Burn Notice

Season 5 Episode 6

Enemy of My Enemy

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 28, 2011 on USA



  • Trivia

    • CIA agents Matt Bailey and Gabriel Manaro first appeared in the TV movie The Fall of Sam Axe where the events in Columbia they referred to occurred.

    • Goof: Jacob Starky's driver license shows his date of birth as 06-18-75, the issue date as 06-17-1985 and expires as 03-15-2015. Florida may very well have licenses that are valid for 30 years, but I doubt they issue them to people on the day before their 10th birthday.

  • Quotes

    • Pearce: That's your plan? I don't like it.
      Sam: Well, you and me both, lady, but there's no other way.
      Michael: Are you saying the agency never tricks third parties into attacking our enemies? Huh. Times have changed.

    • Sugar: What do you want?
      Fiona: I want to know about Carmelo Dante's heroin shipments.
      Sugar: Why?
      Fiona: Because he's about to lose one.
      Sugar: Forget it. You rob him, he sucks the marrow out of your bones. I like my marrow... inside of my bones.

    • Fiona: (to Madeline) You're as impatient as Michael!

    • Michael: (voice-over) The most advanced computer is worse at identifying faces than a newborn baby. Unless a photo is taken straight on under direct lighting, facial recognition software's nearly worthless. Fortunately, driver's license photos are taken straight on, under direct lighting for exactly that reason.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Not all of the intelligence spies use is stolen or even secret; when the information you need involves a lot of data, like searching for a single face in the population of Miami, what you really need is access to the right database, which is usually behind the counter at the closest government agency.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Establishing a cover as a drug addict isn't glamorous but it has its advantage. People don't expect addicts to be rational, so they don't question their motives... nothing explains an unwanted intrusion quite like the impression that you're high as a kite.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The first moments of an infiltration are crucially important. That's when you're establishing yourself. What you know about them, what they know about you, and most importantly, how useful you're going to be... If the target decides you're useful, you're in. If they decide you're not useful, you're usually dead.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For a spy, there's no greater victory than successfully inserting an asset into a hostile organization. Of course it's a little harder to celebrate that victory when the hostile organization is a bunch of trigger-happy drug dealers... and the asset is your best friend.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Staging a scene is one of the most important deception technique in espionage. You're telling a story; arranging evidence for someone to discover so they'll believe what you want them to believe. If it works, there's nothing like it. If it doesn't work; well, it's good to be nearby with a sniper riffle.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The key to robbing an armed transport is to stop the vehicle without putting the guards on the defensive. Shooting a tire can cause a blowout without arousing suspicion, but it takes a gifted sniper to hit a target moving at 40mph.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For a spy, one of the most useful contacts in the criminal underworld, is the small time drug dealer. Their work demands that they stay informed about their rivals, their suppliers, the police and any other bad guys who might be operating in their area.

    • Michael: We rip off Carmelo and leave Sam behind as a witness to the heist. He questions him. (to Sam) You steer him towards the Serbs. We play it right he hunts for his heroin and finds our drone instead.
      And if we don't play it right, we find out if Sam is bulletproof.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When confronting an armed enemy, the big question is: what weapons they're bringing to the fight? Trick your enemy in bringing the wrong weapon and you've got an advantage. If someone thinks they're taking fire from a sniper for example, they'll choose something long range and a long barrel; which won't do much good in close combat.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's a long tradition of using doubles in espionage. They're mostly used by dictators who want to confuse would-be-assassins, but they have other less common uses; like framing someone for a crime they did not commit.

  • Notes

    • Sam mentions "He doesn't quite have your chin" and Michael replies, "That means a lot coming from you." Bruce Campbell is known for his signature chin. He wrote his autobiography, "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor"

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 19, 2011 on Super Channel 1
      United Kingdom: August 20, 2012 on FX/FX HD

    • As stated in this episode, this is the second time Michael has enlisted the "help" of Carmelo. The first time was in the season 1 finale "Loose Ends", where he used Carmelo's help to rescue Sam off a ship where he was being held hostage by herion dealers.

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