Burn Notice

Season 4 Episode 6

Entry Point

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 15, 2010 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael and Fiona go undercover as security consultants in order to catch an antiques thief. Meanwhile, Sam and Jesse try to break Kendra.

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  • Kendra needs to go. Seriously.

    As if the previous episode didn't feature enough of Kendra, she dominates a main plot arc in this installment. If it wasn't for the fact that she was clearly suffering and getting played in magnificent form by Jesse, I'm not sure I could have handled it. Navi Rawat is insufferable.

    Hopefully, this episode is the end of her involvement with the story, as Team Westen seems to have all the information that they need to move on to her employers. And it served the purpose of demonstrating Jesse's value to the team, bringing him more into the fold. This is good because it continues to change up the dynamic, and because it also means that it will be all the more painful when Jesse learns the truth about his burn notice.

    The other plot thread was a bit weak. While it's great to see Alan Dale in just about anything, who didn't figure out that it was Selina from the very beginning? I also wasn't thrilled with the client, who was just plain annoying most of the time. Not Kendra-level annoying, but not the kind of character I would look forward to seeing again.

    Perhaps most notable about this episode was Gabrielle Anwar's wardrobe. Is this a normal thing for the show? If so, I'm not complaining. Between the sheer white top at the beginning and that blousy thing at the end, I no longer have to wonder what she looks like topless!moreless
  • Here's two thumbs up for both Kendra/Navi and Jesse/Colby.

    Not an extensive review, but as both the Jesse and Kendra characters/actors are being slammed pretty badly here, I decided to post only to say that my opinion is VERY different. In fact, I found this site by searching for the actress' name who played Kendra, since I thought she was so interesting. Okay, and sexy as hell, too. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing her back. I hadn't watched Numbers, so didn't know her from that, so not sure if that made a difference. But I loved her.

    And given that the series is in its fourth season, I thought they did just fine in creating the Jesse story arc, along with the casting of the actor. When I fell in love with this show my biggest fear was that they wouldn't be able to sustain it. The Jesse subplot has given extra layers to the show, and Colby is very good. Our whole family is still loving every episode. Though now about to go into withdrawals as we've caught up with them all!moreless
  • Finally! A Great Episode! Although I could do without Jesse...

    I am a huge fan of this show - it's one of the few series that can make me laugh out loud - but this new season has really disappointed me. I was not fond of the idea of a new team mate, but I thought it might grow on me. Turns out, I really can't stand Jesse's character at all, and I don't like how he is changing the dynamic. With all that, I have to say I really loved this episode. I liked Jesse not being involved in all of the scenes, and seeing him finally start to take some direction instead of being an arrogant a$$ like he usually is. It was tough to swallow tough girl Kendra, especially after just "marathoning" the Numb3rs series in which she is beyond sweet and innocent, but she did do a pretty good job playing the part. Keep it up Burn Notice - give us some more action like the previous seasons and less Jesse!!moreless
  • Jesse vs. Kendra was by far the epitome of the episode, I didn't really care too much about anything else. The way he manipulated it was beast.

    Although, we get to see Michael Westen be well Michael Westen, I think seeing Jesse breakdown a hired cleaner was by far one of the best scenes throughout the fourth season. Coupled with Michael's voice overs and how they controlled her options was absolutely amazing. Kendra as an actor made the show that much more enjoyable and probably one of the more female characters in the show that has more of a die hard attitude to her. Michael's team hasn't really captured a "trained" killer before. I mean sure they have caught gangsters, mobsters, pimps and "bad people" but never someone especially trained in their same field. So it was a nice treat to see them break down an individual who is supposedly right on par with them.

    Her character didn't bother me at all, Kendra played her role very well and honestly, she did it with tact. I would like to see more of her, maybe they can bring her back later on, but her versus Jesse was definitely, the truth. We have seen a great deal spy related work but never an interrogation in terms of a spy vs a highly intelligent assassin (basically a spy). This was a bold and excellent opportunity to exploit that, this is why I watch this show.

    I can't wait to see more of what happens on the show this week.moreless
  • Entry Point

    Six episodes, and two months in, but we finally got a really good episode of Burn Notice this season. From the hostage storyline that saw Sam and Michael on the other side of that for once, to the stealing of the sword, we had two enjoyable courses of action tonight on USA's best series.

    Coby Bell, who plays Jesse has been upgraded to series star. I am not crazy about him, I think he looks like that guy from Criminal Minds, but I guess the producers thought the show needed to shake up.

    I am sad that Kendra is gone and she was great in this episode. Her aggressive, clever style was the perfect complement to "the good guys" of this show.

    Alan Dale, aka the guy who has appeared on every show in history, made his obligatory Burn Notice appearance as the man who was being conned. And in a Law and Order twist one of his own people tried to steal the sword. Not too bad Burn Notice, you even had me fooled. "I didn't see that one coming," as Fiona said.

    Great episode tonight.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "The Devil" by Methodic Doubt (Opening scenes)
      "Crazy From The Heat" by Juan Don (Team meeting at Carlito's)
      "Trail Of Deceit" by Dan Silver (Office checkout)
      "Double Trouble" by Jon Mattox (Michael and Fiona watch Andrew Deans' house)
      "MDV- Cobra" by Bryan Steele (Getaway)
      "Nitrous Oxide" by Jim Daneker (Michael discovers the thief)
      "Luz Del Caribe" by Daniel Indart (Buddy is happy)
      Portugal" by Robert Pla & His Latin Ensemble (Debriefing)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're interrogating someone with nothing to lose, you have to give them another reason to talk. If you're looking to motivate someone who's cut off, alone, and convinced they're going to die, you can't beat revenge.

    • Michael: It doesn't matter if you're a spy or a civilian, falling isn't fun. You can minimize injury by absorbing shock with your knees and rolling as you hit the ground. But the most important thing you need to do is remain calm and accept that it's going to hurt.

    • Jesse: Hey, let me ask you something. Is it weird that I kind of miss you?
      Sam: Well, you have been hanging out with a homicidal psychopath, but, uh...yeah it's a little weird.

    • Michael: Nice shot Fi.
      Buddy: You shot? You shot?!
      Fi: Well, it was either shoot you or bring flowers to your funeral, Buddy.

    • Michael: For a spy in a rush to steal large computer files quickly, file-sharing sites are a dream come true. File sharing has none of the drawbacks of e-mail. There are no size limitations on uploads, no waiting for files to bounce through multiple servers, and no electronic trail leading back to the account on the receiving end. The only drawback is, whatever you post can be seen by anyone in the world. But since nearly every visitor to these sites is busy trolling for illegal music and movie downloads chances are good no one will think twice about whatever boring intelligence you've left there.

    • Fiona: Criminals and celebrities. They never live up to the hype.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Bureaucracy is a spy's best friend. The overlap between city, county, and state emergency response creates confusion that can be exploited at a crime scene. If you wander in off the street and claim jurisdiction, you buy time by wrapping yourself in red tape.

    • Jesse: Just answer my damn questions.
      Kendra: Honey, where did they find you? I'm never going to answer your questions. But...I think it's cute that you haven't realized that by now.

    • Sam: Mike, you lied to me. You brought me here under false pretenses. I am now officially eating my lunch and drinking my beer in protest.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's an art to letting someone think they are corrupting you. You can't be too eager or too reluctant. You can't be too quick or too slow. Most of all, you have to sell the guilt in the eyes that comes with betrayal. Once they think they own you, then you make your move.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Every interrogation is a struggle between two parties for control. When forward progress depends on you giving up this control, you have to be careful. An overt show of weakness is transparent. Bluffing strength, and allowing that bluff to be called creates a believable fiction that lets the person across the table believe they actually have something on you.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The threat of rendition is usually more persuasive than the fear of immediate torture. For prisoners who want to believe that they've hit rock bottom, the idea that their circumstances could get even worse is a powerful motivator. It's kind of like the grass always being greener, only in reverse.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Interrogating a hostile prisoner is a little like proposing marriage. You want to get it right on the first try. So you don't settle until you find the perfect spot. You take special care to create the right ambiance and set the mood...and then you wait for the best moment to pop the question.

  • NOTES (2)