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The Prisoner's Dilemma 

Michael must make a difficult choice when he feels he has run out of options.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Sara Tancredi (credit only)
Fernando Sucre (credit only)


Michael, Whip and Ja make their last attempt to break from Ogygia, but must make a deal with the devil to do so. Lincoln races against the clock to help with the escape, as T-Bag meets with Kellerman to gather more info on Michael's resurrection. Written by sarah_l91

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25 April 2017 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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The prisoner's dilemma is a standard example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two completely "rational" individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. It was originally framed by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher working at RAND in 1950. Albert W. Tucker formalized the game with prison sentence rewards and named it, "prisoner's dilemma" (Poundstone, 1992), presenting it as follows:

Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no means of communicating with the other. The prosecutors lack sufficient evidence to convict the pair on the principal charge. They hope to get both sentenced to a year in prison on a lesser charge. Simultaneously, the prosecutors offer each prisoner a bargain. Each prisoner is given the opportunity either to: betray the other by testifying that the other committed the crime, or to cooperate with the other by remaining silent. The offer is: If A and B each betray the other, each of them serves 2 years in prison If A betrays B but B remains silent, A will be set free and B will serve 3 years in prison (and vice versa) If A and B both remain silent, both of them will only serve 1 year in prison (on the lesser charge) See more »


Michael Scofield: Ramal, you want to rethink helping us? Escape has to start from your cell!
Abu Ramal: All you infidels can go to hell!
Michael Scofield: We are *in* hell, Ramal. Question is do you want out?
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Oh My God .. !!
26 April 2017 | by (Egypt) – See all my reviews

after last two episodes i was afraid that the season is going down , but after watching this episode i can say that i was wrong .

this episode is really great one just like the great ones of season 1 at the old series , i swear you will enjoy watching it .

it's full of surprises and many exciting things . can't wait to see the next one .

rate 9.5/10

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