Cut to Unit B, where Keller and Schillinger ["Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death." -- Macbeth (Act V. Scene v.)] are waking up on the morning of the big performance. "Tonight's your big premiere," says Keller. "And Beecher's big finale." Well, I'd definitely agree that the finale was big, but it does seem a little narrow-minded to say it was just Beecher's. I mean, I've written eighteen pages so far, for God's sake. Keller then explains his nefarious plan, which is to replace Schillinger's prop knife with a real one just before Vern and Toby's big fight scene. Um, excuse me? THAT'S the plan? I thought Keller was supposed to be some bad-ass serial killer or something? I've seen better plans for violence on The Itchy & Scratchy Show. Schillinger, however, loves the idea, and the scene ends with him smiling that evil smile I've missed all season.
Meanwhile, Toby is meeting with Sister Pete to decide whether or not he should accept the offer he's been given. They engage in a lengthy debate about whether or not it would be morally right to commit perjury in order to ensure that a guilty man is punished, but it seems pretty clear that Toby has already made up his mind. "I want to be with my children," he sighs, although Sister Pete refuses to condone his plans. After giving us one of those patented puppy-dog-eyed, lost-boy looks that Lee Tergesen is so famous for, Beecher leaves to go get ready for the big play.
Showtime. No, not the network, thank God. We're in the cafeteria, and Betty Buckley peeks through the closed curtains to check out the audience. It looks like just about the entire cast is there, with the Italians looking bored, Ryan chatting up a friend, and Torquemada getting his temples massaged by one of the prison's more flamboyant inmates. Hee! Betty gathers the cast together for a pre-show pep talk, and while Alvarez is clearly high as a kite on Destiny, everyone else seems pretty stoked. Hell, Stanton is practically peeing in his pants, he's so excited. Even Schillinger and Beecher seem to be getting into the spirit of things, as Vern extends his hand to wish Toby a "good show." They shake on it, and Miguel dims the house lights, and then Betty steps out onstage to make a few announcements. After naming all the understudies who'll be taking over for inmates who are either in the hospital or solitary (Guerra, Busmalis, and Redding), she goes on to dedicate the performance to the memory of both Leo Glynn and Cyril O'Reily. That gets big applause from the crowd, with even Claire joining in.