Prison Break Recap #3.02: "Fire/Water"
Michael saves the mysterious Whistler while helping a challenged Lechero; Wade Williams delivers an excellent performance as the treacherous Bellick who is finally allowed to put on some clothes and Sucre bids Maricruz a tearful farewell on yet another stellar new episode of FOX's "Prison Break."
Water is running low at Sona and one of the inmates challenges Lechero's rule in order to incite a riot and take down the ruler. Lechero realizes he may really be in trouble as the inmates are beginning to lose temper and the water truck won't get to Sona in less than 48 hours.
Michael questions Bellick why he put the strange note into his pocket. The man in the diaper reveals it came from Whistler who fed him rat meat in exchange for that favor. Michael finds Whistler hiding in the sewage and promises to help him albeit with zero interest in his background as he is eager to put this whole nightmare behind him.
On the outside, the mysterious woman who calls herself "Susan B. Anthony" reveals to Lincoln her people are using the brothers to get Whistler out of the jail because a violent attack on Sona would not do any good due to the political nature of Whistler's crime.
Meanwhile, both Mahone and Lechero's people are on to Whistler. Mahone learns that the mayor of Panama City wants Whistler dead and whoever kills him will get a fake trial and walk out a free man. Meanwhile, Bellick tells Lechero (with the help of his hilarious servant T-Bag) where Whistler is in exchange for food and clothes.
Michael gives Lincoln the message Bellick shoved into his pocket. He finds out the message contains the name of a bank and password to a safe. There he meets Whistler's girlfriend (the original recipient of the message) and steals a bird guide she found in the safe.
Susan who had Lincoln followed is not happy with his James Bond routine and wants the book handed over and him and his brother back to work. Lincoln, who has yet to find out the importance of the book, gives Susan a copy.
Meanwhile, Michael learns that Lechero couldn't care less about Whistler, so he puts together a bomb that blows up the prison's pipes and releases the water to thirsty prisoners. Not only is the riot over before it even began, but the inmate who caused trouble is brutally killed by Lechero and his people.
That means, to Mahone's and T-Bag's discontent, Michael has earned Lechero's trust and Whistler is allowed to live. But Michael has yet to devise a plan how to get himself and Whistler out of the jail.
Finally, in a separate storyline, Sucre who is surprisingly alive and well, visits Bellick at Sona and threatens him with a gun. He learns his pregnant girlfriend Maricruz is alive and well in Chicago. But he quickly realizes he can't join her, as his return would only cause trouble, so he calls her to say goodbye.
Obviously, the show is as implausible as ever (Lincoln happens to run into Sucre in the street, all non-native speakers understand and speak English well, etc.), but at least it is back to being as thrilling as it used to be 2 seasons ago.