Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 16

Lesser Evil

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 05, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael gets to know Victor's motivation and his connection to Carla after capturing him. When the truth about Carla's organization is revealed, everyone is put in danger.

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  • The Finale

    Love the action and explosion, Michael and Victor teaming up to take on Carla's squad priceless. We all knew Carla would meet the situation she did, but for me it's still predicable in the story area. There really isn't that many changes to the show, I have a feeling season 3 is going to be the same ol' thing. The finale shouldn't be the only greatest episode of the season, I expect a lot in season 3 because it indicates change, Michael chose not to have his life as a CIA agent back and stay in Florida, even though I would have liked some drama and twists before making that possible for him but it's done. Compare to prime time channel shows, this lacks story development to me its an action explosion show. If it was just me I would not try to do a story and just do a CSI and just help people that way it can focus on one thing and make it great. Their story is what turns me off.moreless
  • Season Finale... and what an awesome episode. This episode discloses the issues motivating VICTOR (Michael Shanks)and also the bond between Michael, Fiona, and Sam. The ending was surprising and exciting! It's a "must-see" episode!!moreless

    An AWESOME Finale!! I believe this series to be one of the very best on television!! I enjoy the adventures, excitement, love interest, and also the humor.

    Michael Shanks was Fantastic as Victor! At first it appeared that Victor was a 'bad guy', which I bet Michael Shanks enjoyed portraying.

    Jeffrey Donovan is Amazing as Michael Westen. His gorgeous smile and incredible good looks are bonuses to a great story!!

    I am also thoroughly enjoying Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe. I first became a fan of Bruce's years ago when he starred in the TV show 'The Adventures of Bristol County, Jr.'. I believe he brings a lot to the show!

    I am looking forward to next season's new adventures.moreless
  • Speachless.... one of the greatest season's finale ever.

    I was a bit dissapointed with season's one finale , it didn't seem like a good ending , but this one was something special. Helicopters , boats , fast speed cars , C4 , home made bombs , snipers , shotguns ; this was a classic action masterpiece. Michael finally gets his freedom which can be a bit more dangerous than what he thinks. Fiona's wishes comes to true when she gets to kill Carla. Besides the main theme of the episode which was excellent and perfectly setted, I think Madeliene's side story was amazing too. It was a great season I am glad there will be a season 3 because this finale could have easily be the end of the series but looks we have much more Michael Westen to come.moreless
  • Season 2 raps up with a bang.

    This episode was just incredable. It felt like a high speed roler coaster ride that took a billion twists and turns for the better. The story arc for the past 7 episodes followed Michael looking for the person that tried to kill him by blowing up his loft. Michael eventually found out that that very person used to work for Carla and is now rebeling against her, the very thing Michael has been wanting to do since the start. Michael finds a common enemy with Victor and they ally to take down that enemey, Carla, who is under heavy watch by her bosses, 'Management.'

    The end finds Victor and Michael setting off to blackmail Carla when Victor is shot by a sniper. Carla is shot by Fiona and Michael is off to meet with Carla's boss, the man that burned him.

    This was a wonderful episode because it rapped up the amazing storyline in Season 2 and Michael finally meets the man who burned him. But now a new issue stands, since Michael is free, but at what cost? Off to Season 3.moreless
  • Michael is free.

    The first half hour of this episode fell flat. I have to admit that, despite being such a big fan of B Note. But the second half kicked into full gear and we got some really great action. The finale of the first half of season 2 was intense, but this was just on a whole other level.

    Carla dying made me upset, as she has been such a great villain on the series, but this should open some new doors. I'm excited for Season 3 after seeing this, even if it is months away. I think we're in store for a completely revitalized series after what happened in the final moments.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the ending scenes, a boat can be seen nearby behind the chopper yet in the end, Michael is swimming towards the faraway shore and not towards the boat.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Fiona is standing guard with a shotgun. She pumps it once in front of Michael yet when she enters the room to rescue him, she pumps again before shooting (and no shell is seen ejected).

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (on the phone)
      Michael: Carla, not a good time.
      Carla: You think you're clever.
      Michael: Clever? Well, I tested well in school, but they say that doesn't mean...
      Carla: You're trying to save the man who tried to kill you. Victor and I have known each other for a long time. You have no idea who you're dealing with.
      Michael: You know, I know it's been a short time, but sometimes you meet someone and you just get that feeling.
      Carla: Enough. It's time you learned actions have consequences.
      Michael: Funny, I was thinking it was time for you to learn the same thing.

    • Michael: Victor I sympathize with your situation but it's a little hard to trust someone when they've tried to kill you, four times.
      Victor: Four, that seems high.(Pauses) Oh come on, you're counting earlier with the chair!
      Michael: Yes.

    • Victor: Wait a minute, you're going to help me? I get to be one of Michael Westen's clients? One of the desperate people to whom you lend your razor-sharp mind and fists of fury?
      Michael: Lucky you.

    • Sam: Is your stuff handy, because it's time for an emergency trip to Disney World.
      Madeline: Disney World? Why in God's name would I want to go to Disney World?
      Sam: Because it's a magical kingdom with lots of witnesses and great security.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The song heard when Michael jumps from the helicopter is "Time Bomb" by Jessy Greene.

    • The Mythbusters (Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of the Discovery channel) did an episode "Bouncing Bullets" to test the scene where Michael ricochets bullets under the car. The Mythbusters ruled it "myth busted".

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Menší zlo (Lesser Evil)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 22, 2009 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: February 1, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Slovakia: March 31, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: April 12, 2010 on Vox
      Czech Republic: May 11, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: January 16, 2012 on MTV3