'Prison Break' recap: Boxed in

Prison_break_lAs the promos promised, “the boys are back.” And to complete the Thin Lizzy reference, “them cats are crazy.” Which is a good thing: Yesterday’s midseason opener—despite its near-complete lack of action, save Bellick’s Gladiator-style smack down—had the series 1 “WTF, where’s this show going, that dude’s nuts” vibe that makes Prison Break great. 

When we left Linc, Mike, Sucre and Co. in November, their escape plan had gone belly up and the General was leading Michael out of Sona. Gretchen (formerly Susan B.) was in deep doo-doo with the Colonel and soaking up scotch over the failed “bang and burn” mission to grab Whistler using a helicopter and, as y’all pointed out, a trapeze. Alex was completely strung out on his way back to prison in the reluctant custody of former girl Friday, Lang. Lechero had almost completely lost control of the inmates. T-Bag was looking to get Sammy. Bellick was still dressed like a tailgater.  And Linc, Sucre, Sofia and L.J. were just lucky to be, miraculously, alive.

So what went down last night?

1. Michael, quite literally, sweated out solitary. In Sona,solitary doesn’t just mean spending time alone. It means hours alone,in the “redneck sun,” in a 125-degree cellophane-wrapped box. It canmake a man delirious. It can make him crazy. It can make him spillthe beans about his escape plan and his accomplices to the prisonwarden and put his family in danger. But it will not, apparently, makehim hot enough to take off his sweatshirt—which Wenty once againinexplicably wore during the entire bloody sequence. Tattoo up, sweetcheeks: Unless keeping your top on fits into the plot somehow andMike’s tats also hide a map of Sona—which I highly doubt—this isgetting ridiculous. 

2. Whistler (aka Gary Miller) sold out the General. Don’tyou think he gave up Gretchen’s name way too easily, leading her to becaptured and allowing her to murder the one saintly dude willing tohelp the brothers? Didn’t it all just seem too planned? Like Michaelsaid, Whistler knew what he was doing: He was leading “the fox intothe henhouse." Moreover, was it just me or did he look a little tooworried when Susan was being tortured? Is there something going on here? Some romantic thing between them I didn’t pick up on? Brotherand sister maybe? And if someone could explain to me how exactlyPanamanian water torture—putting plastic over a girl’s face and pouringwater on it—works that would be great. Does it make you feel likeyou’re drowning or something? Anyway…
 
3. Gretchen got conned by Sucre and Linc. No offense, but Sucreand Linc aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box. That they trickedSusan so easily—the most cunning lady to hit the show since the vice president—makes me a little suspect. Nevertheless, good on them if itworks out—let’s just hope the promise of $50,000 doesn’t actually startto turn Sucre against the boys. Or that Susan’s revenge isn’t toonasty. 

4. Alex manned up. I’m not so sure his addiction won’t bethe death of him, but who didn’t cheer for Alex when he refused T-Bag’soffer of free drugs in return for breaking Sammy’s neck. Though I’mstill a little suspicious of Lang and the good-luck coin she gave Alexbefore sending him back into Sona. Sure, it was sweet, and her hugseemed sincere, but you know, it is Prison Break after all…

5. Bellick played dirty. How Michael-like of him to dip hisknuckle bandage in acetone—aka nail polish remover—before fightingSammy’s goon, thus basically rendering the guy helpless. Now Bellick’sthe prison bad boy. Though T-Bag knows his trick, and you can be surehe’ll use the info against him in the future. Either that, or the duowill pair up against Sammy! 

6. Sammy got a gun. Someone’s gonna bite the bullet nextweek, and I’m betting on Sammy. That’s not to say he won’t go afterLechero or T-Bag with his new shiny silver shooter (a present from hissupplier), I just have a feeling it’s time for things to end badly forhim. He never particularly interested me anyway. 

7. “Molly” never showed up. Remember all that talk about the girl-centric PBspin-off? According to Internet rumor, its main character, a widownamed Molly, was supposed to show up tonight looking for Michael and outto get the Company. But she was nowhere to be found.

8. Michael told Susan and Whistler the what’s what:  He knowsshe had something to do with killing Sara (even if she didn’t admit toit), and once he gets out he’s gonna get his revenge. More importantly,for now, he’s onto her and Whistler: As he said to the latter, “Howdoes a simple fisherman seem to know so much about the company…oncewe’re out I consider you collateral. Nothing more.” 

So, PopWatchers, what did you think of the episode? Do you think the new season holds promise? Let us know!

 

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  • Dana

    I think it would have been impossible to completely remove his shirt with handcuffs on, he could have pulled it over his head though at least just couldn’t take it all the way off.
    I think Whistler is related to Gretchen or was married to or dating her.

  • firefox

    It was apparently a variation of water boarding. I’m guessing the brain interepts the not being able to breathe (due to the plastic) and all that water as drowning.

  • Sarah

    I think this show is a hot mess but I love it and I will watch it till it goes off air. Yesterday’s episode was pretty solid but I swear that, in the scene with Michael in solitary talking to the General (when it was supposed to be 125 degrees) the WIND was blowing. Surely that would have cooled things down a bit. But, they did a pretty good job making sure everyone looked sweaty. But I have some questions: How many episodes are going to air? Is it going to have a 4th season? Is it coming back after the writer’s strike? How low has its viewership dipped? Does anyone know?

  • Coyote

    Sarah: I live in the Las Vegas area. When it gets upwards of 115 degrees, the wind is hot and very uncomfortable. Plus, it evaporates your sweat faster, so you dehydrate more quickly.
    I agree. The show is a hot mess, but I love it too! I keep thinking that somehow headless Sara might really still be alive. I know the kid (LJ, AJ, BJ?) said he heard her being killed, but he didn’t see it because he closed his eyes. Interesting detail, huh? I know it’s crazy, but we’ll see.

  • Melanie

    Reading the info for next week’s show, it looks like Molly makes her debut then.

  • luvhoney

    Michael made the comment to Whistler that he seemed a little too concerned for Gretchen when she was being tortured, so I think that something will eventually come out about the two of them.
    I gotta say, I’m still upset that Sarah is gone. After all the crap Michael has been through he still will not be happy by finally being with Sarah. I did love his remark to Gretchen that he was coming for her. Nice.

  • Michael

    I have no idea why I’m still watching this show, and will admit to being in awe of anyone who actually understands what the hell is going on. After a great first season and a pretty good second one, this show has gone downhill faster than “Weeds”.

  • t3hdow

    The Micheal-wearing-a-sweatshirt-in-a-sweatbox detail bothered me too. I kept thinking over the entire sequence, “WTF Scofield?! It’s like 150 degrees inside and you still have that sweatshirt on?! What the hell’s going through your head right now?” The episode overall is no better or worse than the rest of season 3, though I wonder how Sammy’s new gun will play into the plot next week. If the last several episodes are any indication, it’ll take one brave step forward but then take several steps back in logic, just to get right back to square one. I could be wrong, but that’s doubtful at this point.
    Also, I laughed at Bellick and the stunt he pulled. Pretty devious of him to disorient his opponent, using nail polisher. Oh, and poor Mahone. He’s crawling in the fetal position, shaking like a wounded puppy. I almost shed a tear, watching his misery.

  • AA

    Does anyone know how many episodes we get? Will we be put out of our misery at the end of it? I’m too hooked on the show to give up now, especially if there are only what 8? episodes left.

  • ch

    Sofia found a passport in Whistler’s apartment that had his name as James Morgan – Susan B is Gretchen Morgan – they are either bro and sis or married or something

  • R.O.B.

    Someone please explain to me why, if we aren’t being led to a season-ending surprise, LJ would make sure to tell Linc that he closed his eyes but “heard everything” when Susan was murdering Sara? I renew my prediction once again: The series ending will find Michael happily reunited with the woman he thought was dead, and it will all be because of Susan B. who has been playing double agent the whole time. By the way, Gretchen/Susan is probably really “Molly”.

  • Ben

    What kind of moron general wanders off on a rescue mission against an unknown number of kidnappers with ONLY ONE FREAKING BODYGUARD???? Why didn’t he have a squad outfitted with M-16s? Because he didn’t really believe Michael? Cmon. Nobody who put a drug lord in jail would wander around with one bodyguard when he knows Lechero probably has people on the outside of prison gunning for him. truly stupid moment for the series. This has been a crappy season.

  • Jack

    There was another passport in Whistler’s apt besides the Gary Miller one?

  • DanOregon

    I’m tired of the teasing. This show is just boring now.

  • Jade

    First episode back was just kinda blah blah bland for me. Didnt wow me or shock me. I love this show though and like last season i think it will get better each week.

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