Prison Break Season 4 Episode 8 The Price


So Prison Break returns, and I imagine anyone who had watched the previews online of this episode, may have been slightly disapointed by what happens. The attempt to copy the 6th card from the General is cancelled at the last second, something of an anti-climax when we think what might have happened had the plan gone ahead. The emphasis in this episode is on Roland, and his betrayal of the group.


I doubt Roland was ever really liked by Prison Break fans, and his contribution this season has been minimal. That being said, when we see him being shot by Wyatt, we are able to feel some sympathy for the foolish character. Of course it was great to see Wyatt taken prisoner by the group, and Mahone laying into him was also great viewing. It's a shame that we didn't see much more of it this episode, although I imagine next week's installment won't disappoint.


As we approach the halfway point of this season, we see the Scylla storyline evolve before our eyes. Gretchen makes a passing mention that the Scylla card is more than just the Company's black book, and we see at the end of this episode the General give the order to move Scylla, a way to lengthen the time it takes the brothers to get all six Scylla cards. For me, I am a little confused as to where the "break-in" will take place. Is it at GATE? Or another location? I understood that last episode Michael only said that GATE was the location so that he could trap T-Bag? I think my confusion about that area of the storyline stems from the fact that it all dates back to Whistler's bird book in season 3. I guess all will be revealed in due course.


Gretchen working together with the brothers doesn't annoy me as much as I first thought it would, even though it was predictable (not in a good way) that T-Bag and Gretchen would at some point become involved with the brother's plot to get Scylla. What was great was Agent Self stamping his authority on Gretchen and T-Bag, what wasn't great was seeing T-Bag conspire with the receptionist; all the constant back-stabbing and double crossing gets tiresome pretty quickly. Also I don't really want to ask where all the GATE employees have suddenly disappeared to, but I feel that I should. The one guy who suspected T-Bag of fraud has been killed, but what about all the other employees who we have seen bustling around the place in earlier episodes??


We learn a little more about Sara's time in Panama this episode. It turns out that a guard helped her escape, a guard who was then violently murdered by Gretchen in front of Sara's eyes. A great moment in this episode was when Sara holds a knife to Gretchen's throat, and we really don't know whether or not she will kill Gretchen. Personally, I think it would have been terrific if she did, but I guess Gretchen is still set to play a big role in this season.


A number of times in this episode there were times when we felt a character may be set to die. Bellick tells Sucre he has a bad feeling, and that if he dies to contact his mum. Sucre and Lincoln talk about how dangerous their plan is, and in Lincoln's flashback we see that he was nearly killed in the past. And Michael tried to play down the seriousness of his illness to Linc and Sara. So death, or rather impending death, was all around in this episode. And it was Roland that finally bit the dust, but I think it highly likely that more deaths will be coming shortly to Prison Break.


This episode finally seems to give Lincoln a decent part to play, giving him time with Michael, and using a flashback to show us his criminal past. It was great to see Lincoln's concern for Michael, and I really feel that not enough time has been spent this season to explore how the Scylla plot is effecting their relationship. Remember that the emotional depth of the show has always come from Michael and Lincolns relationship, and it would be a shame to see that relation

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Oct 22, 2008 7:06AM EDT

Sorry didn't realise was over character limit. Last sentence should read "...and it would be a shame to see that relationship neglected this season."

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Oct 28, 2008 8:49PM EDT

I imagine anyone who watched the episode didn't need an awful re-iteration of the storyline such as this, and "emotional depth" coming from THE 2 MAIN CHARACTERS...who would have thought?!To Be honest making 4 seasons out of a show based on a prison break has been a stroke of genius on the part of the writers, and i would much rather leave the hidden details till the end rather than presume the obvious

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Oct 29, 2008 8:00AM EDT

My point was that the Lincoln-Michael relationship seems to of been neglected this season, whereas in all of the previous seasons it has been the main focus of the show. So it was nice that it was given a decent amount of attention this episode. And when writing a review I'm always going to be summarising the plot. Care to explain why you think it was "an awful re-iteration"?

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Nov 1, 2008 10:36PM EDT

Sara's time in panama is getting old very quickly. Those flashbacks really ennoy me, they just take time out of the episode. And by the way T-Bag conspiring with the receptionist was the best part of the episode, well it made me laugh anyway 'scylla is worth $1mill' what a joker and the slap around her face was so jokes aswell.

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