Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 8

The Price

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Lincoln works to retrieve the final card, which is being held by the General.
Michael and Self are forced to work with Gretchen. Meanwhile, Roland continues to be berated for losing the transcribing device in Las Vegas.

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  • Overall another great episode!!!!

    After so many setups, was time to move things forward. This is not the first time that Michael is forced to cooperate with someone that is an enemy and will not be the last. Gretchen wanting to Settle things with Sara was a nice move, Sara adds the necessary drama for this episode and her fast flashbacks explain the real reason for her trauma.

    Now the General is the last cardholder, so he was a direct target. This is where Roland came in, because as we know, when the writers want to dismiss an character they just kill him. This is why Roland betrayal was essential, not only to make Michael plan to obtain the last card invalid, but to kill him in the process. This was very well done, because things are more difficult with the General knowing that he has to protect his card and Wyatt was well connected to the situation because Mahone can get his revenge soon.

    I am satisfied how things ended, Roland deserved and the long waited moment between Mahone and Wyatt will happen, but things are worse, because it seems that Scylla will be moved. Hard to say what was filler in this episode and at least, unrealistic things were kept at minimum. The tension was good as usual and we have nice drama too and a small twist.

    Presentation Phase - » (7/10). The Old formula, cooperation with the enemy.

    Complication Phase - » (9/10). Catch the remaining card, but things go to other direction because Roland treason.

    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- » (10/10),

    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10),

    Drama - » (8/10),

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (7/10). Overall another great episode!!!!moreless
  • Truly, I find myself overwhelmed at the quality of material that the Prison Break crew have been putting out, week after week, since the sub-par season premiere.

    Truly, I find myself overwhelmed at the quality of material that the Prison Break crew have been putting out, week after week, since the sub-par season premiere. Midway through last year's lacklustre third season, I was ready to write the show off. It was good for two years, I thought, until the writers tripped over their own limited format and began scrambling for ideas in an effort to keep things interesting. And yeah, when we were treated to the somewhat transparent 'Scylla', I was sure we were about to be subjected to another year of the same. Not so. Oh, how I'm eating my words now. Prison Break has really turned around since its effective reboot at the start of September; once the pieces were shunted into place, albeit in a somewhat clunky fashion, the exploits of Michael Schofield and co. have once again become must see TV. And 'The Price' continues this new found tradition. Structurally, the episode is quite a straightforward one. The narrative is divided into two principle storylines – the retrieval of the General's card and Roland's betrayal – and is padded out with some additional sequences involving the fantastically deranged Gretchen. The interweaving of these strands is executed with finite precision, with each building toward an eminently satisfying crescendo at the ¾ hour mark, following which the aftermath is played out in all its delicious glory. Keeping the story simple, not jumping between snippets of narrative here and there, gives 'The Price' a cohesive feel and ensures that the weight of each plot's ultimate outcome is delivered with significant force. The failure of Lincoln's plan to acquire the General's card, for example, while telegraphed, is highly satisfying because it comes encased in the frankly superb execution of Roland's downfall, discovery and (part) redemption. This is by far the episode's highlight, in every possible dimension: the sequence in which he confronts Wyatt is expertly written, with each beat more callous and shocking than the last. It is also wonderfully executed; Bobby Roth's direction is calculated and methodical, drawing the tragic horror of the moment out for maximum effect. And let's not forget the actors involved. This is surely James Liao's finest hour; for a character that most Prison Break fans have either loathed or felt utterly indifferent about over the last seven weeks to receive the level of concern that is now being bandied about in fan forums is testament to the skill of the actor playing him. In the space of one or two small scenes, Roland becomes hugely empathetic, and not only because he is faced with death, but because he is truly redemptive. The closing sequence, in which Michael quietly clings to him until he passes away, successfully conveys this notion and is satisfyingly poignant… something that perhaps we wouldn't always be quick to associate with a show as fast-paced and unforgiving as this. It certainly left a sinking feeling in my gut and that's got to be a sign of greatness, no matter how you look at it. Elsewhere, Sarah's flashbacks are wonderfully depicted, and thrillingly sick, and her all-too-brief encounter with psychob***h is yet another home run: brilliantly warped, yet equally rather moving, stuff. It is certainly refreshing to see a show that so many had sent packing from their weekly schedules, shake itself down, pick up the pieces and resolve to return to what made it so God damn addictive in the first place. Here's hoping it continues.moreless
  • Sucre gets shot

    In this episode of Prison break, the following happens. Gretchen and Michael met up at a church where they agree to become partners, in bring down the company. When Michael goes back to the hideout he tells Sara about Gretchen being alive, and her eyes freeze over with terror. The team are in search of the last and finale card. Gretchen calls and asks to meet Sara, to clear the air, but Sara says no. Glenn makes contact with Wyatt and offers him both Lincoln and Michael. As the team go after the last card, it goes wrong and Sucre ends up getting shot. After a hard day of flash backs, Sara goes to met Gretchen. When she goes in Gretchen hands her a whip, and tells her to put as many scars on her back as possible, in 5 minutes. We learn that a guard helped Sara escape, but not before Gretchen put a bullet in the guards head. Glenn meets with Wyatt and he tells them where the team are and then Wyatt shots him. Luckily the boys turn up, thanks to a tracking device which Michael planted. Wyatt is then knocked out by Lincoln. We then see a meeting between the card holders taking place, and the General tells them that he wants Syilla moved.moreless
  • There`s always a price to pay.

    There`s always a price to pay. That`s what Roland learned as he tries to sell the crew out. I`m happy they got rid of him, with the last card in sight and his gadget lost, he was useless. His death serves for 2 purposes. 1; establishing Wyatt as a top villain (I mean even more) and 2; well the capture of the top villain which means the big Mahone revenge is coming.

    The crew tries to get the last card the Linc way but no doubt this last card will be much more difficult to get as it is the General`s card. Roland dies, plan fails, an amazing episode.moreless
  • This season in my opinion is just as good as the first and it just keeps getting better and better.

    This season in my opinion is just as good as the first and it just keeps getting better and better. This episode is amazingly well done. We get to see a lot more happening within the character's stories such as Sarah finally asking Michael about his nose bleeds. This causes Michael to get more frustrated and he is more than sure he does not have a problem, or at least that's what he keeps saying. Roland, being the jerk he is, attempts to give the location of the brothers to Wyatt and is successful in doing so BUT!!!.....not going to spoil it for people who haven't seen it yet. But if you've been having sympathy for Mahone then you will get a GUARANTEED adrenaline rush in this episode. You'll see what I mean. This episode just keeps you on the edge of your seat and your be in suspense the whole time.moreless
Ron Yuan

Ron Yuan


Guest Star

Karl Makinen

Karl Makinen

Derek Sweeney

Guest Star

Shaun Duke

Shaun Duke


Guest Star

Cress Williams

Cress Williams


Recurring Role

James Hiroyuki Liao

James Hiroyuki Liao

Roland Glenn

Recurring Role

Steve Tom

Steve Tom

Stuart Tuxhorn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Wyatt started shooting at Sucre and Lincoln we can clearly see that the first bullet penetrated the front window at the same point where Sucre's head was. It should have killed him.

    • Goof (or bad make-up): In the last scene, Roland's blood splattered shirt can be seen up close and the blood stains appear to be just straight lines. This reveals that the fake blood was squeezed out of a bottle.

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Mahone: This is my focus, all right? (holds up Cameron's photo) I'm doing the job, all right? But every day, the trail to my son's killer gets a little bit colder. All I do is focus.

    • Roland: I put just as much time into this as anybody else. I make one little mistake and I'm Judas? No. You know what? Call Self, because I'm going back to the can! I'm done with this!

    • Feng: Our paths never crossed on Copperhead, but I did deal with one of your colleagues. A less capable associate. Whatever happened to him?
      Gretchen: He was skinned and hung from an overpass.
      Feng: Ah yes, I recall.

    • Wyatt: (to the General) If you're unhappy with my methods, maybe you should parcel out the job to someone else.

    • Bellick: If anything should happen to me, call my mom in Chicago. Tell her I didn't die like some damn convict locked up in some penitentiary.

    • Roland: (to Sara) I see your boyfriend's no longer sporting the latest in GPS fashion technology. So if neither one of you are wearing ankle monitors, what are you still doing here? You should be having hot, fugitive sex in every cash-only no-tell motel from here to Mexico.

    • Gretchen: You proved your point. We're even.
      Sara: We're a long way from even.

    • Michael: It looks like someone set us up.
      Roland: Seriously?
      Michael: Yeah, and I'm wondering if it was you.

    • Lincoln: It doesn't take two people to crash a car, you know.
      Sucre: You're kidding me, right? After all I've been through with you, now you're worried about my ass? Shut up and drive.

    • Michael: As soon as we have those pages back, Gretchen and T-Bag are going to pay for everything. They're going to get exactly what's coming to them.

    • Sara: Some things are more important than what two people want, Roland. I honestly hope that some day that makes sense to you.

    • Michael: (to Roland) You can either go upstairs and sit on your cot and ride out the rest of this thing, or I can call Agent Self, and you can ride out the rest of your prison sentence.

    • Michael: You told Sara about the nosebleeds.
      Lincoln: I'm worried about you.
      Michael: Stop starting fires I have to put out.

    • Roland: Just because I didn't do time with you guys doesn't make me a rat.

    • Sara: This isn't about Gretchen. It's not about one person and we have to finish it.

    • Sara: I'll take care of the messy part, you just help me get him on the gurney.

    • Wyatt: (to the General) Broad daylight. A city street. And they knew your route. If Scofield's mission was to kill you, he'd have a better way to do it.

    • Trishanne: (to T-Bag) You pull a gun on me again and this won't be the only set of prints I'll be copying.

    • Michael: When mom got sick, Linc was at the hospital every day, holding her hand, watching her die and he was thirteen. It changed him. It made him overprotective and now he's jumping to all the wrong conclusions, for all the wrong reasons and it's over nothing because I'm fine.

    • Gretchen: (to Sara) I don't expect us to exchange gifts, but that doesn't mean we can't be allies.

    • Lincoln: (to Michael) Mom couldn't outrun this! What makes you think you can?

    • Sucre: (to Michael) What are you still doing here? Go get the son-of-a-bitch!

    • Roland: This is your plan? You're going to pull a kamikaze mission on the general's car?
      Lincoln: I never said this was going to be easy.

    • T-Bag: Gretchen, Susan, whatever your name is, I suggest you find a way to bury the hatchet with Michael Scofield's woman. We got work to do.

    • Sara: (to Michael) When a tumor like that gets large enough to cause problems, it's going to come with a lot of symptoms: loss of short-term memory, problems with your depth perception, problems with your motor skills...

    • Michael: No one's expecting you to actually treat this bastard, all right?
      Sara: I'm still a doctor.

    • Roland: (calls out to Sara) I'm sorry.
      (Sara pauses and looks back)
      Roland: For Vegas. I'm sorry for Vegas.
      (Sara silently walks away)

    • Gretchen: (to T-Bag about Trishanne being in the office) She's on work release, just like you.

    • Michael: (to Sara) Gretchen's alive.

    • Sara: Your brother told me about your nosebleeds. And he told me about your mom.
      Michael: That wasn't his place...
      Sara:...To be worried about you?

    • Gretchen: First off, Panama was a job...
      Michael: Some other time. What do you want with Scylla?

    • Lincoln: How can I be a good father if I'm always in prison?

    • Feng: Where is Scylla?
      T-Bag: Good morning to you too, sir.

    • Michael: Linc get out of there, it's a trap!

    • Gretchen: You'll get Scylla, too.
      Feng: If I don't, I'll peel you like a wet grape.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      UK: October 28, 2008 on Sky One
      Latin America: November 18, 2008 on FX
      Norway: November 27, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: December 8, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: December 9, 2008 on Channel 7/Prime
      Spain: March 2, 2009 on FOX TVSpain
      Germany: May 28, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: October 25, 2009 on Polsat
      Finland: January 12, 2010 on MTV3
      Slovakia: August 3, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 1, 2012 on FANDA

    • This episode was originally called "Betrayal."


    • When Self, T-Bag and Gretchen are in the G.A.T.E. office, as Self is leaving he calls T-Bag "Gummo" referring to the 1987 independent film of the same name about "simple" life in Xenia, Ohio, a town that was hit by a tornado in 1972.