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Prison Break
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Prison Break season 4 intertitle
Genre Action
Crime
Thriller
Format Serial drama
Created by Paul Scheuring
Starring Dominic Purcell
Wentworth Miller
Robin Tunney
Peter Stormare
Amaury Nolasco
Marshall Allman
Wade Williams
Paul Adelstein
Robert Knepper
Rockmond Dunbar
Sarah Wayne Callies
William Fichtner
Chris Vance
Robert Wisdom
Danay Garcia
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Michael Rapaport
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Spanish
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 81 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Marty Adelstein
Neal H. Moritz
Dawn Parouse
Brett Ratner
Paul Scheuring
Matt Olmstead
Kevin Hooks
Michael Pavone
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois
Joliet, Illinois
Dallas, Texas
Los Angeles, California
Panama City, Panama
Miami, Florida
Maljamar, New Mexico
Running time 42 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital with 5.1 channels
Original run August 29, 2005 (2005-08-29) – May 15, 2009 (2009-05-15)

Prison Break is a drama television series created by Paul Scheuring, which premiered on the Fox Broadcasting Company on August 29, 2005. The series revolves around two brothers; one has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and the other devises an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison. The series was produced by Adelstein-Parouse Productions, in association with Original Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Along with creator Paul Scheuring, the series is executive produced by Matt Olmstead, Kevin Hooks, Marty Adelstein, Dawn Parouse, Neal H. Moritz, and Brett Ratner who directed the pilot episode.[1] The series' theme music, composed by Ramin Djawadi, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2006.[2]

The series was originally turned down by Fox in 2003, which was concerned about the long-term prospects of such a series. Following the popularity of serialized prime time television series Lost and 24, Fox decided to back production in 2004. The first season received generally positive reviews,[3] and performed well in the ratings. The first season was originally planned for a 13-episode run, but was extended to include an extra nine episodes due to its popularity. Prison Break has been nominated for several industry awards, and won the 2006 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. All four seasons have been released on DVD, while the first and third seasons have also been released on Blu-ray Disc. The series has been aired internationally.

The success of the series has inspired short videos for mobile phones, several official tie-ins in print and on the Internet, as well as a video game currently in development. A spin-off series, Prison Break: Proof of Innocence, was produced exclusively for mobile phones. The series has spawned an official magazine and a book written from an in-universe perspective. The fourth season of Prison Break returned from its mid-season break in a new timeslot on April 17, 2009 for the series' last six episodes.[4] Two additional episodes, titled "The Old Ball and Chain" and "Free" were produced, and were later transformed into a standalone feature, titled The Final Break. The events of this feature take place before the last scene of the series finale, and are intended to wrap up "loose ends". The feature was released on DVD and Blu-ray July 21, 2009.[5]

Contents

Season synopsis

Season 1

The first season follows the rescue of Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), who is accused of murdering Terrence Steadman (Jeff Perry), the brother of the Vice President of the United States. Lincoln is sentenced to death and is incarcerated in Fox River State Penitentiary where he awaits his execution. Lincoln's brother, brilliant structural engineer Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) , is convinced of Lincoln's innocence and formulates an escape plan. In order to gain access to Fox River, Michael commits armed robbery. Michael befriends the prison doctor Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies) when he pretends to suffer from Type 1 diabetes, in order to gain daily access to the prison's infirmary. The brothers' fight to ward off the execution is aided by their lifelong friend Veronica Donovan (Robin Tunney), who begins to investigate the conspiracy that put Lincoln in jail. However, they are hindered by covert agents, members of an organization known as The Company. The Company was responsible for framing Lincoln, and they did so because of Lincoln's father, Aldo Burrows, and his former connections to the company. The brothers, along with six other inmates, Fernando Sucre (Amaury Nolasco), Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell (Robert Knepper), Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin (Rockmond Dunbar), David "Tweener" Apolskis (Lane Garrison), John Abruzzi (Peter Stormare), and Charles "Haywire" Patoshik (Silas Weir Mitchell), who come to be known as the Fox River Eight, escape in the season finale.

Season 2

The second season begins eight hours after the escape, focusing mainly on the escapees. Series creator Paul Scheuring describes the second season as "The Fugitive times eight" and likens it to the "second half of The Great Escape".[6] The fugitives split up and journey to locations across the country with the authorities close behind them as they each pursue their individual goals. Brad Bellick (Wade Williams) gets fired from the prison where he worked as a guard and chases after the inmates himself for the reward money. Several of the escapees reunite in search of a large cache of money buried long ago by another prisoner. Federal agent Alexander Mahone (William Fichtner) is assigned to track down and capture the eight fugitives, but is revealed to be working for The Company, which wants all eight men dead. When Sara discovers her dead father, Governor Frank Tancredi, she meets with Michael, remaining with him as the brothers try to bring down the current President, a Company member. To ensure the brothers' safety, Sara allows herself to be arrested and faces trial. During the trial, the testimony of former Secret Service agent Paul Kellerman, who used to work for the Company-controlled President, exonerates Lincoln and Sara. Several of the escapees are killed or recaptured, but the brothers make it to Panama. Michael, T-Bag, Mahone, and Bellick are arrested by the Panamanian authorities and imprisoned at the Penitenciaría Federal de Sona.

Season 3

The third season follows both Michael inside Sona and Lincoln on the outside in Panama. Sona is a prison that has been run by the inmates and guarded only from the outside since a riot the year before. Burrows is quickly contacted by Gretchen Morgan (a Company operative who was in charge of operations in Panama) who kidnapped his son LJ (Marshall Allman) and Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies), the woman Michael loves. He is told that The Company wants Scofield to break James Whistler (Chris Vance) out of Sona. The season follows Michael and Whistler's trials in formulating an escape plan, as Michael has to deal with extreme tension and as Lincoln deals with the Company's operative Gretchen Morgan (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). Sucre gets a job at the prison to aid Michael in his escape plan. When Lincoln attempts to rescue Sara and LJ following a clue provided by Sara, Gretchen claims to have beheaded Sara and sends Lincoln a head in a box as a warning. As the season ends, the pair manage to escape along with Mahone, and another inmate McGrady leaving behind several accomplices including T-Bag and Bellick. Sucre's identity is discovered by a prison guard and is thrown into Sona just after the escape. LJ and Sofia (who was captured for a guarantee that Whistler would go with her) are traded for Whistler, and Michael seeks revenge against Gretchen for Sara's death.

Season 4

The major storyline for the fourth season concerns a team recruited by Homeland Security agent Don Self (Michael Rapaport) to obtain Scylla. Although the team initially believes it to be the Company's "black book", it is later revealed to contain information on an advanced renewable power cell. Over the course of the first half of the season, the team obtain cards to access Scylla, and break into Company headquarters to steal it. In the first half, Sara is discovered to be alive, Bellick is killed, and Self is revealed to be a double agent and is planning to sell Scylla to the highest bidder. Reluctantly, Lincoln decides to join the Company to get it back, while Michael suffers from a hypothalamic hamartoma. He is treated and operated on by the Company. He later learns that his mother, Christina is still alive and was an agent of the Company, who is revealed to acquire Scylla to sell to the highest bidder. Eventually, the series ends in Miami, where Scylla is recovered by Michael and the team, the General and the Company are taken down, and Christina is killed. In Prison Break: The Final Break, a story is told explaining what happened following the events of the last episode (before the four-year flash-forward) and the strange scar on Sara's shoulder. This story involves the incarceration of Sara in Miami-Dade county penitentiary due to budgetary cutbacks; there are cots installed there acting as the county jail. With the General and T-Bag in the adjacent Men's facility, the General wants Sara dead and offers a $100,000 bounty. Largely echoing season one, Sara is involved in common prison fare before Michael hears of the bounty, and plans are devised for her escape.

Cast and characters

Wentworth Miller signing autographs in Beverly Hills, California

Prison Break maintains an ensemble cast for each season along with many recurring guest stars. The first season features a cast of ten actors who receive star billing, who were based in Chicago or at Fox River State Penitentiary.[7] The second season features a cast of nine actors who receive billing; three characters are downgraded from series regular to recurring status, another is upgraded, and a new character is introduced.[8] The third season introduces four new characters; two of whom are prisoners at Penitenciaría Federal de Sona.[9]

Most of the changes in the cast have been due to character deaths. Series creator, Paul Scheuring, explains that killing off major characters "makes the audience that much more fearful for our protagonists" and that "it actually does help us in terms of reducing story lines".[10] The two protagonists of the series, Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield, are the only characters to have appeared in every episode of the series.

  • Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield (Season 1–4): Michael is Lincoln's brother and worked as a structural engineer before devoting full-time to his brother's case. In order to save his brother's life, Michael creates an elaborate plan to help his brother escape from prison. In an interview, Paul Scheuring recalled that most of the actors who tested for the role "would come in playing mysterious, but it was so cheesy and false."[11] A week before the start of production, Miller auditioned for the role and impressed Scheuring with his performance; he was cast the following day.[12]
  • Dominic Purcell as Lincoln Burrows (Season 1–4): Lincoln is a high school drop-out and a convicted felon, who is wrongfully accused of and charged with the murder of Terence Steadman, the brother of the Vice President of the United States. Purcell was cast three days before the start of production and consequently, he was the last actor to join the original cast.[12] He auditioned for the role while he had a recurring role as Tommy Ravetto on North Shore. Since working on John Doe, Purcell has had an amiable relationship with Fox. Hence, he was sent the pilot script of Prison Break.[13] Scheuring's first impression of Purcell did not convince him as a fit for the role since the actor went to the audition with his hair styled and a tan. However, Purcell's acting won the role. He arrived on the set on the first day of filming with a shaved head, which amazed Scheuring with the physical likeness of the series' two leading actors.[11]
  • Robin Tunney as Veronica Donovan (Season 1–2): Veronica is Michael and Lincoln's childhood friend who decides to review Lincoln's case at Michael's insistence. She becomes Lincoln's lawyer and appears as a major character in the first season.
  • Marshall Allman as Lincoln "L. J." Burrows Jr. (Season 1–4): L. J. is the teenage son of Lincoln Burrows and is greatly affected by his father's death sentence. He is forced into hiding after he becomes the target of the people who want Lincoln dead.
  • Amaury Nolasco as Fernando Sucre (Season 1–4): Sucre develops a friendship with Michael during time at Fox River State Penitentiary, where he was his cell-mate. He becomes Michael and Lincoln's ally, and provides comic relief to the show. His character's story focuses mainly on his wish to reunite with his girlfriend. Upon receiving the pilot script, Nolasco's first thought was that it was "one of those failed pilots that the network did not really want" since most of the series pilots would have started production by that time. Admitting that he does not like to read, Nolasco was amazed that the script was a "huge page-turner". Prior to his last audition for the role, Nolasco recalled his nervousness, which grew when Paul Scheuring told him that he was their favourite choice. Subsequently, he was cast in the role.[14]
  • Robert Knepper as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell (Season 1–4): T-Bag appears in all four seasons of the series as a cunning, violent, and manipulative psychopath, consistently underestimated by those around him. T-Bag will stop at nothing to get what he wants and lets nothing stand in his way.
  • Peter Stormare as John Abruzzi (Season 1–2): Due to his role as the leader of a Chicago mafia, Abruzzi became a prominent figure at Fox River State Penitentiary. He agrees to provide an escape plane for Michael in exchange for the location of the eyewitness to his crimes, Otto Fibonacci. He appears regularly in the first half of the first season and makes selected appearances towards the end of the first season and the beginning of the second season.
  • Rockmond Dunbar as Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin (Season 1–2, 4): Desperate for his family, C-Note blackmails Michael at Fox River to join his escape team. He appears in the series as a major character in the first and second seasons.
  • Wade Williams as Brad Bellick (Season 1–4): Appearing in all four seasons, Bellick was introduced as the captain of Fox River's correctional officers. After reading the pilot script, Williams initially did not want to portray the role of Bellick because the character was "horrible and despicable". His reluctance stemmed from being the father of a four-year-old daughter. However, his manager persuaded him to audition for the role and Williams landed the role of Bellick.[14]
  • Sarah Wayne Callies as Sara Tancredi (Season 1–2, 4): Sara is the prison doctor at Fox River and the daughter of Governor Frank Tancredi, who is linked into the plot that brings Lincoln to Fox River. She takes a liking to Michael and eventually aids his escape. She ultimately joins them on the run. Callies was the first actress the producers saw at the audition for the role of Sara Tancredi and was also the first to become a principal cast member.[12][15]
  • Paul Adelstein as Paul Kellerman (Season 1–2, 4): Kellerman was introduced as a Secret Service agent working for the Vice President to make sure that the execution of Lincoln Burrows goes smoothly. Eventually, his character changes from that of a villain to an ally to Michael and Lincoln. He appears as a major character in the first and second seasons.
  • William Fichtner as Alexander Mahone (Season 2–4): Introduced as an FBI agent in the second season, Mahone's assignment was to locate the fugitives. Mahone is intellectually matched with Michael and his background unfolds as the series progresses. In the third season he finds himself incarcerated with Michael in Sona and is eventually forced to become his ally through the final season.
  • Chris Vance as James Whistler (Season 3–4): Whistler is incarcerated in Sona for the murder of the Mayor's son and appears as a major character in the third season. He also stars in the first episode of the fourth season.
  • Robert Wisdom as Norman "Lechero" St. John (Season 3): Appearing as a major character in the third season, Lechero is a prisoner at Sona who rules the prison as a dictator and a Panamanian drug kingpin.
  • Danay Garcia as Sofia Lugo (Season 3–4): Sofia was introduced in the third season as Whistler's girlfriend. At the beginning of the fourth season, it is revealed she has started to date Lincoln Burrows.
  • Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Gretchen Morgan (Season 3–4): Introduced as "Susan B. Anthony", Gretchen is an operative for the company who is in charge of ensuring the escape of James Whistler.
  • Michael Rapaport as Donald Self (Season 4): Introduced in the fourth season, Self is a Department of Homeland Security special agent who teams up with the gang to take down The Company.

Production

Conception

The concept of the series was suggested to series creator Paul Scheuring by producer Dawn Parouse, who wanted to produce an action-oriented series.

The original concept of Prison Break—a man deliberately getting himself sent to prison in order to help his brother escape—was suggested to Paul Scheuring by producer Dawn Parouse, who wanted to produce an action-oriented series. Although Scheuring thought it was a good idea, he was initially stumped as to why someone would embark on such a mission or how he could develop it into a viable television show. He came up with the story of the wrongfully accused brother, and began working on the plot outline and devising the characters. In 2003, he pitched the idea to the Fox Broadcasting Company but was turned down as Fox felt nervous about the long-term possibilities of such a series. He subsequently showed the concept to other channels but was also turned down as it was thought to be more suited for a film project than a television series.[13] Prison Break was later considered as a possible 14-part miniseries, which drew the interest of Steven Spielberg before his departure due to his involvement with War of the Worlds. Thus, the miniseries never materialized. Following the huge popularity of serialized prime time television series such as Lost and 24, Fox decided to back the production in 2004. The pilot episode was filmed a year after Scheuring wrote the script.[16]

Filming

The first three seasons of Prison Break were primarily filmed outside of Hollywood. The majority of the first season of the series was filmed on location in and around Chicago.[17] After it was closed down in 2002, Joliet Prison became the set of Prison Break in 2005, standing in as Fox River State Penitentiary on screen.[18] Scenes set in Lincoln's cell, the infirmary, and the prison yard were all shot on location at the prison.[19] Lincoln's cell was the same one in which serial killer John Wayne Gacy was incarcerated, which at least one member of the production crew refused to enter, because it was alleged to be haunted.[17][20] Other sets were built at the prison, including the cell blocks that housed the general prison population; these blocks had three tiers of cells (as opposed to the real cell block's two) and had cells much larger than real cells to allow more space for the actors and cameras.[19] Exterior scenes were filmed in areas around Chicago, Woodstock, and Joliet in Illinois. Other locations included O'Hare International Airport in Chicago and Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Prison Break spent $2 million per episode in the state of Illinois, which cost them a total of $24 million in 2005.[17]

Renewed for a second season, Prison Break resumed filming on June 15, 2006 in Dallas, Texas due to the close proximity of rural and urban settings.[21] Locations within a 30-minute radius of Dallas were chosen which included Little Elm, Decatur, and Mineral Wells.[22] Many of these locations were used to represent various American towns.[23] The show was expected to spend in excess of $50 million in Texas over the course of the second season.[6] For the final three episodes of the second season, filming took place in Pensacola, Florida to represent Panama.[24] Each episode took eight days to film and approximately $1.4 million went to the local economy per episode.[25] The third season was shot in Dallas and had a budget of $3 million per episode.[26] Several of the exterior scenes with Lincoln and Gretchen negotiating the escape from the Panama jail were shot in the Casco Viejo quarter of Panama City.[27] The principal photography for the fourth season was relocated to Los Angeles, California.[28]

Music

The theme music of Prison Break and the incidental music of each episode was composed by Ramin Djawadi. The score for the first two seasons is featured in the Prison Break: Original Television Soundtrack, which was released on August 28, 2007.[29] Djawadi and Ferry Corsten produced a remix of the theme music entitled "Prison Break Theme (Ferry Corsten Breakout Mix)" as a single, which was released by Fox Music in 2006. In Europe, rapper Faf Larage's song "Pas le temps" is used by television network M6 in France to replace the show's original theme music in the title sequence, which generated publicity and helped to localize the show.[30] Similarly, "Ich glaub' an Dich (Prison Break Anthem)" (performed by Azad and Adel Tawil) and "Over the Rainbow" (performed by Leki) are used in the title sequence in Germany and Belgium respectively. After the ending of the fourth season of the show, on June 2, 2009 a separate soundtrack disc was released for the third and fourth seasons.

Format

Prison Break features a serialized story structure, similar to that of its first season companion show 24. In November 2008, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Fox had ordered two extra episodes of the current fourth season, which may serve as a two-hour series finale in 2009. There was some speculation that a pre-determined end-date had been set for Prison Break, similar to Lost.[31] At the 2009 TV Critics Press Tour, Kevin Reilly told reporters that the series would end with the fourth season. Despite decreasing ratings, Reilly attributed the cancellation to creativity: "The show has just played out. You get to a point creatively where you feel all the stories have been told, and you want to end strong and not gimp out in the end of the season."[32] Regarding the finale, Reilly stated, "They have a really cool ending, actually. I know where they end, and it's a hell of an idea."[32]

On October 24, 2007, The Hollywood Reporter reported that a spin off was under development, tentatively titled Prison Break: Cherry Hill. The series was to revolve around an upper-middle-class housewife, Molly, and her stint in a women's prison.[33] However, the producers' original idea to introduce Molly in the third season of Prison Break was later dropped due to the writers' strike. The new series would instead begin under the Prison Break brand similar to CSI: Miami and CSI: NY.[34]

Response

Ratings and critical reception

The following seasonal rankings are based on a weighted average total viewers per episode as recorded by Nielsen Media Research. The recording period begins in late September (the start of the U.S. network television season) and ends in late May.

Season Broadcast period Timeslot Ranking Average viewers (in millions)
1 2005–2006 Monday 9:00 pm ET
(8:00 pm ET midseason)
#55 9.2[35]
2 2006–2007 Monday 8:00 pm ET #51 9.3[36]
3 2007–2008 Monday 8:00 pm ET #73 8.2[37]
4 2008–2009 Monday 9:00 pm ET
Friday 8:00 pm ET (mid-season)
#68 6.1[38]

The show debuted on August 29, 2005 to an estimated audience of 10.5 million viewers. Fox had not seen such success for summertime Monday numbers since Melrose Place and Ally McBeal aired in September 1998. The two-hour premiere was credited as two episodes by the network.[39] The premiere was ranked first in both the 18–49 and 18–34 demographics.[40] The strong debut performance was also matched by various positive reviews. According to The New York Times, Prison Break was "more intriguing than most of the new network series, and it certainly is one of the most original", complimenting its ability to create a "suspenseful thriller" and its "authentic look".[41] Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly dubbed it as one of the best new shows of 2005.[42] On the other hand, The Washington Post criticized the show for its "somber pretentiousness" and "uniformly overwrought" performances.[43] Due to its ratings success, Fox decided to extend Prison Break by an extra nine episodes, making it the first new series in the 2005–2006 television season to receive a full season order of 22 episodes.[44] The series averaged 9.2 million viewers per week in its first season.[35]

The premiere of the second season of Prison Break obtained an average of 9.4 million viewers.[45] The decline was steeper among young-adult viewers with a decrease of 20% in the 18–49 demographic compared to its series premiere, but its household rating grew from 3.6% to 3.9% during the last half hour.[46] Robert Bianco of USA Today commented on the "harebrained absurdities that have swamped this show", and blamed the writers for being "incredibly lazy" for the continuous use of the tattoo as an "all-purpose plot fix".[47] Contrastingly, Detroit Free Press commended the second season premiere on matching the standard set by the first season, which delivered a "rocking good entertainment" due to its "motley crew of cellblock characters" and the "taut, ingenious storytelling of series creator Paul T. Scheuring and his staff."[48] The second season obtained its largest audience on the original airdate of the episode, "Chicago" with an average of 10.1 million viewers.[49] Overall, the second season averaged 9.3 million viewers per week.[36]

Classification

Due to its storyline and setting, Prison Break's target audience is the 18–34 age group. The show contains adult content including violence, coarse language, as well as sexual and drug references. Concerns were raised by the Parents Television Council in the United States about the time slot in which Prison Break was broadcasted (8:00 pm ET) since the show features some scenes which contain graphic content.[50] The series is given a TV-14 rating in both the United States and Canada. A similar rating is also used in other countries. Prison Break is rated MA15+ in Australia and New Zealand, A+18 in Chile, PG in Hong Kong, 18PL in Malaysia, 12 in The Netherlands, PG13V in South Africa, 15 in the United Kingdom for the DVD release, and a PS rating in the Republic of Ireland. In France, the broadcasting watchdog, Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA), also complained that the violence in some episodes exceeded the amount allowed for its rating, which is "not for under 10s". Under France's regulations, any higher ratings would move the show away from its current primetime timeslot to a later timeslot. However, their decision to change the rating will only affect the first season, which has already been broadcast, and not the second season.[51] To keep the original timeslot, French broadcasters M6 used censorship on the most violent scenes for the second season and also produced a disclaimer before airing each episode in primetime. In Greece, the first season of the show was broadcast with the rating "Necessary Parental Advice", while the second season is broadcast with the rating "Optional Parental Advice", concerning the official classification of television programs in Greece for the protection of viewers.

Awards and nominations

Following a successful airing of the series' first thirteen episodes, Prison Break was nominated for its first award, the 2005 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. The series won the award in January 2006, beating other nominees in the same category, Commander in Chief and Criminal Minds.[52] In January 2006, the show had two nominations at the 63rd Golden Globe Awards, which were Best Drama Television Series and Best Actor in a Drama Television Series for Wentworth Miller's performance.[53] The show's lead actor, Wentworth Miller, received another nomination for his performance in the first season at the 2005 Saturn Awards for Best Actor on Television. Likewise, the series was nominated for 2005 Saturn Award for Best Network Television Series.[54] At the 2006 Television Critics Association Awards, the show was nominated for Best New Drama Series.[55] Nominations for technical awards include the 2006 Eddie Award for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television (Mark Helfrich for the pilot episode),[56] and the 2006 Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music (Ramin Djawadi).[57] In December 2006, Robert Knepper was nominated for the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.[58]

Alleged copyright infringement

On October 24, 2006, the Associated Press reported that Donald and Robert Hughes filed a lawsuit against Fox Broadcasting Company and the show's executive producer and creator, Paul Scheuring, for copyright infringement, seeking unspecified damages and other costs. They claimed that in 2001, they had sent Fox their manuscript which was based on their own experiences of a prison break at a juvenile facility. In the 1960s, Donald Hughes planned and successfully executed a prison escape for his brother, Robert Hughes, who was wrongfully incarcerated.[59][60]

Distribution

Television

In Canada, Prison Break is broadcast on Global one hour before it airs on Fox, except in the Maritimes where it airs two hours before Fox's airing. Prison Break was the only new television series to be positioned in the top twenty television shows of 2005–2006 in Canada, achieving an average of 876,000 viewers in the key demographic of 18–49 and 1.4 million viewers nationally for its first season.[61] Prison Break premiered on Australian television network Seven on February 1, 2006 to an average audience of 1.94 million.[62] The first season attracted an overall average of 1.353 million viewers.[63] In New Zealand, Prison Break won the People's Choice Award for Favourite New Television Drama.[64] After decreasing ratings throughout the second season, Seven decided to fast-track the airing of the third season episodes;[65] however, ratings continued to decrease.[66]

The first and second seasons premiered in the UK on Five for the first season, then subsequently replayed on UKTV Gold before the second season debuted on Five. Prior to the start of the third season, Sky One acquired the rights to broadcast Prison Break, paying £500,000 per episode.[67] The series premiered in France on August 31, 2006 with an average of 5.5 million viewers.[68] The second season premiered on September 13, 2007 to 5.3 million viewers.[69] The first season's broadcast in Hong Kong on TVB Pearl received the largest audience in the country for a foreign drama. The series premiere obtained an average of 260,000 viewers while the first season finale obtained an average of 470,000 viewers.[70] The second season's premiere received an average of 270,000 viewers.[71]

Home media

DVDs Episodes[72] Discs Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season One 22 6 August 8, 2006[73] September 18, 2006[74] September 13, 2006[75]
Season Two 22 6 September 4, 2007[76] August 20, 2007[77] September 17, 2007[78]
Season Three 13 4 August 12, 2008[79] May 19, 2008[80] December 3, 2008[81]
Season Four 24 6/7 June 2, 2009 July 6, 2009[82] July 15, 2009[83]

The DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets of each season are released after their television broadcast and are available in various regions. At the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that the complete first season of Prison Break was to be released on Blu-ray in early 2007.[84] The release date was later announced to be November 13, 2007 and Prison Break became the first television show to be released on Blu-ray Disc by Fox. The Blu-ray box set contains six discs and includes all the DVD box set's special features.[85] A DVD set containing the first three seasons was released on May 19, 2008 in Region 2.[86] In Australia, and possibly all other regions, Prison Break Season 4 will be released, along with Prison Break: The Final Break, and is being promoted as a seven-disc set which includes the television movie finale.[87]

Online distribution

In addition to the television broadcast of the show, episodes of Prison Break have also been released on the Internet. Towards the end of the first season, episodes of Prison Break were made available for purchase online at the iTunes Store, which began on May 9, 2006. After the premiere of the second season of Prison Break, Fox began allowing online streaming of the current episode for free via more than 50 websites including AOL, Google, and Yahoo!, as well as its own extensive network. However, this was restricted to the United States only. The first three episodes of the second season were broadcast commercial free, available for a week after their television broadcast date.[88] Online streaming of episodes was postponed after the third episode. However, due to the show's three-week broadcast hiatus prompted by Fox's broadcast of the Major League Baseball playoff games in October, a strategy was developed by News Corporation (the parent company of Fox Broadcasting Company and MySpace) in an attempt to maintain their viewers' interest in the show. Starting in October, Fox began to stream past episodes of the second season on the social networking site MySpace and websites of the network's owned and operated stations (the stations are part of the Fox Television Stations Group). Although commercials were aired throughout the broadcast, the episodes were free of charge.[89]

Other media

A spin-off series, Prison Break: Proof of Innocence, was produced exclusively for mobile phones and was broadcast first to Sprint customers in April 2006 on SprintTV's Fox station. The first episode of Proof of Innocence became available on the Internet for viewing on May 8, 2006. This was an exclusive deal made between Toyota Motor and News Corporation's Fox network, allowing Toyota to sponsor exclusive content of the show and to obtain advertising exclusivity.[90] During the show's third season, a series of six online shorts, collectively known as Prison Break: Visitations, were made exclusively for Fox. They feature the characters Lechero, Sammy, McGrady, T-Bag, and Bellick. They were distributed on the Internet and are available for free from iTunes.

In printed media, the show's tie-in products include an official magazine and a book written in an in-universe perspective. The official magazine, published by Titan Publishing, was launched on November 21, 2006. Each issue contains interviews with selected cast and crew members with other feature stories. The tie-in novel, Prison Break: The Classified FBI Files (ISBN 1-4165-3845-3), contains details of the show's characters pertaining to the second season's storyline. Written by Paul Ruditis, the book is published by Simon & Schuster and was released on May 8, 2007.[91]. In September 2009, Insight Editions published Prison Break: Behind the Scenes, a companion book featuring production photography, in which writers Christian Trokey and Kalinda Vazquez, as well as Paul Scheuring, Matt Olmstead, and director of photography Fernando Arguelles comment on the show's four-season run.

There is also a live feature called "Prison Break LIVE!", created by The Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company, which is an interactive experience aimed at bringing to life the atmosphere from the television series. The attraction toured the US, Australia, UK, China, Germany and Mexico from 2006 to 2008.[92]

A video game based on Prison Break was in development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for release in February 2009, but was canceled when the company shut down.[93][94] Development of Prison Break: The Conspiracy restarted when the game's developer, Zootfly, found a new publisher.[95] The video game will be released on March 30, 2010.[96] In the game you will portray Tom Paxton, a Company employee who is sent inside of Fox River to observe and report every move of Michael Scofield. The game will feature voices from the original cast members with the exception of Sarah Wayne Callies (Dr. Sara Tancredi).

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Prison Break (2005 - present) is an American television series about a structural engineer who incarcerates himself into a prison in order to help his falsely accused brother escape his death sentence.

Contents

Season 1

Pilot [1.1]

Tattooist: Most guys, you know, for the first time, they start with something small— mom, girlfriend’s initials, something like that. Not you. You got a full set of sleeves, all in a couple of months. Takes guys a few years to get the ink you got.
Michael: I don’t have a few years.

Michael: [referring to the vault] I’m not playing games. Open it.
Bank clerk: Sir, you have a half a million dollars cash in your bag, don’t you think it would be better... [Sound of police sirens gets louder]
[Michael fires his gun at the ceiling]

Judge: Rarely in a case of armed robbery do we hear a plea of no contest. Are you sure about this, Mr. Scofield?
Michael: I’m sure, Your Honor.

Judge: Given your lack of prior criminal conduct, I am inclined to a probation. However, the fact that you discharged a deadly weapon during the commission of the crime suggests malice to me. For that reason, I find it incumbent that you see the inside of a prison cell, Mr. Scofield.

Judge: The closest level one facility would be Fox River State Penitentiary. As for the term of your sentence, I’m setting it at five years. You’ll be eligible for parole in half that time. Sentence to be carried out immediately.

Michael: [to Lincoln] I’m not here on vacation, trust me.

Michael: Maybe you ought to hear what I've got to say.
Abruzzi: You got nothing I need.
Michael: Wouldn’t be too sure of that. [places a bird, made by folding paper, on the table]
Abruzzi: My mistake—just what I need—a duck.

Abruzzi: [to Michael] Kudos, Fish. You’ve got spine.

Lisa: [referring to Lincoln's son, LJ] I figured he could use some fatherly advice before he’s...
Lincoln: Gone forever?
Lisa: I didn’t mean that.
Lincoln: I know you didn’t.

Kellerman: You have a habit of answering a question with a question.
Bishop McMorrow: And you have a way of asking questions that beg more questions.

Veronica: [referring to Lincoln] I loved him as much as you did.
Michael: Past tense for you maybe, not me.

Veronica: The evidence was there.
Michael: The evidence was cooked.

Michael: Find out who is trying to bury him

L.J.: I don’t have a father.
Lisa: It wasn’t an immaculate conception, honey, trust me.

Pope: I can’t help wondering what someone with your credentials is doing in a place like this.
Michael: Took a wrong turn a few months back, I guess.
Pope: You make it sound like a traffic accident.

Pope: Son, it’s better for me to owe you one in here than it is for you to owe me one, I can promise you that.
Michael: I'll take my chances.

Sucre: No good, Fish. No one gets an audience with the Pope—not unless he’s real interested in what you got going on.

Sucre: What’s another word for love?
Michael: What’s the context?
Sucre: Oh, you know... yeah, "I love you so much, I aint never knockin’ over a liquor store again" context.

Sucre: I’m proposing to my girl, if you gotta know.
Michael: In a letter?
Sucre: You got a better way?
Michael: Face to face works pretty good.

Sucre: [about the word Michael suggested to be used in a letter Sucre was writing to his girlfriend] 'Passion', what were you thinking?
Michael: Hey, you went for it.
Sucre: She probably thinks I went sissy up in here.

Michael: [to Lincoln] I’m getting you out of here.
Lincoln: It’s impossible.
Michael: Not if you designed the place, it isn’t.

Sara: I've got news for you, Michael. "Trust me" means absolutely zero inside these walls.

Michael: Wouldn’t think you’d find the daughter of "Frontier Justice" Frank working in a prison—as a doctor, no less.
Sara: I believe in being part of the solution, not the problem.
Michael: Hmm. Be the change you want to see in the world. What?
Sara: Nothing that was just my senior quote.
Michael: That was you? This whole time I thought it was Gandhi.

Lincoln: You’ve seen the blueprints.
Michael: Better than that. [shows his tattoos] I’ve got 'em on me.

Lincoln: [to Michael] All I keep thinking, looking back onto this, I was set up. I know whoever it was who set me up wants me in the ground as quickly as possible.

Sucre: I wouldn’t get excited if I were you, Fish. You aint sniffin’ none of P.I. (prison industry).
Michael: Why is that?
Sucre: Cause John Abruzzi runs it.
Michael: "John Abruzzi" John Abruzzi?
Sucre: "John Abruzzi" John Abruzzi.

Michael: [about D.B.Cooper] Doesn’t look like the type.
Sucre: Who does?

Sucre: [to Michael] I’m telling you, the guards are the dirtiest gang in this whole place. The only difference between us and them is the badge.

Sucre: [to Michael] Welcome to Prisneyland, Fish.

Michael: [about warden’s miniature of Taj Mahal] The Taj... it would be a shame for the eighth wonder of the modern world to collapse because the stress isn’t properly propagated.
Pope: Properly propagated?
Michael: Properly propagated.

Sucre: [to Michael] Suggest you take seat, Fish. Nothing to do up here but serve time—and nobody gonna serve it for you.

Bellick: There isn’t any flying under my radar.
Michael: Good to know.

Bellick: You a religious man, Scofield?
Michael: Never really thought about it.
Bellick: Good. Because the Ten Commandments don’t mean a box of piss in here.

Veronica: I’ve known you my entire life, you don’t have a violent bone in your body. And I know you didn’t need the money.
Michael: Veronica.
Veronica: Why won’t you let me help you?
Michael: Veronica. You’ve been good to me — my whole life — you have. But you've got to let me deal with this. Okay?

Veronica: What if they'd sent you to Taylorville or Marion and not here?
Michael: I think I'd be doing the same thing I'm doing in here. Eating Jell-O, drinking Kool-Aid.

Lincoln: I'm not asking you to love me, I already screwed that chance up long ago. I'm asking you to love yourself. You still can put the break on this thing.
LJ: So, that's what fatherly advice is like? (LJ stands up)
Lincoln: (looking at LJ) Where are you going?
LJ: (to Lincoln) I got homework.
Lincoln: They're putting me to death, L.J. In a month's time I'll be dead. You get that?
LJ: You're already dead to me.

Allen [1.2]

Bellick: You're in the old man's back pocket, are you? I got news for you fish, he may run this place during the day, but I run it during the night.

Inmate: You best speak with respect, Fish. Man kidnapped half a dozen boys and girls down in 'bama, raped and killed 'em all. Wasn't always in that order either.
Michael: Does T-Bag have a real name?
T-Bag: [walks up] That is my real name. [Michael gets up] No, no, no please, sit. So you’re the one I’ve been hearing all the rave reviews about. Scofield! One thing's for sure, you're just as pretty as advertised. Prettier even.

Michael: You ever think about Boston?
Westmoreland: Sure.
Michael: Think you'll ever see it again?
Westmoreland: I'm a sixty year old man with sixty years still left on my ticket. What do you think?
Michael: I'm thinking of going.
Westmoreland: Well there's going, and then there's going. Which one do you mean?
Michael: The one you think I mean.

Abruzzi: Keep your friends close, your enemies closer..!

Cell Test [1.3]

[Two CO's are carrying Michael to the infirmary. They come out of an elevator and then ask for someone to help Michael]

CO: We need some help here! [They rush him in through the hall till they find Sara]
Sara: Take him up in the three. Katie I'm gonna need ten cc's of xylocaine. [The CO's bring Michael into the infirmary and help him to seat in the stretcher. He's almost crying and covers his eyes to hide it. Sara puts her gloves on and looks at the CO's]
Sara: Thanks guys, I'll take him from here. [They hesitate. Sara looks them again firmly] I said 'Thank you, I'll take him from here'.[One of the CO's threws Michael's boot to the floor]
CO: Let's go. [They leave. Michael's foot is cover with a sock and and is bleeding badly. Sara looks the CO's leaving and then she turns to Michael]
Sara: Ok, let's take a look at you. [Michael is finally crying. Sara's going to remove the bleeding sock but Michael stops her for a second, maybe cause he's not able to see what's happened to his foot.]
Sara: [Sweet, softly, gentle while she's uncovering the wound] You're Ok, you're ok. [When Michael sees that two of his toes have been cut off a big tear escapes from his eyes, then he lays back in the stretcher covering his eyes with his hands. Sara looks at him, still gentle]
Sara: What happened? [Michael takes a deep breath and swallow]
Michael: Uh, nothing.
Sara: [Worried] This isn't nothing Michael, I need you to tell me what happened.
Michael: [Painfully] Don't make me lie to you. [Sara looks at him, surprised by the answer. Michael takes another deep breath trying to bear the pain] Please.

[Sara comes out the infirmary room to talk with Bellick, he start walking off, she follows him. He stops and takes off his cap to speak to her.]

Sara: I think you'd better have I.A. [Internal Affairs] start an investigation. [Offering him a report. He doesn't take it]
Bellick: Oh, there's no need. We know what happened.
Sara: [Ironic] Uh, perhaps you'd be good enough to enlighten me?
Bellick: There was a pair of gardening shears left on the floor of the shed. Evidently, he stepped on them.
Sara: Blade went right through his boot huh? [Trying to expose the lie.]
Bellick: Yeah.
Sara: So, uh, why wasn't the boot still on his foot?

[Bellick smiles at her frigidly]

Bellick: Like a said, doc. We've got it taken care. [Puts his cap on again and talks to the CO's] Let's go.

[While they're leaving Sara looks down, disappointed, annoyed. Then takes a breath and goes back to the infirmary room.]


[Inside the infirmary room. Michael is sitting on the stretcher, and Sara is on her seat, just in front of him]

Sara: [Putting a sticking plaster on the fresh bandage] No redness or swelling, so it's no sign of infection. I’ll keep you on antibiotics for the next ten days. [Michael is looking at his foot, serious.] You should be good.[She looks up to Michael and gets up walking to a desk next to the door.]Michael, you understand by law [remarks this part while she takes a look to the CO's that's outside the infirmary door.] I'm obligated to file a report if I feel there's been prisoner misconduct? [Sara looks at him. Michael's still serious. Putting his sock on, slowly, and so the shoe.] There's no way this injury happened by stepping on a blade in a garden shed.
Michael: If you fill a report things could get a lot worse for me.
Sara: [Looking at him. Trying to convince him] They're not already?
Michael: [Looking at her. Serious] Not compared to what they could be. [Sara looks down. He smiles] I've made some enemies.

[Sara breaths and look at him again, worried] Sara: Yeah... Scared? [He looks at her serious, trying to say with his eyes what he won't say with his voice, that there's no way he'll answer that question. Trying to look stronger]

Sara: Men. OK. Here’s what I think. I think you are scared and you wouldn’t be human if you weren’t scared in a place like this.
Michael: When I was young, I couldn’t sleep at night because I thought there was a monster in the closet. But my brother told me there wasn’t anything in the closet but fear. And fear wasn’t real. He said it wasn’t made of anything just…air. Not even that. He said you just have to face it. You just have to open that closet and the monster would disappear.
Sara: Brother sounds like a smart man.
Michael: He is. In here though, you face your fear, you open that door and there’s a hundred more doors behind it. And the monsters that are hiding behind them are all real.
Sara: If you want, I could recommend you be sent to Ad-Seg (Administrative Segregation).
Michael: [Gets up] With the rape victims and the snitches.
Sara: [Still trying to convince him to take care of himself] It would keep you safe.
Michael: [Looks at her, serious again] Thanks, but I think I'd like to face the monsters on my own.

[He leaves. Sara looks away, worried]


Sucre: Are you crazy? You think I wanna break out of here? Sixteen months from now I’m out the gate. I’m getting married, Papi, and I sure as hell ain’t doin it with a posse on my ass. Man I oughta beat you six days till Sunday. I lost my conjugals because of your little parcel.
Michael: I had to test you. See if you could keep a secret.
Sucre: You want a secret, well I got a secret for you, fish. You dig in my cell when I’m there and I’m gonna split your wig. [walks off]
Lincoln: That went well.

Michael: Lincoln, we have a problem.

Michael: Preparation will only take you so far. After that you got to take a few leaps of faith.

Cute Poison [1.4]

Sara: Good afternoon Mr. Scofield. (She closes the door behind her)
Michael: Hello.
Sara: How you feeling today? (Takes a look at him)
Michael: We're good. (Rolling up his sleeve)
[She looks at him again and sees the band aid on his eyebrow. Leaves the tray at a table and sits down next to him.]
Sara: What happened?
Michael: Uh, caught an elbow playing basketball.
Sara: Uh-huh [Looks at him, doesn't believe it][Looks down to put her gloves]. Mind if I take a look ?
Michael: By all means. (Charming)
[She removes the band aid and takes a look. Her face turns more serious.]
Sara: (Takes a small breath) You know you're going to get killed in here, right? If you're not careful.
[Michael is looking at her with a little smile on his face. Then looks away and back to her again]
Michael: I'll make you a bet. When I get out of here... alive, I'll take you to dinner... [She's still serious and doesn't answer. Starts cleaning the wound] ...lunch? ...cup of coffe?
Sara: Michael. This, um... (looks at him) ...this charm act could be exactly what's getting you into trouble out in the yard.
[They look at each other. Michael doesn't keep the eye contact and that makes Sara looks away.]
Sara: Lean forward.
[He does it, little pensative, with a sweet gesture in his face, maybe in response to the sweetness of Sara changing the band aid of his eyebrow, worried for him. We hear the effervescence noise at the sewer again and see how both liquids are reacting over the pipes.]

Sucre: You see these hands? They're digging machines. You want to go to China? I'll get you to China. I'll dig like a psychotic rodent if I have to!

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

Michael: Let's just say someone's gonna get hurt.

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

[Michael is banging his head against the bars]
Haywire: What, are you nuts?
Michael: Officer... I need an officer.
C.O Patterson: What the hell is the problem down here. What. Son of a bitch open up on 40. [takes out his mace] Back off Haywire.
Haywire He's got the pathway in his body
C.O Patterson: Haywire I said back off you want a hot shot
Haywire: im telling you look at his [screams after C.o Patterson maces his face]

Haywire: (While Michael is pouring out toothpaste)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!"... I just told you a secret.
Michael: You want to know what the tattoos mean?
Haywire: Yeah!
Michael: Nothing!
Bellick: [while the inmates are yelling and Sucre is singing] NOT ONE MORE WORD. NEXT INMATE THAT OPENS HIS MOUTH GOES IN THE HOLE.

English, Fitz or Percy [1.5]

Michael: The reason we’re all here today is we have a decision to make…English, Fitz or Percy. If we’re gonna pull this off…we need to take one of them out.
Abruzzi: And you want us to tell you which one?
Michael: I just want you to help me get to them. I’ll take it from there.

Sara: I’m supposed to give you a physical this evening. Let me apologize in advance for the heavy dose of irony we’re about to participate in.
Lincoln: It’s all right, just doing your job.
Sara: Yeah, well letting the State know that you’re healthy enough to execute is not why I went to medical school.

Michael: I thought you said your cousin was moving in on your girl.
Sucre: That’s my other cousin, but thanks for bringing that up, jackass.

Pope: The thing is, Mr. Scofield is not our problem any more. Seems there was an error in his paperwork. He's going to be transferred after all.
Michael: That's not possible.
Pope: Escort the prisoner back to his cell.
Michael: Warden, all I need is three weeks. Get off of me! Henry, please! I just need a little time, just give me the time.

Michael: We're not breaking out of a Jamba Juice, gentlemen.

Abruzzi: And how do you plan to do that, Fish?
Michael: With a little help from my friends.

Kellerman: Mr. Pope, in our line of work, we've discovered that just about everyone has done something that someone doesn't know about.

Riots, Drills and the Devil [1.6]

T-Bag: So you see, "friends", either I'm through that hole with you, or I'm gonna sing like Johnny Cash!

Michael: I need you down there. It's a two man job. Let's hang a sheet.
Sucre: No way, man. You only hang a sheet when you and your cellie want to get friendly, you know?
Michael: You wanna protect your prison rep, or do you wanna get out of here?

T-Bag: Not that hot?!
[He points to a black inmate]
T-Bag: When this guy woke up this morning, he was white!

Inmate: We got you a little get well gift.
T-Bag: Awww. Its just the right size. Thank you, boys. I'll catch up with you later.
[T-Bag walks into the cell]
T-Bag: Whats your name?
Seth: Seth.
T-Bag: You new, Seth?
[Seth nods his head]
T-Bag: Look at me, boy. You probably heard stories about me. They're not all true.
[T-Bag pulls out his left trouser pocket]
T-Bag: What do you say we go for a walk.

Michael: It’s just math.
Sucre: What if your math is wrong?
Michael: You’ll drill into one of a dozen gas lines behind the wall. There’ll be an explosion and we’ll be burned alive.
Sucre: But you’re good at math, right?

T-Bag: Why don't you send us all someplace cooler- like Africa.

T-Bag: What do you call a guy who couldn't pass the cop's exam and now makes less than a mailman? A CO.

Bellick You know Teddy, you've really disappointed me, and that's hard to do; because I don't expect much from the inbred son of a retard. That's right Teddy, I read your psych profile. Your father rapes his mongoloid sister, and nine months later little Teddy pops out.

Riots, Drills and the Devil Part 2 [1.7]

Abruzzi: Give me that thing! Demolition runs in the family...

Abruzzi: You're drilling holes with an eggbeater?
Sucre: I know. Crazy, huh? It's the Fish's idea. It's called the "Hooker Law." It says that if you poke the exact right holes in something big and strong, it gets very weak. that's the plan.
Abruzzi: yeah, it's always the plan!

[After T-Bag kills the rookie guard]
T-Bag: One for the team.

[Michael has a red dot on his chest]
Sara: Michael!
Michael: What?

Michael: [to Sara] Come on, I won't hurt you.

Michael: [to Sara] You needed help and I..I came to find you...

Sara: Michael, if you're trying to calm me down, you're doing a pretty poor job.
Michael: But I am trying. [both laugh]

Louise: James, I'm not taking sides, bla bla bla, giving james crap and being irritatingly nosey.
James: We all have our crosses to bear.
James and Elaine:[both laugh and go and do shots]

James: I don't think this new place is going to work out
Elaine: Just have a little faith, brother.

Sara: Wait, I can't leave you here.
Michael: You have no choice. I'm one of the bad guys, remember?

The Old Head [1.8]

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.

T-Bag: I'm feelin' kinda left out. New York, California, St. Louis. What are we discussing?
Michael: 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.

T-Bag: Ugh,ugh yeah, Hold up here a minute, oh, hold up here huh... Seems to be a little confusion... I'm suppose to be on this brigade...
Abruzzi: [to the C.O] I don't think so.
T-Bag: Huh, John, you can't be serious, not after all the long and illustrious histories 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 it... but if you don't want to... I certainly could.

Bellick: [to Westmoreland] 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. 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?

Guard: What the hell are you doing' here?
Michael: Clean-up detail - we thought this was storage.
Guard: 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 Lucas is sweet on you.

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.

Tweener [1.9]

T-Bag: [about Tweener] Boy's a bit confused about his pigmentation, but he sure does have spunk.

T-Bag: [to Tweener] Blacks don't want you... Whites don't want you. You're a regular tweener.

T-Bag: Freshman!

Michael: [to T-Bag] If you want to sing, then sing.

Veronica: [in text message to LJ] Dump the phone, they're tracking you. We're in New Glarus.

Michael: The man you're talking about died the moment I stepped inside these walls.

Mrs. Steadman: If we talked about who had motive to kill Terrence, we'd be here all day.
Veronica: I'm sorry?
Mrs. Steadman: Look around. Half the people in this place were shareholders in his company.

Kellerman: [cocks pistol] Did you hear that? Did you hear it? Know what that means? Why don't you ask your mom what that means? Oh, sorry, you might have trouble getting an answer out of her right about now.

Lincoln: Are you alright?
L.J.: No. Nowhere near it.

Sucre: You think he found the hole?

Bellick: I checked my balance online, it is looking seriously deficient.
Abruzzi: It's gotta be some kind of mistake, like an accounting error or something.
Bellick: Yeah. Tell Falzone I don't stand for "accounting errors."

Nick: You know, I think you seem to be forgetting something here. I'm in the crosshairs same way you are, all for your ex-boyfriend who, unlike my father, is a scumbag criminal who just happens to be in prison for the one crime he didn't commit.

Sleight of Hand [1.10]

C-Note: [to Michael] Concrete is my specialty. Can you dig it?

Kellerman: [to the Vice-President, about Quinn] You woke a sleeping beast when you called these guys in. They have a bigger agenda than any of us and they get real nasty, real quick if things don't go their way.

Hale: I swear to God, it just gets deeper and deeper.
Kellerman: What's that supposed to mean?!
Hale: I'm saying that if I knew that this was how things were gonna turn out, I would have taken that crap job with the feds. Sitting by a desk all day drinking coffe and sharpening pencils. God, that sounds good.
Kellerman: Keep talking like that, I'll be forced to put a bullet in your head.

Michael: You threw away your flowers.
Sara: Like I said, they don't last.
Michael: I don't think they're dead yet.
Sara: I don't like getting attached to things if I know they won't last.
Michael: Why are you so cynical?
Sara: Michael, I think there's cynicism and then there's realism -
Michael: - and there's optimism? Hope? Faith?
Sara: This coming from an eight-toed guy locked away in a penitentiary!
Michael: (smiles) Toes are over-rated.
Sara: Thank you for trying to make me smile. Not today
Michael: You never know

And Then There Were 7 [1.11]

Michael: Still interested in getting in on P.I.?
Tweener: Does my momma got big breasteses?
Michael: I wouldn't know.
Tweener: Hell yeah she does and hell yeah I do.

Michael: [Referring to PI pay] It pays 19 cents an hour.
Tweener: 19 cents an hour?! That's slavery, yo!
Michael: It's prison, yo.

C-Note: [to T-Bag] Are you telling me that there's a hole in Fox River that you don't want to get into?

Abruzzi: OK, let's rotate! [to T-Bag] Sergeant Sodomy, you're up next!

Michael: We've got too many people. One of them has to go.

Sara: I'm not a jealous woman. But I'm a careful one. And for some reason, when I'm around you, I'm not...careful.
Michael: You don't have to be.
Sara: Yes, I do. There are so many questions surrounding you, Michael. There are way too many.

Sara: So you're married.
Michael: Uh, well, not in the traditional sense of the word.

Tweener: Why you need this watch so bad anyway?
Michael: Let's just say it means a lot to someone in my family.

Bellick: Says here they got married the day before Scofield robbed that bank.
Geary: Why the hell would he do that?

C-Note: You know, your parents must be so proud of you, man. I mean, hitting the trailer-park trifecta: racist, pedophile, and stupid.
T-Bag: You know, it, it vexes me that I'm made out to me the bad guy in the room. It's not like y'all were incarserated for stealin' girl scout cookies.
Abruzzi: Well, none of us murdered any girl scouts in the process.

Guard: Scofield, move it. It's time for your conjugal - your wife is here.

Nick: We just learned that Vice President Reynolds funneled millions of dollars in research grants into her brother's company. That money was filtered into millions of small accounts that made millions of small donations to her campaign, setting her up to be the next leader of the free world. This doesn't end with us stopping an execution any more.
Veronica: For me it does.

Michael: You kept it.
Sara: Kept what?
Michael: The flower.
Sara: Well, I'm a pack rat, I never throw anything out.
Michael: Yeah. The clutter in here is, uh... overwhelming.
Sara: You should see my apartment.
Michael: Whoa! We haven't even been on our first date and you're already inviting me in. I thought you were a nice girl.
Sara: Michael, everyone knows that nice girls finish last.
Michael: So where do you finish?
Sara: That depends on where I start. Deep breath.

Odd Man Out [1.12]

T-Bag: [to Westmoreland] You know what I can't understand is why somebody like you wants to get out of here anyways. How you gonna survive, huh? The world is all different now, scary. They got computer phones, boobies made out of silicone, you won't know what to do!

Bellick: Maybe "whore" is too strong. What do you call a girl who married a felon to get into the United States? What'd she have to come here for anyway? No strip clubs in Whatzit-stan?

T-Bag: What's that smell? It smells a little like... conspiracy.

T-Bag: After all I've done, maybe I do deserve to die. Maybe I do, but you are no better than me.
Abruzzi: But I can be, if I want! God has given me the chance to choose. Maybe I should give you a chance as well.

T-Bag: Hey John, you know actually, about Jesus, [slits Abbruzi's throat] say hi to him for me, will ya?

End of the Tunnel [1.13]

Michael: We're not getting out of here.
T-Bag: Unfortunately, pretty, that ain't an option.

T-Bag: Remember Pretty, I am serving life plus one. So if I get busted for attempted escape, I'ma throw in a homicide, no problem, that's like a parking ticket to me!

Sucre: [on the phone with the hospital] The name is John Abruzzi, A-B-R-U-Z-Z...I don't care what protocol is, I just wanna know if he's okay. Hello? Hello? [dial tone]

C-Note: Now, you know what? There are two things that everybody needs to get with here. [to T-Bag] First, hillbilly, you have got to learn some respect. The man here made everything possible. [to Michael] And you, Fish, you have got to get with that we are doing this thing this afternoon, as soon as we get on PI.
Michael: [laughing] So you're just gonna make a run for it, in the middle of the day?
C-Note: Well, you gotta do what you gotta do, huh, baby?
Michael: You are gonna screw this whole thing up...
C-Note: It's not for you to decide anymore. Now, this train is leaving the station, and I suggest you get on it.
T-Bag: Get on the train, Fish, get on the train...
Michael: Well you know what, you sons of bitches? I won't let you do it.
T-Bag: What you gonna do, blow the whistle on your own escape?

The Rat [1.14]

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.

Governor 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 happenes 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.
Tweener: Yo, what scripes yo.
Michael: Thanks,
Tweener: What y'all talkin' bout?
Westmoreland: Nothing.

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

T-Bag: [to Michael] You owe me a ticket out of here, pretty. And I will collect.

Guard: Is everything alright, Doc?
Sara: Yeah, everything's fine.
Guard: [referring to Lincoln] Why isn't he handcuffed to the table?
Sara: What's he gonna do? Steal a cotton ball?

Bellick: So you like doing that too?
Tweener: Dippin' the fry in the shake? Hells yeah.
Bellick: Mmm, good times, good times.

Bellick: How's it going in here?
Jerry: Ready for lift-off.

Bellick: [to Tweener] You better start selling your ass.

By the Skin and the Teeth [1.15]

Bellick: My God, you cons are slower than a spelling bee full of stutterers!

C-Note: Wait a minute - why are you changing the plan, man? We're already through that room beneath the infirmary, that's all we gotta do is get through that pipe and we're home free!
Michael: There's a reason they replaced it with a twelve-inch pipe, Darwin - people can't get through it.

T-Bag: You tellin' me to get to the infirmary we gotta go through the Whack Shack?!

C-Note: We'll be like ducks in a shooting range, you feel me?
Guard: Hurry it up con!
C-Note: Your plan sucks, snowflake.

Veronica (while sayin goodbye to Lincoln): I've loved you since the first time I saw you!

Lincoln: [while in the electric chair about to be electrocuted] It's him! Michael!
Veronica: What's he saying?
Lincoln: Michael, turn around! It's him!
Veronica: What do you think he's saying?
Lincoln: Michael, turn around!

Brother's Keeper [1.16]

Michael: Rough night? I got your message, what's the problem?
Lincoln: I lost my keys. [Michael drops them into Lincoln's hands] Where'd you find them?
Michael: About four feet that way.
Lincoln: I must have dropped them.

Michael: I have to get back to work. Speaking of which, I heard you got fired a few weeks ago, what was it this time?
Lincoln: Do you really wanna know, or are you just enjoying the view from your high horse?
Michael: You know what I want, to not have to be the older brother for my older brother.

Veronica: You want to know what the 90 grand was for?
Michael: I think I do.
Veronica: You!
Michael: What do you mean?
Veronica: The money you got when you were 18, from your mother's life insurance, the money that paid for your degree, that got you this job, that bought you your loft. Your mother never had life insurance, that money came from Lincoln.
Michael: How?
Veronica: He borrowed it, knew it'd be tough to pay back, but that didn't matter because he thought you deserved it. He also knew you'd never accept it if you knew it came from him. Michael, you are where you are because of your brother.
Michael: You're telling me... he is where he is because of me.

Michael: [as they are about to kiss, the phone rings] I'm sorry.
Veronica: What? [looks at phone and sees Lincoln's name] You gonna answer it?
Michael: He'll leave a message, he always does.

Michael: They didn’t even let her testify.
Lincoln: Who?
Michael: Leticia Berris, and that cop changed his story a dozen times.
Lincoln: What part of move on don't you get?
Michael: After Mom died, when it was just you and me, I remember having trouble sleeping, never knowing where you were, but when I'd wake up in the morning there'd be this paper bird, an origami crane sitting next to my bed and I never knew what it meant exactly, but I figured it was your way of letting me know you were checking in on me. Anyway... I looked it up, the crane, stands for familial obligation, watching out for your own. Maybe it's my turn to watch out for you.

Michael: Here's the part I don't understand, all the evidence is lining up in a path that leads directly to you. They say they have you on tape, pulling the trigger. If you didn't kill Terrence Steadman, how the hell did someone make it look like you did?

Michael: Linc, I owe you an apology.
Lincoln: For what?
Michael: The night you called, if we'd talked, maybe I could have stopped...
Lincoln: Hey, hey, hey, this isn’t your fault.
Michael: Then whose is it?
Lincoln: Listen up, you need to forget about this, move on, work hard, do what you do.
Michael: I can’t do that.
Lincoln: Oh yes you can, and you will.

T-Bag: You brought that old dirty bastard right on home, there was a candle in the window just waiting for me to walk up those front steps. You know I'm gonna get out of here someday, and when I do, don't think that I won't remember what your front steps looks like, Susan.
[Susan spits at T-Bag's viewing window]

Michael: Honestly Linc, I don't know how it's come to this. And you can't keep blaming mom for dying and dad for leaving cause I was there too. The difference is I got out. Mom had life insurance, I took my half, put myself through school. What'd you do with your half Link?
Lincoln: Everything is not always how it looks, Michael.
Michael: I hope for your sake that's true.

Michael: So... same time tomorrow?
Lincoln: They're.. um.. transferring me to a prison, where I'll wait until they execute me.
Michael: Can I still visit?
Lincoln: Yeah, not that far... a place called Fox River.
Michael: Fox River?
Lincoln: Yeah... why?
Michael: Nothing.

J-Cat [1.17]

Avocado: [referring to Tweener] Look at it... she's just a baby.

Avocado: You prob'ly don't have a hair on your body, do ya?
Tweener: Just back yer punk ass up.

Tweener: Come on man I just need some time.
Bellick: You had your time, you're a waste of my fries.

Tweener: [after the whole crew dumps their dirty paint brushes in Tweener's bucket for him to clean] A'ight, sorry I busted up the party, yo.

Michael: I put my blood into this. [starts punching the wall frantically]

Michael: I need for you to draw the picture for me.
Haywire: Who are you?

T-Bag: Trust me, son. When I play cards, it ain't gamblin'.

Bluff [1.18]

T-Bag: What are we, the A train? Everyone gets to ride with us?

T-Bag: Woo! Looks like the bank of Africa wasn't allowing any withdrawals.

Michael: Geary.
Pope: Geary.
Michael: He shakes cons down for money, anything he can get his hands on. He knew I went to college, so he must've... he must have thought I was rich or something.

Pope: I've never seen one of these requests granted before....not ever.
Lincoln: Good lawyers.
Pope: No lawyer is that good.

T-Bag: A full house...that's a concept a Mexican should be quite familiar with. Eh, Zazu?

Westmoreland: Outliving your wife, that's bad enough. Outliving your daughter, no man should have to do that.

Haywire: It's the pathway to hell.
Michael: No it's not, it's just the opposite.
Haywire: I remember.

Guard: What the hell are you staring at, anyway?
Lincoln: Everything...

The Key [1.19]

Tweener: Believe me what I got is worth it, so you gonna step up or what?
Bellick: This is your last chance Tweener, blow smoke again and I'll be scraping you off the heel of my boot.
Tweener: Scofield and this whole PI crew, they're escaping.

[Michael kisses Sara]
Sara: What do you want from me, Michael?
Michael: Sara... I need you to do something for me.
Sara: What?
Michael: Wait for me... it won't always be like this. In this room, in this place.
Sara: Until then, I can't... we can't... damn it... I can't... and I gotta go.

Michael: How are you?
Sara: I'm fine, you?
Michael: Fine.
Sara: Can I have your hand please?
Nurse Katie: Here they are.
Sara: Here what are?
Nurse Katie: Your keys. They were right over there by your endbox. You got a maintenance guy waiting outside here said you wanted to change the locks. You want me to call him off?
Sara: [she glares at Michael] No, send him in.
Maintenance man: Is it okay if I...
Sara: Yeah, we're about done here. [Michael looks worried] Is there something wrong?
Michael: No. Unless you want to talk about what happened this morning.
Sara: I think I have a pretty good idea. We're done here.

Tweener: I'm dead no matter what.
Michael: There may be another way out of here.
Tweener: Yeah, in a body bag.
Michael: I need to know if I can trust you.
Tweener: I'm straight up as they come, you know.
Michael: No, I mean really trust you.

Lincoln: You know what you've done, the mother of my child is dead.
Dad: I know.
Lincoln: Do you? [smashing things] Then I'm guessing you know Michael's in Fox River and L.J.'s rotting in some prison.
Dad: I know all this.

Sucre: Have you figured out how you're gonna get the key to the infirmary yet?
Michael: Not quite.
Sucre: You working your game on her, or what?
Michael: I don't know.

Michael: I'm glad you're back.
Abruzzi: I'm surprised you're still here, I thought you'd be gone by now.
Michael: Well, we had a few setbacks.
Abruzzi: Still planning on it?

Tonight [1.20]

Governor Tancredi: What was it your mother used to say? It's always nice to be invited to the dance even if you don't have the right shoes.
Sara: Yeah. She also used to say that your father is a lying bastard.

Governor Tancredi: [to Sara] I will not discuss morality with an addict and a thief.

Avocado: How many times I gotta say it? You only got one thing I need.

Michael Scofield: [holding a shank to the Warden] I'm breaking out, and you're going to make sure my brother goes with me.

Flight [1.22]

T-Bag: [about being handcuffed to Michael] I guess it was just meant to be, eh fellas?
Abruzzi: [chops off T-Bag's hand] He's lucky I didn't take this to his head.
Sucre: You...you cut his....you cut his...
Lincoln: Sucre, shut up! C'mon, let's go.
Sucre: [gesturing to T-Bag] We can't just leave him here...
C-Note: You wanna stay here, be my guest.

Sucre: [looking at the police approaching them] What do we do now?
Michael: We run.

Season 2

Manhunt [2.01]

Bellick: We don't need you. We are on these guys' trail and it's just a matter of time 'til we nail them.
Agent Mahone: The problem I find with being on a trail is that by definition, you'll always be behind your prey.

Abruzzi: These trousers are a little bit too short. Don't you think?
Lincoln: Chop your feet off. You're good at that.

Sucre: This jacket isn't exactly the best thing, you know what I'm saying?
Michael: You want variety? Hit Target.

Otis [2.02]

Agent Ives: The warden down at Fox River called, asking to be kept in the loop. What should I tell him?
Agent Mahone: Tell him he's no longer in it.

Agent Mahone: I really do, professionally speaking, have a lot of admiration for Lincoln and Michael.
L.J.: Cool. Now we are buddies.

Agent Mahone: You know, for someone who's so convinced that the government is capable of so many underhanded things, you sure are playing fast and loose with me.
L.J.: What are you gonna do, throw another fake murder charge on me?

Lincoln: [to L.J., on the phone] On the third, look out for Otis Wright. Until then, keep your head up.

Lincoln: [to Michael] If this doesn't work out and you end up going back to Fox River, I ain't coming to get you. I mean, you are the brains and I am the brute.

Scan [2.03]

Lincoln: Man, it's quiet out here. Inside, there was always noise, you know? Someone yelling, guards making rounds... I got used to it.
Michael: You're right. We should go back.
[Both start laughing]

Michael: Breaking out was just the beginning, now it gets a little more interesting.
Lincoln: Mmm hmm. 'Cos me being strapped into an electric chair wasn't interesting enough.

Lincoln: The car could blow any second, Michael.
Michael: Well, the Feds are going to be here in about two minutes. If it doesn't look like we're dead, we will be. Rock, paper, scissors?
[Lincoln starts to walk towards the car]
Michael: Linc!
Lincoln: It's my turn.

Governor Tancredi: Sara. I paid your bail.
Sara: You took your time.
Governor Tancredi: I'm the governor. I do have things to do...
Sara: Go to hell, dad.

Bellick: I knew the little whore would take us right to 'em.

First Down [2.04]

Kellerman: [to Sara] This really is like the best pie I’ve ever had. [pause] Do you know what it needs, though?
Sara: Hmm?
Kellerman: Some crack.
Sara: [laughs]
Kellerman: No... you know... not a lot... a pinch.
Sara: A pinch of crack?
Kellerman: A pinch of crack. A pinch of crack, a dollop of smack... mmm... that's good pie.
Sara: That's so wrong.

Sara: [answers her cell phone] Hello.
Michael: Sara. It's me.
Sara: [walks away from Kellerman] What do you want?
Michael: I don't have time to talk and there's every chance that they're listening to this call right now, but there's a lot I want to say. Please don't hang up on me.
Sara: I don't...I don't want to talk to you.
Michael: [rest forehead against the wall] I heard about...I heard about what happened, and I want you to know...I want you to know how sorry I am for everything.
Sara: Sorry's not going to do me a whole lot of good with what I'm up against right now.
Michael: Listen, anyone with any ties to me and my brother is in danger now.
Sara: I have no ties to you and your brother anymore.
Michael: There's a way I can protect you. It's already in your possession.
Sara: [running her hands through her hair] What are you talking about?
Michael: It was real, Sara. You and me, it's real [pause and then hangs up].
Sara: Michael? [Kellerman looks up]

Abruzzi: I kneel only to God. I don't see him here.

Map 1213 [2.05]

Kellerman: [to Sara] I've got skeletons in my closet too, and one of them wears a dress.

Michael (to T-bag walking on the street): Hey Pretty!

Michael: Tell me that’s not what I know it is.
T-Bag: Oh it is. But don't worry. Before I destroyed it I committed it to my photographic memory. I would have tattooed it to my body but I didn’t have the time.

T-Bag: Don't you feel all warm inside now that we're all working together?
Michael: We're not working together. You're just here to lend a hand.

Lincoln: Before or after Sheep Road?
[silence]
Michael: What's the matter, Theodore, did you forget?
T-Bag: How could I forget a road called Sheep?

Store clerk: Maybe I know your grandpa... What's his name?
Tweener: His name is Grandpa!

Agent: Do you think he's a genius or a whack job?
Mahone: I think we answered that question when we assigned 100 agents to the case.

Subdivision [2.06]

Lincoln: The ranch is gone Michael.
Michael: Well the 5 million may not be.
T-Bag: And you gonna find it how? What, you got a divining rod tattooed on your ass?
Michael: I DON'T WANNA HEAR ANYTHING FROM YOUR MOUTH OTHER THAN WHAT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY SPITS OUT REGARDING THAT MAP!
T-Bag: You watch your tone with me, boy.
Michael: I'll watch you get tossed to the side of the road to fend for yourself, boy. Because if you can't remember where that silo was, you're worthless to us.

Michael:You see these 2 trees? They’re shorter than the rest. They were all planted at the same time. But those 2 didn’t get as much sunlight.
Lincoln: Something was in their way.
Michael: The silo. Our money should be right there, under that garage.
T-Bag: You better be right, boy.
Michael: This isn’t a high end subdivision. They slapped this place up overnight. The silo’s foundations might still be there. To save money they probably just laid that concrete for the garage floor right on top of it. We’ll dig straight down. If we hit the foundation, we stay. If not, we go.

Jeanette: A systems what?
Michael: Its a systems diagnostics test. Footage from our gopher's cam picked up exactly where your line was... corrupted.
Jeanette: And who corrupted it? You guys?
Michael: Maybe. All I know is that my supervisor called and said that he wants me and my crew to get over here and fix that problem double quick, double time.
Jeanette: So, you're not with the electric company?
Michael: No, ma'am. Now feel free to call your company, but I should tell you all they'll do is send over some tech. Maybe tomorrow, if you're lucky. And he'll spend a whole day trying to find the problem and another day trying to fix it. But we're here right now. And we're ready to turn your juice back on.
Jeanette: (interested) My juice?
Michael: That's right.

T-Bag: We really need to get started ma'am. Wouldn't want a pretty little thing like yourself sittin' in the dark tonight, now would we?
Jeanette: Well that depends on who I'm sitting with.
T-Bag: Touché!

C-note: (To Michael) What's up, snowflake?

Michael: Well as always your timing is flawless
C-note: I don't follow.
Michael: Lemme try and explain it to you. We're trying to run something here. We can't have people walking in from the street.
C-note: Oh! Oh ok, so you want us to leave and then you can just mail us the check?
Michael: (walking over to Fernando Sucre) Sucre, I know you trust me. And you know I'll cut you in on that money. But the two of you being here right now jeopardizes everything.
Sucre: I'm not going nowhere. I want my share of the money.
C-note: Ok man, hold on man. Ain't we did this dance before? Y'know I say I want in. You say no. Then I threaten to tell somebody about what's going on here. And then you decide to play nice and we're one big happy family! Why don't we just stop wasting time, alrite?

C-note: Hey man, you still alive?
T-Bag: And kicking, homeboy.

Jeanette: Could you do something for me?
T-Bag: I'm certain of it.
Jeanette: Come here. (whispers) only you have to be very discreet.
T-Bag: They don't come any discreeter.
Jeanette: You know that big guy? The strong guy that doesn't speak much? Would you go in there and ask him if he would like to have a drink with me after he punches out, please?

T-Bag: [to Michael](referring to Jeanette) She's got the hots for the big, strong one!

Buried [2.07]


Lincoln: (after disarming the lady cop) Let's be civil. Stop. Relax. Here you go.

Michael: Why couldn't it just be a silo? In the middle of a field with no one around?
Lincoln: Figure it out. We can get the money another way.
Michael: Yeah, maybe I can rob another bank. You know what Charles once said to me? He said there's no such thing as an ex-con. Because I used to think there was a way we could wipe the slate clean. Make up for everything we've done. The hat's over the wall, Linc. For everyone.

Sara: Hey Bruce
Bruce: Oh hi, Sara
Sara: I'm trying to get a hold of dad, I need to reach him on his cell.
Bruce: He actually just landed. Should be home soon. I don’t know if he’s gonna be in much of a mood to talk, though.
Sara: Why?
Bruce: Your father got a call from the White House. They withdrew his nomination.
Sara: What?! I talked to him 2 hours ago, he didn’t say anything about that.
Bruce: It just happened. According to them, his confirmation was going to be a problem.
Sara: We had the votes, right?
Bruce: Super majority.
Sara: Ok, so, president Reynolds pulled the plug on a sure thing in order to start over from scratch? How often does something like that happen in politics?
Bruce: Never.

Lincoln: Since when did we become kidnappers? That ain't right.
Michael: Well, we can buy a conscience tomorrow.
Lincoln: Well yeah, closing your eyes ain't gonna make it go away.
Michael: I'll take 5 minutes of a situation I can control over 50 years of one I can't anyday.

C-Note: Why don’t you get down in that hole and dig, man.
T-Bag: How ‘bout you backin’ up, dark fella?
C-Note: You’re a long way away from home, trailer park. I can put you in that hole and nobody’d ever hear you scream

Patoshik: You don't move around too well, do ya?

Lincoln: You can still come with me.
Michael: No, I can do this.
Lincoln: And if you can't?
Michael: Then we still meet up. Exactly where we planned.
Lincoln: Bolshay Booze.
Michael: Bolshoi.
Lincoln: Bolshoi. L.J's gonna be with me.
Michael: You remember how to get there?
Lincoln: How can I forget?
Michael: Thursday night. 6 o clock. It's our last shot. If we do this right, we're gone - forever.
Lincoln: Lotta ground to cover in 3 days.
Michael: Lotta ground.
Lincoln: All right. Take care. (hugging Michael)
Michael: They'll be gunning for you. They'll get you any way they can so...
Lincoln: Yup!
Michael: Tell L.J. Tell him I said there'll be a surf board with his name on it.
Lincoln: Nice.

Sara: My father's not a suicidal man.

Lady Cop: What were you in for?
Sucre: I don't wanna talk, lady.
Lady Cop: I'm a prisoner in my own house. Least you can offer me is a little conversation. Alrite, just let me know when I hit it. Murder? Rape? Kidnapping? Sexual abuse? Child sexual abuse?
Sucre: Aggravated robbery.

Agent Mahone: Are you Catholic?
Agent Mahone: Not much good on it. Lot of guilt. But the one good thing is confession. Whatever you got eat in on you, you just give it up. Feels good I have to say, guess is letting it out, letting another human being hear.
Tweener: I have nothing to say, man.
Agent Mahone: What if I told you something, secret nobody else knows. Oscar Shales. Guy I was chasing a few years back. Smart as hell. I kept just missing him. Became kind of a game like chess. Would have almost been fun if it wasn't for the fact that he were killing people all along the way. Bodies kept stacking up and I started to feel that it was because of me because I couldn't do my job, because I wasn't smart enough. Never did catch him, but I did lose it. Saw things when I was driving at night. Bodies. Nightmares to the point that I couldn't sleep. It was a complete break from reality.
Agent Mahone:That's what these little guys are for. Keep me in the game. So now you know. Now it's off my chest. Oughta try it sometime.
Tweener: Like I said before, I ain't gonna tell you nothing.
Agent Mahone:We were talking about confession earlier and I think I owe you an apology because I lied to you about Oscar Shales. Smart-ass just kept pushing it. I snapped. Right there.
Agent Mahone:That's where I put the bullet in him.
Tweener:I don't care about none of this.
Agent Mahone:The thing about that is that forensics will tell the whole tale. Powder burns. The gun was right against his head.
Tweener: Yo, sir. I think we should go back in...
Agent Mahone: See that's what's good about confession. You know, because you say something, you get it off your chest and it just goes out there into the whole world and I'm so sorry about this kid because I really hope you understand.

Tweener: Know what? You were right. Does feel good to get stuff off your chest. Sorry I had to play you like that, bro.

Tweener: Yo, yo. What... What...
Agent Mahone: I got nothing against you kid...
Tweener: What are you doing man?
Agent Mahone: but they do.

Dead Fall [2.08]

Michael: So this is how its gonna go down. After everything? Once a thief always a thief.
Sucre: You just figuring that out?

Sara: Making sure it doesn't look like I did it! People will ask questions if the day the governor was found killing himself, his daughter is found dead in what looks like a struggle.

Michael: Adios amigos, huh?
Sucre: What, too much?
Michael: You were great.

Sucre: (to Michael) Its gonna be OK, rite? I mean, if you can get eight people of prison, you can get my Puerto Rican ass out of this, rite? Can't you?

Agent Kim: What does an origami bird have to do with any of this?
Kellerman: Michael Scofield sent it to her? And since your brilliant plan to eliminate Sara Tancredi from the equation failed so completely -
Agent Kim: - I wouldn't say it failed completely...
Kellerman: There's a dead woman in a phonebooth. Civilian. Certain number of bodies you can sweep under the rug. President's rug is getting so full you can barely stand on it.

Sucre: Look Michael, I understand if you have to keep going, you know?
Michael: Just shut up. I'm not going anywhere.
Sucre: No, no, just think about it -
Michael: You know, if I leave, you drown.
Sucre: No, I know I just...
Michael: The water level's getting higher, Sucre. How many seconds can you hold your breath? 45? 60? That’s how long you’ve got to live if I take off.
Sucre: How long have you got if you stay? How long ‘til the dogs lead the cops to you?
Michael: What you're suggesting is not an option.
Sucre: Look, I ain’t tryin’ to be a hero or nothin’. We both know there’s only two things that can happen now. Leave me here, or we both get caught.

Sucre: They say people come into your life for a reason. Maybe my reason was to help you get out of Fox River, you know? To help you save your brother.
Michael: No
Sucre: Its okay, Papi. Let me go.

Sucre: Hey, Petey. Uh, its me. Listen, I've got something to tell you.
Petey: Yeah well I was wondering when you were gonna call.
Sucre: Yeah a lot has come down since we talked, uh...
Petey: Yeah, I know. I heard. You ruined it!
Sucre: Yeah, uh, you heard already?
Petey: Well, brother, everybody's heard man. And let me tell you something man, Hector is pissed!
Sucre: What does Hector have to do with it?
Petey: Well, it was his wedding! Wait man, what are you talking about?
Sucre: Your bike. What are you talking about?
Petey: The wedding.
Sucre: What about the wedding?
Petey: Well you know the part where you say "I do"? Maricruz said "I don't".
Sucre: She did?
Petey: Left homeboy standing at the altar holding his spam in his hands, if you know what I'm saying. What were you telling me about my bike?

(Sucre hangs up)


Sucre: At the river. I told you to leave me behind.
Michael: Yeah, I tried but you know I got tangled up in the rope so...

L.J.: Lemme get this straight. You paid that meth head to whoop my ass?
Lincoln: Yeah. Feds waiting for me to come get you. It worked didn't it?
L.J.: Yeah, it got me four stitches!

Sara: There's one more bird.

Unearthed [2.09]

Lincoln: Listen, all the charges against you have been dropped. Free and clear to start a new life, a good life. Not constantly running and looking over your shoulder -
L.J.: You want me to leave?
Lincoln: No... no.
L.J.: Good. 'Cause I'm not.

L.J.: Hey, I'm not an idiot. I was on the run too, you know.
Lincoln: Yeah, you were on the run. And you got caught.
L.J.: Yeah, well I'm sorry I'm not a pro at being a con like you, dad!

Lincoln: I saw you checking out those girls back at the diner.
L.J.: What?
Lincoln: C'mon. 'fess up.
L.J.: I was just making sure they weren't staring at us.
Lincoln: With what? Their asses? Beautiful girls in Panama. They love Americans.
L.J.: Cool.
Lincoln: So, how long have you known about girls?
L.J.: Long enough.
Lincoln: Since when?
L.J.: 13
Lincoln: 13. With who?
L.J.: Donna Ensalmy
Lincoln: She was the kid next door. She was about f-
L.J.: Four years older than me?
Lincoln: Your mom was paying her for French lessons.
L.J.: Well, she earned the money.

Agent Mahone: Pam, I really can't talk right now.
Michael: Maybe I should call back.
Agent Mahone: Who is this?
Michael: I think you already know.
Agent Mahone: If you've done anything to Pam or my boy...
Michael: We both know your family's fine, although Pam did seem a little upset about you leaving. But then you had to, didn't you? Because you couldn't let her find out.
Agent Mahone: Find out about what?
Michael: Oscar Shales. You remember? The one that got away. Except he didn't get too far, did he?
Agent Mahone: Ah, you're slippin' Scofield.
Michael: Maybe. Let's hypothesize for a moment. Let's pretend I was the one who caught Shales. I don't think I could've just handed that psychopath over to the court. Not after he'd eluded me for so long. Made me look bad.
Agent Mahone: You been out in the sun way too long, boy.
Michael: You feds make a nice living. But not so nice you go around tearing up expensive sod. Not unless you had to do a little digging. Not unless you had to hide something. Or someone. That's what all the lye was about, wasn't it? See because there are two kinds of lye. In small amounts the first one can be a gardener's best friend. In large bags the other kind decomposes bodies.
Agent Mahone: Ah, you should write mystery novels.
Michael: I don't know about you, but if I'd buried someone in my own backyard, I'd think about it all the time. I'd think... I'd think maybe I should move that body. But then I'd remember that DNA leaches into soil. So even when the body was gone the proof of what I'd done would still be there. I can imagine how it feels. The pressure. The constant fear. Its more than a man can bear. I'm giving you a chance. Back off. Let me and my family disappear. And in return, I'll keep your little secret. How does that sound?
Agent Mahone: Like a dead man talking.
Michael: I know its not how you wanted us to play out. But sometimes things happen that are just... out of your control. This is one of those times. Take care of yourself.
Agent Mahone: I'll see you soon Michael.
Agent Mahone: Oh! and Michael,it just maybe sooner than you think.

Rendezvous [2.10]

Bellick: You tell me where the money is or I'm gonna read it on your tombstone.
T-Bag: Okay. Okay. I'll give you a clue. It ain't here.

Michael: I've arranged for us to meet in Panama. We are meeting up with my brother tomorrow.
Sara: Wait, that's your plan? To run away to Panama with the two most wanted men in America? Michael, I came here because I thought you were going to have real answers for me.
Michael: This is an answer. And right now, it's the only one we've got.
Sara: Running away into the sunset with the man who lied to me? Really? I mean, did you know about the other guys? Did you know that I would be putting T-Bag back out into the street?
Michael: I never meant for that to happen. I was doing what I needed to do. My brother was going to die.
Sara: And my father is dead.

Bellick: Get the stool.
Geary:What stool?
Bellick: The stool.

Michael: First word of advice: Stop. Because when you get close, I will win everytime.
Agent Mahone: You think?
Michael: I'm not the one in the cage.
Agent Mahone: No, you're not. There's one big difference between you and I, Michael. You just proved it. You can't kill. And that's what it's going to take to stop me because I don't have the same reservations. I can't. So whether it's today in Gila, or tomorrow in Albuquerque, or two months from now in Panama... I will get you. [whispers] I don't have a choice.

Sara: Michael, tell me something. You think there is a part of you that enjoys this?
Michael: Peroxide in an open wound? No.
Sara: I mean, escaping from prison and being on the run, and the danger, and the fear, and the rush and all that. It uh... it feels to me like chasing a high? And... and I know what that's like and I should know better by now.

Lincoln: Lincoln Junior.
Aldo: You named him after yourself.
Lincoln: I wasn't going to name him "Aldo".

Bolshoi Booze [2.11]

Kellerman: As you can see... Hi, my name is not Lance and I am not an addict.

Kellerman: So, where is it?
Sara: I don't know what you are talking about.
Kellerman: Where is it?
Sara: I don't know what you are talking about.
Kellerman: Where is it?
Sara: I don't know what you are talking about.
Kellerman: Sara, there is a next step involved in this and you don't want to experience that.
Sara: I swear to God I don't know what you are talking about. My father didn't give me anything. I don't know what you are talking about.

Michael: If I surrender now, I lose everyone I love.
Priest: But do you lose your soul in the process?
Michael: Well, we all have our crosses to bear.

Lincoln: I'll tell you how it's going to end. Me staring in your dead eye with my hand around your throat.
Agent Kim: You don't even know who I am.

Kellerman: Who are you risking your life for? Lincoln Burrows. Street thug. And why is that your concern? I mean, is there somewhere in the Hippocratic Oath where it says, "I pledge to risk my life for those who don't care about mine" because they don't care about yours. Burrows and Michael Scofield? They just used you.
Sara: Are you surprised that there are people in the world that stand up to people like you? Are you that far gone?
Kellerman: That's cute. Sad... but cute.

Sara: Go to hell.
Kellerman: [pulls Sara's head down to the water] You know what? Drowning is horrific. Don't get me wrong but once you give in, you just let the water come into your lungs and there is a certain euphoria, I hear. I guess as a junkie, I thought maybe you'd appreciate that.

Disconnect [2.12]

Aldo: We can fix this. I came back so that we can fix this.
Michael: This can never be fixed.

Detective Slattery: You left Chicago to see the sights in Tribune, Kansas?

Detective Slattery: Mr Bellick...
Brad: Brad.
Detective Slattery: Brad, I really don't care what you are doing out here. We are both in the law enforcement. We can both sniff out a perp like a hot fart. Pardon my french. And we both know you're not a criminal. So, I don't care if you boys were out here whooping it without your wives or... going brokeback.
Brad: Hell, no.

Agent Mahone: I'm so tired of playing games.
Coyote: Well, start typing.
Mahone: [pulls the plug from a machine] No external pacemaking. [presses a button] Hey, this is a good one. No morphine drip.
Nurse: Hey, what are you doing?
Mahone: F.B.I., out, out, out! [kicks the door close]
Coyote: What the hell are you doing?
Mahone: Giving you a little incentive.

Micheal: Fly safe, Papi.
Sucre: [steps into the plane] Give 'em hell.

Lincoln: What about your friend out there?
Michael: If we're gonna go down, might as well go down swinging.

The Killing Box [2.13]

Agent Mahone: Turn around. TURN AROUND!
Michael: If you're gonna murder us Alex, you have to look us in the eyes while you do it.
Agent Mahone: Shut up.
Lincoln: You want me, you got me. Let my brother go!
Agent Mahone: I don't want either of you. I JUST WANT MY LIFE BACK!
Michael: You'd kill two innocent men to get it, huh?
Agent Mahone: Absolutely.

Agent Kim: Give me one good reason why those brothers are still alive.
Kellerman: Bad day, Bill?
Agent Kim: Sorry I thought this was someone who still existed. How's the jerky business, Owen?
Kellerman: Actually it's looking pretty good right about now.

Michael: You know we have no idea what's behind that door?
Lincoln: Nope... you ready?
Michael: No, you?
Lincoln: No.
Michael: Let's go.

T-Bag: Don't be frightened. Teddy's home.

Kellerman: President Reynolds ruined your life, she ruined my life. You wanna take the bitch down? You just found your inside man but it's gotta be RIGHT NOW.

Chicago [2.16]

T-Bag: This is what my auntie used to call Hobo Chicken. One part chicken, two parts spice, and three parts actual hobo.

T-Bag: I, uh, know fowl isn't part of a traditional brunch per se, but I have found a lean meat can act as an aparetif to awaken the palet for more subtle flavors and textures such as... Mama mia! Pumpkin cinnamon bread with fresh strawberries and cream!

Sara (To Michael): When you first take the job, they tell you never to fall in love with an inmate...

Haywire: I just wanna go...

Sweet Caroline [2.19]

Caroline: The things you do for your brother, it's impressive.
Michael: I could say the same for you. But I won't.

Caroline:(On tape) It's awful, I know.
Terrence: Mmm.
Caroline: But the choice was clear. You needed to be far away from all of this.
Terrence: I am. I'm the Isle of Terrence, far off to sea.
Caroline: But I'm still here for you. Now, listen to me, don't dwell on the negative.
Terrence: Some people deserve to dwell, Caroline.
Caroline: You know I'm only a phone call away.
Terrence: And 3000 miles. Do you... Do you know how cold it is here?
Caroline: We talked about this, Terrence. You knew that you would be lonely, but it's only temporary. His appeals process has started already. This is gonna fly by quicker then your 20's. And soon the world will forget all about him, and they'll forget about you too. I promise.
Terrence: But, it's killing me not being able to see you, sweet Caroline.
Caroline: I wanna see you, too. But that can't happen right now.
Terrence: This house is so big. I just think of you...lying in bed.
Caroline: I know. Me, too.
Terrence: Your warmth, your touch.

Caroline: [in a televised statement] In the best interest of this country effect of immediately, I am stepping down as president of the United States.
Lincoln: She ain't the president, the tape's useless.
Michael: She can't pardon anyone.
Lincoln: We've got nothing.
Michael: There's only thing we can do. We've got to disappear... forever.

Panama [2.20]

Michael: Listen, Sara, Linc and I are on the ship. This is it. There's no turning back now, so... I know it's not what you wanted from your life, but, in case you're interested, there is room for one more.
Sara: Michael Scofield, you asking me to sail off into the sunset with you?
Michael: Well, it's more of a freighter, but, uh, yes.
Sara: I'll be there.
Michael: I'll see you soon.

Lincoln: How much further?
Michael: Not far.
Lincoln: You know, for what it's worth, no one forced Sara to do what she did.
Michael: Whatever gets you through the night.
Lincoln: What the hell does that mean? I didn't ask you to use her.
Michael: It's not that simple.
Lincoln: Whatever gets you through the night, buddy.
Michael: You know what amazes me, Linc? Nothing ever registers with you. Ever. Just rolls right off your back, doesn't it? We ruined Sara's life and it's like you don't even care.
Lincoln: Is that what you think?
Michael: Well, we're here, and Sara's back there in prison. Does that seem fair to you?
Lincoln: None of it's fair. Just don't make this about boy loses girl.
Michael: Who should it be about, Linc? Westmoreland? Tweener? LJ?
Lincoln: Let me stop you right there.
Michael: Do you remember the name of the guard that was murdered because of the riot I started?
Lincoln: Shut up, Michael.
Michael: Do you even remember his name? I bet you remember Veronica's name, though, don't you?
Lincoln: You mention her name again, I swear to God...
Michael: What about T-Bag!? Linc, he's out there now, because of us! You and me! Every life he takes, that's blood on our hands. And for what?
Lincoln: I didn't ask you to do what you did.
Michael: They were gonna kill you, Linc!
Lincoln: Well, maybe you should've let them!
Michael: Take that back.

Fin Del Camino [2.21]

Sucre: I'm gonna kill him.
Michael: And go right back to prison.
Sucre: I don't care. Once we get the money and he tells me where Maricruz is, I'm gonna kill him.
Michael: If you find Maricruz, you're gonna marry Maricruz and live happily ever after.
Sucre: Yeah, after I sink a knife in Bellick's chest.
Michael: Bellick and T-Bag will get theirs, trust me.
Sucre: Didn't Fox River teach you anything man? 'Cause the same rules apply out here. It doesn't make a difference if you're guilty or innocent. It's who survives.
Michael: You're not that guy.
Sucre: That son of a bitch took my girl and locked her up somewhere. I am that guy now, Michael. Look at me.
Michael: The only reason I'm not five miles away from here right now is because I want to help you find Maricruz, not kill Bellick. And if that's your game, I'm gone. Believe me, I understand the impulse to pull the trigger. But if we lose ourselves, we lose everything.

[About Sara's sentence]
Sara: Well?
Marty: Twelve years.
Sara: No. No. The jury heard Michael's tape.
Marty: They heard a convicted felon lie for a woman that he clearly cares for. He's got no credibility. Sara, we need to take a hard look at what they're offering.
Sara: Due respect, Marty, we aren't going to prison, I am.

Lincoln: He didn't answer.
Mahone: I certainly hope your brother makes it back to that boat.
Lincoln: And if he doesn't? You should see yourself. You look like you're hanging in there by a thread.
Mahone: I just want this over with.
Lincoln: Then you should never have come down here. In case you hadn't noticed, me and my brother don't quit for no one.
Mahone: Thank God for that. Because it's guys that are accused of things like you were that keep guys like me in business... Kept... guys like me in business, rather.
Lincoln: It's gonna end bad for you, man. Couple of things in this world I'm good at. One of them is looking into a man's eye and knowing when he's beat.

T-Bag: [holding a knife to Michael] What exactly is it that you want, pretty?
Michael: [closes door] I'm turning you in.
T-Bag: Is that it? Really? It ain't about the money? 'Cause if it is, you can tell me. Ain't nobody here but us cons.
Michael: You can walk... or get dragged, that's up to you.
T-Bag: No. See, when you had the gun on me, I afforded you a certain respect. But, uh, here? Well, the scales are tipped back my way. So I'm gonna spell out the present options. Either we split this money, and you can go get your legs tattooed or whatever the hell it is you want, or they're gonna find your corpse slumped over that there chair with your pants down around your ankles, 'cause it's been a long time coming, pretty.
[Michael walks over to counter, takes bottle, smashes it into weapon]
T-Bag: Well, I got my answer.
Michael: Whenever you're done yakking.
T-Bag: ... Bring it, bitch.

[over phone]
Michael: Linc?
Lincoln: I'm sorry, Michael.
Michael: What's wrong?
Mahone: Hello, Michael.
Michael: If you touch my brother, you're a dead man.
Mahone: Oh, please. You don't have to worry about that. But, when it comes right down to it, he's just like you. He has a heart that won't kill a man.
[Camera reveals Lincoln in handcuffs]
Michael: What do you want Alex?
Mahone: I'll tell you exactly what I want. But first things first. When the authorities captured Bagwell today, the money was nowhere to be found. Now, I can only assume... that you've got the money... aboard the Christina Rose, right now. It's an amazing plan, Michael. Take the money, take the boat, disappear forever. But you... are not the only one that needs to disappear. You still there?
Michael: Yeah, I'm still here.
Mahone: Good. Because I'm gonna say this and I'm gonna say this once. Bring me the money, bring me the boat.
Michael: You are out of your mind.
Mahone: Not really. We both have something the other person needs. It all comes down to this, Michael. Your brother for your plan. Five minutes, that's all you have.

Sona [2.22]

Lincoln: How's it feel being on the run?
Mahone: I'll survive.
Lincoln: Not if they catch you. They'll send you to the chair.
Mahone: Do you think that's ironic?
Lincoln: That'd be justice.

[In court at Sara's trial]
Paul: What I'm about to divulge to you will, in all likelihood, get me killed. Actually, I guarantee it.
Lawyer: Then why are you doing it?
Paul: Because this was supposed to be about country, about loyalty, about what's right, but it wasn't, because I wronged people who should not have been wronged. Those orders were given by Caroline Reynolds who was Vice President at the time. Acting on those orders, I planted evidence, I procured a body, I lured Lincoln Burrows into that parking garage that evening under the auspices of a different hit. Ground up, we framed him. See, Lincoln Burrows get executed, people forget about Terrence Steadman, the controversy surrounding him and the Presidency, and nobody ever knows about The Company.
Woman Lawyer: Yes, which is a shadowy cabal of corporations that pretty much influence everything that happens in this country. But I fail to see how any of this is relevant to Sara Tancredi and the fact that she aided and abetted, that she jumped bail--
Paul: She did so because she feared for her life, which was appropriate, as I had orders to kill her.

[In van for prisoner transport while guard is checking engine]
Paul: In the French Resistance, it was considered a high honor to face a Nazi firing squad--
Guard: I thought I told you to be quiet.
Paul: Meant you did your job. The highest honor was to smile when they shot you.
[Van door opens, reveals masked men with machine guns]
Paul: Took you long enough.

Michael: We did it, Linc. We did it.
Lincoln: Yeah.
Kim: No. [camera shows him on dock, pointing gun at them] You almost did it.
Lincoln: You want the money?! [throws bag on ground] Take the money. Take it.
Kim: You think this is about the money? [kicks bag into water] Pocket change like $5 million?
Michael: Then what is it about? My brother's been exonerated. The President stepped down. We're not a threat anymore. It's over.
Kim: You may be done with us, but that doesn't mean we're done with you. The police are on there way.
Lincoln: It started with me. Let my brother go.
Kim: Oh, that's sweet. That's sweet. You don't hear that much anymore, that sort of fidelity in families. Two brothers that'll go to to the ends of the earth for each other. Too bad only one of you will survive.
Michael: Don't!
[Gunshot, Kim falls in water, camera shows Sara shot him, they hear sirens in distance]
Michael: We got to go.

Panama Policeman: My men are ordered to fire if you don't come out of there with your hands first. Murder is not something that we take lightly on Panamanian soil. So come on out of there, and there will be no more deaths.
Sara: [whispering] Michael, I took a man's life.
Michael: Don't think about that now. You and I have got a date, remember? Two limes and a couple of beers, don't forget that.
Policeman: This is your last warning!
Michael: Give me the gun.
Sara: I took a man's life...
Michael: We're going to walk out of here together. We'll tell them exactly what happened.
[Sara starts crying]
Michael: Look at me, look at me, look at me. Then, we're going to tell them what happened.
Sara: Okay.
Michael: We're gonna explain everything. And I'm going to do whatever I can to help you. Okay?
Sara: [nodding] Yeah.
Michael: Now, give me the gun.
Sara: Here. [passes him gun]
Michael: [standing] You ready? [they embrace]
Sara: I love you.
Michael: I love you, too, Sara. [they kiss]
Sara: Okay.
Michael: You ready?
Sara: Yeah.
[They walk outside, Michael grabs Sara from behind and holds gun to her head]
Michael: Don't move! I'll shoot!
Sara: Michael, what are you doing?
Michael: Nobody moves! Nobody! [whispering to Sara] You sacrificed everything for me once. No! Don't move!
Sara: No, I can't let you do this. Michael! Michael!
Michael: Now it's time to say thank you. [lets go of Sara, steps towards police] It was me! It was me!
Sara: No! He's done nothing wrong!
Michael: I did it! I did it!
Sara: He's done nothing wrong! He's innocent!
Michael: I did it! It was me!
Sara: He hasn't hurt anybody, please, Michael! Michael, tell them the truth! Michael! He's done nothing wrong!

[over phone]
Pam: Hello?
Mahone: It's me.
Pam: Getting impatient. Reminds me of when we were in college.
Mahone: Did you buy the tickets yet?
Pam: No, I'm still looking.
Mahone: Don't.
Pam: What?
Mahone: Forget about them... Forget I ever existed.

Season 3

Orientación [3.1]

Lechero : Without rules we are nothing but savages [...] This fight is engaged with only one rule. No weapons. Only man versus man.
[Michael's foe is paralyzed by Mahone after his attempt to stab Michael with a knife]
Mahone: [to Lechero] No weapons. Rules are rules, remember? If we don't have them, we're all savages.

Night-clerk : Sona is a one way street, what goes in, never comes back out, unless it's dead.

Mahone: What are you doing?
Michael: What do you want, Alex?
Mahone : You're so clever. Planting the drugs on the boat, that's a big irony. A law man in jail.
Michael : You're exactly where you belong.
Mahone : No, that's where you're wrong, and that's where you're gonna help me. I will have a court date one of these days and you will be there on the stand and you will tell the truth, that you planned this, and you set this up. And I'm gonna go home.
Michael : That's funny. I could've sworn you set this up.
Mahone : I set this up? I'm in here.
Michael : What does The Company want with me? Why Panama?
Mahone : What, you think I know what they wanted? They had me. I did what they asked me to do...arrest you in Panama, hand you over, that's it, that's... It's old news, huh? This is the first day of the rest of our lives. How 'bout we work together, help each other out?
Michael : Except every time I look at you, all I can see is the man who killed my father. You're on your own.

Good Fences [3.4]

Susan B. Anthony : I'm just a soldier in this war, Lincoln, just like you. I did not want to do that. Can you even comprehend the eminice of the mechanics of what I had to do to that woman? It's horrible. Now, if you and your brother are done playing games, LJ will be fine. If not, the last thing I want to do is start mailing pieces of him to you. But if you push me, and not even that far, I will.

Photo Finish [3.6]

Mahone: So what's your deal? Public intoxication, tourist in trouble, local, what is it?
New prisoner: I don't like people asking too many questions about me when I've done nothing wrong, eh?
Mahone: Oh, you're an innocent man?
Whistler: Oh, come on, you don't wanna go in there..
Michael: If we want to get out of here, I do!
Sofia: What did you buy?
Lincoln: ...Supplies...
Sofia: Who am I going to tell, honestly?
Lincoln: You could be a Russian spy for all I know!
Michael: Show me the pictures Linc.
Lincoln: I can't show you the pictures, man.
Michael: Why not Linc?
Lincoln: She's dead Michael. I lied to you, I'm sorry.
Lincoln: Micheal we got to do this.

Vamonos [3.7]

Susan B. Anthony : I know you wanted to live by an ocean your whole life. Sad to think the closest you'll get is being buried under one.
L.J.: You're not gonna kill me. You need me. You already killed Sara. Anything happens to me...you're out of bargaining chips.
Susan B. Anthony : If Michael doesn't get Whistler out today, I don't need to bargain anymore. You'll all be dead.

Boxed In [3.9]

Michael : Was it you? Did you kill Sara?
Susan B. Anthony : I have no idea who you are talking about.
Michael : I'm coming for you.

L.J.: (with tape on mouth) Dad!
Lincoln: LJ! Thank God you're alive. (looking around)
L.J.: Forget about it, there's nothing you can do.
Lincoln: There's always something.
L.J.: Dad. These guys are thorough. They follow you everywhere. Trust me. (referring to Susan) That bitch is crazy. She cut Sara's head off. I was there. I closed my eyes, but I heard it.
Lincoln: You listen to me. I'm not gonna let anything happen to you, alright? The next time you see me, don't take your eyes off me, and I'll tell you what to do, alright?
Susan: Minute's up.
Lincoln: Me and your uncle, we know what we're doing. We're gonna get you outta this. I love you.
L.J.: I love you too.

Dirt Nap [3.10]

Gretchen : You know what I just found out? That Sucre means sugar.
Sucre : [raises eyebrows] Yeah.
Gretchen : So every time I say your name, I'm calling you sugar.
Sucre : Basically yeah.
Gretchen : [smiles] I like that.

Whistler : You know, uh, I am a fisherman. [Mahone and Michael stare at him] I am. I'm just maybe a little bit more connected then I let on.
Michael : [Holds up board] I think this is going to work.
Mahone : Yeah.
Whistler : You know, I run charters and I... Just like I said. I have for years. And one day, that brunette Gretchen, well she asked me if I wanted to be exclusive to her corporation, right? And, uh, well with the money she was offering, I had a pretty good idea she wasn't just trolling for salmon.
Michael : So you two have history.
Whistler : Yeah, and she's been an absolute nightmare in my life. Ever since that first job.
Michael : Alex, I need a wedge.
Mahone : Wedge...Wedge...
Whistler : Look, I took him where they wanted me to take him. [flips through book] I have to figure out these cordinates and I have to take them back there.
Mahone : Quit embarassing yourself.
Whistler : [looks at him] What?
Mahone : We're not two chicks at a bar that you're trying to pick up. [to Michael] Unless you need to hear this?
Michael : No.

Gretchen : You know the other day when you and Lincoln had your little spat in the lobby, and you all distraught and jilted, went across the street to the bar. A cynic might think that was staged. [turns to sucre] I'm a cynic, sugar.
Sucre : And you're high, sugar.
Gretchen : If it's any comfort, you guys almost pulled it off. The Puerto Rican and the gorilla... You reallly had me scrambling there for a minute.
Sucre : Hey, if you don't want my help, fine, I'm out! Okay! [Opens car door]
Gretchen : It's a little thing called a tracing number. On the check I gave you. Apparently, your extensive expertise in banking failed you that day. You promply wired all 25 K to Maricruz Delgado in Chicago at 123 'Please Don't Hurt Me' Lane.
Surce : If something happens to her-!
Gretchen : [Screams] If what?! [Pause] What, jackass?! [Stares at each other] You're going to go back there and you're going to get me some real information or Maricruz and her head are gonna part ways. [Turns away] Get outta my car.

Under and Out [3.11]

Michael : There's something else.
Lincoln : What?
Michael : T-Bag's coming, and Mahone. Bellick. Oh, yeah, there's a drug lord, too.

Michael: Change of plans, Linc; we're doing this tonight.
Lincoln: Tonight?! What happened Michael?
Michael: Rain. Dirt. Tunnel. Problem

Lincoln: It's going down tonight.
Gretchen: Tonight? Should I be worried?
Lincoln: I called you first thing. I'm being straight up with you.
Gretchen: Aww, that's refreshing!
Lincoln: So, I'll see you tonight
Gretchen: You show me yours, and I'll show you mine!

Gretchen: [to Whistler] It seems our fisherman finally grew some oysters!

Bellick : I was thinking, we should be a team. You know, not just during the escape but after, like, like Butch and Sundance.
Mahone : Butch and Sundance died.
Bellick : Well, I mean in the other parts.

Bellick : Just, does anybody know what's spanish for "don't shoot"?.
Lechero : No dispare.
Bellick : No 'dis' what?

"Michael": 30 seconds....Go!

Hell or High Water [3.12]

Gretchen: [On the phone with Lincoln] I gotta commend you on that boombox trick. Very sophisticated. You steal that one from "Home Alone"?
Lincoln: You fell for it, Bitch!

The Art of the Deal [3.13]

Michael: You'll get a call in five minutes telling you where to meet next. And when the exchange is over, and LJ is safe, you and I are gonna spend some quality time.
Gretchen: When the exchange is over, you better run for your life.

[LJ laughs while Gretchen tries to figure out Michael's plan]

Gretchen: What's so funny?
LJ: You, thinking you can outsmart my uncle.

Michael: [Talking to Lincoln and with the file of Jason Lief in his hand] If he is important to Whistler he is important to me.
Lincoln: HO HO HO sto....
Michael: They killed Sara Linc!

Season 4

The Sunshine State [4.16]

Donald Self: You whore. You are a whore, and your mother was a whore, and her mother, and your father used to turn tricks at a gas station, cause he was a whore too.

The Final Break [4.24]

Michael Scofield: "Well...if you're watching this, I'm glad. Because it means that you're safe.

And that's all I ever wanted. I wish I could be there with you but, as you probably know now, I wouldn't have had that much time anyway. so...I made my choice and...I don't regret it.

Anyway...not that long from now, there's gonna be another little Scofield running around. ...and Linc, I want you to promise me, no matter what, they're gonna grow up knowing that their uncle is never far away. ...and Sara, I want you to promise me that you're gonna keep an eye on Linc, as you may have noticed his tendency to get in trouble.

You know...we spend so much of our lives not saying the things we wanna say, the things we should say, we speak in code and we send little messages...origami... so now...plainly...simply...I want to say that I love you both...very much. And I want you to promise me that you're gonna tell my child...that you're gonna tell my child...how much they're loved every day. And remind them how lucky they are to be free. Because we are. We're free now... ...finally!

We're free!"

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