Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 15

Going Under

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 2008 on FOX
out of 10
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409 votes

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Episode Summary


Michael recieves medical attention.
Charles Westmoreland helps uncover the real secrets of Scylla.
Lincoln and Sucre do everything in their power to retrieve Scylla before it's gone forever.

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  • Overall, this episode stretched the plot and had some filler in it, but was entertaining.

    Michael was operated, but as you can expect, this was used to make more and more fillers, take Michael dreams for example, just buying time to get to a predictable conclusion. Mahone have his own spotlight again, nothing bad, but since this was a filler, nothing relevant was there, but was better than the last week.

    This dark Lincoln is a nice thing, pursing self is nothing new and has expected this didn´t lead to any conclusion that is relevant, at least they were caught.

    Presentation Phase - » (7/10) fine, good details and information,

    Complication Phase - » (6/10) pursuing,

    Climax Phase - » (6/10) weak, you knew that Michael could die so soon,

    Ending - » (6/10) nothing special,

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (6/10) little,

    Time and Scene Management - » (6/10) stretching,

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

    Suspense/Tension - » (6/10) light,

    Drama - » (6/10)*2 nothing good, only a goodbye,

    Overall, this episode stretched the plot and had some filler in it, but was entertaining.moreless
  • Well, this is nothing short of a fan boy's wet dream…

    Well, this is nothing short of a fan boy's wet dream… season one flashbacks? References to events that have occurred throughout Prison Break's four tumultuous seasons? Setting a third of the episode in Michael and Sucre's cell? Charles Westmoreland? Wowsers. I certainly didn't see this one coming and, well, thank the television critic Gods for that. 'Going Under' is a thoroughly refreshing surprise, taking a minor break in the main narrative drive from all the back stabbing and running around that has become the crux of the show as of late, so that we can have a closer examination of the ins and outs of Michael's psyche. As well as letting him solve the mystery of what Scylla actually is. Wentworth Miller gets to flex his acting muscles in this one and he does a damn fine job, admirably matching up to the much-missed skills of Muse Watson. Oh, it's good to have Charles back. He's fantastic, isn't he? Though it was a brave decision to kill a character so beloved at the end of season one, retrospectively, I'm not sure it was the right one. It would've been great to see DB on the run, looking at how he coped with life outside of the four walls he'd been cooped up in for the better part of his life. Still, no point whining about that now. His presence turns a good episode into an excellent one, making what could have been a somewhat tiresome psychological trudge into a captivating exploration of what makes Michael tick. Cudos to Zack Estrin for taking a chance and deviating slightly from the tried and tested formula. Oh, and for getting rid of Sucre too… hopefully for good. Don't get me wrong, I like the guy and all but was anyone really buying that he'd continue to stick around? Nah, didn't think so. But wait! There's more! Michael and Lincoln's mother worked for the Company! What's the betting she's alive? I'll eat my hat if she's not.moreless
  • awesome

    This episode as the title suggest is getting underneath the genesis of most things. Possibility of the company doing good stuff. Mysterious and awesome! For a moment there I was worried for Michael but the company performing his operation in exchange for Linc getting scylla....... awesome. T-Bag once again took it to another level, the way this guy metamorphosizes never ceases to amaze me. His performance....awesome!In the end it presented me with a twist of events that I had not anticipated. I really appreciate being proven wrong or things going contrary to my expectations. The writers seem to have perfected this art and for that, this show remains one of my top shows. Awesome!moreless
  • Is the General stupid?

    Mahone got away...good for him because he is the character I actually care about the most. Sucre does not want any more to do with all the mess and wants to go back to his lady: good choice. T-bag got tortured in exchange for the rendezvous information/location: yes, T-bag, even though we are beginning to see your good side, you still deserved it!

    Micheal gets surgery from the company and also discovers that the Company's black box is actually about future information and not the past, mostly to do with nuclear stuff (I think). Lincoln begins helping the Company out in exchange for Micheal's surgery. I like this a lot. All the above are positive elements to the PB storyline, but the reason I gave this episode so low was because:

    Why are Lincoln and Gretchen the ONLY ones chasing Scylla? I mean, how many men does the General have?

    Every time the General tried to retreive Scylla from either Gretchen, Self, Micheal, etc he had several Company cars with men loaded with heavy weapons on board. Now? Now what happens is all the General's men are gone and Lincoln and Gretchen are doing everything. Ok, if Lincoln was assisting the General's men I would have liked that. But, talk about not using your resources efficiently General...moreless
  • finally Micheal is fine, and Lincoln working with the company!?!

    the company fixed Micheal, in the price of Lincoln working with the company, oh my god, i cat wait to see how things gonna turn out !!

    now it seams that what the company is protecting turned to be something good, and i have the feeling that Micheal gonna help the company get Scylla back, so the company can once more protect, and also to help his brother.

    and finally self been screwed i hated that guy, and now i wish that Mahone get back to Micheal so he can help him, i really hated how things end up with him.

    i hated the scenes where Micheal been with Richard, no need to it.moreless
Heather McComb

Heather McComb

Rita Morgan

Guest Star

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby


Guest Star

Titus Welliver

Titus Welliver

The Representative

Guest Star

Muse Watson

Muse Watson

Charles Westmoreland

Recurring Role

Leon Russom

Leon Russom

General Jonathan Krantz

Recurring Role

Barbara Eve Harris

Barbara Eve Harris

Agent Felicia Lang

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When T-Bag is getting interviewed by Lincoln he has a full goatee but the previous episode he only has a mustache.

    • When Michael writes 'B Ar Ga In' on the board to show Sara, he draws a square around each of the four individual elements, but in other shots you can clearly see that they have been circled instead.

    • When the doctor uses the needles to operate on Michael, he asks Michael to recite the alphabet. Before Michael recites, you can see the needles are behind Michael's head.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Michael: All I wanted to do was save my brother's life.

    • Gretchen shoots at Sucre and finds her gun is empty
      Gretchen: It's your lucky day, Sugar.
      Lincoln puts his gun to her Gretchen's head
      Lincoln: Not yours.

    • General: When a fellow human being is suffering, why would we not want to lend a hand? Empathy, Sara, is the only thing that separates us from the beasts.

    • Sucre: I won't be here later. I can't do this anymore. Sara said Michael was okay, that's all I needed to know. Now I've got to live my own life. And that's a life where I can go a day without seeing a dead body or almost becoming one. I'm not running away, papi, I'm just moving on.

    • General: (to Lincoln) You will work with a basset hound in a birthday hat if I tell you to. That's what being an employee means.

    • Lincoln: You're not getting out of here, Michael. I made a deal: your life in exchange for Scylla.
      Michael: Why would you do that?
      Lincoln: For the same reason you covered your body in tattoos and broke into Fox River.

    • Westmoreland: Not everything is as it seems. Goodbye, Michael.

    • Gretchen: Gee, Don, you just cracked my whole Electra complex wide open. Kudos. But you're not the only one who did their homework, just so you know.

    • Westmoreland: If you discovered that a structure you'd built was deficient, would you tear down the building or find a way to fix it?
      Michael: I've tried to fix it. I've tried to make things right. All I've done is add more weight to it. And it can't take any more.

    • Lincoln: (to T-Bag) Shut up. You can save yourself a lot of pain and embarrassment of asking me to stop if you just tell me where they (Self and Gretchen) are.

    • Michael: It is the job of a structural engineer to make sure everything he creates is designed to withstand the weight placed upon it. What I built here does not hold up.

    • General: (to Sara) I know your opinion of the work we do here, but know this: not everything is at it seems.

    • Self: (to Gretchen) He (the General) punished you, he treated you like crap, just like your real daddy.

    • Westmoreland: You have the answers, Michael.
      Michael: What are the questions?

    • Sucre: Scylla's out there somewhere. Are we really going to keep chasing it?

    • Sara: (to Michael) I'm not going to leave you. Don't you dare leave me.

    • Westmoreland: (to Michael) The answer is no. You're wondering if you're dead and the answer is no.

    • Michael: It was all for nothing.

    • Lincoln: (to Sucre) One more day, bro. I can't do this without you.

    • Doctor: The gamma knife has a recurrence rate of 13%. We'll be using a technique that's more advanced.

    • Sara: (to Lincoln) I don't understand why the Company would help him (Michael).

    • Michael: You look beautiful.
      Sara: You're a liar.

    • Don: Do you have any idea who the buyer is?
      Gretchen: No, and we never will. Whoever's walking away with the information that's on Scylla, will do whatever it takes to stay below the Company radar. Besides, would you screw some guy's wife, and then leave your card on his pillow?

    • Michael: Boron (B), Argon (Ar), Gallium (Ga), Indium (In) - Bargain. There's a theory that if you could find a way to combine these elements into the design of a solar cell, you can harness 100% of the Sun's energy.

  • NOTES (2)

    • First appearance by Muse Watson (Westmoreland) since the season 1 finale "Flight".

    • Original International Airdates:
      UK: December 16, 2008 on Sky One
      Australia: December 31, 2008 on Channel 7/Prime
      Norway: January 22, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: Febuary 2, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: April 20, 2009 on FOX TV Spain
      Latin America: May 19, 2009 on FX Latinoamerica
      Germany: July 16, 2009 on RTL
      Finland: March 2, 2010 on MTV3
      Poland: March 7, 2010 on Polsat
      Slovakia: August 13, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 29, 2012 on FANDA