"Prison Break" End of the Tunnel (TV Episode 2005) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • With Abruzzi medevaced to a hospital after T-Bag slit his throat, and Lincoln taken to solitary, the five remaining inmates must figure out what to do about their escape plan. Michael wants to delay the escape until he can spring Lincoln, but the other four want to leave as soon as possible. Following threats from his co-conspirators, Michael decides that they must leave that evening at 9pm. Back in his cell, Michael cuts open his arm and removes a hidden pouch which contains a black pill. He then borrows Sucre's crucifix and hides the pill inside it. With his brother's execution now only 36 hours away, Michael prays with a priest and asks him for a favor - would he mind giving a crucifix to his brother, Lincoln? Lincoln receives the crucifix containing the pill and a note instructing him to eat it at 8:10. When Lincoln does so, he becomes violently ill, and is taken to the prison's infirmary. Dr. Tancredi believes Lincoln suffers from food poisoning. The five inmates use the tunnels beneath the prison to make their way to the infirmary. They arrive at the room underneath the infirmary containing the pipe Michael previously corroded with the chemical compound. The pipe has now been replaced. Michael tries to remove it, and Lincoln helps from the room above. Their attempts are in vain, as the pipe cannot be removed. Michael realizes their escape plan has been inadvertently thwarted. T-Bag pulls a shank on Michael, threatening his life.

  • With the tunnel finished, the team is almost ready to make their escape, but Lincoln has been put in solitary confinement after punching out a guard who was about to discover the hole. Michael insists they have to wait to go through with the escape, but the rest of team is ready to go on with or without him. He comes up with a plan at the last minute, smuggling Lincoln a poison pill that puts him in the infirmary just in time for the other escapees to meet up with him. At the last moment, however, disaster strikes: a workman had earlier discovered the hole in the pipe Michael had been creating, and the bend under the infirmary has been replaced with a new steel section far too strong to remove in time. At the same time, Veronica has decided to go public after getting a call from agent Hale that he's willing to hand over all the information she needs to free Lincoln and blow open the conspiracy. Although she meets with him long enough to learn the shocking secret about the Steadman assassination, agent Kellerman shows up before Hale can hand over the list of names, and shoots his old partner.

  • The escape is about to go through when the team hits a stainless steel snag, while Veronica is just a moment too late to get all the information she needs to prove Lincoln's innocence.


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