Preparation for dealing with prison inmatesAlso, awesome.SISTER PETER-MARIE REIMONDO
Psychologist, Surprisingly-Hot Older Lady, The Rehabilitator, The Moral CentreDeadly Sins:
None (!!)Group Affiliations:
Oswald State Maximum Security Correctional Facility, Level FourPL 0 (29), PL 3 (29) with Defenses
Expertise (Psychology) 4 (+7)
Expertise (Religion) 4 (+7)
Insight 3 (+7)
Persuasion 5 (+8)Advantages:
Daze (Persuasion), Skill Mastery (Persuasion)Offense:
Unarmed +0 (-1 Damage, DC 14)
Dodge +0 (DC 10), Parry +0 (DC 10), Toughness -1, Fortitude +0, Will +6Complications:
Motivation (Improving Others' Lives)- Sister Pete is among the kindest souls in Oz, and she strives to improve the lives of the inmates within the walls. She wants to cure addictions, heal rape victims' psyches, and make bonds of trust. She frequently fails, but still she must try.
Responsibility (Woman & Nun)- Even though she is the "Bride of Christ", Sister Pete occasionally shows signs that she may not have entirely been willing to give up the sexual part of her life, such as when Chris Keller attempted to seduce her. She nearly leaves the convent at one point, but ultimately comes back.
Rivalry (Chris Keller)- Sister Pete still doesn't trust Keller, believing him to be "poison". He subtley tried to convince her she was a failure at her job, then slowly tried to seduce her. Once she figured him out, she was furious, and frequently held back proper care because she thought he was evil.
Rivalry (Vern Schillinger)- Sister Pete tries to redeem everyone, but in Schillinger she may have found the ultimate evil. She is the one person who rejected his bid to get out of solitary, after witnessing the results of his rape and mental torture upon Beecher, Guenzel and Winthrop.Total:
Abilities: 16 / Skills: 16--8 / Advantages: 2 / Powers: 0 / Defenses: 3 (29)
-Sister Pete was a neat character, and played to the hilt by the brassy Rita Moreno (a fabled Broadway star and voice of Carmen Sandiego). Moreno told the story of how thankful she was that Tom Fontana offered her a role she'd NEVER been given before- a NUN! The Prison Psychologist, Sister Pete is the mentor and protector of the minds of those in Oz, from the inmates to the prison staff. She's possibly the only characater in the show who DOESN'T cross some Moral Event Horizon and inflict horrible punishment on someone, and at worst the villains in Oz only lie to her and manipulate her- no one hates her. Well except Schillinger, but c'mon, he hates EVERYONE. There's a great moment in the first season when Pete lays some "Mom Guilt" on Said, who refuses to "dull his mind" with medication for his hypertension, and she actually coaxes a smile out of him, and he says "You're a good woman, sister". More than he gave anyone ELSE in prison.
-Sister Pete's obviously no combatant, but in terms of mental skill, she's in a rare zone on "Oz". She's the ultimate shoulder to cry on, and she can stun stubborn asses like McManus, Glynn, Querns and Said with a few sharp words. Probably one of the most difficult acting roles to play on the show, and a testament to how good Moreno is. And oddly, when the inmates vote her as the "Sexiest Woman in the Prison", you can actually believe it, despite her pushing sixty at this point.
---DOCTOR GLORIA NATHAN
The Doctor, The McCoyDeadly Sins:
Lust (for O'Reily)Group Affiliations:
Oswald State Maximum Security Correctional Facility, Level FourPL 0 (30), PL 3 (30) with Defenses
Expertise (Prison Life) 3 (+6)
Deception 1 (+3, +5 Attractive)
Insight 2 (+5)
Persuasion 2 (+4, +6 Attractive)
Treatment 6 (+9)Advantages:
Unarmed +0 (+0 Damage, DC 15)
Dodge +0 (DC 10), Parry +0 (DC 10), Toughness +0, Fortitude +2, Will +5Complications:
Motivation (Saving Lives)- Dr. Nathan became a doctor so that she could help people, and even when the money's not there, and nobody seems to give a crap about show she's saving, she strives to give proper medical care.
Responsibility (Woman in Prison)- As the prettiest woman around, Dr. Nathan gets a lot of attention. At the same time, she doesn't get taken seriously, and still gets called "Nurse" quite a bit.
Responsibility (Rape Victim)- Gloria was raped on the outside, and though she came back early, she broke down and eventually had to take an extended leave.
Guilt (Failed Care)- Inmates who get sick and/or die under her watch bring Dr. Nathan down. When Chucky Pancamo almost died from a staph infection because she was busy elsewhere, she felt guilty for months. She also felt bad when was happy upon discovering the death of Patrick Keenan, the man who raped her.
Relationship (Ryan O'Reily)- A very complex ordeal- Ryan fell in love with her, then had her estranged husband murdered so they could be together. She despised him for years because of it, but eventually came to appreciate him, and then actually FELL IN LOVE with him. She feels a large degree of guilt, shame and/or caring at any given moment, though the two took years to finally kiss.Total:
Abilities: 16 / Skills: 14--7 / Advantages: 2 / Powers: 0 / Defenses: 4 (30)
-Dr. Nathan was your standard "Dr. McCoy" character, being the "we must SAVE LIVES at ALL COSTS" type of character you find in dramas like this. I found it a little... tiresome, I guess, but she was still well-acted, and a good character. The O'Reily thing was a little less than believable (Okay, so he was handsome, but FALLING IN LOVE with him? C'mon.), but provided for a lot of really interesting storylines.
---FATHER RAY MUKADA
The Priest, The Moral Centre, The RehabilitatorDeadly Sins:
Oswald State Maximum Security Correctional Facility, Level FourPL 2 (32), PL 5 (32) with Defenses
Expertise (Religion) 6 (+8)
Insight 3 (+6)
Persuasion 6 (+8)Advantages:
Unarmed +0 (+0 Damage, DC 15)
Dodge +1 (DC 11), Parry +2 (DC 12), Toughness +0, Fortitude +3, Will +6Complications:
Motivation (God's Work)- Mukada is a devoted servant of The Lord, and tries to help men using His words.
Reputation (Hack in Black)- Despite his good work, Mukada is still viewed as a "Hack", and is mistrusted by most of the other prisoners. He must constantly struggle against this.
Enemy (Timmy Kirk)- Initially a Catholic, Kirk first converts to Protestantism, then shifts into a total crazy person, becoming an extremist who tries to force conversions. Kirk then targets both Mukada and the Protestant Reverend Cloutier, and tries to kill both of them. Mukada shamefully admits to Sister Pete that he actually "Prayed for Timmy Kirk to die", and is actually thankful with Jaz Hoyt does the deed.Total:
Abilities: 16 / Skills: 16--8 / Advantages: 0 / Powers: 0 / Defenses: 8 (32)
-Mukada was often in the background to the other characters, but had his good moments. He spends most of Season One attempting to get Miguel Alvarez out of his suicidal, crazed hole, and continues to be by Miguel's side. He has to deal with the crazy Timmy Kirk in later seasons, suffers with Survivor's Guilt after he and a baby are all that's left of a bus on it's way to Oswald, and it's HE who actually sits down and convinces VERN SCHILLINGER to do the right thing and have Tobias Beecher's daughter released from her captors. That is very much a Crowning Moment of Awesome for a minority of a different religion to convince a piece of human garbage Nazi to do a thing like that.
Correctional OfficerDeadly Sins:
Lust, WrathGroup Affiliations:
Oswald State Maximum Security Correctional Facility, Level FourPL 4 (21)
Close Combat (Baton) 2 (+5)
Deception 3 (+2)
Expertise (Correctional Officer) 2 (+2)
Intimidation 9 (+8)Advantages:
Equipment (CO's Gear), Improved InitiativeEquipment:
Baton (Strength-Damage +2) (2)
"Stab-Proof Vest" Protection 2 (2)Offense:
Unarmed +3 (+1 Damage, DC 16)
Baton +5 (+3 Damage, DC 19)
Dodge +0 (DC 10), Parry +2 (DC 12), Toughness +1 (+3 Vest), Fortitude +3, Will +2Complications:
Motivation (Sex)- Howell is a classic sexual predator, but not the hot kind you see on Cinemax. She is a volatile, hideous person, who uses and abuses men of all types, especially the prisoners under her control. She will actually beat men severely for turning her down.
Secret (Sexual Predator)- If the Warden figured out even half of the crap Howell pulled, she would be fired in a second.Total:
Abilities: 8 / Skills: 18--9 / Advantages: 2 / Powers: 0 / Defenses: 4 (21)
-*shudder* This is about the scariest woman I've ever seen on TV, and apparently a fanstastic acting job by Kristin Rohde, since she's (as told on Commentary Tracks) a super-nice person who's NOTHING like this character... thankfully. See, Howell debuts in "Oz" as the newest female C.O., but instead of being nice like Edie Falco's Diane Whittlesey, Howell immediately started hitting on Tim McManus, then going berserk with jealousy. Protecting her job by suing for sexual harassment (laughable in this case, but Tim WAS a giant man-whore, and everyone points out it was just a matter of time), she then starts preying upon the INMATES for her sexual needs. O'Reily, Keller and eventually most of the guys in Solitary are her playthings, and she brutally punishes each one when they try to get out of it. By series' end, she's left in dire straights when she ends up pregnant by one of the Latinos she's been playing.
-But seriously, who takes a woman with breasts like that and gives her a NUDE SCENE? I damn near clawed out my EYES. Sure, it's a helpful reminder than not EVERY woman has totally awesome boobs (you wouldn't know that from most movies), but YIKES. There's a REASON that only hot ladies get naked in movies & T.V.
-Howell is probably the most notable C.O. in "Oz", being a terrifying, crazed psychopath who has NO PLACE being in that line of work- in addition to being a sexual predator, she's actively bad at her job- tons of bad things happen under her nose. But yeah... she's intimidating as all hell (when a character played by Chuck Zito says "SHE scares me", you know something's up), actively deceitful, and all-around nasty and mean. She's a match for most of the prisoners with her Baton (she actually straight-up beats the HELL out of Keller with one, and he's one of the tougher guys around), but when unarmed, even McManus manages to hold her down (barely).