Mini TV Watch: 'Prison Break'

Pb_lStraightaway:  What’s in the box? A head? A foot? A finger? A toe? Say "a jack" like my brother did, and I’ll hunt you down, The Bride-style.  We know whatever’s in there is moist, dripping, and made Linc go "huah" when he saw it.  And it’s not something dirty or a fresh-baked meatloaf.  As tempting as it might be, we can’t make the assumption that it’s a body part because: a) when you make an assumption, you make an ass out of u and mption, and b) that would be too easy, especially for this show.  So enter your hypothesis here.  I, for one, bet dollars to donuts it’s a fish, or those water samples Whistler prattled on about.  Then again, it wouldn’t make much sense for Susan to be giving those to Linc as a threat. 

If it is an extremity, that still could mean anything and — unless it’s something obvious, like a head — could be from any poor sucker (not just Sarah or L.J., which is, I’m sure, what we’re supposed to be freaking out about until next week).  As Walter tells the Dude in The Big Lebowski, stray phalanges to use in these situations aren’t hard to come by ("I’ll get you a toe by this afternoon — with nail polish"). 

Yet it would be pretty awesome if it was, say, C-Note’s or Maricruz’s severed noggin (courtesy of the Company) — sent to remind Linc/Michael that they are totally in control.  I know that sounds twisted.  I’m putting forth C-Note or Maricruz because they are both far away, and because I don’t think they’d kill L.J. or Sarah this early. In fact, I don’t think they’ll kill L.J. at all.  Do you?

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The only thing we can count on is that — despite the ominousscenes-from-the-next — the box’s mysterious contents, however shocking,won’t stop Linc (or Michael) from fighting back. To quote Walter again,"These f—ing amateurs. They send us a toe and we’re supposed to s—ourselves with fear." Not gonna happen.

But I digress.

Last night’s episode was clearly the best of the three so far. Whoelse thought Michael was going to have a total meltdown? This isn’tnecessarily a bad thing: I like that he’s becoming more human. The heatdoes crazy stuff to a person, I guess, especially when you’re wearing aFREAKIN’ SWEATSHIRT. Wenty, it’s time to tattoo up, this is gettingridiculous. My friend Pete — and some of you — pointed out that thebest thing about this season might be seeing Mike’s steelyintellectualism tank in favor of Linc’s street smarts, which arealready coming into play (the Company did frame him for areason). Sure, we saw some of this in season 2 — my favorite was whenMichael threw a hissy fit after Linc suggested forgetting aboutWestmoreland’s cash, grabbing L.J., and skipping out to Panama — butnot enough.

Whistler’s turning out to be a real evil piece of work in my book.First off, the bird guide: He’d scribbled "stampede" at the top of onepage and "61429" down the side. Apparently, these are directions towhere that mysterious "naturalist" took those water samples. I so don’tknow what to make of this. Nor did I catch the significance of any ofthe birds on that particular page. But I do know that a "whistler" is atype of Australian bird. It’s also possibly a sneaky way of sayingstool pigeon. He’s a whistler or a "whistle blower" — get it? Hmmmm.

And what is up with his accent? We’ve established that the characteris Australian. I’m no expert on dialects and I don’t expect him toimitate Paul Hogan (though it would be awesome if he said "That’s not aknife, that’s a knife"). Yet he sounds too English, too HughNancy Dancy to me. I doubt this is Chris Vance’s failing. He lived inAustralia for crying out loud, and isn’t Dominic Purcell on setoccasionally to point out when he slips up. I’m thinking it it’s got tobe part of the plot.

I’ll admit that seeing Whistler and Sofia together was kinda cute.However, if she got Lincoln’s name and address off the visitor’smanifest at the prison, shouldn’t she have figured out earlier that"Scofield" wasn’t Whisty’s lawyer?

Some parting thoughts:
1. I love Michael, but he should at least be trying (in his free time)to hook up Alex with his meds. Honestly, Mahone’s going to be nothingbut an asset, and I have a feeling Mike’s gonna need him when thingswith Whisty go south. And he was pretty smart to figure the wholeWhistler/Breakout thing out in the first place.
2. I hope T-Bag gets rid of Lechero’s second in command (let’s call himNumber Two). He’s a bit shrill — and a bit boring — for my taste.
3. For those of you that grew up around Jersey, didn’t the town wherethe kidnappers stashed Sarah and R.J. look a bit like Wild West City (http://www.wildwestcity.com)? 
4.  How’d they get such awesome music in Sona? I wonder if someone can compile a song list. 
5.  Lastly, I have another favorite quote, this time from T-Bag: "Don’t bite the hand you’re trying to get fed out of." 

So what do y’all think? Any ideas about the box? How about whenBellick’s gonna make it back into the main plot? Did you also go"awwwww" when Sucre showed up drunk and passed out at Linc’s door?


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  • Jim

    I totally think that C-Note’s head is in the box. That would be awesome. It has to be some extremity. Every year I get sucked in by this show.

  • Mia

    It could be Kellerman or Pope’s head in the box. That would be a twist.
    I want to know when Sarah Wayne Callies will be returning to the show. I know she’s pregnant, but couldnt they atleast have used her real voice on the phone.
    And Mahone needs to get really bad into withdrawal at which point he will then beg Michael for help.

  • Matt

    I wanna say it’s Sarah’s head because the actress who plays her isn’t even on the show anymore. But as you say, that would be too obvious.
    Michael has no idea how he’s getting out of SONA and at this point, seems ready to give up. But if you put Sarah’s head in that box, he has reason to free Whistler and break out of SONA: to hunt down those responsible.
    But again, that would be too obvious.
    Also, what it with the idea that this was all planned from the get-go? Michael took the rap for Sarah after she killed Agent Kim. Was that all staged to get him into SONA?

  • Cristina J

    Dear EW,
    Please make this a full tv watch – and put a link to it on the front page……………. pleeeeease!! Love,
    your biggest fan.

  • Alli

    I think it’s LJ’s babysitter’s head in the box. Remember the blonde that worked with Michael and Linc’s dad? She was the one taking care of LJ.

  • AA

    Could it be Sofia’s head in the box? It’s gotta be something pretty big–there seemed to be a lot of blood oozing out of the bottom of the box.

  • brian

    i live in denton texas which is where they filmed a lot of season 2 and season three is being filmed nearby. i went out with one of the hair girls on the set and about two months ago she told me that we would end up seeing sarah’s head in a box. i thought she was full of it, but now… they sure have been hiding sarah’s face strategiucally so far this eason except the picture. flame me if you like but when i’m right i want accolades.

  • Ceeath

    A dead bird with the decoy book.

  • poochie

    I know this is a little off topic, but “Prison Break” has had some beautiful extras walking in the background. Are they filming in Panama? or still in Texas?

  • AA

    I’m with Brian and thinking it could also be Sarah’s head (so much for my Sofia theory). I’m not sure, but did we actually see her (Sarah) get into that getaway van they stuffed LJ into? Wouldn’t vengeance then be a motivator for Michael wanting to break out?

  • po

    I don’t think it’s sara’s or lj’s heads. They spent the whole episode having michael obsess over sara (the producers must be going crazy that she’s not in the cast), so if they killed her, he’d have absolutely no incentive to break whistler out. same with lj. It could be c-note. and enough with the sweatshirt already. Did anyone notice the continuity error with Sara’s photo? In some scenes it was obviously an double, with hair covering her left eye. In other scenes, it was Sarah Callies.

  • Brian

    You’re all wrong here. Whats in the box is clearly something that would cause Linc to recoil in fear. I’m leaning towards perhaps a crew neck shirt instead of his usual v-neck collection.

  • Dutch

    Well PB has certainly run into another continuity problem which hampered it so much last season. How to carry on with a character when the Actress is out of Action until??? Certainly having it be Sara’s head in the box would alleviate that problem (maybe the actress WON’T come back, she’s had enough with the Jumping of the Shark!) but if it is Sara, what reason does Michael have to bust Whistler out. I suppose those two could become Allies and fight “the Company” for Revenge, My guess is the head will be Sucre’s, I hope I’m wrong, but the way he’s been the first 3 episodes has been nothing short of pathetic, if he’s going to be cast in the same patethic light that Bellick (and the actor) are apparently OK to take on, I’d rather see Sucre RIP!

  • Wendy

    Whistler is supposed to be an Aussie, but I agree that his accent doesn’t sound real. My husband is Australian, and he and I both remarked that Whistler’s accent doesn’t have a hint of Oz in it — definitely British.

  • Gwen

    Maybe the box is full of some of the cash that the Fox River escapees stole. Wasn’t that thrown into the river at the end of last season?

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