Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 16

The Sunshine State

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 22, 2008 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Lincoln and his team travel to Miami looking for Scylla.
Michael learns some shocking secrets about his past while Sara searches for him.

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  • To what the show shouldn't have...

    I'm amazed how this show lost it's path. It makes me think they only planed out a 1st and 2nd season before creating the show, that's the only logical explanation for a lac of brains in the last 2 seasons. I wanted to believe that the show was only suffering a writer's strike but it's clear that the show is damaged way more than we thought. I don't recall anyone watching the show for the twists more than Michael's genius planing, I don't care about the company more than what would happen to sucre or to be disgusted by T-Bag. The show has lost it's depth, character and story line wise, it's just about any cliche "you need me i need you" crap. I wish it wasn't true but really it is, to whoever understands in story structure, pulling off a twist like saying someone is alive after 4 season of no interference what's so ever in the plot, not even a little clue or reason to believe that the person is alive, i mean god! your 2 sons are in jail, fox river and in Suna and nothing?! It's obviously a sign of "Help we are stuck!" No one would play that card, it shows the writers are in desperate measures to retrieve the fans with a twist, and that's all they have to offer?! Are they completely lost when it comes to what the fans want? Don't they know we like the story lines better. We want the characters back! You killed Alex's leadership, Sucre's passion and personality, Sarah's sensitivity and Michael's genius and replaced it with car chases and gun points every 10 minutes?! I s that why you get paid?!

    You guys are beyond stupid... i made another review on the show it self more in detail.moreless
  • Pure junk!

    This show has gotten so bad it's scary!

    This show has probably one of the best list of actores I've seen,they are all great and it"s painful to see them read these stupid's as painful as seeing an elephant dance in the know it's not dancing because it's in it's was just trained or starved or wahtever...

    I'm sure these guys are bound by their contracts otherwise they should runlike hell!

    This whole storyline is made up for 14 year old's.

    This is less then the bottom of the barrel.

    When they broke out of fox river they should have made it into something else but from their it went down hill. I don't even want to be specific becuse except for the actors there is nothing good in the show...

    I think that ratings speak lowder then my review so I'll just let this show die a natural death with it's bad ratings. Sorry for the actors who are really great but i'm sure they'll do better. This series's writers should have stayed on strike!moreless
  • This episode was another filler, everything was only a distraction to make a surprising end.

    After the previous weak episode, I wasn´t expecting something good this time, since the writers don´t have nice ideas to end PB in a good way. This is way I think that the producers could take the chance with episode 12 and formulate a closure in episode 13. But now is too late and the plot is now being stretching.

    What happened in this episode? As we already know, t-bag, Gretchen, Self and Lincoln are working together, there is nothing new and they have a mission, because a new character appeared in the previous episode, the writers already anticipated what they would focus in this episode, before the hiatus. Mahone had is participation too, but overall, this was all for distraction, nothing good came from this episode, even the end.

    Michael plot was pure filler, as expected, was just to make he thinks about something and having a realization about someone he now knows that is alive. Sara participation was nicely done here.

    Presentation Phase - » (6/10),

    Complication Phase - » (6/10),

    Climax Phase - » (6/10),

    Ending - » (8/10) Something interesting,

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (6/10) Wasting time,

    Time and Scene Management - » (6/10) filler time,

    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10) fine,

    Suspense/Tension - » (6/10) fair,

    Drama - » (7/10) exploring Michael mind,

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (7/10) Good game changer by the end.

    This episode was another filler, everything was only a distraction to make a surprising end.moreless
  • Yup, she's alive. Well, nobody saw that coming ten thousand miles off, did they?

    Yup, she's alive. Well, nobody saw that coming ten thousand miles off, did they? The resurrection of Michael and Lincoln's mother, and the positioning of her as the 'enemy' from which the brothers must wrest Scylla, smacks just a little too much of desperation for my liking. Much like the decision to turn Self earlier in the season, it seems that the production staff were scrambling for the most dramatic twist imaginable in order to inject the remainder of their season with characterial angst and marry emotional investment in the core cast with the minutiae of the action. Unfortunately, they hit upon just about the most fan-frustratingly ludicrous plot development imaginable; now the entire Prison Break audience is screaming, "WTF?!" at their screens and throwing their bird books down on the coffee table in protest. Wasn't this woman supposed to be a gentle soul, the kind who wouldn't take kindly to a man like Mahone? (Season two reference there, fellas). And okay, so perhaps the boys didn't know the real Mrs. Burrows… but does her role within the Company mean she knew about her husband's betrayal of the agency? The plot to flush him out that ensued… i.e. the framing of her son, the placing of him on death row? Are we really expected to believe that she chose to brush these pesky little things aside? Or are the writers going to explain it away with one of the following empty explanations? 1. She really doesn't care about her family and has always been a Company agent, through and through. 2. She 'knew' Michael would come through for Lincoln and save the day because he was always the intelligent one and her favourite and blah blah blah blah blah. I vote for the latter, actually. It's all just far, far too convenient; it reads as a need to dramatise the plot, rather than the drama arising naturally out of it. And that's never a good thing. Oh, there's the rest of the episode to consider and we're running out of space. Um, Gretchen nearly dying = good, Mahone turning up to help = well, a bit silly but okay, Self/T-Bag/Linc/ho-bag working together = more annoying bait and switch, got on my nerves, Sarah rescuing Michael = thoroughly unbelievable but a guilty pleasure and Michael having his 'personality carved up' = best thing about the episode, fantastically written and played by all involved. It's just a shame you walk away from 'The Sunshine State' with such a gosh darned bitter taste in your mouth.moreless
  • Michael is at a special location, while Lincoln teams up with some enemies.

    An exciting episode, don't get why people think its going down hill? Sure, I think the show should end by Season 4 but dang, people are sure jerks!

    Anyways, a psychiatrist from the Company asks Michael various questions, uncluding that his mother is alive. Lincoln, T-bag, Gretchen, and Self are in Miami, Florida, tracking the buyer with Scylla. Lincoln finds out more about the buyer and Sara attempts to free Michael, wherever he is at. T-bag ends up telling the general about this, while Michael finds a way to neitralize the Company Agents and gets free. Sara comes to the rescue, as 2 Company Agents chase Michael & Sara crashes into their vehicle. Michael is free and then the buyer meets Gretchen and the others. They end up getting cornered and shots are fired. Gretchen is shot but the buyer is dead. They decide to leave Gretchen there and then Lincoln calls the person who has Scylla. After talking to the lady on the phone, unaware that he was talking to him mom.moreless
Graham McTavish

Graham McTavish


Guest Star

Titus Welliver

Titus Welliver


Guest Star

John Getz

John Getz

Dr. Roger Knowlton

Guest Star

Leon Russom

Leon Russom

General Jonathan Krantz

Recurring Role

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Lisa Tabak

Recurring Role

Kathleen Quinlan

Kathleen Quinlan

Christina Scofield

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Technical Inaccuracy: While Tia's driver's license looked good, it had some technical goofs. The number on the driver's license follows the format A-BBB-CCC-DD-EEE-F, where A is the first letter of the licensee's last name, and DD is the last two digits of the licensee's birth year. Tia's last name was Hayden, so it should have started with H instead of V. Also, her birth year was 1974, but according to the license number it should have been 1963. Also, that license said it was issued in 2006, but that format (i.e. color scheme and layout) of the license was only used before 2004.

    • Goof: In this episode, we see a photo of Aldo, Christina Rose and Lincoln and Michael as children. In this photo they all look like a very happy family, however it is established early on in the series that Aldo had left his family before Michael was born, and that he never returned.

    • When Sara crashes the Jeep into the buggy, you can clearly see that the guards in the buggy have been replaced by dummies wearing similar clothes.

    • Michael just had brain surgery and, yet, has absolutely no scars on his head.

  • QUOTES (17)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although credited, Amaury Nolasco didn't appear in this episode.

    • For the first 16 episodes of this season, the show was nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series.

    • Original Internaional Airdates:
      UK: December 23, 2008 on Sky One
      Australia: January 6, 2009 on Channel 7
      Norway: January 29, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: Febuary 9, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: April 27, 2009 on FOX TV Spain
      Latin America: May 26, 2009 on FX Latinoamerica
      Germany: July 23, 2009 on RTL
      Finland: March 9, 2010 on MTV3
      Poland: March 14, 2010 on Polsat
      Slovakia: August 17, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: October 13, 2012 on FANDA


    • Michael: A cigar is just a cigar.

      This is a quote attributed to Austrian psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, who was famous for his studies of the subconscious mind and its impact on behavior.