Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 9

Greatness Achieved

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Michael, Lincoln, Sucre and Bellick tunnel into the Company's headquarters.
Gretchen meets with the General.
Michael's condition continues to deteriorate.
The police question T-Bag regarding Andy's disappearance.
Wyatt propositions Sara while Mahone awaits his shot at his son's killer.

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  • Great Payoff with nice surprises.

    After 1 death in the previous episode, this episode would only lead to another death, however, two deaths was the final count, again the writer's don´t know how to dismiss an character, so they kill it.

    We began with a recap and a mysterious briefcase. The complication here is to make a hole, and make Wyatt talk to the General that Michael and his brother are death.

    Let´s talk about the best part of this episode. Mahone torture was one of the Best I saw in TV, the torture was so good and Wyatt really deserved. Then Mahone kill him in an unexpected way, but that was nice, a moment that was a great payoff. I didn´t expected that Self and Sara was playing Wyatt all along, nice twist.

    Michael mission ended with one death, killing Bellick wasn´t a thing that I liked, not because he was one of my favorites characters, the fact was his presence wasn´t necessary, so why not put him behind bars instead of making him join the group? Maybe only now they paid attention for the error they made and they rectified, so he is dead. His sacrifice doesn´t make any sense to me.

    Speaking of sacrifice which doesn´t made sense, another unreal things was the all process with the Tube, really, not only that was impossible with the time frame, making marks without any tools was unreal.

    As expected, Gretchen goes back to where she belong but I wasn´t expected her type of relation with the general. T-bag scenes continue to be pure filler, we all know that Andrew was filler and this was well explored to allow T-bag to have his share of participation.

    The ending was satisfying, even with Bellick death.

    Presentation Phase - » (8/10),

    Complication Phase - » (9/10),

    Climax Phase - » (9/10),

    Ending - » (10/10),

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

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10),

    Plot Details/Holes- » (8/10),

    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10),

    Drama - » (10/10),

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (9/10).moreless
  • wow just wow.. you get to see the best side of two of the main characters, it's got the thrills and the surprises you might expect

    mahone is such a badass!! he has the brains of scofield but the balls to back it up. How he tortured his son's killer (can't remember his name) is absolutely badass. Mahone is my favorite character by far. The way Bellick dies is also noteworthy, he had really grown on me since the first season and it's sad to see him go once you think back at all the things they went through together. They hated each other at fox river and in the end he gives up his life to save the plan. Brilliant episode, I hope the rest of them are just as good.moreless
  • 'Greatness Achieved'? I'd say so, yeah.

    Scriptwriting 101: If you want to kill a recurring character, ensure that sufficient empathy is engendered in the viewing audience before the act occurs, so that maximum emotional resonance is achieved. Ideally, this process takes place over the course of weeks, seasons even, rather than simply forty short minutes… but unfortunately, American television writers return time and time again to the formula of 'oh **** we want to get rid of this guy but no one really cares all that much about him… quick, throw in a few lines about his twisted family life and how difficult things have been for him, show how repentant he is… yeah, that'll do it.' The moment Brad Bellick started waxing poetic about his regrets in the first few scenes of 'Greatness Achieved', it was painfully aware that he was about to get knee deep in some serious shtick. Which he did. And died for his troubles. Poor soul. Aside from this unfortunate predictability, this episode is a masterpiece of dramatic intensity: the 'tunnelling' sequence harks back to the hallowed first season, T-Bag's situation becomes increasingly desperate and in what is unquestionably the absolute highlight, Mahone gets to lay waste to Wyatt in true, horrifying style. The writing is superb, maintaining our interest in the characters, as well as focusing our attention on the ever-spiralling plot, and, as usual, the acting is top notch. I've said it before and I'll say it again, William Fichtner can do no wrong. 'Greatness Achieved'? I'd say so, yeah.moreless
  • Major Developments

    That was memorable. After the death of Roland, another member of the team bites the dust, Brad Bellick. Now, he was here since the pilot, so that`s a major death. Of course, there wasn`t much to tell about him anymore but they managed to bring that special feeling for his death. Bellick sacrifices himself in a memorable suspenseful and so much was all perfect. I always considered him as a fun character...will miss his funny lines. Great closure for a series original. Bellick was not the only major death as Wyatt died too..the Mahone way. Wyatt first got fooled by Self in a "home alone" style..well didn`t see it coming.:D

    So it was several episodes in the making and Mahone finally got his hands on Wyatt, and it wasn`t disappointing. I was actually expecting Sara to protest but hell I`m glad she didn`t..hate her morality stuff.:P Wyatt is tortured big time...I still didn`t expect him to say sorry to Pam tho. Wyatt`s final scene was great...Mahone cutting him short, awesome. That was a great storyline for Mahone and now I just hope that they still use him well.

    T-Bag was great as always, covering for boys while dealing with investigation on Andrew`s death..all fun. It`s really a revival of this great character this season..he only became important by the end in season 3.

    Gretchen gets back to the general..probably to use her ties for her quest. Could still go either way tho.

    Finally, Scofield, health issues..dunno where this is going, probably some pointless drama, I way they kill him.

    So Bellick`s sacrifice was not in vain as the team now has a way to was all thrilling and the best episode of the season so far.moreless
  • Nerve Wracking!

    While Roland`s death didn`t strike me that much, Bellick`s did. How emotional was that? Bellick dies in a heroic way. Can`t believe he was here since day 1, quite a run. Rip :(

    There was so much suspense in this one, good old prison break. T-Bag was awesome like always and his association with Gretchen continues to be a winner. Also, Michael`s condition continues to worse, wonder where this would leave us. Meanwhile Mahone gets his revenge and damn it was brutal. Wyatt dies, saying sorry to Pam. wow. Amazing episode as this season just gets better and better. The number of players is decreasing considerably tho, the end is near.moreless
Michael Wiseman

Michael Wiseman

Detective Conor Mara

Guest Star

Dan Sachoff

Dan Sachoff


Guest Star

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Lisa Tabak

Recurring Role

Michael Bryan French

Michael Bryan French

Gregory White

Recurring Role

Leon Russom

Leon Russom

General Jonathan Kranz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Michael: (About Bellick) He's gone.

    • General: (To Gretchen) My girl...
      (He kisses her)

    • Mahone: Acceptance is important, Wyatt. I had to accept that my son is gone. And you have to accept that your life, your very short life span ahead of you, is just going to be filled with agonizing pain. At least until you do what I've asked of you. And then, then the pain will go away.

    • General: If a couple of boys from Illinois can get that close, it's time to mix things up.

    • Wyatt: I've already been many things a lot worse than dead in my life, Doctor. You better have more than that to threaten me with.

    • Bellick: That's more than just hurting, that's pain. I've never cared about anything like that. I look at what I've done with my life, beating on cons at Fox River, chasing money, trying to keep my own ass out of prison...

    • T-Bag: I'll stay in my nice, air-conditioned office, Pretty, and you can crawl down into your little hole now.

    • Self: I'm giving you my word, when the time is right, I won't stand in your way.
      Mahone: When the time is right, I won't let you.

    • Bellick: I got almost a decade on you and I'm not sucking wind.
      Sucre: I got shot, Brad.
      Bellick: Oh, yeah.

    • General: (to Gretchen) We'll rebuild this country in our own image. And when we do, I want you there beside me, as my number two, as I always promised.

    • Self: He's (Roland) been reconfigured and given a permanent resting place.
      Lincoln: Good. Take his bowling shirts and the rest of his crap with you when you leave.

    • Sucre: Just so we're clear, we get to go up that ladder, head toward that noise, we don't know what it is, but if we're lucky, we basically get to walk smack into the Company's headquarters?
      Michael: Sounds about right. You up for it?
      Sucre: Oh, yeah.

    • General: How's Emmy?
      Gretchen: I didn't come here to listen to you pretend to care about her. Or me.

    • T-Bag: What the hell are you doing?
      Gretchen: (picking up a gun) Me? I'm getting ready for a meeting.

    • Lisa: Respectfully, this is not as simple as unplugging a laptop and moving it to another room. The data on Scylla is too delicate.

    • Wyatt: I am no different from that man over there who wants to kill me. Alexander Mahone was forced to do things by the Company and so was I, but I know people, people in government, people that can help you and Michael. I can give you a phone number. Arrangements can be made. All you have to do is trust me and this will all be over.

    • General: It's okay. She (Gretchen) won't hurt me.

    • Michael: There is no other way! This is it. This is where our plans lead. This is the way to Scylla!

    • Wyatt: (to Sara) Please, let's you and I figure a way out of this mess that works for everybody.

    • Self: I'm going to deal with Gretchen when the time is right, okay? You guys go down to Gate and get started. I'm going to stay here and make sure we get what we need from Wyatt.

    • Wyatt: (to Sara) So they sent Florence Nightingale to get me all ready.

    • Lincoln: We don't have a choice.
      Bellick: You don't. I do.

    • General: (to Gretchen) I knew you'd come home.

    • Wyatt: You're going to talk to me now?
      Self: Me? No, we're done talking, but you're not.

    • Detective: (to T-Bag) From what I've heard from other people, you and Mr. Blauner didn't get along. Would you mind talking about that?

    • General: I want it impossible for them (the brothers) to walk down the streets of Los Angeles without being recognized.

    • T-Bag: (to Gretchen) While you're nowhere to be found, there's sleuthin' going on here regarding the whereabouts of one Andrew Blauner.

    • Sara: So, I figured if you and I had a talk...
      Wyatt: You'd make me see the light?

    • T-Bag: And if I'm going down for this little homicide, I ain't going alone, we're going together, like traffic and weather.

    • Self: I assume we haven't made much progress with our friend over there (pointing at Wyatt).
      Scofield: Any suggestions?
      Self: How about we talk to him?
      Sucre: Great. You want to give him some milk and cookies while you're at it?
      Self: How about some nice conversation?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original international airdates:
      UK: Novemember 4, 2008 on Sky One
      Latin America: November 25, 2008 on FX
      Norway: December 4, 2008 on TV3
      Austalia: December 10, 2008 on Channel 7/Prime
      Sweden: December 15, 2008 on TV3
      Spain: March 2, 2009 on FOX TV Spain
      Germany: June 4, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: November 1, 2009 on Polsat
      Finland: January 19, 2010 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: August 4, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 1, 2012 on FANDA


    • When Sara and Wyatt are talking, Wyatt calls her "Florence Nightingale".

      Florence Nightingale was a famous nurse, particularly famous for the nursing she did during the Crimean War. She was important in establishing hygenic conditions and better care to patients during the war. She became know as "The Lady with the Lamp" because she appeared to glide down the corridors of the hospitals she was working at.