Burn Notice

Season 5 Episode 10

Army of One

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 25, 2011 on USA
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Episode Summary


When Jesse needs Michael's help with a security job, Michael joins a group of hijackers who wind up taking hostages at an airport.

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  • It must be Pretender week at Burn Notice. Last week was Sydney's turn and this week Jarod turns up pretending to run a gang of criminals that has beeninfiltratedby Michael Westen. Maybe next episode Miss Parker might drop by...moreless

    Michael infiltrates a gang of criminals out to rob a billionaire. This was a great let's pretend that some 'John McClane' is out therekilling the bad guys. I know it's all about Micahel Westen but, itwas great to see 'The Pretender' again - to hear that voice.I get that Michael is playing the guilty inside-man like 'No Way Out' and trying to stay ahead of the investigation and the actual bad guys. But i seem to have lost interest in the overall arc.Hopefully - someintensitywill return

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    I think there is only one more episode left until the show takes its hiatus which is disappointing as B Note is really hitting its stride this year and dispelling a notion I have that TV shows can't be this good this late into their run.

    "Army of One" revisits the hostage crisis, but with a new twist as Michael was in on it. Surprised they actually had Michael lose the fight to the guy that looked like the pool boy from Seinfeld, but it does make the show more realistic when that happens.

    Nice drama, nice action, could have used more Sam and Jesse, but overall a strong episode.moreless
Michael T. Weiss

Michael T. Weiss


Guest Star

Brian Letscher

Brian Letscher


Guest Star

Andrew Howard

Andrew Howard


Guest Star

Lauren Stamile

Lauren Stamile

Agent Pearce

Recurring Role

David Fickas

David Fickas

Jack Dixon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • An interesting piece of trivia here, Jeffrey Donovan was a recurring guest star on Michael T. Weiss' series The Pretender. Donovan played Weiss' brother.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Michael: (voice-over) Criminals often keep safehouses to fall back to in case things go wrong. They know that once they get there, they can relax and let their guard down a little, which makes it a perfect place to send the cops after them.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In any kind of sabotage operation, the most important thing is keeping your enemy thinking you're on his side. That means selling your story by any means necessary. While it may be painful and unpleasant, nothing sells loyalty like shedding a little blood for the cause.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's a cold math to hostage-taking. Once someone dies, things get worse quickly. Because the penalty for killing one hostage is pretty much the same as the penalty for killing all of them. The key is keeping that first person alive... even if you have to bruise a few ribs to do it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's nothing quite like the feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you begin to suspect your intelligence on an operation may have been wrong. Once you're in, though, there's not much you can do but keep your eyes open and figure out just how bad the situation is.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Businesses often use independent contractors on jobs to contain costs and limit liability. Criminals do the same thing for similar reasons. Someone who just joined the team won't expect an equal cut of whatever you're stealing, and if they don't know your plans, they can't go to the cops.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In any search-and-capture operation, you have to balance speed against planning. Once you locate your target, you have a hard choice to make. Take too much time planning, and your target gets away. Take too little time planning, and you get yourself killed.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Season 5 DVDs contain an extended version of this episode which include two additional scenes dealing with Sam and Fiona's mission. In one scene, Sam, Fiona and Dixon watch police take computer equipment off of Dixon's boat. A second scene shows Sam apologizing to Dixon for tasing him, but says he's done it because he's a good guy and needed him to help.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 16, 2011 on Super Channel 1
      United Kingdom: September 17, 2012 on FX/FX HD