Burn Notice

Season 7 Episode 6

All or Nothing

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 18, 2013 on USA
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    Burn Notice "All or Nothing" Review: Miami Heart Attack

    "All or Nothing" combined the awkwardness of ex-lover reunions and the pain of a socially isolating career while still maintaining a fun tone on the way to a sexy, devastating breakdown for our hero.

  • Episode Summary


    Strong orders Michael to find out who the boss of the terrorist organization is. To gain her trust, Michael helps Sonya to take revenge on the hacker group responsible for her capture. To do that, Michael and Fiona go undercover.

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    • Michael continues down his dark path

      It's the episode's final scene between Michael and Sonia that is going to raise the ire of some fans, but this episode continues forcing Michael down a dangerous path as the half-truths he makes for his cover continue to blur over into his real life.

      In this episode Michael, Sam, Jesse, and Fiona help Sonia take down the hacker syndicate that betrayed her and got the spy thrown into a Russian black site. The job is harder than expected, especially after Michael gets trapped inside, but with a little late Sam and Jesse magic things turn out fine in the end.

      You can find my full recap and review (with pics and video) at RazorFinemoreless
    • All or Nothing

      Not really any good storylines in this one, but still a good episode of Burn Notice. Sonya has been a great addition to the cast (obviously Alona Tal's appearance doesn't hurt) and the show is still creating strong content with only a few episodes left.

      Not memorable, but still fun.
    • The Season That Is Breaking All The Rules

      I've watched Burn Notice since the first season. For the majority of its run on USA, it's been a relatively straight forward and at times even predictable show. There was always the plot arc of Michael trying to get his old job back, interspersed with the episode to episode helpless person who needed the team's help. Seasons 5 and 6 saw a change to all that, and Season 7 has taken that old routine and set fire to it like Michael's old loft. Almost nothing about this show is the same, and episodes that are reminiscent of how the show used to be seem more nostalgic than a serious return to the previous pattern. As a fan I feel connected to all of these characters (as I think would be unavoidable when you get a look into a fictional person's life for so long), and it's tough to see Michael appearing to continue down a path that destroys every vestige of the character that he has been since he came to Miami. We knew he was different and did some pretty terrible and questionable things when he was a spy, but the Michael of Miami seemed able to control that side of himself, with Maddie and Sam and Jesse and Fiona to help. Now, the gloves are off and one kind of wonders if Michael has really been this way all along, if this is really who he is (borderline sociopath-ish), or if he's been driven to this point, looking over the ledge with nothing to hold onto anymore to keep him from falling. Could Michael ever really move on from his job, or is this life really all he is ever going to have until he dies? In the end, it'll probably all be nicely resolved and everyone will be happy (maybe, who knows). But the fact that for the first time Burn Notice is even allowing us to question whether or not a happy ending is even an option proves that this show is determined to go out in a way that only Burn Notice truly could: with an unforgettable bang.moreless
    Stephen Martines

    Stephen Martines

    Carlos Cruz

    Guest Star

    Jordan Belfi

    Jordan Belfi

    Cody Ward

    Guest Star

    Charles Mesure

    Charles Mesure

    Jack Frakes

    Guest Star

    Jack Coleman

    Jack Coleman

    Andrew Strong

    Recurring Role

    Alona Tal

    Alona Tal


    Recurring Role

    Paul Tei

    Paul Tei

    Barry Burkowski

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • QUOTES (11)

      • Michael: (voiceover) For spies, there's no separating your work life from your personal one. Sometimes it's hard to understand even your own true motives, if you're doing things for yourself or for the good of the operation. It's a cold reality that most of the people you love will never understand. But the truth is, at a certain point, it doesn't matter what your real motives are, because once you've made a choice in the field, you can never take it back.

      • Michael: Fi, I know you didn't want to do this. I know this job was forced on you, but you were great.
        Fiona: Working together was never our problem.
        Michael: You know, one day all this stuff with Sonya, the CIA, all of it, it will be over.
        Fiona: Michael, it's already over.

      • Michael: (voiceover) The risk of using a cover with a skill set you don't have is that at some point someone may demand results. When failure is inevitable, you lie, deny, and put the blame on others.

      • Michael: (voiceover) For spies, flirting is a powerful tool to manipulate your target. Of course, just because it's effective doesn't mean it's pleasant.

      • Michael: (voiceover) As a rule, the faster a drill turns, the louder it is. That's why drills used in covert Ops have special gear boxes that move at low speeds. With the right drill bit, they can still get through most walls, though it may take a minute or two to do it.

      • Michael: (voiceover) When you need access to a restricted area and you know you're being watched closely, a direct approach is best. Sneaking around when you're under surveillance just arouses suspicion. The key is to act like you're doing nothing wrong.

      • Michael: (voiceover) Probing for a weakness in your enemy's security is all about vanity. The less impressed you are, the more they tend to tell you. Of course, just because you're looking for a weakness doesn't mean there is one.

      • Michael: (voiceover) Faking a computer hack isn't that complicated. All you need to do is create a dummy website and run some high-end network scanning software. Of course the hard part is making it look like your hacking is getting results. To do that, you need a team.

      • Michael: Fi, look, you can still walk away from this.
        Fiona: What are you talking about? The meeting's set. Cody's waiting for me.
        Michael: I can say you got sick. I can go in alone. You don't have to go in.
        Fiona: I need to do this.
        Michael: What does that even mean? Why?
        Fiona: I can't owe my freedom to you, Michael. I just can't.

      • Sonya: Some information on our target.
        Jesse: Where's all this coming from exactly?
        Sonya: All that matters is that it's here.
        Jesse: The surveillance fairy. Right, I forgot.

      • Michael: (voiceover) For a spy, running is more than just a way to stay in shape. It keeps your mind focused and reduces stress, which are essential when you're working deep cover. It also gives you a good excuse to be in secluded areas, which makes arranging covert meetings a lot easier, if you don't mind being a little sweaty.

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