The blood-thirsty men of Sona are cheering for a fight. Michael insists to Lechero that Whistler is not his friend and Lechero sends the two boys off to make out their wills. He tells them to return for the fight in 15 minutes.
Back at the hotel, Sucre is sending money to Maricruz. Linc comes back and hands Sucre some money and tells him to scram. Sofia goes off to get gas while Sucre tells Linc that maybe he can regain the upper hand in the situation after all.
Lang’s talking to Mahone as they drive through the jungle, en route to the courthouse. Sullins tells Mahone that he needs to tell everything he knows about the President and The Company. Sullins assures Mahone that he has immunity for his own crimes.
Michael reveals that he set up the fight with Whistler just to create a distraction, now that the soccer game is out the window. Michael reveals that they’re going ahead with the escape and he has every intention of killing the person who murdered Sara.
We see that it’s now 2:59 p.m. and Hurtado is finishing up his drugged coffee. Michael’s strolling through the corridors of Sona, casual as you please, when he steals something from one of the cells. It looks like some kind of tool that holds together two pieces of wood that you’re gluing together. Shit, what is that thing called? A bracket of some kind. Damnit, I know this….
Anyways, Bellick approaches Michael, visibly upset about Sara’s death. Remember, Bellick has a soft spot for her, despite the fact that she turned down a date with him. Bellick has his most humanizing moment in the history of the show when he apologizes to Michael for Sara’s death.
Linc stops the car in the jungle. He reveals that Sofia will be staying put in the jungle while he goes to the beach.
A van carrying Susan and LJ stops on the side of the road. Susan warns LJ that his life now depends solely on Michael’s prison breaking abilities. Sucre, meanwhile, is watching Susan and LJ from the bushes.
Michael stealthily enters the cell of Lechero’s henchmen, the one that will get him and Whistler out into no-man’s land. Whistler joins him while Michael prepares to remove the bars from the window. Whistler wisely questions whether Mahone, who has left Sona, will rat them out.
In the government van, Sullins tells Mahone that some Panamanians need convincing that Mahone’s testimony is worth the deal he’s being offered. Mahone’s upset that this is no longer a “done deal”.
Michael tells Whistler to start running for the fence when he hits the ground. Lechero notes that it’s time for the fight and asks after Sammy, who’s nowhere to be seen.
Michael offers to be the first one out of the cell. We see the drugged guard has passed out, but the sun isn’t blinding the second guard like it’s supposed to. Suddenly, a flash of light and the plan is in action. Unfortunately, Michael and Whistler hear someone entering the cell.
It’s the elusive Sammy, who’s noticing spare plaster laying around. He leaves and Michael is out the window, using the rope ladder. Whistler climbs out after while Michael waits below. The sun is moving behind a cloud and Michael tells Whistler to get back into the cell.
Michael climbs back into the prison and the rope is quickly pulled back up. Michael is lamenting that their only chance to escape has disappeared.
Sammy is sent to find the fight club boys when he spies Michael. Michael enters the courtyard and realizes that his brilliant plan of setting up the fight is going to blow up in his face. He and Whistler tell Lechero that they’ve worked out their petty differences, but Lechero isn’t keen on shutting down the fight club.
Michael and Whistler begin circling each other as the spectators call for a fight. Whistler and Michael start trading blows.
Linc’s on the beach, still unaware that the escape has been derailed. Sucre calls him with an update of LJ’s location and how many guards there are. Sofia is looking at Linc from the trees, with the gun in her hand.
Back in the courtyard, the fight club is still on. We see the rope ladder sitting on the windowsill.
Back on the beach, Sofia reveals herself to Linc. Sofia pulls on the gun on Linc and says she won’t let the brothers hand Whistler over to The Company. Linc tries to play the guilt card, telling Sofia that she’ll be the cause of LJ’s death if she goes through with her plan. Unfortunately, Linc’s not a travel agent for guilt trips like my mother is, and Sofia isn’t swayed.
Back at the trading point, Susan is getting anxious about the delay. When she pulls a knife on LJ, he quickly realizes that Sara’s death guarantees his survival; otherwise Susan’s out of bargaining chips. Susan assures LJ that if Whistler isn’t out of Sona today, they’ll all end up dead.
The guard, previously blinded by the sun, notices that Hurtado’s no longer at his post. He orders some guards over to the tower to see what’s up. The rope ladder falls back down over the wall.
Back in the courtyard, Bellick, upset by Sara’s death, tries to help Michael with the fight. Lechero is not pleased that no one has died yet.
In the guard tower, a random guard has found Hurtado coming to on the floor. Another random guard spots the rope ladder and calls in a potential escape.
Back in the courtyard, Whistler is wailing on Michael. He picks up a rock and Michael surrenders himself to death.
Fortunately, Michael is saved by a warning alarm, which is heard by Linc and Sofia on the beach, as well as Susan. Linc clearly realizes that something went wrong and leaves Sofia on the beach. Trucks full of guards are pouring into Sona and the men gather on their knees in the courtyard. The general from the last episode calls Lechero down.
Susan calls Linc. He lies that Michael and Whistler are in the car and continues driving.
The general announces that the cell used in the escape is occupied by Lechero’s henchmen. When one of the henchmen refuses to confirm that it’s his cell, the general shots him dead. The general gives Lechero a dressing-down in front of the other prisoners. Uh-oh, this is going to seriously affect Lechero’s position as dictator. This is why I don’t let my henchmen get framed for stuff they didn’t do, it just messes with my position as supreme ruler. Yes, yes, it’s all in my head, but what does that matter?
The general leaves Sona, confident that Lechero will soon be overturned. Lechero quickly comes to the conclusion that Michael engineered the foiled escape attempt.
Mahone’s chilling in a hotel room, all spiffed up. Lang wants Mahone to share all the dastardly deeds he’s done, but Mahone distrusts her. Mahone accuses them of lying about the deal, but she just accuses him of being a junky.
One of Susan’s contacts informs her that no one escaped Sona, so she prepares to hightail it out of there as Linc races towards them.
Linc is chasing behind the van as Sucre pulls right in front and causes the van to crash into his car. Linc quickly pulls up to the accident and looks pissed off as hell. He comes up behind Susan and slams her head into the window as he shoots the van’s driver. One of the other guards has a gun pressed against LJ’s head and Linc threatens to shoot Susan unless they let LJ go.
Susan, who has no zero self-preservation instincts, tells the guard to kill LJ because her operation failed. Linc, clearly debating the merits of killing Susan, finally lets her go. He begs Susan for another chance to get Whistler out of Sona. Susan obviously accepts Linc’s change of plans and has LJ put back in the van. The van drives off as Linc goes to revive Sucre. Linc spots 3 body bags lying on the road. It looks like Susan had planned to kill Lincoln, Michael and LJ if the escape had gone off as planned.
Back in Sona, Michael doesn’t have a scratch on him, despite the beating he recently took. Sammy comes to collect Michael and delivers him, hands bound, to Lechero. Lechero pulls Michael into another room and asks him whether he’s trying to break out of Sona. Michael denies it. Oh ho! I see where this is going. Lechero’s obviously afraid now that the general has disrupted his position of power. He tells Michael that he’ll be tagging along for the escape ride.
Mahone’s flipping out in his hotel room when Sullins and Lang drop by. Sullins announces that the deal’s back on and the hearing will occur tomorrow. Mahone insists that the hearing happen immediately, but Sullins cares not for Mahone’s demands.
Michael approaches Bellick, who is still lamenting Sara’s death. On the outside, Susan is talking to someone about Linc’s request for more time. I actually gasped (seriously, I did!) when I saw who! She’s talking to Whistler. Whistler is the mastermind behind this plan! Whistler agrees to give the brothers 4 more days and says if he’s out by then he can still “do it”. What’s “it”?! WHAT’S “IT”?!!! Whistler calls Susan “Gretchen” and asks about Sofia. Susan snarkily replies that Linc is taking good care of Sofia.
Michael is watching Whistler’s meeting from a window. But since he doesn’t know Susan, one has to wonder what he’s thinking….
Alright, Nick Santora, it took me a while to understand why you declared these episodes “the best ever”. It took me a while to appreciate the return to the tense atmosphere of Season 1. It was almost like a old friend that I had forgotten existed, until I pulled deep into my memories. I don’t know if they’re the “best ever” episodes, because you’ve had some awesome ones along the way, but the return to what made this show great was evident. And that twist at the end was well done, Mr. Santora. Very well done, indeed.
Written by: Clarissa