The Dr. Sara/Kellerman reunion is every bit as awesome as we could have hoped, as she very nearly manages to strangle him. Given that she's managed to kick his ass twice, I'm thinking she deserves her own spinoff or something. Anyway, when Kellerman isn't turning blue, he's busy getting everyone on a train to Chicago, where Dr. Sara's key will fit into some humidor at a very expensive, exclusive club. The Car of Comedy Gold manages to elude the authorities and make it to the Windy City.
While they're traveling, Kellerman determines that Madame President Evil is, in fact, being played by a not-so-skilled imposter. Kellerman calls Kim on it, and it is AWESOME.
Know what else is kind of awesome? The making-out that Michael and Dr. Sara do in the world's largest train bathroom. Dr. Sara even cops to not fully absorbing the lessons from Don't Do Time in the Prison of Love before trying to fully absorb Michael via extensive mouth-to-mouth contact.
Also, T-Bag is a lying, raping creep. Poor Susan, Zach, and Gracie are still hostage to the one-armed pervert, and because he fears detection, he's decided it's time for them to up and move.
Also, C-Note has a cool head in a crisis and compelling persuasive skills: it's just too bad he has to use them to talk a diner robber out of doing something tremendously stupid, like herding the entire eatery into a back storage room. But he does, and when the robber decides to take a hostage, C-Note beats that bad idea right out of him. In gratitude, the diner patrons do not tell the cops that one of America's Most Wanted was having the grilled cheese, and the former hostage helps C-Note and his sick daughter escape.
And finally, in the saddest plotline to come along in a while: Bellick and Mahone find Haywire. Although Bellick's the one that chases him to the top of a decaying grain elevator, it's Mahone who climbs up and coaxes Haywire to jump to his death. I have been no fan of the loony inmate, but his anguish at being trapped was heart-rending. Rest in peace, Charles Patoshik. (And thanks to poster iatesumthingbad for letting us know that the soundtrack to this scene was "Home" by Alexi Murdoch.)
When we begin the episode, we're at a train station in the middle of nowhere. Dr. Sara disembarks, and she is looking remarkably good for a fugitive -- nice jeans, clean white tank, fabulous new 'do. Frankly, this is a recommendation for all of us to take up one-on-one work with brooding inmates and let circumstances carry us where they may.
As Dr. Sara and Michael look for each other in the crowd, Kellerman lurks around a corner. His mobile rings, and it's Madame President Evil again. She'd like to know where Kellerman is. He snaps, "Out in the cold, remember?" The camera's focused on Dr. Sara, and I just love that little bit of ambivalence, like we're supposed to think, Hmmm, maybe the way to his heart is through the third-degree burn directly above it. We cut to Linc looking all broody and bare-chested (one can only presume he's got an extra coat of Pec Gloss applied for weatherproofing) while Michael is bundled in a heavy charcoal tee and sweater, plus a skullcap. He looks like the offspring between Prison Blues and J. Crew, and again, it's sort of an incentive for the rest of us to construct elaborate prison break-out plans, if this is the end result.
So Michael and Dr. Sara finally set eyes on one another, and they exchange a long and very sweet hug. When Dr. Sara pulls away, Michael takes in the new 'do and smiles, and Dr. Sara's all, "Eh, when the APB's out for a redhead... " She then nods to Lincoln, who nods back, squinting around the glare of the light off his gleamy pecs to see who's actually saying hello.
Meanwhile, Kellerman is busy being needy into the phone: "It's funny how you only call me when you need me. Maybe 'funny' is not the right word." Madame Evil assures him, "All of this can go away, Paul." "Can it?" he replies as he looks at Michael and Dr. Sara together. Again, those of us who are a little nostalgic for the pie pals are wondering, Might Kellerman be pining for Dr. Sara? Madame Evil continues, "Please just come back to Chicago and turn Burrows and Scofield in. I promise you, I'll make everything go back to the way it was." Kellerman eyes Michael one more time and says curtly he has to go. Oh, Madame Evil, perhaps he's just not that into you anymore.
Dr. Sara's asking Michael if they actually have a shot. A shot at what is never specified, but it's presumably "a shot at ending this all soon." Michael thinks any shots are dependent on what Governor Dad gave Dr. Sara. They mumble small talk about the key, then Michael catches sight of the smirking Kellerman and says, "Sara, we've got someone working with us now." Dr. Sara turns around... and sees Kellerman.