Prison Break: Map Quest

By now, you probably know that the premise of the show has graduated from the eight guys breaking out of prison to seven guys (remember John Abruzzi was gunned down by the FBI) searching for Charles Westmoreland's, a.ka. D.B. Cooper's, $5 million that he buried in Utah.

In the beginning of episode 5, Michael and Lincoln make there way west in Geary's car. If I were an escaped con, the last place I'd want to be is in a stolen security guard's car, but OK. When the brothers get to Utah, they go on a mission to find the Double K Ranch, where the money is supposedly buried. Of course, no one has ever heard of such a place, and the guys begin to wonder if they've been conned themselves.

In the meantime, Tweener ends up sleeping with the college girl he hitched a ride from, who has no idea who he is until a cop shows up at their motel room door and asks if she's seen him. Was anyone else surprised she didn't know? I so thought she was on to him. Tweener has made his way into my heart, and apparently the girl's as well, because she doesn't rat him out to the police. Instead, she gives him the keys to her car and says that in a few hours she is going to call the cops and report it stolen and they will find it abandoned on a road.

When Tweener gets to Utah, he runs into T-Bag at a gas station (this is the point where I feel like things are getting a little far-fetched). T-Bag needs Tweener to dig, and Tweener needs T-Bag's directions to the Double K ranch, so the two team up.

Michael decides the only way to find the Double K ranch is to go into the courthouse and look at public property records. So, he and Lincoln take their chances and head through security. Right, because going through security when you're on the run is always a smart idea.

Michael finds the book he needs to find the ranch, but he learns the page he needs is missing, which means someone else has already been there...

He looks out the window at the crowd below and spots none other than T-Bag. The brothers catch up with T-Bag, interrogate him about the whereabouts of the Double K ranch and then throw him into the truck of their car when T-Bag says Tweener's the one with the map.

They find Tweener tied up in the back room of a gardening store, barely conscious after being hit upside the head by the cashier who recognizes him. Michael tries to fight the cashier off, but the cashier pins him down in a chokehold. Lincoln who comes to the rescue and points his gun at the cashier, instructing him to tell him where Tweener is.

The guys grab Tweener and realize the their huge mistake when Tweener tells them T-Bag's got the map. T-Bag, in fact, is eating the map in the trunk of the car.

Lincoln and Michael make a deal with T-Bag (considering it's their only option) to let him in on the money if he takes them to the spot. This time, they put Tweener in the trunk. When the group gets to the Double K ranch, however, they find it has been turned into a subdivision.

In some ways, I'm almost starting to find the sub-plot about Dr. Sara Tancredi more interesting than the Burrows brothers. Sara meets Lance (who is actually Agent Kellerman, one of the bad guys in on the conspiracy) in her rehab group. At first she thinks Lance is hitting on her, but then realizes Lance is gay -- good move Kellerman! Kellerman believes Sara is still in contact with Michael and that she will lead him right to the cons. He searches her apartment and finds a phone number written on a blue paper swan. He calls it, only to find it's disconnected. Haha!

At first, I thought Sara's father, Governor Tancredi, who is aiming to be the new Vice President, was in on the conspiracy as well. This episode, however, changed that. It seems he really has no idea and is being advised not to ask to many questions about anything involving Lincoln Burrows and the Fox River situation.

Oooh, in this episode, we also learn FBI Agent Mahone has a serious pill-popping problem. He tells his "dealer" he only needs him now for his Midazolam, which from a quick Google search, I learned is generally used to relieve anxiety before a surgery and is very rarely given outside of a hospital setting. This guy obviously has some serious issues! He's clearly smart enough to figure out Michael's plan -- he even figured out why all the men ended up in Utah -- but I wonder if the skeletons in his closet will get in his way...

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