Prison Break/The Old Head

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The Old Head
Season 1, Episode 8
Airdate October 24, 2005
Production Number 1AKJ07
Written by Monica Macer
Directed by Jace Alexander
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The Old Head is the eighth episode of the first season of Prison Break, and the eighth episode overall.

Starring: Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows), Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield), Robin Tunney (Veronica Donovan), Peter Stormare (John Abruzzi), Amaury Nolasco (Fernando Sucre), Marshall Allman (L.J. Burrows), 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: Muse Watson (Charles Westmoreland), Frank Grillo (Nick Savrinn), Jessalyn Gilsig (Lisa Rix), Danny McCarthy (Special Agent Danny Hale)

And: Stacy Keach (Warden Henry Pope)

Special Guest Star: Patricia Wettig (The Vice President)

Co-Starring: Jacqueline Williams (Sue Parsons), Rebecca Spence (Shauna Hudson), Robert Michael Vieau (Trokey), Blaine Hogan (Seth / Cherry), Phillip Edward Van Lear (C.O. Phil), Christian Stolte (C.O. Stolte), Mac Brandt (C.O. Mac), Philip Rayburn Smith (Adrian), DuShon Brown (Nurse), Gary Brichetto (Fire Inspector), James Meredith (Secret Service Agent), Howie Johnson (Lukasz)


Plot Overview

Michael runs into trouble when he finds a storage room that was a key part of his plan is now a C.O. break room. Meanwhile, Lincoln receives threats regarding LJ.


Arc Advancement


  • Nick and Veronica narrowly avoid being killed. They go into hiding in Nick's father's cabin, in the woods.
  • LJ's mom and stepdad are killed by the hitmen, and LJ barely escapes.
  • Charles Westmoreland sets fire to the C.O. break room after believing that Bellick killed his cat, Marilyn.
  • Michael, Abruzzi, and crew begin digging a hole in the C.O. break room on PI, and T-Bag blackmails himself onto PI.
  • The woman the hitmen work for is revealed to be the Vice President.


  • Charles Westmoreland: Tells Michael he isn't D.B. Cooper
  • Marilyn (the cat): Found by Michael, then dies.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Route 66 is used as a reference to get from one place to the other and is mentioned as running from New York to Los Angeles. US Highway 66, known as Route 66, ran from Chicago to Los Angeles (Santa Monica, actually). Seeing as the show is based in Chicago, one would think they'd know that.

Memorable Moments