Burn Notice

Season 3 Episode 8

Friends Like These

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 30, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary


Michael agrees to take on a job offered by Strickler in order to have his burn notice cleared.
Meanwhile, Barry asks Michael and Fiona for help to retrieve his stolen business ledger.

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  • Michael is stubborn

    We all know that Michael is really trying to find who burned him, it is obvious that he misses and loves his job so much that he can't wait to get revenge, but I wonder how far he will go to find out the truth.

    It was nice to see the gang help Barry, now that he needed it. It's funny how they turned to Fiona for some help in the 'sensitive' area.

    Also, Madeline again helping in a case and bonding with Michael. I was shocked when Michael hit Fiona in the face, even when it was part of the act but still, the look on her face said everything. And Fiona is right, she loves/cares for him so much to see him get hurt or worse, get killed.moreless
  • Great episode. Not one ill b watchin again though

    A good one but it seems like their just alternating between M's friends and having them kidnapped or nearly killed. Season 1 was wayy better and now that ive read the reviews from the winter season im very disapointed becasue its all been done before in season 1 or 2. And i hated M and the Irish accent ewww.. I mean, i get that he had to have a cver ID and Shawn wouldnt trust him unless he was Irish but. Seriously. That was weird.And now with Diego dead the ppl tht killed hm r going 2 b anothaer Carla, and we aall know how that turned out.moreless
  • superb, truly undoubtedly superb.

    this is yet another great episode of Burn Notice. although, i saw it coming, but that is only because I have seen too many movies and tv shows in my lifetime. but still, the twist was brilliant but the most amazing part when he calmed himself down and took care of the situation. too bad he had to hit Fi, which really didn't help the love situation, she understood but she just didn't like it. i'll give her a day to get over it. hehe. i'm afraid of Fi leaving Burn Notice though, i know she's a crucial character but in this episode, she acted like she was going to disappear on the next few episodes(I haven't read the future episodes yet) just to add, i love it when Fi wears her whole dress mini skirt thingy and have that brown satchel. she is so damn sexy! dang!moreless
  • Another great installment

    I admit to being a little bored during the opening half of this episode but things quickly picked up during the final half hour of the broadcast. The big twist with the woman being the brains behind the operation and not the man came out of nowhere and fooled me, but it should have led to a huge fight with Fionna, not a lame escape through a sea of children and soccer moms. But I digress because this episode did shed some light of Michael Weston's status as he is one step closer to getting his burn notice lifted. We can only hope something gets in the way of that happening so this show can go on for many more seasons.moreless
  • Mike takes some pictures for Stickler to start the process for him to return to his life prior to the Burn Notice. Mike, Fi, and Sam go after someone who stole Barry's ledger and is selling it for Five Million dollars. Fi leaves Mike in the end.moreless

    Great episode with one really good story and one necessary story. Michael is getting himself and his friends in trouble with this return to the spy game at any cost. In the end Fi may just leave him and after all that has happens is that a big surprise. It's like he wants his cake and eat it too.

    Barry who Michael owes big time looses his ledger through a scam setup by someone who uses his girlfriend against him. The only problem is when you are talking about millions of dollars people have no scruples and it looks like the gal behind this caper was willing to kill anybody and everybody that gets in her way. Michael, Fi, and Sam go through an elaborate plot to get the ledger back. In the end they succeed but I don't think this will be the last we see of Natalie Rice played by Callie Thorne.

    Stickler is a piece of work and I agree with Fi. You can't trust this guy any farther than you could throw him. What was with the pictures and why would our government allow that kind of equipment to get stolen just so they could put a tail on the people involved? Unfortunately this goes on all the time, but is that really what Michael wants to get back into. What is his cost in doing this? He may lose Fi and possible Sam by the time he's done and he certainly will put his mother in danger.

    This season looks like it's being broken in two parts again like last year where they played part one of season two in the fall and then the second part in the spring. This time it looks like the summer and fall. Hopefully they won't do the two part DVD for the single season like Syfy did with Eureka. Next weeks episode looks like a barn burner. Thanks for reading...moreless
Kristof Konrad

Kristof Konrad

Milovan Dragas

Guest Star

Otto Sanchez

Otto Sanchez

Diego Garza

Guest Star

Ben Shenkman

Ben Shenkman

Tom Strickler

Guest Star

Paul Tei

Paul Tei

Barry Burkowski

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Michael is taking the surveillance pictures of the deal the cameras LCD shows that he's taking the pictures in color but when he gives them to Strickler they are grainy black and white.

    • Featured Music:
      "Rent Boy 60" by Gramoscope (Opening scenes)
      "Walk Soft, Big Stick" by Michael Wandmacher (Strickler briefs Michael)
      "Pump Audio 203406" by Carne Cruda (Barry becomes the client)
      "Good Time Gang" by The Alternate Routes (Played at Amy's house)
      "Speed Freak" by Salme Dahlstrom (Michael and Sam search the house)
      "CM104 Energy Salsa" by Chuck Sher (Michael and Sam give Barry a situation update)
      "Tailgunner" by Phunkpiranha (Michael and Fiona reveal the safe)
      "Tenterhoooks" by Jeff Biebuyck (Michael and Sam enter the store)
      "Back Handed" by Russell Howard (Bennett is interrogated)
      "Sacred Mission" by Edgard Jaude (Fiona in trouble)
      "Pump Audio 57206" by The Young Werewolves (Tail chase)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's no greater luxury in the field than working with a friend you rely on. When you find someone you can trust absolutely, you want them on every operation you do. And nothing hurts worse than losing a friend to bullets, politics, or something personal. But when you have to work alone again, you lock those feelings away and do the job at hand. Because as every spy know, there's plenty of time to think about what you've lost after the mission is over.

    • Sam: (about their hostage) We need a whole new approach, Mike.
      Michael: (Looking to Fiona) What would you think about using a softer approach?
      Fiona: You're looking to me for softer? You two are desperate.

    • Michael: (about Strickler) If I want my old job back, he's the guy that an make it happen.
      Fiona: The fact that he's a weasel doesn't give you pause?
      Michael: Fi, right now he's the only dance partner I have. You know what I mean. He's my ticket back in, Fi.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Barryho problém (Barry's Problem)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: January 5, 2010 on FX
      Australia: February 24, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Norway: May 10, 2010 on Viasat 4
      Czech Republic: May 25, 2010 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: October 20, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: December 27, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: October 31, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Finland: December 10, 2012 on MTV3


    • Sam: (about the captive woman) Well, she is a delicate flower but lucky for us, I got a Green Thumb.

      This is an allusion to Maurice Druon's book Tistou of the Green Thumbs, which is about a boy who has a magical thumb (so called Green Thumb). When he touches something with his thumbs, he can make it sprout beautiful flowers and plants in any places.