Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 9

Good Soldier

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 18, 2008 on USA



  • Trivia

    • This episode is continued in the next one.

    • As Michael is being chased by Carla at the end of the episode, he slides under a semi-truck to escape. Just prior to sliding under the truck, the camera's point of view changes so that it is directly behind Michael's head. At this point, you can see long brown hair (the stuntman's hair) coming from under the bottom edge of the helmet and covering his neck. Michael's hair is short and black.

    • When Michael is being chased by Carla at the end of the episode, Michael slides under the semi truck, before he goes under you can see gloves on his hands, and while he is sliding they are also on, but when he stands up and looks at Carla they aren't on.

    • When Michael rams Lesher's car with an SUV, in one of the frames the car is empty. In the following shots Lesher and his accomplice are still in the car, bruised because of the impact.

  • Quotes

    • Michael: (voice-over) Unlike cars motorcycles don't have much of an aftermarket in stolen parts. So any theft measures are outdated and easy to get around. The steering lock on a smaller bike breaks fairly easily; then it's just a matter of getting away.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's a reason they call the spy trade The hall of mirrors. You can never know for sure whether you're in control or you're being played. But if you do it long enough you'll learn to trust your instincts.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Anybody who runs a few assets knows that some crack under the pressure. You have to be tough enough to keep them in line, supportive enough to keep them stable.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Blowing an operation is a delicate business. You have to convince your opponent to abandon his plans, make a case that the smart move is to just pack up and go home. Problem is: even when you do your job well, people don't always go with the smart move.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When someone turns you into an asset, their main weapon is fear; if you fear poverty or exposure or death, that's what they use against you. Their worst nightmare then, is an asset with no fear.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Operatives do a lot of bodyguard work. On any given day the average commando is more likely to be watching the VIP walk his dog than engage in the enemy battle. Not glamorous, but part of the job.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A cover ID that involves drinking comes with a price. But the tactical advantages make the hangover worth it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's an art to drinking without getting drunk. Start with a lot of ice to dilute the alcohol; order a new round before you're done so your half-full drink gets taken away, and of course spill.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Surveillance is the leading cause of weight gain among operatives. In a job that's equal parts boredom and tension, eating is a way to pass time... and calm nerves.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When selling yourself as a traitor you can't be too eager. A good op will walk away from a recruitment that seems too good to be true.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When an operative recruits someone, he lets the target make the first move. He'll dress like him, drink like him, move like him. But he won't talk to him; he'll wait to be approached.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It's always a challenge hiding something sensitive that you might need quickly. Any hiding place involves a trade-off between security and access. Hiding something in the sewer main under your floor and it's secure but good luck getting to it. Hide something in your sock drawer and it's easy to get to but hardly secure. The best hiding places are easy to get to, but tough to find. The do-it-yourself version are known in the spy trade as slicks, easy to slip something in, easy to slide it out.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Most people thinks snipers like to shoot from ledges; the fact is the best sniper position is inside a room through an open window; it hides the shooter, masks the report of the supersonic round and makes the muzzle flash impossible to see.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you have to get information about an enemy position you have a choice: you can watch from a distance, slow and safe; or you can go inside and take a look, quick, but potentially fatal.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're tailed by multiple vehicles, you're at a disadvantage. They can flank you, take alternate routes, box you in. It helps to have a team of your own.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The electronic stability program was originally developed to keep cars from sliding on icy roads. But it's a great tool for the precision driver. When you need to slide, you can simply turn it off... and turn it on again when you need to maneuver.

    • Michael: Fear is the greatest motivator.
      Fiona: Oh! I don't know about that.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A semi has about four feet of clearance under it. Sliding beneath it on a motorcycle is possible, but risky. Too low and the pavement will grind you to a pulp, too high and any part of your body that hits the trailer will no longer be part of your body.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Facial recognition systems are often used to replace human guards since they're cheap, they don't sleep, and they can't be bribed. They have a big weakness, though: unlike guards, computers can't tell the difference between a photocopy of a face and a face.

    • Michael: Call me if Carla makes a move and order yourself some dessert — you earned it.
      Sam: I'm all over it, buddy. Doesn't have to be food, right?

    • Sam: If you wanna get in [Carla's] room, now would be the time.
      Michael: Sure, I'll just, uh, teleport myself over there... or do you have a better suggestion?
      Sam: You could use this master key.

    • Fiona: (while waiting for Lesher to decide Michael is the best bodyguard for the kidnapping) He'd better go for it. If I did all that paperwork for nothing, I'm going to shoot someone.

    • Sam: Good news, Mikey: I just planted a tracker on Carla's bike.
      Michael: You had a tracker on you?
      Sam: Always be prepared, Navy SEAL motto.
      Michael: That's Boy Scouts.
      Sam: Mike, you gonna argue with the man who just planted a tracker on your handler?
      Michael: Sam, I could kiss you.
      Sam: Get in line.

    • Michael: (as Sam leaves) And go easy on the mojitos.
      Sam: They always go easy on me.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dobrý voják (Good Soldier)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: March 10, 2009 on FX
      Australia: August 27, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Czech Republic: November 25, 2009 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: December 7, 2009 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: February 15, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 15, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: November 28, 2011 on MTV3

  • Allusions

    • Sam: ...a mastermind petting a Persian cat?

      Sam is referencing Ernst Blofeld, the archenemy of James Bond and head of the SPECTRE terrorist organization. Blofeld appeared (to varying degrees) in six James Bond movies, often as a bald figure stroking a cat. Pop culture caricatures or parodies of Blofeld include Austin Powers' "Dr. Evil" and Inspector Gadget's "Dr. Claw".

    • Sam: She's got a hell of a breaststroke, Mike. I mean, the woman can swim. She's a machine.

      Referencing Tricia Helfer's role in Battlestar Galactica (2003–). Helfer portrays Number Six/Caprica Six.