Prison Break

Season 3 Episode 6

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2007 on FOX
9.3
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Michael threatens to cancel the escape plan unless he sees proof that Sara is still alive. Whistler is accused of murdering an inmate and it is up to Michael to prove his innocence and save his life. Lincoln and Sofia help in monitoring the morning guards. Mahone may have another way to get out of Sona.moreless

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  • One of the best episodes of this season, a event that ties every important characters in Sona and this create excellent tension and suspense. The end says everything.

    10
    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (10/10). Two hours episode, I didn´t expected that this episode could move forward, but it did. You have everything, an complication that is tied with Lechero desire to find a traitor and Whistler, with put the break plan at high risk. Mahone was also involved, but he is out of Sona for now. All the characters were so well tied and all the break plan was made, but the end, the twist was perfect, seems like a complete episode, with a tragic finale.



    Presentation Phase - » (10/10). Another great complication that only a show like Prison Break can deliver. Gretchen interaction with LJ was great. We have one funny scenes involving Bellick and a nice hint in the beginning.



    Complication Phase - » (10/10). Someone was killed and the mystery about who killed him was nice, also Whistler was accused, so the break plan is in high risk. Lincoln has his own complications too, even Whistler girlfriend´s had her problem. The ending bring what seems to be a impossible complication to solve.



    Climax Phase - » (10/10). When Lechero decided to apply his Justice, that moment was super suspenseful.



    Suspense/Tension - » (10/10). Very high tension and great scenes with suspense.



    Drama - » (10/10). Gretchen speech was the best things here, unique in Prison Break. Michael reaction when he finds the truth about Sara was great. Lincoln driven to despair was great to see too.



    Ending - » (10/10). Great, Great ending, they couldn´t do better, was perfect.



    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (10/10). There are some minor surprises, but the twist in the end is enough to rate this high.



    Time and Scene Management - » (10/10). Mahone new plot seems filler to me but was very well tied to the main event, so this time he escapes, since all the scenes was very well managed, so it is very hard to notice filler.



    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10). When Logical details is trade for emotions like tension and suspense, is very hard to notice or to care about any logical flaws.



    What I liked -» All the scenes was entertaining and some of them was excellent.



    What I Didn´t Liked -» Nothing.



    One of the best episodes of this season, a event that ties every important characters in Sona and this create excellent tension and suspense. The end says everything.moreless
  • Amaing.

    9.5
    Michael threatens to cancel the escape plan unless he sees proof that Sara is still alive. Whistler is accused of murdering an inmate and it is up to Michael to prove his innocence and save his life. Lincoln and Sofia help in monitoring the morning guards. Mahone may have another way to get out of Sona. I can't remember if this is the episode that Sara's head is int he box, if it is it is so sad, and I feel so, so sorry for Linc having to lie to Michael. Oh and Mahone I love him. I love this season. I can't wait to see more, even though I am re-watching it, just love this season so much.moreless
  • Awesome.

    9.5
    Michael threatens to cancel the escape plan unless he sees proof that Sara is still alive. Whistler is accused of murdering an inmate and it is up to Michael to prove his innocence and save his life. Lincoln and Sofia help in monitoring the morning guards. Mahone may have another way to get out of Sona. I can't remember if this is the episode that Sara's head is int he box, if it is it is so sad, and I feel so, so sorry for Linc having to lie to Michael. Oh and Mahone I love him. I love this season. I can't wait to see more, even though I am re-watching it, just love this season so much.moreless
  • WOW! Now that was one hell of an episode.

    10
    It`s not awesome just because of the ending, the episode had so much energy, awesome!

    Michael confronts Tyge about Whistler; Tyge says he worked at the Ambassador Hotel in Nice, then clams up and won't say more. Tyge then spies on Michael, Mahone and Whistler, but can't hear them.



    At her hideout, Susan tells LJ about being captured while serving in Mosul. When she heard US choppers coming, she jumped out the window to escape – and it was interpreted as a hostile act. Her rescuers died – and she found out it had been a hostage exchange. Her scars came from being raped and abused over the next three weeks. And she pointedly tells LJ that tonight is a hostage exchange.



    Mahone's tired of Tyge spying on them and warns him to mind his own business. Meanwhile, Linc visits Michael. Michael tells Linc he has to find a way to slip something into Hurtado's coffee. The escape is in just three hours, at 3:13pm. And Michael will call it off unless he gets a current photo of Sara and LJ by 2:30.



    T-Bag is getting nowhere finding out who the thief in Lechero's crew is, though he suspects Sammy. Lechero, whose real name is Norman – not a name you want to use around him if you want to continue breathing – wants results.



    Soon,Michael scopes out a two-room cell (really, two cells with a door knocked into the wall between them) he's planning to make his escape from, but has to hide when its occupants – Lechero's men, Sammy, Papo and Cheo – arrive. Cheo smokes a cigar Sammy's been receiving in his packages from Augusto. Michael just barely manages to pick the lock on the back room door and get out before he's discovered.



    Lang visits Mahone and says she's going to get him out of there – within 48 hours he'll be transferred to St. Louis and will only have to serve eight years, so long as he testifies against the government in the Lincoln Burrows conspiracy. And if he doesn't cooperate, he could be charged with multiple homicide counts. But Mahone turns her down.



    There is a commotion in the yard. Tyge's been murdered. If Lechero finds who has gone outside his justice system to settle a dispute, they're in deep trouble. The body was found near where McGrady plays basketball all day, so McGrady is forced to tell Lechero that he saw somebody go into the staircase, and then he heard an argument a minute later. It was Whistler. Lechero comes for Whistler and drags him away. Michael's not buying this; Whistler's got too much at stake. He suspects Mahone.



    Whistler tells Lechero he's punishing the wrong man; Lechero must know he has enemies in the government. Lechero is offended at the notion that he would favor the rich and aristocratic. When he was 13, his mother, a maid, was raped by her wealthy employer. He got away with it – but young Norman dressed as a milkman – a "lechero" - and got into the man's gates and killed him. Whistler says he's in here for killing a man who assaulted the woman he loves. Lechero respects this, and agrees to give Whistler time to prove his innocence.



    Susan gives Linc drops to knock out the guard. Linc asks for a faked picture of Sara. She agrees, and tells him the exchange is at 9pm tonight.



    T-Bag advises Michael to frame Sammy, but Michael can't go through with it. He goes to visit Mahone – and finds a bloody shiv.



    Linc just misses an opportunity to drug Hurtado's coffee, so Sofia pretends to need a ride in order to have another chance. Linc follows as they drive off. Hurtado recognizes Sofia from the prison gates and pulls over – he'll arrange private visitation time in Sona with her lover... but only if she'll have sex with him right now. Linc pulls over to investigate; as he gets out of his car, Susan calls to say the photograph is ready. In Hurtado's car, Sofia says okay... so long as Norman doesn't find out. Hurtado, terrified at the thought that he tried to mess with one of Lechero's girls, pulls away. Linc, relaxing, tells Susan there were complications drugging the guard, but they've been taken care of. Susan says the drugs only take an hour to work – why's he drugging the guard now? She hangs up on him and prepares to kill LJ. Just as she's about to do it, Linc calls back and frantically explains about the time switch. Susan suspects a rescue attempt, and hangs up on him again.



    Michael confronts Mahone with the shiv, but Mahone is called away to the visitation cage. He is visited by Lang and Sullins, and this time, he agrees to cooperate. Michael goes to Lechero with the shiv, accusing Mahone – but Lechero isn't buying it... he knows Mahone just got out of Sona, and thinks this is too convenient. He seems about to kill Whistler, but then turns and stabs Cheo. Lechero smells the cigar on him; Augusto used to send him those cigars as tribute. He lets Whistler go. As Sucre sprays Tyge's body, Rafael, a co-worker who may have noticed the packages Sucre's been sneaking in, threatens him.



    Meanwhile, Linc meets with Susan, who tells him LJ's still alive – and hands him an undoctored photo of Sara holding an old newspaper. This will never fool Michael. Linc visits Michael and tells him that Susan knows about the time change. And he finally has to admit that Sara's dead. Michael walks away as Linc begs him to cooperate for LJ's sake. Michael collapses in grief – and then tells Whistler Sara's dead because of him. And he challenges Whistler to a fight to the death.moreless
  • A very special episode!

    10
    What can I say? When Michael found out about Sara? That expression on his face was painful to see, I had a tear in my eye! I knew he would react like this! Especially because Linc kept it from him. But can you blame him? I mean he knew how Michael would react, or he thought he did. I don't think he would stop the break because of LJ but if LJ wasn't in the picture then Mike would stop. Watch out Susan B, Michael is COMING!!!



    As for Mahone, well I knew he killed that guy. But I really wanted to know the connection between him and James. That is so not fair! I hope we find out later in the season what the connection between them was! So much for Mahone gettin punished for it though! Damn him and his FBI friend. Damn damn damn!!



    Oh and LJ, what would she do if she killed LJ right then? Who would she have for leverage over Michael and Linc? There is no one that connects them both, they are all dead. And I know Mike will do anything for his brother, he proved that by putting himself into Fox River only to get him out! So why did Linc think that Mike would back out of the break when the still had Linc's son and Mike's nephew? e wouldn't and he wont! Keep it coming Prison Break, way better than season 2moreless
Danay Garcia

Danay Garcia

Sofia Lugo

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom

Lechero

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell

Dominic Purcell

Dominic Purcell

Lincoln Burrows

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

Captain Brad Bellick

William Fichtner

William Fichtner

Special Agent Alexander Mahone

Stella Romero

Stella Romero

Mrs. Uribe

Guest Star

Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Andrew Tyge

Guest Star

Barbara Eve Harris

Barbara Eve Harris

Lang

Recurring Role

Kim Coates

Kim Coates

Richard Sullins

Recurring Role

Laurence Mason

Laurence Mason

Sammy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The origin of Lechero's nickname is revealed in this episode. When he was 13, Lechero dressed as a milkman (a "lechero") to get through the gates and punish the man who assaulted his mother.

    • Goof: When Lincoln and Susan are discussing another photo of Sara, Susan's hair keeps changing from in front of her ears to behind her ears.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Whistler: What are you going to do? Kill someone to get more spray on the fence?
      Mahone: I'd think about killing you, if it helped us get out of here today.

    • Lechero: Anyone who affronts our justice system in this way must be punished. I know the coward won't come forward, but if anyone has information about this shameful act, I demand to know!

    • Whistler: (to Michael) Does that pass your test? I told you I was a fisherman.

    • Lincoln: (to Michael) I lied to you. I'm sorry. If you don't break out today, they're going to kill my son.

    • Susan B.: (to L.J.) Once I cut the spinal cord and sever the nerve endings, you won't feel a thing.

    • Susan B.: (to Lincoln) Smart move, not telling your brother (about Sara's death). He seems a little sensitive to me.

    • Michael: What are we going to do to get the upper hand here, Linc? You think they're just going to turn over L.J. and Sara?

    • Michael: (to Lechero) You're a joke! You talk about equality, you talk about justice, but at the end of the day, you're a dictator. And just like any other dictator, you're terrified of losing your power.

    • Tyge: I was concierge at the Ambassador Hotel. I could've sworn (Whistler) worked there for a few months. Who the hell knows? I was high half the time. Kind of why I got fired. Kind of why I'm in here.

    • Lincoln: They're going to kill L.J.! Michael, we've got to do this!

    • T-Bag: (to Michael) My condolences. You finally make a friend and he's about to die. Damn shame.

    • Susan B.: No more surprises, Lincoln!

    • T-Bag: (laughing) Norman? Norman?
      Inmate: As you can imagine, he prefers "Lechero."
      T-Bag: Norman! Does he kill you before or after he does your taxes?

    • Susan B.: (to L.J.) Let's be clear: this is an exchange. You don't try to be a hero, you and your father will be okay.

    • Whistler: I understand the rules here and I respect them, but why the rush to judgment?

    • T-Bag: (to Michael) You want to save your friend? Someone else has to die.

    • Michael: (to Lechero) This is a mistake! This is murder! You know it and I know it! At least have the guts to admit it!

    • Susan B.: Let's just say men are pigs.

    • Lang: I was in the neighborhood.
      Mahone: You came all this way to visit?
      Lang: I came to get you out of here.

    • Lincoln: (to Michael) We're playing this one straight: no games, no surprises, all right?

    • Susan B.: (preparing to kill L.J.) Your father tried to be a hero.

    • Michael: If I don't see pictures of L.J. and Sara by 2:30 this afternoon, I'm not going anywhere.

    • (Agents Sullins and Lang looking official in black suits are waiting by the fence. Mahone comes out wearing dirty clothes, with unkempt hair and dried blood on his face.)
      Sullins: Wow! Living the good life, huh? Is that what this is? Having too good a time here to contemplate leaving?
      Alex: I needed some time to think.
      Sullins: Well, I needed some time to finalize our agreement with the Panamanians, but instead I get dragged down here.
      Alex: Yeah, I'm sure it was really hard to convince you to come down here.
      Sullins: I will be honest. I was looking forward to seeing you down here like this. But now that I'm here, I...uh...wouldn't wish this on anyone.

    • Bellick: What the hell do you want?
      Michael: I don't like you. I certainly don't respect you.
      Bellick (deadpan): Stop, you're hurting my feelings.
      Michael: But you never struck me as a murderer.
      Bellick: You think I killed Tyge?
      Michael: C'mon Brad, who did it?
      Bellick: Not me. I can't even kill myself.

    • Michael: Does anybody want to say anything about what we just saw out there?
      Mahone: What's there to say?
      Michael: Well for starters, you said an hour ago that maybe we have to kill someone, and then someone gets killed!

    • Michael: You suggest I make something up?
      T-Bag: If it makes your conscience feel any better, we're blaming someone that deserves this; that has killed before and has gone unpunished.
      Michael: Yeah, like you maybe.

    • Michael (about Whistler): What was he up to in Nice?
      Tyge: What? You writing a book?

  • NOTES (2)

    • In Latin America, this episode was known as "Fotografia", which means "Photograph".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      UK: November 12, 2007 on Sky One
      Denmark: December 3, 2007 on TV3
      Finland: October 21, 2008 on MTV3
      Germany: February 5, 2009 on RTL
      Czech Republic: April 13, 2009 on Nova Cinema

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Mahone: I was in visitation, Kojak, and what makes you so sure that Whistler didn't do it?

      Kojak was a television series starring Telly Savalas as a police detective.

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