Burn Notice

Season 3 Episode 9

Long Way Back

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 06, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael gets the news that his file at the agency is being reviewed, so his burn notice might be canceled. Meanwhile, Fiona's brother Sean visits her to tell her that someone is coming to kill her.

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  • Summer season finale.

    Burn Notice concluded the first half of its third season tonight with yet another complete thrill ride from start to finish with all the action we can handle from a cable series.

    But did this episode satisfy hardcore fans for the months that this show will be off the air? That I am not sure about as this was good, but not spectacular, by any stretch of the imagination. The whole deal with Madeline selling the house seemed more 7th Heaven than Burn Notice, but at least we had some good shootouts to make up for it.

    Props to Burn Notice for staying strong and laying the foundation for many more seasons.moreless
  • The mid-season finale finds Fi leaving Miami but not before her brother shows up to say a killer is after her. Michael is going to be interviewed by the authorities about his burn notice but doesn't like the story Strickler is trying to get him to tell.moreless

    Great finale type episode in that some new things become apparent. All of Michael's work to get back to spying has been undone and he is probably farther from getting back to his chosen profession than he was before. Now there is a killer out there trying to clean up the mess that was left.

    We get to meet Fi's brother Sean and learn a little bit about her past. Now we also know that she really can't return to Ireland like she was planning but her brother will work at keeping her enemies at bay.

    O'Neill was a bad guy. A mercenary bomber with no conscious. I agree with Sean. He got away lightly if he was just picked up by the authorities.

    After Michael takes out Strickler for setting up Fi, Diego ends up getting removed from the picture. It looked a little like he was shot or thrown out the window. Either way Michael is in the middle of more deep stuff. We'll have to wait to see what's up this time. It's hard to believe that Strickler was that stupid. Really pulling a gun on a guy like Michael and thinking he could still get his way?

    The sweet Buick gets trashed. Too bad but that's the way it goes. It looks like Fi and Michael will just have to put up with each other at least for a while. Madeline is staying put as well. So everything seems settled from that standpoint.

    A fun episode with some great action and nice emotions. A wonderful way to end the mid-season. I hope they don't make us wait too long though. It sounds like the episodes will restart in October or November. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Best episode yet!

    Each week I am impressed more and more with this show. Fiona's brother comes to visit and tells her a man from her past is in Miami to kill her. The chemistry between Michael/Jeff Donovan and Fiona/Gabrielle Anwar is magical and Bruce Campbell doesn't hurt the relationship. Michael murdered Strickler when he found out he was behind the abduction of Fiona the "Big Boom" of the mid-season finale as I like to call it. That changed the whole complexion of the situation. Michael has no idea if he is getting his burn notice removed or not and when Diego asks him to meet him, Michael arrives only to see a dead and bloody Diego lying on the ground. Amazing episode, probably the best one of the series thus far. What's up next for Michael? I don't know. But I cannot wait to find out!moreless
  • Michael thinks he is closer to getting his burn notice removed, only to find it getting farther away.

    I was not sure of what to make of this episode after seeing the previews. Whatever ideas of what was going to happen on this episode went out the door quickly.

    I liked the whole concept of the brother and Michael having to go back to his other persona with him as to not blow his original cover.

    As for Stryker, oh well, he is worse than Carla as he tells Michael that Fi is hurting his chances from getting his burn notice removed so he decided to remove her from the scene.

    I wanted to shoot him, but the way they got rid of Stryker and the guy trying to kill Fi was well done.

    As for the best episode of the season, it could very well be. Now we have a few months to try to figure out what is going to happen next.moreless
  • Our hero saves the day!

    This is one of the best episodes I’ve seen. Michael thinks his finally back in business, Fiona is planning to leave and on top of that somebody from her past is coming back to get her. A lot of shooting and explosions, and of course our hero saves the day and the bad guys goes to jail. And even if this is Sticklers last episode, there is still something bad around â€" just waiting to happen. Michael still has some miles to go before he is back in the good game.

    I am really looking forward to the rest of the season!moreless
Paul Blackthorne

Paul Blackthorne

Thomas O'Neill

Guest Star

Gideon Emery

Gideon Emery

Sean Glenanne

Guest Star

Otto Sanchez

Otto Sanchez

Diego Garza

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Father's In the Garden" by Picoso (Garza meets Michael)
      "Total Traction" by Dan Silver (O'Neill arrives at Fiona's house)
      "Blown Sky High" (Instrumental) by Jessy Greene (Strickler explains)
      "Shredded Ice" by X-Ray Dog Music (Michael and Sam watch O'Neill)
      "Catch Me If You Can" by Jeff Biebuyck (Michael creates a distraction)
      "Remix: Puerto Rican Salsa (Instrumental)" by Hatuey (Michael deals with O'Neill)
      "Out Of Time" by Will Richter (Michael deals with O'Neill again)
      "The Battle Of Whiskeytown" by Kevin and The Octaves (Bomb makers)
      "No Control" by Dan Silver (Surprise attack)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you work as a covert operative, there's no line between who you are and what you do. You are who you need to be for the operation. It makes you effective. It keeps things simple. But when you spend too much time living as someone else, sometimes the people you care about most begin to wonder who you really are.

    • Michael: Tell me where she is. Get out of my way.
      Strickler: You don't get to have the girl and the job! She doesn't fit into your future, our future. So why don't you do yourself a favor and just forget the past?
      Michael: Fiona is not my past.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dlouhá cesta zpátky (Long Way Back)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: January 12, 2010 on FX
      Australia: March 3, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Norway: May 17, 2010 on Viasat 4
      Czech Republic: May 26, 2010 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: October 27, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: January 3, 2011 on Vox
      Slovakia: November 7, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Finland: December 17, 2012 on MTV3