Prison Break: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (29 Aug. 2005)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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Michael Scofield is imprisoned in Fox River State Penitentiary. He finds his brother, Lincoln Burrows, who is a death row prisoner, and tells him that he is going to break them both out of the prison.



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After getting an elaborate full-body tattoo and destroying all the notes in his office, Michael Scofield calmly walks into a bank and holds it up. At trial, he raises no defense and seems to voluntarily be going to prison. Inside, he reveals that he's the brother of a fellow inmate, one on death row for the murder of the vice president's brother. He also hints that he has a plan of some sort, which involves pretending he has diabetes and going to the infirmary for insulin injections, dangling information about an informant in witness protection in front of a mob boss, and striking up a friendship with an elderly con rumored to be D.B.Cooper. Meanwhile, a bishop who may stand in the way of Michael's brother's execution is murdered in his bedroom. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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When Veronica is talking with Michael in jail, a guard says that visiting hours are over, and she gets up to leave as if required to do so. Constitutionally, any prisoner is allowed to see his or her lawyer any hour of any day of the year. See more »


Fernando Sucre: Why you want to see Burrows so bad, anyhow?
Michael Scofield: Because he's my brother.
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Prison Break
21 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

hi I'm still quite young a teenager actually. i've been glued to the chair every Tuseday night. and i give out if someone even whispers a word to me. while i'm watching it. it is one of the best TV shows i have ever seen. i used to think lost was good but prison break is much better. lost just drags on and on and never seems to end. prison break at the moment is very good and i can't wait to watch it next week. i never imagined that Micheal(Wenthworth Miller) would burn himself. and that the tattoo would burn just were the needed to use it.they should make more TV shows like this one this is the best one and i son't ever want it to end i nearly cry when it ends every Tuseday only joking but i don't want it 2 end i can't wait till the first season is over cause i'm going to buy it but i don't want it to b over for a while cause then i'd have nothing to watch at all and that would be terrible

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