This week on Prison Break, Michael sought a doctor's diagnosis, Sucre nearly took his final step on Earth, and the late Brad Bellick was tributed by a surprising past associate.
For all of its faults (and the usual few commenters will show shortly to caw about them), Prison Break this season is doing something that it has not bothered with in some time: Show some heart.
Maybe because at this point, they have all "been in this together" for several years (or however much time has passed on screen), but Bellick's death was appreciably felt this week. First, Sucre lashed out at Self, demanding that Mama Bellick be sent her hero son's body. And at the end of the episode, that was put in motion, as Self brought Brad by in a pine box, the former prison bull looking regal in a suit. Nice tough as Mahone placed the (stolen) policeman's shield inside.
But the very nice and very unexpected moment - one that no viewer would have ever declared "missing" - involved T-Bag. Upon learning of Brad's death, he perhaps didn't need Sucre to threaten him against cracking wise. No, T-Bag was visually taken aback. That was confirmed later when, in his presentation to the sales team, he worked in a moving and inspirational tale of a friend named Brad who regrettably died in the prison he lived in. Theodore even got choked up, as did I watching the scene. Again, fast-moving, continuity-forsaking Prison Break could have absolutely foregone such a remembrance. So props to them for giving an original character his due.
Elsewhere, with Michael off to get his noggin looked at, Linc and Sucre returned to the tunnel and arrived at the final impediment standing between them and Scylla. And it's a giant concrete, steel-reinforced wall... with land-mine booby traps on the outside of it. Sucre alas steps on one. Just as Gretchen is about to tinker with it, Mahone comes into possession of the blueprint's legend, which shows that to disarm the mine would set off an alarm. Alas, the tunnel gang was impossible to reach via cell, making me think of that TV ad campaign:
"Hi, I'm Lincoln's phone. Linc doesn't have AT&T, so he doesn't get any bars here in this subterranean labyrinth. So he's not getting the call saying that f---ing with the land mine will trigger the alarm system...."
Luckily, Mahone scrambles below ground in time to override the system. Back in the warehouse, Michael debriefs the gang on the Scylla room's internal security measures, and if you've seen either the first Charlie's Angels or Mission: Impossible movies, you know the drill. "Any breathing human being that weighs more than two pounds" will trigger a sensor. But as seen in the promo for next week, Michael seems to have a plan (as he always does).
But will there be time to execute it? The break-in needs to go down now, but so does Michael's surgery to detour the tumor. How will he fit both into his busy schedule?
Memorable lines and moments:
* Gretchen Louise Morgan is 31 years old.
* Trishanne the flighty GATE receptionist is actually a whip-smart agent working for Self! Did not see that one coming. But T-Bag's on her scent....
* "Well then, what kind of hillbilly are you, really?" (Gretchen shocked that T-Bag never heard of "noodling.")
* Sucre telling T-Bag about Bellick: "If you joke about it, I'll rip your tongue out." (We learned that Brad saved Sucre's life during the burning of Sona.)
* Sara's "husband," Michael: "It has a nice ring."
* How about that promo with Gretchen in a schoolgirl outfit?!
This week on Prison Break
, Michael sought a doctor's diagnosis, Sucre nearly took his final step on Earth, and the late Brad Bellick was tributed by a surprising past associate. Get the full recap after the jump.