I was very excited to watch this television series because it was a big hit and I seemed to be the only person on the planet who wasn't watching it. I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed when I did watch it. It was not as riveting or interesting as I hoped. That is not to say that it does not have its moments. Unfortunately for me they were too few and far between. It seemed to me with all its government conspiracy stuff to be a rip off (and a poor one at that) of The X-Files without the aliens. Nothing is as it seems and everyone is evil in this show. It is all a little too far fetched for my tastes. We are even expected to believe that the nice blonde wife from 'Thirtysomething' Patricia Wettig is now the evil vice-president of the United States who will go to any lengths to get what she wants.
For those few of you who are not familiar with the show the basic premise is that Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell – Blade: Trinity), the no-good brother, is set up for the murder of the brother of the Vice President of the United States, Caroline Reynolds (Patricia Wettig – City Slickers, Guilty by Suspicion). He is sentenced to die for the crime. His structural engineer brother, the good one, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller – Underworld, The Human Stain), gets himself arrested and placed in the same jail as his brother. Before his arrest Michael, who helped design the jail, has thought up an elaborate escape plan in order to free his brother. Once inside he has less than a month to put the plan in action.
Episode 1: Pilot: Michael Scofield purposely commits a crime which gets him locked up in Fox River Penitentiary. He does this in the hopes of breaking out his brother Lincoln Burrows, who has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.
Episode 2: Allen: To put his plan in motion Michael needs the help of some of the other inmates. Unfortunately he makes some enemies in the process.
Episode 3: Cell Test: Michael plans to test his cell mate Sucre's (Amaury Nolasco – The Benchwarmers, 2 Fast 2 Furious) loyalty does not go exactly as planned. Mobster John Abruzzi (Peter Stormare – Chocolat, Minority Report) joins Michael's band of escapees.
Episode 4: Cute Poison: After Sucre transfers out of Michael's cell his new cell mate is Haywire (Silas Weir Mitchell – The Whole Ten Yards, The Patriot) and he is unstable to say the least.
Episode 5: English, Fitz or Percy: Special Agent Kellerman (Paul Adelstein – Memoirs of a Geisha, Collateral) and Special Agent Hale (Danny McCarthy – Proof, The Amityville Horror) blackmail Warden Pope (Stacy Keach – American History X, Escape From L.A.) into moving Michael to another prison.
Episode 6: Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 1): The escape plan is falling behind schedule so Michael starts a riot at the prison. Veronica (Robin Tunney – Hollywoodland, The Craft) is suspicious of Nick (Frank Grillo – The Sweetest Thing) so she refuses his help with Lincoln's case.
Episode 7: Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 2): As the riot goes on, Michael rescues Dr. Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies – The Celestine Prophecy) from other prisoners. Sucre and Abruzzi have to work together to further the escape plan.
Episode 8: The Old Head: An old storage shed which is paramount in the escape plan has been turned into a guard break room. Veronica and Nick's lives are in danger.
Episode 9: Tweeners: Lincoln is worried about his son LJ's (Marshall Allman – appeared in episodes of Malcolm in the Middle and The Practice) safety. Michael deals with fellow prisoner T-Bag (Robert Knepper – Good Night and Good Luck, Young Guns II) who preys on young inmates.
Episode 10: Slight of Hand: Michael has to give up the location of Fibonacci, an innocent man whom the mob wants to stop from testifying against them. Kellerman and Hale are given help that they don't want from Vice President Reynolds.
Episode 11: And Then There Was 7: Everyone is surprised to find out that Michael is married to a woman named Nika (Holly Valance – appeared in episodes of CSI: Miami and CSI: NY).
Episode 12: Odd Man Out: It is coming closer to the escape time and the group needs to lose one member. T-Bag, who everyone dislikes, is targeted, but he does not make it easy. Veronica, Nick and LJ have to go into hiding.
Episode 13: End of the Tunnel: It is just before Lincoln's execution and the group becomes desperate.
-End of the Tunnel – Alternate ending
Episode 14: The Rat: An escape attempt fails so Michael tries to have Lincoln's execution postponed. Sara tries to argue Lincoln's case with her father, Governor Tancredi (John Heard – Beaches, White Chicks).
Episode 15: By the Skin and the Teeth: A last minute phone call gains Lincoln a stay of execution. At his execution Lincoln sees a man he thinks is his and Michael's father (Anthony John Denison – appeared in episodes of Melrose Place and NYPD Blue)
Episode 16: Brother's Keeper: We learn how Michael came up with his plan and how each of the inmates ended up in jail.
-Deleted scene – Sucre and Maricruz in court
Episode 17: J-Cat: Michael is in solitary confinement so it is up to Sucre to hide the tunnel under the guards break room.
-Deleted scene – Michael goes crazy
Episode 18: Bluff: Michael needs Haywire's help. T-Bag and C-Note (Rockman Dunbar – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) team up at a poker game.
Episode 19: The Key: Someone from Lincoln's past re-emerges to shed light on why he was set up. Abruzzi returns to Fox River and that makes T-Bag nervous.
Episode 20: Tonight: Captain Bellick (Wade Williams – Ali, Erin Brockovich) is gagged and tied up in the tunnel by Westmoreland (Muse Watson – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, I Know What You Did Last Summer). The escape plan is set in motion.
Episode 21: Go: The inmates make their move towards the psych ward in order to get outside. Nick double crosses Veronica.
Episode 22: Flight: The inmates are outside the walls but still far from free. The manhunt begins.
-Making of Prison Break
-If These Walls Could Speak: Profile of the Joliet Correctional Center
-Beyond the Ink
-Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making a Scene – Prison Break
-Season 2 promo