Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 6

Blow Out

1
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2008 on FOX
9.1
out of 10
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455 votes
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Episode Summary

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The entire operation may be in jeopardy when Mahone gets into trouble with the law.
Gretchen's sister receives a surprise visitor.
The Company may be onto Self.
T-Bag continues to raise suspicions at Gate.

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  • A good episode for Mahone but everything else dragged on.

    9.0
    When Mahone is arrested for a racetrack caper, the team's mission is jeopardised, calling for an elaborate change in plans. Elsewhere Gretchen goes on the move. There was plenty of Mahone in this episode which I enjoyed but I think that at times this was a slow episode, there are some highlights like the opening scene at tracetrack and the part where Mahone escapes with Sucre which make it a nine but at times I felt the episode story was stretched. I have seen better episodes this season but still a decent hour. I'm excited to see where things are going because this season is starting to get intresting.moreless
  • Overall, a well explored episode, the only relevant material is in the first 6 minutes, after that, was filler time.

    8.0
    The episode began with our characters making their way to trying to copy the card, which was a nice touch, because in the previous episodes this only happens in the end, but then I understand why. The writers decided to explore the situation in a different way. The main event begins fast, but then you have the consequence and this is what the writers tried to explore here. Of course if someone had to be caught, there were only two persons to be the victims – Michael or Mahone.



    Mahone was chosen and this lead to a little exploration about fellowship. How Mahone get out was improvised, which makes me think that all was a filler, a well explored filler.



    Agent Self has his own filler time too. Wyatt was well connected to Mahone and Self. T-bag scenes was a mix of filler with relevant material and he was connect with Gretchen which had nice scenes, we know that she has a family, more important a daughter, this should be important later.



    Overall, a well explored episode, the only relevant material is in the first 6 minutes, after that, was filler time.



    Presentation Phase - » (10/10), Complication Phase - » (8/10), Climax Phase - » (8/10), Ending - » (8/10), Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (8/10), Time and Scene Management - » (7/10), Plot Details/Holes- » (7/10), Suspense/Tension - » (8/10), Drama - » (8/10), Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (8/10).moreless
  • Reports indicate that Prison Break is suffering heavily from the vast slue of competition in its post-Terminator Monday night slot, and I can only conclude that this is down to one thing: the continued absence of Marshall Allman.moreless

    8.5
    Reports indicate that Prison Break is suffering heavily from the vast slue of competition in its post-Terminator Monday night slot, and I can only conclude that this is down to one thing: the continued absence of Marshall Allman. Really, guys, where is LJ? What is he doing? Are he and Sofia, his **** hag, wandering around Panama's thriving gay village, looking for some hot Mexican boys to 'entertain'? Or has he abandoned her in favour of a trip to Terminatorville, where he's hunting John Connor, only to blow his brains out in an altogether different kinda fashion (nudge nudge, wink wink)?



    Oh sorry, was I daydreaming again? I do apologise. Back to the serious review. So, Prison Break did what it does best yet again, imbuing its forty five minutes with enough false starts, heart-pounding stops and suspenseful trip-ups to keep the viewer riding the roller coaster of tension for its duration, while also helpfully disguising any potential plot holes or moments of sheer 'unbelievability' that may be required in order for the whole thing to work. It's a very enjoyable recipe, it must be said, and one that benefits from the production staff's continued ability to play to their specific strengths… and by that, I mean, the casting of William Fichtner. Yet again, he gets a sizeable portion of the story; in fact, the episode itself is structured prominently around Mahone's capture and the question of his subsequent rescue, and yet again, he's fantastic. He's starting to outshine Wentworth Miller (no small feat), and, from the reviews and reports all over the PB message boards, it seems most are quite happy to let him. Certainly, he has the most interesting character arc in the show at the moment and I look forward to seeing where his war of wills with the assassin goes (how deliciously eerie was the 'pointing gun' moment?) Elsewhere, T-Bag's troubles continue to provide mild amusement; the quest for the cards manages to stay fairly fresh (a race track this week… whatever will they think of next?); Don Self gets something interesting to do and the irritating Tancredi wail is nowhere to be seen. Thank the Lord. All we need now is Marshall Allman in his underwear and we'll be set. Sorry, couldn't resist. Again.



    (Oh and, as another aside, Gretchen – season four's Kellerman? I really hope not. There's only so many times ex-Company guys and gals can turn good because their former colleagues wronged them before it all turns rather ridiculous. You'd think they'd learn from their mistakes and just kill off the deadwood rather than risk the repercussions. I'm hoping the writers throw a massive curveball at us with this one and have her on the trail of Michael and his band of merry men… but I have my doubts).moreless
  • We learn some truths about Gretchen

    9.0
    In this episode of Prison Break, the following happens. We see the team at the horse races, trying to copy yet another card. They manage to copy the card, but when Alex goes back to get the copying device, he gets arrested. We also learn in this episode that Gretchen has a sister, who is raising her daughter as her own. The team manage to get back the copying device, but Alex is still in police custody. Wyatt tracks Alex down to the police station and so Alex calls Michael to let him know that he is now as good as dead. The team cause a blackout at the court house and manage to get Alex out. He then calls Wyatt to set up a met to finish it once and for all. Here we learn that he once worked for the company. T-bags cover is blown and so he starts to pack everything up to run, but before he can Gretchen turns up and knocks him out.moreless
  • I love every single scene in the episode

    10
    I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episode I love every single scene in the episodemoreless
Heather McComb

Heather McComb

Rita Morgan

Guest Star

Dameon Clarke

Dameon Clarke

Andrew Blauner

Guest Star

Geoffrey Rivas

Geoffrey Rivas

Sgt. Salinas

Guest Star

Cress Williams

Cress Williams

Wyatt

Recurring Role

Leon Russom

Leon Russom

General Jonathan Kranz

Recurring Role

Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio

Trishanne

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Mahone: (to Self) You want me to sign away the one thing that makes me valuable to the team?

    • Rita: You don't work for the IRS.
      Gretchen: I don't.
      Rita: Who do you work for?
      Gretchen: (cocks a gun) As of now? Myself.

    • Michael: We can sit here and debate what Mahone is or is not going to do for the rest of the day, but it comes down to this: we cannot break him out of a police station.

    • Mahone: (to Wyatt) I promise you, we will meet again. And when we do, I'm going to show you just how personal things can get.

    • Mahone: I don't know if… You guys, did this for the team or if you did it for me… And, I don't care… I just… Thank You.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original international airdates:
      UK: September 30, 2008 on Sky One
      Latin America: November 4, 2008 on FX
      Belgium: November 9, 2008 on 2BE
      Norway: November 13, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: November 24, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: December 2, 2008 on Channel 7/Prime
      Spain: February 16, 2009 on FOX TV Spain
      Germany: May 7, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: October 11, 2009 on Polsat
      Slovakia: July 29, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: December 29, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: August 18, 2012 on FANDA

    • It was revealed that Gretchen has a daughter whom her sister adopted.

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