Prison Break (2005–2017)
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The Rat 

With the pipe to the infirmary replaced and Lincoln's life hanging in the balance, Michael must rethink his plan to escape and save his brother's life. A fellow inmate may hold the key to preventing Lincoln's execution.


Kevin Hooks


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Purcell ... Lincoln 'Linc' Burrows
Wentworth Miller ... Michael Scofield
Robin Tunney ... Veronica Donovan
Amaury Nolasco ... Fernando Sucre
Marshall Allman ... LJ Burrows
Wade Williams ... Brad Bellick
Robert Knepper ... Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell
Rockmond Dunbar ... Benjamin Miles 'C-Note' Franklin
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Sara Tancredi
Muse Watson ... Charles Westmoreland
John Heard ... Governor Frank Tancredi
Frank Grillo ... Nick Savrinn
Lane Garrison ... David 'Tweener' Apolskis
Matt DeCaro ... Corrections Officer Roy Geary
Tracy Letts ... Peter Tucci


With the unexpected fail of Michael's plan, the five frustrated inmates return to the storage room. Michael begs Sara to talk with Veronica and Nick first to see the evidences and to ask for clemency to her father. Meanwhile Nick and Veronica appeal in court of Judge Kessler and request an exhumation of Steadman remains. Michael learns that if something goes wrong with the electric chair, the execution is delayed. He uses a rat to short-circuit the electric installation, but David overhears the conversation and rats Michael's talk to Captain Bellick. Sara stays with Lincoln in his cell; later Michael and Veronica have a last meeting with him and he talks with his son LJ by phone. When Lincoln is walking to the electric chair, the governor calls to say that he had reviewed the process and denied the request of clemency. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

20 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matt DeCaro (Corrections Officer Roy Geary) also played a brief role as a Correctional Officer In U.S. Marshals (1998). See more »


Michael says in the intro of an earlier episode that authorities will put 15000 Volts in his brother's body for a crime he did not commit unless they both escape, but in "The Rat" C.O. Geary warns C.O. Bellick to be careful while opening the electric chair's fuse box because there is "2000 V inside". See more »


[phone conversation]
LJ Burrows: There's something I want to tell you.
Lincoln Burrows: What's that?
LJ Burrows: I had a dream last night. You and me were working on a house, pounding nails. And in the dream, it felt like we were older. It was so clear... the whole dream... And when I woke, I knew that today wasn't going to be the end. That... That we'll see each other again, dad. I know it. I love you, dad.
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Composed by Ramin Djawadi
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19 February 2019 | by dylan-diggy-djSee all my reviews

The episode has you thinking there is no way out for the protagonists

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