Burn Notice

Season 4 Episode 9

Center of the Storm

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: October 28, 2010 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: October 19, 2011 on FX/FX HD

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