Prison Break

Season 1 Episode 4

Cute Poison

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 12, 2005 on FOX
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Veronica uncovers new information regarding Lincoln's case and decides she wants to work on the case full-time. When no one wants to help her, an attorney named Nick Savrinn offers his assistance and the two of them visit Lincoln.
Michael's new cellmate, Haywire, causes problems with the escape plans.


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Amaury Nolasco

Amaury Nolasco

Fernando Sucre

Dominic Purcell

Dominic Purcell

Lincoln Burrows

Marshall Allman

Marshall Allman

Lincoln Burrows Jr. (LJ)

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Special Agent Paul Kellerman

Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare

John Abruzzi

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell

Deanna Dunagan

Deanna Dunagan


Guest Star

John Judd

John Judd

Ben Forsik

Guest Star

Theron Tooche Lykes

Theron Tooche Lykes

Random Inmate

Guest Star

Frank Grillo

Frank Grillo

Nick Savrinn

Recurring Role

Kurt Caceres

Kurt Caceres

Hector Avila

Recurring Role

Camille Guaty

Camille Guaty

Maricruz Delgado

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Goof: At the start of the episode, during Lincoln's dream sequence, Lincoln pleads to Bellick that he has a month left (about 28 - 31 days), but in the previous episode, when Pope is talking to Lincoln, Pope tells him he has less than 4 weeks.

    • Goof: How was it that Sucre was able to get a transfer out of his cell with Michael fairly easily in the previous episode? Because in this episode, Pope tells Michael that transfer "requests based on personality fall on deaf ears". What was Sucre's reason for his transfer?

    • Goof: When Michael is unscrewing the bolt on the side of the toilet he's actually not unscrewing anything. You can clearly see his hands moving as he turns the last few turns with his hand but his hand is an inch away from the bolt hole which has no bolt in the first place.

    • Phosphoric acid is also found in cola drinks and is the reason why they can be used to clean coins and dissolve teeth. Coca cola has a pH of around 2.6, which means it is almost as acidic as your stomach juices (which has a pH of 2).

    • Michael combines copper sulfate and phosphoric acid to corrode the drain beneath the infirmary. In fact, these chemicals do not create a corrosive when mixed: instead they produce nougat.

    • The first time Michael is digging behind the sink, there are water connections to the back of it. Later in the episode, once Sucre has returned and Michael is removing the sink again, the water connections have disappeared.

    • The tattoos on Lincoln's arms (seen in the flashback when he relates his side of the story) were not there in earlier episodes.

    • Michael and Lincoln have different last names because their dad split when their mother was pregnant with Michael and he took her maiden name.

    • Haywire's real name is Charles Patoshik.

    • Haywire says that he was diagnosed as having schizoaffective disorder with bipolar tendencies.

    • "Cute Poison" refers to the label on a bottle Michael has tattooed on his arm. The letters are a mnemonic for copper sulfate (Cu O S to mean CuSO4) and phosphoric acid (P O to mean H3PO4). Copper sulfate is commonly used as an herbicide. Phosphoric acid is a component of fertilizer.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Lincoln: What are you doing here?
      Veronica: I'm your attorney. I'm representing you now... if that's all right with you.

    • Haywire: I crapped myself once in junior high. We were playing badminton, and I had to walk past the other kids to get to the locker room. So I thought I would make fun of it, you know before the other kids had a chance to, so I said: Look, I have a tail!
      Haywire: I just told you a secret. Now you have to tell me one.
      Michael: You want to know what the tattoos mean?
      Haywire: Yeah!
      Michael: Nothing!

    • Veronica: What about you? Why death penalty work?
      Nick: My father did fifteen years for a crime he didn't commit. I know firsthand that when the government gets you in their crosshairs you stand very little chance. That's why.

    • Lincoln: So uh, how's Sebastian?
      Veronica: What do you mean?
      Lincoln: Well, you being here. I mean is he cool with it?
      Veronica: I haven't talked to him. The engagement's off.
      Lincoln: Oh. Sorry.
      Veronica: You could at least say that like you mean it.
      Lincoln: I do.
      Veronica (smiling): God, you always were a lousy liar.

    • Sucre: What are you doing here? Where's Maricruz?
      Hector: She's not gonna be comin' around here anymore?
      Sucre: Is she hurt?
      Hector: No, no, no, she's fine, she's just ah... She's with me now.
      Sucre: She's with you now? This is a joke, right?
      Hector: No, she made a decision man, she decided she needed stability.
      Sucre (Sucre's face denotes sarcasm): She's gonna get that from you?
      Hector: Look, you can think everything you want about me, but ah... I'm not the one who's in prison. See, I actually can do something for her.

    • Michael: Haywire, Have you ever thought of breaking out?
      Haywire: What the hell would I do out there?

    • Lincoln: Do you know what we're up against?
      Veronica: I know it's a lot more than either of us can handle on our own.

    • Haywire: They think I have schizoaffective disorder with bipolar tendencies.
      C.O. Mack: Think you got it?
      Haywire: Whatever.

    • Dream-Sequence Bellick: Make your peace, Lincoln.

    • Hale: What's this?
      Kellerman: That is a transfer request. Michael Scofield is getting shipped out tomorrow. Have a good night.

    • Hector (to Sucre): You're a con and that's all you'll ever be.

    • Warden Pope (to Bellick): When I retire, I'm recommending you to take my place. Don't make me regret it.

    • Warden Pope (to Bellick): You've been here long enough to know that I'm less interested in punishment than I am in rehabilitation.

    • Abruzzi: Making any progress?
      Michael: With Sleeping Beauty back there, or with the digging?
      Abruzzi: Either.
      Michael: No. But I know what to do.
      Abruzzi: Oh yeah? The problem is, you don't got the stugots to do it.

    • Pope: The prison system's a little too crowded for requests based on personality. It's not exactly Sandals out there.

    • Sucre: But what you're doing up there in the infirmary, what's it got to do with what we're doing here?
      Michael: Getting through this wall is just the beginning. There's a whole lotta real estate between here and the outside walls. Infirmary's the closest building to those walls…and the weakest link in the security chain.
      Sucre: Cool…

    • Sara: You know you're gonna get killed in here, right? If you're not careful?
      Michael: I'll make you a bet. When I get out of here, alive, I'll take you to dinner. (pause) Lunch. Cup of coffee.
      Sara: Michael, this…um, this charm act, could be exactly what's getting you into trouble out in the yard.

    • Bellick:(to Michael and Sucre when Sucre returns to his original cell) So the gang's all back together again. Well ain't that swell.

    • Nick: Why'd you wait 'til now to take up this case?
      Veronica: I thought he did it, like everybody else. I just hope it's not too late.

    • Pope: Putting him in with Haywire is a low blow, deputy.
      Bellick: What? The shrinks cleared Haywire for re-entry into gen. pop. Besides, he's so doped up on meds he's like a kitten these days.
      Pope: A kitten who murdered both his parents.

    • Lincoln: Last time I saw you, you called me a liar.
      Veronica: Things have changed. I believe you now.

    • Abruzzi: So, what's the problem?
      Michael: You're looking at it.
      Abruzzi: What, Haywire?
      Michael: Yep. He's my new cellmate.
      Abruzzi: That's a problem.
      Michael: He doesn't sleep.
      Abruzzi: So when do you dig?
      Michael: I don't.

    • Sucre: I want back in.
      Michael: Too late.
      Sucre: I'll do anything you need. See these hands? They're digging machines. You want to go to China, Fish? I'll get you to China. I'll dig like a psychotic rodent if I have to! Fish, I gotta be back in.
      Michael: As of right now, there is no "in." Van Gogh (Haywire) over there is my new cellmate.

    • Haywire: He's got the pathway on his body. It leads somewhere. It leads to hell. It's the pathway to hell.

    • Haywire: There is a maze in your tattoos. Where does the maze take me?
      Michael: Get the hell away from me.

    • (Michael bangs his head against the cell bars)
      Haywire: What, are you nuts?

  • NOTES (4)