Burn Notice

Season 5 Episode 2


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 30, 2011 on USA
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Episode Summary

While juggling his new CIA job with his regular life in Miami, Michael helps Sam, Fi, and Jesse search for a group of missing girls being trafficked into the United States by the Yakuza. However, things get a bit too personal for Michael when Madeline becomes a major part of the job, and puts her life in danger.moreless

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  • Getting too repetitive for your own good, Burn Notice? (Spoilers)

    Burn Notice is an awesome show, no doubt. In fact, it's probably the best show on TV right now, espcially with horror stories like Jersey Shore flying around everywhere. But every show reaches the point where it's episodes start to borrow material from their past and try and make it look fresh.

    24, another great action show, suffered from this in it's later seasons. I'm terribly afraid it's Burn Notice's turn.

    After 4 seasons of fresh stories and exciting clients, I'm sad to say Season 5's first client borrows from a Season 2 episode called "Comrades." Yes, I may seem like a nerd right now, but I only remember because it was one of my favorite Season 2 episodes. The basic concept is that a bunch of bad guys are kidnapping a few girls and holding them in a box somewhere. Michael & gang try and get leverage of their own by kidnapping guy part of bad guy group. They send someone to make friends and fake an escape, and then tale them back to the girls. Happy ending.

    The only difference between the 2 episodes was that in Season 2 it was an American Mafia Group, and in this one it was the Yakuza, and in Season 2 Michael was the guy that went undercover, and this time it was Madeline.

    Now, the main thing that made this episode the slightest bit "fresh" was the fact that Madeline really got to show off some spy skills of her own. She had to sell an escape and allow Michael, Sam & Jesse to tail them to the girls, while making it look like a car chase. It was interesting to watch her take on things, but still not fresh.

    I also enjoyed the little tidbits of Michael acting like his father to scare his mother. It was an interesting angle, learning a lot about the infamous father Michael has that gets a mention every other episode. In this one, we really learned a lot about him.

    And that brings me to my main dissapointment with this episode, besides the fact that it's a copy of an old episode with a different title. That it, there was NO advancement in the main storyline. This may seem like a rant more than a review, but I was really expecting something to happen. Instead, Max (Michael's CIA Partner/Contact) gives him an irrelevant job about some drunk guy who hits on girls. That's it? I mean come on, I wanted to see what else is going to happen in the CIA story, and so far it looks like they're just going to be an annoyance as opposed to a breath of fresh air in a show that's supposed to be about a spy who has nothing to do with the CIA anymore.

    Whatever. That doesn't mean it was bad, it just wasn't as good as past episodes of Burn Notice. In fact, it was a good hour of telivision, and definately better than Jersey Bore. But it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Oh yeah, and I hate Madeline's new haircut. Summary:

    +Madeline gets to show some spy traits of her own.

    +Little bits of info about Michael's dad.

    +More Jesse/Sam/Fi/Madeline than in Opener.

    -Almost a total copy of Season 2 episode.

    -CIA Mission that is completely irrelevant.

    -No advance in main plot.moreless
  • 502

    We all love Burn Notice, but if there could be a criticism of it it would certainly be that the show's PG rating really holds it back. Sometimes the dialogue is not "extreme" enough and the overall tone of the show can come off as childish.

    Well, the show responded to those erroneous accusations in a big way tonight as we had the edgy episode we have been waiting for. Michael had to thrust his mother into his plan and had to strike her, yell at her and generally rough her up to trick a hostage. It was exactly the controversy the show could use.

    Another criticism could be that some of these cases feel a little bit formulaic and that they have been done before. That one might be a little bit more valid, but the show's resolute effort to present these characters the way they do is going to lead to that.

    Still, this was a strong episode of television, all criticism aside.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • Madeline: Here. Use that to fix up your dad's Charger.
      Michael: Maybe it's time to just leave the past in the past.
      Madeline: Maybe it's time to stare the past down and deal with it, Michael. It happened, for better or for worse. It made us who we are. All you can do now is look towards the future.

    • The Realtor: Where did your friend go?
      Fiona: Oh, I'm afraid we haven't quite captured his attention today. But this isn't for him. It's for me. So maybe you and I can meet again Monday?
      The Realtor: Oh, no problem. You know, and don't worry. Lots of men don't really focus until it's time to negotiate.
      Fiona: Yeah, well, that man doesn't focus unless an international conspiracy is threatening to ruin his life.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you can't keep an asset away for his favorite vice, it's often better to supply him with a safe target, which is one reason why female operatives often trained in how to keep man interested while fending them off like akido masters.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Using civilians in undercover operations is all about emotional manipulation. So it's your job to help them be who they need to be, feel what they need to feel... by all means necessary.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Interrogating a captive is not just about what you know about them, it's about what they know about you. If they think you're cops, they'll behave one way. If they think you're rivals, they'll behave another. It's a choice you'll only get to make once, so you have to make your homework and get it right the first time.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Controlling an unruly asset is very hard. Especially when alcohol and women are combined; which is why as a general rule, you don't even try of control the hunter, you just scare off the prey.

    • Carson Huxley: Marriage is like a loaf of bread. It tastes great at the start but it goes stale very fast.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Covert security is all about making friends. You have to give yourself a plausible reason to be near your target. Some of the most important secrets in the world have been protected by a guy with a few stories and a drink in his hands.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Intelligence agencies spend more money protecting secrets than stealing them. But no digital encryption or biometrically locked vaults can keep sensitive information from spilling out of an indiscreet asset's mouth, which is why, one of the most common duties for a spy, is babysitting.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you are pursuing someone, it is often tempting to focus exclusively on overtaking the other person. It's often better to force the person you're chasing to go faster than the terrain allows... and wait for them to make a mistake. But even when the chase ends, you can never assume the other person will give up without a fight.

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