Greg Penders
Greg Penders.jpg
First appearance "Famous Last Words" (episode 4.16)
Last appearance "Exeunt Omnes" (episode 6.08)
Reason/Cause End of Series
Prisoner No. 97P528
Aliases None
Gender Male
Age 50
Date of Conviction May 7, 1997
Affiliations Solitary & The Others
Spouse Unspecified
Relatives Unspecified
Kill Count 2
Episode Count 12 Episodes
Portrayed by John Lurie

Greg Penders is an inmate featured in Oz. Portrayed by John Lurie.

Plot Summary[edit | edit source]

"Prisoner number 97P528, Greg Penders. Convicted May 7, 1997 - Criminally negligent homicide. Sentence: 17 years, up for parole in 9."
The Narrator[src]

Season 4[edit | edit source]

After killing Johnny Basil in Unit J, Clayton Hughes is moved to solitary confinement. Hughes attacks CO Travis Smith and takes over solitary. Penders suggested that Hughes should use Smith as a human-shield. By this idea, Penders is released from his cell by Hughes. Leo Glynn enters in solitary and convinced Hughes to stop. When they hug each other, Hughes pulls a knife. Penders attacked Hughes, saving Glynn's life, but killing Hughes in the process.

Season 5[edit | edit source]

When the problem with the air ducts was discovered, all of the inmates in solitary had been sent to Emerald City. Penders, along with fellow inmates Miguel Alvarez and Augustus Hill were assigned to Alicia Hinden's dog training program. He was assigned to a dog named Chester. While in Emerald City, Chester defecated on the floor. CO Len Lopresti ordered Penders to clean it up, but he refused. Angered, Lopresti threw Penders on the floor, shoving his face in the dog shit. Angry, Penders ordered Chester to attack Lopresti. The dog bit Lopresti, tearing his throat. Penders was once again thrown back into solitary.

Season 6[edit | edit source]

At the beginning of the season, Penders is still in solitary. When Officer Howell opens his shutter, he thinks that breakfast is here. A couple minutes later, he is watching Howell and Martinez having sex. "Martinez is fucking Howell" Penders tells his fellow peers in solitary. The Solitary Evaluation came, and Penders says that he should be free because Lopresti is fine, not a scratch on him. Glynn kept him in solitary because he attacked a CO. Some time later, Claire Howell found Penders really sick in his cell as Carlos Martinez and Omar White. In the hospital, Penders discovers that he and Omar White were sick because of the toxic fumes in the solitary air ducts. White and Penders were released quickly and sent back to solitary. Penders asks how White is doing and that if he knows what is wrong with them and Martinez who is still in the hospital. Officer Howell later walks in, tells them that she doesn't know what is wrong with them, tells them to be quiet, and shuts their shutters. Later, Howell comes back and tells Penders and White that their pal Martinez bought the farm (he died) and that they should take out their insurance policies. A couple minutes later, Penders and White see Officers Brass, Howell, and Murphy, take Morales to solitary where they hear him scream in agony because Morales got both his tendons cut. Both White and Penders are starting to freak out. Due to Martinez's death, Penders decides to sue the State because Oz is putting his life in danger. He tries to get the Martinez family and White to join in on the lawsuit.

In deleted scenes from season six, it is revealed that Penders went along with his plan to sue the state without White. Governor Devlin settled out of court with Penders, who won $500,000. Glynn finds out about this and is mad because Penders doesn't have a case (White dropped out and Martinez didn't even die from poison). In solitary still, Penders sings "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" to a guard and taunting him saying that he is now rich. As he was singing and taunting, Penders started to cough heavily and was coughing up blood. He was then rushed to the hospital where he cursed Dr. Nathan for letting him out too soon and that he was going to spend every penny he has to try to get her fired. In the series finale, Dr. Nathan appeared on the local news begging to government representatives that Penders desperately needs an organ transplant. Luckily, a state senator took up the cause and agreed to pay for Penders's organ transplant. Excited, Penders apologizes to Dr. Nathan for a calling her a bad doctor and tells her that she really is a good doctor. When asked on what the next step is, Nathan tells him that he will be transferred to Benchley Memorial, get a blood test, and wait for a person who has the same blood type as Penders to die.

Kill Count[edit | edit source]


  • Unnamed Man: Accidentally shot to death. (1997)
  • Clayton Hughes: Accidentally stabbed to death. (2001)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The Others

Tobias Beecher - Chris Keller - Bob Rebadow - Agamemnon Busmalis - Augustus Hill - Omar White - Nikolai Stanislofsky - Yuri Kosygin - Jia Kenmin - Li Chen - Donald Groves - Edward Galson - Ronald Poklewaldt - Glen Shupe - Stanley Bukowski - Ralph Galino - Lemuel Idzik - Guillaume Tarrant - Bruno Goergen - Adam Guenzel - Alexander Vogel - Greg Penders

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