Prison Break

Season 2 Episode 14

John Doe

2
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 22, 2007 on FOX
9.2
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Episode Summary

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Bellick gets a taste of the medicine he gave out when he was the captain at Fox River.
Agent Mahone's ex-wife makes another appearance, as Mahone is forced to make a difficult decision.
Kellerman reveals his motivation for aiding the escape.
T-Bag rekindles an old romance.

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  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show prison break the vice president returns when he i captured by the brothers and kellerman and also belick is getting kicked around in the new jail at fox river and he gets beat up badly. and t bag is rekindling a old romance with the girl friend and she and her kids are captured and are being held against there will. and so kellmeran and the brothers take the vice president and he gets killed by killing himself and the brothers and kellerman excape out of the hotel and take a cameraman with them this was a good ep i thought .moreless
  • Strong return from the Hiatus

    8.6
    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (8/10). We start with Michael, which get off to point A to point B which was finding Terrence, than we move to point C where the conclusion occurs. T-bag is in the Same point. Bellick has a new storyline and that was very funny. Mahone create some problem to him, but that is solved too.



    Plot Details/Holes- » (8/10). How Mahone is alive is another mystery from the writers staff, from that distance, there is no way that Kellerman would fail the shoot, a trained agent, ok, I will try to believe in that. The details about Terrence was nice.



    Drama/emotions - » (10/10). Bellick scenes were funny, I don´t have a choice but to rate this with a 10, it is hard to find something in Prison break that you can laugh. C-Note scenes and T-bag shared some drama too.



    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10). Fast Gun fight, suspense at the beginning.



    Surprises/Shocks - » (10/10). Mahone being alive was a surprise, since it is a mystery how Kellerman failed the shoot. Did you expect Bellick to do that? Did you expect Terrence final attitude? Mahone also have a surprise for the audience.



    Time and Scene Management - » (8/10). T-bag plot didn’t come to a conclusion, neither C-Note, because they are meant to fill the empty spaces of this episode. At least, Michael and Lincoln scene were important and Bellick scenes was funny and great.



    Beginning - » (10/10). Excellent presentation, suspense, a conflict and a nice setup.



    Complication Phase - » (9/10). Bellick situation is the most complicated. T-bag situation is soft, C-Note is all about drama and Michael mission played nice.



    Climax - » (7/10). Terrence with the Gun, nothing special.



    Ending - » (8/10). What Mahone did and Terrence last attitude was nice.



    What I liked -» Bellick, Mahone Scenes, Michael and Lincoln scenes.



    What I Didn´t Liked -» Hard to say.



    Strong return from the Hiatus Bellick Scenes managed to be the Best or at least the most funny.moreless
  • Well written.

    9.5
    Michael, Lincoln and Kellerman go to Montana to find Terrence Steadman. Bellick has trouble with other Fox River inmates. C-Note continues his journey alone with his daughter and T-Bag invades the Hollander family. Another awesome episode from Prison Break season two. dead, now is and Lincoln was there but did not bulled the trigger. All they can do now is run for there lives. This episode was so cleverly plotted. Loved the way the title just goes with the plot. Another great cliffhanger. Can't wait to see more from Prison Break, I need to see more! Bring it on I say!moreless
  • some nitpicks on "realism" (suspension of disbelief, yes, all-out logic errors, please no)

    8.5
    I thought this episode was intense and exciting. Unfortunately, I think it suffered from some lack of believability. First off, the Terrence character killed himself but they're acting like there's no way to prove he was who he said he was to the media...I concur with others in the idea that DNA tests could still prove his identity; he could prove to be a blood relative to the president at minimum. I thought that Bellick's storyline was kind of unrealistic too...first off, where's the trial? How come he just ended up in prison all of the sudden within hours of being accused of murdering his ex-coworker? Surely a murder trial takes some time and we're talking days since the escape. I also doubt a former correctional officer would end up in the same prison he used to work for...while interesting to the plot it seems unlikely.



    Finally, T-Bag's storyline bugged me too. I would have thought he'd show his "girlfriend" the money he had so she knew he wasn't just making stuff up. Five million is a lot of money and can heal a lot of wounds, even for a murderer/rapist it would seem like five million dollars would make an impact on their relationship.



    Anyway, I like the show's intensity and this episode kept me on the edge of the seat, just I like my escapism to feel a little more real without such huge errors in logic. I know I'm supposed to suspend disbelief but some aspects of the plot came off a little too fictional. Still, this show reminds me of 24 given its intensity and plot twists. Being bored waiting for 24 to come back on the air, this show does fill that void.moreless
  • Steadman is dead.

    8.6
    First let me say that I love this show but this episode kind of made me mad. Kellerman, Michael and Lincoln track down and capture Steadman only to have him take Lincoln's gun and kill himself right before the press gets there. #1 why did they not get everything recorded that was being said in the hotel room just in case? #2 all they have to do is compare his DNA to the Presidents and you can match them as siblings so he is just not a john doe. T-Bag has 5 million dollars and 4 episodes ago he was going to Thailand, instead he decides to take a family hostage for revenge purposes. That storyline is getting stupid. Still no sign on LJ and where is Sara? I am bored with the C-note storyline and is there anyone looking any of the convicts other than the people that want them dead? Where is the real law enforcement? I do not like to pick plots apart but for some reason this episode really annoyed me. I still love the show but lets get back on track.moreless
Dominic Purcell

Dominic Purcell

Lincoln Burrows

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Special Agent Paul Kellerman

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell

Rockmond Dunbar

Rockmond Dunbar

Benjamin "C-Note" Miles Franklin

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

Captain Brad Bellick

Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller

Michael Scofield

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry

Terrence Steadman

Guest Star

K.K. Dodds

K.K. Dodds

Susan Hollander

Guest Star

Lester Rasta Speight

Lester Rasta Speight

Banks

Guest Star

Callie Thorne

Callie Thorne

Pam Mahone

Recurring Role

Reggie Lee

Reggie Lee

Bill Kim

Recurring Role

Helena Klevorn

Helena Klevorn

Dede Franklin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The SUV that Lincoln, Michael and Kellerman escape with from the police was a Chevrolet suburban but the car they get to the escape airplane with was a GMC Yukon.

    • The surgery proceeded on Terrence Steadman can be used as a joke to explain the differences between John Bilingsley and Jeff Perry, the two actors who play respectively Steadman in Season 1 & 2.

    • In the recap footage it shows a clip from Brother's Keeper of Michael saying "Terrence Steadman, the President's Brother" but in that episode Caroline Reynolds was still Vice President. If you look closely you can see that that scene has been re-filmed as Wentworth Miller's hair is a different length than it was in Brother's Keeper.
      Also since the episode Flight there has been no mention of the death of President Richard Mailer, in fact his death would have been on the front of the newspapers more than the escape of the Fox River 8.

    • The agent who waits with Mahone at the hospital, is the same agent who killed Veronica and attempted to kill Sara.

    • Kellerman says that a DNA test to prove Steadman's identity would be useless because they can't compare it to anything. Actually they could compare it to the president's DNA, which would prove that they are first degree relatives.

    • Steadman was in hiding outside of Cutback, Montana. There is no such town in the state.

    • Bellick's prisoner ID number is #453857.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Michael (on the phone with Channel 11 news): This is Michael Scofield, I'm at the Cutback Motel room 11 and I wanna turn myself in.

    • Michael: We'll stroll right into the lion's den and pray we don't get mauled?
      Kellerman: I don't think they're going to come to Montana, Scofield, so we're going to them.

    • Michael: Who are you?
      Kellerman: I used to work for the president.

    • Agent Blondie (to Mahone): You think you can just quit? Like you work at a post office?

    • Mahone: Kim and Kellerman can try to kill each other all day long, but I'm out.

    • Michael: If we get a camera, we can take a picture of him holding a current newspaper. If we put that online, will that prove he's still alive?
      Kellerman: It'll prove we found a guy that kinda looks like the president's brother.
      Michael: Fingerprints, dental records…
      Kellerman: We whitewashed them. We pulled his teeth, burned off his fingerprints.
      Michael: DNA.
      Kellerman: To compare against the homeless guy we killed and put in Steadman's car. But we destroyed all exterior DNA samples so that there'd be nothing to compare them to.
      Michael: There's gotta be someone somewhere who can identify this man.
      Kellerman: Which is why we did the surgery. Cheekbones raised two centimeters, ears lowered a quarter of an inch. Not so much that someone who knew him wouldn't recognize him, but enough that any forensic comparison of a photograph of that man would conclude that he is a look-alike, a hoax. Trust me – we are very good at what we do.

    • T-Bag (looking through one of Susan's photo albums with missing pictures): If memory serves, I was at Story Time Village that day, too. And I'm not in any of these pictures? 'Could've sworn…I'm just teasin', baby. Every woman has burned the photographs of her paramour only to later realize her love burns even hotter than the flames she used.

    • Steadman: I was supposed to have my life back by now! Playing golf, going to movies, seeing people. But because you guys can't get a handle on an engineer and a petty crook, I've been a ship in a bottle for three years.

    • Kellerman (pointing a gun at Steadman who's pointing a gun at everyone else): Terrence all we need is your mouth, I will shoot out both of your knees right now.
      Steadman: I never liked you Paul. I won't hesitate to take your life.

    • Kellerman (to Michael): You're going to have to keep your brother in check.
      Michael: You don't know him.
      Kellerman: Then get my gun from him, we don't have time for this.
      Michael: You still think you're running the show. Don't you?
      Kellerman: You still think I'm not?

    • Lincoln (pinning Steadman against the wall and point a gun at him): You stood there and watched them kill Veronica.
      Kellerman: Burrows!
      Lincoln (to Steadman): You did nothing. She died because of you!

    • Kellerman (to the cop that pulled him over): Sergeant, ah Humphreys, Burrows and Scofield have been on the loose for less than 10 minutes. That means that at this stage every second is critical so if you detain me for one moment more I will have all of your jobs. Do you understand me?

    • Terrence: Please, just let me go. Michael: Terrence, you made every man in this room a prisoner, including yourself. It is time to set us free.

    • (Kellerman places phone on the dashboard)
      Michael: You leave that on, they'll trace it...
      Kellerman (laughs): Yeah, uh, Secret Service, it's untraceable, but thanks.

    • Kellerman: We have to go!
      Lincoln: Go where? We've got Steadman.
      Kellerman: No, we have nothing.
      Michael: All we got is a John Doe.

    • Lincoln (referring to Steadman): So many people dead... and he gets to live.

    • C.O. Stolte: Word is, Banks is gonna have you pulled out of your cell tonight.
      Bellick: Well, can't you do nothing?
      C.O. Stolte: Yeah, I can warn you, which is what I'm doing.

    • Lincoln (to Kellerman): The second I think this thing's gone bad, you get a bullet in your head.
      Kellerman: I'd expect nothing less.

    • Mahone: The guy you wanted to double cross screwed you first.
      Kim: Scofield and Burrows?
      Mahone: Are probably alive and on the run with Kellerman. Have a good day Kimmie.

    • Michael: So this is the conspiracy, huh? Bunch of little boys in suits, running around trying to kill each other? It's pathetic.
      Kellerman (to Michael): Well, you were a little more formidable than we anticipated.
      Lincoln: We don't need compliments out of you jackass.
      Kellerman: Oh, yes, there it is, the winning Burrows personality.
      Lincoln: Shut your mouth and drive.
      Kellerman (interrupts Lincoln): The one we really knew would win over a jury, good work!

    • T-Bag: There's no reason for you to be scared, Suzie Q. Cause you see, I've forgiven you. And you, in turn, can forgive me for my indiscretions, which are so far in the past they're nothing but specks in our respective rearviews. (He touches Susan's face) It's been such a long time. You look lovely.
      Susan (takes his hand): Okay, let's go. Right now, we can go away, spend some time together…
      T-Bag: Susan I am not a victrola, so please don't play me like one. There's not a white man's chance in Harlem you'd ever leave your children behind.

    • Lincoln (grabs Steadman by his jacket): You look pretty good for a dead man.

    • T-Bag (to Susan): When you came to Fox River and you spat at me like I was some kind of rabid animal, I was happy because such a visceral reaction could only come from a woman who still cares.

    • Michael: You said something about taking down the President. I assume you have a plan. Kellerman: I do.

    • Kim: I'm looking for Alexander Mahone. I'm his direct supervisor.
      Officer Tuttle: Sorry to tell you this sir, but your boy's been shot.

    • Secret Service Agent: We neutered Kellerman. He doesn't even exist now. Kim: He knows everything.

    • Michael: How do you know where Steadman is?
      Kellerman: Because I arranged this whole thing.
      Lincoln: You arranged to set me up?
      Kellerman: That's right.
      Lincoln: You arranged the killing of all the people I know?
      Kellerman: I was given orders, I executed those orders, and now I have a bull's eye on my chest, just like you two.
      Lincoln: I don't trust him.
      Kellerman: Hey, if I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. (he pulls out a gun) You guys wanna keep running, fine. You wanna be free, get in the car. Last time I'm gonna offer.

    • Lincoln (holding Kellerman at gunpoint): Give me one good reason why I shouldn't blow your brains out?
      Kellerman: Because I can give you the one thing that's gonna set you free. I know where Terrence Steadman is.

    • Michael (to Kellerman): Why are you helping us?
      Kellerman: Why am I helping you? Because the enemy of the enemy is my friend.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • T-Bag: There's no reason for you to be scared, Suzie Q.

      Suzie Q is the name of a dance step in the Big Apple, Lindy Hop, and other dances. In line dances this step is also known as Heel Twist (actually refers to step 2) or Grind Walk. The step is also used in jazz dance, and in Salsa shines.

    • The name of this episode, John Doe, is typically used as a placeholder name for a male party in a legal action or legal discussion whose true identity is unknown or is intended to be anonymous. Male corpses whose identity is unknown are also known by the name John Doe.
      The female version of this would be Jane Doe.

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