Haywire returns to the teens with the beer (the ever present prop beer "Heisler"). He gathers the wooden boxes, and starts to leave. But the teen girl asks what it's for. He explains that he's building a raft to get to Holland. He takes them to where he's building the raft. Teen boy sulks off to relieve himself. Teen Girl, still oblivious to the fact that Haywire is N-V-T-S nuts, tries to make sense of it all. Asking him if he even has a map or anything. He tells her that he does, indeed, have a map. He unfolds the painting. She confides that she'd like to be able to disappear, and how she admires him for actually doing it. She reaches for another beer, but Haywire notices bruising on her arm. She says "my dad drinks too." Teen girl is weired-out by Haywire's interest in her injury. The couple storms off, but Haywire's not done with them yet.
Teen Boy drops off Teen Girl at her house; Haywire is in the shadows. Drunk Dad welcomes Teen Girl home, grabbing her arm. Drunk Dad extracts a fire poker and makes to follow her. But before he can do anything, Haywire beats him down.
The bus stops in a Calomatillo, Mexico. The old man bids Sucre good luck, and departs with his chicken. The bus driver escorts Sucre off the bus. When Sucre begs for a ride, the driver looks over at a pair of Federales and asks if there will be any trouble. Sucre relents and the bus drives away in a cloud of dust. The old man returns, he gestures with the chicken cage, and asks Sucre if he cooks. He explains that his wife, now dead, used to do the cooking. Sucre says that he's got to keep moving. Unfortunately, that's the last bus of the day though. The man offers a room for the night. Sucre notices that the old man has a car, and offers to cook the chicken.
Over a chicken dinner, the old man notes that traveling without money can be difficult. The two talk about marriage, and Sucre's quest. "Hope is for people who do not already live in grace," offers the old man. He tells Sucre of the room in the back, and he takes the plates to be cleaned. Sucre eyes the car keys. He slinks out, pushing the car away from the house. Once far enough away he gets in and motors off.
Sucre speeds through the Mexican night toward Maricruz. But a police car stops him. They return him to the old man. The old man gives Sucre a break. Telling the police that he meant to give him gas money before he left. The police offer to bring the car back. But the old man says that it will do Sucre good to walk back himself. Sucre thanks the old man. The old man hopes that Sucre will be successful in his quest.
Still sitting in the infirmary, in the same room from which the escape occurred, Bellick stews. He can see the new bars over the window, the stub of the broken cable that ran from the window to the wall, and of course the wall. The nurse comes in and asks how he's doing. She's ready to send him back to GenPop. Bellick begs to be left in the infirmary one more night. Even going so far as to compliment her, and ask her to leave the door unlocked when she leaves. She's insulted and leaves.
Mahone and Mr. Kim
"We've shutdown every freeway in central Montana", announces Lang. Mahone orders further measures with troopers along the Interstates and a lock-down of a border crossing. Just then someone whistles and the team moves into the video cubby of the office. We hear Linc declare his innocence in the video. He tells the world that Terrance Steadman killed himself last night in the motel. The frame widens and Scofield is beside him. We see a quick shot of Sara sitting on a bed in another hotel room, watching the video. The Brothers outline the operations of "The Company", and how they've been framed to cover-up the nefarious actions of The Company. Mr. Kim bolts out of his chair, he's seething. Kim orders his aide to start "damage control" before the story gets to the front page. The aide is confused, the video is out already, what can they do to stop it? Kim barks, "Start a wildfire in Florida! Find a storage unit full of Arabs! I do not care! As long as it's not about Lincoln Burrows!" The aide scurries out of the room.
Mahone and the FBI team are going over a recording of the video. They are watching a part where Scofield is talking about Sara being unjustly involved in the escape, and that he's sorry. Mahone orders a transcript, and then for another agent to go interview the cameraman. The video progresses to Michael talking about Mahone, everyone in the room stops. Scofield lays out that Mahone murdered Abruzzi and Tweener. He then reveals the truth about Oscar Shales. Mahone laughs it off, "the guy's nuts", he leaves the room.
The agent Mahone dispatched is interviewing the cameraman. He describes the scene, with the dirty tarp and all. He tells the agent about how they had to go 450 miles in six hours to reach their destination. A destination not revealed to him. Mahone puts a circle on his magic map denoting the 450 mile radius. His phone rings, Kim is on the other end. "Where are they?" he demands. Mahone explains the circle, and the major cities within that radius; Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake, Denver. Kim stops, "Denver!". The President will be speaking at three o'clock in Denver.
As The Trio speeds toward their destination Mahone meets with Lang and Wheeler. Lang wants to cancel the President's speech and get her to safety. Mahone squashes that idea, noting that if the Prez's plans change, the Brothers will go back into hiding. But Wheeler protests, saying they'll find them again. Mahone and Wheeler have an argument over operations. Wheeler reveals that he's been asked by IA to run all of Mahone's orders through their department. Mahone confronts Wheeler, telling him that they are keeping the President on schedule in order to capture The Brothers. Lang notes that they should be pretty easy to apprehend once they make their move, being two of the most recognizable faces in the country right now. Mahone leaves to take a closer look at the video.
Kim is joined in his office by OBM (Old Bald Man). Kim asks if it is wise to keep the President out of the loop in all of this. OBM passes over a note. Kim convinces OBM that they should let Reynolds become aware of how close the threat is to her, since she's been known to "get her hands dirty" in such circumstances.
A tech tells Mahone several details about the video, everything matches what they were told by the cameraman. Another agent, presumably a profiler of some kind, goes over the video with Mahone. He notes each of the "tells" from The Brothers. Glances, body movement, arm placement; all telling them that The Brothers are lying. We flashback to the warehouse. The Trio are in their huddle from earlier. Kellerman explains the way that the Feds will break-down the video. He coaches them on how to use their faces and bodies to convey a different message than what they are saying. Back to the video room, Mahone notices Scofield's hand moving in a pattern. It's Morse code for "the water is warm". Mahone starts to put it together. Cut to Sara watching the video online. She notices something too. She opens a book. Mahone is listening intently, he orders it replayed. He then figures out that they are going to find Sara, not to go after the President. He orders, Tommy Lee Jones style, everything they have on Sara.
Going through Sara's records the agents come up blank. Mahone grabs a file and takes off.
At Fox River, Mahone talks to the Nurse. She confirms that she pretty much was married to her work. Mahone shows her the transcript of the video, but nothing jogs her memory or helps the investigation. They then go to see Bellick. Mahone notes that Sara used Bellick as a reference when she applied to work at Fox River. Bellick bargains with Mahone, asking to be moved to AD-SEG (?) before he'll tell him anything. Bellick notices something, but he won't say until he's transferred. Mahone agrees. Bellick tells Mahone about the chapters of the AA book. Mahone looks it over and finds that Scofield's message was a code. The "Doctor's Nightmare" leads him to St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, OH.
Michael, Linc, Kellerman, and Sara
The sun is up and the Trio are speeding along underneath some elevated highways. Kellerman threatens the cameraman, but Scofield assures him he won't be hurt. Linc wants to know where they are going. The radio lets them know that President Reynolds will be in Denver for an appearance. Scofield tells Linc to pull over. They stop at a standard issue abandoned warehouse. The Brothers discuss dropping off the cameraman and dumping Kellerman. But Scofield thinks they need to hang on to both of them for a little while longer, as "assets".
The Trio are huddled together making plans while the cameraman sits with his gear in a corner. He's nervous, as you might expect. The group breaks up, and walks over to the cameraman. They remark that they'll need to cover 450 miles in six hours, which means they need to get moving quickly. Kellerman finds a soiled tarp, he tosses it to Scofield. "Are you ready?" asks Scofield to Linc. Kellerman picks up the cameraman.
The cameraman walks somberly through the newsroom. Heads turn as he makes his way to the reporter that was with him at the Cutback Motel. "You're going to want to see this," he says handing her a tape.
On the radio, the Trio listens as a news reporter informs that the tape has been discredited. She then moves on to a story about elevation of the terror threat to Orange after the discover of a storage unit full of Arabs. Burrows and Kellerman are disheartened by the news. Scofield, though, thinks that the video will work and that now that it's out there it can't be stopped. "This is a Hail Mary man, if we don't get to her..." says Linc. "Getting to her is the easy part. It's what we do after that's the problem," replies Scofield. "Once anyone knows we have her, the curtain comes down," advises Kellerman.
Linc buys a paper, and finds a small story deep inside, about a janitor killed by them in the hotel. Kellerman advises that they'll be cleared once the truth comes out. Linc, in his special way, asks to speak with Michael alone. Kellerman retires to a near-by tree line. Linc voices his concern that Sara might not show up. Or if she does, what will Kellerman do? Is he using them? Is it a big set-up?
The Brothers grow impatient when Sara does not show up at the appointed time. While taking about Sara showing up or not, Scofield hears an announcement for "Michael Crane" having a phone call at the front desk. Scofield rushes in to take the call. It is Sara of course. She explains that she couldn't get to Akron in time. She then tells him that she was grabbed before she could come back to him in Gila. And that she has something that her father gave her that relates to the conspiracy. She tells him that it's a key. He says that they'll figure it out together. Outside, Kellerman's phone rings. Reynolds is calling. She tries to convince him that she was forced to betray him. And that he needs to come back in and bring the Brothers with him. She promises him that everything will be okay if he just comes in. In the car, Kellerman asks if Scofield talked to Sara. He replies, "in a few days, this will be all over." Ominously Kellerman agrees, "Absolutely." The Trio motors off into the night.
Connie, your wishes are about to come true; Sara and Michael are nearly back together. Though personally, I'm glad to see Michael back in control to some extent. The video testimonial seemed genuine through the first few viewings. But the more of it that we saw, the more I was convinced that it was part of the plan. Especially once we saw more of Scofield's part.
The possibility of Kellerman turning again is intriguing. But he knows as well as anyone else the kind of mind games that are being played in all of this. Hopefully his foreboding tone at the end of the episode was directed more at Reynolds than Sara or The Brothers.
Kim's week continues to get worse as each day passes. It's kind of cool isn't it? Sucre needs to either find Maricruz or get captured. I'm seriously over this storyline. Even more than the one with C-Note.
And were given a nice little time note, it's been three months since Scofield stepped foot in Fox River.
Peeking ahead to the preview for next week, it should be more action packed than anything we've seen in a while. Which will be a nice change of pace.