Trouble is inevitable in the prison, with a race riot imminent. Michael has problems retrieving a screw from the bleachers. Veronica receives a security tape that shows Lincoln shooting Terrence Steadman.


(as Michael Watkins)


(created by) (as Paul T. Scheuring), (as Paul T. Scheuring)

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LJ Burrows (credit only)
Sebastian Balfour (credit only)


Taking the first steps in his plan, Michael looks for a bolt in one of the yard bleachers. The seat he chooses, unfortunately, belongs to white supremacist Teabag who takes away the bolt, refusing to return it unless Michael proves himself in an impending race riot. The problem is that his connection for Pugnac, the drug he uses to fake diabetes, is black and obviously won't help him if he fights with the supremacists. The mob boss John Abruzzi, meanwhile, is growing more impatient for the whereabouts of the informant Michael tracked down, and is threatening to take the information by force. On the outside, Veronica receives a videotape proving that Lincoln is guilty of his crime, but then receives word that a witness who could have testified on Lincoln's behalf was murdered before the trial. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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29 August 2005 (USA)  »

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When Michael is thrown over the railing during the riot, his stunt double is clearly visible. See more »


Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell: Maybe you're one of them milk chickens, all confused-like? White on the outside, black as tar on the inside. Maybe we ought to take a look at them insides and find out, huh?
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Featured in Prison Break: Odd Man Out (2005) See more »


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All you gotta do is take this little pocket right here...
18 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Freshly incarcerated in Fox River, Michael is soon beginning work on his escape plan by attempting to acquire the first integral instrument for it, before hitting his first integral problem: Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell.

Serving life imprisonment without ever been eligible for parole, Theodore Bagwell is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous inmates in Fox River who prays on younger men as sexual victims and makes Michael one of his targets by offering him his 'pocket' - in exchange for protection from other inmates. On top of this, escalating racial tensions in the prison, Abruzzi's impatience for the location of Fibonacci and Dr. Tancredi's queries about whether or not Michael does actually have diabetes all make sure Michael is going to be in for one hell of a ride every episode: even if he can find the time to continue with the escape plan!

But Robert Knepper is the real star of this episode and plays the part wonderfully, by opting to portray the character from a more charming, and even at times, comedic perspective rather than showing T-Bag's more sadistic and cruel nature all the time. He also successfully manages to bring in his own (what Knepper describes as) 'animalistic' qualities to the role to show T-Bag's more menacing side. Overall, he does a terrific job in making what should be a vile, hateful creature into a real fan-favourite who returns in a regular role to the series.

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