Burn Notice: Happy Now?

Burn Notice S06E06: "Shock Wave"

Hey everybody, I'm back from an extended leave of absence during which I took time off to study for my GED and recover from several unrelated spider bites. I did not pass (again), yet I am happy to report that the bites have healed into a scar that kind of resembles Bugs Bunny as a gang member. But less about me and more about last night's episode of Burn Notice, "Shock Wave," in which Michael Westen's love for Fiona finally blew up in his face with overall satisfying, albeit sad, results. Suffice it to say I came away from this adventure feeling more emotionally wrought than I can remember being on past Burn Notice excursions, and surprisingly it had nothing to do with Michael's requited love for Fi.

Earlier, we had spoke of GEDs, which reminds me—remember that one guy in high school who sucked to hang out with because he was so humorlessly sprung on a chick? Like, you and your dudes would horse off in the quad and he'd be some touchy ball of rage, ruining all the fun times until she said "yes" to him about the spring formal and stuff. That's Michael Westen this season, and I had maybe one more episode's worth of tolerance left in me for phrases like, "Hey get a grip Mike," or "Relax Westen, you're going off the deep end," before it was time to unplug my white television set on the kitchen island and then go outside and have an existential Cloud Atlas awakening. Which is to say, I was tired of there being no repercussions to Mike's obsession other than behavioral rudeness as expressed via peripheral characters. That something tragic came out of Fi's release was truly a surprise to me, because up until last night it seemed the only negative byproduct of his vengeance was that Westen was being an irritable jerk to his friends and family.

So just when it looked like Mike's romance tantrum was close to an end, some hater from MI-6 tried to throw salt in the "get Fiona out of jail by delivering Anson to the feds" game via threatening to transfer her into British custody (and maybe behead her in the Queen's court?). If that wasn't enough Pearce insisted the CIA back up Michael on taking down Fuller, which meant Sam got sidelined watching after Maddie. Westen reasoned, "Sam is as good as I am. And he accepts domestic beer as payment," but Pearce was not having it. Were there a fishing pole in my hands, I would have reacted the same exact way Sam did by throwing it to the ground. It's funny when someone tries to make an angry gesture out of lightweight objects. "What do you mean I'm fired? Behold my fury as I hurl these feathers and paper clips!" Honestly it looked like Axe was going to get the short end of the plot stick this week, but I'll be damned if I didn't end up enjoying his thread the most. I could not say the same about Fiona's time in Lady Jail, where she bargained with Ayn for the greatest smuggle of all: herself.

The true star of this episode's prison tale was obviously Ayn's thick-ass corn rows. Braids are not cheap in prison, so I'm sure she had to swap something extremely valuable for that tight 'do, like a packet of erasable pens or Crunchy Flamin' Hot Limon Cheetos. Fiona requested Ayn hide her so the MI-6 hater would be delayed long enough for Michael and his CIA pals to come through. In exchange Fiona promised to let Ayn get all kinds of glory and favors for "finding" the wee Irish perp. Hey not a bad deal if you ask me/better than a poke in the eye.

Speaking of things in faces, Michael had designs of putting a bullet in Anson's, after Rebecca clued Michael in to Fuller's next drop-off point: a sleazy motel where some party dudes and babes danced in the parking lot by a car. You know, how most people get rocks off. "Yo guys, I know a hotel with a great parking lot, wanna chill?" The crew worried these kids would draw the fuzz and spook Anson, so Nate stepped in and tricked them all into thinking there were bedbugs.

"We got to roll kids, Mannie say's this place got bedbugs!" One quote of many this episode I will try my darndest to slip into normal conversation. Across town at Maddie's things immediately got action-y as "Bad Checks Barry" showed up with a gunshot wound after catching some heat from Fiona's gun merchants. I love how quickly Sam was like, "Alright yeah let's go find those cooked books," (probably because Maddie's place smelled like cig-farts). The dynamic of this pair was my favorite. Something about how short-tempered and coolly glib Axe got to be around the hapless Burkowski at some point turned into a rad string of one-liners. Unfortunately it was out of the frying pan and into the fire for Sam and Barry as the gun merchants pinned the duo down in Barry's client's mansion.

Back in the stakeout, Nate foolishly ordered an armful of pizzas, causing Michael to fly off the handle. Maybe this is just the little brother in me talking, but I thought Michael was way too hard on Nate here. Come on, he's not a trained professional, he's family. Plus he's doing you a favor. Cut him some slack jack! Also did anyone catch the Adult Film descriptions Nate perused?

I'm sure some writer's assistant worked long and hard on these titles, so they're worth featuring here. Dane's Stains, anyone? I found the description for The Dirty Dalmatian particularly hilarious:

"Squeaky clean Sandra was born with a slight problem: She's covered in spots. She has furiously fought her whole life to be taken seriously. Having just graduated college, Sandra is ready to do whatever necessary to take the fashion industry by storm, even if it means getting her hands dirty in the process. Sandra will prove that spots are always in style."

Meanwhile, Fiona was snug as a bug in her hidey hole.

So cozy, don't fall asleep Fiona. While she entertained herself with whispered Groucho Marx impressions (using the flashlight as a stogie), Sam got a chance to once again flex his skills at turning minimal resources into an illusionary multi-force. One (I) might describe his ability as The A-Team meets that scene from Home Alone where Kevin makes it look like dancing and crap is going on in the living room to ward off Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. I liked this storyline the most because it volleyed from cool stuff to funny lines like a hamster that swallowed a grenade being used as a shuttlecock in a game of badminton. Barry cracked out a good laffer, "I've never climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, I've never seen The Wire, I've never even had a four-way," which made me chortle so hard my eyes crossed and got stuck that way for 42 minutes. FYI, 911 does not have a protocol for resolving this type of emergency, so do not even waste your time. Just breathe. Also, did y'all catch when Barry called Sam's makeshift cannon a "boomstick"? Army of Darkness references are always welcome and a lot of these lines from Axe could have come from the lips of Ash himself. If only Sam hooked a chainsaw to his arm...

In Lady Jail not a whole lot happened, except a spat between the female warden and the MI-6 hater, which I could have watched for a good solid hour, only because I couldn't tell if the lady warden had any teeth. I guess it felt weird because they were essentially the only two "on stage." Interesting, I'll have to watch in the future and see if there are ever any scenes without the main characters in them. Anyway, yo producers, if there is B-roll of this tiff, please send it to me, I want to pitch a show called "Lady Warden and the Brit." Fiona's hiding plan worked like a charm and Ayn got early release. Dope! Ayn, there are great benefits on the outside for small-business owners. Get your haberdash on, girl! Across town, Sam and Barry exploded the house using a dead termite and pocket lint, while the team tracked down Anson to a very classy casino in Atlantic City. To redeem himself Nate cold-cocked Anson and was about to show big brother his handy work when an unknown sniper took down both lil' bro Westen and Anson. The last time my brother held my head in his hands this emphatically was when he tried to make me eat a vomit burrito.

Breaking Bad this ain't, but I was genuinely shocked and impressed at Nate's death being handled so cinematically. That pull-out at the end with Michael and Maddie pain-hugging had me in a frown-quiver normally reserved for re-watching the ending of Six Feet Under on YouTube. Usually the random emotional scenes at the end of each episode have me rolling my eyes, but this one worked because it highlighted just how trivial someone's final day can be (i.e. pizza arguments). As sad as it was to lose such a likable member of the Westen clan, someone important was going down to match the positive of Fi's release with a soul-wrenching negative that could haunt Michael for episodes and possibly seasons to come. Goodbye, Nate—I will always miss your over-articulated head nods, made more so by that rooster's plume of a hairstyle. On a more uplifting note, are there any Bro-lationshippers out there who can ship me up a Nate and Michael montage (set to Vitamin C's Graduation (Friends Forever))?



DEBRIEFING


1. Are you sad to see Nate go, or was it his time?

2. Who shot Anson?

3. Was Nate's death Michael's fault?

4. Were you happy that approximately 20 words crossed Jesse's lips this episode?

5. Will Nate's passing ruin Fiona and Michael's relationship?

6. Will Ayn make it on the outside?

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Nate was totally a douche and refused to cooperate - ever, But he had a heart of gold or perhaps that was his brain. The writing on this show has deteriorated substantially and this episode was all but ridiculous - even Sam's part. But Barry is always fun. The repecusions of this absurd writing I predict will also be quite awful. Ever since The whole Burn Notice thing was quashed it has become painful to watch most of the time as it continues one step forward and three steps back. Even lady jail should have been fun but badass Fiona was also badly written. I predict this show becoming even more of a cartoon of its former respectable self further wasting the talents of Sharon Gless and Bruce Campbell. It's hard to lose with these two but they're managing quite nicely...
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Your posts are painful to read. So I stopped ;)
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I know what you mean voleure.



But I rather like talking to trolls like my good pal Muder.



Ok, so Muder, just wanted you to know... Ooooohhh, I know I'm not the only one who can't wait to see if your "prediction" comes true!! No, really!! I get tingly just thinking about it!!! Make more predictions for us pleeeeeease!! I said please!!

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Security at Atlantic City airport casinos must be pretty bad. Random guy #1 (Nate) attacks random guy #2 (Anson), pulls a gun out of guy #2's belt and taunts him with it. Then proceeds to hold a gun on him directly in front of the casino for 20 or so minutes. Yeah, that's plausible.
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The hourly wage for Atlantic City airport casino security guard is probably around the same as Wal-Mart greeter, so I don't blame these guys for staying out of the fracas/hubbub.
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I see so you assume Nate could find Anson instantly teleport from the casino to the cafe near the airport. I google mapped it the average time, forgetting traffic, from the casino to the airport if you get a cab instantly is 6 mins. He was closer but if he ran flagged a cab got to the airport found the cafe in it your talking 10 mins.



Interesting to note the gps street display does match that airport. They made it all plausible. Nate was with Anson a few minutes at most.
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They were n the middle of shift change. LMFAO
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This shift change suggestion did make me chuckle!
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Okay you guys crack me up with your witty reparte - No, Really!
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Dude, when you use foreign words plus sarcasm in the same troll post? Whoa, yer like, amazing. Write more about how much you hate Burn Notice! We care a lot. No, really, we do. You be all witty and stuff.
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The story line of Anson blackmailing Michael by threatening to send Fiona to prison was great at the start. But thank heaven the Anson storyline has ended. It was getting very drawn out. Michael was becoming a real pain in the ass trying to get Fiona out of prison. It has cost him his brother, Nate. What kind of relationship will Michael have now with his mother? How will she be able to forgive him? Was the sniper, Rebecca Anderson? What is next for the Michael Westen character?
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I fear extinction is eminent...
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I'm not so sure about these Rebecca guesses - I feel like Michael made good with Becky by getting her brother out of the cross hairs
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Who knows where this mess is going. Your questions at the end of the article are more relevent than this show has been of late...
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try as he might nate could just never make michael proud, and he died trying to. pretty tragic and very sad, i won't really miss him since he didn't show up very often, but i'm sad he bit it.
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He was a total screw-up and without redemption - worst written character ever...

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Really Muder? Really? Worst character EVER? Wow, that's a lot of characters you compared him to. I can tell. You be like smart. Write more! No, really!
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i like jesse quite a bit, actually. i didn't like the whole hiding from him the fact micheal burned him, that was annoying storyline but since that he's been a rather enjoyable character.



it was about time that somebody actually got killed because of this whole do what i want or i'll kill everybody you know storyline started.



who shot anson? the magically unheard of before boss of anson.. everybody works for somebody, and besides they need something to end the season with story wise



westen trying to act emotional is painful at times. some of the relationship conversations and acting with him and fiona are just not even worth them trying
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The boomstick line was awesome...Hail to the king baby, and the king is Sam, He's awesome. If he was the the one to go I would kind of lose interest in the show. Sam (Chuck) is a great character in this show and they have made a few "close calls" with Sam this season.



I told a friend if they kill Sam off I'm out, even before they teased us that someone close to Mike was going to die.



Not so sad to see Nate go, thought it wasn't the smoothest explanation why he was even there, no biggie. The end result is the same Nate's gone. (((Waves))) Bye Nate...Snarff....NOT.



Jessie is ok, I kind of got the impression that people don't like him. Whats up with that?
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He's on a very bad show and may be taking the heat for the awful writing which began shortly after his arrival...
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Muder, dude! You're right!!! It's Jesse's fault! I think it's so great that you not only watch a show that's "very bad," as you say, but you also then troll the Internet to do that thing trolls like you do. You rock! No, really! Let's have a flame war, this is better than BN!
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Loved the episode, but had one major gripe at the end that totally took me out of it.



Anyone else notice the 'magic bullet' trajectory? Anson was about 2 feet in front of Nate, the bullet goes through Anson's chest, out Nate's back, but somehow enters through his side? I figured at first when you see Nate's body and he falls with his arm crossing his chest it was to hide the bullet hole, but when you see him on the ground he's got a bloody hole under his arm instead of right in the middle of his chest.



I understand this is TV and all, but that really took me out of the scene and made it totally unbelievable.
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One gripe is very kind indeed...
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Totally! Because you had lots of gripes, am I right? Oh please please I hope I'm right. I need you to love me back... You're the bestest!!
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Did you see the hole behind Nate in the sign, that was about the size of the exit wound in Nate's back. The wound we see is what is visible of the huge exit wound in his back. Or at least that's how it played for me.
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Yeah, I got that - I just don't see an entry wound. Anson is directly in front of Nate and has a giant red stain in the center of his chest. The sign directly behind Nate has a hole in it. To me it looked like they were all aligned, therefore I was expecting to see a hole out Nate's front, not his side.
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Well...the camera was focused on Michael & the team when the shot was fired. Who knows wether Nate turned 2 his side just before...or if it was just special effects oversight? There were a few things n this episode that weren't really thought out...but still a tear jerker
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Yeah, I'm crying for the demise of a once great series - END IT NOW...
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I remember that part from the show too
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Terrific episode from beginning to end. The standoff with Barry and Sam was fun and dangerous to watch, but the ending was absolutely gut-wrenching. Look, Nate may have been a seldom recurring character, but he was still Michael's brother, and since I care for what happens to Michael and his friends, this one hit me hard. I felt so bad for Michael that I nearly cried! I mean how much more does this man have to lose?!! Especially the ending with Michael embracing Maddie. This is why Burn Notice is on my top 10 list of shows.
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He's going to lose his job if they don't figure out how to write better than this. I've been suggesting Maddie and Sam move on to better things because they are worth saving.
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Wait, that first line of yours was like, a joke, right? You so funnie! I LOVE reading your posts. Can't wait till tomorrow to see what you dump here then! No, really!! :)
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"I'm scared" being Nate's final words, just made that scene so much more tragic. I did cry!
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Oh come on it was tragic but not in the way you think - it was awful and stupid
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Why do you have to be the super-douche? we get it you don't like the show, do the world a favor and stop watching it and trolling the other users on their responses. Be A Star...
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Me 2. The tear he shed as he died did it 4 me. As far as cinematic value goes...that was probably 1 of the best death scenes i've ever seen
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Please don't talk...
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Please.... Don't talk. No wait, I meant please DO talk! Tell us more! "Please don't talk", god, how do you do it? Amazing stuff Muder! Keep it coming! No, really!
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True nuff, if next week Michael gets a new dog, its days are definitely numbered.
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Oh, they're numbered.
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I wish USA wouldn't hype up that a character is dying. It would make the twist a lot more surprising and be less disappointing when someone uninteresting dies. (Though I liked Nate, he wasn't nearly as big a character as the hype would have someone believe)
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Totally, it's not like someone who doesn't watch Burn Notice is going to come across that promo and be like "a character I never heard of is going to die? NOW I got to check this show out." And like you said, it ruins the surprise for those who ARE following along. Also, kind of weird to dangle a death in general as an incentive for viewership. What is this, Panem?
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Nascar...
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Murderboy = classic Internet troll. I'm considering just doing nothing but flaming your trollboy dumps for sport. That gets you all excited, I know. Let's do this.
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Well, now I just feel like an ass for previously saying I don't like Nate.



This was a pretty good episode, mostly for two reasons: 1) Sam and Barry trapped in the house was fun, definitely the better part of the episode, and 2) a "good guy" died. Yes, the fact that a good guy died made this episode more enjoyable for me. I know it's a summer show and USA isn't known for it's violent plots, but considering the really high number of dangerous situations Mike and the gang are directly involved in over the seasons, a death gives a bit more credibility. Although, I guess I'm a little worried that Mike will continue to flip over tables and cry about his troubles for the rest of the season.
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Hey, they can't kill Batman either.
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Oh, let me help you feel better about yourself. I never liked Nate and I'm glad he's dead. Long overdue.
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You lie! He's living happily on a farm in maine somewhere...
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I figured that Nate was going to die this episode sometime around the silly pizza argument, and I wasn't really too sad to see him go. He'd become a kinda boring character, ya know? And that whole slo-mo death scene was almost unbearably cheesy.



Also, Flamin' Hot Cheetos come in limon now??? Awesome
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Nate having a kid and a broken family took a backseat this season, so killing him off felt like a bit of a ripoff simply by not having us invested in his latest problem. Also, his inclusion in the mission really felt halfassed, so you knew it was going to be him. That said, his death at least wasn't cheap, they didn't give him a lame "Anson totally got the drop on him" death, it was an out-of-the-blue response that Michael put him in the middle of.



I loved the "Boomstick" line, but that storyline with Sam felt thin, like it needed either 1 more piece of human drama or 1 more sneaky element or a little more cost - although he did kill a bunch of guys which is something you don't see Westen doing often. But while I enjoyed Sam's bit, it could have used one more thing. Oh, and Sam should have gotten his own voiceovers for that part, that would have been out of sight.



Fi's storyline wasn't interesting, it was compelling to watch but it really had nothing to say, it just kind of spun its wheels. Worse though, it missed homing in on the fact that MI-6 had made a deal with the US gov't to screw over Michael and Fi the day Michael was getting close to taking down Anson and freeing Fiona, so hopefully that'll be picked up next episode but the trailer suggested not.
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This show gets way too Mcgyver any more...
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Nate certainly did not go out on top - had a gambling problem, drove limos, got left by his family, then died in Atlantic City



You're right that Sam's thread was self-contained but Campbell handles the spotlight so well I totally forgot there was basically no human drama. I do agree though that if there were something personal at stake it certainly would have added cohesion to the episode as a whole.



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You mean as a HOLE...
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actually whole is correct
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Well done SummreEdwards. Not sure how you refrained from that set up, you're a better man than me. Ok, I'll say it.... Muder, yes, you are indeed an "A HOLE". That was fun!!
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What was the sniper using, a bazooka? That shot left 6-inch wide holes in Anson, Nate, and the sign behind them.
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.50 caliber sniper rifle bullet probably, similar to .50 cal in this one: http://www.ask.com/wiki/.50_cal
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Maybe it was a flying tank.
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I'm thinking...
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That's your comment? That you're "thinking"?!? Spare us please.
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Pretty good episode, but I'm not sure what to think about the stuff at the end. Nate wasn't an important character, and maybe it was a good thing that there were finally some permanent consequences for Mike. But does this show really need permanent consequences? It's not the sort of show you're supposed to take seriously anyway.



If I had been able to take Burn Notice seriously, it would have really bothered me that his mother has to suffer.



What bothers me the most about the shooting is that it probably means that Anson had a boss. I think they have already taken the whole "the people who burned me" stuff too far, so I don't want there to be another layer of that just waiting to be revealed. I'm not saying that it wouldn't make sense, only that I'm tried of it.
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You people who say Nate wasn't an important character are so wrong. He's Michael's brother and Maddie's son and that makes it important...
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You've got a fair point about the possibility of additional enemy layers becoming tiresome, but I do think this show needs permanent consequences so we don't end up going through the same plug-and-play motions each season. I understand there's a certain fun tone to Burn Notice and the fact that Michael can keep a cool head in crazy explosion-type situations makes it seem like he is invulnerable to basic human stuff, but I'd rather see him hung up by his heart than operate as a flawless robotic ass-kicking machine.
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Can we please leave Fi's IRA history in the past where it belongs. Hearing her spout "I never killed innocents" ie. she didn't consider the British Soldiers she killed as innocents, well that ickyness left a right bad taste in an otherwise perfect Burn Notice episode.

Not to bothered about saying goodbye to Nate and can see it causing a rift between Michael and his Ma, which will be partially healed when she's kidnapped in a later ep and Michael risks his life to save her, or at least that's what I think will happen.
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I thought you might be on to something but then there was that, "Otherwise perfect Burn Notice episode," thing which means you weren't watching carefully...
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As someone else said, you're just a douchbag troll. But you're even worse than that. You're boring.
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So glad your back and feeling better, loved reading this.
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Thanks glad to BE back
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yes and i'dont know and ye and no and i'dont think so and i dont care
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1. Sad Nate's gone

2. Someone related to Vance & Simon

3. Yup Michael's fault cuz if he didnt let nate leave the sniper would of killed Anson only.

4. No

5. She will help michael through it Quote ' Fiona i need u more then ever '

6. Ayn will help Fiona on the outside
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1. Are you sad to see Nate go, or was it his time?
2. Who shot Anson?
3. Was Nate's death Michael's fault?
4. Were you happy that approximately 20 words crossed Jesse's lips this episode?
5. Will Nate's passing ruin Fiona and Michael's relationship?
6. Will Ayn make it on the outside?

Thats the questions & i thought it was someone related to vance that shot anson not the Cia. Fiona wont leave Michael she will blackmail when he goes too far but thats as far as she would go
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Yeah I agree Michael's going to take more blame for Nate's death than if his younger brother were an unrelated spy. If Westen has the capacity to get all teary eyed over his locked up girlfriend, than you better damn well believe he's got room in his heart for tons of depression related to having even the slightest responsibility for Nate's death.
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DO NOT APPROACH HIM...
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Seeing Nate go is very hard, mainly because Mike was just starting to bond woth his family again. But with Anson being captured something had to motivate Michael for future episodes. A couple of things to point out tho...(1) How is Nate's death going to affect Sam? If the CIA had let him go, would he have been killed instead? Would Barry and/or Maddie? Or would Nate have gone with Barry & been killed anyway? (2) How is Nate's death going to affecr Mike's relationship with the CIA? After all...it was because they wouldn't let Sam come along he even considered Nate in the first place. As for the rest...Barry's boomstick reference had me cryin I was laughing so hard. I also loved the look Sam gave him when he said it. Mike & Fi are gonna be fine, & her release makes possible future plots involving any number of international baddies. And lastly, am I the only one who thinks it'd be an insanely over the top, yet completely AWESOME plot twist if Anson & Nate's killer turns out to be Larry?
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"How is Nate's death going to affect Sam? If the CIA had let him go, would he have been killed instead? Would Barry and/or Maddie? Or would Nate have gone with Barry & been killed anyway? (2) How is Nate's death going to affecr Mike's relationship with the CIA? After all...it was because they wouldn't let Sam come along he even considered Nate in the first place."



Extremely good points - I like to think that if Sam were in the same position, he'd resort to some kind of protocol that may have kept Anson and himself alive. Then again - they may have never even made contact with Anson because Sam wouldn't be foolish enough to order pizzas and thus get sent away from the mission.



If Nate went with Barry, he probably would have also been killed, because I could see him interfering for Burkowski's protection and being way over his head in the process.



As for Larry being behind it, stranger twists have happened. He does seem to appear each season, and the storyline seems to go back and forth as to whether he was actually killed in the explosion (original newspaper report listed only the two guards killed, but this season Agent Jason Bly threatened to charge Fi' with 3 counts of capital murder).
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I like to think that if they'd written this crap better we'd all be happier...
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And if you stopped writing any of your crap we'd all be happier too. (too easy...)
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I was thinking about Larry but i dont see him surviving the RX Bomb thingy
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Nate was never a big part of the show for me. I'm guessing Anson pissed off a lot of people and it could be anyone. Nate's death is Nate's fault, Michael told him only to keep eyes on him but obviously he had other plans and it got him dead. I think Jesse is a great addition to the show but I think if they gave him more line, I'd end up resenting him. I don't think his dead would ruin it but at least slow down the rate of them 're-connecting' . I would love to see her character again.
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Nate may be responsible for his own death, but I can't see Michael reasoning away his feelings that way.
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You had to wonder how Nate even got to be this old as stupid as he was. And Michael calling him for help was ridiculous - his instints were correct when he tossed him out. The writing is gawd awful...
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Awesome episode. This is exactly why I watch Burn Notice. The Sam/Barry sequences were hilarious, and provided a contrast to the darkness of Michael's mission. The Fiona/Ayn sequences were short but sweet, and I though Fi's plan was brilliant to have Ayn find her. (Though that MI6 agent was obviously an American, his accent was HORRIBLE).



And those final 10 minutes...wow. Even for those that read spoilers and knew Nate was going, it was a shocker. I didn't expect Anson to die too. This brings up interesting new mysteries to Burn Notice, with 4 episodes left this summer and 14 total left in the season. Awesome episode.
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That's funny you mention the accent, I thought something was off there too. I was happy to see Cliffhanger/Die Hard 2/Deep Blue Sea director Renny Harlin directed this episode. We'll get another from him August 23 with "Desperate Times" so hopefully he'll bring out the spice once more.
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And maybe someone will get eaten by a shark.
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You just hit on EXACTLY what's missing from this show.
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The scene where Michael tells his mom is heart-wrenching. Nate's always been a bit annoying. Somebody would have killed him at some point. It's not really Michael's fault, but he will take the blame because he put Nate in danger. Even though Nate was willing to help. Nate always felt like he had to prove himself to Michael. Michael & Fi's relationship could go either way. He was working for her release when Nate was killed, but Fi will be by his side to help him get revenge on whoever did it.
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Great ep! Love Barry...



Sorry about Nate but he was a really boring character...



Please no more emo from Michael... It gets tired fast...
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Yeah I love Barry too. I'm a sucker for any nervous CPA/lawyer type that our heroes get to boss around.
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I'm mostly glad I will never have to hear Ayn call Fi "criminal" ever again. That was just stupid.
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Must be a prison thing.
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Finally a good episode. I liked it. I more enjoyed Sam's plot among the rest. Because I just wanted to get emo Mike over and done with and now that his brother is dead. It is going to be more emo Mike at least for the rest of the season. boo. I am glad Fiona is finally out of prison, her plot this season has been well, stupid. But at least now that she is out of lock up she can get some tweezers and fix her eye brows. I have loved Gabrielle Anwar ever since I first saw her in Scent of a Woman. And she is great but her new dark very thick eye brows have been bugging me this whole season. (anyone else or is this just me)



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1. Nope, haven't enjoyed Nate's character since season 2. And this episode they might as well made a sign that said Nate is going to die. I mean Pizzas? Really? His has been around his brother enough that he would have known better. And who didn't notice him ordering pizza.



2. That is a good question, someone who obviously had something to lose if he got caught. And I doubt he would have lasted long being interrogated by Mike. But since the new MI6 guy is in the works, my guess it has something to do with them. Because lets be honest a Psychologist can't put together the network Anson put together alone.



3. Nope, whomever was standing behind Anson when he got caught was going to catch a bullet. And considering it went through Anson, Nate and left a big hole in the sign it was a big bullet, probably a .50 cal and Nate was merely at the wrong place at the wrong time.



4. He had 20 words? At least we know why he got added to the credits. I like Jesse as a character and wish he had more to do other than be tech support or the guy with the nice car we need or Maddie's babysitter.



5. Doubtful. It will bring the closer together and Mike will end up proposing sometime this season. Because he will know what it is like to lose someone and not express to them how he truly feels and he wants to express that to Fiona, obviously. Because he has been sulking for the whole damn season.



6. Probably, and the writers have a new link to the criminal underworld through her.
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Fi's new brows scare me too.
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1 - I wasn't a huge fan of Nate, but it was a shame to lose him. He was an alright guy and one of the only family members Mike has (excluding his friend-family). So I guess I'm more sad than I am indifferent.



2 - Perhaps Rebecca? Maybe Simon escaped? It needs to be someone we know or have seen before, else it's kind of silly.



3 - Sorry, but yes. One of the most dangerous men in the world, who knows EVERYTHING about you, and you take your civilian brother to provide intel on Atlantic City. He might as well paint a target on Nate's chest.



5 - Yes. Fiona will blame herself and/or say that she can't because whenever they're together ONE of them will be thinking of Nate's sacrifice. Then again, she is a tough cookie, and is probably used to losing people.

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1. I always liked Nate as a temporary character, so I'm sad to see him go, but I guess they wanted to give Michael something else to do, bc now he gets to try and track down whoever shot his brother...

2. He did say he had dirt on a lot of people and he'd be out in no time, so maybe one of those people decided it would be easier to just get rid of him... and they were lucky enough that Michael found him and got the CIA involved.

3. Well, it was sort of a job that needed doing, and Michael had told him to just find Anson, not take him outside in broad daylight - I was surprised the cops or security from the casino didn't just show up and arrest Nate! Hehe, but not entirely Michael's fault, not really.

4. Jesse was in this one? J/k but he wasn't really doing anything.

5. Nah, but I think it might do something to Maddie and Fi's

6. Haha, of course! She can make it anywhere.
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I can understand Michael being annoyed at Nate. This was their one big shot at getting him, if they failed the bad-guy would go to ground AND they couldn't use the Rebecca again to find him.

Honestly, the pizza thing was obvious. Anyone with half a brain should have known that would be a mistake.

As for the bed-bug thing, another big booboo. Ignoring what Michael said (what if it worked too well) we had Nate standing in the middle of an open parking lot. Do you think the criminal genius that knows EVERYTHING about Michael might know what Nate looks like?

Sure, he was trying to help... but he was TOO eager. The stakes were high and it was a dangerous game. It's not really a place for amateur night.
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