Prison Break/Cell Test

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Cell Test
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Season 1, Episode 3
Airdate September 5, 2005
Production Number 1AKJ02
Written by Mike Pavone
Directed by Brad Turner
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Prison BreakSeason One

Cell Test is the third episode of the first season of Prison Break, and the third episode overall. Michael tests his cellmate to see if he is trustworthy.

Starring: Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows), Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield), Robin Tunney (Veronica Donovan), Amaury Nolasco (Fernando Sucre), Marshall Allman (L.J. Burrows), Peter Stormare (John Abruzzi), Wade Williams (Captain Brad Bellick), Paul Adelstein (Special Agent Paul Kellerman), Robert Knepper (Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell)

And: Sarah Wayne Callies (Dr. Sara Tancredi)

Guest Starring: Jessalyn Gilsig (Lisa Rix), Al Sapienza (Philly Falzone), Anthony Starke (Sebastian Balfour), Adina Porter (Leticia Barris), Silas Weir Mitchell (Charles "Haywire" Patoshik), Danny McCarthy (Special Agent Danny Hale)

And: Stacy Keach (Warden Henry Pope)

Co-Starring: Wesley Walker (Aryan Brother), Peter Reinemann (Gus Fiorello), Sandra Marquez (Mrs. Delgado), Linara Washington (Jenae Conlin), Tom McElroy (Reverend Mailor), Mac Brandt (C.O. #1), Phillip Edward Van Lear (C.O. #2), Christian Stolte (C.O. #3), Tab Baker (Crab Simmons), Jason Wells (White Cap), Lillian Almaguer (Abruzzi Kid #1), Elijah Roberts (Abruzzi Kid #2), Tracey Bonner (Old African American Lady)

Uncredited: Anthony Fleming (Black Inmate #2), Brian Hamman (Maytag), Ora Jones (Wendy), Mark Morettini (C.O. Rizzo Green), Gianni Russo (Gavin Smallhouse)


Plot Overview

Michael reveals his plans to Sucre who, horrified, wants nothing to do with it and requests a transfer. Michael gets a new cellmate, Haywire, who is as much trouble as his name suggests. Meanwhile, Veronica meets a woman who may be able to stop Lincoln's execution.


  • The episode aired a first time Monday, September 5 at 9 PM.
    • Ratings for the original airing - households: 7.1/11; adults 18-49: 4.9
  • This episode aired a second time on Tuesday, September 6 at 9 PM.
    • Ratings for the repeat - households: 4.2/6, #T5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4
  • This episode also aired a third time on Monday, September 12 at 8 PM.

Arc Advancement


  • Sucre loses his conjugal visits with Maricruz after refusing to reveal where Michael got his cell phone. He then requests a transfer.
  • Abruzzi agrees to help Michael with his new cellmate after setting Michael up with T-Bag.
  • Abruzzi's kids are used as leverage by his mafia colleagues to get him to find Fibonacci's whereabouts.
  • LJ has to visit his father each week as a part of scared straight.
  • Veronica is dumped by Sebastian, while gaining a source that could clear Lincoln.
  • The SS agents kill said source in the woods.


  • Michael's new cellmate is introduced. He was transferred from the psychiatric ward into the general population. He has severe damage to his Reticular Activating System, which causes him to be awake at all times.


  • Abruzzi really did cut off Michael's toe in last week's cliffhanger.


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