Burn Notice

Season 3 Episode 3

End Run

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 18, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Black market dealer Brennen kidnaps Michael's brother Nate in order to use Michael for a job, while Michael still has to deal with Detective Paxson's investigations.

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  • Season 3's BOOM

    Although it is only the 3rd episode in this season. It was the best so far and a hell of an episode!. Brennan is back again to get Michael to do some dirty work for him in order to keep Mike's brother, Nate, alive. A brilliant scene in this episode was when Michael needs to get a man to say many numbers and also his name in order to create a voice code to enter this room later on in the episode. This scene is very clever and comedic. Don't miss out

    The episode has a good ending as well and this episode overall will keep you interested the whole time.

    Well done! 10/10moreless
  • In Episode 3, "End Run," Michael is fighting a war on two fronts. Det. Paxson is still prying and an arms dealer named Brennen, runs Michael through a series of obstacles to save his brother Nate's life.moreless

    The plot is a good one. Nate is lured into a business deal with Brennan and a Sicilian enforcer called "The Butcher." They use Nate's life as leverage to force Michael into retrieving a biometric lock for advanced military weapons. Michael has no choice, but with Paxson watching his every move, it is not going to be easy to stay under her radar. Barry the money launderer is unwillingly dragged into the battle, mainly to keep Det. Paxson from prying into his line of work. With his help, a dummy company is developed with someone in the Mayor's office with Michael as co-owner.. The investigation into its legality keeps Paxson busy while Michael deals with Brennan.

    Brennen is a man without a conscience and has no qualms about maiming or killing anyone who stands between him and his goal. This makes him very dangerous and Michael must use all of his skills and resources to find the chink in Brennan's armor. While retrieving the biometric lock, Michael is able to gather vital information on Brennen without his knowledge. Sam, Fi, and Barry all play a part in what turns out to be an elaborate deception to force Brennen's hand. As it turns out, Brennen does have a couple of vulnerabilities, money and his young daughter. Barry arranges a fake transfer out of Brennen's bank account. Michael finds a family photo in Brennen's house and convinces Brennen that a sniper is in place to take out his daughter. Brennen takes the bait but not before he shoots Nate in the arm to show his ruthlessness. The only thing that saves Michael and Nate is Brennen's belief that Michael is more ruthless.

    Overall, this was a very good episode. The two front attack made for some suspenseful moments. Michael really had to sweat this one both literally and figuratively. Barry's character has always been enjoyable and maybe his role will become more than casual. With Det. Paxson on the warpath, Michael is going to need all the help he can get.moreless
  • Episode 303.

    Finally, Burn Notice delivers us a really good season three episode. They deemphasized the comedy and put the focus on some great action scenes and an intense movie-quality confrontation at the end between Michael and the arms dealer. This show can be so brilliant at times and this episode is living proof of that.

    Moon Bloodgood's character Michelle Paxton is starting to grow on me as well and she might even be enjoyable as Carla, played by Tricia Helfer, was last season. Her line of, "I can give as good as I get!" before storming out of Michael's apartment was such a great way to end the show.

    While I liked how the comedy was deemphasized, I did not want it completely absent as this episode really could have used some funny Sam Axe lines, and an interesting storyline with Madeline, but that is one of the few faults I can find here. Another strong offering from Burn Notice and probably the best episode of TV this week.moreless
  • I love this show!

    Even when the case is not one of my favorites, I just love this show. I love all the explanations Michael gives when he's making something up or when he comes up with something to save his life.

    Too bad Nate is not as successful as Michael and too bad he was used by this maniac to get to his brother. Madeline is terrific and she just can't be fooled, she knew they were in trouble but only wanted to have the whole family together in the end.

    I wonder what happened to Michael's father... I love Fiona and her excitement when she has to blow up something.moreless
  • hmm

    .. I like this episode. It's fun when they bring back some evil recurring to shake things up a bit.

    Since Carla was written off last season, I thought burn notice could use a new main villain. The detective is more annoying than scary. Not to mention, her character layout seems a lot like Bly. Someone who just comes into Mike's life, cause some mayhem but ends up as an asset.

    Brennen is smart and cruel. If he had become ruthless and killed Nate... hmm, the possibities would be amazing.

    Michael wanting revenge and going almost berserk. Sam trying to back up his friend while Fionna struggled to keep Mike's feet on the ground.. and alive...

    Anyways, just some ideas. The way the show is moving is as good as always. Can't complain..

Moon Bloodgood

Moon Bloodgood

Michelle Paxson

Guest Star

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Tyler Brennen

Guest Star

Scott Michael Morgan

Scott Michael Morgan

Jonathan Carver

Guest Star

Paul Tei

Paul Tei

Barry Burkowski

Recurring Role

Seth Peterson

Seth Peterson

Nate Westen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "No Quedo Nada" by Roberto Pla & His Latin Ensemble (Opening scenes)
      "Bludan" by Cal Tjader All Stars (Michael, Sam and Fiona at the restaurant)
      "Strictly Confidential" by Nard Berings (Michael builds the device)
      "Raiders" by Julian Beeston (Michael breaks into a car)
      "Earring In The Shag" by Sway Back (Fiona speeds away)
      "Clobberin' Time" by PolyWooD (Michael enters JLA Industries)
      "Olor" by Keith Hillebrandt (Michael breaks into the lab)

    • In the season two finale, Michael jumped out of the helicopter in his Armani suit (the tan one with the blue shirt in which he was often seen). In this episode, he can be seen wearing a suit that looks just the same as that same suit that was ruined and left behind in the ocean.

    • In the car with Brennen, Michael identifies Brennen's handgun as a 226. The pistol is a Sig Sauer P226 which was designed for the U.S. Army and is carried by the U.S. Navy SEALs.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Michael: (voice-over) A lone spy who always works solo is a myth. The truth is, you don't last long without keeping a few friends around because your enemies will find you on their own.

    • Michael: You could save me some time. You could tell me what we're doing.
      Brennen: Hmm, uh, pass. You're just a key, Michael. Keys don't need to know what's behind the doors they unlock.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Nothing sells innocence like an injury. People naturally sympathize with someone who's bleeding. If you're in a situation where you really need the benefit of the doubt, it's worth a flesh wound.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A tire iron is great if you need a new tire. It's also great if you need a new car, because a tire iron can be used to break a window and pry open the steering column to expose the ignition leads. It's the ultimate all-purpose tool.

    • Michael: JLA Industries? You're forcing me to break into a weapons manufacturer.
      Brennen: Forcing is such an ugly word. Encouraging? Incentivizing? No, you're right, let's go with forcing.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The problem with blackmail is that it's like a gun with only one bullet. You can't waste that bullet on every little problem. And the closer you get to your goal, the harder it is to pull the trigger.

    • (Fiona is preparing the explosives to blow Brennen's house up)
      Fiona: How big do we want this?
      Sam: Well, enough to make a point. But not kill the neighbors.
      Fiona: Really? Should be good then.

    • Brennen: This isn't you, Westen. You're capable of a lot, but you wouldn't hurt a child.
      Michael: But you would, Brennen. This is your game. We're playing by your rules.

    • (Sam and Mike talk on phone about Brennen)
      Sam: What can I do?
      Michael: I just hacked Brennen's cell. I e-mailed you everything on it. I need you to comb through the addresses, text messages and phone calls.
      Sam: You wanna know what Brennen's after.
      Michael: I wanna know everything. I wanna know who his buyer is, where he's got Nate, what brand of orange juice he drinks in the morning.
      Sam: I'm on it.
      Michael: And you'd better hurry. 'Cause I get the feeling Brennen's got the Westen brothers fitted for body bags.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Bratři (Brothers)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 12, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: December 1, 2009 on FX
      Sweden: March 21, 2010 on TV6
      Norway: April 5, 2010 on Viasat 4
      Czech Republic: May 17, 2010 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: September 15, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: November 22, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: October 17, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Finland: November 5, 2012 on MTV3