On ''Prison Break,'' the brothers tape a statement for the press -- and Sara -- which also inspires the president to make nice with Kellerman

By Kate Sullivan
January 30, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST
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”Prison Break”: The brothers go public

During the ”Previously on Prison Break” opening, I was all ”Yeah, Haywire!” but his return resulted in yet another crime that would never have happened had Michael not been so intent on saving Linc.

In the long run, Haywire’s clubbing an abusive father (most likely to death) will be worth it if Michael and Linc will expose the big bad government for having ties to a secret society of corporate interests known as the Company — but let’s just hope the brothers get that far. With Kellerman swooning after his phone call from the president, it seems the brothers chose the wrong rogue federal agent to trust. I felt bad for Mahone when Michael exposed all of his killings in the video. Mahone was so sympathetic in the last episode, after his son was hit by a car and the agent decided to bite the hand that beat him. But this episode, Mahone just kept losing. Internal Affairs is on him again (of course they are!), and his staff does have a problem with the way he does things because the way he does things involves secret phone calls and lye-filled graves in his backyard. He has been a little too crazy — we know that — but it’s been a long time since we’ve seen him pop a pill out of his hollow pen. Now most of his murderous rage is directed toward people who are in the way of our main characters. (And yet he’s still looking for the main characters.)

Meanwhile Kellerman can do whatever he wants. He is really getting the most out of that FBI badge, flashing it all over the place and making getaways, this time with a cameraman hostage. That Michael and Linc would force their body language to lie in the video seems counterintuitive. The truth is so mind-numbingly shocking that I don’t think anyone would have noticed their secret codes, but all that blinking and arm crossing means the story is going to sound less credible the second time they tell it.

Not that the first telling got that much notice. The president was too busy (cough, on Brothers & Sisters) to comment on the tape. Maybe it was understandable that she didn’t have time to discuss her brother’s murderer’s latest escape because she was talking to iron workers, but was she too busy to respond to accusations that she’s in league with corporate-based terrorists? And no sooner had she called Kellerman than she said she had to go. She couldn’t possibly be talking to more iron workers! Word is the president will return in upcoming episodes, and I expect reactions and long conversations from her, for a little while. The Michael-and-Sara-like togetherness that Kellerman craves can’t happen between him and the president; one of them will betray the other (again) or one of them will die.

Sucre lives in hope that he will find togetherness with Maricruz. Too bad he was a thousand miles from where he needed to be, on a Mexican bus gawking at an old woman’s bread (he must be starving!) and making small talk with a kind old widower. Suddenly, his overwrought love for Maricruz is cute again. Cute enough that the widower took pity on him and told him to add finding grace to his to-do list, but after finding his girl. But seriously, you know what’s worse than eating alone? Splitting your chicken with a guy who steals your car. I think Sucre should have taken that lonely old man on a road trip.

Speaking of lonely, that female federal agent could not have driven Sara’s pathetic life home any harder. Saying that Sara’s credit card was full of charges for ”single movie tickets” was a burn, but adding that her ”OB-GYN records tell us she’s had very little in the way of sexual relations recently” — that was icy.

Icy, but hilarious, was the infirmary nurse who turned down Bellick’s try at Michael-esque charm when he asked her to leave the door open for him. It was especially hilarious because Fox River prisoners seem to be able to come and go as they please. How did that scary guy sweep his way into the infirmary to threaten Bellick? Also a little hilarious was the preview for next week’s episode, which showed Mahone calling Bellick a ”junkyard dog” capable of taking down Michael and Linc. Mahone has to be putting him on, right? Bellick used to live with his mother. And it was easy for him to have power when he was the boss of a small contained space. Out in the world, Bellick is a failure. If Bellick can find the brothers again when a genius like Mahone can’t, then the show will become unrealistic — in a less fun and engaging way than it already is, I mean.

So what do you think: Will Haywire have a first mate aboard his raft? What will Mahone do if he finds the brothers? What do the brothers need Kellerman for now? Will the president find herself even more in the dark soon, like in a deep, dark grave? And would the story of a ”janitor” dead in a motel room be buried if he was killed by the country’s most wanted men?

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