Burn Notice

Season 4 Episode 9

Center of the Storm

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 05, 2010 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael wants Simon's help with the cipher he found, so he contacts Vaughn. Meanwhile, Agents Lane and Harris ask for Michael's help.

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  • 409

    I remember a few summers ago when Burn Notice first premiered. It was the talk of the town, it was so fresh and so original, and now it just seems to have lost a bit of its luster. Burn Notice follows a simple formula: Michael uses a fake name to fool someone, they find out his name but they still let him help them, and together they beat some bad guys. Tonight, they followed that formula to a tee.

    The show is still worth watching, in fact I wish it would get some Emmy love for a change, but this is not one of the better episodes.moreless
  • Really solid episode. Great secondary story and character.

    Second watch even better than the first. This is such a solid episode. I REALLY like Cole and the actor who portrayed him. REALLY a lot. I also think he has an interesting story. I personally think his story is interesting enough for a spinoff. Like he goes off to Antigua to think. Thinks a lot about Michael and gets caught up in a "helping" scenario of some kind and then, because of Michael's intervention, goes in to a similar line of work fighting for the little guy. I can't believe anyone wouldn't think this was a stellar episode. Michael and company were in form. I think Michael and Fiona's relationship have reached a new level of maturity. Jesse fit well and haters need to get over it. He's in and he fits. Finally, Ms. Reynold's has a first name! This was a classic BN ep, with, IMO new maturity on many levels.moreless
Jon Seda

Jon Seda


Guest Star

Sofia Citarella

Sofia Citarella


Guest Star

Erik Fabregat

Erik Fabregat

Matt Reese

Guest Star

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom


Recurring Role

Marc Macaulay

Marc Macaulay

Agent Harris

Recurring Role

Brandon Morris

Brandon Morris

Agent Lane

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, Michael goes undercover as "Matt Reese." During a 2007 episode of Law & Order, entitled "Good Faith," Jeffrey Donovan played a character named Jacob Reese. However, when this character is named at trial, he is introduced as Jacob Matthew Reese.

    • Featured Music:
      "El Jugo" by Qbanito (Opening scenes)
      "The Ever Under" by Kopius Few (Michael meets Vaughn)
      "She Is A Handful" by Rene Van Verseveld and Kurt Farquhar (Shootout)
      "Ionic Smack" by Kopius Few (At the couple's house)
      "Para Force" by Methodic Doubt Scenes (At the couple's house)
      "Gun Parts" by Threshold (At the couple's house)
      "The Hunt" by The Flood (At the couple's house)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Fiona: (to Vaughn) You see, Michael wants to believe that you're different. But I know nothing's changed. It's the same old tune you bastards have been playing since day one. Do what we want or die. You just...sing it a little differently.

    • Vaughn: You know how willing Michael is to let the wrong voices get in his head. You don't want to see Michael become that kind of monster.
      Fiona: He would never let that happen. I would never let that happen.
      Vaughn: It's happening already, darling. Michael is an addict. He can't resist this life, even though he knows how it's gonna end.

    • Fiona: I have faith in you, Michael. I may hate who you're associating with, but I have to believe...
      Michael: We see this investigation through. We bring these people down. It should be enough to get Jesse back in.
      Fiona: I hope so.

    • Michael: (voice-over) If you need to convince an enemy to work with you, it's a good idea to offer a token of friendship. But make sure they know it comes with a price.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Taking control of a situation isn't always about having the tactical advantage. If you can convince your enemy to want the very thing you need, it's as good as calling the shots yourself.

    • Vaughn: Did I do something to make you upset with me?
      Fiona: Well, you ruined Michael's life and his career, came after his family, damn near got him killed too many times to count, so forgive me if looking at you makes me lose my appetite.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In the field, circumstances can change as fast as the weather. Salvaging a mission depends on your ability to change tactics and communicate plan B to your own team.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Hit men, like most career criminals, know the advantages of renting a cheap, furnished apartment. You can pay in cash, remain completely anonymous, and you can usually get free cable. The downside is it doesn't include top-notch security, which can be a problem, unless you make your own line of defense.

    • Madeline: Careful Jesse! How many windows are you gonna break?
      Jesse: Hey, these boards got to come down somehow. I'm doing a job here, lady.
      Madeline: Hurricane Jesse here is doing more damage with a crowbar than hurricane Dana did. He's worse than Sam!

    • Vaughn: Simon is dangerous.
      Michael: I risked my life! I got a man burned! And I've caught an endless wave of grief about it! Now I'm losing my patience. I'm asking a simple favor. And before you say no, you need to remember that I'm pretty dangerous, too.
      Vaughn: This is me...saying no.
      Michael: Time to go.
      Vaughn: Hey, you're taking this personally, Michael. You're not thinking straight. You're putting me out? Bigger storms are coming Michael, and I'm gonna remember this.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Classified data has been digitally encoded since before computers were invented. Spies have used book ciphers for centuries to send numeric correspondence that only can be read when paired with the proper text. Bibles make good code books because of the variance between printed editions and the numbering of chapter and verse.

    • (Michael, Sam and Fiona are passing around the Bible found in the previous episode.)
      Fiona: So your search for the root of all evil led you to rob a bank, and you're rewarded with the word of God. What is that? Irony?

  • NOTES (1)