Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 1


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

Michael has trailed Gretchen/Susan, Whistler and Mahone to L.A. Chaos reigns in SONA while T-Bag, Bellick and Sucre go missing. Lincoln and L.J. continue to stay with Sofia.

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  • Lovely Series

    I liked it
  • And then they finally lost me.

    I loved season one, liked two, and only made it through three with some long delays. I've just done four episodes of the final season, and it just doesn't compare with the earlier stuff. Episode one has some plausible set-ups, and a nice concept in getting the old team to work together, but the writing and directing is really lacking, and the plot just takes too many shortcuts. Sadly, I'm not at all interested in this show anymore. I considered just reading the episode recaps on here, but holy hell, what happened?? These are the worst recaps I've ever seen on this site - lots of code, lots of gaga star reverence, lots of completely immaterial observations that make it like it's a little inside joke to people who have seen the episode three times already and just want to relive the steamy moments. Enjoy your egostism, editors, it's a damn waste of a resource.moreless
  • When did Prison Break turn into Oceans Eleven.

    Reeling from some shocking news about Sara's death, Michael is recruited to recover a crucial data card that could bring down the Company once and for all. Meanwhile, T-Bag holds the key that will lead him to Michael. With T-Bag and Wyatt closing in on them, Michael, Lincoln, Sucre, Mahone and Bellick team up with a tech-savvy hacker to retrieve and decrypt the Scylla data card.

    The first two episodes were ok it was a very, very slow premiere until the final twenty minutes were the team got the first card. THe shocking death of Whistler really dissapointed me and Lincoln annoyed me by acting like a jerk throughtout the entire episode. Bellick was funny but I think that the character is not the same old Bellick we used to know in season one and now he is just there for comedy value. Some good acting from Fitchner in the scene were he drives up to his house.the reunion with Mike and Sara was cool and I'm glad that she is back.moreless
  • A generous 7 as it was extremley rushed

    When season three ended i thought their was several new storylines too look into and explore most of which involved Sona. However it suddenly burned down simply so they could put t-bag bellick and sucre into their plans. This annoyed me as it was almost like they regreted keeping them in their!! Also suddenly Sara is alive and back on the show???? Another regret obviously. this episode was rushed so much we have no idea what L.J and Sofia will do know that Lincoln is gone!!! I realise that this episode is preparing us for the new storyline but it was sloppy writing and it was a poor start to what i hope will be a good final season. But after seeing this i really can't see how this can keep me gripped like the first 3 seasons did. Despite the fact this show has got less believable each series!!moreless
  • This season 4 premiere, moved the plot to fast, and this created some holes in the plot and some non sense, but overall, was nice to see some characters back and now seems that this season is justified to be the last.moreless

    Presentation Phase - » (8/10)*3. You can expect a great beginning and a twist/surprise which was nice, however expected form Sara fans that read about Prison Break news, but after that some things solved very quickly and strangely.

    Take for example Gretchen, why kill her, of course, until you see her body with some holes, nothing is confirmed. Sucre, T-bag and Bellick managed to get out of Sona?? WTF. It seems that Michael is not the only genius here. So, Sara is not dead, Sucre, Bellick, Mahone, Lincoln, also Michael were caught? So easily? The writers just invented a way to put all of them together, only Sara and Mohone have outside motives of revenge because of what were done to them. Michael has to be a genius for everyone, Lincoln is just there to make his presence for now, the same goes for Bellick and Sucre. T-Bag is involved, but the writers decided to create filler for him.

    Complication Phase - » (6/10). All is set, they have to bring Scylla, which is not something easy.

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (10/10).Absurd progress, Sucre, T-bag and Bellick out of Sona, everyone caught, and reunited to bring Scylla and end the Company. Gretchen status is unknown, Mahone son is killed, so much in one episode… Time and Scene Management - » (7/10). Difficult to notice filler when things are moving so fast, but overall, this was in my opinion fair management. In my opinion, I don´t rate higher than this, because the government could Capture Bellick, Mahone, Lincoln to do the Job, was unnecessary for all of them to be caught before and so easily.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (7/10). So much plot holes, from the beginning to the end, but it doesn´t matter address them all, this show is about suspension of beliefs, but the writers exaggerated this time.

    Suspense/Tension - » (7/10). Good tension and surprising, all of them were caught, so the tension wasn´t great,

    Drama - » (10/10). Sara and Michael reunited was great, Mahone son is dead, this is very sad.

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (9/10). This episode was a surprise, things moved very fast, some characters caught, some dead, and the main cast reunited for a mission.

    What I liked -» Sara is back. The murder Mahone son´s

    What I Didn´t Liked -» How Sucre, Bellick and T-bag get out of Sona. How Michael and Co was so easily caught. Gretchen in the side of the good ones?

    This season 4 premiere, moved the plot to fast, and this created some holes in the plot and some non sense, but overall, was nice to see some characters back and now seems that this season is justified to be the last.moreless
Crystal Mantecon

Crystal Mantecon


Guest Star

John Rosenfeld

John Rosenfeld

Jason Lief

Guest Star

Rachel Loera

Rachel Loera

Theresa Delgado

Guest Star

Cress Williams

Cress Williams


Recurring Role

Marshall Allman

Marshall Allman

LJ Burrows

Recurring Role

Wilbur Fitzgerald

Wilbur Fitzgerald

Bruce Bennett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Michael has his shirt off you can see his back and the full tattoo, however in the season one episode "By The Skin And Teeth" he badly burns it and the tattoo in that spot is destroyed.

    • Goof: How did Gretchen know where to look for Whistler when we see him copying the card in the hotel?

    • Goof: After Wyatt shoots out the window and Michael, Sara and Lincoln are fleeing from the house, Michael and Sara are slightly ahead of Lincoln. However, in the next scene, Lincoln somehow is ahead of Michael and Sara.

    • When Michael and Mahone meet up with Whistler in the alley, Whistler is wearing his jacket buttoned, but the next shot has his jacket open.

    • This was the first Prison Break season premiere that Paul T. Scheuring didn't write.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Jason: Let me give you a little bit of advice, and this is on the house: watch your step with that thing. The Company will do anything to get it back.
      Whistler: Don't I know it. (Takes out a gun and shoots Jason and his associate)

    • Mahone: (To Gretchen) I'll be getting myself out, don't you worry about that. You worry about getting your ass back into that seat in time.

    • Michael: I have something for you.
      Sara: Okay.
      (Michael reveals the origami rose)
      Michael: You left this behind.
      (Sara laughs and takes the rose from Michael.
      Sara: So that's what this is about, huh? Getting me my rose back?
      Michael: Yeah I guess I'm done now. I can retire.
      Sara: How much time are you looking at?
      Michael: They're saying 15 years. I have to find out for sure.
      Sara: I heard Lincoln say something about a deal?
      Michael: No jail time. In exchange for taking down "The Company".
      Sara: How?
      Michael: Exactly.

    • Michael: Go find it (Scylla) yourself. Seems to me the US government should have a little more reach than someone who's looking at major time.
      Self: To perform that operation, Michael, would require signatures from about twenty different department heads. You want to bet at least one of them is Company? The only way this is going to work is via freelancer, off the books.

    • T-Bag: (about Michael) We're the same and he just can't stand it. Drives his ass crazy. We got the same brilliant mind, the same natural-born leader tendencies, the same one-in-a-million charisma. He thinks he can just look down his nose at me?

    • Michael: (to Sara) I don't know how we're going to take them down. I don't even know who they are, but I do know one thing: the Company is going to pay for what they did to you.

    • Whistler: You have to trust me. I'm not your enemy, Michael.

    • Mahone: I have to tell you, Pam, you know, I had a plan for all of us to be together. And I'm not going to stop working on it.
      Pam: Why do you need a plan? If you want to be with someone, you just be with them.
      Mahone: Don't say that unless you mean it. Because I will turn this world upside down to get back to you.

    • Self: (to Lincoln) Some people still care about their jobs. Some people still fight for this country. Maybe you've been a little too distracted boosting car stereos and busting heads to remember that.

    • Michael: (to Bellick) Sucre vouched for you. He says you came through for him in Panama.

    • Self: (to Michael) You've broken out of two penitentiaries. I'm thinking breaking into a building isn't too far outside your wheelhouse.

    • Michael: (to Self) Sara Tancredi. Last seen in Panama. If you help me find her, we've got a deal.

    • T-Bag: Where I come from there's something called a blood feud. Michael Scofield left me for dead one too many times, as it turns out.

    • Michael: I spent the last month thinking Sara was dead and it was my fault. If she's out there, I'm going to find her. That's all I care about.

    • (Fugitives Sucre and Bellick are waiting for Bellick's mom to pick them up)
      Bellick: She's never let me down, at least, she hasn't yet.

    • Self: The card has all the data on it, but it's encrypted. Once you get your hands on it, you're going to need to find a way to break into the Company's headquarters. It's the only way to read what's on the card.

    • Theresa: (to Sucre) You can't keep bringing Maricruz down. You can't do this to her anymore.

    • (Mahone pulls up to his wife's house which is surrounded by police and covered with crime scene tape. He tries to go in, but is held back by police)
      Police Officer: You don't want to go in there.

    • Michael: (to Bruce) I'm looking for Sara and right now you're the only person I can think of who can help me.

    • Michael: (to Sara) I love you. That's all I know right now.

    • Michael: (In reference to taking down The Company) It goes without saying that this is your last chance to back out, because first on the list of things I cannot guarantee you is your safety.

    • (Michael receives fake ID's from Self)
      Michael: Fake ID's, it's a good start, but there's some things you can't fake and there are some things you can't hide.
      (Michael rolls up his sleeves, revealing his tattoos)
      Michael: Know what I mean?
      Self:How high's your threshold for pain?
      (Michael starts to smile)

    • Michael: (talking with agent Self about the plan) Where's the building?
      Self: L.A.
      Michael: Where in L.A.?
      Self: I don't know.
      Michael: So, we've got a data card, which could be anywhere and we've got to break into a building, the location of which has yet to be determined. Simple enough.

    • Michael: My name is Michael Scofield, and I'm a fugitive. Three weeks ago, I was in a Panamanian prison. While I was there, I was approached by the Company. The Company is a corrupt organization involved in all levels of industry and government. They gave me two options: break one of their men, James Whistler, out of that prison or else they would kill the only woman I ever loved, Dr. Sara Tancredi. I held up my end of the deal, and I broke Whistler out. But the Company ... They killed Sara anyway. I don't know why the Company wanted James Whistler out of prison, but I've tracked him here to Los Angeles. He's with another Company agent I know only as Gretchen. The same agent who murdered Sara. This ends today. I came here seeking justice. The justice I now know the system cannot provide. So, if you're reading this letter, you'll know I died avenging Sara's death.

    • Gretchen: (to Whistler) You pull this off, you can come up to my room later and the word 'no' won't be in my vocabulary.

    • (When the gang reunites in order to take down The Company)
      Michael: We all are a long way from where this started, but what I can guarantee you is that if we do this thing right, we'll be close to where it ends. Freedom, finally.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Wilbur Fitzgerald passed from receiving the "Co-Starring" credit to the "Guest Starring" credit.

    • Robert Wisdom has been removed from the credits as he's no longer part of the cast while Sarah Wayne Callies returns to the show and Michael Rapaport is added.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      UK: September 2, 2008 on Sky One
      Belgium: October 5, 2008 on 2BE
      Latin America: October 7, 2008 on AXN
      Australia: October 9, 2008 on Channel 7/Prime
      Norway: October 16, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: October 20, 2008 on TV3
      Turkey: November 6, 2008 on cnbc-e
      New Zealand: November 19, 2008 on TV3
      Spain: December 15, 2008 on FOX TV Spain
      Germany: April 2, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: September 6, 2009 on Polsat
      Finland: November 24, 2009 on MTV3
      Slovakia: July 21, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: July 21, 2012 on FANDA

    • The first part of the two hour season premiere for season 4.