On ''Prison Break,'' the evil government agents kill two people who try to foil their plots: Mahone murders Tweener, and the president's men stage the governor's suicide

By Kate Sullivan
Updated October 03, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

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”Prison Break”: The bad guys take two victims

When the show opened with T-Bag holding a knife to Mommy’s neck, and the cop daughter putting her hand on her gun, all signs pointed to T-Bag being the first person killed in this episode — that is, if it hadn’t been so obvious that Governor Tancredi was playing a dangerous game in the last episode. (I called that death last week! Ask anyone! Well, ask people who know me.)

The key to figuring out who lives and who dies on this show is determining their usefulness. The writers had Abruzzi’s usefulness to the other prisoners expire right before he did, and whether Michael and Co. like it or not, T-Bag was still useful this week. You need an actual crazy guy in your on-the-lam crew. Criminals like C-Note and the brothers are too polite and good-at-heart to endanger anyone. (C-Note even wanted to leave before they got the money — so sweet, and so ineffective.)

But I think T-Bag’s time is limited. Now that the criminals are splitting up again, it’s going to be every man for himself. No one has a soft spot for T-Bag, and his stamina has got to be wearing down. It is a scientific fact that it takes more energy to be insane than sane. Yeah, okay, that’s a lie. But it is a scientific fact that having a dead hand attached to your arm doesn’t do a body good. For TV justice’s sake, I hope T-Bag is caught, but because Robert Knepper’s performance is so outstanding, I hope he is not. (I’m sure many of you feel the same way.)

Now Governor Tancredi is worth more dead than alive — in the PB-usefulness equation, that is. I’m not judging him as a man or anything, though come to think of it, he was a huge jerk. Tancredi’s death might lead a reporter to get into the mix now. It’s just the right time for someone from the outside world to get curious about the governor’s loss of the VP nomination, his subsequent “suicide,” and his daughter’s connection to the escaped prisoner who supposedly killed the current president’s brother. It’s a great story if you’re only reading the surface of it; do some real reporting and damn…

Veronica and Nick Savrinn are gone; all the more reason that a semipro needs to step in to help Sarah solve this mystery. But it seems that a suddenly sympathetic Agent Kellerman might be of use here. You know he isn’t going to let Sarah die under the guise of a staged overdose. There has to be a person of authority who commits at least one empathetic act. From Bellick and Kellerman to C-Note’s Army superior (who dishonorably had him dishonorably discharged), the people who were supposed to be society’s good guys have perpetrated some of the most heinous offenses. And now Mahone is among them.

When Mahone told Tweener that a murderous escapee caused him to completely “break from reality,” I finally realized how dangerous he might be in later episodes — but I didn’t expect him to be dangerous in this episode. Earlier this season, Mahone seemed crazy in the kind of way you’d want an FBI guy to be crazy — hyperintelligent and obsessed with his job — not fresh off the train from Crazytown crazy. (I can already see him screaming, “Where are the bodies? Where are the bodies?” to some confused innocent bystanders.)

When he pulled over after Tweener’s visit to his ride-share girlfriend, I was terrified. And then he cryptically said, “I got nothing against you, kid, but they do,” and shot him up plenty. (Looks like Dave Apolskis won’t be writing to that freckled cutie after all.)

See: As soon as Tweener grew the balls he didn’t have before, and refused to rat the fellas out, his usefulness to the show and to them ended. He had done his job.

But has Haywire? He seemed far too with it when he was stealing supplies and talking to that cane-using store clerk for a man who an hour later thought he was going to live in a windmill in Holland. (And here we were all thinking that he was connecting that windmill to the silo!) Maybe his occasional sense will return to him, and he’ll remember that he was supposed to be headed somewhere, the way he remembered the mystery of Michael’s tattoos. It would be an interesting curveball though, if this was Haywire’s story arc in it’s entirety and the show just left him on that beach.

The real mystery now is where the show will leave Sucre. When he gave the cop daughter her pills but then said, “I’m not a good guy,” he was telling viewers the future. He is going to be a different man from now on. He’s going to steal the money and get violent with Michael — and maybe some other people too.

So what do you think? Will Sucre hurt someone while on the run? Will T-Bag live free long enough to get himself a new hand? Were you surprised that Governor Tancredi and Tweener were killed in one episode? And is Lincoln going to get caught trying to save LJ?

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