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Riots, Drills and the Devil, Part 1
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Directed by: Robert Mandel
Written by: Nick Santora
Airdate : 800px-Flag of the United States.svg.png 3 October 2005
Airdate : 800px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png 27 February 2006
External Recaps : IMDB

Season One Episodes :
 1. Pilot
 2. Allen
 3. Cell Test
 4. Cute Poison
 5. English, Fitz or Percy
 6. Riots, Drills and the Devil, Part 1
 7. Riots, Drills and the Devil, Part 2
 8. The Old Head
 9. Tweener
10. Sleight of Hand
11. And Then There Were 7
12. Odd Man Out
13. End of the Tunnel
14. The Rat
15. By the Skin and the Teeth
16. Brother's Keeper
17. J-Cat
18. Bluff
19. The Key
20. Tonight
21. Go
22. Flight
Episodes from Season: 123456

"Riots, Drills and the Devil, Part 1" is the sixth episode of the first season of Prison Break and the sixth episode overall. It featured the protagonist, Michael Scofield trying to provoke a riot so that they could have a lockdown.


In Fox River

Michael realizes that to complete the digging job inside the walls, he needs to spend a good block of time in there. This is proving difficult as he has to keep coming back to his cell to make count. After explaining this to Sucre, Sucre admits that "there are only three certain things in life. Death, taxes and count." The only time count doesn't take place is during a lockdown. Michael uses his access to the inside of the walls to turn off the air conditioning. The prisoners suffer in the heat, leading T-Bag to start a fight with a guard who initiates a lock-down while some of the prisoners are out of their cells. The prisoners riot and break into the prison cell control room, in which T-Bag opens all the cells and then finds a set of keys, giving him and the rioters access to the entire prison.

Stroker (left) attacked C.O. Rizzo Green.

When the news of the riot reaches sick bay, the prisoners there also riot. After incapacitating the guard, they trap Dr. Sara Tancredi in a room in the sick bay. Michael uses a tracing of a devil from his tattoo to provide the coordinates needed to collapse part of the wall that prevents the team from entering a pipe that will take them to the infirmary. He notices Dr. Tancredi's plight on CCTV and goes to rescue her through an air duct. Lincoln is ambushed by loose prisoners and his rookie guard gets taken hostage by T-Bag, the leader of the rioters.

Inmate Theo looking at Sara Tancredi.

The guard is thrown against the sink in Michael and Sucre's cell, leading to the T-Bag's realization of the team's plan, though Abruzzi quietens him. Sucre is sent to finish the breaking through the wall. The man who says he is guiding Lincoln to Michael was actually sent to kill him.


  • Riots, Drills and the Devil refers to the riot that brought the lockdown, the drilling through the prison walls and the devil face used to plot holes on the wall. It is also a possible reference to "death, taxes and count", the three things that Sucre claimed to be inescapable.
  • This episode was filmed in Chicago, Illinois and Joliet, Illinois in August 2005 where it was summer. The weather condition was reflected in the dialogue "hottest April on record", and the make-up and wardrobe of the characters.
  • The song "Nine Thou" by Styles Of Beyond begins at the end of the episode when Lincoln attacks T-Bag