Cut to Dr. Sara trying her darnedest to convince her dad (a.k.a. Governor Tancredi) that the state will be putting an innocent man to death. He's not having a whole lot of this, and she finally says in desperation, "The least you could do is review his case. And Dad, if it helps, pretend it didn't come from me." She stalks off, and Gov. Tancredi watches her go with an expression like, "Okay, I WON'T, then!"
We get a shot of a full moon, the moon soon obliterated by a dark cloud. Gosh, is there any way that can reflect the truth being obscured by a dark conspiracy? Or perhaps indicative of a life being snuffed out by the forces of evil? Or sometimes an obvious transition shot is just an obvious transition shot.
Linc has now begun passing around the WAH-petizers at his pity party, bemoaning that he's going to go down in infamy with John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald. Linc gives himself too much credit. First, we never got his middle name, and having a middle name is, like, the primary rule for assassins. Second, he shot the Vice-President's brother. We live in a country where few people can even tell you the name of the man the Vice-President himself shot. What makes you think we're up on his siblings? (For the record, Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington. He has a brother named Bob and a sister named Susan.) Then Linc throws the I-didn't-do-it fit. Michael and Veronica both have identical "Well, this is awkward" looks. Linc settles down, and the COs come back in with Pope. None of them look as though they're relishing this, but I say that only because Bellick's not visible.
In the next shot, Linc has changed, and he's in manacles; he's shuffling toward Ol' Sparky. Dr. Sara has teleported back to the prison. The whole procession shuffles to a halt as some CO sprints down the hall, all, "Warden! The governor's on the line!" And you know how before I was all, "Well, we all have different reactions"? Now I aim to show you the universality of some human responses. The first time we watched this, Mary-Lynn and I were all, "What, the governor's going to call all, 'Hey! I was just making sure you're still going ahead with that execution'?" And then when I began watching this scene again for the recap, the husband yelped from the depths of the couch, "What, the governor's going to call all, 'Hey! I was just making sure you're still going ahead with that execution'?" And sadly, the answer to that question -- both times it was asked -- is "Yes." Yes, the governor called with a go-ahead. And yes, apparently the possibility that he'd do this was a big freakin' surprise to the penal institution that's put people to death before. What is a mild surprise: when the governor hangs up, Madam Vice President, the Mistress of Evil, is hovering over his shoulder like a harpy, commending him on his patriotism. Yes -- because nothing says "America!" like sending innocent men to die.