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Healy infobox
Portrayed by
Michael Harney
Zachary Doran (Little Healy)
Appeared in
Mentioned in
First mentioned
First seen
Last seen
Last mentioned
S1 - S3
Episode count
Flashback episode(s)

Sam Healy
Katya Healy - Wife
Pavla - Mother-in-law
Prison Counselor
Correctional Officer
Bunk Mate(s)
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Member of
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. He is the first season's secondary antagonist. He is portrayed by Michael Harney.


A complex figure, Healy has periods of sternness and stubbornness followed by periods of genuine care. His season three showdown with fellow counselor Berdie Rogers revealed his misogyny and possible racism.

Healy is shown to be very homophobic and probably sexistic. Right at the beginning of the series, when he first meets Piper, he states to her that she should be aware of lesbians, hopefully that she is none. Later, when Doggett shows him Piper and Alex dancing provocative, he gets so angry that he sends Piper to the SHU claiming she would have tried to rape Alex. He once even made a suggestion to his superiors that all lesbian inmates should be sent to a separate prison from the heterosexual ones. He even posseses a book that claims women would plan to rule the world over men and enslave them, based on the idea of lesbianism.

He is unsympathetic as shown when Tiffany tried to kill Piper, he simply looked away and pretended nothing had happened even though Piper was begging for his help.

Physical AppearanceEdit

A slightly overweight, older white man with a brooding look. He often uses glasses to read fine print.


Before Litchfield Edit

Healy is revealed to possibly have a mentally ill mother. She violently throws an ashtray against the wall when he brings her food, then she immediately asks him to dance on top of a bed with her ("Mother's Day").

On one occasion as a child, Healy fearfully ran to a church after his mother became "sick" again. He sees a man that he thinks is Jesus, though he is really just a homeless person. The man vomits on Healy ("Trust No Bitch").


Healy meeting Red for the first time ("Moscow Mule").

Arrival at Litchfield Edit

Healy began working at Litchfield many years ago. He is seen welcoming Red to prison ("Moscow Mule").

Season One Edit

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.

Season Two Edit

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 Ukrainian 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.

In "40 OZ of Furlough", Healy is seen visiting a therapist. He then roots her. 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.

Season Three Edit

We see a flashback of him and his mother, where his mother is mentally unstable, drawing on the wall with lipstick, throwing an ashtray at young Sam then asking him to come dance with her on the bed. He also created an enemy when new counselor Berdie Rogers shows up. When Soso came to him for counseling for her depression he told her that depression is "all in here (pointing to the head). He was also wholly convinced that Soso should take antidepressants rather than get some sort of therapy for her depression, something which eventually culminates in her attempting to commit suicide (with allergy medication).





Memorable Quotes Edit

"A couple of years ago we found two women naked from the waist down" - Moscow Mule


Season 1Edit

"I Wasn't Ready"Edit


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