Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 1

Breaking and Entering

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 10, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary


Having been recruited by the people who burned him, Michael's new handler Carla tasks him with helping a computer tech, Jimmy, whose wife and daughter were kidnapped, liberate some information that is guarded by mercenaries.

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  • Great could be better

    Some ground rules had been laid, one thing that was to early was Michael and Fiona relationship or trying to get to that point again, was to early but I think they were adding that in season 1 so we can get a glimpse on how they were when they were together. Now Fiona understands where she stands and don't want to try to get together because he will choose the job over her. This is weird and I don't see why she doesn't understand Michael point of view why he doesn't want to get in a relationship right now especially the type of work they do. And plus he being hunted down by some secret woman that will kill anyone that's close to him. He's trying to get his life back and be free from this situation and Fiona wants to have a relationship? Good part on the writers to back out of that for right now, to early to have it continue when there is a lot they don't understand yet. The case was decent had to help the man get his family back that Carla took and now Michael sees he would have to do further dealings with her to get some answers.moreless
  • Hmm

    I just started watching this show and I really enjoyed it. At first I thought it would be kind of a Alias in Miami. But then again, it wouldn't make much sense.

    Same scenario over and over. Just with the spy thing going..

    After all the heat from last season, I was expecting much more from this episode. Something epic with lots of explosions and guns firing..

    But there was a turn around and Michael was back in Miami just like that.

    Don't get me wrong. The helping the weak thing is neat and Michael's moments with the "team" are priceless but I was hoping for something else after the cliffhanger.. Oh well..

    Not a bad episode overall..

  • Instead of going all out, we get the good old team back together, doing the same thing. It is like being back home and I loved it.

    It was a great start to the season! Instead of opting for some great opening episode of a new season like so many shows do, they gave us just another well done humanly warm fizzy sparkling show. I do think they made the whole thing a bit too easy (breaking into such 'amazing' security firm), but the show is often just for laughter, so you forgive them. The only drawback here was the mother, which I feel is becoming more of a stupid annoyance, rather than a woman that had a point to what she was saying.

    All in all, a good start and I look forward to seeing the next episode.moreless
  • Not bad for 2nd season premiere

    This is only the second episode I watch from this series and I can say that I enjoyed it. The show has pretty much the same dynamic except for the fact that Michael is being asked to do something for someone who has kidnapped a little girl and his mother. Michael's mother is still in pretty bad shape, calling him at all hours and being paranoid most of the time. Fiona comes back and wants an explanation for Michael. Whatever happened in the season finale, has upset her. And even when she and Michael can't be in a relationship, he misses her. Well, after all, he once said she's the closet he ever got.

    Anyway, very entertaining story, fun with lots of action. Hope they can keep this up for the rest of the season.moreless
  • The actual episode itself was great but not the best return of the series for the second season.

    I started watching this episode with great anticipation. Having enjoyed every second of the last season and watching in horror as they left us with the unbelievably huge cliff hanger, I expected something fantastic to happen. Unfortunately it was not to be.

    The writers have 'cleverly' managed to completely ignore the cliff hanger they left us on last season and quickly returned us right back into the standard season formula. Sure there was a bit of gun fire and excitement but when the few minutes were over all we really got was a phone call from the same woman saying something like "Go home and wait". Ongoing storyline aside, I actually really enjoyed the episode and in the grand scheme of things this episode rated right up there with some of the best but I couldn't help but feel robbed.

    I look forward to seeing how they will continue to build up the suspense again and can only say keep up the good work for coming up with new and intersting sub plots from show to show.moreless
Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler


Guest Star

Adam Cronan

Adam Cronan

Surveillance Guy

Guest Star

Michael Dale

Michael Dale

Ryder's Guy #1

Guest Star

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer


Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the last scene of the episode where Michael is talking to Carla on the phone, the two girls walk past his table twice.

    • Featured Music:
      "Big Bang" by Renee van Verseveld & Kurt Farquhar
      "Yucky Snippet 5B" by Yucky
      "Tropical Paradise" by DJ Scribble, Anthony Acid and Christian Gambella
      "Probando Nuevos Sabores" by Jose Conde Y Ola Fresca
      "Pain" by Matter

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Michael: (voice-over) Motion detectors bounce sound off objects and analyze the reflection. If something changes, the alarm goes off. Move slow enough and a wall comforter absorbs enough sound to keep it from triggering. A thermal blanket meanwhile, shields your body from heat sensors.

    • Jimmy: Oh-- I think I sprained my body!

    • Michael: (voice-over) Once the cops pick up a call on a flagged cell, they triangulate its location. From there they organize and deploy units. A process that can take ten minutes, give or take.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In intelligence gathering too little information is obviously a problem; but too much information is just as bad in some ways.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Getting into a secure facility is as simple as giving yourself a good reason to be there.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Badly done surveillance, that is surveillance you notice, can mean a lot of things; some organizations need intelligence but can't afford to pay for training. Some organizations just want you to know they're watching.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It takes some practice but counting your steps can be extremely useful if you need to reproduce a floor plan from memory. Once you've memorized a floor plan you wanna get it down on paper as quickly as you can. Combine that with the technical specs of the security devices in the room and you'll know where the holes in the security are; then it's just a matter of slipping through one of those holes.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A great way to get people talking about their security is to put them on the defensive. Accuse a guy of having bad locks and before you know it he's telling you where his motion detectors are.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Every thief knows that the best way to scout a place you want to rob is as a customer. Who gets to see the vault at the local bank? The rich guy with something to protect. Who gets to see the security at a private military company? A guy who wants to start his own little war.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It takes a good marksmen to shoot you at 50 feet from a moving car, but it takes a great marksmen to miss... while making it look like they are trying to hit you... or markswoman as the case may be.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're claiming to be someone you're not, the key is commitment. You've got to sell it like your life depends on it. Because sometimes it does. One reason to work with the same people is you know each other's moves; so if you shoot at your team in the middle of an operation, they know to go with it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Private military companies are best known for their bodyguard work. It's a big part of their business but it's not the only part. For a big enough cheque they'll rain hot lead down wherever you want. It's not work that attracts service with a smile types...

    • Michael: (voice-over) Security measures can sometimes seem a little cruel. Just like parents sometimes twist their kid's arm, yanking them out of a busy street, sometimes the safest thing isn't the most comfortable.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Airbags are great for surviving crashes but they make some evasive maneuvers tough. Gone are the days when you could run through a stand of trees without a face full of nylon. Of course anything you used to do head-on you can still do… but it's a little hard on anyone who's stuffed in your trunk.

    • Michael: (voice-over) As a spy you get to spend a lot of time alone. Whether you're in an Indonesian prison, a cave in the Afghan mountains or the back of a cargo truck; it comes with the job. You're trained to make the most of it, plan your next move, go over your intel, review your training... but when you've cleaned your gun 30 times and reviewed the past tense of every verb in five languages, you start itching to make a move.

    • Michael: Making yourself comfortable I see.
      Sam: Err, comfortable? I wouldn't go that far. Mike, how do you fit into these little shirts? They're like doll clothes.

    • Michael: (standing over Jimmy, who's in the boot) Can you be good? (Jimmy nods) We have a long drive back to Miami. If you can be good you get to ride up front.

    • Michael: Seems the people who burned me want me for a job. For now, that's all I got.
      Sam: A job? Does it pay?
      Michael: More of a "we'll kill you if you don't do it" type of thing.
      Sam: Ah. Never liked those.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you work as a spy, it's easy to think of people as assets. Resources to accomplish a goal. Because you don't have a personal relationship with an asset. You don't care about an asset. You don't miss the scent of an asset when she leaves the room.

    • (Fiona is rigging the boat with C-4)
      Fiona: You want this big, right?
      Michael: Just enough for the boat, Fi. Try not to break all the windows in South Beach.

    • Madeline: All these years, and finally I see what you do. You tell me I have to leave town in- in a minute's notice, I can't talk on the phone, we're being chased by men with guns, how am I supposed to deal with this?
      Michael: All these years you wondered why I didn't come home, why I didn't call. This is why, Mom. I never wanted this for you. I'm sorry.
      (long pause)
      Madeline: Well it still doesn't explain why you didn't write.

    • Michael: Hey, Fi.
      Fiona: I can't believe you, Michael. Forty-eight hours ago we said "good-bye", possibly forever. And then I get a message from you on my cell that I should come right over because you got a job.
      Michael: Fi, there's a lot going on, so...
      Fiona: You couldn't start with "I'm alive"?
      Michael: I thought the fact that I was calling covered that.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Vloupání (Break-in)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: August 11, 2008 on TEN
      Sweden: November 16, 2008 on TV6
      Czech Republic: September 30, 2009 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: October 12, 2009 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: December 21, 2009 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 3, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: October 3, 2011 on MTV3