In this episode of Prison Break, titled “The Prisoner’s Dilemma,” Michael is forced to team up with Ramal to escape, Lincoln rushes to free his brother as ISIL takes control of the city, and T-Bag question Kellerman to learn more about Poseidon.
Time is quickly running out for Michael, Linc and company. ISIL is quickly taking over control of the city, and C-Note warns Lincoln that access to the airport may soon be cut off, trapping them all in Yemen. Lincoln refuses to leave without his brother, but C-Note doesn’t think Michael is worth the risk. Muhammed is eager to show his appreciation to Linc for saving his daughter and might have a plan to get Michael out before the city goes completely to hell.
Muhammed went to grammar school with a man named Ibrahim, who is a federal judge. They go to see Ibrahim, who offers Michael a full pardon. In return, Muhammed hands over his BMW.
At Ogygia, it’s not only Michael’s hopes for escape that are falling apart. Some of the guards are ready to flee before ISIL reaches the prison. Cross, aka “the Christian,” sees an opportunity to save himself by taking Ramal captive.
Michael wouldn’t be Michael without a contingency plan. He carved an ‘S’ into one of the walls during his four-year stay in solitary confinement. Unfortunately, after neither Ja nor Whip can find it in their cells, Ramal informs Michael that he’s the keeper of the key to Michael’s Plan B.
Michael offers Ramal the chance to escape, but they all have to work together, starting with what’s in Ramal’s cell. But the terrorist is no longer interested. He tells Michael that his only hope is to beg for his life once Ramal’s men take the prison. Maybe they’ll let Michael live as a slave. Michael says he’s lived as a slave for the past seven years, and he’s not going to do it anymore.
Lincoln and Muhammed arrive at the prison just as many of the guards begin to abandon their posts. Muhammed realizes that Ibrahim knew this was going to happen, rendering the pardon worthless. Linc orders Muhammed to get C-Note, Sheba and the others out of the city and to save two seats on the plane and heads into the prison.
One guard, Mustapha, locks the prisoners and one of his fellow guards, Zakat, inside and takes off, bumping into Linc on the way. When Lincoln arrives, eager to get in, Zakat informs the man he just passed with the key. Linc takes off after Mustapha.
Mustapha doesn’t make it far before he’s stopped by the infidels, who shoot him dead on the spot. Michael’s young errand boy arrives, eager to fight ISIL. Lincoln tries to send him away but comes up with a different plan. He sends the kids over to the ISIL army members to tell them there’s an American nearby who wants to fight them. (It’s kind of shady to use a kid to do his dirty work.)
The plan works, and as the insurgents take off towards Lincoln, the boy retrieves the keys from Mustapha’s body. They meet up a few blocks away, and Linc gives the kid some cash and Tic Tacs for his trouble.
Cross and Double Cross
Cross convinces the other prisoners that escaping is not the answer. With ISIL controlling the streets, the outside will be a prison as well. To avoid persecution, their best chance is to grab Ramal and negotiate themselves safe passage out of the city. Cross recruits an unwilling Sid (who he prevented from getting to the roof during the escape attempt) to help him not only get Ramal but to kill Kaniel Outis/Michael as well.
The walls of the prison are thin, and Ramal has a change of heart about helping Michael once he hears the angry mob coming for him. He removes the brick with the ‘S,’ and inside the wall he finds a spoon and some string. Michael tells Ramal to use these items to hook the water pipe overhead and pull it down. Michael tried to execute this plan years earlier — it’s a two-cell job — but the other prisoner, Cross, refused to cooperate.
Ramal pulls the rope and spoons through a piece of the pipe, but instead of using it to unlatch Michael’s cell, he tries to free himself. Michael explains that it won’t work because the pins on Ramal’s cell are covered in hinges, but Michael’s cell isn’t, which is why it’s a two-man job. Once he’s freed, Michael can retrieve the keys and free everyone else. Ramal questions why he should trust Michael, and Michael points out that Ramal’s alternative is dealing with the madman trying to get in.
One guard tries to restore order and gets his neck snapped for his trouble. Cross takes his gun and shoots down the door, but by the time the mob enters solitary, Michael and the others are gone.
Michael leads Ramal, Whip and Ja to the infirmary. He instructs Ramal to call his men so there can be cars waiting at the auto body shop so they can get to the border. Whip’s convinced that Ramal is going to screw them over, but Michael assures him that they’ll screw the ISIL leader over first.
Cross pursues Michael and company through the prison. They take refuge under some bunks, and things look bleak until Sid ambushes Cross with a homemade shiv. Cross goes down.
Lincoln gets back with the key and spots Michael escaping over the wall. All the prisoners begin to flee, and Lincoln can’t locate Michael amidst all the chaos.
Michael, Whip, Sid, Ja and Ramal head toward the auto shop, but Ja decides to stop for a snack. Michael decides that Ja is a liability and cuts him loose. The junkie begs Michael to honor his promise to get him out of the country, but Michael pushes Ramal and tells Ramal to order his men to shoot Ja if he follows. Have no fear, Michael isn’t that cold-hearted. He slipped Ja a note, and the man runs to the auto body shop, where he finds a stash of weapons. But several of Ramal’s men burst in, taking him captive.
Martyr and Mayhem
Ramal’s men surround the men, and the leader orders his followers to kill Michael and the others. Ramal figured out that Michael took them the long way around, allowing Ja to get to the shop first to procure the weapons. Ramal takes out a very big knife and a video camera. It’s time to show the world what happens when you try to screw over a lunatic. But Linc arrives and takes control of the assault rifle attached to the top of a nearby truck. Ramal’s men have no choice but to drop their weapons, but Ramal doesn’t remove his knife from Michael’s throat. It’s a standoff.
Whip intervenes and proves to be quicker than Ramal could have anticipated. Whip buries the knife in Ramal’s gut, and Linc opens fire on the rest of his men, and it’s all caught on video. This doesn’t buy our good guys much time because a whole bunch of insurgents quickly descent on the group, and they’re forced to flee on foot.
They seek refuge in a nearby building, and Lincoln and Michael share a brief but touching reunion. Lincoln wants answers, but that will have to wait. Michael wants to know about Sara and Mike, and Linc assures him that they’re safe. A television is already airing the footage showing Ramal’s death, and the entire ISIL army has declared war on Michael and his friends.
The Poseidon Adventure
T-Bag makes good on his promise to Sara to have a chat with Kellerman. T-Bag confronts Kellerman in his home while holding the man at gunpoint. T-Bag is still holding a grudge because Kellerman exonerated everyone but him.
T-Bag makes it known that he’s there at Sara’s request, and Kellerman claims that he’s been trying to help her. T-Bag doesn’t buy it, and he wants to know who Kellerman really is, who his friends are and who’s pulling his strings.
T-Bag either really believes Kellerman is Poseidon or he’s convinced that Kellerman knows who the shadowy figure is. Kellerman tells T-Bag that Poseidon is a myth, an operative who’s so untouchable, so deep, that he couldn’t be found with a nuclear sub. Kellerman makes it clear that if Michael’s tangling with Poseidon, he’s a dead man.
T-Bag is convinced that Kellerman is playing him, but Kellerman explains that Poseidon is a man who doesn’t like how the White House handles foreign policy and decided to take matters in his own hands. But Poseidon doesn’t use armies or plan invasions. He does it by getting a single person killed, a single person elected to office, a single man released from prison: Ramal. Poseidon doesn’t answer to the CIA; he pursues his own ideology. If Poseidon thinks Iran and Russia have too much influence in the Middle East, who better to fight them than an Islamic, radical nut job? Poseidon does this without a network, just a few men.
Kellerman tells T-Bag that the hottest spot in hell is reserved for Poseidon for freeing Ramal. Those men have the blood of thousands on their hands, making himself and T-Bag look like angels in comparison. If T-Bag can find out who Poseidon is and how Scofield is wrapped up in it, maybe his fate is to be a patriot.
Shots ring out, and Kellerman is hit. Poseidon’s assassins, Van Gogh (Steve Mouzakis) and A&W (Marina Benedict), enter the house. T-Bag flees to the basement and places a call to 911. Kellerman warns Van Gogh that he’s killing for a lie, but either he or A&W will discover the truth, and then the lie has to kill the truth. Van Gogh finishes Kellerman off, but it’s obvious that Kellerman’s dying words made some impact. (Have I mentioned how inept these two are, showing up at houses and getting bested by their targets and forced to flee the cops?) So T-Bag manages to escape and live another day.
T-Bag follows the assassins and watches as they meet with the man that we have to assume is Poseidon, and he also happens to be Sara’s husband, Jacob.
Is Jacob really Poseidon or a go-between? Could he be a double agent? Is T-Bag on the road to salvation or just a pawn? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.