Sad Times On 'Prison Break'
From torturer to torturee
Picking up from where we left off, the gang has captured Termie (Cress Williams), and they are trying to coerce him into calling The General (Leon Russom) and telling the big dog that everyone is dead. That will allow them to break into The Company facility and obtain Scylla in peace. There is a difference of opinion as to how they are going to accomplish this feat.
Lincoln's (Dominic Purcell) preferred method is to repeatedly punch Termie in the face, hoping that he will make the call. This accomplishes nothing other than allowing Termie to make a few calmly delivered sarcastic remarks, as he turns up his nose at Lincoln's plebeian torture techniques. He's probably thinking, "why waste time punching someone when you can just stick a bathroom bucket in their face?"
Meanwhile, Mahone (William Fichtner) desperately wants to exact his revenge on Termie (who killed Mahone's son in case you have forgotten), but is forced to wait until they get Termie to make the call. When that doesn't happen, Agent Self (Michael Rapaport) uses a fancy computer to record bits and pieces of Termie's conversation and fashion a message that says something along the lines of "they're all dead." Once they get the recording and call The General, Self tells Mahone that he will look the other way and leaves him alone with Termie.
Mahone tortures Termie for a little while, and his methods (involving long needles being jammed into fingertips and a battery attached to the heart) are much more effective than Linc the Sink's brute force technique. He eventually gets Termie to call his wife Pam and apologize for killing their son. After the phone call Mahone takes Termie down to the river (with the requisite cinderblock attached of course). Termie starts to tell Mahone how they are the same, but doesn't get a chance to finish. Mahone simply pushes him into the water and he sinks to the bottom. Unless one of Termie's superhuman abilities is not needing to breathe, it appears like we have seen the last of the show's most formidable villain.
The Tunneling Continues
While Mahone is killing Termie, Michael (Wentworth Miller), Lincoln, Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) and Bellick (Wade Williams) are off in the bowels of The Gate Corporation, tunneling towards Scylla. This continues the longstanding "Prison Break" trend of having some form of tunneling/digging involved in each and every season. They encounter a gigantic water pipe which they can't go under or over. So they must go through! They manage to shut off the water, but only have an hour to make holes in the pipe and insert a smaller metal cylinder, which will allow them to travel back and forth once the water starts up again. Yes, it doesn't really make much sense, but who cares. The logistics of why they need to do what they are doing are unimportant…all that matters is that they need to do it. You should all know that by now.
While that foursome is tunneling down below, T-Bag (Robert Knepper) is trying to cover his tracks on the surface. It seems that the fiancée of the Gate employee whom Gretchen (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) killed has put out a missing person's report, and both T-Bag's boss and a detective have questions. T-Bag, in his own special devious and deceptive manner, manages to take care of things. He has his secretary friend put the dear departed employee's name on all of the suspicious Cole Pfeiffer accounts, and then brings that information to his boss. The boss, rather than risk opening up his shady organization to audits and other investigations, sends the detective on his way, and that is that.
Meanwhile, as T-Bag is dodging bullets up above, the gang is busy tunneling, hammering, cutting and lifting down below. Miraculously, Sucre is more than able to assist in all of the heavy lifting and hammering without the slightest signs of discomfort, despite the fact that he had been shot and badly injured in last week's episode. With the water fast approaching, two of them must get into the tunnel and maneuver the metal cylinder from inside. Lincoln and Michael volunteer, but Bellick tells Michael that he is in no condition to help and goes in instead. This action, combined with Bellick's earlier talk about how everyone else has something or someone to live/fight for, pretty much seals his fate. The water begins to rush in, and Lincoln jumps to safety on the other side of the tunnel, screaming for Bellick to follow him. Bellick, in a moment of uncharacteristic selflessness, replies that they will never get to Scylla if he flees. He heroically jumps into the tunnel and secures the cylinder (using superhuman strength previously restricted to Termie), thus ensuring his own demise. Seconds later the water comes rushing in, and Brad Bellick, the ultimate coward, heroically stands his ground and gets washed away into oblivion.
RIP Brad Bellick
Let's take a moment to look back at Bellick's character arc, because the character really has been on an extraordinary (and extraordinarily unbelievable) journey.
In the beginning he was a brutal and corrupt captain of the guards at Fox River Penitentiary, where he had a penchant for dipping fast food hamburgers and fries into an accompanying milkshake. He was fired for incompetence and corruption following the breakout, and nearly killed himself before learning that he could become a bounty hunter and bring the Fox River 8 to justice vigilante style. Teaming with fellow disgraced CO Geary, Bellick the Bounty Hunter went searching for the Fox River 8, only to find himself right in the middle of the hunt for the DB Cooper money. The two former guards outsmarted T-Bag and found the money, but Geary betrayed the trusting Bellick and took it all for himself. Geary is subsequently killed by T-Bag, who then framed Bellick for the murder, and Bradley found himself on the other side of the bars in Fox River.
It seemed like it was over for Bellick at that point, until Mahone approached him about becoming his "junkyard dog" and let him out of prison. Bellick went back on the hunt, beaming because he had an FBI badge and could say things like "Brad Bellick FBI" or "Brad Bellick, I'm with The Bureau." He eventually found himself down in Panama with everyone else, where he was arrested and conveniently sent to Sona. After wandering around in a diaper for a couple of episodes, Bellick eventually gained some clothes (and some dignity). He was sent to the "circle of death" not once but twice, and survived both times due to resourcefulness. He was left behind when Michael escaped, but eventually was released with Sucre when a convenient off-screen riot shut down Sona for good. And that brings us to the present. Bellick, overjoyed at finally being included as part of the gang, slowly realized that everyone else around him had something or someone to live for. In the end, he sacrificed his life for a cause so that he could make a difference in someone else's life as well. Some may say that Bellick's heroics were out of character, but those people are not looking closely at the essence of who the man was. At the core, Bellick was a lonely, cowardly man, with no friends and no purpose in life (other than working as a CO). With his many adventures came perspective, and the joy of finally being included as a part of the team made him realize how good it could feel to have a purpose. With his sacrifice, he finally found that purpose. /eulogy.
Ok, enough with the sappy stuff. What about Gretchy-poo? Well, to make a short story even shorter, she goes to see The General with a gun raised. When she gets there, she and the old man have a nice little chat, and we get some Gretchen backstory (she used to be in the police academy in West Virginia, and was kicked out for displaying sociopathic tendencies). It was these tendencies that attracted The General, and at some point, Gretchen became "his girl." Any ambiguity in the statement is cleared up when the two start to make out, and The G-Man asks about Gretch's kid. Guess we know who daddy is. Eww.
Quote of the night:
"I've already been a lot of things worse than dead in my life doctor."
-Termie to Sara
What did you think about last night's episode? Thoughts on the two deaths? Will The Company successfully move Scylla? Leave a comment!
Story by Derek Krebs
Starpulse contributing writer
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