Burn Notice

Season 5 Episode 1

Company Man

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 23, 2011 on USA
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Episode Summary

Picking up 6 months from where Season 4 left off, we follow Michael on a CIA Mission to find the last man on the list of people that burned him.

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  • Awesome Episide

    My DH & I LOVED this episode!!! We've been catching up on this series, a few episodes a night and it's a fantastic, fun, exciting series! This episode changed things up a lot! First, we weren't sure if he was back in the CIA as a "company man" or not, going after the people the burned him, but that was OK. We loved the addition of Grant Shaw, and the chemistry between them was great - almost as good as between Michael & Fi or Michael and Sam. Glad Jesse was back and it looks like he's mostly forgiven Michael, which is also great. I wish Michael had gotten to interrogate the head guy, that would have been interesting, but it was not to be. We loved the way he interrogated the #2 guy - it was really good, and funny, too. Loved that Fi & Sam disobeyed "orders" and helped save the mission. I wish they'd been able to be in the episode more, but, hey, everyone deserves a break (the actors, I mean!). I'm not sure if I want Michael to be back in the CIA. Yes, it was cool seeing him interact with the other spooks, and teach them a thing or 2. It was also refreshing to have something a little different, as shows on this many seasons can get stale. This show hasn't because of the chemistry and skill of the actors and the excellent writing. Maybe a blending of the CIA stuff and doing jobs with his gang, plus lots of love scenes with Mike & Fi would be a great Season 5.moreless
  • WHAT?! I hope this is NOT the way this shows continues because it's going to suck in no time.

    WHAT?! I hope this is NOT the way this shows continues because it's going to suck in no time.

    This episode was bad!

    The writing has deteriorated. The acting has gotten abysmal. And what's with the new hairdo?!! The soundtrack has changed....

    It's way too wordy. "He didn't see me coming when I took down his entire organization" ??? WHAT??! RIGHT!!!
  • Company Man

    Finally, Burn Notice is back. The wait has been torture for B Note fans and I would like to say the season premiere was worth the wait, but it was not. As frustrated as Michael was with his lack of answers, viewers were equally irked with the time jump, the unoriginal plot, and the same old cliched head honcho character we have been getting on a rotating basis for years now. Some fun action, maybe a line or two that got a chuckle out of me, but a bit too slow-moving for Burn Notice. Too similar to a lot of the other shows on this network.

    And Coby Bell was on screen for what, thirty seconds? Not bad at all tonight, but I know that I was let down and I doubt I was the only one of the show's six million or so viewers to feel that way.moreless
  • Awesome way to kick things off. (Spoiler Alert)

    Season 4 left us at a pretty heavy place. Michael just found out he was back in with the CIA after 4 seasons of helping the little guy and little jobs / convos with the people that burned him. All of this ultamately led up to him finding the list of all the people in that organization, and Vaughn (not very happy with that) came to kill him in the Season 4 finale. Things pick up 6 months after the shocking revelation of the season 4 finale, and we find out a lot has happened with Michael's duties in the CIA. He's being going around the world, dismantling the organization that burned him brick by brick. Now in this episode, there is one guy left.

    The usual routine "client" of this episode was replaced with a CIA Mission, giving us an hour of Burn Notice mythology that we finally need in an episode that's not the finale. (Seriously, that client in Season 4's premeir really rouined it for me).

    In this episode we see that Burn Notice is changing, and in my opinion, for the better. Miami was only a small setting in this episode, because most of the action took place in a Canadian Intelligence Office and a secret hideout in Venezuala. I like it better than the formulatic Burn Notice we've come to know and love. The death of the final person on the list of people that burned him means the CIA has everyone else. I'm assuming that includes Vaughn, Management, and all the other guys we've heard about over the years.

    I'm sure some people will disagree, but I think Burn Notice Season 5 had an awesome beginning and was absolutely worth the wait. I'm very excited to see what happens next and how the writers take the story off from here considering the season just started, yet it seems as if the show's story arcs from the past 4 seasons have just ended.

    Bravo, Burn Notice.moreless
  • Starts Off Running...

    First, it's great to finally have season 5 beginning. That said, there's a serious time lapse between last season's "live or die" episode and the episode here. Normally there's a quick recap and bring the viewer up to the present...Not here! We're placed in some non-descript future tense right away. I thought the final episode was pretty intense and dramatic, didn't it deserve a mention?

    What's right with season 5's start is in a nutshell we're treated to everything that we've become comfortable with and love. What's wrong with that is there is little originality to really set the hook and provide a mysterious thread to latch on to. Everything is just too "by the numbers". The begrudingly curmudeon boss, the usual team that is isn't suppose to be there, but is. Come on, show some inspiration. Even though this may have that "been there, done that" feel Burn Notice is still refreshingly good in a TV landscape that desparately needs good. Here's hoping that good evolves more toward great as the season progresses.moreless

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  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sam: How long is this going to take, Mikey? I've got half a bottle of tequila waiting for me back at the hotel.
      (Fiona and Michael stare at Sam)
      Sam: What, they said not to drink the water.

    • (in the middle of a firefight)
      Max: Is this seriously the way you do things?
      Michael: When I have to.
      Max: How are you still alive?
      Michael: That's a good question. (fires three shots) I eat a lot of yoghurt.

    • Madeline: So what do you do now?
      Michael: Now? Things go back to normal, I guess.
      Madeline: Normal. (laughs) What exactly is normal?
      Michael: I have no idea.

    • Michael: I had a chance to finally get some answers, make sense of the last four years. And that chance ended up in a body bag.
      Madeline: You know, all those years I lived with your father, I used to think through millions of ways that I could confront him, everything that I wanted to say. And all of a sudden, he drops dead. That's it. You know...people talk about closure, but I don't buy it. When somebody blasts a hole in your life...It tends to stay open.
      Michael: It does, doesn't it?

    • Michael: (voice-over) The challenge of a good large-scale field operation is to keep all parts coordinated while keeping them as separate as possible. Field units are separate from transportation units... with the command unit separate from both. When things go right, they all work together as one big team. The problem with remote command centers is what happens when things go wrong. Anyone stuck in the command center is too far away to do anything about it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A courier picked up off the suburban street leads to a spy hiding out as a diplomat in a foreign embassy leads to a hardened group of armed assassins in another place entirely. Sometimes it's a surgical operation done with discrete teams that no one ever hears about. Other times, it's all-out war. But one thing is always the same, with each piece of the puzzle, you find you understand your enemy more clearly. You penetrate the secrecy that shields the people behind the scenes...working your way to the top of the network to the people pulling the strings. You keep fighting, trying to put that last piece of the puzzle in place, trying to find that last person who will give you the answers you're looking for.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In the world of intelligence, taking down an entire covert network is the ultimate challenge. It's not something you can do alone. You need the resources of an entire intelligence agency behind you. You need solid intelligence that can point you in the right direction. But that's just a starting point. You're not after an individual person, you're after dozens of people, all of them hiding, all of them with resources and skills, all of them fighting you by any means necessary. It's a gigantic jigsaw puzzle of information that requires months of research and analysis where one target leads to the next.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The biggest obstacle you can face in an interrogation is yourself. When your own feelings, your own anger, your own desire for revenge are all that stand between you and the information you want. The stronger your feelings are, the hotter your hate burns, the more important it is to set it aside.

    • Michael: (voice-over) One of the things you give up in intelligence is control over your own schedule. It's a little like being a doctor on call, only your emergencies tend to be thousands of miles away.

    • Fiona: When you got burned... It wasn't just you. These last four years have been hard on all of us.
      Michael: I know. I know, and I'm really sorry about that. But we are so close to wrapping this up. And then I can move on.
      Fiona: I hope you find what you're looking for, Michael. I really do. Then we can all move on.

    • Fiona: How was the job?
      Michael: The job was good.
      Fiona: I missed you.
      Michael: Yeah, I...got that. I think you broke a rib.

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