Prison Break

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Sobell: B- | 2 USERS: A+
Oscar Shales -- definitely dead!
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Previously on Prison Break: Linc demonstrated that when you hit your own kid, it's abuse, but when you hire someone else to do it, it's love. Also, Michael and Sucre spent a lot of time getting wet together. They're now registered at Sur Le Table.

We open at the Blanding Botanical Gardens. Michael pops into view, then rolls up his sleeve to check his tattoo. What, does he now have the taxonomic tree for kingdom Plantae inked on his right arm? "Okay, I know all the plants here are in subkingdom Tracheobionta, but I always get confused after that -- are the ferns in Filicophyta or Pteridophyta? Is that why there's this pterodactyl on my arm?"

Oh, how I wish. We don't get a very good look at what clue Michael got -- I think it's a low, clustered flower -- before he's off to bluff his way onto the volunteer gardener team. He tells another volunteer that manager Jimmy Madan said he could change shifts, then sprints off. Michael then heads over to a flower labeled the "Apache Desert Ghost." It's probably a succulent of some sort, but what sits wrong with me is how the rest of the garden appears to be devoted to our little friends the Pteridophyta, and ferns are not exactly the stars of the desert landscape. What sort of botanical garden is it that sticks a desert succulent in the middle of a humid, wet landscape? Haven't these people ever heard of root rot?

But Michael has bigger things to worry about than a botanical garden full of ig'nant landscapers. He has to worry about a botanical garden full of FBI agents. What tips him off is the floral photographer who's dumped half a pack's worth of cigarette butts on the ground: in addition to this being boorish behavior, it's also a tip-off that the guy's been there a while and is clearly waiting for something -- or someone. Michael turns around and casually begins strolling away. That is the cue for several volunteer gardeners to stand up and casually begin following him. The photographer joins him, and we get confirmation that yes, he's an agent sent to stake out Scofield.

Then the chase is on, only it's not so much a "chase" as it is "a bunch of guys doing purposeful, yet elaborately casual race-walking." Michael cleverly puts an elementary school class between himself and the agents, then begins running through what looks to be a shade garden. He then goes through what appears to be the Mediterranean garden -- I spy what looks like some salvia and penstemon -- then ducks behind a row of eucalyptus. The faux-tographer sees the white sweatshirt and beige vest that all the volunteers (real or otherwise) were wearing. He draws his gun and orders the guy to freeze. Unsurprisingly, it's not Michael. Scofield lives to stare another day!

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