Things are starting to heat up on "Prison Break" as the ol' gang inches closer towards uncovering the secrets of Scylla. The double crosses will continue to pile up, and in true "Prison Break" fashion, the body count probably will as well. Before all that though, there is a matter of drilling. Lots more drilling.

Where is Tom Cruise when you need him?

Michael (Wentworth Miller) needs surgery (remember that massive tumor that he has growing on that freakishly genius brain of his?) and he is refusing to get it. Mahone (William Fichtner) tries to convince him to go get the tumor taken out of his noggin while the rest of the gang breaks drills into the Scylla chamber. His persuasion technique includes telling a story about his old boss at "The Bureau" who had cancer and hated sitting on the sidelines. Mahone and others managed to convince the guy to sit out of an operation, and it ended up being successful. It's a touching story (ok, so it's not really all that touching), but Michael is way too much of a control freak to let go of the reigns. Honestly, it is hard to blame him after watching the debacle that ensued when Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) and Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) were in charge last week.

After Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) makes it clear that Michael is endangering his life by not going to the hospital, she goes ahead and injects him with a drug that will temporarily stop his seizures (with the small side effect of killing him if he exerts himself too much). Next is the "Mission Impossible" portion of the program, where Michael, Lincoln, Sucre and Mahone need to break into the Scylla chamber and retrieve that little black device without setting off any of the motion, sound or heat sensors.

This task is accomplished easily (way too easily), even though things get a bit hairy when Sucre almost pulls a Lincoln and sets off all of the alarms. After constructing a makeshift bridge to the glass case containing Scylla, they decide to send Michael across it to open the case and retrieve the precious little box. This makes a ton of sense, since it is always logical to send the guy who has been fainting and/or having seizures into a room filled with motion sensors. So, does Michael get his hands on Scylla, or does his head explode? Let's check in on the rest of the characters before answering that question.

The Gretchen/General romance gets even creepier (if possible)

We get a further look into the vile Gretchen/General romance this week, as Gretch (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) devises a plan to steal The General's card. What does this plan entail? The first step is luring The General (Leon Russom) to her, which she does by sending him a provocative picture of herself dressed as a naughty schoolgirl. Apparently The General, like The Colonel from "Boogie Nights," likes them young. Really young. It is also worth noting that after nearly a season's long absence, the lipstick is back. Oh is it ever back. Guess we now know why Gretchen was lipstick girl last season - Bozo the Clown turns The General on.

After meeting with Gretchen, The General immediately realizes that she is double crossing him. He pulls a gun and almost shoots her, but she convinces him not to by talking about their daughter and telling him how much she loves him. The General then says something about being broken hearted, and tells Gretchen that he will kill her if he ever sees her again. Then he heads off, presumably to the local private school to try and score a rebound.

T-Bag's conflict

T-Bag (Robert Knepper) continues to wow his boss at Gate with his solid work. His boss is so impressed that he offers to let T-Bag take a seven day cruise (where there is a potential to earn $50,000 in commission). The Bagster must turn down the offer because of his commitment to Gretchen and Scylla, but it pains him to do so. Later on, he laments to Gretch about the missed opportunity, saying how well he fits in at Gate. He seems to be genuinely conflicted, although he eventually decides to continue on with his allegiance to Gretchen. It is a mistake that he will undoubtedly end up regretting by the end of the series.

Meanwhile, the Gate Secretary, who is working with Agent Self (Michael Rapaport), continues to spy on T-Bag and Gretchen. She is oblivious to the fact that her sloppy work has alerted the clever Teddy B of her true identity, and so she thinks she has found a hot lead when she listens in to a phone conversation that he is having with Feng, the Scylla buyer. She and Self head to the rendezvous point where T-Bag and Gretchen are supposedly meeting with Feng, and are shocked when they realize that it is a setup. Feng and his men easily overpower the two of them and tie them up. Uh-oh.

Reaching Scylla

After cutting through the glass case without setting off any alarms, Michael reaches out and touches Scylla. Doing this sets off a silent alarm and The General is immediately alerted of their presence. He rounds up a bunch of Company men and takes the express elevator down to the chamber. Meanwhile, Michael, oblivious to the possibility of their being any sort of alarm on Scylla itself, just lies there and fondles the little black device. Feel free to take all the time you need Mikey. No rush.

Looks like there will be a big confrontation between the gang and The General next week. How will it play out? Any thoughts about the "big twist" that is promised in the last five minutes of next week's episode? Leave a comment!

Story by Derek Krebs

Starpulse contributing writer