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Burn Notice

Season 4 Episode 15

Brotherly Love

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2010 on USA
out of 10
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Episode Summary


While Jesse and Sam go to the auction for the bible, Michael stays in Miami since Nate is visiting. Michael helps Nate with a job involving drugs and Maddie reveals a secret about Nate.

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  • 415

    Ah, the obligatory Nate episode. It has been sometime since we got one of these (not really long enough a gap if you ask me) but for some reason they usually end up being okay, despite the fact that Nate is a pretty terrible character overall.

    There was some action here, there was an interesting premise I suppose, and you can always count on some good scenes involving Madeline Westen when there is an episode with Nate, and this one was not any different.

    A good Burn Notice here and I am glad that this show is having continued success four years in.moreless
  • The ending made this one good.

    This episode all-together wasn't all that good. At least the client case wasn't. Well, actually, it was OK, but not as interesting as the last episode. It all involved cars and drugs, which is nothing new. However, it did see the return of my favorite Cover ID, and the return of the ever-so-awesome Nate. Other then those two things, the client case was a big YAWN for me.

    On the plus side, we got some really awesome advances in the story, as Jesse and Sam find a way to intercept the list and get it. So this episode also saw the very first time Michael gets out of Miami intentionally, and he goes to the Dominican Republic. That was awesome.

    And there, we see the moment we've all been waiting for. The list is intercepted, and now the names of every person that works for 'Management' is given to Michael. But what is he going to do with it? Well, that's the new question that pops up.

    I have big expectations for the next 3 episodes, because they've already found the list, what else is there to do? Well, a lot is left, apparently, because on top of 3 episodes left in Season 4 there is Season 5 and Season 6 to think about, and possibly even more if it continues to be popular.

    In short, this was an episode that deserved an 8/10 for the client case and a 10/10 for the storyline since it left us on a very serious cliffhanger. I give the episode as a whole a 9 for a solid A.moreless
  • Well, it's not about Philadelphia...

    I can't argue with those who have expressed disappointment with how quickly Jesse has returned to the fold of Team Westen. And with only a few episodes left of the season, I just don't think they will reveal that Jesse has been playing Michael since his return, using the team as the means to his own ends.

    I had no previous exposure to Nate, so I have no idea if we were supposed to find him annoying or otherwise intrusive. I think the writers relied a bit too much on the notion that the audience would know Nate's background, given how often some of the plot elements were dependent on his skills. The tensions within the family were a bit easier to comprehend, but I still got the feeling that long-term fans were likely to get more out of that material.

    That said, it was really nice to see the season arc get a little more time devoted to it, beyond the very beginning and end of the episode. The Sam/Jesse subplot let the two of them work together directly, and that led to a bit of unexpectedly fun male bonding. That it also set things up to advance the season arc in a substantial way was a bonus.

    Sadly, the main episodic plot was all too predictable. It was clear to me, very early in the hour, that Caleb was the real thief, and that it was all going to come down to making sure he was exposed with a minimum amount of collateral damage. The end result was a paint-by-numbers story, leaving me vaguely interested in how it would play out, but sure of the outcome.moreless
David W. LeBlanc

David W. LeBlanc

Bartender (uncredited)

Guest Star

Seth Peterson

Seth Peterson

Nate Westen

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Michael: (voice-over) Special-forces squads are built around the skills of the individual members. But no matter how good each member of the squad is, every mission comes down to one thing, how well they work together. Because in the end, you don't need a hero to succeed in the field. You need a team.

    • Michael: (voice-over) You don't always have to rely on trained operatives to gather intelligence. A problem that seems impossible like finding a single motorcycle circling in a crowded city becomes much easier if you can hire 100 people to sit on street corners and record every motorcycle they see for a few dollars a day. Whether it's shop owners, cab drivers, or kids playing in the street, every city in the world has a network of potential spies just waiting to be recruited.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For a spy, it's often better to steal secrets than pay for them. It saves money and time and doesn't leave a messy paper trail. Of course, anyone who's in the business of selling secrets is also in the business of protecting them, which can make extracting information nearly impossible. Just because your target is willing to share a meal with you doesn't mean he won't put a bullet in the back of your head.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's nothing more frustrating for a spy than being on the sidelines for an important operation. When you've spend your career in the middle of the action, it's tough to take on a supporting role; particularly when you're stuck helping people pack.

    • Madeline: You may be too old for me to spank but I'll say this... your brother gets hurt and I'm putting one of these (shows her cigarette) out in your eye. Understood?!
      Michael: Understood.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Michael decides to talk to Tony Soto who also appeared in the episode "Hot Spot" under a previous cover ID (Johnny).

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: July 8, 2011 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: November 30, 2011 on FX/FX HD

    • Featured Music:
      "Cascabel" by Latin Pulse Music
      "Salvador" by Studio Musicians
      "Salsa En Fa" by Los Dos
      "Rowdy Racous" by Shane Drasin and Kurt Farquhar
      "Jamlife" by Kurt Farquhar and Dave Bateman
      "Money Wrench" by Grand Slam Music
      "Baja" by Beat Chamber
      "Running Wild" by Apple Trax
      "Just Rock" by Shane Drasin and Kurt Farquhar
      "Firewalker" by Medwyn Goodall
      "Burning Me" by Daniel Silver
      "Adrenaline" by Free
      "The Decided" by Machine Vandals