Prison Break: Season 1, Episode 16

Brother's Keeper (3 Apr. 2006)

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Flashbacks provide exposition on how the inmates arrived at Fox River Penitentiary from The Company's framing of Lincoln to the creation of Michael's plan to save his brother's life.



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Three years ago, Michael discovers that the Lincoln's debt of US$ 90,000.00 permitted him to graduate in Engineering and also that his mother had no life insurance. Details of the manipulation of the footage of the surveillance camera in the parking area by Kellerman and his men are disclosed. Sara was a junkie addicted in morphine that seeks help in a rehabilitation center. C-Note was a soldier in Kuwait that was discharge with dishonor when he reported torture in the prisoners. Later, unemployed and with a dirty record, he drives an illegal truck to make some money, being arrested. Fernando robs a convenience store to date Maricruz; when he returns to rob the same convenience store to buy an engagement ring to Maricruz, his cousin Hector gives an anonymous call to the police and he is arrested. T-Bag is in love for Susan, but when she finds that he is a pedophile killer, she denounces him to the police. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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18 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After the cliffhanger from the previous episode, 'By The Skin And Teeth' - in true Prison Break style, you'd have expected to tune into the latest episode eagerly hoping for a conclusion to the cliffhanger and how Michael and the rest of the escapees will battle on with the plan. That's not what you get with 'Brother's Keeper' - nevertheless, it doesn't disappoint and remains a personal favourite.

This episode is set entirely out of context of the rest of the season, it takes place three years before Michael was ever incarcerated in Fox River, with little reference to the prison itself. Amongst those stories of the two brother's been told, we also see what led to the incarceration of Fernando Sucre, Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell and Benjamin 'C-Note' Franklin and exactly what they want from the outside after the escape. We also get to see how Dr. Sara Tancredi has a slightly dark past of her own she's kept hidden, as well as a little more of an insight in Captain Bellick's character.

From this episode, we get see how Michael came to believe in his brother's innocence and give up everything to devise his brilliant plan to rescue him before execution. Also, watch out for designs for his tattoos and things Michael does that seem to have no apparent relevance in the escape from Fox River - these are foreboding moments for season 2 and shows how his tattoos also hold the key to staying on the outside.

Watching the story of the conspiracy unfold, and exactly how The Company and the Secret Service framed Lincoln and pushed for the death penalty is brilliant, and it answers a lot of questions you still may have about it. Danny McCarthy also gets the chance to reprise his role as Secret Service Agent Danny Hale and we see how he and Kellerman have been involved in the thing from the beginning.

The episode also includes a brief snippet from America's Most Wanted, which includes a special guest appearance from John Walsh.

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