Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 11

Quiet Riot

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 2008 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Michael risks his life by breaking into the Company headquarters along with the others.
Gretchen tries to get the last card with a meeting with the general.
Trishanne's days may be numbered.

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  • Interesting setup episode.

    This episode was stretched, again to gain time to make episode 12 more relevant, but not all is bad.

    Like was done before in previous season, all the setups were done, all the small talks and final preparations are in place and this is why the episode ended the way it ended.

    All the setups made in this episdoe was interesting and well done-

    Presentation Phase - » (7/10),

    Complication Phase - » (8/10),

    Climax Phase - » (8/10),

    Ending - » (9/10),

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

    Time and Scene Management - » (8/10)*2,

    Plot Details/Holes- » (6/10),

    Suspense/Tension - » (9/10),

    Drama - » (7/10).

    Interesting setup episode.moreless
  • 'Quiet Riot' is a fantastically written and directed piece of work.

    Before I blow so much smoke up this episode's ass it's untrue, let's just get one gripe out of the way: would anyone in their right mind really let Michael jeopardise the entire mission by coming along on the crawl into the Company in his current condition? Come on! He could blackout at any second! Sarah would drug the guy, cart him off to hospital and have done with it. None of this 'oh yes Michael, you can climb in and get Scylla, even if it does mean you're probably gonna keel over and set all the alarms off at any point.' Hmph. Anyway, back to the plaudits. 'Quiet Riot' is a fantastically written and directed piece of work that succeeds in placing the viewer squarely on the edge of their seat for every single, excruciatingly silent moment. The decision to have no dialogue for a good ten minutes is an absolute masterstroke as it focuses our attention squarely on the dramatics of the scene and, more importantly than that, what could potentially go wrong. I don't know about you but I was literally squirming when watching the cons exercising their plan, which just demonstrates that Hoffman and co. have achieved exactly what they set out to do. Oh, and Gretchen's attempted proposition of the General? Priceless.moreless
  • Michael vetos the opperation to help Linc, Sucre and Alex to get Scylla............

    In this episode Michael is meant to have an opperation on his brain, sounds extremly complicated! But he doesn't go, but ends up going to help get Scylla. This part is GREAT, my heart was pounding and I was whispering to my brother who was watching it with me (probably because my parents were in bed, or cos Michael said they needed quiet), and when Sucre slipped I was like "OH!!", hands over my eyes! I love Sucre! And then of all things, ads! It seemed to me that the gods of tv in this country always put ads in Prison Break in the WORST places! I mean 5 minutes before it finishes? Stupid! When Michael went to lift Scylla I was like "No Michael! Have you not seen Indianna Jones? You can't just lift it!!" and then the little red light came on, and in the Generals office Michael is seen infront of Scylla and then 4 men plus the General are going down......

    Now I think Michael just lifting Scylla is part of the plan to get the General down there. I have had time to think about it. Sara is in the process of getting to Lisa. I'd like to see how she does it! And Don and Trishanne are in trouble by the looks of things. Well I have to admit that I didn't see Trishanne as FBI...

    Also T-Bag and Gretchen? Do they think Michael is that stupid to just walk out of the closet and into T-Bags "office"? I mean Michael had BRAINS!! Unlike those two! Now I have to wait till the gods in tv land decide to put Prison Break back on! I hate them for putting Die Hard on...of all things!! Die Hard? Please...just put the next friggin episode on!moreless
  • This is the worst episode in the entire series. I still love the show but there are three relatively small issues I have with this episode that ruin everything for me.moreless

    This is the worst episode in the entire series. Now don't get me wrong, I think this is a brilliant and well executed series, I don't care that the majority of people I know think it's a horribly formulaic and repetitive, I stand firmly to my belief that this is a great show. This episode however, I thought was terrible.

    There are three relatively small issues I have with this episode, but they ruin everything for me. the first would be the lack of motion sensors in the room where Scylla is kept. I mean, even the most basic household security system has motion sensors so for what possibly reason would they neglect to add such a basic accessory to such a high tech security system? This is The Company's most valued and protected piece of equipment, they surely can't think that just because they have super-sensitive microphones and heat sensors that motion sensors would be unnecessary. They sure didn't think that putting insane mines in the foundation of their headquarters was unnecessary.

    The second issue I have is when Sucre drops the canister of nitrogen and it makes a loud 'DING'. If opening an umbrella is just under the number of decibels that it takes to set off the alarm then how could that loud DING not set it off? I mean, they don't even whisper to each other on the other side of the thick concrete wall for fear of their voices reverberating and setting off the alarm.

    The third and last issue that I have occurs when Michael touches Scylla and activates an alarm. The General then goes to his laptop and brings up security footage of Michael touching Scylla. I thought that there weren't supposed to be any cameras pointing directly at Scylla because The Company didn't want any visual evidence that Scylla exists what-so-ever, apparently the writers or director slipped up and forgot about that.moreless
  • This episode of Prison Break was Superb, although it did kind of seem like a filler episode. (Spoilers)

    Quiet Riot was a superb episode of Prison Break, like the other episodes usually are. It was pretty exciting, but it did have it's slow moments. I like how they got into the Scylla room, but I didn't like that it took so long. The moments with T-Bag and Gretchen discussing their plans were pretty entertaining and well written, although I would like to see more from Mahone's character. He used to be almost the main character, but now the writers have yet again put him in the back seat. Hopefully in future episodes he'll have a much bigger role. Overall though, I give this episode, Quiet Riot, a 9 out of 10.moreless
Tom Choi

Tom Choi

Feng's Driver

Guest Star

Kevin Sizemore

Kevin Sizemore


Guest Star

Jamison Haase

Jamison Haase


Guest Star

Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio


Recurring Role

Leon Russom

Leon Russom

General Jonathan Krantz/Pad Man

Recurring Role

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Lisa Tabak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the previous episode Michael states that there are no cameras in the room with Scylla however in this one Michael says that there is one, and that it comes on when one of the sensors is activated but that only the General can see the camera.

    • It's revealed that the General is 63.

    • The time when Sucre fell along with the nitrogen tank there was clearly a loud clunk. 10 decibels is around the sound of rustling leaves, so clearly that clunk should have set off the alarm.

    • Sara states that if the sensor picks up an increase in heat source, the system will go into standby and after five seconds if the heat source is not gone, the alarm will go off. However, when Michael is walking across the makeshift bridge and the sensor goes off, it takes him longer than five seconds to reach the tank of liquid nitrogen and release the liquid.

    • When Sucre is about to attach the cable to the second section of the bridge, the tank of liquid nitrogen's position changes between shots.

  • QUOTES (18)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2009 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing-Short Form Music In Television.

    • Original International Airdates:
      UK: Novemeber 18, 2008 on Sky One
      Latin America: December 9, 2008 on FX
      Australia: December 17, 2008 on Channel 7/Prime
      Norway: December 18, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: January 5, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: March 16, 2009 on FOX TV Spain
      Germany: June 18, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: November 15, 2009 on Polsat
      Finland: February 2, 2010 on MTV3
      Slovakia: August 6, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 15, 2012 on FANDA

    • Wade Williams (Brad Bellick) has been officially removed from the opening sequence.