In this episode of Prison Break, titled “The Liar,” Michael’s escape plans hit multiple snags, Sheba and Lincoln are taken prisoner and C-Note has doubts about the man he’s helping.
Michael uses the same boy he employed to send his message about the Sheik of Light to Lincoln and C-Note to deliver another note. The boy is one of several who hang outside the prison, and Michael bribes him with bubble gum to do his bidding. (The boy calls Michael “Bubble Gum Man.”) The message is a passage from the Suras, and Sheba notices that Michael’s writing — calligraphy — is spaced and shaped like the spokes on a wheel. Yes, Michael is up to his old tricks, using (new) tattoos on his arm and notes to break out of prison.
Michael’s Motives are Questioned
C-Note figures out that the passage is meant to resemble the center of Sana’a, and Michael is trying to give them a location, most likely of where to meet him if the escape goes down.
Lincoln continues to withhold Sheba’s payment so she’ll help him out, but she’s warming to him anyway. He did save Mohammed’s (aka “the Sheik of Light”) daughter, and now he’s offering to buy one-way tickets out of Yemen for a bunch of orphans. (I’m not sure where Lincoln got the deep pockets given that he supposedly owes someone back in Chicago a hundred grand.)
They find their way to an old auto shop that the previous owner sold to an American (Michael) four years earlier. Michael was using the place to plan his escape as evidenced by all the maps and pictures on the wall. (Sound familiar?) Michael was planning to exit via the northern border, but Sheba says he won’t be able to do that since it’s now ISIL territory.
C-Note finds evidence that Michael is planning to get Abu Ramal out. C-Note tells Linc that Ramal is the “enemy of everything that is civilized,” so he wants to know if they’re breaking out Michael Scofield or Kaniel Outis.
Inside the prison, Ramal’s men are instituting Sharia law while one guard looks on. Their first target is the “deviant” Sid, who they string up. Michael intervenes, warning Ramal that if he wants to get out of the prison that night, they need Sid to do it. This doesn’t sway Ramal, so Michael defies the leader and tries to free Sid himself. A scuffle ensues between Michael and one of Ramal’s men, Sid is freed during the chaos and another guard shuts down the festivities by shooting off his gun and proclaiming that there will be no killing.
Michael has another problem. A prisoner is whispering into Whip’s ear, instilling doubt in an already troubled mind. This man claims to have been in solitary confinement across from Michael for years. Michael told him all about his big escape plan and even tried to convince the man to go with him. The man refused to go and abandon his brother. He tells Whip that Michael is an opportunist who will use him and drop him.
An insecure Whip relays the conversation to Michael. He thinks that because the guy claims to be a good Christian and is former military, he must be on the up and up. But Michael informs Whip that the man is a serial killer who likes to dismember women, which kind of shoots his credibility in the ass.
Whip wants Michael to promise that he can trust him and confirm that they’re still breaking out that night. He says Poseidon put them inside the prison to get Ramal out, but then he abandoned them. Ramal is Poseidon’s guy, not theirs. Whip wonders why they’re still getting the terrorist out, and Michael says that just because Ramal thinks he’s going with them doesn’t make it so. Michael’s plan to is act like they’re all on the same side until they aren’t.
This strategy doesn’t abate Whip’s paranoia, and he now seems convinced that Michael is playing him. Whip demands specifics, which leads to a fight that gives Michael the chance to lift the guard’s watch.
The two men are separated, and Ramal tells Michael that by tomorrow they won’t have to worry about Whip. Michael whispers something back that seems to concern both Ramal and Whip, who’s watching from a distance. Is this a real falling-out or a scam cooked up by Michael?
This man wants Whip to give him any information he has regarding Michael’s escape plan so he can stop him from getting Ramal out and leaving the rest of them behind to die.
T-Bag Confronts Sara
Sara gets a visit from another ghost from her past: T-Bag. He tracks her down and approaches her in the hospital bathroom, where Jacob is still recovering. T-Bag shows Sara his new prosthetic hand and tells her that it was a gift from Kaniel Outis amounting to the sum total of a million bucks.
T-Bag did some research and has figured out that Outis is Michael. T-Bag wants to know from Sara what Michael is up to, but Sara doesn’t have the answers he’s looking for, and she’s not interested in teaming up with a murdering pedophile.
Michael Does Damage Control
When Michael gets back to his cell, he’s got some explaining to do to Sid, Ja and Whip, who are curious as to why Michael is so chummy with Ramal. Michael tries to explain that there are people in his government who want Ramal out for their own convoluted reasons since it applies to foreign policy. That’s the job he and Whip were sent to do, but they were betrayed, which means they’re getting out without Ramal.
Michael’s heart to heart with his cellies is interrupted by the guard, who has now noticed that his watch is missing and suspects that Michael is to blame. He orders that their cell be tossed and promises to break Michael in half when he finds it. Michael’s too clever to leave it laying around, so the entire prison is put on lockdown, which is exactly what Michael wanted.
Lincoln and Sheba are Captured
In order to get out of Yemen, Lincoln needs a passport. So in an ironic twist of fate, he’s forced to pay the guy who took his to forge him another one and one for his brother as well. When Lincoln and Sheba show up with the money, Linc realizes that he’s not only been had but lured into a trap as well by Reza, aka “Abu Amir,” aka “Cyclops.” (One of his eyes is missing.)
Cyclops has a hard-on for Sheba in more ways that one. He questions her about her association with Lincoln and the others, and when she won’t give him any information, Cyclops hits her. She tries to reassure him that Linc and C-Note are no threat to him and are leaving the country soon, but that’s not good enough. Cyclops says that he takes no pleasure in hurting Sheba, but it turns out that he tried to rape her, though the timeline is murky.
Linc is in an adjoining room and is able to break down the door when he hears Cyclops attacking Sheba.
Sara Takes Action
Sara realizes that her phone has been hacked, and she’s still being followed by the woman who attacked Jacob and her partner. She takes it to a guy in an electronics store to see if he can figure out who they’re working for.
They pursue Sara to a nearby rooftop, and after believing that Sara has escaped, the woman questions if Poseidon will just let them kill her. The man responds that it may come to that. But Sara is hiding nearby and overhears their conversation.
Later, Sara gets a call from the guy investigating her phone who informs Sara that she hacked her own phone. Her password is her thumbprint, so unless she’s missing a thumb, the hacker is her. Only Sara remembers drinking water at Kellerman’s office, leaving him a perfect copy of her prints on a pristine glass.
Sara calls T-Bag and informs him that she’s ready to work together. She wants him to have a discussion with Paul Kellerman to try and get every shred of information he can about what’s really going on. I’m still trying to figure out why Sara’s back at her house with her child and husband, who has just been released from the hospital after fleeing on foot from two assassins just a few hours earlier.
No Way Out
As Michael waits to make his move, Whip questions what is up. He and Michael go back further than Yemen. Michael recruited Whip from a prison in the Ozarks, and he thinks of Michael like a brother. The twosome have been assuming new identities and pulling people out of prisons for the CIA for several years. Whip worries this particular job has compromised Michael’s integrity. Whip wants to know if something happened to Michael in solitary, something that would make him want to get Ramal out. Did he become Kaniel Outis in his own head? Michael swears that Ramal is out of the picture, but Whip wants to know what Michael whispered to Ramal after the fight.
According to Ramal, Michael told him exactly what time he would be coming. Ramal informs his men that Michael thinks only he is coming, but Ramal is planning on a few last-minute recruits. Too bad for Ramal that the guards find the watch in his cell during the shakedown.
Mohammed takes C-Note with him to shut down the power. As soon as the lights go out, Michael and his guys are on the move. C-Note gets a call from Linc, who tells C-Note to get to the auto shop, but he and a pretty banged-up Sheba aren’t going to make it in time.
Michael’s plan runs into all kinds of snags. Ramal and his men as well as the crazy “Christian” were out of their cell when the lights went out because the guards were tossing their cell. All of them are able to overpower enough guards to make their way to Michael’s cell. The Christian gets there first, pulling Sid down and demanding that Michael take him and his brother. The guards finally start to regain control and begin shooting, forcing Michael to leave Sid behind.
Michael, Ja and Whip never make it off the rooftop because the guards are alerted to their presence, and they have no choice but to surrender. Now Michael is back in solitary, with one pissed-off Ramal threatening to kill him the first chance he gets. He records a message to Sara on Ja’s phone, telling her he loves her and this whole lie was for her. Michael tells Sara that if he dies, she needs to make sure they put ‘Michael Scofield’ on his headstone, not ‘Kaniel Outis.’ He promises that he’s the same man he always was.
Will it be up to Sara to save Lincoln and Michael? Why do you think Michael recruited T-Bag? Can Michael survive the wrath of Ramal? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.