"We're not breaking out of anything!"Breakout Kings
is an American drama television series created by Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead, of Prison Break
fame. The show is based on the adage that it takes a thief to catch a thief. This time it takes the Best of the Worst to catch the same.
Three deputy U.S. Marshals form a partnership with three convicts to apprehend escaped prisoners. In return for their services, the cons will be transferred to a minimum-security prison and have one month taken off their sentences for each fugitive they catch. If any of the cons themselves should try to escape, all three will be returned to their original maximum-security prisons and their sentences will be doubled
tries to catch fugitives within 72 hours
of their escape, before they "get lost in the wind" or before they can cause too much collateral damage.
Set in the Prison Break
verse, Breakout Kings
has also been called "Leverage meets White Collar
", or "Thunderbolts
The show was cancelled after two seasons in May 2012.
This series provides examples of:
- In That Order: Lloyd, in regards to T-Bag; "But of course, he was incarcerated for raping and killing a bunch of teenagers... not necessarily in that order."
- Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: Oliver from "Steaks" was sent to prison for a joyride that went wrong. He was repeatedly raped, and became a torturer and murderer on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Happens "There Are Rules", when the white-collar criminal who masterminded the prison break of the week pulls a gun on his relatively violence-oriented accomplice, and the latter tries to Hannibal Lecture him:
"...you got a problem, Ronald. You got nobody to pull that trigger for you. This is a job you can't delegate. You gotta actually dirty your hands for once, and we both know that—" BLAM
- Killed Off for Real: Charlie.
- Large Ham: Lloyd.
- Living Lie Detector: Lloyd. He's a highly-intelligent behaviorist, so it's to be expected.
- Look Both Ways: In one episode, one of the five convicts who broke out of prison tries to escape Ray and the others by sprinting across the street, at which point he's nailed by a passing bus.
- The Mentor: Ray, to Jules.
- Mission Control: Jules, often with Lloyd.
- The Mole: Colburn in "Where in the World is Carmen Vega?"
- Momma's Boy: Lloyd, though some of the things he says may point to Mommy Issues as well.
- Monster of the Week: Escaped Con of the Week in this case. Lampshaded by Ray in "SEAL'd Fate," when he introduces the "Scumbag of the Week" to the gang.
- My Beloved Smother: See above; he's not afraid to say that he hates her.
- Noodle Incident: It's not outright stated as why Lloyd's in prison, but he was serving a 25-year sentence before he got on the task force, and he's lost his medical license.
- Until it is. Lloyd wrote illegal prescriptions to pay off his debts, and one girl committed suicide swallowing a handful of Percocet from one of them. He still beats himself up over it.
- Not So Different: Ray is an ex-Deputy U.S. Marshal who, contrary to what he told the cons, stole money to buy his daughter a car, and lost his job after he was convicted for it. He has been appointed as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal, allowing him to carry a weapon, but is currently on parole - a fact that he keeps hidden from the cons until Shea finds out. After Charlie's death, he is reinstated to his former position.
- N-Word Privileges: Shea stops doing business with Carmen Vega partly because she tried to get him to sleep with her and partly because she called him a "word he doesn't allow people who aren't black to call [him]".
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Or rather, Obfuscating Failure. Ronald Barnes in "There Are Rules" deliberately plans for all of his co-conspirators to get captured, so the Marshals will think his plan is coming apart.
- Orphaned Punchline: Lloyd's "tasty joke" from "There Are Rules":
The kid's crying, the mom is naked, and then the party clown says, "Now that is what I call a 'balloon knot'!"
- Outlaw Couple: Mars and Starla in "Fun with Chemistry".
- Painted-On Pants: Erica's civilian attire.
- The Perfect Crime: More like the perfect murder, actually several of them. Erica is in prison on weapons charges, but she actually killed five of the six men responsible for her father's death, but did it flawlessly and was never caught for it.
- Ronnie Marcum, the runner in "Self-Help." He started a fight with another inmate, sent a fake anthrax letter to the warden, and used the panic to escape long enough to kill some old friends blackmailing him. He then managed to sneak back into prison, having been gone for just a few hours, claiming to have been hiding from the other inmates in the confusion of the anthrax scare. The team doesn't get their month off because they couldn't prove he ever escaped. Marcum doesn't win, though — they get him on a murder he committed as a teenager.
- Potty Failure: Invoked by Emmy in "I Smell Emmy" so she could escape from her prison van drivers.
- Prison Rape: The younger runner in "Steaks" was a victim of this, and escapes prison to kill the rapist.
- Put Your Gun Down And Step Away: In the pilot episode, the US Marshals corner the escaped convict only to find out that he is wired a little girl to a bomb and is holding the detonator. The senior agent orders his partner to lower his gun and when he does the senior partner shoots the criminal in the arm which causes him to drop the detonator.
- Rabid Cop: Ray has moments like this, including threatening to burn a suspect's genitals with a cigarette lighter in "Like Father, Like Son".
- The Reveal: The cons eventually find out that Ray is no longer a US Marshal, and Shea ends up calling him out on it. Ray reacts in anger, calling out the cons on their various crimes and revealing exactly why Lloyd is in prison.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: On the law side of the team, we have Charlie, a former marine who has been restricted to desk work for six years due to a heart defect. Ray's aggressive style of policing cost him his badge and earned him a criminal conviction. Then we have Julianne, who suffers from panic attacks and other problems that forced her to give up a promising future. The cons consist of a former gang kingpin, a brilliant profiler with a gambling problem, and a woman who can and will hunt you down and kill you if you cross her.
- Recruiting the Criminal: The main premise of the show revolves around this.
- Redneck: Beaumont and the Patriot Front in "Like Father, Like Son."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Charlie is the Blue Oni who is "intellectual, proud, traditional, introverted, and cultured" and his mystery is his heart condition. The passionate, determined, defiant, and more brawny than brainy Ray is the Red Oni.
- Right Wing Militia Fanatic: Christian Beaumont and the Patriot Front in "Like Father, Like Son".
- Running Gag: EVERYONE in "Where in the World is Carmen Vega" thinks Flo-Flo's name is stupid.
- Shout-Out: In one episode, Shea and Erica pose as the law to get some information. The cover names that Shea comes up with on the spot? Rakim and Erica B.
- Shrinking Violet: Julianne is a mix of this and Broken Bird. The Shrinking Violet part comes from her severe social anxiety.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Lloyd, when speaking to a villain they've just caught who made a lifetime out of victimizing people after he gives his Motive Rant.
- Lloyd: "Some machines just come out of the factory broken."
- Smug Snake: Beaumont in "Like Father, Like Son." Andre in "One for the Money."
- Snowball Lie: A convicted child molester is revealed to be a victim of this. Only one victim was actually assaulted, and the guilty party was her own father. She was forced into blaming her teacher. The other "victims" were kids caught up in the hysteria.
- Spiritual Successor: to Prison Break. It's set in the same verse, and features crossover characters.
- Sticky Fingers
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: While making a point about approaching a situation from an alternate angle, Shea denies ever stealing money from a rival gang by breaking into their hideout from next door.
- Title Drop: The name "Breakout Kings" is suggested for the team in the pilot by Shea, who even designs a graffiti tag logo. The cons like and use it. Ray and Charlie keep protesting that it doesn't fit because "we're not breaking out of anything".
- Tonight Someone Dies: Several previews have trumpeted the idea that one of the crew members will get killed off during a hunt. So far they've all lied.
- The commercials for Season 2 seem to have a bit more weight on this trope...
- Confirmed. Charlie's dead.
- Too Dumb to Live: Lloyd might be an extremely smart guy but he lacks the street smarts to survive in prison. He keeps insulting people and unable to control his gambling habit, and thus he owes money to the wrong people. He needs to stay on the team since in a minimum security prison he at least has some chance of surviving.
- Tsundere: Erica, Type A, toward Lloyd. Subverted, somewhat, in that she's mean to everyone, including him. She just happens to show him kindness once in a while.
- Underside Ride: The escapee in the pilot episode escapes this way.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension : Lloyd and Jules.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Jules
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Philly, from the Pilot episode, was originally on the task force. She, however, neglects to inform the authorities that she has over a million dollars in her bank account that she didn't get legally, and is thus sent back to her original correctional facility. Erica is her replacement.
- Gunderson, the bounty hunter from the pilot and another original Breakout King. He doesn't even make it into the field, though he makes a cameo appearance in "Off the Beaten Path."
- Wham Episode:
- The Season 2 premiere
- The series finale.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Lloyd takes Ray to task at the end of "Cruz Control" for using him to kill Cruz instead of letting him talk the guy down.
- Would Not Shoot a Good Guy: The team are surprised when an escaped convict does not hurt people when given the opportunity. Based on his past crimes he should be acting violent and unstable. He was wrongfully convicted.
- Wrongfully Accused: Joe in "Out of the Mouths of Babes."
- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: When Lloyd calls his mother to tell her about the deal, all she says is "You could have been so much more." Then she hangs up.
- You Need to Get Laid: All of the team in Episode 9; Erica in particular is quite "manmished".
- Zorro Mark: In "Steaks", Oliver brands his initials on to two of his victims.