Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 4


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 31, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

Introduced by Nate, Michael helps a Russian woman named Katya whose sister was smuggled into the U.S. by gangsters. However, Katya cannot afford their extortionate demands, and her sister is being held captive.

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  • Human Trafficker

    Great episode I loved the case that his brother got him into on helping a lady find her sister. Turns out she was going to be shipped off, they had to do something interrogation techniques what I found very interesting and different from the rest of the tv shows I watched. And it made a lot of since for them to that way and not the so called torture, Michael did a good job deceiving the human trafficker to finding the girls and planned his big setup for him was hilarious. Fun show to watch.moreless
  • I love tough Fiona

    This episode didn't have that much dynamic like other ones since Michael was mostly kept in the fake jail but it was good.

    The three main characters have a lot of chemistry together. I like the addition of Nate this time to support his brother. Even when Madeline lives in her own world and seems to be a little crazy sometimes she does a good job keeping Michael on the ground. She makes him remember where he comes from, even when it's painful sometimes. I love Fiona. I love tough girls and she was tough and funny. And somewhat crazy. I guess that's why she and Michael won't be able to be together, because they're in the same level of strength.moreless
  • fine example of the great show burn notice is

    this episode definately pleased, one of the best of season 2 so far and up there with some of the season 1 eps. average story line but done very well.

    michael is introduced to kayla by his brother nate. kayla is some trouble, she managed to get into the USA legally but her sister has paid to be smuggled into the country by some "gangsters". It all goes wrong when the guys start asking for mroe money or else Kaylas sister will be dead. and quite obviously she has already paid a large sum to get her into the country and doesnt have any left to get her sister free.

    good episode, definately watch it.moreless
  • good episode...

    Nate asks Michael to help a woman that is trying to get her sister back. Michael resorts to kidnapping the kidnapper and then pretending to be kidnapped himself to get the kidnapper to lead him to the kidnapped....anyways, I actually liked the story. I really liked Sam in this episode. He's pretty funny and entertaining. This episode also gets me to like Nate more. I like Nate and Michael's character interactions. I thought Fiona and Michael's mom both had little roles in this episode - I'd rather see more of them. So, overall, this episode had a good story and great character development and interactions.moreless
  • Review

    Solid episode, not much of the main storyarch but I did enjoy Andrew Divoffs acting in this episode. I think this season is going to pick up on the main storyline here closer to the end of the second season. For now - each episode is going to have a standalone episode with a little bit revolving around the main arch of the season, which seems to be focusing a little more on the woman as time goes on.

    Overall, not to much to say about this episode. It didnt stand out as the best, but it was still really fun to watch.moreless
Emily Foxler

Emily Foxler


Guest Star

Andrew Divoff

Andrew Divoff


Guest Star

Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Harvey Gunderson

Guest Star

Seth Peterson

Seth Peterson

Nate Westen

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Hot No Ho" by The Lions
      "Animal" by Black Light Burns
      "So Hot" by David Lowe's Dreamcatcher
      "St. Tropez Bossa" by Dynamedion
      "The Way I Rock (Woo Woo)" by Beau Black
      "Bob Your Head (Instrumental)" by Ugly Duckling
      "Ya Tak Lubila Vas / I loved You So" by Nani Bregvadze
      "Fast Bebe" by Renee van Verseveld & Kurt Farquhar
      "Tu Me Quieres Pa Bien" by HANNY
      "Adaptacao" by Ohmega Watts featuring Tita Lima
      "Ghost Machine (Instrumental)" by Force 4D
      "Superstar" by Celebutante

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Michael: How is our prisoner?
      Fiona: He is behaving like an altar boy; he even asked me to use the stun on him again
      Michael: (looking sceptical) He asked you with a gag in his mouth???
      Fiona: (with an evil smile) He has such expressive eyes!

    • Sam: Daddy?
      Fiona: Bet you never thought you'd hear me call you that.

    • Madeline: You know what his first word was? It was Michael.
      Michael: It was juice. I was right there, he said juice.
      Madeline: Well, he was looking right at you when he said it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In a spy game you spend a lot of time getting people to betray their own. Most do it for money, some do it for spite. But the greatest achievement is to get a guy to turn on his own people because he thinks he's being loyal.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Working an information source is a delicate art. Ideally you can get all the information you need with kind words and free drinks. When drinks and good company aren't enough however, a good operative has to apply pressure. And that means knowing just what a source loves.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Intelligence gathering isn't all running around with a gun and a spy camera. When the operation demands it, you get to sit in a hot car with no air conditioning in downtown Miami.

    • Michael: (voice-over) One of the hardest things to do in a fight is to make it look like you're trying to kill someone without doing any permanent damage. They don't teach any half moves in combat training. There are moves designed to kill and maim as efficiently as possible. If those are off limits, one option is open your fist right before a punch lands. Painful, but the force is distributed. Another showy option is a kick to the shoulder. You might break a rib or two; but if you aim right, nobody is going to the morgue.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A good interrogator paints a picture of the world outside for a detainee. Whatever he's holding on to, you take it away. His organization: crumbling. His friends: traitors. His precious information: useless.

    • Michael: (voice-over) One issue in dealing with modern criminal gangs is that their operations are diversified. The heat shielding you hope is hiding a human smuggling operation... could be hiding radio emissions from software pirating computers.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A thermal camera is a great tool for scouting. It'll tell you where the warm bodies are in a building or which rooms are designed to make those bodies invisible.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A fight is one of the quickest ways to tell if someone isn't who they say they are. If you say you are Russian but fight like an American, consider your cover blown, which means you better know Sambo, the mixed martial art of Russia. Of course, you also have to win the fight, a great cover ID doesn't help much if you're dead.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It can take a lifetime to convince someone to trust you; it's much quicker to make them feel like they need you to trust them.

    • (after being shocked by a stun gun)
      Sam: Feeling better Fi?
      Fiona: Everyone could use a few thousand volts from time to time, it clears the mind!

    • Michael: (voice-over) It's unfortunate but true that no make-up can simulate blood and bruises well enough to stand up to close observation. So if your cover requires looking like you've been beaten, you have to get beaten.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Stun guns are a great way to bring down a larger opponent. The only problem is, if you use one on someone who is touching you, you'll zap yourself too.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Smart operatives know how to steer the conversation toward the information they need. Clever assets on the other hand know how to make the wine and dine phase last as long as possible.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A lot of people's first instinct when they need information out of a captive is to grab a baseball bat or a gun... The fact is, torture is for sadists and thugs. It's like getting groceries with a flame thrower; it doesn't work and it makes a mess. Getting useful information is about creating a new reality for the interrogation subject with no hope of escape or freedom. You control every aspect of their world. How they eat, where they sleep, even whether it's day or night. When it's time to ask questions you want them disoriented, anxious, wondering who you are and what you can do to them. You have to make them understand that their entire future, their hopes, their dreams, every breath they will ever take from then on, it all depends on one thing: talking.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Cultivating intelligence assets usually requires some wining and dinning. The more connected somebody is, the more they know, the more they feel entitled to a little special treatment.

    • Michael: (voice-over) You can tell a lot about who's following you by the maneuvers they use. Quick evasive driving, casual bail out, feigning car trouble, these are signs you are dealing with a professional. Smashing into a rickshaw like a crash test dummy, that's a sign that you are dealing with an amateur, somebody who doesn't know what he's doing. That's when you really got a problem.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Jobs in agriculture are a convenient cover; makes it easy to explain your presence in the field and the boardroom; the only downside is, you might have to become an expert on chickpeas.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Get your hands on any classified document worth having, chances are it's going to be redacted, which makes reading it a lot like watching a movie on an airplane; all the juicy parts are missing but you still get the basic idea.

    • Sam: What can I say, Mike? The guy ate like it was his last meal. And the liquor, I mean I've had gun shot wounds hurt less than this hangover.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Parťáci (Playfellows)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 2, 2008 on TEN
      Sweden: December 6, 2008 on TV6
      Latin America: February 3, 2009 on FX
      Czech Republic: October 21, 2009 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: November 2, 2009 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: January 11, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 8, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: October 24, 2011 on MTV3