Prison Break

Season 1 Episode 14

The Rat

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Michael and the other prisoners attempt to return to their cells without being detected. Veronica and Nick take Lincoln's case before a judge. Sara asks her dad, the governor, to review Lincoln's case. Michael tries to postpone the execution by fiddling with the chair's wirings.

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  • this was a sad ep for sure

    in this ep of the show prison break michle is tring to find away to propond the exicution of his brother so he learns that if the chair does not work properly then they can pospond it for a 3 weeks and so he tries that but thing is one of th guys tells the guard and so the guard finds out of it and he goes and puts a stop to it. so the excution still contines and everyone is sad about this. also in this ep veronica is tring to speek to the jugde to get him to postpond it by bring forth new evidence thing is that still does not work and also michles tries to get the doctor to ask her dad but he also is told to say know by the vice presidents sister. but at the last moment new evidence comes forth and they dont know how it came about and that stops the exicution and michles brother says he saw his father.moreless
  • God this one was sad.

    Michael and the other prisoners attempt to return to their cells without being detected.

    Veronica and Nick take Lincoln's case before a judge.

    Sara asks her dad, the governor, to review Lincoln's case.

    Michael tries to postpone the execution by fiddling with the chair's wirings this episode was another very emotional episode like the last but it was much slower and dramatised is that even a word . I think we all knew Linc would find some way to get out of the chair. a slow and sad episode to say the least i give this a respectable 9 out of 10 .moreless
  • DRAMA!!!!

    This episode focuses only in the Lincoln execution. Since it is logical, the writers used the whole episode to create the necessary drama. We saw how some of the convicts reacted however, since Lincoln is the central drama, this was not explore is this episode.

    In the beginning, whe have some very good suspense, then the episode slows down because of the execution.

    From the beginning that the audience feels that Lincoln is not going to die, and the writers put all the possible options in the table, to make us thing that the sentence would be delayed, however, michael, veronica and even sara fails to do that.

    When you thing is all over, then something happen. It was a little ridiculous, the way they took the suspense to an extreme level.

    Michael's plan to delay the execution was good, but bellick spoilt everything, however, here the writers committed a lapse. How bellick thought that michael could do that and he didn´t inspected his cell. Did he assume that Michael had some external help?moreless
  • Well written.

    With Lincoln's execution only hours away, Michael tampers with the electric chair and pleads for Sara to appeal to her father, the Governor of Illinois, to review Lincoln's case. Meanwhile, Veronica and Nick try to have Terrance Steadman exhumed. This episode was so nerve wracking I thought Lincoln was going to die. I loved the scene before that, where Michael and Lincoln are playing a game of cards. I love that scene. Then when Michael had to say goodbye I was crying my eyes out, it was so sad. This episode also very emotional! I cant wait to watch the next episode.moreless
  • Lincoln says his goodbyes.

    Up until this point in the series this show had been more about action and suspense. This episode hit home on a more emotional level. Michael tries to disable the chair and Veronica exhausts her last leads in trying to get a stay for Lincoln, none of which work. Even Sara tries to convince her dad the governor to give clemency but we find out that he his tied with the vice president. Lincoln says his goodbyes to LJ, Michael and Veronica. He then has flasbacks to all the times that he told or was told to have faith. I am not sure what that is about but I think I will find out in the next episode. While this was not what I was expecting in this episode it was still a very well written and acted. I may have even had some watery eyes, don't tell anyone!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

Phil Ridarelli

Phil Ridarelli


Guest Star

Joel Hatch

Joel Hatch

Judge Kessler

Guest Star

Antoine McKay

Antoine McKay

C.O. Antoine

Guest Star

Patricia Wettig

Patricia Wettig

Vice President Caroline Reynolds

Recurring Role

John Heard

John Heard

Governor Tancredi

Recurring Role

Frank Grillo

Frank Grillo

Nick Savrinn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: During the recap section the scene of Nick and Veronica talking on the payphone in Washington is shown. The voice is that of Hale telling them he has information, but in the actual scene, the man on the phone tells them that they are both going to be killed.

    • Goof: During the last appeal for Lincoln, why didn't Veronica show the card Kellerman gave her a month ago? Wouldn't this prove that Paul Kellerman did exist? This could be explained by Veronica having lost the card or the information on the card being invalid.

    • Goof: Why do they have Michael act so confused when Bellick comes to take him to final visitation? Even if something did go wrong with the chair, no one would realize that something was wrong until they had strapped Lincoln in and tried to turn the power on.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Michael: I'm going in.
      Sucre: It's daytime! (resignedly) I'll hang a sheet.

    • Mr. Tucci: The only witness to this alleged murder is Veronica Donovan, Lincoln Burrows' ex-girlfriend. Now, Your Honor, I feel for Ms. Donovan...
      Veronica: Save it!

    • Sucre (to T-Bag): Back up or I'll beat your skinny ass into the ground! And it wouldn't take much to do it.

    • C-Note: I should be halfway to seeing my family right now!

    • Westmoreland (to Michael): I'm really sorry about your brother.
      Michael (sighs): Thanks. Look, I know you were counting on this so...
      Westmoreland: Let me worry about my problems, I know you got enough on your mind right now. For what it's worth, over the years I've known a few men who've sat in that chair. As the day gets near, all you can really do is pray it goes quick. Once, about ten years ago, there was a man caught a few sparks, not enough to do the job. Had to wait another three weeks while they reset the whole process. May sound crazy but it was the worst three weeks of his life. Cos it's not the lightning that kills you, it's the wait. So take solace in the fact that your brother's wait is over.

    • Sara (to Michael): Michael, I would pick up the phone right now if I thought there was any chance that I could make a difference, but you have to understand, I'm the last person in the world that my father listens to. He hates what I do, he hates what I believe in, and if I'm the one asking for clemency for your brother, your brother won't get it. (Michael watches the guard take Lincoln out of the infirmary.) I'm sorry.

    • Warden Pope: I believe in the process, but I don't relish the prospect of taking another man's life. Whether it's just or not, there's no joy in what lies before us today.

    • Michael: Sara--Dr. Tancredi, I'm sorry, this isn't about the morality of the death penalty. This is about killing an innocent man, my brother, and surely your father can't be in favor of that.

    • Sara: The least you could do is review his case. And Dad, if it helps, pretend it didn't come from me.

    • Michael: I did everything I could.
      Lincoln: I know you did.

    • Michael: There's only one person who can stop this execution.

    • (cell phone call)
      L.J.: There's something I want to tell you.
      Lincoln: What's that?
      L.J.: I had a dream last night. You and me were working on a house, pounding nails. And in the dream, it felt like we were older. It was so clear, the whole dream. And when I woke, I knew that today wasn't going to be the end. That...that we'll see each other again, Dad. I know it. I love you, Dad.

    • Patterson: You're gonna have to change into these.
      Lincoln: What's that?
      Patterson: At the moment of death, the body becomes incontinent, so...
      Lincoln: It's a diaper.
      Patterson: Yeah. You need to wear it.
      Lincoln: Make me.

    • Michael: I need to see my brother. Just to talk. Just 5 minutes.
      Sara: Okay, I'll try.

    • Veronica (while hugging last time to Lincoln): I loved you since the first time i saw you...
      Lincoln: I know...

    • Lincoln: I came in here a man. Give me the strength to walk out of here a man.

    • Lincoln: I've never given a damn about what people thought of me. Never. Last couple of days - got to admit, you know... Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth... Lincoln Burrows. I'm going to go down in history with these freaks. (pauses) Bitch of it all is - I didn't do it.

    • Gov. Tancredi: (to Sara) It's not like you're asking me for a new bike here, kitten.

    • (Michael hums tunelessly while looking at a hand of cards)
      Lincoln: You letting me win, Michael?
      Michael: No...
      Lincoln: Mm hmm, show me your cards.
      Michael: I'm not going to show you my cards.
      Lincoln: Show me your cards.
      Michael: I'm not going to show you my cards!
      Lincoln: Give me your cards!
      (grabs the cards out of Michael's hand and slaps them on the table)
      Michael: (sheepishly) Gin.
      Lincoln: Funny that...

    • Michael: Is there any news on the appeal?
      Lincoln: Don't know.
      Michael: Cause there could still be a ch....
      Lincoln: Stop... Michael, please - this is going to happen. I gotta get my head straight. Let's just share memories, swap stories, talk about the damn weather - anything but torturing myself with the idea of hope. I can't take it anymore.

    • Michael: So if something happens to the chair, he's got three more weeks?
      Westmoreland: There's a lot of protocol in killin' a man, new death warrant, another medical clearance.
      Michael: A lot can happen in three weeks.

    • T-Bag: Remember, pretty, I am servin' life plus one. So if I get busted for attempted escape, I'm gonna throw in a homicide no problem, that's like a parkin' ticket to me.

    • T-Bag: You owe me a ticket out of here, pretty. And I will collect.

    • Security: Is everything alright, Doc?
      Dr. Tancredi : Yeah, everything's fine.
      Security (referring to Lincoln): Why isn't he handcuffed to the table?
      Dr. Tancredi: What's he gonna do? Steal a cotton ball?

    • Bellick: How's it going in here?
      C.O. Geary: Ready for lift-off.

    • (Tweener can't pay Bellick
      Bellick: You better start selling your ass.

  • NOTES (4)


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