Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 11

Hot Spot

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 29, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

In order to get free football tickets, Sam asks Michael to join him in helping Coach Sean Martin, as one of his players is threatened by a gangster. Meanwhile, Michael works on finding out who tried to kill him.

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  • Gangster Paradise

    Michael excepts a job from a football coach turns out the local gangsters were threatening one of his players. The football players sister was assaulted by leader of the gang and is why he intervene for what happen to his sister. Michael, Sam and Fiona pretend to be secret organization that wants to take over Miami. Meanwhile Fiona got a hit on the bombers house but turns out to be a flame trap, Carla pays Michael a visit for a interesting meeting.moreless
  • Fabulous episode. Like a mini-movie.This could have been a stand-alone show. Expanded a little, it could have been a great movie - Oceans 11 type. Great writing, great acting, great editing, great use of music.moreless

    Loved the revenge line about TV and candy.

    Loved the fortune cookie scene

    Liked Sam's line about working hard but making it look easy. When he called Fiona "lady". Very noir.

    Liked all the scenes with Tony - he's a good actor and dialog was believable, resonated more than many of the bad guy scenes in Burn Notice

    Liked the line about no bruises, just a few paper cuts - summed up the Carla scene perfectly - what we saw and what we didn't see

    Liked when Michael was explaining everything to Sam about the Carla meeting and Sam said something like, Yeah, yeah, yeah, get in the car. Great way to explain things to the audience without making it obvious - Sam didn't need details, audience did. Great way to handle it.

    Loved Mom's line about if you didn't bring people over I'd never see you.

    Loved the scene about Cory eating all the food - even the fact that Mom had all the old food - and later when Fiona said he ate his weight in cereal - so real, brought a grounding and reality to the story, the kid - another example of showing a world in a few funny lines

    Loved the bomb-making scene. Another example of tight dialog to convey so much.

    The scene where Fiona talks about first falling in love with Michael - also a complete story in a few lines of dialog.

    The Christmas story was so sad - added so much to the whole family dynamic and Michael's background story. Great how they used such a short scene and perfect dialog to tell such a big story.

    Loved the back alley scene. Great set-up to get the bad guys. I like it when BN does that instead of thuggery.

    The entire ending - from Michael finding Fiona in his loft, to bringing back the breakfast - being real quiet, obviously happy - finding Carla and their dialog - another scene where a whole world was contained in a few lines. That's the kind of thing that makes a show - or movie - great. Nothing wasted.

    Loved that Michael tried to reach Fiona at the end and she didn't answer.

    Overall, the writing was amazing. The contained a world of information, mood, history, foreboding in small moments and few words while keeping it light with wonderful, smart sarcasm.moreless
  • yawn. this series has been losing its edge.

    This episode was very predictable, and really not interesting. I'm getting tired of them taking the clients to the mom's house every time, and watching her chain smoke all over the place. The actress's acting skills and all the characters actually seem wasted on the show these days with writing that just doesn't inspire or even entertain much. Sam Axe is written as just a boring cliche, the main story line is more or less the same week after week,...& I find I just can't care whether Michael and Fi get together or not when Michael's character doesn't really doesn't exhibit anything that looks to me like true passion and interest in her other than as an operative - and she seems somewhat pathetic to keep hanging around waiting for him to change. The scenes where they are trying to make it seem like they have something between them are the most unbelievable and weak on the show in my opinion. I really like Fi's character a lot though! I wish they could make the emotional/relationship dynamics more interesting and believable. I think they better get Fi hooked up with someone she really loves that loves her. And let's have Michael do the same. And have the mother quit smoking (because she evolves as a person), and let's have Sam do something shocking and not be such a lapdog. And get to the bottom of the burn notice and turn the tables on Carla soon.moreless
  • Michael helps out a football player and his coach.

    Coming off the red hot Season 2.5 premiere Burn Notice delivered another gripping episode tonight. The premise was not as strong as last week's but it was still a fairly entertaining story. Sam really excelled here with some snappy one-liners and his generally likable sidekick behavior. And of course Carla is great, even when she's barely doing anything that special.

    The ending completely changed my view on this as I did not see the fire coming at all, nor did I see Fionna waiting for Michael in his house, nor did I see them getting back together. Unfortunately this will lead to some relationship garbage that belongs on Gossip Girl next week, but for now I'm content with the ending.moreless
  • Michael, Fiona and Sam pose as a gang of ruthless car thieves to stop a thug who is threatening a local high school football star. Meanwhile, Fiona and Michael track down the man responsible for the explosion at Michael's loft.moreless

    Loved "Hot Spot". Best episode thus far. So well written. Very stylish in the filming of the episode. My favorite scene was when Fiona and Michael were remembering Michael McBride....the man she fell in love with.

    I always like the cool spy techniques and action, but it was nice to get a glimpse at the people at the heart of the show. All the emotion. When Michael thought Fiona had died, oh boy. The rain coming down, and of course the kiss.

    I thought I was watching a movie.

    Whatever you do, please don"t leave us hanging with Michael and Fiona.

    Great job!!!!!!!!moreless
Michael Irvin

Michael Irvin

Coach Sean Martin

Guest Star

Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones

Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones

Felix Cole

Guest Star

Adam Clark

Adam Clark

Tony Soto

Guest Star

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer


Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The bomb Fiona builds and attaches to the fire exit is different to the bomb one sees shortly before its explosion. With the first one the string of explosive material was made into a spiral in such a way that it formed a solid disc, while with the second one consecutive turns of the spiral have at least half an inch distance to each other. Also, the color of the explosive has changed from pure yellow to yellow with green stripes.

    • When Sam shoots the wheels of the gang car, shards of wood can be seen coming from under the car (need HD to see that) revealing that the tires were flat and they put the car on wood support which were removed at the supposed time of the shotgun fire.
      Furthermore, in the front of the car shot at the end of the scene, front tires aren't flat anymore.

    • The episode ends with:
      In Memory of
      1934 - 2008

    • Featured Music:
      "Micaela" by B-Side Players (Fiona shows Michael the office building)
      "Ay Chave" by La Sonora Dinamita (Sam asks Michael for help)
      "Blackout" by Swollen Members (Sam and Michael talk to Sean)
      "Rowdy Raucous" by Shane Drasin & Kurt Farquhar (The team get into their "uniforms")
      "Jamlife" by Dave Bateman & Kurt Farquhar (Felix' car is destroyed)
      "Just Rock" by Shane Drasin & Kurt Farquhar (Felix' car is destroyed)
      "Filthy Rich" by Pimp Da Pen (Felix is angry at his crew)
      "Fire Guitar" by Shane Drasin & Kurt Farquhar (The team take down Felix' crew)
      "Haunted Heart" by Dave Bateman & Kurt Farquhar (Michael talks to Tony)
      "Garden" by Bass 305 (Michael talks to Tony)
      "Ritmo Nuevo York" by Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers (Michael and Sam plan an ambush)
      "Jimmy No Bones" by Phunkpiranha (Michael and Sam prepare the car)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Michael: (voiceover) There's an old saying in war that no plan survives the battlefield. Often, as a situation evolves, you create new enemies. Sometimes, you create new alliances, new friends. Soldiers are fine for dealing with the enemies but you need a spy to handle the new friends.

    • Michael: (voiceover) There's an element of theater in any offensive campaign. It's not just about bullets and bodies. Killing people usually creates more problems than it solves. It's about undermining your enemy's will to fight, destroying the morale of his troops, sending the message that fighting back is useless because the battle is already lost.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Target selection is one of the least glamorous but most important elements in any strategy. You want to take out the people your opponent depends on the ones his organization can't function without.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Blitzkrieg, or lightning war was a strategy pioneered by the Germans in World War I. It refers to a fast attack designed to inspire fear and confusion penetrating quickly behind enemy lines.

    • Michael: (voiceover) When you need to get into a building in a hurry you can always count on a fire exit. Every building has them. It's just about knowing how to use them. The right shape charge, will put a big enough dent in a steel door to disengage the lock which can turn a fire exit into a convenient and unexpected entrance. A coil of det cord attached to a rubber mat will give you the explosion you need and allow you to point it wherever you need it to go. SWAT teams call it a hockey puck.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Melting through the engine block of a car isn't hard if you know what you're doing. A few pounds of thermite in a coffee can and a fuse will do the trick and put on a pretty good show.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Pepper grenades are used by antiterrorist units to disable and stun. Not lethal, but a faceful of pepper gas will keep you pretty busy.

    • Michael: (voiceover) There's a reason armies wear uniforms even though they make them easier to spot. Sometimes, that's what you want. Uniforms suggest organization, power and numbers. These, in turn, inspire fear. And as any good operative knows, there's no more effective weapon than fear.

    • Michael: (voiceover) To get away clean from an office, it's okay to run. People run out of offices all the time. If the look on your face says "I'm in a hurry" you can go as fast as you want. It's all about covering ground before the yelling starts.

    • Michael: (voiceover) If you need to buy a few seconds in an office environment programming a computer to dial every phone in an office simultaneously is simple and cheap. Just set up your cell phone to trigger the calls remotely.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Spies love technology upgrades. When someone replaces old equipment, a computer, a cell phone, a P.D.A., getting information becomes as easy as looking through the trash. When you need to steal information in a hurry just arrange the technology upgrade yourself.

    • Michael: (voiceover) When you work for an intelligence agency, you operate within an official structure. There's a chain of command to report to, protocols to be observed, no one questions their mission. But when you freelance, you don't have those luxuries, getting your team on board may require some convincing.

    • Corey: (about Felix) Man, what was I thinking? He's a stone cold gangster.
      Fiona: No, he doesn't deserve to be called a gangster, anyone who attacks a 15-year-old is a pervert.

    • Michael: Revenge is a waste of time.
      Fiona: Well, so is watching TV and eating candy, but you do it 'cause it feels good.

    • Michael: (voiceover) When you booby-trap someone else's place you put the trigger in the door or just inside so the odds of tripping it are much higher. If you rig your own place, the trigger has to be farther inside so you can safely enter. A trip wire is a quick and dirty version but a contact plate under the rug is completely undetectable. Put a little accelerant on the walls ... there's a reason they call it a firetrap.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Countless wars have been fought over misunderstandings tragic mistakes, misperceptions that turn people against each other forever. Of course, it's not so tragic when you're the one creating the misunderstanding.

    • Michael: (voiceover) There are a couple of ways to make a vehicle bullet resistant. Sixty thousand dollars worth of titanium siding will do the job. Or you can pick up a couple extra copies of the yellow pages from your local phone company. Most non-armor-piercing bullets will only penetrate a phone book to a depth of an inch or two. Behind a layer of steel, it's more like a quarter of an inch. Commercially available foam sealants will keep your tires rolling long enough to get you out of danger. For the windows, dual-layer, high-density plexiglas is your best bet. It's expensive, but bulletproof glass is not the sort of thing you skimp on.

    • Michael: (voiceover) The actual theft of a car isn't difficult. The hard part is selling it once you have it. Between the license, registration, tax records and VIN numbers, it's surprisingly hard to turn a car into cash. The best approach is to start with clean paperwork on another car from out of state then match the stolen car to the clean paperwork. That means new VIN tags and a new registration. And in case someone decides to check closely some hydrochloric acid and a file will make the etched VIN number on the car chassis impossible to read.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Ohnivá past (Fiery Trap)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: March 24, 2009 on FX
      Australia: September 17, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Czech Republic: December 9, 2009 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: December 21, 2009 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: March 1, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 17, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: December 12, 2011 on MTV3