Burn Notice

Season 1 Episode 11

Dead Drop (1)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2007 on USA
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Episode Summary

Sam works a case for a woman named Gillian, who's being blackmailed into using her security clearance to help smuggle heroin into the U.S. Meanwhile, Michael attempts to arrange a meeting with the man who he believes burned him, Philip Cowan.

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Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Phillip Cowan

Guest Star

Maya Stange

Maya Stange


Guest Star

Nicholle Tom

Nicholle Tom


Guest Star

Seth Peterson

Seth Peterson

Nate Westen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In one scene after Cowan is shot, his blood disappears from Michael's shirt but not from Michael's jacket.

    • The article in the first card Michael receives ("Belgrade Weapons Depot Destroyed") from Philip Cowan has several grammar problems; four in the following two sentences (which have been italicized): "For many years, the U.S. have spoken against the actions of groups who use acts of terrorism to intemidate government politics. Serbia has been plagued by terrorist who consider themselves as true loyalist."

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Michael: (referring to the bucket of fried chicken) Sure, bring your bucket of fat.
      Sam: I'll bring my chicken too! (takes a bite of chicken)

    • Sam: I'll back you up. Let's get this chump on tape.
      Michael: Yeah, about that, how much are you paying me on this job? 'Cause my rates are a little...
      (Madeline bursts in followed by Nate)
      Michael: Ooh, I gotta go.

    • Madeline: You can't talk to us? In 20 years I have never asked any questions, but this is my home. It's not like it's some war in some country I've never heard of. This is your family.
      Michael: Oh-- I know.

    • Sam: (at a gay bar) How do you want to handle this?
      Fiona: Well, I think the balls are in your court.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're communicating in code, sometimes you just have to hope that whoever you're talking to is smart enough to figure out what you're saying. Use a code that's too simple, and it will get broken. Use a code that's too complex, and you're just talking to yourself.

    • Gillian: They really tried to kill me?
      Sam: I'm afraid so.
      Gillian: (nods at lump of plastic explosive) With that under my car?
      Michael: Well yeah, it's a car bomb.

    • Fiona: I don't get why you're so dead-set on getting back in. Why go back to work for the people who've put you through all this?
      Michael: I wanna clear my name. I wanna know who did this to me. I spent my entire career doing something I believed in, Fi. Something important.
      Fiona: You're doing something important here, Michael. Think about it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There are two basic ways to blow up a car...use the gasoline in the tank or provide your own explosive. They are two techniques that use opposite ends of the car and are disarmed differently. Some people prefer the gas tank, tends to look more like an accident. But it's less reliable. Others prefer plastic explosive on the battery wired to the ignition.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It's always tough to re-schedule a covert op meeting. You can't exactly leave a note. So, you have to leave behind just enough to get them where you want them to go.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Whether you're protecting a client...monitoring electronic surveillance...or meeting the man who burned you, you've got to be patient. In the real world covert ops doesn't involve many car chases or gun fights. Mostly it's just hurry up and wait. Not too exciting. But you wait, and you watch, and you stay alert; because at any minute, the job can get way too exciting.

    • Michael: (voice-over) If you want to bug a cell phone wirelessly, you'll need a lot of specialized scanning equipment and a computer to deal with the encryption. I prefer a hands-on approach. You just bug a duplicate phone and swap out the SIM card, so the new phone has the same number. Your target will talk all day certain that no one could possibly be listening.

    • Michael: (talking on the phone) He's watching.
      Sam: You think…? Where you think he'd be?
      Michael: (looking around) I know where I'd be…

    • Michael: (voice-over) The truly paranoid don't go to meetings themselves. They use a cut out, someone unrelated to them, hired to show a pre-arranged sign and deliver a message. The sign is something innocuous but hard to miss. My favorite is a tourist guide from Madison, Wisconsin. No one will look at it twice, but unless I'm in the Midwest, I know they are waiting for Michael Western.

    • Nate: Hey bro, you look tired.
      Michael: Hey Nate, you look clean. You shaved the ferret off your face.

    • Fiona: Ah, the mating dance of the spy. It's a wonder spies ever get close enough to kill each other, isn't it?

    • Sam: What do you think he wants, Mike?
      Michael: He wants to meet.
      Fiona: So why don't you just meet?
      Michael: He doesn't trust me. Fair enough – I don't trust him!

    • (Sam walks in with a bucket of fried chicken, and Michael pulls his gun)
      Michael: That'll kill you – you know?
      Sam: (believing Michael is talking about the gun) Yeah, no kiddin'.
      Michael: No. The bucket of transfat you've got there.

  • NOTES (4)


    • On the "Belgrade Weapons Depot" article Cowan leaves for Michael the author is "H.J. Ross Unassociated Press" This is play off of Associated Press, or AP, an American news source.