TV SEASON FINALES
`Prison Break' lives up to its title
May 16, 2006
"Teammates," convict Theodore Bagwell (Robert Knepper) said with his habitually nasty smirk, "'til the end."
Well, not exactly. They're off. And running. But not together and not happily, all left behind after missing their plane. (Moral: When the airlines say come early to the airport, they mean it.)
After spending all season conniving to escape, the "Prison Break" inmates are on the lam, frantic and, in some cases, going their separate ways. In Bagwell's case, the separation included the severing of his hand, a stunt by John Abruzzi (Peter Stormare) to shatter handcuffs binding Bagwell and Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller).
Scofield's love (and abettor) Dr. Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies) appears dead of a self-inflicted overdose. The U.S. president is dead, too, meaning the wicked witch of a vice president (and the convicts' secret enemy) is in power. Though next season seems set up as a kind of choral version of "The Fugitive," Monday's season finale made for non-stop suspense, not to mention a tragicomic tweak, as loopy "Haywire," abandoned by the rest, sailed blithely down the road on a stolen bicycle.
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