Prison Break

Season 3 Episode 8

Bang & Burn

2
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2007 on FOX
9.4
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Episode Summary

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Susan jeopardizes Michael's life as she puts her own escape plan into motion. Whistler's past catches up to his girlfriend. The Company goes after Lincoln and Sucre. Justice prevails for Mahone. Lechero sheds light into an empty tunnel.

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  • This episode uses a technique that I like that is: everything can end today, the technique was well explored, but this episode make things worse and the complication create can only end in the next episode, but this episode is great.moreless

    9.0
    Presentation Phase - » (10/10). Another perfect introduction for this episode, Whistler will be rescued by the Company and because of that, they don´t need Michael or Lincoln, so they have to be eliminated, this make the episode very interesting.



    Complication Phase - » (9/10). Michael and Lincoln are in danger because the company thinks that they don´t need them anymore. Lechero has his own problems in his administration but is helping because Michael has no idea how to break out form Sona. Mahone is having is usual drugs problems. Whistler girlfriend´s discovering some truth about Whistler seems like a setup.



    Climax Phase - » (8/10). The bang and burn, I didn´t think that was great, could be better.



    Ending - » (10/10). The type of ending that makes you want to see the next episode, badly.



    Time and Scene Management - » (10/10). It´s very hard to notice any filler, all the scenes seems necessary to the development of the plot.



    Plot Details/Holes- » (9/10). So many shots and both Whistler and Michael weren´t hit.



    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (8/10).I think this episode delivered the usual progress, there are setups, Mahone storyline is over, there are a new plan to escape, there was another break that failed and the company failed to kill Michael and Lincoln too. If you had missed this episode, you would miss some relevant happenings.



    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10)*2. The tension in this episode is very good, there are 4 scenes that was filed with suspense.



    Drama - » (10/10). Actually this time, I liked Mahone drama, there are explanation and you can feel sorry for him this time. This boy in Sona, even if he is filler, his drama was nice too and had some sadness in it. Sofia worries are nothing attractive. Gretchen has a big problem.



    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » don´t expect anything from this department.



    What I liked -» Almost all the scenes.



    What I Didn´t Liked -» Sofia scenes, I didn´t care.



    This episode uses a technique that I like that is: everything can end today, the technique was well explored, but this episode make things worse and the complication create can only end in the next episode, but this episode is great.moreless
  • Awesome.

    10
    Susan takes the escape into her own hands, leaving Michael's life hanging in the balance; Lechero reveals a secret buried beneath Sona; Sofia uncovers more of Whistler's past; Mahone's freedom hinges on his testimony; and Lincoln and Sucre are targeted by The Company. Another awesome episode in my opinion. Season three is the best season without a shaddow of a doubt, each episode is awesome. Every exciting episode though where Whistler runs for it. I loved it. I love this season. I can't wait to see more, even though I am re-watching it, just love this season so much, go Prison Break.moreless
  • Super!

    9.5
    My brother has put me on to watch prison break! The action en ingenious story makes you stay and sit in front of the tv all night long. It's the best serie i've ever seen. Unfortunately, Sarah isn't there anymore, but I think the writers will make an exciting story for the 4th season. I'm looking forward to it! The acting of Wentworth Miller is really so good; i really wanna know if this serie has an end; hopefully not, because I want to enjoy it for a long time! I can everybody recommend this serie: there is humor, action, a great plot and more!!moreless
  • Awesome.

    9.7
    Susan takes the escape into her own hands, leaving Michael's life hanging in the balance; Lechero reveals a secret buried beneath Sona; Sofia uncovers more of Whistler's past; Mahone's freedom hinges on his testimony; and Lincoln and Sucre are targeted by The Company. Another awesome episode in my opinion. Season three is the best season without a shaddow of a doubt, each episode is awesome. Every exciting episode though where Whistler runs for it. I loved it. I love this season. I can't wait to see more, even though I am re-watching it, just love this season so much, go Prison Break.moreless
  • The Bang and Burn operation.

    9.7
    Well that was 24 worthy action again.

    Sammy is upset; the inmates keep uncovering Papo's body. He tells Lechero that the inmates don't fear them any more, and he's doubly infuriated that Michael seems to have impunity. Lechero tries to convince Sammy not to kill Michael. Meanwhile, Michael brushes past McGrady, who has new clothes in honor of the fact that his father is coming to visit, and meets with Lincoln, who tells him LJ is okay and they have four more days. Michael accuses Linc of using him like the Company did.



    "Susan" (Gretchen) meets with General Pad Man, who tells her it's time to end this today – time for "bang and burn." She asks him to reconsider; he refuses. She meets with Whistler at the visitation fence and tells him they have to move today; be ready by 5pm. Whistler thinks it's suicide. And Susan tells him to kill Michael. She then begins to organize a squad of helicopters.



    Michael asks Lechero to get the Colonel to postpone the repairs of the bars on the windows, but Lechero says he no longer has any sway with the Colonel. Michael hides as Sammy arrives to report that more men are defecting; he wants to bring Cristobal into their gang, a wild-eyed, crazy, large man. Lechero agrees to meet with him.



    A man named Tommy Day calls Sofia, claiming to be Whistler's landlord, and asks her to come over regarding a broken pipe in his apartment. One of Susan's agents is listening to the call. Meanwhile, a trembling Mahone, going through severe withdrawal, confesses to Lang that he killed Oscar Shales – and turned to drugs because he was wracked with guilt. He begs Lang to get him some drugs; any testimony he gives in this condition won't be worth anything. However, before she returns, Sullins arrives and says it's time go testify. Just as the panel begins, Sullins realizes how far gone Mahone is. Mahone says he can handle it, but he comes across as a ranting, paranoid, conspiracy-theory lunatic.



    Michael tells Whistler they've got four days, and asks who the woman was he saw him talking to at the gates. Whistler says she was from the Company, and he's getting to the point where he just wants out, he doesn't care how. He later apologizes. T-Bag delivers a message from Lechero – a map of his room and the time 4pm. It's 3:50 now. Whistler surreptitiously grabs a shank as they head towards Lechero's place. They find a secret room with Lechero's private stash of goods. Just as Whistler's about to shank Michael, Lechero arrives, enters a code to open another door, and leads them to a secret underground tunnel that's blocked by debris. Michael decides to dig upwards into no man's land. The problem is that it would be fatal without a support brace. Sammy arrives; Lechero only just manages to hide Michael. Whistler claims to be claustrophobic and tries to leave; Michael asks what he really wants. Just then, Lechero returns. Michael asks for his cell phone to call Linc. Lechero refuses and hurries them out of his room before Sammy returns.



    At the mysterious apartment, Sofia finds shredded papers, and lots of documents, including a passport with Whistler's picture and the name "Gary Miller." Susan arrives and says she knows where Whistler is, threatens to kill Sofia if she keeps interfering, takes the papers, and tells her to just go home and get ready to have Whistler returned to her.



    Linc and Sucre hatch a plan. They record some gunshots on a boombox. They then rent a rundown old shack and set the boombox in the window; the gunfire sounds convincing.



    Michael asks McGrady to give his father a message – a phone call to make. McGrady doesn't want to involve his father in Michael's trouble, but Michael begs, saying Lincoln's life is on the line. McGrady finally agrees.



    Whistler and Sofia meet at the fence; he makes her promise not to go near Lincoln today – makes her promise to go home and stay there. Sofia asks about the apartment, not letting on she's already been there. He denies knowledge of the place.



    McGrady's father, Alfonso, calls Lincoln and tells him "Don't come home for dinner." Linc knows this is code to watch his back. Sofia shows up, trying to warn him something is wrong. Pike is watching. Susan orders them all killed. Linc scrolls through his cell phone's history, looking for a particular number. It turns out to be Lechero's phone – and Sammy answers. Linc says he needs to get a message to Michael; it's life or death. Sammy asks how he got this number. Linc says "You called me a few days ago – I picked up but didn't say anything." Sammy hangs up. He accuses Lechero of being in league with Michael, and storms off. Meanwhile, Linc and Sucre get the drop on Pike and Lincoln kills him. Lechero confronts Michael and tells him to tell Linc never to call him again. He gives Michael his phone; Michael calls Linc and they realize that the Company are going to break Whistler out themselves – the brothers, Sofia and LJ have become expendable.



    At that, Susan's helicopter squad begins to descend upon Sona. Michael finds Whistler on the roof, where one chopper is lowering a rope for him; another chopper is opening fire on the guards. Michael grabs a hold of Whistler as he grabs the rope. The escape helicopter is hit by gunfire from Sona's guards; Michael and Whistler fall back onto the roof. The other helicopter is hit as well. The pilots abort the mission. Susan, listening via radio, knows she's in trouble. Whistler and Michael race back inside and quickly change their shirts, hoping they weren't recognized by the guards in the distance. Soldiers once again storm Sona, led by a General Zavala. He confronts Michael – two escape attempts in two days, soon after Michael arrived- brings him to the conclusion, he's caused too many problems in Sona, and is summarily removed by the soldiers, and taken out of Sona – with Whistler and Lechero now left to fend for themselves.moreless
Danay Garcia

Danay Garcia

Sofia Lugo

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom

Lechero

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell

Dominic Purcell

Dominic Purcell

Lincoln Burrows

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

Captain Brad Bellick

William Fichtner

William Fichtner

Special Agent Alexander Mahone

Castulo Guerra

Castulo Guerra

General Zavala

Guest Star

Mike Seal

Mike Seal

Octavio

Guest Star

Jeff Fenter

Jeff Fenter

Tommy Day

Guest Star

Leon Russom

Leon Russom

Pad Man

Recurring Role

Kim Coates

Kim Coates

Richard Sullins

Recurring Role

Barbara Eve Harris

Barbara Eve Harris

Lang

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When the "Bang & Burn" operation begins and the camera pans over to the computers on the operation control office you can clearly see that one of the computers (a laptop) is in the AMI Bios Setup screen.

    • In the scene where Whistler gets a blade from a large Latino guy, the guy says "You never met me," demanding that their meeting be kept secret...yet this exchange takes place on one of the balconies of the courtyard, with many people around and able to see.

    • Goof: In this episode, Sammy wants Cristobal and his men to join Lechero's gang. It turns out that one of Cristobal's men (the shirtless one) was actually already in Lechero's gang in "Orientación" when he was seen walking with Sammy and Lechero while talking about Michael's fight. In this episode, Lechero acts as if he doesn't know him.

    • Goof: After the escape planned by the Company didn't succeed, Michael has the choice between a couple of sweatshirts to change into. How come there are so many shirts around, when in Sona every piece of clothing is so rare, that newcomers have to run around almost naked, until they can steal some from the dead?

    • In the scene where Whistler is buying something from another inmate, the method he uses to give the inmate money changes position between shots.

    • Goof: When Lechero is opening the second coded door, we see that the door handle is located on the right side, which would mean that the part of the door that opens is on the right side. However, when Lechero, Michael, and Whistler are coming back in through that door, the door closes on the left side of the door. When Lechero goes upstairs, Michael and Whistler go back through the door and then it is back on the right side.

    • Goof: In the scene where Michael and Whistler are hanging from the helicopter the gunman get shot and falls, but when he falls Michael and Whistler aren't there. Then in the next scene they are there again.

    • Goof: In the scene where Lincoln kills Pike (the Company guy) by shooting him in the head, Lincoln and Pike point the guns at each other at point blank range. However, in the next scene, we can see Pike lying on the ground with a bullet hole in his left temple, which is impossible since Lincoln shot him right in his face.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Michael: (to Lechero) For a man who likes keeping secrets, using T-Bag as a go-between may not be the smartest move.

    • Lincoln: (to Sofia) Your boyfriend's a liar. I told you that from the start.

    • Mahone: I couldn't turn him (Shales) over. Some scumbag lawyer was just going to get him off. Just...no, no, no. So I killed him. And I felt good.

    • Sucre: If I had a kid in the same situation as your son, would you and your brother walk out on me?
      Lincoln: Yeah.

    • Michael: Your son is my nephew and there's nothing I wouldn't do for him. But apparently you think I only care about myself.
      Lincoln: You cared about Sara and loved her. And I'm sorry, but L.J.'s my son. I couldn't let anything happen to him.

    • Michael: My nephew's life depends on it all working out.
      Whistler: I know it does.

    • Whislter: I'm really sorry you got caught up in my troubles, Michael.

    • Lechero: (to Sammy) Who calls me and who I call is my business.

    • Susan B.: We've done our part, now it's time for Whistler to do his.

    • Whistler: (to Michael) Reinforced steel in every window. How do you think we're getting through those?

    • Susan B.: That (the Bang and Burn) was analyzed. What you're asking for is too dangerous. Not to mention next to impossible given the time frame.

    • Susan (to Sofia): I can see why James loves you. You are beautiful... But if you keep sticking your nose where it doesn't belong, I'm gonna make him miss you very, very much.

    • T-Bag: Knocka knocka.
      Michael: What do you want?
      T-Bag: Me? I just came by to slip something into your mail slot. It's from El Patron himself, but it was meant for your eyes only. Grabby. That don't look like no invitation to the Sona-Hawkins Dance. What do you got cooking up with Lechero, huh?
      Michael: It's none of your business, Theodore.
      T-Bag: You want to keep secrets? You want to treat me like a pesky insect? Fine! Just remember, information, like crumbs, always trickles down to the vermin on the floor.

    • Susan (to agent): Is there a problem?
      Agent: We're doing this at 5 o'clock?
      Susan: Well, we could wait until tonight when our guys are moving too fast for our night vision to work properly. You could even tag along if you want. Get it done!

    • Pad Man (to Susan): I don't pay you to be my adviser. You're my operative. You have your instructions, now get it done. Because if you don't, I'll make what happened to you in Mosul feel like a massage.

    • Warden: Mr. Scofield. There have been two escape attempts in the past two days. Somehow, I don't think it's a coincidence that you arrived shortly before they happened.
      Michael:I had nothing to do with that.
      Warden: (punches Michael) You've caused too many problems here, in Sona. So maybe you shouldn't be here in Sona. (summons soldiers in Spanish) Say goodbye to Sona, Mr. Scofield.

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