McManus asks what he knows about love, and Ryan is all, what do you know, and could we get to the slap fight already? We move downstairs, where Hill blathers some nonsense about beds of roses. Cyril is led into Oz, because murder trials of mentally challenged adults take a day and a half.
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: A- | 327 USERS: C+
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