The latest episode of Prison Break aired on March 5 and was called “Sweet Caroline” for the nastiest reason. Let’s get right to the recap to see what happened to Michael, Linc, and the other cons.
Michael: Michael puts everything on the line by going to the site of President Reynolds’s speech in order to try to talk to her. He passes her a note as she’s shaking hands with spectators, and that little move gets him picked up by the Secret Service. Soon Kim is in the room beating on him, but fortunately Reynolds gets the note, which says, “We have the tape.”
She makes her way down to where Scofield is being held and calls Linc (at Michael’s behest) in order to hear what the tape says. It’s a conversation between her and her late brother Terrence Steadman that not only takes place after Linc supposedly murdered him, but also alludes to incestuous relations between the President and her brother. Terrence refers to his sister as Sweet Caroline at on point — thus the episode title.
Michael demands a Presidential pardon for himself and Linc as a condition of not distributing the tapes to the media. In addition, he demands that President Reynolds announce the pardons on live TV so that there can be no going back on her word.
But right before Reynolds ascends the podium, Kim accosts her and says he also knows her secrets so she’s not safe either way. Caroline promptly announces that she’s dying of cancer and will therefore resign the presidency, effective immediately.
Linc: Lincoln spends most of the episode waiting around for Michael. In addition to fielding Reynolds’s phone call and playing the tape, he calls in a favor from an old friend who gets him three tickets to South America via the Great Lakes. Then he sits back until Michael returns.
Sara: Sara was just sitting in the hotel room waiting to go meet Michael and Lincoln. Suddenly, Mahone barges in and he soon starts questioning Sara about the whereabouts of the brothers. Of course Sara says she doesn’t know anything, at which point Mahone starts popping pills. Sara seizes on this opportunity to play the whole “It takes one to know one” addict angle, which Mahone actually seems to listen to.
Sara manages to grab Mahone’s unattended gun when he seemed distracted and was able to escape. Little did she know that was all part of a setup to get her to lead the FBI to the brothers.
C-Note: A prison guard noticed C-Note hanging from the rafters and managed to get him down in time. Later on, C-Note talks to a differen FBI agent who guarantees that his family will be protected if he gives up information on Mahone’s tactics.
Sucre/Bellick: Bellick finds Sucre’s aunt’s house in Mexico and is about to take the con in when Sucre proposes a deal: forget the $100,000 Bellick is supposed to get for Sucre’s capture. Why not go after the $5 million that T-Bag left at the airport? Sucre just happened to see T-Bag on the Mexican news and figured out that he must not have the money in his possession anymore. Bellick looks ready to agree.
My Reaction: I thought this was a great episode. It focused heavily on Michael and Lincoln, which is obviously the show’s strong point. The other cons got very little screen time and deservedly so: their stories are clearly secondary and don’t need to distract from the main plot. The episode flew right by with all the action and tension regarding the presidential pardon, and I found that I actually enjoyed myself for once.
The only thing I didn’t like about the episode was the whole incest angle. I mean, how many times is this sort of thing going to come up on prime time television this season? Couldn’t the writers come up with a more devastating secret? That’s just nasty.
Anyway, I thought this was a quality Prison Break episode. Now that a presidential pardon is out of the question, it’ll be interesting to see what the boys do next!