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Friday, March 6, 2009

Prison Break: Selfless

This episode on Prison Break, Michael got his hands on Scylla, only to be blindsided by a major betrayal. Once the dust cleared, one of the good guys was left dead.

After a steady, careful and arduous approach, Michael lays his hands on Scylla. Instantly, an alert is sent to the General, his security camera activated. The General hurries down to the chamber with his guards... only to be ambushed by Linc, Mahone and Sucre, the instant they exit the elevator. Tripping the alarm was Michael's plan all along, as it brought the elusive sixth card to Scylla. Using all six cards, Michael accesses Scylla, which is an external hard drive.

Meanwhile, at the trap set by Gretchen....

Self and "Trishanne" (aka special agent Miriam Holtz) are bound and held captive by Feng. They get into an "argument" which is actually a diversionary tactic so Self can unlock his cuffs, seize one thug's gun and take down two of the others. Trish gets free, and ends a Self-Feng showdown by gunning down the Asian. Self says he would have preferred Feng be kept alive — very much so, I later will learn.

After taunting Lincoln with information about his father, who allegedly was an executioner for the Company, the General inquires as to the gang's extraction plan. "Do you expect to just walk out of here?" he scoffs. As a matter of fact, yes, says Michael — seeing as Sara, over at the Angels of whatnot event, has gotten the drop on Lisa. Er, that is the General's daughter. Bombshell time! And that was a good one.

Meanwhile, at GATE....

T-Bag and Gretchen try to bide their time, waiting for the gang to emerge from the tunnel, unaware that they opted for an "alternate route." When Mr. White gets wise to the significant armaments "Cole" and "Susan Anthony" are hiding, Gretch gets antsy and whips our her large black... automatic weapon and corrals the GATE staff into White's office. Trishanne shows up in secret, unlocks the doors and tries to discreetly usher the staff out. White, though, gets all wimpy and makes a dash for the exit, triggering Gretch to get crazy with her trigger finger. T-Bag and Gretch run for the garage, where Trish traps her former "boss." Gretchen gets away.

Self meets up with Michael and the gang back at the warehouse, where there is much patting of backs, expressed kudos on a job well done, and celebratory drinks. Sucre even has some goofy line akin to "This beer is extra tasty because of the smell of freedom." (OK, I pretty much made that up, but seriously, those scenes foreshadowed so much imminent, Hot Shots' "Deadmeat"-type doom, it was amusing.) Self orders the transport vans for the gang, then drives off to take Scylla (so thanklessly lobbed into his passenger seat) to the senator he can trust.

But the vans never come.

And Self doesn't go to the senator.

And Michael can't reach Self on his cell.

And the transfer papers awarding Michael et al their freedom are blank.

And Self guns down Trishanne.

Self has sold out, or is anxious to if he can find a buyer for Scylla. And Michael and the gang are left with no resources, vulnerable in the warehouse. Holy double-cross!

Just a few memorable lines and such:
"Lord, I was born a rambling man."
Michael to the General as he opens Scylla: "The frustration must be killing you."
"I'm guess about right now you wish [the Company] framed someone else."
Was the "airport" the exact same set as the "racetrack"?
The "All's Well that Ends Well" book that Michael swapped for Scylla.
T-Bag trying to get Trishanne to say he may have had a future as a legit businessman.

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