Burn Notice

Season 3 Episode 11

Friendly Fire

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 2010 on USA
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Episode Summary

Mack, Sam's old friend shows up and asks for help in a case against a child predator named Rincon. Meanwhile, Michael meets Mason Gilroy, an associate of Tom Strickler's, who plans to become his new employer.

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  • Phoned in.

    After Burn Notice's explosive return last week, we were treated to just a so-so episode tonight. I found Jeffrey Donovan's performance to be phoned in, and I am usually a fan of his work. If Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series was not such a crowded field at award shows, I'd suggest he deserves a nomination, but not based on episodes like this tonight.

    The explosion scenes and the shootouts scenes are always good, that is the one constant when you watch Burn Notice, but sometimes you just want a little bit more.

    And I'm sorry, but Gilroy is just not doing it for me as a villain. Hopefully they bring someone else in to counteract Michael Westen's efforts.moreless
  • Crowning moments of awesome, putting a face to our new übervillain, and a few moments of heartwarming as well - pretty much one of the best "basic" episodes of Burn Notice I've seen.moreless

    I tend to separate Burn Notice into two parts, I've realized. The "basic", which is the plot of the week, with its victims and villains, witty dialogue and things that go boom. And then there's the emotional/storyarc bit, which focuses more on Micael's relationships with the people closest to him, and the overall direction of the plot - sometimes background noise, sometimes a red thread, and sometimes real and immediate.

    Although this episode had a bit of the latter - a nice ending with Michael and Fiona, and finally putting a face to what appears to be this seasons main villain - it was above all a wonderfully over-the-top "basic" version.

    In some episodes Michael goes up against real pros, facing difficult odds and pulling on all his training and experience.

    And then there's cases like this one, where the opposition is just weak enough to let him pull off really cool feats of Awesomeness. :D

    The ultracool persona he portrayed made a bit of preplanning look like magic, and reminded me of a Mission:Impossible episode where the villain is convinced he's dealing with the devil himself.

    The not-so-subtle "hints" pointing in the same direction here are entertaining and impressive, and at the end of the episode I had to resist the urge to snap my fingers... :Dmoreless
  • OMG "The A Team" is back!

    this show is a fan of the 80's show The A team. you can see the similarities in situations. like having an underdog client, with an underdog neighborhood. don't mention the guns and explosions, what about the building of stuffs from improvised things. and with some military stuffs. yeah its like the old a team show for me. and that's great because the a team show is a great series. but of course, this show have its own originality in someway, like about spy stuffs. and is Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) kinda look like Murdock from the A team show.. . . . .moreless
  • One of BN's best

    With the inclusion of Chris Vance as Gilroy Michael aims to show the flash of the spy trade as he goes up against a gang hiding a person of interest in a neighborhood that he must find. With the snap of his fingertips and some of the cues from hilariously awesome side kicks Fiona and Bruce Campbell (Sam Axe) there is quite a dynamic that evolves from this episode. Michael even wears a Bond-ish suit and I am a huge fan of Prison Break so it's good to see Vance branch out into this and be a good old villain.moreless
  • Michael meets Gilroy the man who is a dangerous unknown. While taking care of a problem with a child molester Michael works to take care of two of his problems at the same time. Catching the bad guy and convincing Gilroy he's for real.moreless

    A great example of playing both ends against the middle. One of the more clever episodes of Burn Notice where Michael walks softly and carries a big snap of his fingers.

    When an old Seal Team Member from Sam's days in the military shows up, the team gets involved in bringing in a man who causes all sorts of problems in Houston where the "friend" of Sam's, Mack is from. There is some old unresolved anger issues between Sam and his old compatriot played by Rus Blackwell. Somehow you just have the feeling that Sam and Mack will eventually work them out with Madeline's help.

    The man behind the voice that has been haunting Michael for a few weeks in Gilroy played by Chris Vance. Gilroy is a psychopathic killer who will do just about anything for money. Since he killed Michael's CIA contact he is Michael's only lead to what is going on. So Michael decides to play along. Finally we have the local gang leader with the territory that the bad guy from Houston has chosen to hide in. Even worse there is a man even worse that is trying to push the gang leader out. Danny Trejo plays the rival gang leader trying to push the local man out.

    So Michael uses his machismo to sway everyone into thinking he is a really bad guy. He walks into situations and Sam and Fi have rigged explosives to go off at the click of his fingers.

    Michael must catch the bad guy from Houston, stop the rival gang from taking over, get help from the local gang leader, and convince Gilroy that he is an evil rogue operative. If it wasn't Michael it'd be a pretty tall order!

    Wonderful episode with some great effects and lots of action and twists. You just gotta love it! Thanks for reading...moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Lady Venom" by Swollen Members (Opening scenes)
      "Buscando" by La Verdad (Michael meets Gilroy)
      "Engasga Gato" by Kiko Dinucci E Bando AfroMacarronico (Sam and Mack at the restaurant)
      "Triana" by Marcello De Francisci (Sam and Mack wait for Rincon)
      "Estocada" by John Lehmkuhl (Sam and Fi steal a car)
      "Llama" by Manuel Iman with John Lehmkuhl (The team talks about Omar)
      "Don't Make A Sound (Instrumental)" (Sam on the roof)
      "La Vereda" by Tech-I-LA (Gilroy watches the show)
      "Run Interference" by Russell Howard (The team escapes)
      "Hard Rock Pimp" by Russell Howard (Preparation)
      "XRD8120 On Your Knees" by X-Ray Dog Music (Michael meets Rincon)
      "Don't Make A Sound" (The action starts)
      "The Lookout" by Figure and Groove (Michael leaves Omar)
      "Rain" by Rachel Loshak (Michael and Fi at the hotel)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Gilroy: I have to say I find you quite fascinating.
      Michael: I bet you say that to all the girls.
      Gilroy: Only the ones I like.
      Michael: I'm flattered.
      Gilroy: You should be.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Střelba do vlastních řad (Shooting in Own Ranks)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 17, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: March 31, 2010 on FX
      Sweden: May 23, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic: May 31, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Norway: May 31, 2010 on Viasat 4
      United Kingdom: November 10, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: January 17, 2011 on Vox
      Slovakia: November 14, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Finland: December 31, 2012 on MTV3