Prison Break

Season 3 Episode 13

The Art of the Deal

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Michael and Lincoln are left with no choice but to hand Whistler over in exchange to save LJ and Sofia. A familiar face enters Sona while another inmate leaves.

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  • Perfect Finale

    I loved this finale. Not only for the action, there was a lot of it, for all characters involved (Sucre ends up in Sona, T-Bag has some kind of escape plan with the nun, etc..).

    But the most touching part to me was the last 5 minutes. I don't know, maybe the music and everything, but it almost brought tears to me. And most importantly, Michael - now gone for revenge - for once showed his true emotions. Season 4 will be great, Charles Bronson style. Can't wait to see this brunette's head blow off. Nothing related, but if you're looking for a good replacement show, give a try to "Breaking Bad" on AMC (sundays), it's the best show yet since Dexter.moreless
  • The season 3 finale had some great scenes and some things were delayed for season 4, overall, this episode was great.

    Presentation Phase - » (8/10). Ok, when I thought that was impossible to catch Whistler, they proved me wrong, because Prison Break writers can make any miracle, but were nice anyway. All is set.

    Complication Phase - » (10/10). That is the best part, Michael shows that he is a genius, his plans was perfect. You can guess how he will save LJ and fulfill his revenge. Sucre totally screwed and T-bag making his final plan.

    Climax Phase - » (9/10). The alarm sound, some shoots, someone is hit, Michael has his opportunity of revenge, all was interesting.

    Ending - » (9/10). Sucre in Sona, T-bag appears that will be the leader in Sona, Michael goes to search for Gretchen to avenge by Sara's supposed death, since Mahone strange conversation with Whistler give us some clue.

    Time and Scene Management - » (10/10). Very hard to notice any filler.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (9/10). There are some things, how Whistler was caught or how the basket kid father had that hole in that car but is ok, it is for the sake of the plot.

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (8/10). Exactly what you can expect, but since there is season 4, Michael revenge is delayed, Sucre is in Sona, what T-bag will do with that book is a mystery.

    Drama-» (9/10) Sucre attitude was excellent, this is what someone can call a friend.

    Suspense/Tension - » (9/10). Exactly that kind of tension that you can expect from the last episode of this season.

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (9/10). Mahone and Whistler together and Sara being alive, at least, we had some surprises.

    What I liked -» Almost all scenes.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Sucre in Sona

    The season 3 finale had some great scenes and some things were delayed for season 4, overall, this episode was great.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Michael & Lincoln must hand over Whistler to Gretchen so they can save LJ and Sofia's lives; Mahone seizes a golden opportunity; T-Bag shows Sona who's boss; a familiar face enters Sona as another leaves it in a body bag. Oh my god, another awesome episode of the tv hit show Prison Break. I love the way Michael says at the end of the episode I'm going to find the person who killed Sara, type thing. Revenge it sweet and the hottest guy in the world is going to get someone. I can not wait for season four, I mean I'm so excited. Hopefully it will be awesome like all of the season but I want it to be awesome, awesome, awesome. Can't wait bring it on. Season four here we come!moreless
  • The brothers are out.....

    In this episode of Prison break, the following happens. Michael and Lincoln get into a car and drive after James. They track him down as he rings Susan. Michael rings Susan and arranges another met, in a public place. The guards take Serco outside and offer him a deal tell them where Michael is or dig his won grave. He chooses the grave. Susan and Michael met, he sees LJ but then we see that they have snipers aimed at Lincoln. Michael then tells her that she will get a call in 5 minutes to tell her where the next meeting is.

    The next meeting is at a museum and as Susan approaches she sees that there are metal detectors there. So she has to go in unarmed. Susan reveals to Sofia that there are no co-ordinates. Michael realises that she has armed men on each exit to kill them as they leave so he sets off an alarm. Secro is told to lie down in the grave and then instead of shooting him, they start to bury him. Michael sets James up with the museum security and a gun appears and Sofia gets shoot.

    They pull Sucre out of the grave and his phone rings, its Michael. He has to find out where he is or they will kill him whilst on the phone to Michael. Sucre doesn't get the information and stamps on the phone when he is finished with it so that they cannot use it. Instead of killing Sucre they put him into Sona, with all of the convicts. LJ gives Michael something that Sara made and he has a flash back of the 2 of them from season 1. Alex is in a bar and we see him meeting with James and Susan. From this we learn that Sara isn't dead after all. Alex tells James that he is in. Michael & Lincoln go to Sonia to find what she told LJ to go and get and discover that it ismoreless
  • Shouting at the TV: Do it Micheal.

    I seriously cannot get enough of Prison Break its one of the few shows that actually has me jumping up and down in my seat and this episode was no exception.

    When Whistler appeared to make his escape at the end of the last episode I didn't anticipate the chase that would follow but what a great sequence it was, Mr Schofield looking as hot as ever. There was no way The Brothers were going to have a bit of this double crossing and when they caught up to him Whistler's excuses were wearing thin for them and for me too. We always new there was something up with Whistler didn't we? and now all those suspicsions and insinuations come to fruition in this episode.

    I thought Micheal's plan for a second exchange point was really foolhardy at first, I mean why would anyone want to mess with that b**** Gretchen? Never mind her gun wielding goons, but it soon became clear that Micheal was at the end of his tether and Gretchen was not getting away with it.

    That's what I love about this show so much, not seeing the little twists and turns coming. If you can anticipate everything that is going to happen, well good for you, but I love the surprise. What comes as no surprise though is that Micheal is always one step ahead. Meeting at the Museum with metal detectors? Pure genius. LJ's knowing chuckle said it all. Gretchen likes to put up a front but it was clear that she was perturbed.

    The whole exchange sequence was for me frustrating because I really felt for the characters and just wanted the ordeal to be over and done with, but Micheal as ever has an escape plan as he knows the company are not going to let them walk from the museum alive. Gretchen's revelation about Whistler was also brilliantly well timed and the look of realisation on Sophia's face was superb as I'd felt all along that she was naive for letting herself be played by Whistler.

    After Micheal smashes the exhibit glass to facilitate their escape with their lives intact the tension mounts as Sophia makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Whistler after his betrayal.

    After one of the company goons shoots Sophia outside confusion ensues and it is at this point that I start shouting at the TV again, firstly for Lincoln to leave Sophia's side and secondly for Micheal to shoot that b**** Gretchen once and for all. But I suppose its OK for me as an objective and passive viewer to want to them to do those things but far more realistic and true to the characters that they did not and that was a benefit to the viewers.

    I loved when LJ gave Micheal the origami flower he had found, the one Micheal had originally given to Sarah when he was in Foxriver, it was very touching and served to focus Micheal's resolve to avenge Sarah's death. (although I'd like to think she is not dead).

    And so this sets up the premise for the next season, Micheal heading off on a one man mission to get Gretchen although I think the writers realised this wouldn't be enough because we also have the further story arcs of Sucre's incarceration in Sona, Twisted T-Bag's insincere declaration of communism in Sona (come to think of it when are they ever sincere??), the true nature of Whistler's involvement with The Company and now Mahone has been roped in the fun can begin.

    At least father and son are finally reunited.moreless
William Fichtner

William Fichtner

Special Agent Alexander Mahone

Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller

Michael Scofield

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

Captain Brad Bellick

Dominic Purcell

Dominic Purcell

Lincoln Burrows

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell

Chris Vance

Chris Vance

James Whistler

Gustavo Mellado

Gustavo Mellado

Alfonso Gallego

Guest Star

Michael Fraguada

Michael Fraguada


Guest Star

Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez


Guest Star

Marshall Allman

Marshall Allman

LJ Burrows

Recurring Role

Joseph Melendez

Joseph Melendez


Recurring Role

Crystal Mantecon

Crystal Mantecon

Sister Mary Francis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Sucre: Kill me if you want.
      Rafael: No, papi, you're going to wish we have.
      (The next scene shows Sucre being taken into SONA)

    • Whistler: Stop the van. I can't leave her (Sofia)!
      Susan: She already left you.

    • Susan B.: I've worked with a lot of intelligent people in this business, Michael, but you, maybe you wouldn't have to worry about the Company trying to kill you if you were on their side. They certainly pay well.

    • Sofia: How do you know James?
      Susan B.: You're working my last nerve. Move your ass!

    • Michael: If I were you and I couldn't bring guns inside, I'd have agents ready to shoot at every door outside.
      Susan B.: Then it really doesn't matter what exit you take, does it?

    • Susan B.: (to Michael) That's very dramatic, calling the cops on yourself. You must really want to go back to Sona.

    • Bellick: There's a storm brewin' in the yard.
      Lechero: Tell them to come in. I'm not scared.
      Bellick: Well, I am!

    • Whistler: I ought to kill you right now for what you've done to her (Sofia)!
      Susan B.: I did what I had to do to get you out, period!

    • Susan B.: (to Michael) You're overthinking things. I've seen it too many times before. First plan goes to hell, then you start tap-dancing and trust me, it always ends badly.

    • T-Bag: I've gotta help him (Lechero).
      Bellick: He gave me third degree burns down my back, he can go to hell!

    • Susan B.: (to Whistler) I'm sick of jumping through hoops to keep your princess in a bubble!

    • Lechero: Many men have come in sheep's clothing, only to let the wolf out.
      T-Bag: I am not trying to hurt you. I am trying to save you.

    • Michael: The lobby of the Museum of Antiquities.
      Susan B.: Why?
      Michael: Because that's where Whistler is.

    • Susan B.: (to Michael) Metal detectors? And here I thought we were building a circle of trust.

    • Sofia: (to Susan B.) You said the first thing you would do once you had James was get the rest of the coordinates.

    • Bellick: It's anarchy in here! We gotta hide!

    • T-Bag: Little Suzy Sona ain't playing so hard to get no more.She has her price. And we gonna need some money.
      Lechero: No. No.
      T-Bag: Then you will die in here.

    • Susan: What's so funny?
      LJ: You. (cracking up) Thinking you can outsmart my uncle.

    • Bellick (about Lechero): He's gonna get us killed.
      T-Bag (about Sona): He's gonna get us out of here.

    • T-Bag (talks to prisoners): Lechero is dead! I come before you now to bury the man. Not to praise him, for there is nothing praiseworthy about his rule here. Having one of our own dictate to us? Well, that's just not the natural order. All cons are equal! I have the last remnants of Lechero's cruel empire in my hand. An empire which I willingly participated in and witnessed first-hand. Money. (holds up a fistful of cash) Made off of your backs and off the backs of your family! It's yours. And I'm here to tell you, I'm giving it back. (begins tossing the bills into the crowd)

    • McGrady: (to his father) I can't go back to SONA, Papa, I can't!
      Father: You are not going back to SONA.

    • Michael: When the exchange is over, and LJ is safe, you and I are gonna spend some quality time.
      Susan: When the exchange is over, you better run for your life...

    • (on the phone)
      Susan: I'm waiting...
      Michael: There's been a change in venue.
      Susan: Well, well, well... I finally get to talk to the brains of the outfit.
      Michael: We're at the Plaza de Francia.
      Susan: So you're thinking public place, safety in numbers, plenty of witnesses to protect you... I'm thinking public place, wanted men, police, lots of witnesses to identify you...
      Michael: Plaza de Francia, 10 minutes! Be alone!

    • Rafael (to Sucre): You know, the first day you started here, I knew there was something off about you. I guess I just know a con when I see one, uh?
      Sucre: Maybe you'll get to be employee of the month...

  • NOTES (8)