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S1 - S2
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Sam Healy
Katya Healy - Wife
Pavla - Mother-in-law
Prison Counselor
Correctional Officer
Also known as
Mr. Healy
Samantha, Preparation H (Joe Caputo)
Cause of death

Sam Healy is a corrections officer and inmate counselor at Litchfield Penitentiary and the first season's secondary antagonist. He is portrayed by Michael Harney.


A complex figure in the prison, Healy initially seems to be on Piper's side and dispenses advice on how stay out of trouble. He expects that Chapman will serve as his informant and puppet, but she resists all such attempts. He progresses into an antagonist for Chapman, sending her to SHU on Thanksgiving for provocative dancing, and ultimately turning a blind eye as Tiffany Doggett tries to kill her.

In season two, Healy attempts to atone for his actions in the first season and manages to secure a furlough for Piper to go see her dying grandmother.

Healy has a Russian mail-order bride named Katya, who speaks limited English. Their relationship is dysfunctional, in large part as a result of their inability to communicate. He previously sought relationship advice from Red, but she is unwilling to help once their relationship ceased to be mutually beneficial.

Healy has a very negative view of homosexuality, especially towards lesbians. He once made a suggestion to his superiors that all lesbian inmates be sent to a separate prison from the heterosexual ones.

In "40 OZ of Furlough" Healy is seen visiting a therapist. He discusses his marriage, quick temper, and dissatisfaction with his job. In subsequent scenes with his therapist, Healy gives answers and reactions akin to the inmates. It's unclear if these are his authentic reactions or if he's using the therapist's responses as a guide for his own attempts at counseling in the prison. He takes Doggett under his wing and agrees to counsel her weekly, in addition to creating a support group called "Safe Place." The group is later cancelled by Healy due to the fact that no one shows up, but he and Doggett remain close friends.


Although Healy is known to be stern and stubborn at times, he shows that he cares for inmates by simply asking how they are and what changes can be made to suit them. However, he believes that lesbians are dangerous people so favoritism is shown.

Physical AppearanceEdit

An older white man with a brooding look. It appears as if he has somewhat of a beer belly. He also often will use glasses to read close to his face.





  • Lesbians
  • Alex Vause


Season 1 Appearances
"I Wasn't Ready" "Tit Punch" "Lesbian Request Denied" "Imaginary Enemies" "The Chickening"
"WAC Pack" "Blood Donut" "Moscow Mule" "Fucksgiving" "Bora Bora Bora"
"Tall Men with Feelings" "Fool Me Once" "Can't Fix Crazy"
Season 2 Appearances
"Thirsty Bird" "Looks Blue, Tastes Red" "Hugs Can Be Deceiving" "A Whole Other Hole" "Low Self Esteem City"
"You Also Have a Pizza" "Comic Sans" "Appropriately Sized Pots" "40 OZ of Furlough" "Little Moustachioed Shit"
"Take a Break From Your Values" "It Was The Change" "We Have Manners. We're Polite."

Memorable Quotes Edit

"Don't make friends."
— Sam Healy
"Lesbian Request Denied."
— Sam Healy
"Lesbians can be really dangerous! It's about the testosterone."
— Sam Healy


Season 1Edit

"I Wasn't Ready"Edit



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