Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
As the first episode of FOX's Prison Break begins, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) is receiving the last in a series of elaborate tattoos. In the past months Michael has gotten his chest, back, and the entire length of his arms covered in tattoos, and when the artist comments that most folks do this over a matter of years her heavily inked subject replies that he doesn't have quite that much time. Later, after hurrying back to his apartment, Michael pulls the hard drive out of his computer and throws it into the Chicago River from his apartment window. The next day Michael is in a bank, brandishing a gun, and demanding that the teller open the vault. When the police surround the building, the intense robber drops his weapon, throws his arms into the air, and surrenders without incident. When Michael's day in court arrives, his friend and longtime lawyer Veronica Donovan attempts to dissuade him from entering a no contest plea. Regardless, Michael stands his ground and implores his nephew LJ to leave the courtroom. After a short recess, the judge returns and hands down Michael's sentence: five years in the nearby Fox River Penitentiary.