Prison Break/The Key

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The Key
Season 1, Episode 19
Airdate April 24, 2006
Production Number 1AKJ19
Teleplay by Zack Estrin &
Matt Olmstead
Story by Paul T. Scheuring
Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
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The Key is the nineteenth episode of the first season of Prison Break.

Starring: Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows), Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield), Robin Tunney (Veronica Donovan), Amaury Nolasco (Fernando Sucre), Marshall Allman (L.J. Burrows (credit only)), Wade Williams (Captain Brad Bellick), Paul Adelstein (Special Agent Paul Kellerman), Robert Knepper (Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell), Rockmond Dunbar (Benjamin "C-Note" Franklin)

And: Sarah Wayne Callies (Dr. Sara Tancredi)

Guest Starring: Muse Watson (Charles Westmoreland), Peter Stormare (John Abruzzi), Frank Grillo (Nick Savrinn), Lane Garrison (David "Tweener" Apolskis), Holly Valance (Nika Volek), Joseph Nunez (Manche Sanchez), Tony Denison (Lincoln's Dad), John Billingsley (Terrence Steadman)

With: Patricia Wettig (Vice President Caroline Reynolds)

And: Stacy Keach (Warden Henry Pope)

Co-Starring: Daniel Allar (Avocado), DuShon Brown (Nurse Katie), Phillip Edward Van Lear (C.O. Patterson), Christian Stolte (Stolte), Will Zahrn (Sheriff Ballard), Wesley Walker (Crony), Scott Westerman (Maintenance Guy), Cliff Frazier (Orderly), Lester Kevin Senor (C.O. Kevin)


Plot Overview

After being rescued from the crash, Lincoln finds out the reason he was framed and the man behind it all. The escape plan is close to being completed apart from one more thing; the key to the infirmary. Michael needs to find a way to open the infirmary door on the night of the escape and the success of his plan may depend on Dr. Sara Tancredi. Tweener, desperate to get rid of Avocado, makes a decision that may affect Michael's plan. The escape plan may yet again be jeopardized by Bellick.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Michael: I want you to do something for me.
Sara: What?
Michael: (looks down at her key then looks back up at her) Wait for me. It won't always be like this. This room, this place...
  • Terrence Steadman: You said it was almost over.
Caroline Reynolds: Yes.
Terrence Steadman: Are you talking about Burrows or your candidacy?
  • Sucre: You figured out a way to get into the infirmary yet?
Michael: Not quite.
Sucre: (gesturing at Sara)You working a game on her or what?
Michael: I don't know.