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Michael and Lincoln decide to test the trustworthiness of Sucre, using
a fake cell phone, to check whether he will rat Michael or not. John
Abbruzzi is pressed by his mobster associate Philly Falzone and changes
the approach with Michael, defending him against T-Bag. Meanwhile,
Veronica calls off her wedding with Sebastian and seeks out Leticia to
reopen Lincoln's case. LJ Burrows is sentenced to visit his father in
Fox River once a week as part of his punishment.
In "Cell Test", Michael reaches his intent of approaching to Abbruzzi but loses two toes. Veronica is near to discover the truth, but the poor Leticia is reached by the despicable agent Paul Kellerman. Lincoln's son seem to be connected with his father, and in the end, the only thing that matters is love. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Teste do Celular" ("Cell Test")
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In here though, you face your fear. You open that door, and there's a
hundred more doors behind it. And the monsters that are hiding behind
them, are all real.'
This third instalment, directed by frequent contributor to '24', Brad Turner, maintains the frenetic pace of previous episodes. The plot, written by one of the show's executive producers, Michael Pavone, sustains the tension the audience have become used to, and has four separate strands. The first of these relates to Lincoln's coming to terms with arrangements for his forthcoming execution, and whether he wishes anyone dear to him to be present at the end. This sets the scene for a highly emotional reconciliation between Burrows and his estranged son. The second story thread concerns the continuing shaping of Scofield's plans for the escape attempt, and in particular, the need to ensure the trustworthiness of his cell- mate, Sucre. As such, the brothers concoct a test of his fidelity involving tempting this lovelorn inmate with the one item he desires above all else; a mobile phone. However, though he passes the test, this plan backfires when Sucre realises he has lost his conjugal rights for a fake made of soap, and the true nature of Scofield's plans. Not wishing to sacrifice his parole and a chance to lead a normal married life with his fiancé, Sucre requests a transfer to a different cell. This episode marks this character's entry into the hub of the action, having merely served as a minor irritant and diversion up to this point. The third element of the story takes us back outside Fox Rover, where Veronica is attempting to persuade the girlfriend of the deceased witness to come forward with evidence to squash the murder charges against Lincoln. Though her appearance within the show is brief, Adina Porter, later to find greater celebrity in 'True Blood', leaves a lasting impression as ill-fated Leticia Barri, whose trust in our crusading lawyer leads to her capture and silencing in a backwoods execution. The final and most gripping story-line centres on John Abruzzi's struggle to find the means whereby he can extract the information he so desires from Scofield. This has become more pressing since the visit in the previous episode from his concerned mafia associates who will also pay a high price should Fibonacci survive to testify. The audience are left in no doubt as to the seriousness of the threat to Abruzzi and his family posed by Philly Falzone, played with a masterful sense of control by Al Sapienza, already familiar to us in a similar guise as the main rival capo faced by Tony Soprano in the first season of that landmark show. At Falzone's behest, and in recognition of the failure of the use of torture to make Scofield sing, Abruzzi tries a new tack. As such, he decides to co-operate with Scofield in his plans to break out of Fox River, and as a goodwill gesture has 'T-Bag' severely beaten. In interview Stormare has revealed that the main attraction to the role of Abruzzi was in the changing relationship the character develops with the main protagonist, Scofield. As the most internationally recognisable member of the cast, Stormare adds real star quality to the acting credentials of the series, and relishes his role as the ruthless anti-hero. Yet, the show's cliffhanger has the arrival of Scofield's new cell-mate, 'Haywire', whose unhinged exterior appears to make more evident the array of monsters who Scofield had spoken of to Dr Tancredi at the episode's opening.
Michael's plan is getting harder to pull off as things are not quite going his way. While he does not talk to Abruzzi and loses a few toes for it, he is rewarded for his persistence as Abruzzi makes a deal with him. Meanwhile Veronica is going down the rabbit hole as she starts to investigate details of Lincoln's set up. We learn just how dangerous, immoral, and ruthless the conspirators are and what they are capable of doing. A touching scene is included with Lincoln repairing his relationship with his son as his final days are coming to an end. This episode had some unexpected turns and a few explanations that I had been looking for in the past. It was exciting like the past episode and the actors were all on top of their game. As far as cons go there were a few small details that seemed inaccurate and Veronica was kind of annoying, but with that being said it was still a good watch.
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