|First appearance||"Sonata da Oz" (episode 6.03)|
|Last appearance||"Exeunt Omnes" (episode 6.08)|
|Reason/Cause||End of Series|
|Date of Conviction||February 2, 2003|
|Episode Count||6 Episodes|
|Portrayed by||Joel Grey|
- "Everything that we do, the plans we make, the hopes we have, they're futile. Being good at a job, which I was, building a home, which I did, raising a family...which I had, none of it means anything because no matter how we try, how much we strive and struggle, it'll all come to naught. Life is a waste of time. So, that's why I'm counting on you to kill me. You will, won't you?"
- ―Lemuel Idzik[src]
Character Summary[edit | edit source]
In his first appearance, he is disguised as a reporter who is in Oz to do a story on Kareem Said's efforts to self publish Augustus Hill's memoirs. When Said walks up to shake his hand, Idzik pulls out a revolver, shooting Said twice in the torso before a guard disarms him. Said dies shortly afterwards, and Idzik is convicted of second degree murder, sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Plot Summary[edit | edit source]
Season 6[edit | edit source]
Understandably, Idzik already has enemies in Oz - notably the Muslims and Omar White. (Schillinger and other members of the Brotherhood attempt to befriend Idzik for murdering Said. Idzik quickly reveals his Jewish origin, and they leave as upset and confused as the rest of Oz.) Tim McManus talks to both parties and convinces the former to give Idzik a wide berth. White, however, is not entirely compliant, and leaves McManus' office with uncertain intentions. When Idzik moves out of Unit J and is made White's new cell mate, White becomes very agitated and conflicted, but eventually decides not to harm Idzik, much to Idzik's dismay. When repeatedly asked why he murdered Said, Idzik finally tells White he asked to come to Em City so someone would kill him, because the cosmos is coming to an end and he wants release, but not by suicide.
When, after a day of research, White refutes Idzik's prophecy and thus his desire to die, Idzik murders White in his sleep by slitting his throat. For his second murder, Idzik is placed on death row, but his conviction is overturned, again to his dismay. Finally, Sister Peter Marie coaxes out an explanation for his death wish. He tells her of how, long ago, he met Kareem Said in Istanbul, before Said's conversion to Islam. Said spoke passionately and convincingly of how the universe was ultimately doomed, and those words stuck to Idzik, changing him forever, sapping from him all purpose in life. He told Sister Pete that by killing Said, he stopped himself from doing something of a far greater danger to the world. After killing Said, he then kills Omar in hopes that he would, in turn, be executed. Ironically, his sentence is overturned and he is sent back to Em City.
He is last seen on one of the evacuation buses in the closing scenes of the series.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Kill Count[edit | edit source]
- Kareem Saïd: Shot to death with a revolver. (2003)
- Omar White: Slit his throat during the night. (2003)
Gallery[edit | edit source]
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