Burn Notice

Season 4 Episode 18

Last Stand

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 16, 2010 on USA



  • Trivia

    • In the final scene, the visible breath of Michael and the agent is faked. When the camera is on Michael, his breath goes off to Michael's right. When the camera is on the agent, it goes off to the agent's right, which is Michael's left, the opposite direction, meaning one of them is moving upwind.

  • Quotes

    • Michael: (voice-over) Combat medicine is not necessarily about long-term healing. Civilian doctors try to immobilize injured limbs to make sure they knit properly. Field medics often have to do the opposite and make broken limbs as usable as possible. Walking on a broken, bloody leg isn't good for you, but it's better than taking a bullet.

    • Michael: (voice-over) As a spy, you are trained to deal with interrogation. You have to learn to let the disorientation, the sleep deprivation, and the brutal isolation just wash over you and try not to go insane. In the end, though, it's not so much the questioning as the uncertainty that gets to you, not knowing what the future holds or if you have a future at all.

    • Jesse: Listen to me, if you go back out there, you know what's gonna happen.
      Fiona: Yeah, I'm going.
      Jesse: What happened to all that wisdom about you and Mike having different priorities?
      Fiona: Well, screw wisdom! I belong out there with him...for better or worse.
      Jesse: It's probably gonna be for worse.
      Fiona: Well, I knew that the moment I met him. Goodbye, Jesse.

    • Michael: And for what it's worth, Agent Porter, I am sorry for what I did to you. I never said it, but I am truly sorry.
      Jesse: Come on, man, just...I signed up to fight the bad guys, right? That's all you were ever doing, so...we're in this together.

    • Vaughn: Does being too clever for your own good run in your family?
      Madeline: Could be. Does being a sadistic bastard run in yours?

    • Michael: (voice-over) Eventually, the information spies obtain usually ends up in the hands of a politician. The relationship between spies and politicians is never easy, but they need each other. By themselves, secrets are just words. Covert intelligence is only as powerful as the person who uses it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Whether it's the Trojan War, the Battle of Thermopylae, or the Last Stand at the Alamo, many of the famous battles in history were sieges in which small forces took on much larger armies. Unfortunately, sieges don't make good stories because the smaller force won. They make the history books because the little guys fought well...before they died.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Skill will only take you so far in a car chase. The bottom line is physics. Machine versus machine. If yours comes up short in that equation, it's just a matter of time before it's over.

    • Fiona: I want to know what this means in the end. Who wins? 'Cause honestly, I feel, however this turns out, I lose.
      Michael: Maybe this isn't your fight, Fi. Just because it's my path doesn't mean it's yours.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Not all hiding places are created equal. Generally speaking, a good hiding place is hard to find but easy to access. On rare occasions, for the most sensitive material, you have to go a step further and find a hiding place even you can't get to.

    • Sam: And, you know, you helped me get to this guy before. So, same thing, different day.
      Madeline: It amazes me the things that become normal to you people.
      Sam: I'll take that as a yes.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In any desperate situation, the temptation is always to act immediately. It's understandable but unwise. No matter how bad things are, the first step is always the same, assess the threat and figure out how bad things really are.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: December 21, 2011 on FX/FX HD

    • Featured Music:
      "Quiet Mood" by N/A
      "Counter Striker" by Threshold
      "Titanium Pipe" by Threshold
      "MDV-Daydream" by Jan Christophe Busse
      "Joyous Rage" by M.A.D. Music
      "The Vale Ops" by Threshold
      "Half The Man" by Kopius Few
      "Narrow Hallway" by Apple Trax
      "Saw The Face" by Threshold
      "Breaking The Law" by M.A.D. Music

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