Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 19

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 01, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A wary Michael meets with Christina. The General arrives in Miami. T-Bag must prove himself to the Company.

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  • Overall a great improvement compared with the previous episode.

    8.2
    This episodes was much better than the last week, the general assumed the command and now things moved a little forward, but as you can expect, all ended up the same. This is the type of plot that I like to call "if this X happens, what would happen?", this type of plot is interesting because you may think that all can end, but this is not the objective, the objective is to make you pay attention and think that the plot moved forward.



    This happened many times in the past seasons too, and this not means that this type of plot is not interesting. Seeing how Michael and his mother are so smart is a great touch. This is in my opinion what people will remember, they intelligence. Of course Christina plans seemed to me a little exaggerated, because she anticipated everything, but this created a nice ending that can make the next episode thrilling. Also a revelation was made, but this not change anything.



    As you can expect, Lincoln part is just distraction, like the general part too.



    Presentation Phase - » (8/10) nice and interesting,

    Complication Phase - » (8/10)*2 Nice touch, Michael versus Christina and she wins? No…,

    Ending - » (9/10) this is the type of ending that we were waiting,

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

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10) the filler scenes didn´t interfere this time,

    Plot Details/Holes- » (9/10) Christina can predict the future, everything else is fine,

    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10) Sara provided the best suspense scene,

    Drama - » (8/10) nice drama for Michael who discovers one thing,

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (7/10) nice revelation but nothing changes.



    Overall a great improvement compared with the previous episode.moreless
  • A wary Michael meets with Christina. The General arrives in Miami. T-Bag must prove himself to the Company

    8.0
    A wary Michael meets with Christina. The General arrives in Miami. T-Bag must prove himself to the Company.



    The episode was not that good overall and the big reveal at the end didn't feel very big. You kind of figured the entire time that Kristina had something larger at play with the conference. I didnt think she was going to kill the man who she had representing the conference, but the conspiracy theory was something that I had seen coming.



    There was a lot of Michaels mom in this episode, which I think is going to be my biggest problem as the series concludes its final three episodes. I expected the General to by behind everything and now he is simply a pawn playing the game like the rest of our people. Michaels Mom consisted of a little over half of the episode including big scenes with Sara and Michael. The one with Sara was really long and drawn out, so I wasn't a fan of that one. Learning that Lincoln was adopted was a fantastic twist I thought. How much does that piece of information matter to Michael? I don't think that it does in the long run, but you can certainly see the disbelief in his face.moreless
  • Micheal and his brother back to point zero!!!!!!!!

    10
    GOD what the hill happened in this episode hahaha i mean, Lync is not Micheal's brother, I mean how come. that was wicked man and twisted.

    and their mom, god what the hill is wrong with this women, i mean how come she can do this to her sons, that was the best scenario ever in this show.

    the general is pissed now, and fooling T-bag to do whatever he want, and that stoned cold man is ok with it.

    i can't expect whatever gonna happened next, this season is getting better and better guys. and its almost ended. . . .moreless
  • Michael meets his mother finally

    8.5
    Lincoln, Self and Alex continue to question Sandinsky until the General comes to by to say hello. He General gets Sandinsky to admit he's involved with Christina and gives the gang one day to get Scylla back except for T-Bag who's gotten into the good books of the General. The gang ransack Christina's room hoping they will find anything that will lead them to her or the where about of Scylla.



    They try to access Christina's safety deposit box but someone beats them to it and they give chase. The man in question is one of Christina's henchmen, who gets a call from Banarjee. If Banarjee can't talk to Christina before 5 pm, the deal is off. They track him to the hotel that's hosting energy conference. T-Bag kisses The General's butt and does whatever he tells him to, first he shoots Sandinsky and gets told to kill Lincoln after he retrieves Scylla for him.



    Michael on the other hand lures Christina into a trap, Christina tracks her down to a dock yard but he gets the drop on her and stuffs her in his trunk. Anything you will do for a bit alone with your own mother, how touching. Michael poses an offer to Christina that if she takes him to Scylla, she can walk away; she tells him that Lincoln is not actually Michael's brother; turns out Lincoln's parents were Company Folk and killed in an explosion. Christina plays on Michael's "mom loves me better than you" guilt and Michael yells at her about Lincoln being more of a brother than she ever was a mother. He then drags her into the bathroom for a little mother-son bonding. Christina tells him where Lincoln's at, jeez anything you would do just to get your own mother to talk. Michael set's off leaving Sara with her. Christian plan's her get away using dental floss and a doorstop and a loud thud, disarming Sara and tying her up.



    Everyone is at the energy conference, Banarjee offers $1 million in research to Christina and she accepts. During Banarjee's energy speech, he is sniped from a balcony and Lincoln is framed for it using the rifle shells with his prints. Self and Mahone find a van full of their own passports and plane tickets. They are going to be set-up, with Lincoln, as the assassins. Michael finds Lincoln and tells him it was all Christina. Finally, Henchman delivers the safety deposit box contents to Christina and they drive off.moreless
  • One bad mother

    7.0
    The past few episodes, both before and after the hiatus, made the claim that Michael was just like his mother. In other words, Christina is just as much a genius as her son, which means that Michael may have met his match. This episode is all about how clever Christina can be, and as it turns out, she's pretty damn clever. Michael hasn't had the opportunity to use that talent in a long time.



    Christina manipulates Lincoln, Michael, and Sara so well that it distracts from any thought that the whole thing doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Christina's plan is supposed to have been set in motion a year earlier. That's roughly around the time that Michael was doing his best to get Lincoln out of a death sentence for a crime he didn't commit. So was Christina responsible for the gambit that promised to put a Company puppet into the White House, and thus responsible for sending Lincoln to the gallows?



    Considering that she was willing to place Lincoln right back in the same position in this episode, I would think that she was behind much of the Company shenanigans from the start. And one can see why Lincoln's true origins, and Christina's disagreement with his inclusion in the family, would lead her to use him as a patsy time and again. From that perspective, it makes a certain kind of sense.



    From nearly every other perspective, it just feels like a huge plotting mistake. The fact that Michael and Lincoln are brothers has been at the core of the series since the very first episode. Undermining that sounds like a great twist, but it would have been a lot better if it had been a calculated ruse to keep Michael from running to Lincoln's aid.



    Not that it makes much of a difference in the long run; Michael and Lincoln have been treating each other like brothers all their lives, after all. So within the fabric of the show, it won't make a great deal of difference. But I just dislike the idea of making their brotherly bond a matter of choice. I realize all too well that one can choose to disown a blood relative and embrace practical strangers as family, but it's just not as psychologically satisfying.



    Christina's apparent plan (to use this incident to spark a war that will give the Company a means of funding their own Scylla-driven future programs) is a bit overly complicated, even for this series (and that's saying something). How Michael and Lincoln are supposed to overcome their current challenge and see the end of the conflict is rather hard to contemplate. At least the two of them are working together again.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Lincoln finds a scrap of an Auto Rental Agreement in Christina's hotel room. The name of the Auto Rental Company is Lariat Auto Rentals.

      There is no Lariat Auto Rental company in the country.

      This company has also appeared on episodes of NCIS, Supernatural and X-Files.

    • General Krantz refers to Naveen Banerjee's father as 'Nadu Banerjee', but the reporter on TV calls him 'Nandu Banerjee'.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • General: (to T-Bag) Most Company operatives choose their own career paths. I can't say what would suit you. What do sexual predators from Alabama typically do? Aside from the obvious?

    • Sandinsky: I never worked for the Company.
      T-Bag: Six words that never proved true.

    • Michael: (to Christina) This is my final offer: you're going to take me to Scylla. Then you can walk. No questions, no one tells the General. You can live the rest of your life like this never happened, but Scylla is mine.

    • T-Bag: What I lack in formal education, I more than make up for with natural skills and curiosity.

    • Michael: (to Sara) If she (Christina) gives you any trouble...
      motions to gun

    • Michael: (to Christina) Lincoln was more of a brother than you were ever a mother. You left. He stayed.

    • Sarah: (to Michael) I might have some perspective. She (Christina) didn't leave me when I was six.

    • General: You have surpassed expectations, Bagwell. You're more than an informant.
      T-Bag: I multitask.

    • General: (to Lincoln) When were you planning on telling me that your mother was behind all this?

    • Michael: (to Christina) You don't know why I did the things I did! You weren't there!

    • Christina: (to Michael) None of us wants to see Scylla go to the Company. So if we can put the past behind us, maybe we can work something out.

    • General: You can help me find it (Scylla), can't you, Vincent? And you can help me find Christina Scofield.

    • Mahone: It's a set-up.
      Self: For what?

    • Downey: (to Christina) Lincoln's right back where he started. It really is too bad about Michael.

    • Sandinsky: (to General) You're out now. It's over.

    • Mahone: They want us here. Something's going on.

    • General: Christina Scofield will not be leaving Miami tonight! I want eyes at every airport and gas station between here and Atlanta!

    • General: You have today. One day.

    • Michael: You can live the rest of your life like this never happened but Scylla is mine.
      Christina: Lincoln would never let that happen.
      Michael: He doesn't have to know.
      Christina: Even as children, you couldn't agree. You fought about everything. The two of you couldn't be more different. But you know that, don't you, Michael?
      Michael: This isn't about Lincoln.
      Christina: You have blue eyes, he has green. He played with trucks. You took apart the television set. And I don't need to point out the difference in IQ or temperament. You know what I'm getting at, don't you, Michael?Michael: I don't have any idea what you're talking about.
      Christina: You've always known it deep in your heart. You just had no one to confirm it. Lincoln isn't your brother.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Latin America: June 16, 2009 on Canal FX
      Australia: June 24, 2009 on Channel 7
      Spain: June 26, 2009 on La Sexta
      Sweden: July 20, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: August 13, 2009 on RTL
      Norway: August 20, 2009 on TV3
      Poland: April 4, 2010 on Polsat
      Slovakia: August 20, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: October 20, 2012 on FANDA

    • Although both are credited, neither Amaury Nolasco nor Jodi Lyn O'Keefe appear in this episode.

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