And so here we are, a week closer to the winter finale of Prison Break (which is to take place on December 22nd). Am I the only one crying on the inside?
We open in the tunnels under GATE, where the boys are drilling and gearing up for a Mission Impossible / Ocean’s 11 type break in. Mahone and Sucre are being very, very quiet (they’re hunting rabbits…) and they manage to get a small camera into the Scylla room through a hole in the wall.
And then…and then…I have a bloody freaking aneurysm. Because Gretchen is dressed as a Catholic school girl, complete with a black bra under a half-buttoned white button down shirt. Oh my God. There are no words…
I can barely type this, on account of the fact that I have poured bleach into my eyes, but she’s showing her “outfit” to T-Bag. And then…oh LORD! Theyâ€™re taking pictures! T-Bag is photographing Gretchen, while she’s posing provocatively on the bed. Make it stop!
Sara’s made a doctor’s appointment for Michael at 3:00, but he still wants another day to get into the Scylla room. Sara and Linc are trying their best to convince him to see the doctor, but Michael’s just protesting and grabbing his head. Michael’s not the only one with a sore head. I just finished banging my head against the wall after seeing Gretchen in that…..I can’t even say it.
Anyways, Michael finally capitulates and agrees to see the doctor that day.
Sucre’s reminiscing about drilling through a wall with an egg-beater back in season 1 and he’s so sad that his boyfriend Michael isnâ€™t there with him. He talks about coming to “the end” and you have to wonder whether the writers threw that in there because they think this will be the last season. Mahone tries to reassure Sucre that Michael will be fine as the two examine the footage from inside the Scylla room.
I swear to God, if I see Gretchen fooling around with Pad Man in that outfit I’m going to throw up.
Back at HQ Sara and Linc have a talk about Michael. Linc reveals that he only trusts Gretchen to get the sixth card, not with anything else.
Lisa Tabak is telling Pad Man about the plans to move Scylla, including the Secret Service escort and the F-18s that will fly it to River Rock. Pad Man’s cell phone buzzes and he sees a photo message from Gretchen (a photo of her in the outfit!), along with a request that he meet her at 1:00 p.m. Pad Man blows off Lisa, whoâ€™s clearly jealous of Gretchen.
Sara lays out the operation (in excruciating detail) to Michael, who insists he wants to know all about how the doctors are going to DRILL INTO HIS HEAD. Self arrives with some boxes of tools and asks about Michael’s health. He lies about his condition. Self says that heâ€™s got someone watching Gretchen and T-Bag in case they get up to any funny business.
Mahone’s showing the others the video footage of the Scylla room while Michael runs through all of the alarms and booby-traps. Basically, the thing is like Fort Knox. Michael continues to experience side effects of his tumor as he lays out a plan involving electromagnetic fields. I wonder if his superior brain functions will disappear when the tumor is removed. Fortunately, Mahone’s the second-smartest guy in the room and he explains more about Michael’s plan. Sara keeps looking worried instead of contributing anything useful to the plan.
And then Pad Man enters the room where Gretchen is lounging on the sofa in her outfit. The first thing out of her mouth is “What took you so long? You know how I get when I’m hungry.” Forgive me, but my mind went to a very bad, very dark place when she said that sentence (if there are children reading this, don’t try to figure out the double-entendre there). She starts rubbing up against him like a frigging dog in heat and she pulls off his jacket. Pad Man quickly assumes that Gretchen is after his card, but he says he didn’t bring it. He pulls a gun on her, demanding to know who she planned on selling the card to. She starts whimpering that she’s the mother of his child and begs for her life. He lowers the gun and then tells her to stay away, otherwise he’ll kill her.
One job…Gretchen was given one job to do and she f**cked it up in less than 5 minutes.
T-Bag’s flirting with Trishanne at GATE when White calls him into his office. White praises T-Bag for his speech the day before and offers to send T-Bag on a cruise. He declines, on account of the whole Scylla caper.
Sara is finally contributing by explaining the alarm system in the Scylla room. Mahone suggests they get some liquid nitrogen to regulate the temperature in the room. Mahone tells Michael a nice story about learning to let go of the job, but Michael just gets snarky.
Gretchen’s covered up again while T-Bag chews her out for screwing up with Pad Man.
Feng is with some of his associates, as they load a s*it load of money into the back of a van. Like, serious, serious money. He gets a call from Gretchen, who tells him they need to talk.
Self tells Michael that Gretchen didn’t get the sixth card and Michael is not happy about it. But, as it turns out, Gretchen sent some information to Michael that could be useful. It looks like a photograph and some paper, but we donâ€™t see the details. Trishanne calls Self to announce that Feng has come to meet T-Bag and Gretchen.
Gretchen proposes that Feng help them recover Scylla.
Sara approaches Michael, telling him it’s time to go. He reminds her of the quote in his fatherâ€™s file: “all that avails is flight”. Michael is feeling terribly guilty (I know, shocking!) that the team is risking their lives without him. And he alleviates that guilt by getting in the car with the others instead of going to the hospital as planned.
Sara’s doping Michael up with some drug that prevents epileptics from having seizures while Sucre prays in the front seat.
Pad Man confirms that Lisa was right about Gretchen trying to get his card. He asks her to call a meeting with the cardholders.
The boys enter the tunnels under GATE as T-Bag calls Gretchen to give her an update. We see that Trishanne is listening in on their conversation. Gretchen tells him that someone else is interested in buying Scylla and she arranges a rendezvous with the three of them.
Sara is sitting on a bench, holding the envelope from Gretchen. We also see that she has a big gun in her purse.
As I see Michael, Lincoln, Sucre and Mahone under the tunnels I am struck by the number of characters that have died in this show. Only four people are still alive (or still on the show) from season 1. Four. Why do the writers want to kill everyone? Michael wishes the others good luck and tells them to be very, very quiet.
The boys are quietly setting up their equipment on the other side of the Scylla room. We see them drilling silently and setting up something to generate an electromagnetic field, which allows them to start chipping through the cement easily (don’t ask me about the mechanics of this…just trust me). Mahone and Linc manage to push umbrellas (yes, umbrellas) through the wall and open them on the other side. I don’t know why.
The boys have finally made a decent sized hole in the cement wall and can look into the Scylla room. Sucre starts feeding in a ladder through the hole and braces it with cables. Ok, so basically what they’re doing is creating a make-shift bridge out of steel brackets (essentially a ladder lying horizontally) in order to reach Scylla without touching the ground. They’re also pumping liquid nitrogen into the room to regulate the temperature. Sucre’s the unlucky man who has the extend the bridge piece by piece while Michael watches the action from the footage that’s hooked up to their laptop.
Sucre nearly drops a canister of liquid nitrogen and lunges for it. He manages to catch it before it hits the ground and Linc goes out onto the bridge to help him. The bridge starts to sway under their combined weight as Michael looks on worriedly.
Self and Trishanne arrive at the house where Gretchen and T-Bag are scheduled to meet. The house is semi-empty and they’re ambushed by Feng and his gun-totting henchmen.
Meanwhile, T-Bag and Gretchen arrive at GATE with a big sack of guns. They’re going to ask the boys to surrender Scylla, otherwise they get a shot in the head (literally, not in the figurative way my mother threatens to smack me upside the head when I misbehave).
Lisa announces the final confirmation of the travel plans and Pad Man announces it’s time to move Scylla.
Some complete dumbass decided that it was a good idea to send Michael to retrieve Scylla. Of course, fives seconds after walking onto the bridge, his head nearly explodes from pain. He starts grunting loudly in pain, seeing double. Then, ever the martyr, he picks himself up and slowly approaches Scylla.
Wouldn’t it be funny if Pad Manâ€™s people opened up the door on the other wall to remove Scylla and saw Michael on the bridge trying to steal it? Awkward.
Oh, it seems that there’s still a wall of glass that Michael has to get through. He freezes the glass with liquid nitrogen, intending to create a hole in the glass.
Lisa announces the locations of the other cardholders (who are now enroute to them) and Pad Man dismisses her.
Michael managed to make it through the glass fairly quickly (even though I have no idea how that whole liquid nitrogen thing worked and now I want to look it up on Wikipedia). We see Lisa walking past the bench that Sara is sitting on as she leaves the Company building.
We see that Feng and his men have handcuffed Self and Trishanne at the house.
When I first saw what happened next (a silent alarm goes off when Michael touches Scylla, which alerts Pad Man) I thought “well, Michael, maybe you’re an idiot and didn’t foresee this”. But then I realized I was the idiot and Michael probably knew about the alarm and did this to get Pad Man into the Scylla room so they could steal his card. Pad Man sees security footage of Michael in the Scylla room and calls for a team. He quickly heads into an elevator and we see one last shot of Michael holding Scylla (which, by the way, basically looks like a computer tower).
And that’s it. Pretty good episode, if you ignore the fact that I am now blind after seeing Gretchen frolicking around in a school girl outfit whilst simultaneously flirting with Pad Man. Let us never speak of that again.
My grandfather thinks that things are getting pretty complicated. His favorite part was when Sucre was praying for Michael. It touched his inner devout Catholic.
Written by: Clarissa