List of Prison Break recurring characters
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This article contains a list of recurring characters in the American television series, Prison Break. The listed characters are those who are played by guest stars. The characters are listed alphabetically by their last name or by the name which appears in the episode credits.
- 1 Fox River characters
- 2 Characters affiliated with the Company
- 3 Miscellaneous characters
- 4 Sona characters
- 5 References
Fox River characters
- David Apolskis (played by Lane Garrison) first appears in ninth episode of the first season as a prisoner of Fox River. It is later revealed that he was arrested after swiping a T206 Honus Wagner Baseball card and is charged with grand larceny. T-Bag gives him the nickname "Tweener" due to his affinity for African American culture, and harasses him until Michael Scofield intervenes. Tweener returns in "And Then There Were 7", doing a favor for Michael. In later episodes, however, Tweener becomes an obstacle to Michael and the rest of the escape team after he is coerced by Brad Bellick to become an informant. In "J-Cat", he fails to give good information and is put in a cell with a large man called "Avocado" who sexually abuses him. A desperate Tweener castrates him with a razorblade. Knowing that Avocado will soon recover, Michael takes pity on Tweener and tells him of the escape. Tweener in turn tells Bellick, and the plan is nearly derailed. Knowing of his betrayal, Michael forces Tweener to go his own way in the season finale.
- In season 2, Tweener initially has a separate subplot. After getting to St. Louis, he appears in "Otis" and hitches a ride to Utah with a college girl named Debra Jean Belle (Kristin Malko). The two become intimate in "First Down", but she learns of his fugitive status in the next episode. The two characters go separate ways, though she allows him to steal her car, reporting it stolen later. In the same episode, Tweener re-unites with the other main characters and helps them dig for Westmoreland's $5 million before he is captured by FBI Agent Mahone in “Subdivision”. In his final appearance on the show in “Buried”, Tweener denies a transfer to a better prison and refuses to give away Scofield's location, instead misleading the police. In his last scene, Mahone takes Tweener to a side road and guns him down in cold blood, planting a gun on him to give the appearance of a struggle. Tweener is the second member of the Fox River Eight to be taken down by the authorities.
- Charles Westmoreland (played by Muse Watson) is one of the key supporting characters in the first season. He is introduced as Fox River's longest-serving inmate (thirty-two years) and he tells Scofield that he has sixty more years left on his sentence. An important plot function of Westmoreland is that he is believed to be the airline hijacker D. B. Cooper, which he repeatedly denied. In the first half of the season, he is often shown with a tabby cat named Marilyn that he gets to keep due to a grandfather clause in the prison's policy. Portrayed as mild-mannered and quiet, he tries to stay out of other people’s business. Westmoreland plays an important role in “The Old Head”, in which Captain Bellick murders Marilyn after Westmoreland refuses to help him identify the convict who killed a guard in the previous episode. Westmoreland retaliates by starting a fire in the guards' break room, making it seem like Bellick's negligence caused the fire. He is again prominent in the plot in “And Then There Were 7”, when his character motivation changes and he wants to escape in order to visit his terminally-ill daughter. In the episode, he confirms that he was indeed DB Cooper.
- Following this, Westmoreland joins Michael Scofield's escape team and participates in the first failed escape attempt in “End of the Tunnel”. Westmoreland has a more minor role in most late season 1 episodes, but appears prominently in “Bluff”. In addition, a subplot sees him building a bond with fellow escapee C-Note. Westmoreland is later fatally wounded while subduing Bellick when he discovers the escape hole in the guards' room. During the escape, he collapses from blood loss, telling Michael to go on without him and making him promise to visit his daughter and revealing the location of the Cooper money. He is found dead by Warden Pope in the season finale. Westmoreland re-appears, along with Marilyn, in season 4, in a dream sequence in Michael's head, helping him discover Scylla's true nature.
- Charles "Haywire" Patoshik (played by Silas Weir Mitchell) is a prisoner at Fox River's Psych Ward. He has schizoaffective disorder with bipolar tendencies, and a fear of crowds. He is temporarily Michael's cellmate, becoming obsessed with his tattoos. Michael fakes an assault and gets him sent back to the psych ward. 13 episodes later, Michael seeks Haywire's help to remember a part of the tattoo. Michael is forced to include him in the escape after he finds out about the plan, but soon abandons him. Haywire then escapes on his own on a stolen bicycle. In season 2, he is mostly used as comic relief. His plot line focuses on him building a raft to go to Holland. Haywire is later trapped by police up a silo and convinced by Mahone to commit suicide by jumping to his death. He is the third member of the Fox River Eight to be taken down by the authorities. In a third season episode, he re-appears as a hallucination to Mahone.
- Henry Pope (played by Stacy Keach) is the dedicated warden of Fox River State Penitentiary. The character plays a major role throughout the first season, primarily playing the role of a father figure of sorts to the protagonist, Michael Scofield. Pope's character is portrayed as someone who believes in rehabilitation for the prisoners to make them productive members of society by organizing the prison industry (PI) and educational programs that allows inmates to receive their GED and even bachelor degrees. On the audio commentary for the pilot episode, creator Paul Scheuring talks about how most TV and movie wardens are portrayed as corrupt, and that the purpose of Pope was to create a warden that was actually one of the good guys. In the pilot, it is revealed that he has been married to Judith for 39 years. However, a later episode shows that, years earlier while in Toledo, Pope had an affair and fathered a child, Will Clayton, who later had run-ins with the law and died at 18. Pope confessed to his wife about the affair, but did not tell her about Will. For his 40th wedding anniversary, Pope wants to give his wife a replica of the Taj Mahal. However, he constructs it poorly and has enlisted the help of Michael to make sure the structure is stable. Michael uses this time to help further his escape plan. Pope plays a central role in the episode "English, Fitz or Percy", where Secret Service Agents Paul Kellerman and Daniel Hale attempt to use the information about Pope's illegitimate child to blackmail him into allowing Michael to be transferred to another prison. Pope initially gives in to their demands, but later changes his mind and refuses the transfer and goes home to tell his wife about Will. His wife does not re-appear, but she presumably forgives him as Michael continues working on the Taj Mahal replica.
- Michael's affiliation with Pope soon angers Captain Brad Bellick. While Pope shown to be an honest man, Bellick is a definite villain in the first season of the series, shown to be known for both taking bribes and inmate abuse. Pope does not know the extent of Bellick's corruption and even intends him as his heir after he would retire. It is revealed in the episode "Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 2)" that Bellick secretly looks down on Pope, viewing him as a softy who is not hard enough on the inmates. But after Pope catches Bellick bad-mouthing him to Governor Frank Tancredi later in the same episode, he harshly reprimands him, frightening Bellick. Pope is not featured as heavily in the middle parts of the season, where he is used mainly to deliver bad news to various characters. However, Pope returns to prominence in the plot in later episodes, and his relationship with Michael continues to be explored. Pope and Michael's respect and trust between each other increases as Michael regularly visits Pope to help him with his Taj Mahal project. Their relationship is temporarily strained when Michael refuses to name the guard that apparently assaulted him, but the conflict is later resolved. Pope trusts Michael, often leaving him unattended in his office, and once even going as far as saying he feels fortunate that the two have met. On the night of the escape, in the episodes "Tonight" and "Go", Warden Pope is forced to release Lincoln Burrows from solitary by Michael while holding a shank against him, after which Michael ties Pope to a chair and knocks him unconscious. Pope is shocked and feels betrayed by Michael. After he is found by the guards in the Season 1 finale "Flight", Pope immediately contacts the police and the governor upon the escape, and, along with Bellick, directs an extensive but ultimately fruitless manhunt against the fugitives.
- In season 2, with the plot moving away from the prison, Pope is quickly written out of the show. He resigns in protest in the second episode, when the DOC decides to fire Bellick. After a 15-episode absence, Pope returns for a one-episode guest appearance in "Bad Blood", playing a vital role when Michael asks for his help to retrieve evidence that could exonerate Lincoln. Pope reluctantly agrees, but asks in return that Michael turns himself in. After he retrieves the evidence, though, he tells Michael he does not need to turn himself in. The two then part ways, on at least somewhat good terms. This is Pope's last appearance.
- Roy Geary (played by Matt DeCaro) is a correctional officer at Fox River. He is known for corruption and inmate abuse. After Michael is sent to the psych ward and Sucre is sent to the SHU, Geary auctions off their cell. Not wanting the escape plan exposed, C-Note offers $500 for the cell. Geary later demands $700, but when C-Note turns over the amount, Geary keeps the cash and smugly tells him that the cell has already been sold. In retaliation, the escape team frames him for burning Michael; Pope searches Geary's locker, finding a burnt guard uniform that appears to corroborate Michael's story. Geary is immediately fired. Geary returns in Season 2, testifying against Brad Bellick, resulting in Bellick being fired. The two soon decides to work together as bounty hunters. They capture and torture T-Bag to make him reveal the location of Westmoreland's money. But upon finding it, Geary betrays Bellick and steals the cash. He is later killed by T-Bag, who uses a tracking device to find Geary.
- Louis Patterson (played by Phillip Edward Van Lear) is a correctional officer at Fox River, and is usually seen with C.O. Stolte. Initially a minor character, his screen time increases somewhat in later episodes. Patterson is more compassionate than most COs, particularly to Lincoln Burrows. Patterson even allows Lincoln to see his son without handcuffs in one episode. He is married, but has an affair with the Warden's secretary Becky. Patterson has the habit of referring to the inmates as "ladies" or other names with female associations. When the Fox River Eight escapes from the prison, Patterson joins Bellick and other correctional officers in pursuit of the convicts. He remains at Fox River in season 2, and re-appears when Bellick returns to the prison as an inmate.
- Keith Stolte (played by Christian Stolte) is a correctional officer at Fox River. He likes to talk about sports with C.O. Patterson and has a teen aged son called Josh. His role is at first very small, but increases significantly towards the end of the season. Stolte is a harsh guard, but shows compassion in helping Lincoln prepare for the impending execution, and has a good relationship with Lincoln throughout the first season. Stolte becomes suspicious when Bellick does not show up to work on the day of the escape, and convinces Patterson to inform Warden Pope. Following the Fox River Eight escape, Stolte remains at the prison reporting to Pope. He also advises Pope to contact the Governor. Stolte re-appears briefly in season 2, when Bellick becomes incarcerated at Fox River.
Characters affiliated with the Company
Jonathan Krantz, or the "Pad Man" to fans (played by Leon Russom), is the main antagonist in the series. He is the leader of The Company and holds the rank of General. He appears only fleetingly in his first two seasons, as William Kim's shadowy superior and architect of Michael Scofield's incarceration at Sona. The character plays a large and important role in season 4, appearing in every episode although being credited as a guest star instead of being in the main credits. In earlier seasons, he is identified by his tendency to issue orders on notepads, to avoid being recorded, a tendency which he fully abandons by the fourth season. In his appearance in the season 4 premiere, he discovers that James Whistler, the man Michael was forced to break out of Sona, is a traitor. After Whistler's betrayal, he orders drastic measures to be taken against The Company's enemies, dispatching the ruthless assassin Wyatt to kill anyone and everyone necessary to achieve those ends. Meanwhile, in the initial stages of his season 4 character arc, the General is not aware of the A-team’s efforts to steal Scylla and most early episodes of the season deals with him planning a sinister operation in Laos, and interacting mostly with Wyatt and the Scylla Cardholders. As the season unfolds, Michael and his team eventually learn of the General's identity and his place as the leader of The Company, and he gradually comes to the forefront of the plot with increased screen time with the protagonists as a consequence. When it is reported that Agent Don Self did an identity search on the General, he seems to be very shocked and gives Wyatt the order to keep an eye on Self. In "Safe and Sound", it is revealed to the viewers that the General's name is "Jonathan Krantz", as seen from the images of him. Learning that the General has one of the Scylla Cards, Michael's team plan an attack against his limo in "The Price". Due to the betrayal of team member Roland Glenn, the General is alerted and the attack fails.
Now knowing that Scylla is in danger, the General orders it to be moved and puts increasing pressure on Wyatt to kill the brothers. He is tricked in the next episode into thinking that Wyatt has killed the brothers, but decides to go ahead with moving Scylla anyway. He plays a large role in "Selfless", where he comes face to face with the Scylla team for the first time. When he goes to confront Michael in the underground bunker, he is forced to hand over his card by Michael's team at gunpoint. Thinking it is useless without the other cards, he's shocked when Michael unlocks Scylla with the other five cards and takes him hostage. Under duress and the threat of his daughter Lisa's life, he allows the Scylla team to escape, only in the end realizing Michael has planned everything, including the getaway. In the following episodes, the General is put under immense pressure as he must direct efforts to retrieve Scylla while dealing with dissent amongst his own ranks. After learning in "Just Business" that Gretchen Morgan and Self has Scylla, he sends his men to retrieve it and eliminate all threats to The Company. His men fail, but capture Michael instead. Discovering that he is in an unstable condition, he is taken back to Company HQ. The General orders the doctors to look after Michael and keep him stable, and tells Lincoln that he can save Michael's life in exchange for the safe return of Scylla. The last third of the fourth season shows the General trying to use leverage to control and motivate Lincoln and his team in their pursuit of Scylla, while instructing his men to kill Michael, who escapes from Company security after the surgery.
The General has a somewhat reduced role in these final episodes, often having only a couple of scenes per episode. This is in part due to the introduction of a new prominent antagonist, Christina Rose Scofield (Michael and Lincoln's mother). A former employee of The Company, Christina turns rogue and acquires Scylla to set her own master plan in motion. This includes an assassination attempt against the General in "The Mother Lode" by one of the cardholders, who is working for Christina. For a while, the viewers are led to believe that the General dies in the explosion that destroys his limo, but he is later revealed to still be alive (if injured). As a consequence, the General grows increasingly desperate and paranoid, demanding the lives of all involved in the attempt on his life and the identity of the one holding Scylla. After he is informed that Christina is the buyer of Scylla, which Lincoln had neglected to tell him, the General travels to Miami with a number of henchmen to take charge himself. The General’s screen time again increases somewhat in these final episodes, setting up for the eventual resolution of his character arc. Much of his screen time in these final episodes include him conspiring to get Scylla back, while also taking revenge on Christina, Michael and Lincoln. To this end, he takes Sara hostage in "Cowboys and Indians" and forces Michael to hand over Scylla. He promises to let them all go, which he actually has no intention of doing. Instead he states that he is planning a slow death for Michael and leaves Sara to be raped by T-Bag. In the last episode of the show, the General makes one last desperate attempt to get Scylla back, but is outwitted by Michael and the others and is left for the authorities. Michael then successfully releases Scylla to both the United States government and the United Nations. The details of the device warrant his arrest.
It is revealed in the series epilogue set four years after the events of the finale that Krantz was tried (possibly for treason and multiple counts of murder) and sentenced to death via the electric chair. In his final scene, the character is about to be executed. When asked if he is ready, he utters the last words "Semper Paratus". Krantz also appears briefly in The Final Break (a straight-to-DVD special set before the epilogue) where he is incarcerated at Miami Dade Prison and orders a hit on Sara in a last attempt to get revenge on Michael, but fails since Sara escapes successfully with the help of Gretchen who gets left behind.
William "Bill" Kim
William Kim (played by Reggie Lee) was a fairly high-ranking member of The Company who acts as an intermediary between the President and Paul Kellerman. He is introduced in the season 2 episode "Map 1213", and is the primary Company antagonist in the second season of the show. Kim becomes Kellerman's new supervisor shortly after the Fox River Eight escape. Kellerman is dismayed by this, as he has directly reported to Reynolds for 15 years, and the two characters have an antagonistic relationship throughout the first half of the season. Kim’s character initially has a passive role, directing Kellerman’s actions mainly through phone conversations. Throughout the season, Kim orders the deaths of all he perceives as a threat to the conspiracy, even including Governor Frank Tancredi, and orders Kellerman to murder Sara Tancredi as well. However, when Kellerman fails, Kim cuts him off, disavowing any records relating him to the President. In "The Killing Box", Kellerman calls Kim with a plan to eliminate the recently recaptured Lincoln and Michael. Kim agrees but then instructs an operative to kill Kellerman. This plot backfires when Kellerman betrays him.
Kim's role grows larger and more active in the season's later episodes. In the episode, "John Doe", Kim learns of Kellerman's betrayal, and fails to protect Terrence Steadman as Kellerman and the brothers get their hands on him. As Kellerman has now switched sides, Kim increasingly appears in scenes with Alexander Mahone, the leader of the FBI manhunt who is secretly under blackmail from The Company. Kim puts pressure on him to murder the fugitives. Kim also attempts to manipulate Kellerman by using a female operative and voice-alteration equipment to give him the appearance that President Reynolds is willing to make amends, though Kellerman eventually sees through this ploy. As the character’s role grows bigger, he becomes the primary antagonist of the brothers in season 2, and Kim begins to share screen time with them, most notably in "Sweet Caroline" where he violently attacks Michael in an attempt to make him reveal Lincoln’s whereabouts. After the brothers escape to Panama, Kim is ordered by his superior, a mysterious man known in season 2 only as "Pad Man", to kill Lincoln and frame Michael for it, thus ensuring Michael's incarceration at the prison called Sona. Although he hates being in the field, Kim personally travels to Panama in the season finale to complete The Company's plan. In the character's final appearance, he is shot and killed by Sara Tancredi just before he is about to kill Lincoln.
Caroline Reynolds (played by Patricia Wettig) is a recurring character introduced in the second episode of the series, and is eventually revealed to be the Vice President of the United States. She is affiliated with The Company, and is portrayed as an ambitious politician who seeks to secure the presidency through any means necessary, including murder. She was the main antagonist for the first season. Reynolds is at the center of the show's conspiracy plot in the first season, having framed Lincoln Burrows for her brother Terrence Steadman's faked death. She goes to great lengths to preserve this conspiracy. The character initially appears only sporadically, ordering her agents to kill anyone who interferes, and later announces her candidacy for President. Her role eventually grows larger, focusing on her dealings with The Company, and her allegiance with her henchman Paul Kellerman. It is shown in the episodes "Brother's Keeper" and "Go" that Kellerman is very affectionate and loyal to her, having served her for 15 years, though she does not share the extent of his feelings, instead using them to turn Kellerman into her devoted lackey. In "The Key", her popularity in the polls begins to decrease and The Company decides to abandon her in "Go". However, after Reynolds secretly poisons and kills the President in the season finale, she is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
In season 2, due to Patricia Wettig getting a role on Brothers & Sisters, Reynolds is largely absent. She is often mentioned, but her only real appearance is in "Sweet Caroline," for which Wettig was credited as a "Special Guest Star". Michael Scofield allows himself to be captured and blackmails her for a presidential pardon with a tape that implicates her in the conspiracy, and also strongly suggests that she and Steadman were incestuous lovers. She caves, but is then threatened by The Company, and instead announces she has a malignant form of cancer, forcing her to resign the presidency. She is later believed to have been arrested after Kellerman reveals the conspiracy in a testimony at Sara Tancredi's trial..
Christina Rose Scofield
Christina Rose Scofield (portrayed by Kathleen Quinlan), is the mother of Michael Scofield. She is first referred to in the first season episode "English, Fitz or Percy" in a flashback sequence to the childhood of the protagonist brothers. It is revealed that she died young of liver cancer. She is occasionally mentioned throughout the first and second seasons, such as in "Tweener" where Michael credits her with giving him his sense of right and wrong. She is mentioned again near the end of season 2 in the episode "Panama"; her name is revealed to be Christina Rose Scofield when Michael names his boat after her. In the early episodes of season 4, her cause of death is retconned to a brain tumor. In "The Sunshine State", she is revealed to be alive, living under the alias Christina Hampton, and working for The Company, though her exact position is unknown. The character makes her first on-screen appearance at the end of that episode and features as a prominent antagonist for the final six episodes of the show. As Scylla is stolen from Company headquarters in LA, Christina betrays The Company and its leader General Jonathan Krantz by having one of her men secure it. Her appearances in "The Mother Load" and "VS" are devoted towards setting the stage for her grand masterplan, as she meets with the son of the Prime Minister of India to offer him Scylla technology. She also has her first scene with Lincoln, in which she attempts to convince him that she is seeking to reform The Company from within. Christina's character is portrayed as letting nothing stand in her way, which is shown when she later instructs one of her men to kill Lincoln when he interferes with her plan.
In "SOB" Christina is captured by Michael and his girlfriend Sara Tancredi in an effort to make her divulge Scylla's location. The character is often shown to share the same brilliant mind as her son Michael, which is evident when she manipulates him by claiming that Lincoln is adopted (the writer of the episode, Karyn Uscher, reveals on the episode audio commentary that this is a lie). Nevertheless, this puts Michael off balance and he leaves to try and save Lincoln, leaving Sara alone with Christina. She subsequently escapes. At the end of the episode, the real nature of her plan is revealed to be the assassination of the Prime Minister’s son and shifting blame onto the Chinese, thereby provoking a war between India and China that she will profit from by selling Scylla weaponry data to both sides. However, Michael and Lincoln steal Scylla from her in "Cowboys and Indians", and she resorts to taking Lincoln hostage to try and force Michael to return Scylla to her. She also shoots him in the lung to give Michael extra incentive. Despite this, her character begins to unravel in the next episode when she is unsuccessful in getting Scylla back in time to profit from the technology. Michael finally outwits her when he sends Alexander Mahone with a fake Scylla containing a bomb. She survives the explosion in the series finale, however, and continues her pursuit of Scylla. In her final appearance, she attempts to kill Michael when he refuses to let her leave with Scylla, but is instead shot to death by Sara after a desperate Michael fails to kill her with his misfiring pistol. Her death at Sara's hands becomes the set-up for the Final Break.
Roland Glenn (played by James Hiroyuki Liao) is a computer hacker, identity thief and a reluctant member of Self's covert "A-Team" to track down Scylla. His computer skills are essential to the group due to the advanced technology the company uses to shield Scylla. Prior to his conviction, he made a device that could download information off any electronic devices near it, which the "A-Team" uses to get information on Scylla. However, Roland’s somewhat shady past and constant inappropriate humorous comments make him disliked by most of the other members of the team, especially Lincoln. Despite this, Roland works with the others in the early episodes of the season and serves the role of an uneasy ally, completing the team’s objectives but also showing tendencies of greed and selfishness. As he is threatened or bullied by several team members Roland becomes increasingly disloyal, and in the episode “Blow Out” he overhears Mahone’s phone conversation with the Company hitman Wyatt and secretly obtains the phone number Mahone threw in the trash.
The rest of the "A-Team" come to resent him after learning that while on the Vegas mission, he ditched the team to gamble in a casino and had the device taken from him. Michael finally cuts him out of the mission in the next episode “The Price”, causing Roland to take on the role of antagonist by double-crossing the team, offering Scofield and Burrows’ location to Wyatt for 1 million dollars. When they meet at the end of the episode, however, Wyatt does not pay him. Instead he tortures Roland with bullets to the kneecaps until he gives up the warehouse's location and then delivers a fatal gunshot to Roland's abdomen. As Roland lies on the pavement dying, Michael holds his hand as he bleeds to death, unable to do anything else for him.
Felicia Lang (played by Barbara Eve Harris) is an FBI agent tasked with aiding Alexander Mahone in his pursuit of the Fox River Eight. Lang is introduced in the season 2 episode "Scan", where she is assigned by Mahone to urge Kacee Franklin to betray her husband, which she seems somewhat reluctant to participate in. She returns in "Unearthed", organizing a sting operation involving C-Note's wife in an attempt to capture C-Note and threatens Kacee's daughter for her to co-operate. Unlike Agent Wheeler, Lang never verbally criticizes Mahone's methods and seems supportive of his command. Because of this, Mahone appears to trust her more and assigns her to follow Sara Tancredi, who they hope would lead them to Michael Scofield. They fail to track Sara back to the brothers. Sara surrenders herself and Lang arrests her. Although Lang initially seems wary of Mahone's unstable temperament, she shows open concern for him when Internal Affairs close in on him at the end of season. In season 3, Lang visits Mahone in the Panamanian prison Sona, where he is incarcerated. She offers him a reduced sentence in exchange for his testimony against The Company. Lang soon becomes aware of Mahone’s drug-addiction; she agrees to get pills for him, but arrives too late to see him testify, while strung-out and irrational. Reluctantly, she returns him to Sona. In Season 4, Mahone calls her to help identify his son’s killer. In a later episode, he asks her and Wheeler to help him bring down The Company, but is unable to provide proof so Wheeler forces her to arrest him. Mahone later escapes custody; Lang, unable to shoot him, lets him go. In the epilogue of Season 4 Mahone is seen as having a relationship with Lang, leaving her behind to go visit Michael's grave.
Nick Savrinn (played by Frank Grillo) is a lawyer working for Project Justice. After witnessing his boss’ refusal to assist Veronica Donovan in trying to exonerate Lincoln Burrows, Nick decides to take on the case himself. Together, he and Veronica set off to find evidence to support Lincoln's innocence. Thanks to Nick’s connections, they discover that the security tape of Lincoln shooting was faked but when they go to find the original copy of the video tape, it was already damaged. Returning to Veronica’s apartment, they find that the copy of the tape is lost. These events causes Veronica to question Nick’s motives, as she suspects him to be in league with the conspiracy. He later deflects her accusations by providing possible new evidence. As the two continue to uncover the conspiracy In "Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 2)", they are threatened via a public phone call in Washington, D.C. when they find the old offices of Ecofield, Terrence Steadman's company. This is followed by an explosion in Veronica's apartment causing the two to escape and go into hiding in Nick's father's cabin in New Glarus, Wisconsin. L. J. later joins them after he was also targeted by Agents Paul Kellerman and Daniel Hale. In later episodes, they finally have a break-through, learning of the real reason behind the framing of Lincoln and the complicity of the Vice President herself in this plot. In "And Then There Were 7", Nick, Veronica and L. J. narrowly escape from "The Company" agent Quinn. Nick is rushed to hospital with a gunshot wound. After he recovers, Nick and Veronica go to court for one last time to appeal for Lincoln on the day of his execution. They lose the appeal but fortuitously, an anonymous man gives the judge new evidence that allows him to stay the execution.
This renews their hope. Having learned that Terrence Steadman is still alive, they insist on having a medical examiner investigate Terrence Steadman's supposed body in "By the Skin and the Teeth". However, the dental records of the corpse match those of Terrence Steadman's. In "J-Cat", Nick, Veronica and L.J. return to New Glarus to visit the dead Quinn, where they obtain his cell phone. Following these phone records, they are able to find the location where Steadman is hiding. It is revealed in "The Key" that Nick had another motive for working with Veronica; he had struck a deal with John Abruzzi that in exchange for his father's freedom, he would keep watch on Veronica and deliver her at Abruzzi's request. When he is asked to bring Veronica with him to a landing strip in episode "Tonight", he is conflicted with Veronica and his father's safety. Ultimately in the next episode, Nick frees Veronica and tells her to get to Blackfoot, Montana to find Steadman. Empty-handed, Nick goes to his apartment to meet his father, where he witnesses his father being shot by one of Abruzzi's henchmen. Nick refuses to tell the henchman where Veronica is and as a result is killed.
Mark Wheeler (played by Jason Davis) is an FBI agent that accompanies and helps Alexander Mahone track down the "Fox River 8" from the FBI Field Office in Chicago. The character is initially used mainly for expositional purposes, but later gets his own subplot as the agent attempting to expose Mahone's actions. After the death of John Abruzzi, Wheeler becomes suspicious of Mahone's motives, and later shows frustration that Mahone is keeping him in the dark about his activities in New Mexico. After Michael and Lincoln's speech is broadcast in "The Message", Wheeler directly questions Mahone's methods and soon announces that the FBI headquarters and Internal Affairs will be monitoring Mahone's actions. In “Sweet Caroline”, when Wheeler finds out about C-Note's deal with Mahone, he goes to see C-Note to gather evidence on Mahone's misconduct. He promises C-Note full protection in exchange for his testimony against Mahone. Wheeler then notifies Internal Affairs Director Richard Sullins and together they begin to build up enough evidence to arrest Mahone. Sensing the impending betrayal, Mahone confronts Wheeler in the FBI parking garage, and although angry about the betrayal, expresses his admiration for Wheeler for having the courage to do the right thing and leaves him unharmed before fleeing the country. Wheeler returns in season 4. He reluctantly meets with Mahone and agrees to help in his struggle with The Company. But once Mahone is unable to provide any proof, Wheeler forces Agent Lang to arrest him. Mahone ultimately escapes, however.
- The Key; episode 19, season 1
- Chicago; episode 16, season 2
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- Riots, Drills and the Devil; episodes 6 and 7, season 1
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- Breaking & Entering; episode 2, season 4
- The Price; episode 8, season 4
- Five the Hard Way; episode 6, season 4