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Going Under
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Directed by: Michael Switzer
Written by: Karyn Usher
Airdate : 800px-Flag of the United States.svg December 8, 2008
Airdate : 800px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg December 9, 2008
External Recaps : IMDB


Season Four Episodes :
 1. Scylla
 2. Breaking and Entering
 3. Shut Down
 4. Eagles and Angels
 5. Safe and Sound
 6. Blow Out
 7. Five The Hard Way
 8. The Price
 9. Greatness Achieved
10. The Legend
11. Quiet Riot
12. Selfless
13. Deal or No Deal
14. Just Business
15. Going Under
16. The Sunshine State
17. The Mother Lode
18. VS.
19. Son of A Bitch
20. Cowboys and Indians
21. Rate of Exchange
22. Killing Your Number
23. The Old Ball and Chain
24. Free
Episodes from Season: 1234


SynopsisEdit

Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) meets with General Krantz (Leon Russom) in his office and agrees to the deal being offered; in exchange for Lincoln helping to retrieve Scylla, the Company will give Michael (Wentworth Miller) the life-saving operation he needs. With Sucre alongside, information tortured out of T-Bag (Robert Knepper) in hand and the Company providing off-site support, Lincoln follows the trail of Self (Michael Rapaport) and Gretchen (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) across Los Angeles as they try to evade surveillance and meet with their buyer for Scylla. When the exchange finally goes down, Lincoln and Sucre arrive just as the buyer betrays and shoots Self. He gets away with Scylla while Gretchen and Self are caught. When they return to the Company's headquarters, Sucre takes his leave and promises to meet up with Michael and Lincoln again down the road. The General is angry that Lincoln let the buyer escape, and orders Lincoln to work with Gretchen, Self and T-Bag to retrieve Scylla.

Mahone (William Fichtner) is being transported to federal custody by Agents Lang (Barbara Eve Harris) and Wheeler (Jason Davis). Using his knowledge of FBI regulations, Mahone forces Wheeler to let him stop at a restroom, and while there he steals a pipe. Later, during the drive, Mahone uses the pipe to escape the moving FBI sedan and flee into the woods on foot. Lang is able to catch up and threatens to shoot Mahone, but he calls the bluff and walks away. When Wheeler arrives, Lang lies about which direction Mahone fled in.

While Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) watches, the Company surgeons operate on Michael using a surgery technique that Sara has never seen before. While under the effects of anaesthesia, Michael has a dream of being back in his cell at Fox River, where his wall is covered in photos and documents about the events of the series. He also sees a vision of Charles Westmoreland (Muse Watson) that gives Michael cryptic clues about Scylla and the Company. Phrases overheard while spying on the General and the cardholders, particularly the word "bargain", keep popping out at him, but he has only just seen these clues when his body begins to flatline, and it's only his memories of Sara and her words that seem to snap him back to reality. Later, once he's awake, Michael is able to put together the clues and tell Sara what he's realised; Scylla is not a record of Company agents and operations, but instead a database of the most cutting edge scientific knowledge in the world. The word "bargain" referred to the chemical elements "Boron" (B), "Argon" (Ar), "Gallium" (Ga) and "Indium" (In), which would be combined as part of a revolutionary solar power technology. Michael claims that the kind of knowledge Scylla contains would be vital to scientific and cultural development, and with it, the Company has leverage over the rest of the Western world. People want Scylla not to destroy the Company, but to become the Company.

When Lincoln returns, Michael tries to impart what he's learned but Lincoln doesn't care. He isn't concerned with stopping the Company, only with protecting his family, likening his deal with the Company to Michael's original plan to break out of Fox River. He also shares another revelation, one learned from the General's files: Michael and Lincoln's mother also worked for the Company. Michael pleads with Lincoln not to help their enemy, but Lincoln, satisfied that this action will keep his brother safe, leaves Michael in his hospital room to rejoin the hunt for Scylla.

CriticsEdit

"It’s difficult to remember a show which stumbled so badly in the middle of a season."
The TV Critic's Review

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