Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 8

Double Booked

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 11, 2008 on USA
out of 10
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Episode Summary

An associate from Michael's past hires him to assassinate a woman named Jeannie, who is about to become a very rich widow. As Michael investigates, the situation grows more complicated.

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  • The Hit

    Old friend from the past offers Michael a job his name is Larry and he's suppose to be dead. Michael took job but only to make sure the hit doesn't happen. Michael and Sam find out who the sniper is and trailed him all the way to Carla's knew hideout. Fiona has a new boyfriend but in my opinion wants to make Michael jealous like I said in my previous reviews its very predicable and foresaw this. Look forward to seeing the next episode.moreless
  • Review

    The best part about the episode was that Michael didn't win in the end, which was a great end to the episode. Michael did save the girl who was on the block for being killed, but wasn't able to kill his old friend and save the guy who was trying to get the girl killed. Did the guy deserve to die? Yes. But Michael didn't want to kill him. Wanted him to run far far away and never come back into town. I thought it was good that the old spy ran away, likely to never be heard from again. Fiona and Michaels relationship is still just average, the on-screen connection has tailed off quite a bit from how they used to be way back in season one. I thought the episodic case in this episode was actually a higher quality then most other season two episodes and I wasn't disapointed when the main storyline didn't advance much further then watching the Sniper walk into a building. With the fall finale just ahead, hopefully we get a good ending to go into the new year with.moreless
  • Actually exactly why i should be watching this series.

    This installment surprised me, in previous episodes Burn Notice would always point out the redundancy of 'The Client' which was getting very tiresome after a while. This episode took an unexpected turn, instead of representing out of kindness to his brother, friend or mother, he was obligated to help this person for fear if he didn't she would die and the blood would be on his hands. I liked the story line, it was different, and burn Notice needed that.

    The only thing is that Micheal's mother is starting to annoy me. Why do they keep showing her, when it's not even that necessary. The show is finding a way to keep Micheal's mother in the plot and it obvious. Fiona's new love interest, I really couldn't care for, it was funny, but the show is playing with these two characters too much, pretty soon we could loose interest in Micheal and Fiona's relationship.

    Overall, I thought this was a good installment. I really liked it.moreless
  • Michael tries to stop a hit that he was hired for by an old spy colleague called Larry "the undead spy", which becomes complicated when he discovers that there are multiple contracts out on the target.moreless

    I thought this was a good episode, bringing in a character who was another spy that Michael had previously worked with. I was hoping for more developments on who burned Michael but my guess is they are saving that for the season finale. They did track down this Bill Johnson character who is supposedly a hit man who Michael has been doing the prep work for, but they really didn't find out too much about Bill Johnson. It's interesting to think about why Michael didn't kill Larry "the undead spy". We know Larry was going to kill the other guy so why didn't Michael take the shot? Was it because of some kind of spy code or was he too weak to pull the trigger?moreless
  • It's coming along well... (SPOILER?)

    this episode is exactly what the series needed, just as you thought its over, something else comes up. still i really wanted to see Michael pull that trigger. it gives him the more feel that you-mess-with-me-you-are-going-to-die kind of spy. making him more bad-ass. now,i love the way how he handles things with zero body count, it makes it more of a challenge but still i'd love to see him kill someone again. who knows? by the end of this season he might kill carla! now, that would be a punch in the sun victory. and oh yeah, i love the part with fi's bf being in on the mission. "are you a soil scientist to?" haha. nicemoreless
Amy Pietz

Amy Pietz

Jeannie Anderson

Guest Star

Zachery Bryan

Zachery Bryan

Drew Anderson

Guest Star

Gary Weeks

Gary Weeks


Guest Star

Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson

Larry Sizemore

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Treasure Island" by Armik
      "Fabulosa" by Sanchia
      "Cheveron" by La Sonora Dinamita
      "Nitron" by Daniel A. Silver
      "The Lookout" by Machine Vandals
      "Warrior's Play (Dirty Mix)" by Machine Vandals
      "The Gladiate RMX" by Machine Vandals
      "Pass Me My Drink" by Wayne Jones Quartet
      "Premeditated" by Machine Vandals
      "We Called It Love" by Joel Evans

    • When Michael talks to Jeannie for the first time, she leaves a stain on his right shoulder. In the following shots, the stain disappears and reappears again.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Michael: Right now, I gotta do a job... with Larry.
      Sam: Larry? Dead Larry? (laughs) Oh, man. I hated that guy.
      Michael: He's back.
      Sam: Okay, I hate him present tense. He's a bad influence, Mike. Don't tell me you're working with him.
      Michael: No, I'm not working with him. I'm working against him.
      Sam: Well, in that case, can I help?

    • Michael: Larry. Uh, correct me if I'm wrong, but you're dead.
      Larry: Okay, you're wrong. Just don't tell my ex-wife.

    • Sam: (about Larry) Just checking in? He's got a weird thing for you.
      Michael: It's because he doesn't have any friends.
      Sam: That's because he killed most of them, Mike.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It doesn't matter if you're trying to take out a moped or a dump truck, every vehicle has three areas of vulnerability: the driver, the engine and the tires. A can of paint across the windshield could blind the driver, a 50mm cannon could kill the engine, but neither will guarantee the truck won't swirl into oncoming traffic. But if you force a vehicle's front tires off the road, you drastically diminish its maneuverability. That way it can't swirl. Of course, getting a dump truck's tires off the ground is even more difficult than it sounds. And hell of a lot more dangerous.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Black bag missions are often broken into separate parts: operatives are given discreet tasks to ensure secrecy. They are like jigsaw pieces, and you never know if any of the ones you're given are from the same puzzle. But if you can get your hands on a corner piece, the part where the puzzle starts to take shape, sometimes you realize all your pieces fit together.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Spend a career in covert ops and you're going to know some bad people. You'll work with them, you'll live with them, you might even trust your life with them. But none of that makes them your friend. It can't. Because one day, you might have to end them.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Staging a fake death and a believable emergency response is almost impossible on a budget. One lone ambulance isn't going to sell it. So unless you happen to have a fleet of fire and rescue vehicles, uniforms and a dozen actors you trust, you really do have to call 911. You just have to have called your people first.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Cell phone jammers emit radio waves at the same frequency as commercial cellphones. They are useful when you really want to make sure someone stays out of touch.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When a pro plans an ambush they capitalize on the element of surprise. They attack aggressively, so their opponent has to react from a place of weakness. An amateur on the other hand is more likely to take a defensive posture, which means they are the one acting from a place of weakness.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Covert operatives try to avoid assuming other people's identities whenever possible. There's just too many pitfalls when you're dealing with someone your new identity has corresponded with; what have they said, what have they been told, what have they agreed to. Of course it helps if the person you're deceiving is terrified of the person you're pretending to be.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Work long enough in covert ops, and you're bound to be offered some pretty nasty assignments. When a bad job comes along, you have two choices, and neither is very appealing; you can pass and watch the op go down, or you can take the job and make sure the op gets blown.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Laundry bluing is a synthetic dye that dry cleaners use by the thimble and covert operatives go through by the bottle. It blots out secrets and works like a poor man's dye pack, staining anyone who digs through your trash.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The garbage someone leaves on the curb can often tell you more than a face to face conversation. Shredded documents in the trash used to be a strong indicator that someone had a secret; but nowadays everybody and their mother shreds bills to prevent identity theft.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Spies make great neighbors; they're polite, they keep the lawn trim, and they never crank up the music at night. They don't stand out, because they don't want to be found. So if you're hunting for a covert operative, and all you've got to go on are the names of a few dozens suspects, you're out of luck. Unless you know where to look.

    • (Michael and Campbell, Fiona's boyfriend, are meeting for the first time.)
      Campbell: Fiona tells me you're a soil scientist.
      Michael: Yes, yes, I love my dirt.

    • Jeannie: Who are you?
      Michael: I'm Michael. I'm here because someone was hired to kill you.
      Jeannie: Who?
      Michael: Me.

    • Madeline: Do you have any idea how hard it is to have an honest exchange with you when you're withholding like this?
      Michael: You been reading a book or something?
      Madeline: I'm seeing a counselor, Michael. And he's pretty sure you're the one who has the problems.
      Michael: So you're actually here twisting my arm until I go to counseling. That's honest.

    • Therapist: And that's why I like to say that trust is a bridge, and it needs a strong foundation, and you can't build a bridge out of pain and fear, can you? (nudges Michael awake) Can you, Michael?
      Michael: Uh, no, because that would make it, um, structurally unsound.

  • NOTES (5)

    • (Michael, while waiting in a car has a notepad and is writing)

      Things to be thankful to my mother for.

      1 - Outfitted me with cover ID...

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dvakrát objednaná vražda (Double Booked Murder)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: March 3, 2009 on FX
      Australia: August 20, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Czech Republic: November 18, 2009 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: November 30, 2009 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: February 8, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 12, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: November 21, 2011 on MTV3

    • Ellen Jacoby (Dog Lady) is the Miami casting director for the series.

    • Episode director Tim Matheson (Larry) is credited as a special guest star.