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 »


Dr. Sara Tancredi: You went to Loyola?
Michael Scofield: You've been checking up on me.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: I like to get to know my patients. I went to North Western. Graduated a year after you did.
Michael Scofield: Maybe we met before. You know, drunk out at a bar somewhere.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: I would have remembered.
Michael Scofield: Is that a compliment?
Dr. Sara Tancredi: No.
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Lays the Foundation, Makes You Curious Enough to Keep Watching
22 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The pilot episode did a good job of "laying the foundation" for the story and filling us in on all of the essential background details. The story was interesting enough to make me want to see more but it all seemed a little emotionally flat. It wasn't incredibly gripping, engaging, or as intense as I would have expected given the seriousness of the subject matter.

I found some of the details regarding prison life very unrealistic. Many times our main character was uncuffed around unarmed personnel, or like the scene where a prisoner gets a private room for an intimate meeting with his fiancé. What warden of a maximum security prison can be bribed over a popsicle stick sculpture? Do you really need to be an engineer to build one of those? Why is there always a corrupt catholic priest?It is not very original. Also prison (especially of this caliber) is definitely not TV-14 rated. While is is not necessary to make shows extremely obscene, a little more roughness/crudeness would make this scenario more believable. The tattoo revealing at the end was a nice finishing touch and was probably the most intriguing scene. Overall, it was just okay which is not a good sign as this is currently the seventh highest rated episode in the series. But with that, I am curious enough to keep watching.

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