RORY [reading note]: ‘First of all, thank you for this very kind favor you’re doing me. I still can’t believe that any one person would be so kind to someone they just met.’

LORELAI: Yeah, apparently Dwight’s last home was Oz, and not as in ‘The Wizard of.’

Lorelai is referring to Oz, an award-winning prison drama television series set at the fictional Oswald State Correctional Facility, which aired from 1997 to 2003. Much of the action takes place in “Emerald City”, an experimental wing of the prison which emphasises rehabilitation in a highly controlled environment. As another connection to The Wizard of Oz, the show’s tagline is, “It’s no place like home”, in contrast to the familiar line “There’s no place like home”.

As a program on HBO, previously discussed, Oz was able to show drug use, violence, nudity, rape, and ethnic and religious conflicts. It received mostly positive reviews, although critics warned viewers that the show could be brutal and gruesome.

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