Prison Break - The Message

Monday 23 April

prison break the message (15/22) 22.00–23.00

Acclaimed prison escape drama. Michael and Lincoln attempt to expose the Company by sending a video to the local news, and send Sara a coded message at the same time. Sucre gets closer to a reunion with Maricruz. Bellick comes up with a way of protecting himself at Fox River.

Michael and Lincoln’s grand scheme of clearing Lincoln’s name by presenting the very alive Terrence Steadman to the world has been foiled by Steadman committing suicide – and the TV network that Michael called to broadcast the news of his brother’s exoneration are on their way. The brothers evade capture by using Kellerman and his FBI badge to get out of the motel, before taking a cameraman hostage and stealing a car. Lincoln wonders later if they should ditch Kellerman and the hostage, but the ever-resourceful Michael has an idea. “We still have assets,” he reminds Lincoln. “It’s just a question of how we use them.”

This question is answered when the brothers make use of their hostage by getting him to film a message to be sent to the news station. In it, they explain how Lincoln was set up by the Company, what happened to Steadman, and the fact that Agent Mahone has spilled his own share of blood during the chase. The FBI analyse the tape and come to the conclusion that the brothers are going to take their righteous anger out on the woman behind most of this – the President – but Mahone realises that Michael is actually concealing a coded message to Sara within his words. Will he crack the code before Sara does?

Meanwhile, Sucre is heading towards a reunion of his own. Having managed to get into Mexico, he is now heading for Ixtapa, where he hopes to meet up with his beloved Maricruz. He runs into some trouble when the bus driver decides that Sucre is a freeloader and ejects him the next town, but a fellow passenger takes pity on him and offers him a place to stay. Sucre guiltily takes this opportunity to liberate the man of his car, but is soon pulled over by the local police. Has he come this far only to fail?

Back at Fox River, a bruised and bloodied Bellick awakens in the infirmary to the unwelcome sight of a malevolent inmate. “You got a lot more coming your way,” hisses the visitor, who is then hustled out by the nurse. With the knowledge that he’s a dead man if he gets sent back to the cells, Bellick unsuccsessfully attempts to cajole the nurse into keeping him in the infirmary. Bellick is staring down the barrel of a gun – until someone else arrives on the scene with a favour to ask him…

Also this week, Haywire continues with his ambitious plan to build a raft and sail to Holland. When he is interrupted by a pair of teens, he finds out that one is being abused by her alcoholic father and decides to take on the role of avenging angel. The Company work quickly to bury Michael and Lincoln’s tape. And while Lincoln wonders if Kellerman’s ulterior motives are about to be exposed, the disgraced agent gets an interesting phone call from a very powerful friend…

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