Burn Notice

USA (ended 2013)
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  • Spies don't get fired; they get burned. Michael Westen has received a "burn notice". Dumped in his hometown of Miami, Florida, he's been left in the cold with no money, no job and no information. With no job history, cash or credit, he becomes a private eye with the skills he picked up as an intelligence operative. With the help of his old friend, the drinking, womanizing Sam Axe, and his gun-running, trigger-happy ex-girlfriend Fiona, he makes people's problems go away. But when he's done, Michael's biggest problem becomes finding out who burned him and trying to get back into the game. Burn Notice is produced by FOX Television Studios in association with Fuse Entertainment and filmed on locations in Miami.moreless

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  • S 7 : Ep 13


    Aired 9/12/13

  • S 7 : Ep 12

    Sea Change

    Aired 9/5/13

  • S 7 : Ep 11

    Tipping Point

    Aired 8/22/13

  • S 7 : Ep 10

    Things Unseen

    Aired 8/15/13

  • S 7 : Ep 9

    Bitter Pill

    Aired 8/8/13

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeffrey Donovan

    Michael Westen

  • Gabrielle Anwar

    Fiona Glenanne

  • Coby Bell

    Jesse Porter

  • Bruce Campbell

    Sam Axe

  • Sharon Gless

    Madeline Westen

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  • Quotes (1294)

    • Michael: (voice-over) It doesn't matter how much training you have. A broken rib is a broken rib.

    • Michael: (voice-over) People with happy families don't become spies. A bad childhood is the perfect background for covert ops. You don't trust anyone. You're used to getting smacked around, and you never get homesick.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For a job like getting rid of the drug dealer next door, I'll take a hardware store over a gun any day. Guns make you stupid. Better to fight your wars with duct tape. Duct tape makes you smart.

    • Fiona: A spy is just a criminal with a government paycheck.

    • David: Are you a soldier? Michael: Uh... no. Sort of. David: My dad says you're here to help us. Michael: Yeah, I might be. I just need to talk to your dad about some money first. David: Then are you gonna shoot the people that robbed Mr. Pyne? Michael: No, no. That shouldn't be necessary. David: What if they shoot at you? Michael: Well, in that case, it would be necessary, so yeah.

    • Oleg: You're real Michael Westen, yes? Michael: Yeah. Oleg: Back home, your story Russian Intelligence tells to scare. They say you're one name for many people. Special Operations team. They think, one person cannot make so much problems. Michael: Nope. Just me.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Airbags save a lot of lives, but they also put you out long enough to get your hands cable-tied to the steering wheel.

    • Fiona: Any thoughts on to why you're so unpopular? Why didn't they just kill ya? Michael: I might be a lesson, a warning. Maybe somebody wants to offer me a job, but they want me desperate, before they make the offer... It could be a lot of things. I don't know.

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    Notes (192)

    • International Show Titles: Czech Republic: Status: Nežádoucí (Status: Unwanted) Slovakia: Agent (Agent)

    • Awards and Nominations 2008 – Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay (won)

    • Original International Air Dates: Australia: January 15/22, 2008 on TEN Brazil: October 2, 2007 on AXN Czech Republic: February 06/13, 2008 on Prima New Zealand: November 4, 2007 on TV3 Sweden: February 17, 2008 on TV6 Germany: September 28, 2009 on Vox United Kingdom: October 5, 2008 on FX Finland: January 25/February 1, 2010 on MTV3 Slovakia: February 12/15, 2010 on JOJ

    • This episode was sponsored by DirecTV and originally aired advert free on USA Network.

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Totožnost (Identity)

    • Original International Air Dates: Brazil: October 9, 2007 on AXN New Zealand: November 11, 2007 on TV3 Australia: January 29, 2008 on TEN Czech Republic: February 20, 2008 on TV Prima Sweden: February 24, 2008 on TV6 United Kingdom: October 12, 2008 on FX Germany: October 5, 2009 on Vox Finland: February 8, 2010 on MTV3 Slovakia: February 16, 2010 on JOJ

    • When Michael gives the newspaper to Bruce, the journalists who wrote the cover story (Craig O'Neill and Jason Tracey) are the writers for this episode.

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Bojuj nebo uteč! (Fight or Run!)

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    Trivia (139)

    • When Michael pays Enrique, he holds the money over the envelope but in the next shot, Michael is pressing down on the money in a different place.

    • After getting off the phone, Michael sees the cops watching him and he pays the two boys to "distract them". After that, when Michael is riding away on the bus (smiling), you can clearly see a reflection of the boom on the left side of the screen in the windows of the bus.

    • When David is fighting the bully at the end of the episode, he stands up suddenly to headbutt the bully as instructed by Michael earlier in the episode, however you can see that his head does not make contact with the bullies.

    • This is the only episode where Madeline Westen has her hair grown out and not cut short.

    • Michael's sunglasses are made by Oliver Peoples.

    • The U.S. Department of Defense's Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms defines a burn notice as: "an official statement by one intelligence agency to other agencies, domestic or foreign, that an individual or group is unreliable for any of a variety of reasons".

    • When Fiona and Michael are sitting down to have dinner with his mother, you can see that the strap on Fiona's dress is off her shoulder, but then in the next camera angle the strap is on her shoulder.

    • Michael's hand on the mug (after it being given to him by Cara) changes position between shots.

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    Allusions (19)

    • Madeline: Well, remember when you were six and Daddy locked you in your room and wouldn't let you see the Star Wars movie. Well, you just pulled up the floor and sneaked out the heating vent. Star Wars was created by George Lucas in the 1970s.

    • Sam: Good afternoon, Miami PD. I'm Detective Cagney. This is Detective Lacey. A reference to the CBS television series Cagney and Lacey, which starred Sharon Gless (Madeline Westen) as NYPD Detective Chris Cagney.

    • Sam: I don't want to do anything to compromise my pension. If I don't have it, you'll have to take care of me when I'm 95 and drooling into my pillow. Michael: Don't worry I'll smother you with my pillow before that happens. Sam: Thanks you're such a good friend. This is an allusion to the end of the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest when Randle has been reduced to a drooling simpleton by a lobotomy. Chief Bromden then smothers him because he can't stand to see him that way.

    • Remington Steele Mike's alias "Steve Remington" and the plain business cards both allude to the 1980's light spy drama Remington Steele, starring Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist.

    • Mike picks Homer as his cover name as a nod to Virgil's name - both are epic poets of Greek and Roman myths. Virgil, the later poet, modeled his famous poem, the Aeneid, on The Odyssey and The Iliad, Homer's most famous works.

    • Sam: Spider-Man. A reference to Marvel Comics' Spider-Man. Bruce Campbell, who plays Sam, appeared in all three Spider-Man films.

    • Anwar: (measuring Michael with his eyes) You are Westen? I thought you would be taller. This line alludes to the character played by Patrick Swayze in the movie Road House. As Dalton, a notoriously tough bouncer, he was always hearing this line from people who knew of him by reputation only.

    • Sam: I said I was a freelance, super hero, Robin Hood type of guy. Referencing three of Bruce Campbell's previous works, Jack of all Trades, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.

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  • Fan Reviews (214)
  • All time classic

    By zinodvd, Oct 11, 2015

  • Best Show On TV In The Last 20 Ever! *CONTAINS SPOILERS*

    By drockrocks, Apr 11, 2015

  • One of the most underrated shows ever

    By KateTheAwesome, Jul 13, 2014

  • Fan Too Late

    By SnoGryphon, Jul 07, 2014

  • Looking for those sun glasses..

    By maamerican, May 26, 2014