Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 13

Deal Or No Deal

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 01, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary


The General works to regain Scylla.
T-Bag gets a new partner.
Michael and Lincoln have an important meeting.

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  • Overall, another setup episode which clean the rest of the remain last plot to began a new one.

    As usual, Michael part is always the most interesting, since it is the relevant plot. As expected, Herb (Self Superior) wanted to catch Michael and wanted explanations and a way out from this mess he helped to make, of course, he would choice to kill Michael and Lincoln because he didn´t want to go to jail. This is important, because all of the registration of this covered operation is in Michael hands. The overall problem was very interesting and one more time, seemed that all could end in this episode. The decision they all have to make and their drama was very interesting.

    As expected, Gretchen family presentation in some of the previous episodes was relevant, since Self used her family and of course, are using T-bag, speaking of him, the guy has more life than a cat. General plot seemed more like filling details with filler.

    Presentation Phase - » (9/10) Interesting,

    Complication Phase - » (10/10) all seemed lost,

    Climax Phase - » (8/10) Normal,

    Ending - » (8/10) Fine,

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (8/10) great progression,

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10) almost all the scenes were not filler,

    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10) Fine,

    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10) Very good,

    Drama - » (10/10) Excellent, making hard decisions,

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (7/10) Predictable but good.

    Overall, another setup episode which clean the rest of the remain last plot to began a new one.moreless
  • The episode is like a poorly sewn patchwork quilt: its narrative strands seem to collide clumsily into one another, forever clashing and not really fitting together.

    Given that 'Deal or No Deal' comes from the pen of the man that brought you 'Five the Hard Way' (you know, the one with the penis-less old codger who wanted Sucre to bang his wife), it is perhaps unsurprising that it is a bit of a disappointment. The episode is like a poorly sewn patchwork quilt: its narrative strands seem to collide clumsily into one another, forever clashing and not really fitting together. Everything feels like an erratic, pointless run-around: Homeland's chasing Michael, Michael's chasing Self and the Company's chasing just about everybody. And if they're not doing the chasing, they're running away, like Self (for a large part of the episode, anyway) or Sucre and Sarah, whose brief moment of 'my God, we're getting out of the country' feels like a hastily written filler sequence, designed to plug the gap in a woefully under length script. The reveal that Michael still has a piece of Scylla is far too convenient for my liking too, reading more as a necessary scripting get out clause than a believable development arising from established parameters within the narrative. And what about that scene with the brothers and the Homeland representatives, eh? Switch, switch and switch again! They're all ready to abandon their moral codes at the drop of a hat and align themselves with whomever, or whatever, is most beneficial to them… just like Don Self did last week and no, I haven't forgotten about the horrific taste that left in my mouth either. Not a good start to the second 'block' of the season.moreless
  • This was a superb Prison Break episode, but I must admit, it did kind of seem like a filler episode. (Spoilers)

    This episode of Prison Break, Deal Or No Deal, was a superb episode, but at the same time it was a filler episode. It had it's great moments, but it just felt like a filler. I don't quite like that Mahone left the team, but I'm pretty sure he has a good reason for doing so. He's still my favorite character, although Lincoln is a close second. I was surprised that Stanton tried to kill the brothers, but I was glad that he was stopped before he could do it. I still really dislike Gretchen, and I hope she leaves the show soon. But overall I give this episode, Deal Or No Deal, a 9 out of 10.moreless
  • OMG this show is sooooooooooooooooo good

    don self you stuffed up big time no one in the world wants Micheal schofield as an enemy and now you have him Muppet.

    Micheal is inferior to no one and shows us again that he is the closest thing to god, He has a tuma and is still the smartest man on earth he trusts no one and for good reason he is the best judgment of character i have ever seen in a television show i applaud the writers for giving us a true legend in t.v history.

    Mahone has too come back he has gone through too much with the team to quit now once again t-bag survives but he will be up against it when Gretchen gets her hands on him

    the bottom line is don self you are not smarter then Micheal as you proclaimed in fact you will experience the same thing everyone has when they have gone up against mr schofield lots and lots of misery disappointment and frustration

    like a smart man once said "COME AND GET ME"moreless
  • the story is taking a new direction!!!

    now with Self owning Scylla everything in the story is taking a new direction, where now Micheal is looking for Self to get Scylla back and destroy the company, and where Self now trying to sell Scylla using Gretchen's help.

    i really like how is the story is going, there is a lot of things that might happen, that now not only the general wants Scylla back but also our guys!!

    but Self how smart was he!!

    but again Micheal was smarter by taking a small piece of Scylla which prevented the new murder Self from selling Scylla.

    and how Micheal get his advantage back with the government was genius.

    i don't but i have the feeling that tells me that Micheal and the general will work together to get Scylla back!! who knows!!!!!moreless
David Clennon

David Clennon

Senator Conrad Dallow

Guest Star

Heather McComb

Heather McComb


Guest Star

Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill

Herb Stanton

Guest Star

Jude Ciccolella

Jude Ciccolella

Howard Scuderi

Recurring Role

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Lisa Tabak

Recurring Role

Leon Russom

Leon Russom

General Jonathan Krantz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Self looks through Gretchen's phone and sees Lincoln's name under call history, however the call made by Lincoln was from a pay phone.

    • Goof: At 5.08 minutes through the episode, when the General is getting the phone from Howard Scuderi's pocket, in one shot his eyes are opened, in the next shot his eyes are shut.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Lincoln: This chick's a mercenary. She'll do whatever it takes to get what she wants and right now, we just happen to want the same thing.

    • Vikan: I appreciate you offering me the opportunity to kick the general in the teeth.

    • General: (to Lisa) I brought you in. I told you that a cardholder has certain responsibilities. If you can't handle what we're doing here, it's time you let me know.

    • Mahone: I want this guy as much as you, but we're scrambling here. I don't know how long Self has been planning this thing and from the looks of it, it's pretty airtight.

    • Self: You know I meant what I said before, Michael, I like your style. You're a smart guy. Unfortunately for you, I'm just a little bit smarter.

    • Gretchen: We're not exactly moving heroin here, it's a little more specialized. There are five people in the world who know what to do with Scylla and are willing to pay for it.

    • Scuderi: What's your plan, Jonathan? That's what we're all here for, right? You tried to move Scylla over our better judgment and it backfired, so spill it...
      General shoots Scuderi dead
      General: Any further questions?

    • Senator Dallow: (to Stanton) We're in the middle of a manhunt and it's just you and a couple of agents trying to reign in these cons. It's madness!

    • Michael: I'm here to give my testimony and then I'm leaving, with my brother.

    • Rita calls Gretchen
      Rita: It's Emily. She's been in an accident...
      Gretchen: I want you to tell whoever's got a gun on you to grow a set and get on the phone.
      Rita: (to Self) She wants to talk to you.

    • Mahone: He (Self) kept himself too insulated. That's why he hesitated with official authorizations on behalf of our mission. He kept saying it was because he didn't want the Company to know. In actuality, it's because he didn't want to get caught, that son of a bitch!

    • Stanton: (on the phone with Michael Turn yourselves in. If you don't I'll hunt you down like animals.

    • Self: (to T-Bag) I need to find Gretchen. You gonna help me or am I gonna shoot you in the face?

    • Lincoln: (to Gretchen) If you're playing me, I'm going to split you in half.

    • Mahone: If we're going to flush Self out, how do you think he intended to unload Scylla? He's got to sell it.

    • Michael: Nothing changes. We take down the Company. We finish what we started.

    • Sara: Lincoln, don't be stupid. You can't fight off all of Homeland Security.

    • Scuderi: Do we have a bead on Scylla yet?
      General: Our security, our future stands at a great precipice...
      Scuderi: It's a yes or no question, Jonathan. We don't need a soliloquy.

    • Sara: (to Michael) Here's the thing: you need help. And running around trying to track down Self isn't safe. You could be in Mexico in a few hours. There are doctors there that I trust. And you've been taking care of all of us. I really think it's okay if we take care of you.

    • Company Agent: (to Michael and Lincoln) You've got an appointment with the general.

    • T-Bag: I always said cops are more crooked than criminals.

    • Michael: All we have to do is flush out Self and prove he has Scylla.

    • Michael: We were so close to the finish line, Linc.

    • Don: I believe you have something that belongs to me.
      Michael: Come and get it!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      UK: December 2, 2008 on Sky One
      Australia: December 24, 2008 on Channel 7/Prime
      Norway: January 8, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: January 19, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: March 31, 2009 on FOX TV Spain
      Germany: July 2, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: November 29, 2009 on Polsat
      Finland: February 16, 2010 on MTV3
      Slovakia: August 11, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 22, 2012 on FANDA


    • Episode Title: Deal or No Deal

      Deal or No Deal, is a TV game show where contestants have to choose whether to deal and take what they have been offered or risk losing what they have in the hope of getting something better.