As she's getting coffee a little later, she's approached by none other than Bellick. Speaking in a much less belligerent tone than we're used to, he says, "You used to be a doctor, right?" "I still am," she says somewhat distantly. But it's offset when she smiles and asks, "Why?" "I was just thinking, I might know a job opening where I work," Bellick says. We quickly establish that it's at Fox River, and Bellick says, "I know it seems like a strange idea, but maybe you and I could, uh...maybe we could, uh...talk about it over dinner. I got a gift card to the Red Lobster over off the Interstate." And...oh, gosh, do y'all have any idea how hard it is to type this scene out while trying to watch it through my fingers?
Dr. Sara utters, "Oh, my God," without thinking, then quickly realizes it, so she warmly thanks Bellick, then tries to let him down gently with "tonight's a night to work on my résumé." This is so awkward. Bellick tries to recover gamely with, "Oh. Of course." And as Sara continues to thank him, we see something in his face just sort of flicker out, and a mask slips into place. It's a tremendous credit to Wade Williams that he makes Bellick appear so sympathetic: your average, socially-retarded lunkhead and not the walking casserole of venality we all know and loathe today. It makes the character so much more opaque. I can't help but wonder if Bellick made an active turn for evil after Pretty Doctor Lady turned him down, or if it's been there all along and simply lay dormant during N.A. meetings. I sort of love how the performance leaves it open to interpretation.
(What I unequivocally love: how we have all been indoctrinated to hate him so thoroughly that the minute the episode was over, people on the forums were like, "I bet he is just the kind of disgusting pig who would hit 12-step meetings to pick up girls.")
And now, Michael is starting in on the mural of prison-break planning. You will find this sort of thing riveting only if you like those sequences in Trading Spaces where everyone cleans up in fast-forward and acts all goofy during it.
And now, C-Note's about to get busted. We see him glance down at a picture of the wife and kid, as if to remind himself that there's a reason he's doing this, and it's all very sentimental and I get how many of the themes here seem to be about the insane stuff we do for our families, but I still think if he had come out with his story, he wouldn't be in this situation. And in the time it takes me to type this out, C-Note's been busted.