Prison Break

Season 1 Episode 8

The Old Head

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 24, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Michael finds out a storeroom fundamental to his escape plans has been converted into a break room. Veronica and Nick are being threatened, so they go to Nick's place which is off the radar of the Secret Service.

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of prison break its the after math of the huge two part ep and in the start of the ep they are comforting the greving wife who has no husbandy becasue he was killed . and the pope wants the guard to do what ever it takes to find out. who killed him. and michle is showing the plans on to whats got to happen for them to excape. and so he tells them t hey got to get into the break room and start to dig there to get donw to the pipes. and they try to but then realize it got converted into a break room and the police yell at them. and they realize the old man can go in there becasue he has had good behvor for 30 years now. and so michle goes and talks to him . and then in this ep the attorney and the person that is helping her are fighting for ther lives due to the chasing by the secret service. when they are on there way back to her place a bomb goes off at the door.and the secret service thinks she and him are dead. and so they fly off the radar and go to his father old hideout place away from the goverment.michle does not know what to do now until he goes and finds the old mans cat that he was looking for and then they talk some more but the old man does not want to cause a fire in there becasue he wants good behavior to get parole. then the guard goes and question him about the murder of the guard but then the old man says no becasue its sitching and then later when the old man comes back the cat is dead. and the old man gets mad and he goes and causes a fire in the break rom with the guards cigeret and it burns down and they they thank him and the pi people get to go in there and they thank him meanwhile the secreat service men say things are taken care of . this was a good epmoreless
  • A episode about...

    This episode is very interesting. If you like many deaths in a single episode, than this episode is for you.

    Not that this episode is bad, since the Riot Storyline provided another Storyline - looking for the murderer. This is of course tied to the escape plan, and put everything at risk, since t-bag knows about the escape plan and if he is caught, he will tell the guards everything. And if Bellick searchs in Michael/Sucre, he will found something for sure. This provide another episode with tension.

    This Time, the conspiracy plot reached his climax, the first scene with veronica was great, and LJ was involved this time too and his scenes was great too. Now things are becoming very interesting for their side, because their lifes are at risk.

    This Time, Michael plan need a little luck this time, since he can do nothing.

    Overall, many deaths as possible, conspiracy plot was very interesting, michael need luck, bellick is looking for the guard murderer and he will find someone, t-bag situation puts the plan at risk, westmorland participation was great and a cliffhanger that you will never forget.moreless
  • Great

    After discovering that the guards are sitting right on top of a vital part of the plan, Michael tries to recruit Westmoreland into the escape team. Veronica, Nick and LJ find their lives in danger from Kellerman and Hale.

    This episode was so awesome, I loved the LJ parts they were so entertianing, and full of action, I loved the start aswell with Nick and Veronica, and the house blew up, the ending to this episode was great aswell when the begun to dig the hole and T-Bag was on top form in this episode, it was one of my favourites of the series.moreless
  • The plot thickens!

    In this episode Veronica and Nick escape an attempt on their life and they are now hiding out. LJ is framed for murdering his mother and stepfather but managed to get a picture of Kellerman. Michael and Co. continue to work out kinks in the escape plan but are still having to deal with Tbag. Westmoreland finds his cat dead and has a change of heart about helping Michael. All in all another good episode but I am still having trouble with the whole LJ thing. One episode he hates his dad, the next he loves him. One episode LJ' stepdad hates him and in this one he gives up his life for him. I am having trouble with that plot. Still, a great show and this was another good episode.moreless
  • The Next Part of The Escape is Underway...

    Michael, Sucre and Abruzzi congregate to plan a way into the sewer pipe that leads to their exit point, the infirmary. To their exasperation, T-Bag muscles in and they face a massive setback: the store room that leads into the sewer has been turned into a guards' break room. The only way to get inside is to burn it down so the PI unit is sent to restore it. It's a job for Westmoreland. Bellick is under strict instructions to find Bob's killer. Michael knows the only way to get T-Bag off their backs and stop the guards searching the cells is to turn him in. But if they do, he'll tell Pope about their plan. It's quite a dilemma. Veronica and Nick narrowly escape a bomb designed to kill them. Assumed dead, they go into hiding, while the secret agents frame LJ for the murder of his own parents.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

Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare

John Abruzzi

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell

Jacqueline Williams

Jacqueline Williams

Sue Parsons

Guest Star

Rebecca Spence

Rebecca Spence

Shauna Hudson

Guest Star

Gary Brichetto

Gary Brichetto

Fire Inspector

Guest Star

Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach

Warden Henry Pope

Recurring Role

Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Gilsig

Lisa Rix

Recurring Role

Frank Grillo

Frank Grillo

Nick Savrinn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: Why did Pope talk to Lincoln about L.J and the murder of his mom and stepdad outside the prison, and not in Lincoln's cell? Wouldn't there have been a bit more privacy for Lincoln in his cell?

    • When Sara is looking into information about Michael, we can see on the sheet of paper that he committed the armed robbery on March 9, 2005.

    • It's rather strange that T-Bag didn't see the inside of Solitary, since he pretty much started the riot and contributed to its escalation.

    • Goof: When Bellick talks with Westmoreland in his cell, he starts to smoke. After he lights the cigarette he puts the lighter and cigarette pack back in his pocket. Seconds later we see him sit down, and he puts the lighter and pack of cigarettes in his pocket again.

    • In this episode, Michael says "Seventeen days from now, they're going to strap my brother to the electric chair, sending 15,000 volts coursing through his body for a crime he didn't commit." However, in real-life, most commonly, the electric chair will send between 2,000 - 2,500 Volts on its first round, which is then reduced everytime afterwards.

    • Previously in episode 5 when the video with footage from the surveillance camera got stolen, Veronica tells Nick that nobody has an extra key to her apartment, however in this episode, we see that the guard has keys to the apartment, surely Veronica would have at least asked him about anybody coming by.

    • Route 66 starts in Chicago, not New York.

    • Michael mentions that Westmoreland would have only received 20 years to life if he hadn't killed that girl. But because he was convicted on felony murder, his sentence was cubed was 60 to life. 20 cubed is 8,000 years. To serve 60 years, it would have to be tripled, not cubed.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • L.J.: (on the phone with Kellerman after Kellerman and Hale have killed his mom and stepdad) Who the hell are you people?
      Kellerman: Just concerned neighbors. Heard a bit of a ruckus at the Rixs' house. Gosh, you know, I guess we really should've seen it coming. I mean, all the signs were there: drug use, decline in academic performance- but we didn't think he'd ever do something like this.

    • Kellerman: Whoa, whoa; 9-1-1-send. You really think you're going to get to four buttons before I get to one? (point to his weapon)

    • Hale: Drop the phone, lady. This is the only warning I'm giving you. Drop it!

    • Nurse Katie (to Sara): Can I ask you something?
      Sara: Yeah.
      Nurse Katie (talking about Michael): Why do you care so much?
      Sara: Because he lied to me.
      Nurse Katie: They all lie to you.
      Sara: Maybe, because he's the one guy in here I can actually get to. One guy I can make a difference with.

    • Michael: Seventeen days from now, they're going to strap my brother to the electric chair, sending 15,000 volts coursing through his body for a crime he didn't commit. I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen.

    • Kellerman: You're thinking too much.
      Hale: Yeah, God forbid!

    • Warden Pope (to Bellick): I want the son of a bitch who did this. You do whatever you need to do to find him, you understand?

    • Dr. Tancredi: Michael, don't be like that. I just want some answers.

    • Westmoreland: I hope you weren't hanging this whole escape on that money, because I'm not the one in possession of it.

    • Michael: Without Westmoreland, we're never getting in that room.
      Sucre: He doesn't want to be part of the escape?
      Michael: No.
      Sucre: Then what does he want? He's gotta want something. Everybody wants something.

    • Sucre (seeing Westmoreland coming out of the break room): I don't get it. How come they let him into the guard's room?
      Lincoln: He's a trustee. One with the highest security clearance.
      Sucre: And why him?
      Lincoln: He can be trusted.
      Michael: How does one become a trustee?
      Lincoln: Just have a spotless record for the last 30 years.
      Sucre: Pretty much counts all of us out.

    • T-Bag: You're slow walkin' me, aren't you?
      Abruzzi: Why would I do such a thing?
      T-Bag: You think Bellick's gonna pop me for shankin' that C.O. Bob. Maybe you'll take a little walk, tell him yourself, right? Then I'll be outta here for good. Well I got news for you. If I go down for killin' Bob, believe me, I'm gonna take a little walk of my own. Tell 'em about that hole you got behind your toilet.

    • Westmoreland: Michael, I'm grateful for this, I really am. But I've made it a point to keep my nose clean ever since I walked into this place. 32 years without a blemish. If that parole board date ever comes, I want to be ready. I can't jeopardize that. Sorry.

    • Westmoreland: 'Cause you still think I'm D.B. Cooper.
      Michael: I don't think. I know. The way I see it, you're in here doing 60-to-life for a vehicular manslaughter. It would have been 20, but the car you were in was stolen. Felony murder rule cubes every sentence, and here you are. Hitting that woman was an accident, but the car? No one accidently steals a car. So the question is, why would Charles Westmoreland be in Arizona boosting a car, ten states away from where he lived, and only ten miles away from the Mexican border? And why, two days before that, would someone make a phone call to his wife from a motel in Portland, a stone's throw away from the airport out of which, shortly after, flight 305 was hijacked by one, D.B. Cooper? Seven hours after the hijacking, records show Charles Westmoreland was treated for a busted knee at a free clinic in Brigham City. Only way to get from Portland, Oregon to Brigham City, Utah in seven hours, is in a car breaking every land-speed record known to man, or flying. It's public record D.B. Cooper jumped out of that 727 about an hour after takeoff. Taking a dive at ten thousand feet with 1.5 million in cash and a hastily packed parachute, might make for a pretty rough landing. Rough enough to shatter some bones, maybe even a left knee. D.B. Cooper would've had a car waiting for him when he landed. According to D.M.V. records, in 1971, Charles Westmoreland was the proud owner of a '65 Chevy Nova. As it happened, a '65 Chevy Nova with the registration number scraped off was found abandoned with a blown gasket along the Arizona border, a mile or two away from where you accidently hit that woman, with your stolen car.
      Westmoreland: Interesting story.
      Michael: Interesting man.

    • Scofield: Let's just say it'd be in everyone's best interest if a fire were to start in there.
      Westmoreland: Marilyn, did you think he was the arsonist-type?
      Scofield: (chuckles) I'm not. I'm the cleanup crew-type.

    • Lincoln: You gotta have faith, kid.

    • T-Bag: Hold up here a minute, oh, hold up here huh... Seems to be a little confusion... I'm, I'm supposed to be on this detail...
      Abruzzi (to the C.O): I don't think so.
      T-Bag: Huh, John, you can't be serious. Not after our long illustrious history we shared together. All those nights in New York City. In California. In St. Louis. They were good times, weren't they, John? Tell the badge here about 'em... cos if you don't want to... I certainly could.

    • T-Bag: I'm feelin' kinda left out. New York, California, St. Louis. What are we discussing?
      Scofield: Talkin' baseball actually.
      T-Bag: Huh. Now that's a subject I just happen to know quite a bit about.
      Abruzzi: What a shame. The conversation's over.

    • Westmoreland: We've both been around long enough to know, that when a con starts that snitching business, he's not long for this world. Don't put me in that position, boss.
      Bellick: If you don't tell me who killed Bob, before I leave this cell, our friendship goes with it. (Bellick rises) That's a nice cat.

    • Sue Parsons: I have a source that tells me, if you accept what happened and stop fighting your execution, your son will be left out of this. If not, I hope you said goodbye to him when he left here this morning.
      Lincoln: Who are you?
      Sue Parsons: One Burrows is going to die. Up to you which one.

    • Westmoreland: Maybe I did hurt my knee. And I did steal that car, and I did accidentally hit that poor lady. But how could I have hijacked a plane in Portland on November 24 when I was in Folsom finishing up a 30-day drunk and disorderly?

    • C.O. Stolte: What the hell are you doing' here?
      Michael: Clean up detail - we thought this was storage.
      Stolte: This look like storage to you, you idiot? It's a restricted area. It's the CO break room. Now back it up!

    • Nick: If I didn't know any better, I'd say Lukasz is sweet on you. Veronica: Very funny.

    • T-Bag: I'm comin' along on this endeavor whether you like it or not. I've got a hell of a singin' voice otherwise.

    • Michael: Think of this place like it is a map of the U.S. Our cell over there, that's New York City. The infirmary, our exit, is California. The pipes beneath our feet that connect the two...
      Sucre: Route 66.
      Michael: Route 66. Our ticket out of here.

  • NOTES (2)