Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 10

Do No Harm

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 22, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael prevents a man from committing suicide, whose son suffers from a heart condition. He had lost his savings in a scam after investing in a "miracle drug" for his son, so Michael decides to get him his money back. Meanwhile, he has to deal with an explosion at his place and his brother in jail.moreless

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  • The Medical Cons

    Good episode Michael and Fiona plays as con artist to try and get back a fathers 250 thousand dollars, to save his son life he need a heart transplant. Carla asks for Michael to come meet with him and ask questions if he had anything to do with the killing of the sniper and the setup. Carla ask Michael to find the culprits, and Fiona lost her boyfriend hehe because always running whenever Michael calls.moreless
  • The show is based on a singular objective by a small group of people. Seeing as the moment they solve the burn notice, the show will be over. They have to find some way to make it interesting without revealing too much.moreless

    When I saw the first episode of the season I felt it was just toying with the audience. "Look, Michael is going to find out about the burn notice, yeah... wait, he has to jump through some hoops. It's back to the same format he had with the FBI agents."

    This episode almost feels like it was going to follow the same path. When he rescued Kenny from the attempted suicide, I felt like they just wanted to jump back into the same format. Thankfully, both his client-of-the-week story and his dealings with Carla was much more intense then the show had before.

    In fact, once he picked up the brick and threw it into the MIB car window, that is when the story took a sharp turn for the better. He had a nice little conversation with Carla, where Michael exploded into a list of demands: brother out of jail, who tried to kill him, and his life back.

    Seeing Carla eye him down revealed quite a lot, she is not sure exactly what Michael is capable of, and neither do we. In the last scene between the two, Michael even took note that his "danger level" went up a few ranks in her eyes.

    The story with Kenny and his son was typical of Michael Weston, a kid who was messed with by the bad guys ticks him off. Especially in the case of medical false hope.

    The story in this regard was also filled with surprises. They did a little of the spy infiltration thing, but for the most part they just portrayed themselves as vicious thugs. They returned to the interrogation method they did a few episodes ago and re-emphasized the whole "violence in interrogation doesn't work...it's the fear of violence."

    Fiona blowing their cover was also a surprise. Usually the bad guy figures it out at some point, but here everything was going fine but Fiona just snapped and took a swing. I was a little unsure of the fanservice of Fiona and Rachel fighting in bikinis (it's not like the show has any shortage of either) but thankfully they didn't exploit it too far.

    The fight between Sam and Mike was also a nice touch, only good friends can take a few swings at each other and then continue being friends. Sam also proved that he can trade blows with the best of them. It was also the boiling point where Mike started to recover from almost getting killed. It takes a good friend like Sam to do that for you.

    Now, as far as the whole "figuring out the burn notice" story arc, I can deal with it being put on hold. They aren't teasing that Michael is going to find it by hunting down the guy that tried to kill him. This is more or less a revenge plot. It's something new, and Michael revealed that the most important thing to deal with any trama is to keep busy, have something to focus on. The longer the show is on, the better.moreless
  • Michael tries to help a suicidal man.

    Burn Notice is back!

    USA Network's best show and the most underrated drama on TV returned with the second half of its second season. Noticeable is Jeffrey Donovan's improved acting, possibly through his work in big-time film Changeling. He just seems more passionate, more driven and his hunger for revenge created some truly compelling television.

    Supporting cast Bruce Campbell and Gabriell Anwar were also given much more screen time than usual and excelled with (for the record, Fionna is free to walk around in a bikini every episode, I won't mind). Tricia Helfer's excellent portrayal of Carla made this episode even better, and hopefully with Battlestar Galactica ending she can guest star even more.

    But a really good episode and it's great to have this show back.moreless
  • It's great to have Burn Notice and Michael Westen back on television. What a solid return for a great show! We last left off with Michael's door exploding and that's exactly where we start off…moreless

    Michael helps a single father named Kenny, whose son suffers from a heart condition. Kenny lost his savings to con men after investing in a "miracle drug" for his son – and that's just the client of the week. We also get to see an entire different side of Michael. Broken, bruised and mad as hell about getting almost blown up.

    Of course at first he thinks Caprica-Carla has something to do with it, but it turns out she wants to hire him to find out who it was that did try to kill him.

    Meanwhile, Michael takes on a case to keep things focused while he tries to bring order back into his life.

    More Thoughts on 'Do No Harm': - "Brushes with death are like snowflakes. Each one is unique and icy cold." – Michael

    - "I want my brother out of jail! I want answers! I want my life back!" –Michael

    - I liked Campbell, but I'm not sorry to see him go.

    - Loved Fi getting so pissed off at the con woman that she kicked the crap out of her – awesome scene.

    - Michael and Sam interrogating the guys was great, the knife scare, the blindfolded 'who talks first' drop, all played to perfection.

    - The fight with Sam at the loft really showed us how out of control Michael's anger was, and it was unsettling to see.

    Bottom Line: It's great to have it back!!

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  • Michael definitely loves his job

    It seems like nothing stops Michael. He almost gets blown up and yet he has the heart to help a man find a cure for his son.

    I hated Carla here. Playing games with poor Michael was a little too crazy but I guess he's willing to play her games and do what she wants because he has no other choice.

    Fiona... I liked that softer side of hers. I thought she was going to act all disgusted and uncomfortable with the kid but she surprised me by playing with him and give him a weapons lesson, it was pretty cool. And she was very upset with that woman, and she had a reason. Sam is a great friend. Maybe that was what Michael needed, it didn't matter if it was his friend. Otherwise, he wouldn't have stopped.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Fiona is playing with the little boy at Michael's mom's house, she puts the little armed toy up on a shelf behind her. When she turns back to the kid and the camera angle changes, she's back holding the same toy.

    • The picture supposedly drawn by the kid can be identified as a print-out, as you can see a white border on the entire sheet.

    • Ever since the explosion at Michael's house he has changed his cellphone from the Motorola RAZR to the iPhone.

    • Featured Music:
      "Trail Of Deceit" by Daniel A. Silver (Michael turns himself in and is questioned by Carla)
      "Electric City" by Ken Tamplin (Michael and Sam enter the office building)
      "Forced Pressure" by Free Range Killer (Philip is revealed)
      "Hechizame" by Jose Reverso (Michael and Sam discuss their plan with Kenny)
      "Broken Record" by Sweatshop Union (Michael and Fiona meet Rachel)
      "Steel_V1.1-WIP" by Machine Vandals (Fiona fights Rachel)
      "Colorado" by Jesus Perez (Michael, Sam and Fiona develop a plan to find Rachel)
      "Do Not Thieve" by Keith Hillebrandt (Michael and Sam build a cell phone device)
      "Saber Remix_MethodmX" by Machine Vandals (The plan is set in motion)
      "Duda Salsa" by Daniel Indart (Michael hands over the money)
      "El Granmy" by Candido Fabre (Michael and Fiona talk)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you've spent enough time as an operative recovering from a brush with death isn't about an appointment with the psychiatrist or a week in Hawaii. It's about having a purpose whether it's something to fight or someone to hunt.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In modern warfare, a well-positioned microphone can tell you anything from where troops are moving to where a sniper is firing from. The same basic technology will also tell you when an ambulance passes someone talking on a cell phone.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Running an operation is like poker. Ideally, you've got good cards and you play them well. When your cards are bad, though, you have to know how to bluff.

    • Campbell: Look, Fiona, you're a great girl. I mean, you're exciting and you're passionate. I just don't think I can take this.
      Fiona: Campbell...
      Campbell: You and Mike, I know you have a history. But he's your boyfriend. Not me.
      Fiona: No, he's not. You're--
      Campbell: I'm a guy you fool around with and you borrow ambulances from. He's the most important thing in your life. (Her cell phone rings) That's him, isn't it? You know, it's okay. I know you're always gonna answer when he calls.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Using sound to determine an enemy's position is one of the oldest techniques in war whether it's putting an ear to the ground or bouncing sonar off a submarine. If you can get your enemy on the phone that opens up new possibilities. Hook up your cell phone to an amplifier and a computer that can analyze sound and you have a powerful weapon if you know how to use it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For the truly security conscious there's no better meeting place than a pool of water. Even if you manage to hide a bug in your swim trunks chlorinated water conducts electricity well enough to short out any listening device.

    • Michael: (voice-over) "The who talks first" interrogation technique originally involved taking two blindfolded prisoners up in a helicopter and tossing one out to get the other to talk. When a helicopter's not available any tall building will do. You don't actually wanna kill anyone, of course. Their screaming is all you really need.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's a saying in interrogation: "Violence perceived is violence achieved." You don't want someone screaming. You want him asking questions, asking "What is he doing with that knife?" Asking, "lf he'll do that to himself, what will he do to me?" Mostly you want him asking, "How do I make this stop?"

    • Michael: (voice-over) Empty commercial buildings are useful when you're looking for a place to interrogate someone. No one pays much attention to people coming and going and the floors are typically soundproof.

    • Michael: (voice-over) As a spy, the best approach is usually to become a target's friend. Some situations, though, call for a different approach.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Medical scammers like pimps, drug dealers or feral dogs need to protect their territory. They can't let anyone new operate there, or they're asking for problems. Like a corporation has a lawyer to handle copyright infringement a scammer will often have an enforcer to deal with unwanted competition.

    • Michael: (voice-over) From the first day of training, you're told not to get emotionally involved in operations. But sometimes it happens, and there's nothing you can do.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Distinguishing between different kinds of suspicious behavior is crucial for an operative. Someone doing surveillance, for example looks different than someone who's trying to commit suicide.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're being hunted, paranoia is inevitable. If you don't know what to do with it, it turns into cold, directionless fear. With the right training, it turns into hyperawareness of your surroundings. Not always pleasant, but a lot more useful.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're a spy, you learn to live with the idea of people wanting you dead: an old enemy, a dissatisfied employer, a disgruntled asset. Work long enough, and the line to kill you gets pretty long. Still, getting blown up isn't really something you get used to.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Nearly getting killed shakes you up, no matter how much experience you have. Brushes with death are like snowflakes. Each one is unique and icy cold.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In covert work you try to make friends with the bad guys. But sometimes you just can't pull it off. Once it's clear you're not gonna be friends, you have to resolve the situation as quickly and as cleanly as possible. Sometimes you can't pull that off either.

    • Michael: (hood taken off) Drugstore sells blindfolds now.
      Carla: Just old fashioned I guess. We have a new job for you.
      Michael: Really, 'cause last we spoke, I got the sense I wasn't up for employee of the month. Did something change?

    • Madeline: Whadda you say, you and I go find some toys for you to play with, would you like that?
      Jack: What kind of toys?
      Madeline: Michael's old toys. Most of them are blown up or taken apart, but I bet we could find a few good ones.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Securing a room isn't about walls. A determined captive can kick through plasterboard, but he can't bite through steel bars or pry out screws with his fingers. Though it might be fun to watch him try.

    • Carla: We need to know what happened. If you're playing some kind of game...
      Michael: I am flattered that you think I'm that devious. But I didn't blow myself up for your benefit. I want my brother out of jail, I want answers. I want my life back.

    • Carla: Michael.
      Michael: Carla, new office. I like it.
      Carla: What was that today?
      Michael: You're asking me? Last time I checked you put my brother in jail, you chased me halfway across Miami, and you nearly got my head blown off.
      Carla: We had nothing to do with that.
      Michael: Nothing? Your sniper got blown up the same way. By the way, how'd the assassination go?
      Carla: Our operation was compromised.
      Michael: Which is why you're holed up in an office with two guys and a bag of Cheetos.

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