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The Rules of Amtraktion

On ''Prison Break,'' Sara and Michael have a private moment on a train; meanwhile, Haywire and C-Note get in trouble

Sarah Wayne Callies, Prison Break | SARA, SMILE The doc almost perked up while making out with Michael
SARA, SMILE The doc almost perked up while making out with Michael

''Prison Break'': Sara and Michael have a moment

A moment fans have been waiting for — perhaps more than the escape, more than the moment when the whole conspiracy will blow up — was Sara and Michael's reunion. And...they didn't even make out at the train station?

Okay, that should have been expected. Things were too tense at the moment, and they did enjoy a hug before Sara filled the brothers in on how Kellerman nearly killed her. But Sara shouldn't even have had time for all of her creepy Kellerman flashbacks and deadly rage on the train en route to Chicago; Michael should have been all over her. She was sitting in a train car with her almost murderer — the girl needed her hand held and then some.

Their private make-out session (just before the train hit a roadblock, of course) was swell enough; it was good to see Sara smile again, but that smile was short-lived. She professed her forbidden love for Michael (like it even needed to be said — she ruined her life for him), which she never would have confessed to if she hadn't lost her father and been left completely alone in the world. It wasn't the worst response, but it wasn't the best either. Later, when Michael told her, ''Me too,'' the poor man's response, you could see in Sara's eyes that she was unsatisfied. And possibly for good reason; as guilt-ridden as Michael is over hurting Sara, he's been detached from his emotions and playing games for so long that he can't know his own feelings. He said it himself: All he has is faith, and that might be all he has room for right now. He's going to have himself a good cry when this is all over, but until it is and he does, things with him and Sara could remain unresolved and chaste. (With that said, I hope that's not true.)

Sara's disappointment was paralleled by Kellerman's. His phone calls with the president obviously did not go as well as the lovelorn and fired agent had hoped. As some of our message-board posters predicted, that was not the president on the line. (Who else suspects that the secret answer to Kellerman's 35th-birthday question was that the president didn't go to any restaurant with him?) Now that he knows he won't be the chief of staff, what will Kellerman do now?

As sketchy as the whole Chicago trip seemed, I half thought that the train worker whom Kellerman patronized repeatedly was responsible for calling the police. (Instead, he was recklessly used as bait for the police. Those people could have been shot!) Kellerman's behavior was so erratic that the train worker had every reason to think he was a liar. And seriously, how many times will Kellerman abuse that expired FBI badge?

Bellick may not even get the chance to abuse his. In addition to freedom, which he theoretically deserves, Bellick got a temporary promotion, but his service under Mahone might pass even more quickly than his conviction and incarceration. Mahone was right to congratulate Bellick for using women to track the escaped male prisoners, but Bellick obviously misunderstood what being a mad dog meant, and he and Mahone are going to have problems.

And problems keep finding C-Note. He can't even get a sandwich without the diner he's in being held up. C-Note managed to keep the other diners safe by working with and then against the robber, and he found his freedom again when the grateful waitress let him escape out the back door, but much like his daughter's medicine, C-Note's luck can't last much longer. Previews for the next episode show C-Note and Mahone crossing paths, and one has to wonder whether Mahone will kill his kid.

Killing kids is T-Bag's forte, and even he's been avoiding that lately. Though saying, ''I'll go unlock the kids and make us all breakfast,'' comes close to that level of monstrousness. As usual, T-Bag was able to put on the charm in front of strangers, wowing the welcome-wagon woman with his brunch, his (one) handyman skills, and his fictitious church work. His strong parenting with Zach wasn't even criticized; after all, ''without a strong father figure, a young man just might end up in prison.'' Ultimately, T-Bag was too good at pretending and made his first guest want to invite the whole neighborhood over to his house. Now that T-Bag has taken his makeshift family on the road, he can avoid women's book clubs, but it will be harder to avoid detection unless he keeps his school-aged stepkids under complete lock and key — oh wait...he will.

On the flip side, Sasha (also known as John Ritter's daughter from 8 Simple Rules) is freer than ever before because Haywire killed her abusive father, and her first instinct was to protect the criminal when questioned. Her second instinct, however, was to tell Bellick the truth, or else he wouldn't have found Haywire and his homemade boat. But Bellick has a lot to learn super-evil-secret-agent-wise; he let the cops and bystanders show up, much to Mahone's chagrin. Mahone didn't even feign a reach for Haywire (or rather the stunt man with the much darker, department-store-Santa-long beard who jumped in his place). Haywire's death was sad; of all of the escapees, he's had the least amount of choice when it came to committing his crimes. (Even Lincoln was of sound mind when he agreed to kill someone, though he never actually did it.) Bellick could not have been more horrified. It's possible that the former CO has a conscience after all.

So what do you think: Will Bellick refuse to go along with Mahone's plans? Does Michael really love Sara, or is he just feeling guilty? What (if anything) is inside that private cigar box? And which reunion are you more excited to see — Sucre and Maricruz's or Michael and Warden Pope's?

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Originally posted Feb 06, 2007
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