Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 11

Hot Spot

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

Episode Fan Reviews (8)

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  • 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.

    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.