Burn Notice

Season 5 Episode 7


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 04, 2011 on USA
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Michael and Sam try to rescue an ailing boy from his father, who took the boy to a heavily armed compound. Elsewhere, Fiona and Jesse keep an eye on a day laborer who could be tied to Max's fate.

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  • 507

    "Beseiged" is yet another strong season five episode of Burn Notice. This is a show that has not lost its moxie all of these years in and can still create a really compelling story, actually two stories this week. A lot of action and I thought they were actually going to skip the boat exploding, but they went through with it anyway (kind of a waste of money, but I digress.)

    I have to admit that I am really not interested at all in the "who's setting up Mike?" drama, but I do think we have had a lot of good standalone episodes this year. Great show tonight, definitely worth watching.moreless

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    • Fiona: (at the stakeout) We've been here two days, Sam. Face it, this guy is not calling the shots. He has Christmas lights hanging in July. He may look a little bit like Michael, but there is no way he's capable of killing a CIA officer and setting Michael up for it.
      Sam: Yeah, well, I don't think he's capable of setting a table. Yesterday, I found a brochure about raising Alpacas for profit in his trash.
      Fiona: So let's scrap this cloak and dagger and go have a little chat. I'm wearing my door-kicking Jimmy Choos.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Tricking an enemy into letting you inside their strong hold is a strategy as old as ancient Greeks. But you don't always need to build a large wooden horse. With a modified special purpose insertion extraction harness, you can still hitch your ride under a vehicle... and go right through the front door.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Coordinated covert offenses involving two teams are a lot like ballroom dancing. You have to synchronize your steps, time your moves and always put your partner first. But unlike the tango or the two step it's good form to hog the limelight during covert ops. If all eyes are on you, your partner can work undetected on the sidelines.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Sneaking past trained operatives waiting an ambush is usually next to impossible. They can stay alert through the long, boring hours of waiting, ready for action at any second. Amateurs on the other hand, tend to relax, which can give you the opening you need.

    • Jesse: How many bangers we got inside?
      Three. Shouldn't be too hard for me to sneak past them.
      Hmm uhuh... or... you know... I could go in and you could stay out here because...
      If you're about to say because I'm a woman, I'm gonna knock your teeth down your throat.

    • Michael: (voice-over) You can tell a lot about a group from looking at their base. Their fortifications can tell you whether they are focused on offense or defense and their vehicle type and number can tell you how mobile they are. The most important thing to check: their weapons; if they're carrying M-16 and full-auto, they are probably not dealing with armatures camping in the woods.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There are dozens of ways to disarm a man with a gun. But unfortunately, they all come with a risk that the gun will go off. No matter how good you are, it's not something you want to try with a child present... unless you want to tell a grieved mum you gamble with her kid's life because you felt lucky.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Spies deal with foreign agencies, dirty corporations and criminal syndicates all the time. But none of that compares to dealing with families; asking a man to take apart his business or turn on his country is easy compared to going into a man's home and tell him how to deal with the people he loves. That's why when confronted with a family situation, it is usually a good idea... to tell the truth.

    • Jacob: Hi, I'm Jacob... This guy... broke into my house...
      Honey, what you just heard wasn't fireworks, get into the damn car.

    • Michael: (voice-over) As a spy, a lot of mission depends on the world not knowing you were there. When that involves saving someone's life and keeping your presence unknown, you have to make their escape look credible. So if the person you are saving is an untrained civilian, you need to make it look like they escaped like an untrained civilian.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In any surveillance operation, you have to resist the impulse to grab your target and interrogate him immediately. It maybe tempting particularly when your target will say, involve in framing you for a murder; of course just because it's the right way to do things doesn't make it fun.

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