Guess what, folks? It's season finale time. It may have come a little abruptly this year, but like the fall and spring finales of the past, this installment of "Prison Break" effectively tied up several loose ends while setting up some intriguing plotlines for the future. In other words, it accomplished what any good finale should. And, of course, it did so without sacrificing the over-the-top acting and far-fetched storylines that we know and love.

The Exchange?

Things pick up right where they left off last week, which is the "Prison Break" way. Michael (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) are chasing after the increasingly shady Whistler (Chris Vance) who bolted at the end of the previous episode. After a fast-paced car and foot chase, Whistler foolishly believes that he has outsmarted the brothers and escaped. Silly Whistler, no one outsmarts the brothers (or at least not Michael). He then proceeds to call Gretchen (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) and tells her to pick him up. His moment of triumph is short-lived, however, as Lincoln proceeds to appear out of nowhere and slugs him with a patented Linc the Sink right hook. He hadn't punched anyone in about 34 minutes, so it was due.

Michael sets up a new meeting place with Gretchen - in public. She acquiesces to his demands and proceeds to show up wearing more caked on make-up than ever before. The glare from her bright red lipstick alone is actually painful to the eye. What do you use Gretch, one tube per lip? At the face to (painted) face meeting, Gretchen compliments Michael and then gives him the standard Company recruiting pitch. Somehow, Michael is able to stand his ground and turn down their great benefit package and company matching 401(k).

After seeing that LJ (Marshall Allman) and Sofia (Danay Garcia) are still alive, Michael explains to Gretchen that the exchange will not take place where they are. He cleverly sets up a second meeting inside of a museum (metal detectors, no weapons, etc.) and the trade goes through. We find out what everyone suspected all along: there are no coordinates and Whistler is a part of the company. His exact role, however, remains mysterious.

Sofia naturally feels betrayed and distances herself from the Whistle Man, and Linc is right there for the rebound. He did promise to take her to Paris, after all. Unfortunately, before he can sweep her away for the romantic journey, a gunfight breaks out and Sofia gets shot. Out of the 100 or so people outside, of course it was Sofia who got shot. Of course.

What about Sona?

So what about the action is Sona? Well, things are not looking so good for Sucre (Amaury Nolasco). He spends nearly the entire episode getting the Bellick (Wade Williams) treatment, meaning that he gets pummeled mercilessly by the guards. He does not give up any information, and after getting buried alive (briefly) he is thrown into Sona.

Meanwhile, T-Bag (Robert Knepper) seemingly shows loyalty to Lechero (Robert Wisdom) by rescuing the big guy from a beat down at the hands of unhappy inmates. Now that Lechero's rule has ended, the inmates are finally beginning to get some payback. The slimy southerner swears fealty to Lechero and then tells him that they will be able to buy their way out of Sona. Together. The only thing that Lechero needs to do is to call his girlfriend/prostitute (the "nun") and ask her to bring some money.

Once the call is made, T-Bag reveals his true intentions, and Lechero realizes that he is going to die. Lech accepts his fate and allows himself to be smothered. T-Bag then meets with the nun, and she gives him the money he asked for. She caresses his wooden hand while telling him that she owes him and will wait for him. T-Bag is confused by his feelings for her because she isn't a prison inmate or a child.

T-Bag then gets up on a soapbox (figuratively and literally) and proceeds to give a rousing speech about prison equality. He is quite the orator. He then hands out the money to the inmates, immediately winning them over. T-Bag's plan didn't involve getting out, it involved taking over. And like most plans that T-Bag formulates, it worked. Very well.

Where do we go from here?

Lincoln wants to ride off into the sunset with LJ and Sofia, but Michael isn't ready to walk away. He still feels the need to go after Gretchen (for decapitating Sara) and sets off on a Charles Bronsonish solo revenge quest. His only leads come from the mysterious briefcase that Whistler had been keeping stored in his house.

Speaking of Whistler, he is definitely a major player in the company. He meets up with Mahone (William Fichtner) at a bar and asks Mahone if he is "in." Apparently, Mahone and Whistler had been talking secretly back in Sona, and Whistler revealed his true persona to ol' Alex back there. Mahone replies that he is indeed "in." By the way, a shout out has to be given to Mahone's awesome Yau-Man hat. He must be a fan of "Survivor."

Things are set up nicely for season four (assuming that a season four actually happens). The trio of Gretchen, Whistler and Mahone is intriguing, and their storyline has potential, as does Michael's vigilante mission. Things are also looking interesting in Sona, where T-Bag and Bellick are now reunited with Sucre. Now all we need is to get C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar) to inexplicably come to Panama and get locked up and things will really take off.

T-Bag Quote of the Week

His entire "All cons are equal" speech. Someone just got elected most popular guy in Sona.

What did you think of the season finale? Is Whistler in charge of the Company? What do you think will happen next season? Comment!

Story by Derek Krebs
Starpulse contributing writer

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