Burn Notice

Season 3 Episode 16

Devil You Know

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 04, 2010 on USA
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Michael is approached by his alter ego - the man who actually committed the crimes that were used to burn him.

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  • Burn Notice Season 3 Finale

    In the finale of Burn Notice's third season, Michael finally got to meet the one who actually committed the crimes Michael was burnt for. Unfortunately, finding Simon (who actually found Michael) didn't unburn him, but he was forced to call the devil also known as Management.

    Burn Notice never disappoints and delivers great entertainment, but its season finales are exceptionell. Devil You Know certainly closed chapter 3 in a surprising and unexpected way. This season had its recurring bad boys Strickler, Gilroy and Simon who left me wondering where they came from and what they actually wanted. However, these questions were answered as they all served the solely purpose to bring Michael a little closer to the Management that burnt him in the first place.

    Management promised Michael hell that would rain down on him in the very last minutes of season 2. This hell didn't come as thunderstorm, but in bits and pieces and brought Michael where the ones who burnt him wanted him to go.

    In the end, Michael's mistake to work for Gilroy and his failure to prevent Gilroy from freeing a very dangerous psychopath named Simon, finally had him call the Management, something they were waiting for. And even though Michael caught Simon in the end, he didn't win as he ended up in the very prison that made Simon a psychopath.moreless
  • That was a hell of an episode!

    Every single finale of "Burn Notice" has been great so far, but this one was even more outstanding! First of all, it was incredibly exciting, but what I loved most about it was that there were quite a few really touching scenes as well. It was incredibly moving to see how Madeline wouldn't give in to the agents trying to convince her to give up on her son. She showed once again what an incredibly strong woman she is, even being prepared to lose her own freedom. Even though he had never told her what he did back in his days as a spy, she wouldn't change her judgement on him. I'm also touched by how Fi and Sam constantly put their lives on stake for Michael (and vice versa). Especially Sam has come a very long way from spying on him to showing incredible loyalty and great friendship.

    The very end was really thrilling and I can't wait to see where it is going to take us. There's one thing I'm pretty sure about: whatever is going to happen to Michael and whoever he has to get up against next, he won't ever lose his soul like Simon did and he is always going to keep his humanity.moreless
  • Just amazing.

    In this episode, Burn Notice takes a long trip down memory lane. Looking back at season 1, when Michael was looking for who burned him. Then season 2, when Michael meets Carla. Then the Season 2 finale, where Michael meets Management, the man who burned him.

    Everything in seasons 1 and 2 set up for what was in store for season 3, where Michael meets Gilroy. Gilroy asks Michael to steal flight data to every private plane leaving Miami, and Michael finds the plane, curious as to what is on it. He finds out it is a man, not an object, and that man is very dangerous.

    In the episode before this, the man on the plane, 'Simon' escaped and attached a bomb to Gilroy, killing him and setting up for the finale.

    Michael, Fiona, and Sam look for Simon, because, after all, a man that escapes from a 'black flight' isn't a guy that should be mixing with commen citizens.

    Michael finds that before he finds Simon, Simon finds him, and just by coincidence, Simon is the man that commited the crimes used to burn him. Simon tells Michael of a bomb in 'a hotel' on Miami beach, and says that if Michael refuses to get Management for Simon, the hotel blows up.

    Fiona and Sam go on a hunt for the bomb, while Michael and Simon get ready for the meeting with management. What a great episode this was, with a huge twist at the end and a cliffhanger ending that will leave you stunned. A must watch.moreless
  • The Burn Notice season three finale was amazing...

    Through the seasons of Burn Notice we have had a number of great cliffhangers for example the season one finale with Michael driving into the back of the truck after he rescued Sam, or season two after management told him that if he wanted them out of his life hell would rain down on him without an umbrella and he jumped out of the copter. But just like every time before the writers of Burn Notice decided to out do themselves. From the beginning with "he's out Sam" to the ending "he is gone" we viewed the best writing, directing, and acting to ever come out of this show... thus i dub this episode freaking amazing, and thank the lord that we only have to wait til June for the season four premiere of Burn Notice.moreless
  • Outstanding episode. Short & sweet review.*spoiler free*

    This was a outstanding episode. The writers of Burn Notice really know how to write exciting cliffhangers. Every season so far, the finales have been amazing and this one did not disappoint. The writers and director used very good misdirection at the end of the show. I don't want to give anything away but if you saw it I think you know what I mean. Burn Notice is one of the only formulated shows I like. Most episodes are formulated, but the finale seemed different to me. probably because the end was just amazing. It's exactly why I watch the show. :-)moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Time Alone (Instrumental)" by Mark Blasquez (Opening scenes)
      "Run" by Jeff Biebuyck (Michael escapes)
      "Radical Red" by Jon Mattox (Simon's TV show)
      "Dissonance" by Figure and Groove (Sam and Fiona meet Keith)
      "Tuff Stuff" by Beamish (Michael enters his loft)
      "Despise" by Ghost In The Machine (Simon and Michael escape)
      "Caliente" by Los Dos (Meeting place stakeout)
      "Troops Rally" by Russell Howard (Management arrives)
      "Wicked This Way Comes" by Figure and Groove (Helipad explosion)
      "Showdown In The Future" by Dynamedion (Michael escapes Simon)
      "Two Headed Beast" by Figure and Groove (Michael informs Sam and Fiona)
      "Ork Tek Chase" by Gerard Marino (Car chase)
      "Mountain Cycle" by Jon Mattox (Showdown)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Michael: (voiceover) To be a spy, you need physical fitness, a facility with languages, a tolerance for exotic foods and the bugs that come with them. But ultimately, there's no greater qualification than the ability to look someone who ruined your life in the eye and say, "Let's work together."

    • Michael: (voiceover) As a spy, you want to work with people with clear alliances. The biggest monster in the world becomes quite predictable on a government payroll. Your worst nightmare is a lone crazy person.

    • Simon: (to Michael) I've been watching your career in Miami. Just think of me as one of those people you help in your spare time. A desperate fellow with a problem.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Commuter parking lots are great for fugitives. You can get some sleep while your pursuers lose momentum to exhaustion and shift changes. It's also one-stop shopping for a new phone or dry clothes.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Spies are in the lawbreaking business. Call it espionage, covert ops, whatever you like. When you get right down to it, you're a criminal working for a good cause. When your job involves daily lawbreaking, chances are you're going to find yourself on the wrong end of a manhunt at some point.

    • Michael: Right now, I just need to get clear of the cops.
      Sam: Mike, it's not just the cops. The FBI's involved now. Homeland Security's on alert. Pretty soon it's gonna be the IRS, the Forest Service and the Food and Drug Administration are gonna be looking for you.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Work in intelligence long enough and you hang on to phone numbers. No matter who your enemy is, there's a chance you'll need him tomorrow. Churchill and Stalin weren't chummy in 1941. But once the Nazis marched on Moscow, they got past their differences.

    • Agent Callahan: I saw your son attack a police officer, Mrs. Westen! He nearly killed the man! Your son shot at me! He tried to kill me! You live in a fantasy world, lady! You have no idea who your own son really is!
      Madeline: I know this. If Michael wanted to kill you, you'd be dead. I know exactly who my son is! Now, back off!

    • Sam: Jesus, Mikey, there you are. I've been calling and calling.
      Michael: What happened?
      Sam: Well, it was a little messy, but we dealt with the bomb. We're clear.
      Michael: Yeah, we're a lot of things, Sam, but clear isn't one of them.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It's hard to get used to the idea that doing the right thing can mean being public enemy number one.
      FBI Agent: Stop right now! Put your hands on your head now!
      Michael: (voice-over) The good news is you're usually too busy trying to survive to get upset. Usually, the best thing is to get away, deal with the situation, and hope people are in a forgiving mood.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 15, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: May 5, 2010 on FX
      Czech Republic: June 8, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Sweden: June 27, 2010 on TV6
      Norway: July 12, 2010 on Viasat 4
      United Kingdom: December 15, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: February 21, 2011 on Vox
      Slovakia: November 29, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Finland: February 11, 2013 on MTV3