Burn Notice

Season 3 Episode 1

Friends and Family

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 04, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

After escaping "Management", Michael is caught by the police and put into jail. An old friend named Harlan bails him out but asks for a favor in return.

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  • Harland

    Good start to the season in my opinion, Old buddy comes back into the picture after his name pops up on the radar after the agency stops protecting Michael. He ask for Michael help on a job that seems more than it means where there are twist and turns in this episode that I loved very much. Now what I didn't like was Fiona whiny and "Michael get out of the CIA" for 3 straight seasons now, season one it was cute, I figure that she would know why he need to get back in the CIA. Well that didn't happen because she kept going on and on. Season two I started to get annoyed she failed to see why it's important for Michael to get back in the CIA and how much he needed to stop and protect people from this type of danger. Now season 3 I became sicken by it, at least his mother came around even though she doesn't fully understands. She knows he's going to do it anyway because he has PASSION and decided to support him rather than fight him. Fiona still doesn't get it so we will keep this up I guess until this show ends, everyone I felt has changed and are full supporters to Michael except Fiona. I mean she will help but she always mumbles and complains about it. She doesn't want him doing cases, doesn't want him in the CIA. What the heck you want him to do sit there and have kids and make apple pies while you go off and do thieving and arm dealing work? Michael was born to do this and someone has to do it, he wants to get in the CIA more than ever because someone is corrupting it. Besides, what Fiona is asking is like asking Rambo, Terminator or James Bond to settle down get married and have some kids give me a break. I'm not against that but his work ain't finish that person is out there that burned him it ain't the time to quit.moreless
  • Season 3 Premiere.

    Burn Notice returned after three months and I personally could not have been more excited. It is quite possibly a Top 5 drama on TV (with Lost, Damages, Dexter and House as the only programs I would rank higher) so my hype was understandable. Unfortunately, this episode was all over the place at times and just did not result in the mega premiere the fan in me was hoping for. Missing was the snappy and witty dialogue and replaced with it were some really awkward scenes and the generic tie up your hostage, only for the hostage to overpower and break free of the rope scene.

    The episode was still fairly decent with some good action and fight scenes, and some of the usual, expected humor from Sam Axe, but I just wanted so much more given how well the second season ended.moreless
  • An old service buddy named Harlan bails Michael out of jail to ultimately reveal that someone, somewhere has big plans for the former spy.

    This was a decent episode, but I expected a bit more from a season premiere, especially considering this show has set and maintained a high standard. While there was plenty of espionage, action, the eventual double-cross and the obligatory yogurt reference, it was more fitting of a regular episode, more to the point, a filler episode. With the Burn Notice on a temporary hold, I expected the establishment of a new, mysterious syndicate or nemesis to at least have a face to associate the next adversary for Michael. Instead, Michael ended up pulling a job for his old service buddy Harlan who has obvious ulterior motives. Harlan turned Judas and admitted that Michael was a proverbial stepping-stone in his career. The end of the episode redeemed itself it smidge with the establishment of some kind of group coming after Michael. Overall, it was a nice episode but again, something felt missing; like there could have been more to really kick-start this season with the flare it deserves.moreless
  • Excellent Season Premiere

    With the same excitement as last season's finale, this season premiere had just the exact amount of fun and action.

    So did things change? Not really... Sam was hilarious when he was explaining this to Michael and all he got was probably nothing. Michael still wants his job back and will do anything to get it.

    What a twist, with this friend Harlan. Never crossed my mind. Good he got what he deserved in the end.

    Fiona... She still wants to believe that she can change Michael, but I think it will take her more than that. Or maybe she won't be able to do anything. And I don't think she'll dare ask Michael herself, she's probably too afraid of the answer.

    Madeline and Sam are great together. Their scenes have to be some of the best. And Madeline was right... They can't be apart.moreless
  • Well we're off to a good start. Season 3 starts right where Season 2 left off, with Michael in the water. Thoughts on the premiere after the jump. If you need me I'll be mixing beer with yogurt…moreless

    Well we're off to a good start. Season 3 starts right where Season 2 left off, with Michael in the water. Last season Burn Notice really seemed to hit its stride. It mixed it's season long arc seamlessly with it's story of the week episodes. Not much has changed in that respect, BN seems to have that formula down. Plus, they seem to be having a lot of fun with the stand alone plots (see the creative use of the subtitles 'el jefeje').

    The Lesser Evil?

    Seems like management wasn't kidding, they really were keeping Michael's enemies, frenemies and the police at bay. I like the fact that I was lulled into a false sense of security with Harlan, although his betrayal not a surprise, it does send the viewers the message that Michael isn't safe anymore. The little cover that management had provided before is gone, so in come all the crazies that want a piece of Michael.

    So it begs the question, why cut off ties with management? I would think that they would be the lesser evil, a more manageable evil than the unseen and unpredictable enemies that Michael might have lurking around now. Bah..its funner this way anyway :) I'm certain that Michael will eventually pretend to play nice with management when things get unmanageable. But for now we can delight in Michael hacking, kicking, punching and exploding his way out of danger.

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Brian Van Holt

Brian Van Holt


Guest Star

Jeff Kober

Jeff Kober


Guest Star

Castulo Guerra

Castulo Guerra

Rufino Cortez

Guest Star

Paul Tei

Paul Tei

Barry Burkowski

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Explosion" by Potent (Opening scenes)
      "B*tch Slap" by Russell Howard (Michael in jail)
      "Maracayero" by Jimmy Bosch (Marta tells her story)
      "Give It To Me" (Instrumental) (At the club)
      "Slavemagnet" (The alarm is activated)
      "Beach Salsa" by Sunspot (Sam talks to Barry)
      "Electro Pirate" by Daniel Lenz (Michael meets Falcone)
      "Havana Ray" (Sam and Fiona wait for Michael)
      "Slam" by Christopher Lennertz (Michael escapes)
      "Miami Beach" by Sunspot (Closing scenes)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sam: Carla's people were the only thing keepin' the cops off our backs. Not to mention 12 countries' worth of guys who are lookin' to put a bullet in you, Mike.
      Fiona: Well, third-degree burns prevent acne. That doesn't mean you set your head on fire.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Like a wedding, an armed extraction requires a lot of planning if you want it to go well. And like a wedding, it's not the sort of thing you want to do twice, which is why you hold a rehearsal before the big day.

    • Michael: (to Falcone) You have a slug in your engine block. Your team is pinned down and I'm leaving with your boss. If I were you, I'd think about another line of work other than security.

    • Michael: (voice-over) One of the things covert operatives have to give up is the idea of a fair fight. Spies are not trained to fight fair. Spies are trained to win.

    • Sam: Easy on the explosives Fi. We're trying to nail this guy on corruption charges. Could be tough if he's in little pieces.
      Fiona: We'll save on shipping.

    • Sam: Mike, your new cover ID. You're Tom Wellington Esquire. Lawyer for a shady international investment group.
      Michael: Wellington?!
      Sam: Hey, you wanna pick the name, you gotta go to the meeting. And listen to Barry talk about his skin regimen.

    • Sam: You got the pickup-location, Mikey?
      Michael: Train tracks on 10th Street. Looks like the meeting is gonna be on the move so no one can hit it.
      Sam: Have to hit it on the move then.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Přátelé a rodina (Friends and Family)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 29, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: November 17, 2009 on FX
      Sweden: March 7, 2010 on TV6
      Norway: March 22, 2010 on Viasat 4
      Czech Republic: May 12, 2010 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: September 1, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: November 8, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: October 10, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Finland: October 22, 2012 on MTV3