The Key (Prison Break episode)

The Key (Prison Break episode)

Infobox Television episode
Title = The Key
Series = Prison Break

Caption =
Season = 1
Episode = 19
Airdate = April 24, 2006
Production = 1AKJ18
Guests = Tony Denison
Peter Stormare
Holly Valance
Writer = Story by:
Paul Scheuring
Teleplay by:
Zack Estrin &
Matt Olmstead
Director = Sergio Mimica Gezzan
Season list = Infobox Prison Break season 1 episode list
Episode list = List of "Prison Break" episodes
Prev = Bluff
Next = Tonight
"The Key" is the nineteenth episode of television series "Prison Break". It was first aired on April 24, 2006 in the United States. The story of the episode was created by Paul Scheuring with the teleplay written by Zack Estrin and Matt Olmstead. This episode marks the return of Peter Stormare (who plays John Abruzzi) after a five-episode absence. He is listed as a guest star from hereforth. The episode features one of the final parts of Michael Scofield's modified escape plan.


A truck smashes into the prison van that Lincoln Burrows was riding in to see his son LJ. Agent Kellerman appears and attempts to suffocate Lincoln. Lincoln is saved by his father who knocks Kellerman out with a fire extinguisher. Lincoln's father takes him away to an old junkyard where he confides to Lincoln that he used to work for a group of multinationals called "The Company". The reason Lincoln is framed for murder is because Lincoln's father leaked information out to the public about Ecofield, Terrence Steadman's company, so "The Company" set Lincoln up to bring him into the open. Lincoln cannot bring himself to forgive his father after Lisa's death along with Michael and LJ's incarcerations.

Kellerman hears on the police radio on the whereabouts of Lincoln and arrives at the scene first. Lincoln and his father are about to leave when Kellerman appears. Lincoln's father goes to scout the area ahead when Kellerman tracks Lincoln down. Lincoln gestures to his father to leave him. The police arrive with Captain Bellick. Immediately, Lincoln shouts to Bellick. Kellerman has no choice but to back down. With a last glance at his son being handcuffed and taken away by Bellick, Lincoln's father turns and walks away.

John Abruzzi, claiming to have found the Lord while he was away, returns to Fox River where he makes a truce with T-Bag. T-bag later on approaches Abruzzi's cell intending to kill him, but is disarmed by C-Note, who tells him that Abruzzi is their ticket out of there. Abruzzi contacts Nick Savrinn to remind him about their deal. Nick somewhat turns his back on Veronica Donovan as he answers the phone call.

Tweener reveals to Michael that he stole a Honus Wagner baseball card that is worth $300,000, saying that it looked normal to him but it was valuable. Tweener also wants Michael to kill Avocado (Daniel Allar), who brutally rapes Tweener daily. As Michael refuses and everyone goes back to their cell, Tweener takes out a razor blade from under a mattress and slices up the genitals of Avocado.

Michael must get the key to the infirmary. As Dr. Tancredi cleans his back wound, he waits for the opportune moment to manipulate her. He passionately kisses her and she asks him what he wants from her. He asks her to wait for him and tells her that it "won't always be like this". She tells him that they can't be together until he's out and she walks away. However Michael cannot bring himself to steal the key from her pocket. Michael enlists the help of his 'wife' who meets with Sara and steals the keys. Sara cannot find her keys after coming back from lunch with Nika Volek. She suspects Nika and checks the visitation list - Michael had a visitation from Nika. During Michael's appointment in the infirmary, she has the lock on the infirmary door changed giving Michael an extremely cold and angry stare. She becomes more cold and suspicious watching his reactions.

Meanwhile, Nick and Veronica discover that the cell phone LJ had picked up from Quinn has been receiving phone calls from other states and nations. They also find out that a common phone number is listed in all the phone records they collected. The phone number points to Blackfoot, Montana.

Tweener pledges his loyalty to Michael but the episode ends with Tweener telling Bellick about the planned escape. Bellick smashes up the floor and discovers the hole.....

External links

* [ Official summary for Season 1 Episode 19 from Fox]

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