Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 11

Hot Spot

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions