Prison Break (2005–2017)
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The Prisoner's Dilemma 

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


Guy Ferland


Paul Scheuring (created by) (as Paul T. Scheuring), Michael Horowitz

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Purcell ... Lincoln 'Linc' Burrows
Wentworth Miller ... Michael Scofield
Paul Adelstein ... Paul Kellerman
Rockmond Dunbar ... Benjamin Miles 'C-Note' Franklin
Robert Knepper ... Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell
Mark Feuerstein ... Jacob Anton Ness
Inbar Lavi ... Sheba
Augustus Prew ... David 'Whip' Martin
Numan Acar ... Abu Ramal
Marina Benedict ... A&W
Steve Mouzakis ... Van Gogh
Bobby Naderi ... Mustapha
T.J. Ramini ... Cross
Kunal Sharma ... Sid
Faran Tahir ... Jamil


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) See more »

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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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Best of the new batch so far
21 June 2017 | by lorddnarbsySee all my reviews

Well that was fast. They're already out of prison. Okay. Lacks build-up or cleverness but okay. I did actually enjoy this episode. For the first time during it's new run I was engaged in what happened. It was fast-paced, well edited and the story gave us a couple of twist I did not expect to happen (so soon in the season). I'm a bit worried that they will go all out with the conspiracy crap (Poseidon) and I really hope it doesn't become a fast repeat of that A-team bullshit from the fourth season.

Because we're already out of the prison, the show has lost it's most interesting concept pretty fast without using it to their advantage for an engaging story. Overall a decent thrilling episode and the best of the new batch so far.

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