T-Bag is still strapped to the radiator as police sirens approach. Someone is knocking at the door, it's the police. T-Bag stares down at his reattached hand, and then back at the door. The police bust through and sweep the house. They find it empty. The camera shows us what is behind the radiator; T-Bag has re-detached his hand in order to escape.
In New Mexico, Micheal is at the local sporting goods concern. He attempts to purchase an entire case of fishing reel oil and a GPS device. However, he doesn't have enough money for the GPS. He plunks down the cash for the oil and makes to leave. The proprietor departs the register and helps another customer. Scofield looks around nervously before grabbing the GPS. But the shop-keep spots the theft and stops Scofield. A scuffle ensues and the old man implores Scofield to take it, but just don't hurt him. Scofield runs around behind the store and drops his booty. He flashes back to the bad things he's had to do to get this far: robbing the bank, the death of the CO who saw their escape route during the prison riot, Westmooreland's death, T-Bag holding the desperate housewife hostage, his betrayal of Nika, getting Sara involved in the escape (along with her attempted OD), and his betrayal of Warden Pope. He is very upset and slumps down to the ground. Sweat is running down his face and he's out of sorts. Micheal is having a break-down (more on that in the review section). In the distance he hears church bells and sees the cross atop the holy building.
Back in Trinidad (Colorado) Aldo explains the conspiracy to Linc and LJ. Pretty standard tin-foil hat stuff; corporations buying the government and all that. Linc asks who is in Aldo's group; those opposing this "Company". It's ex-spies and legislators all working to bring down "The Company". Many of the people in the group (heck, "The Group" for lack of a better term) used to work for the conspiracy. Aldo then exposes how Linc relates to the planned downfall of President Reynolds. Turns out that The Group has an inside man at NSA. A week ago (about the time the boys escaped from Fox River) this inside man was able to access ECHELON. Long story short, the guy intercepted a call involving Terrance Steadman and his sister, the President, that occurred two-weeks after Steadman was supposed to have been killed by Linc. The operative tried to secret a copy of the recording out of NSA, but was intercepted. A copy of the call was also sent to Governor Tancredi; from another source. The traitorous house thug approaches and is told by another house thug that Aldo and the boys are not to be disturbed. THT pulls out his gun and kills the house thug. Aldo goes on to tell the boys that "twenty-four hours later" Tancredi is dead, the analyst is missing, and the tapes of the conversation have been deleted. Aldo believes that a copy is still floating around; in the possession of Sara Tancredi. THT slinks through the house and spots another house thug. In slow-mo he guns down the other man. His spent shell falls to the slate floor. The muted "tink" sound catches Linc's ear. He hustles LJ and Aldo out of the room just at THT enters. Linc and THT fight, the gun goes flying, butcher knives are wielded. THT knocks Linc to the ground and makes to land the final blow. Linc grabs another knife and sinks it into the man's belly. He stumbles back and makes one more attempt. But this time Jane is there to stop him; with a bullet in the back. LJ is stunned to see the carnage.
Back at the Sundown Hotel, Kellerman is taping Sara to a chair. He sits down in front of her and jokes, "Hi my name is not Lance. And I'm not an addict." He promises her that if she tells him what she knows he'll let her go free. She says she doesn't know where Scofield is. He explains that he doesn't care about Micheal, but about something her father left Washington with that he needs (the recording we presume). She accuses him of killing Daddy. He didn't do that particular job, but hopes it will prove to her just now serious a matter this all is. He asks her were "it" is. She says she doesn't know what he is talking about. The exchange is repeated. Kellerman tells her that there is a "next step" in the interrogation process that she won't want to experience. He goes into the bathroom and draws a bath.
Scofield is in a confessional. He confesses that his sins are "righteousness" and "believing that the ends justify the means". The clergyman probes and finds out that the ends are saving a life and the means are breaking "every law". Scofield tells the priest that he once watched a man bleed out. And that after that he had a dark place inside him. The priest implores Scofield to bring God into his life and surrender to Him. Scofield says that he can't surrender. If he does he'll lose everything. The fate of Scofield's soul is then questioned by the holy man. Scofield essentially admits that he's willing to give up his soul in order to save Lincoln. (I apologize in poor quality of this bit. Recapping this scene is hard without quoting it verbatim. It is very powerful and tells us a lot about Scofield. I'll [hopefully] do a better job in the Review portion later on).
Linc cleans up as LJ looks on. He tells the boy that the chase will never stop. They'll keep coming after them. THT's phone rings. The Burrows three look around, wondering what they should do. Linc fishes it out of the dead man's pocket. Aldo advises that he should not answer; Linc ignores him. On the phone is Mr. Kim. Kim assumes that he's talking to THT. Burrows informs Kim that the man is dead, and Kim is next. Linc threatens Kim again. Kim tells Linc that "you don't even know who I am" and slaps the phone shut. He asks his driver how much further it is to their destination.
Scofield has hitch-hiked out to a spot 17 miles from the Mexican border. He gets out of the truck and takes his box of oil and GPS into the scrub. Mahone, though, is still stuck in the cage from last episode. He's brooding of course. There's a noise and he picks up his gun. It's just Mr. Kim. Kim tells Mahone that Kellerman is busy and couldn't come help. Mr. Kim doesn't like to go into the field, and he only does so when there's a screw up. Mahone insults him. They talk about the "Bolshoi Booze" code. Kim tells Mahone that once Scofield and Burrows cross into Mexico, and out of his jurisdiction, he'll be of no further use. Mahone just wants out of the cage. Mahone promises to get Scofield and Burrows, and then he'll part ways with The Company. Kim pushes the wrong button by talking about Mahone's son.
At the Trinidad house, Linc packs up an SUV. He's leaving LJ behind while he and Aldo go get Micheal. He trusts LJ's well-being to Jane. And he trusts Jane because she's worked with dad for a long time. The elder Burrowses depart Trinidad. Scofield, meanwhile, is traipsing through the scrub looking for a spot.
Mahone, alone in his new federal car, tries to figure out Bolshoi Booze. He tries ciphers and substitution codes. He looks at the picture of the tattoo. He becomes frustrated and exits the car. Out comes his cell, and he leaves a message asking the other party to call him "it's important". He goes back to the car and sees the picture of the tat again. This time it's upside down. It hits him; they are numbers. 32009 1045709. Or, as we see next, co-ordinates; 32 degrees, 00 minutes, 9 seconds North by 104 degrees, 57 minutes, 9 seconds West. Scofield waits at the spot. A truck pulls up and three gentlemen emerge. There's a shack near-by. The leader of the group asks about the box; if it's his payment. The medical nitro-glycerin. Scofield hands over the box and asks the new man about where the plane will be. They all go into the shack to stay out of the sun. Turns out that the guys in charge of the plane won't call until a couple of hours. Before the arrive.
Kellerman drags Sara into the bathroom; she's still tied to the chair. He dumps her purse out onto the vanity. He tells her that Daddy made three calls before he left DC, all to her. He asks about those conversations. Kellerman pushes, asking if Daddy gave her anything or told her anything. All she knew was that Daddy was coming home, and the next time she saw him he was hanging in his study. She seems prepared to give up whatever information she has, but she doesn't have anything to tell him. Kellerman isn't happy. Kellerman points out that, contrary to her protests otherwise, she is involved in this escape and whatever else is going on. He lists off the things she's done; like leaving the door open and giving Daddy the Burrows file. As Kellerman walks back to the tub, she spots the mysterious key that she found on Daddy's body. Now she knows something. But before she can say anything (if she was going to) Kellerman dunks her into the water.
Mahone is on the road. He's also on the phone with the Chicago FBI office. They tell him that the numbers are co-ordinates for a spot in the New Mexico desert. Mahone hangs up. The staff at the office aren't happy to be "out of the loop".
Back in the desert shack, the plane man tells Micheal that he's grateful to get the nitro for his bad heart. He detects that Scofield is nervous. He plays it off with "I don't do this everyday", and all he wants is the plane information. Plane Man explains that they won't turn Scofield in to the authorities. They have warrants on their heads too. Scofield and Plane Man sit and talk about brotherly love. Plane Man asks about the nitro; he thought they came in glass containers. Scofield tries to play it off by blaming the change on his supplier. Plane Man tells Micheal that they're going to test the substance to ensure that it's the right stuff.
T-Bag is huddled in a parking garage. He's tied off his wound and grabs his "blood pressure" device. It's a tracker. He knows where something is located (I wonder what it could be...). In the ER, Bellick is being questioned by a police-woman. He says that he was attacked from behind by a black male in his mid-20's. The cop isn't buying it since Bellick's injury is on his forehead. He plays the "professional courtesy" card and tells her that he's a retired CO from Illinois. She storms off. He picks up his cell and leaves a threatening message for Geary. Geary, however, is living it up in a posh hotel. There is a knock at the door; seems he's hired the services of three professional women.
Now it's Linc's turn to have a heart-to-heart with daddy. He tells Aldo that he's been hating him for thirty years on account of him walking out on them. Linc laments that Aldo's never even seen Micheal. Aldo says he's seen him. Linc scoffs, and then he further laments the fact that he's becoming more like his father. That he's leaving his family.
The Plane Man's cousins have produced some kind of test kit for the nitro. Scofield paces nervously. The phone rings. The plane information has been delivered. But Plane Man isn't giving it up yet. Turns out that the vials are filled with sugar water. Scofield tries to play it off again. Saying that he's not a chemist, and that he trusted his supplier that it was the genuine article. He promises to work something out to pay Plane Man. But Plane Man would rather end Scofield as his payment. Bald cousin, stationed outside, is knocked down by an unseen assailant. Inside the shack Scofield is being held in a chair. Plane Man asks when Linc is supposed to arrive. Scofield figures out that this was a double-cross the whole time. Sucre (?!?!?!) busts in and points a gun at Plane Man. PM threatens to shoot Scofield if Sucre doesn't back down. Sucre tells PM that he'll shoot him if he doesn't let Micheal go free. Some EspaÃ±ol is traded, guns are aimed, and Sucre gets off a shot at Plane Man. He goes down. Sucre covers the second man while Scofield grabs the other gun.
Sara continues to protest that she wasn't given anything by her father. Kellerman retrieves an iron from the other room. He dons long rubber gloves. He tries to convince her that she's protecting scum-bags. He dunks her and the iron into the tub.
In Geary's hotel room, one of the hookers asks "A Cleveland what?" (go here if you really want to know. Text might be NSFW. The site ads might be also). He promises to talk her through it. The second hooker declines as well. The third is game though, but for a grand. They haggle for a bit and settle on $750. Geary goes to the closet to get some cash. He pulls out a wad and sees the tracking device. There is a pounding at the door. T-Bag breaks in. He orders the hookers to leave. Geary tries to talk his way out of the situation. He offers up 50-50 and then 60-40 splits. T-Bag doesn't seem to be interested. He's wielding a full champagne bottle.
Sucre questions Plane Man about when and where they can catch the plane. He declines to answer. The cousins become concerned about Plane Man's bleeding. Scure tells them that if they give up the info they'll let them go. The cousins beg Plane Man to talk. He tells them it's at Finley Road, off Highway 8. Scure makes to leave. Scofield stops, the cousins continue to beg. Scure tries to tell him to go and leave them behind.
Kellerman tries to tell Sara that he cares and doesn't want to torture her. His phone rings, of course it's Kim on the other end. He tells Kellerman that if no progress is being made he should kill her. Kim advises Kellerman not to disobey him further. Meanwhile, T-Bag sits in the hotel room; back pack by his side. He munches on a near-by plate of food. Country music plays in the background. He digs in the bag and finds a grocery sack and a pack of cigs. He takes one out. But the receipt catches his eye. Something on that slip of paper causes him to grin.
In the shack, Scofield is immobilized. Scure is begging him to leave. The cousins are begging him to help them get Plane Man to the hospital. Scofield cuts them all loose. Scure's not happy about these turn of events. Just before leaving, Plane Man tells Scofield that the plane is really landing at the 7 mile marker on Route 4 for just a few minutes at sunset.
Bellick leaves the hospital just as an ambulance arrives. The paramedic tells the attending doctor that the patient bled-out on the way over. They ask about ID, it's Geary. Bellick stops in his tracks. he pulls back the sheet to see a badly beaten Geary. He admits that Geary was a friend of his. The lady cop is back and asks Bellick to answer some more questions.
Mahone loads his gun as he's stopped at the same spot where Micheal was dropped off earlier. His phone rings. It's Pam, his ex-wife. That's who he left the message for a few scenes ago. He tries to explain to her that he had to leave because of "circumstances", and that if he could do it all again, he'd do it different and work to stay together as a family. He also tells her not to be live anything she might hear about him in the media. She's concerned about him, and wants to come get him. He hangs up before he becomes too emotional. On go the shades, and he's off into the same scrub as Micheal.
Down at the shack, Scofield checks his watch; 5:45. Scure and Scofield have a little mutual admiration society meeting. Just then footsteps are heard. Linc comes from around the back of the shack. The three are happy to see each other. Scofield asks about LJ; Linc tells him he's safe. Linc asks about the money; Scofield says he'll tell him later. Scofield makes to leave when Linc tells him that he brought someone. Aldo emerges from behind the shack. Scofield is taken aback, his lip quivers. He says "we've met before".
Kellerman is sitting on the bed in the hotel room. He's having second thoughts about everything. He's conflicted. He jumps up and runs into the bathroom. He begs Sara to tell him what she knows; that she's going to die if she doesn't fess up. She tells him that she knows that she's dead either way. He puts her face close to the water. He tells her that if she just lets the water into her lungs it will feel much like a high. She mutters something to herself (a prayer maybe?), and he dunks her under.
Okay, so wow. After last week's yawner we are treated to some honest to goodness "Prison Break". We have emotional struggles, double and triple crosses, last minute rescues, and a cliff-hanger of the type we all expect from this show. Right off the bat I'd say this is probably, along with the "Manhunt" and "Scan" episodes, among the top three episodes this season.
Scofield is a dark man indeed. My question is this; did the sight of the man bleeding out cause Micheal to "gain" his sensitivity, or was that just the first in a long line of events that he witnessed (or was party to) that were in conflict with his low latent inhibition? My theory is that it's the latter option. And to go out even further on a limb I'll say the man he saw bleed out was killed by Aldo. Maybe he was trying to protect Micheal or something. Micheal says he's met Aldo before. And very little in "Prison Break" is a throw-away. So the revelation about the dead man must relate to something. I think that Micheal's acceptance that he must do these things in order to save his brother has now steeled him against further self-recrimination. As evidenced by him instantly grabbing the gun during the fight in the shack. However, outright killing for killing's sake is still out in his book. That is shown by how he frees the Plane Man. If Plane Man had a gun to Sucre's or Linc's head and Scofield had a gun I don't think he would have hesitated to take the shot. Which is something he would not have done even a few (Prison Break) days ago.
I'm sure that T-Bag planted the tracker expecting Scofield to get ahold of the bag. But it worked out just fine with Geary anyway. Of course, Geary is not nearly as smart as Scofield, thus he is now taking a dirt nap. And it looks like we were all wrong. Neither Bellick nor Scofield were able to get to Geary first. It was an even worse fate. Here's another theory. T-Bag listens to Geary cell phone voice mail and hears Bellick threaten to gut Geary from "bow to stern". T-Bag then accomplishes this task. He leaves the phone for the cops to find. They listen and come to the conclusion that Bellick did the deed. Thus taking the heat off T-Bag. T-Bag gets further revenge by having Bellick in lock-up.
Kellerman. There's a guy who's not all there I think. From my viewpoint it looks like he's been living this life for so long that he doesn't know up from down or right from wrong anymore. And he has genuine feelings for Sara to boot. He may not be in love with her, but I don't think he wants to see her get hurt. But, again, he's married to this job of his and still has to go through the motions. I still think he's going to turn at some point. Maybe next week. Maybe at the end of the "Fall Finale". But I also am beginning to think that his turn will be sacrificial in nature.
And Mahone. With everything else going on, one might forget about Mahone. He is also probably going to "turn" I think. Which is why I figure he warned his ex-wife not to believe what she'll hear in the media. The Company will likely smear him once he joins up (or whatever he does) with Scofield and Linc. He's motivated to clear his conscience after the Shales incident. And if he can help Scofield and Linc to escape maybe that helps him cleanse his own soul. Even if it's just a little bit.
Maybe I'm wrong about all of this. Which would be nice in its own way. Because that would mean that the people who make "Prison Break" would be giving me the unexpected. Sure it is nice to be right and have that moment of "See! I told you so!" But being surprised by a TV show these days is a pretty novel concept.
Just two more episodes until the Fall Finale. Strap in tight boys and girls. I'm sure it'll be a bumpy ride.