Burn Notice

Season 6 Episode 18

Game Change

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 20, 2012 on USA
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Episode Summary


Michael realises that Riley sent the cartel to assasinate him. In order to eliminate her, the team tries to expose her corruption.

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  • The End is

    An action-packed ending, if somewhat predictable with Michael making an unknown Company deal. While Michael has seemingly escaped, perhaps with his crew, prosecution for killing Agent Tom Card he's made a new deal which will, undoubtedly, be the set up for the coming final season.

    Burn Notice pulls almost everything out but the kitchen sink, well probably including the sink, to good effect in the season finale. What long-time viewers like is all here and with the suspense and action it didn't seem too "old hat" in the final analysis - if you are still largely "on-board".

    The bottom line is a good Burn Notice episode, and this one was actually better than good, entertains first and foremost. Not a bad segue-way into the continued travails of Michael and crew. A solid season wrap.moreless
  • Let it end!

    My interest in this show has seriously waned over the last couple of seasons. I was at the point of having Anson as my favourite character and was gutted that he got what was inevitably coming.

    They aren't exactly paving new ground with the story telling in this and to end it with "does it end here?" only to have it say, 5 seconds later, "no, next season on it's way". There is always time to call it quits and not drag another show into the 'should have been killed x seasons ago' territory and Burn Notice is definitely there.

    Unless you are coming out with something truly AMAZING then 4-5 seasons is the sweet spot of milking a show for what its worth ratings wise, not spoiling the magic for those who have followed it for so long and not leaving us wanting more.

    I will probably watch the start of next season but if it doesn't pick up I may not finish.

    Good points: , it does draw this chapter to a close

    Bad points; it didn't finish there (Which is would have been very easy to do), seat belt plot point (as pointed out by someone else) was ludicrous. Jesse's capture of last episode was too obviously plot driven and given their usual fortune he would have been away without incident. They could have reshaped it to make the capture more believable.moreless
Lochlyn Munro

Lochlyn Munro

Dr. Jed

Guest Star

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Agent Jason Bly

Recurring Role

Sonja Sohn

Sonja Sohn

Agent Olivia Riley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Fiona: What's going on? Michael, we were gonna get out. In Panama, you said that we were done with all this. You said it would just be us.
      Michael: I needed to protect you. I needed to protect all of us.
      Fiona: Michael, what have you done?
      Michael: I couldn't leave you in there forever. They weren't just gonna forget everything that happened and release you. So I made a deal. I did what I--
      Fiona: What you had to do. No, Michael. You did what you wanted to do.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When something goes wrong in the intelligence world, a scandal, a security breach, or just a failed operation there's always a debriefing where the facts are sorted out. When those facts threaten careers and institutions, no one takes any chances. You're locked away until the process is over. All you can do is tell your side of the story and hope for the best and know that no matter what you do, your fate lies in someone else's hands.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Most people don't think of the Coast Guard as being particularly well-armed. Most people are wrong. A Coast Guard patrol boat is armed with two .50-caliber machine guns and a 25-millimeter cannon, which means it can take out anything short of a battleship.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In general, spies are more involved in gathering intelligence than gathering evidence. Espionage methods are generally not approved by police or admissible in court. So when it comes to getting someone arrested, your job is to get the ball up the field before handing it off to someone who's in a position to put it in the end zone.

    • Sam: Oh, hey, uh, before you go, I do have one thing to say.
      Agent Riley: I'm all ears.
      Sam: You know, I was slowing Mike down. I'm not anymore. You took the gloves off, sister. You called in a hit on his mom. So you don't have to worry about finding Michael Westen. 'Cause he's gonna find you. And when he does, he is gonna end this.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Escaping a larger force is about limiting your pursuer's options. Using a narrow path takes their vehicles out of the equation, but if you have time to set your escape route beforehand, the best way to win a foot chase is on two wheels.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For a fugitive, getting medical attention is a big risk. Doctors have to notify the police of all gunshot wounds, fake names are flagged by insurance computers, and hospital security is often hooked into law enforcement. All of which is bad if you're trying to stay off the grid but perfect if you want to attract some attention.

    • Bly: Hey, I'm interested to know what happens if your plan doesn't work?
      Michael: If it doesn't work, it's probably 'cause I'm dead.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're being hunted, it's a good idea not to go to meetings at the scheduled time and place. Often, the best approach is to show up before your contact has even left for the meeting.

    • Fiona: A CIA officer sends a drug cartel after us? So she's gone from capturing us to killing us. What are we gonna do?
      Michael: The only thing we can do. We take the fight to her.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When fighting at night, attackers usually have the upper hand. They know where the defenders are and can fight from cover, concealing their position and number. The best defense is to even the playing field by taking away the darkness. In the army, that means M224 illumination mortars, but if you're short on heavy artillery, a flaming quart of scotch will work, too.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Modern night-vision goggles provide visibility in near total darkness, adapt to changing light conditions, and provide better contrast and resolution than the human eye, which is why most assassins aren't just confident in the dark, they prefer it. As good as they are, though, night-vision goggles still have a significant weakness. They make it easier to see what's in front of you but tough to see what's coming at you from the side.

    • Michael: I've been trying to figure out what to do. Sam's too sick to travel, and Riley's gonna find this place eventually. We can't stay here and we can't leave.
      Madeline: Now you know what life with your father was like.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's a reason most people don't sleep well in new places. The brain goes on alert in unfamiliar environments, sensitive to possible dangers. Add some very real dangers, and the chances are low that you'll get any shut-eye at all.

    • Jed: Fiona, who are these people?
      Fiona: My friends.
      Jed: Oh. Well, this is my house, and these are not my friends.
      Fiona: Well, that's unfortunate because that makes you my enemy. You're not my enemy, are you?

    • Michael: (voice-over) In many ways, it's easier to function during combat than after. In a fight, there's always something to do, something to focus on. Later, when you're dealing with the consequences, the only thing you can do is wait and hope.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In an emergency, a blood transfusion can be as simple as running a tube between the major blood vessels of two compatible donors and letting gravity do the rest. Emergency surgery is a little more difficult. Often, the most you can do is sterilize whatever tools you have on hand, keep the wound clean, and hope for the best.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In any kind of emergency situation, an operative's greatest enemy is panic. The spike of adrenaline, the increased blood pressure, and the loss of any sense of time can make it impossible to think clearly at exactly the time you need a clear head the most. In those moments, it takes all your training, all your willpower to pull yourself back from the brink.

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