Prison Break

Season 1 Episode 16

Brother's Keeper

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 03, 2006 on FOX
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Flashbacks shed light on the past actions that led to the incarceration of Lincoln, Sucre, T-Bag and C-Note. The basis of Michael's ingenious break-out plan is revealed. Dr. Tancredi recalls how she ended up in Fox River State Penitentiary.

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show prison break you learn about how some of the inmates got there. you learn about how michles cell mate got there when he was in love with the girl and how victor was jealious so he called the cops to get his brother introuble so he could be with the girl . also you learn that the other was discharged from the miltery because he saw how they were treating the prisoners poorly and so they said he stole and was kicked out and then was arested for transporting stuff. also you even learn how the doctor ened up there she was doing drugs by taking does of morphene and getting high and when she was coming back that she saw a person get hit by a car and she could not help becasuse she was too high . also you learn how the plan was all putogeather by michle . this was a good epmoreless
  • good

    This episode is set three years before Michael's incarceration and features the lives of the various main characters, prior to their time at Fox River. The main plot of the episode revolves around the murder set-up that led to Lincoln's conviction and the reason of Michael's decision to save his brother. Elsewhere, it is revealed that Sara was a drug addict, Sucre was set up by one of his cousins after he sees Maricruz, C-Note is dishonorably discharged from the army after reporting prisoner misconduct in Kuwait, and T-Bag is seeing Susan Hollander, who later finds out who he is and turns him to the authorities. These where some decent flashbacks a good filler episode I say.moreless
  • How they Ended in Fox River? This Flashback Episode Answer That!!!

    Since Prison Break Returned from the Fall Season, I thought that the writers had having some difficulty to bring superb episodes.

    Episode 14 show us what is in stake, while episode 15 put the second escape plan in action.

    However is this episode that really can show you what´s really important for some of the escape crew, at least Michael, T-bag, C-Note and Sucre.

    Sucre actually was betrayed by someone he knows, it is even difficult not to sympathize with him, after this episode.

    T-bag was betrayed by someone that he actually loved. When T-bag escapes, he will have his revenge.

    There are some surprises, like the sudden atraction between scofield and veronica, or what sara was before entered in FOx River, or even who bellick liked before.

    However, Michael motivations in this episode is more clear than ever, and lincoln image is more clean.

    Even C-Note was in the play and like sucre, the poor guy was screwed, an now is another convict that the audience can sympathize with.

    Overral, a special episode, to show motivations, surprises and what really happened. Some ways that you thought about some characters, can change in this episode.moreless
  • This episode showed how the gang ended up in Fox River

    This episode is A very good episode it shows us how the gang ended up in Fox River plus Sara. We learnt that C-note got kicked out of the army and got arrested for transporting drugs. Michael got the $90,000 from Lincoln and not life insurance from his dead mother so that he could pay for his school fees. Also who would of guessed that Sara was a drug addict before she started to work at Fox River. That Sucre's cuz Hector called the police on him. T-Bag for raping and killing six students across Alabama. It was great to see how and why they ended up in Fox River. Overall I give this episode a 9 out of 10moreless
  • Amazing.

    This episode is set three years before Michael's incarceration and features the lives of the various main characters, prior to their time at Fox River. The main plot of the episode revolves around the murder set-up that led to Lincoln's conviction and the reason of Michael's decision to save his brother. This episode was just out of this world. It was to be one of the best episodes in season one. I loved every minute of it, it was so exciting. We found out how they got into the Prison, which was a great story - line. I loved it, cant wait until I watch more!moreless
Amaury Nolasco

Amaury Nolasco

Fernando Sucre

Dominic Purcell

Dominic Purcell

Lincoln Burrows

Marshall Allman

Marshall Allman

LJ Burrows

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Special Agent Paul Kellerman

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell

Robin Tunney

Robin Tunney

Veronica Donovan

John Walch

John Walch


Guest Star

Tab Baker

Tab Baker

Crab Simmons

Guest Star

Jay Whittaker

Jay Whittaker

Commander Meyers

Guest Star

Patricia Wettig (I)

Patricia Wettig (I)

Vice President Caroline Reynolds

Recurring Role

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Samantha Brinker

Recurring Role

Camille Guaty

Camille Guaty

Maricruz Delgado

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • During episode 13 "The End of the Tunnel", when Lincoln's head is shaved for the execution, he says the only time he shaved his head was after he lost a bet, but in this episode they show Lincoln's arrest and he has a shaved head.

    • Goof: When Sucre is being arrested after robbing the convenience store, Hector is seen with a phone dialed to 911. Why would his phone still display this after the time it took for the police to respond to the scene and arrest Sucre?

    • Goof: Young versions of Michael, Lincoln and Veronica are shown. The young Michael and Veronica have brown eyes, while the grown ones have green eyes.

    • During a drug addiction meeting, Captain Bellick referred Dr. Tancredi to apply for work at Fox River State Penitentiary.

    • T-Bag's height is given as 68" on America's Most Wanted.

    • It's revealed that Sucre was sent to Fox River for robbing a store, and T-Bag was sent for murdering 6 students in Alabama.

    • The significance of the paper crane is revealed – when Michael and Lincoln were young, Michael always worried when Lincoln was out late. But when he woke up in the morning, there would be a paper crane by his bed put there by Lincoln, and Michael knew his brother was safe. Michael says the origami crane represents familial obligation, looking out for your own.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Veronica (drunk, stumbling in her heels): You know how you can tell God is a man? Shoes.

    • Maricruz: What do you want, Fernando?
      Sucre: Oh, you got to give me a few more minutes.
      Maricruz: Stop! From the future. What do you want from the future?
      Sucre: Would you run if I said you?
      Maricruz: Would you chase me if I did?

    • Sara: And I've been clean for 18 months now. I'll tell you, I've never been happier. That actually might be the wrong word. I'll be honest, there were times I was using I left pretty damn happy. But... what I feel is different now. I feel, uh... I feel joy. So here I am. I know that... all I can do every day is the next right thing. And I think, for me right now, that means going back to work. I, uh... I don't know, maybe... maybe counseling, um... I want to help people get from where I've been to where I am.

    • Bellick: I might know of a job opening where I work.
      Sara: Really? Where's that?
      Bellick: You ever heard of Fox River?
      Sara: The prison?
      Bellick: Yeah. I know it sounds like a strange idea. Uh, maybe... maybe you and I could, uh... maybe we could talk about it over dinner. I got a gift card to the Red Lobster over off the interstate.

    • Lincoln (leaving Michael a message): I need your help, bro. I'm in something bad, I can't get out of it. I need you to straighten me out, my head's messed up and...anyway, it's important, bro. You've got to call me, you've got to call me now.

    • Vice-President Reynolds: I know you've been through a lot, but I promise you, the worst is now behind us.
      Steadman: My dear sister, you have no idea what I've been through.

    • C-Note: She married a military man who knows how to take care of his business. Now, if I look like one of these thugs, what do you think she's going to do? Huh? How long do you think she's going to wait for me while I'm inside?

    • Vice-President Reynolds: Didn't my brother, Terrence, leave me something in his will?
      Kellerman: You'd have to ask your accountants, ma'am.
      Vice-President Reynolds: Tell them to use that money. I'm paying for his mistake, he can pay for the damn house.

    • C-Note: I have no particular love for the desert donkey, but I do for the Geneva Convention.

    • Bo (to Lincoln): Think of this as a $90,000 bullet. You start afresh, and you keep me from finding out if there's someone in your life you will do something for.

    • Darius: I don't get it. All these commercials show brothers learning computer skills, new technologies.
      C-Note: Uncle Sam didn't teach me nothing but cadence and kill.

    • Michael: They didn't even let her testify.
      Lincoln: Who?
      Michael: Leticia Barris, and that cop changed his story a dozen times.
      Lincoln: What part of 'move on' don't you get?
      Michael: After Mom died, when it was just you and me, I remember having trouble sleeping, never knowing where you were, but when I'd wake up in the morning there'd be this paper bird, an origami crane, sitting next to my bed. And I never knew what it meant exactly, but I figured it was your way of letting me know you were checking in on me.
      Anyway... I looked it up, the crane. It stands for familial obligation; watching out for your own. Maybe it's my turn to watch out for you.

    • Michael: Here's the part I don't understand, all the evidence is lining up in a path that leads directly to you. They say they have you on tape, pulling the trigger. If you didn't kill Terrence Steadman, how the hell did someone make it look like you did?

    • Michael: Linc, I owe you an apology.
      Lincoln: For what?
      Michael: The night you called. If we'd talked, maybe I could have stopped....
      Lincoln: Hey hey hey, this isn't your fault.
      Michael: Then whose is it?
      Lincoln: Listen up, you need to forget about this, move on, work hard, do what you do.
      Michael: I can't do that.
      Lincoln: Oh yes, you can and you will.

    • Michael: I heard you owe someone 90 grand.
      Lincoln: Who told you that?
      Michael: People talk and I know Steadman had a lot of money.
      Lincoln: I may be some things but I'm not a murderer.
      Michael: Then what were you doing in that garage last night? You admitted to the police you were there.

    • T-Bag: Cos when you sent me here to this place, with these people, it brought that old dirty bastard right back home. In fact there was a candle in the window just waiting for me to walk up those front steps. (Susan gets ready to leave). You know I'm gonna get out of here someday, and when I do, don't think that I won't remember what your front steps look like, Susan.
      (Susan spits at T-Bag's viewing window, then hurriedly leaves)

    • Michael: So... same time tomorrow?
      Lincoln: No man. They're.. um.. transferring me to a prison, where I'll wait until they execute me.
      Michael: Can I still visit?
      Lincoln: Yeah, not that far, a place called Fox River.
      Michael: Fox River?
      Lincoln: Yeah... why?
      Michael: Nothing.

    • Veronica: You want to know what the 90 grand was for?
      Michael: I think I do.
      Veronica: You!
      Michael: What do you mean?
      Veronica: The money you got when you were 18 years old from your mother's life insurance, the money that paid for your degree, that got you this job, that bought you your loft. Your mother never had life insurance, that money came from Lincoln.
      Michael: How?
      Veronica: He borrowed it. He knew it'd be tough to pay back, but that didn't matter because he thought you deserved it. He also knew you'd never accept it if you knew it came from him. Michael, you are where you are because of your brother.
      Michael: You're telling me, he is where he is because of me.

    • Michael: Honestly Linc, I don't know how it's come to this. And you can't keep blaming mom for dying and dad for leaving because I was there too. The difference is I got out. Mom had life insurance, I took my half, put myself through school. What'd you do with your half Linc?
      Lincoln: Everything's not how it looks, Michael.
      Michael: I hope for your sake that's true.

    • (Phone rings)
      Michael: I'm sorry.
      Veronica: What? (Looks at phone, Lincoln's name) You gonna answer it?
      Michael: He'll leave a message, he always does.

    • Michael: I have to get back to work. Speaking of which, I heard you got fired a few weeks ago, what was it this time?
      Lincoln: Do you really wanna know, or are you just enjoying the view from your high horse?
      Michael: You know what I want? To not have to be the older brother for my older brother.

    • Michael: Rough night? I got your message, what's the problem?
      Lincoln: I lost my keys. (Michael drops them into Lincoln's hands) Where'd you find them?
      Michael: About 4 feet that way.
      Lincoln: I must have dropped them.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Marshall Allman is credited, but does not appear in this episode.

    • A screener of this episode leaked onto the internet two days before it aired.

    • Instead of the "Previously..." sequence, this episode opens saying "Three Years Earlier".

    • This episode marks the first appearances by John Billingsley and K.K. Dodds.

    • In Latin America, this episode is known as "Hermandad", which means "Brotherhood".

    • The melody heard in the liquor store Sucre robbed is Francis Lai's theme melody for the film A Man and a Woman.

    • We are treated to a sort of flashback episode reminiscent of the flashbacks we see on Lost. Some of the characters have small interactions with each other in the past, even though they don't know each other, don't care much, or don't even remember their encounters, like when Lincoln Burrows bumps into Sucre on the street, or when Dr. Sara Tancredi met Captain Brad Bellick at a drug recovery program session.


    • C-Note is dishonorably discharged from the US Army for filing a formal complaint about torture of Iraqi prisoners that he accidentally witnesses. This is a clear allusion to the Abu Ghraib prisoner scandal in which US military personnel abused and humiliated (but did not torture as shown here) Iraqi prisoners.