Someone needs to tell the FOX promotion department that telling the audience that the last five minutes will be "shocking" is far less effective when the title of the episode is already too suggestive. It doesn't take much to figure out that either Agent Self will be killed or circumstances will force the Escape Squad to lose his protection. Thankfully, it was a little more complicated than a simple killing.
The episode, in my opinion, was a massive example of irony. We have Michael pulling off one of his best (and most brutal) gambits yet, getting one over on the General without missing a beat, only to be completely outplayed by Agent Self on the cusp of total and final victory. Now, not only is Scylla still out there, but the Escape Squad will have the Company and Homeland Security breathing down their necks.
It's a great plot twist, because it's so damned infuriating. There was no chance that the war against the Company would be won this early in the season, but this really puts Michael and the gang behind the eight ball. Michael in particular has the most pressing situation. His chance to resolve his medical situation has all but disappeared.
All of which happens at the same time that T-Bag finds his chance at legitimacy dashed against the rocks. Granted, who would be stupid enough to leave automatic weapons hiding in plain sight, when they're already sitting within reach in that nice little bag? And one would think that they would come up with a story before someone came in and asked a few basic questions. But the writers did give T-Bag that moment of regret, where he was left to wonder what might have been.
One thing I definitely like is everyone's self awareness about themselves, individually and as a group. The task of retrieving Scylla gave them a reason and a desire to overcome differences and see the best in each other. It also gave them time to recognize what the past several months has done to change them. Michael accepts the darker side of Sara, because he too has lost much of his early innocence. Would the Michael at Fox River even recognize the Michael now on the run?
Definitely the perfect way to start off the second half of the season, and as anticipated, it should serve as the beginning of the end. One way or another, Michael is being forced to find a way to bring this to a close, once and for all. The question is whether or not heâll live to see that end.