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Prison Break: Scylla/Breaking and Entering

scylla.jpgATV Guy: "What's wrong? You eat some bad Mexican?" T-Bag: "Something like that."

"Prison Break" certainly likes to mix things up from season to season. With the exception of the kill count, the characters usually stay the same. The story, on the other hand, is always up for grabs. However, there's one thing we can always count on: Unless your name is C-Note, there are no happy endings -- at least not yet.

Season four kicks off and Michael is back in the U.S. He is also planning for his possible death. How he got there, how he got a new office, a gun, and even a suit are a total mystery. However, it was a long episode, kids. Let's just hit the highlights.

Shortly into the episode, Michael discovered what we've known all summer: Sara is alive, well, and well... somewhere. She escaped The Company, so Gretchen stuffed a dead head in a box and sent it off to Lincoln. She must have known he would be too freaked out to ID it.

Maybe Linc will do better at IDing Gretchen or Whistler. Both were picked off in the episode's first 15 minutes... or were they? Read on.

Apparently, Whistler was not Company after all. When he double-crossed Gretchen, she found herself on the other end of a gun for a change. That gun was being held by Wyatt, who could be this season's Kellerman. Before we find out that Whistler was actually a good guy, Wyatt gave him two in the hat. Since he wasn't able to track down his sidekick, Mahone... well, Wyatt decided to pay his ex-wife and kid a very unpleasant visit.

Linc decided to stick around Panama for bit, to play house with LJ and Sophia. This lasted about all of five minutes before he shot a guy dead in the middle of the street. The guy was apparently a Company man. To save his little family from being on the run even further, he turned himself into the cops at the scene.

One would think Michael would swoop in to save his big bro once again. However, he got pinched on the streets of Chicago. This is where we meet this season's new good guy, Don Self (Michael Rapaport). Self is Homeland Security and was working with Whistler, as well as Michael and Linc's father... and well, look how great those partnerships worked out.

Self explained that Whistler was on a mission to make a copy of Scylla. Scylla is "The Company's little black book." Self now wants Michael to score him some Scylla -- or do time.

Here is where we could use a recap. What exactly would Michael be doing time for? Isn't all forgotten from the first season? We certainly know that he didn't kill or injure Sara. However, the show isn't "Spring Break," it's "Prison Break." He's got to be in it or avoiding it. This season, we are focusing on the latter.

There was a lot going on in this episode. To clear up some of the clutter, they pretty much wiped last season's slate clean. Sona burned down, which was a convenient way of getting our remaining characters out and on screen. Sucre teamed up with Bellick, and the two got pinched pretty quickly. Mahone was found at his ex's house. Self's team was almost complete; it was a regular "Prison Break" family reunion.

Before he could make the deal, Linc and Michael made bail, thanks to Sara, who we finally got to see -- head and all. However, all is not well, and soon The Company sent a message via a bullet through Sara's window.

Linc: "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"

Michael was probably thinking about fugitive sex, but shortly after that, he gave Linc a, "Let's end this." The show or The Company? It doesn't matter; our fourth season finally has purpose.

A face that might be missing from the reunion photo: T-Bag. Instead of being the Murdock to Michael's Hannibal, he wants revenge. Instead though, he spent most of the first hour getting the business end of a tire iron, walking through the dessert, and sampling a local "delicacy" named Sancho.

The second hour gave a glimpse at what we can expect from this season: Flashbacks and the crew trying to figure out how to take down The Company. It was also a time to say goodbye another very important piece of "Prison Break" -- Michael's tattoos were burned off. Perhaps we won't see as many long shirts this season?

One thing we will see: Roland, the group's new computer nerd. Something tells me that this guy will talk the "Star Trek" talk necessary to make anything plausible.

This includes Roland's invention of a device that allows the crew to Scylla remotely. It looked like a cell phone, which made it easy for Sara to slip it into a maid's purse. When she went to work, they got the copy. However, the maid also left the device behind, thinking it belonged to her bossman.

So here was the action. The crew needed to get around this Fort Knox-styled home to get back the drive. Instead of trying to bypass the home's alarm system, they just set one off across the street and hoped for the best. Of course, they got the device, but it didn't have all of the info they need. Did you really expect everything to get tied up in the first two hours?

You see... Scylla isn't one card; it's six. Zing! This stress gave Michael nosebleeds. Wait until he finds out... wait for it... that Gretchen is actually alive! Sure they could have saved that tidbit for at least one more episode, but I am guessing there's a catfight to look forward to coming soon.

That's where we're left for now. The premiere packed plenty into two hours. Of course, a lot of it left you shaking your head, but c'mon -- if you're not going to check your brain at the door, you'd might as well get off the bus, right? It was fun, and the season looks like it's going to be a wild ride. I also sense plenty of guns blaring with a very big "everybody's going to die" finale for the show. Strap yourselves in kids! -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on September 2, 2008 12:02 AM
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The Mexican food line was the best line of the show. I don't know that anyone, even T-Bag, would really resort to cannibalism after, what, a day and a half in the desert? Come on.

I'm down with the fugitive sex if Scofield's involved!

What's with Roland's accent? That's gonna get annoying quick!

The producers must have read my Jeers in TV Guide about Scofield's tats and long shirts in the hote Mexican desert! But to laser them all off? It would take more than one session and it's not like his skin is going to look pristine afterwards! I guess this gives the writers a chance to allow Sara and Michael to trade scar stories as foreplay...

-- Posted by: Connie at September 2, 2008 12:28 PM

Ha! I agree with all of that Connie. Here's another thing: Don't you think that kind of tattoo removal would be MAJOR surgery? I mean, I know it's TV -- and it's "Prison Break," but couldn't Michael limped or grabbed his side or something? Had a Band-Aid, maybe??

-- Posted by: Rachel at September 2, 2008 1:04 PM

I forgot to say that every time they mentioned "Scylla" all I could think of was the Police song "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Caught between the Scylla and Charybdis" - Does this mean if there's a Season 5 that it will be around The Company's so-covert-they-don't-even-know-about-it electronic black book called Charybdis?

-- Posted by: Connie at September 2, 2008 1:27 PM

It may have been more plausible to flay Scofield's skin off and have him regrow it back...

-- Posted by: Connie at September 2, 2008 1:30 PM

why is micheal scofield bleeding in season and will be able to finish season 4

-- Posted by: BUWEMBO ASHRAF at October 2, 2008 6:25 AM

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