Burn Notice

Season 5 Episode 8

Hard Out

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 11, 2011 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael and Jesse go on an extraction mission on a Caribbean island but end up trapped there by mercenaries. Meanwhile, Fiona tries to get information out of an ex by doing a favor for him.

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  • By far the BEST episode of the season , finally an episode where as you watch it you say to yourself "This is the ass-kicking aggressive micheal westen i remember from the good old days!" :)moreless

    Micheal goes on a CIA Mission with agent pearson and Jesse where they have to extract a guy from this meet thats being held in an island in the carribean , meanwhile back in miami Fi and Sam are busy with another mission which involves stealing a weapons truck in exchange for the information about the bomb , a pact between Fiona and one of her contact Armond.
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    Tonight's episode of Burn Notice was really good, but it was not great. We really saw the old Michael as he took risks and gave us a step by step narration on how to survive this situation. There was action, there was explosions, but something just felt a little bit off in my mind. Even though they were tied up and at gunpoint there never really was a feeling of danger and I should have been accustomed to that by now. For all of the "risky" operations they take, they haven't really been in trouble in one for awhile, so I guess I was surprised when I did not really "believe" they were in danger tonight.

    The writing was decent, and it had all of the usual elements, but personally I have seen better.moreless
Richard Haylor

Richard Haylor

Commander Jackson

Guest Star

Steve Zurk

Steve Zurk


Guest Star

Dean Napolitano

Dean Napolitano

Riker Executive

Guest Star

Lauren Stamile

Lauren Stamile

Agent Pearce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sam and Fiona enter the weapons factory by planting a smoke bomb that sets off the fire sprinklers. However, fire sprinklers are set off by heat. Smoke has no effect on them.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Michael: (voice-over) Like good defense attorneys, spies know the facts don't always matter as much as how you sell them. Only when lawyers lose a case, they get an appeal. When spies lose a case, they get a shallow grave.

    • Michael: (voice-over) To hit a facility directly you just need a gun and the willingness to use it. Less-bloody approaches require fewer bullets but more planning, and more recruiting.

    • Agent Pearce: (about Michael's plan) That is, bar none, the craziest play I have ever heard in the field.
      Jesse: Well, you don't hang out with him enough.

    • Jesse: I hope you appreciate this is my first day off since Christmas.
      Michael: It's an in-and-out job in the Caribbean. Practically a vacation.
      Jesse: Spoken like a man who's never taken a vacation.

    • Michael: We're going on a boat ride with this guy? I thought it was just lunch.
      Madeline: This guy's name is Ben. And it's not just any boat. It's the new glass-bottom boat that they're running out of Coconut Grove.
      Fiona: Go easy on him, Madeline. He still doesn't know that some couples do things besides fight multinational conspiracies.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For a spy, getting someone to lie for you serves a number of purposes. It's less about the lie itself no matter how useful it is. It's about how it changes your relationship with your target. Once a guy lies for you, for better or for worse your fates are tied together.

    • Michael: (voice-over) As a general rule, spies prefer to steal information quietly. It's a lot easier to pay off an informant, hack a computer or crack a safe, than it is to grab something from someone who is armed and angry. But like any jobs, some days are harder than others.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're pretending to be on the same side as your enemy it's critical to keep them from talking. The more the bad guys can compare notes, the more likely they'll second guess your story. That's why you shut down as many forms of communication as you can. It won't make you any friends, but friends are a luxury when you're trying to stay alive.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Getting stuck behind enemy lines is one of the hazards of being a spy. When it happens you can either hide in the shadows and wait to get killed, or you can march into the open and take your enemy head on. It's a game of high risk, high reward. Play it right and you might survive.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Destroying high tech electronics with glorified camping equipment is tough but not impossible. The mix of nitrate and magnesium in a marine flare burns at over 3000 degrees. With the right fuse it will turn into a smoldering heap.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you find yourself in a tough situation, like being outnumbered 20 to 1 on an island crawling with mercenaries, it's important to remember that the key to any battle is intelligence. It maybe tempting to shoot first and ask questions later, but if you want to stay alive you ask questions first.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Spies have long known it's a good idea to bring along a fast acting drug when you're targeting someone for extraction. In the earliest days of espionage that meant a rag soaked in chloroform or ether, but now it's usually a syringe of propofol. It works quicker and has fewer side-effects but shares one downside with its predecessors: you still have to get close to your target to administer the dose. That's why it never hurts to attack from two angles.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Properly scouting a facility's security is a two-step process; observing the outside will tell you about its physical defenses, but to get a complete picture of your target man-power and security protocols, you need to get inside their walls too.

    • MIchael: (voice-over) There is a reason why everyone from seventeenth century pirates to present day drug smugglers have operated in the Caribbean. It's filled with tiny islands that are close to nature port that are outside reach of natural laws. That said, the privacy that makes the island great hiding places also makes them vulnerable. Your enemies maybe able to hide from you, but you can hide from them just as easily.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Low tech explosives maybe clumsy and unreliable, but their simplicity makes them almost impossible to trace. Sophisticated bombs on the other hand are more effective but require expertise and specialized components; which means the more lethal the bomb, the more you know about the man who wants you dead.

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