Burn Notice

Season 1 Episode 12

Loose Ends (2)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2007 on USA
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Michael and Fiona work to rescue Sam from heroin smugglers, after Kent and Melissa's deal goes sour. Meanwhile, Michael attempts to evade the government agents who assassinated Philip Cowan.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Great Season Finale

    This was the best episode the whole season in my book, the action pack action to save Sam. Makings of C4, sticking bombs and tons of weapons that was cool. Michael had to mess with the second in command drug dealer to get the location of Sam, Michael also agrees to come into the agency alive if they let him finish his job. I can't wait to see what season 2 is going to be about, I would like it to be a bigger picture of what he's suppose to do. Sure the jobs he does at Miami are cool but most of the jobs he does detectives can do and we got detective tv shows that are actually detectives doing job like those. I'm just saying if they going to keep calling him a spy, I would like to see some spy episodes oversea co-ops or something, add some spice season 1 was great. I just know they can't keep the same theme going or it will get boring and repetitive.moreless
  • A letdown after an excellent buildup.

    "Dead Drop", the first part of Burn Notice's season finale, began slowly but gradually built up in intensity, leading to a stunning conclusion.

    Sadly, it seems the writers didn't know what to do to resolve the plot. The men Sam were investigating in "Dead Drop" were portrayed as the most professional, deadly, and formidable foes presented yet in the series. The audience wasn't given many clues to their origin, but their efficiency and power were made clear. Meanwhile, Michael's investigation of his burn notice took a stunning turn with an unexpected death.

    In "Loose Ends", the awesome foes who captured Sam turn out to be heroin dealers on a boat, easily disarmed by Michael and Fiona using standard tactics seen before. And the burn notice? A mysterious woman on a cell phone now seems to be pulling the strings, and Michael turns himself in to find out more. The audience learns nothing new about the show's overall arc, and the showdown with the villans proves to be far less significant and entertaining than the buildup.moreless
  • Brilliant season ender.

    This episode just has to prove that Burn Notice is just a fantastic show.

    Had the balance that is hard to achieve with me, plenty of action! And just a brilliant story to go with it.

    I liked this episode very very very much. It just showed that it definately was capable of keeping up with the standard it set back in the pilot episode of this new series.

    The cliffhanger is brilliant, everyone who has been watching this show will most definately be anxiously awaiting its return, its definately worth watching to everyone that hasnt, and good news, you got some time to go before the new season starts. For us that have been waiting for its return will agree with me and am disappointed about the very very long wait.moreless
  • This episode was a grea end to a great new show but...

    I only said the but to get you to read but now that you are you might as well continue. This episode was a can't miss. It was slpit into two parts each part as exciting as the other, only this was the season one Finale and at the end it left you on your seat wanting more knowing that it would be some months before you would see the continuation which is tommorow as i am writing this. the episode was just like any other, with Sam being the victum this time and Michile did a great job getting his friend out of trouble and dealing with his own troubles. Great instalklment in many to come. You should deffinatly watch.moreless
  • Review

    Season one has come to an end and while I can say that there was not one epsiode that was able to earn anything higher then a 9.7, no episode went below an 8.7. This show is consistantly good and I cant wait to catch up on how they wrote the first epsiode of season two. They can go anywehre with thi, but the most obvious way seems that Micheal will begin to work for the people that burned him. As to why he was burned in the first place: maybe it was as simple as they needed someone who was a top spy to do things in the United States and they picked Michael. I hope we learn why he was the one that was chosen and I hope they flat out come and say it instead of making assumptions that we knew what the writers are talking about.

    The episode itself was good, but lacked some finale fever. Weston and Fi had one final goodbye, but Im sure we will see some more of them next season. The mom and the brother have been written out of the show it seems, which is fine by me. I actually liked Nate in the last two episodes, but Im not heartbropken that he may be gone for good. Micheals rescue of Sam was very well done and overall I thought the arch for season one was both well paced and executed well. Cant wait for season two.moreless
Johnny Messner

Johnny Messner

Glenn Harrick

Guest Star

Ray Lloyd

Ray Lloyd


Guest Star

Todd Stashwick

Todd Stashwick


Guest Star

Seth Peterson

Seth Peterson

Nate Westen

Recurring Role

Paul Tei

Paul Tei

Barry Burkowski

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (28)

    • (Standing over stash of weapons)
      Michael: If we need more than this, we're doing something very wrong.
      Fiona: Or something very right.

    • Sam: You know, I was thinking about this car when they had me. I thought, "I'm gonna die before the Cadillac loses its new-car smell."
      Michael: I'd never let that happen, Sam.
      Sam: Mike, uh… seriously—
      Michael: You woulda done it for me.
      Sam: Damn right, brother.

    • Fiona: It's been fun, Michael. (long pause) At least this time we get to say goodbye. (kisses Michael on the cheek)
      Michael: (touches Fiona on her cheek) Thank you, Fi. (kisses her on the lips)

    • Nate: So, Mom said that you wanted me to go away with her?
      Michael: I want you two somewhere safe.
      Nate: Tell me something. Why is it, if you're the responsible one, every time you run off and you do your spy thing, I gotta pick up the pieces?
      Michael: Please.
      Nate: I like this. You coming to me for help it's...it feels good.
      Michael: Yeah.
      Nate: It's like a fresh thing for us, you know?
      Michael: It's great. You gonna do it?
      Nate: Of course, bro.
      Michael: Thanks.

    • Michael: No, it's not safe. You can't.
      Madeline: I don't care if it's not safe here—
      Michael: Mom—
      Madeline: I'm not leaving you!
      Michael: Mom, please!
      Madeline: Michael, I'm not afraid!
      Michael: I know you're not afraid. But I am.
      Madeline: (touches Michael's face, whispers) I'll go.

    • Michael: I'll drive you and Nate up to Fort Lauderdale, and that's where I'll...find you another car.
      Madeline: (snorts) I remember the time you stole your first car. (laughs) Your Dad was off, God knows where, and I had to get Nate to the hospital. You must have been, what, 12?
      Michael: Ten. I remember, you were pretty angry.
      Madeline: (laughs again) I was also proud. You did, uh, a lot of things I didn't understand. But, you did them for the family. (fusses with Michael's shirt) You know, Michael, I did, too.
      Michael: I know, Mom. I know. (hugs Madeline) I know.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you work in intelligence, you get used to the idea that some information is worth risking everything for. You sign up for the lifestyle… or the chance to serve your country… or the millions of frequent-flier miles. But finally, it all comes down to putting your ass on the line to learn something.

    • Barry: (answers his cell phone and hands it to Michael) It's for you. Something about your burn notice?
      Michael: (rolls eyes and takes phone) Y'ello???
      Female voice: Come out, come out, wherever you are.
      Michael: (looking around cautiously) Who's this?
      Female voice: We need to talk, Michael. We've been trying to bring you in.
      Michael: (still looking around) Talk about what?
      Female voice: Your past. Your future.
      Michael: Aw, sweetie, I'm a little busy right now. Can you call me back?
      (Hangs up and offers phone back to Barry)
      Barry: (jerks away from the phone) Keep it, it's yours.
      (Michael tosses phone into water)

    • Nate: (to Michael and Fiona) I know how to lose a tail. For your information, spies aren't the only ones with enemies!

    • Barry: Look, heroin, I'm allergic to it. Don't need to touch it, don't need to see it, I think about it, I get...like hives. Heroin dealers, seriously...
      Michael: This is not a favor.
      Barry: No, it's not. Favors don't get you killed. I give you a name, it gets back to me, we're in a Barry-face-down-in-the-river-situation.
      Michael: I'm not asking, Barry. We're friends or we're enemies here.
      Barry: Well, if you put it that way.
      Michael: I put it that way.
      (Barry reluctantly gives up a name, Carmelo)
      Barry: So...are we friends?
      Michael: We're friends, Barry.

    • Sam: (looking on the watch) Oh, got to go. (drinks a beer)
      Fiona: Veronica has you on a pretty tight leash, ha!
      Sam: Hardy hardy! I'm meeting with a prospective client.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A lot of people think the word commando means "super-hero" or at least something close to it. In the popular mind they're thought of as the ultimate elite soldier, the solution to every problem. The fact is, a commando is just someone trained to fight under a specific set of circumstances. He's the guy you send in when there are more bad guys than good guys, when surprise is the only advantage you can get in an operation. When it works, commandos seems unstoppable. Those are the operations that make the papers. When it doesn't work, commandos get killed just as dead as anyone else.

    • Fiona: They shot Cowan in front of you.
      Michael: They didn't shoot me. I want to know what's going on, and I told them I'd meet them.
      Fiona: You're a spy Michael. Why don't you just lie? It's what spies do… you know.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The sticky bomb was originally developed in World War II for mining tanks. For the homemade variety, tile adhesive works best - sticky, water-proof, and it comes in an easily portable plastic bucket.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you can't win in a fight, sometimes you have to settle for making sure that if you lose, everyone loses. It works for nuclear weapons; it works for me.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There are some fights you just can't win. A force can be so overwhelming that no tactical approach in a fight is going to lead to a victory worth having.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In a hostage situation, you have to be cruel to be kind. The more you care, the more leverage they have. Like buying a car, you have to make them think you can walk away.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Who drives armored cars? People who expect gun fire. Usually people with some fire power of their own.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Surveillance is a two way street. If you know someone is looking for you, you've got an advantage. They follow your lead. Go where they think you are.

    • Michael: (voice-over) One advantage of working with the same team is that secure communication is simpler. You don't have to work out a secret code. If you have enough history, the code is in every picture, every memento, every autographed leg cast.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Freon is available at most computer stores. Buy a can of screen duster, turn it upside down and you've got it in liquid form. It's cold enough to crystallize the metal on many commercial locks. A hammer can take care of the rest.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Choosing a cover ID on the fly is always a challenge. When there's no time to think, it's best to go with something simple that keeps your options open.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A good trap doesn't scare people, it makes them curious. A speeding truck makes people scatter. A slow moving truck, on the other hand, makes people want to take a closer look.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A warehouse door is going to be reinforced, but the walls aren't. And the areas under the windows don't have load bearing beams.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In any operation, communicating silently is often essential. Chalk marks, an unusual arrangement of objects, anything that stands out from the background will do. A piece of cloth from the window…

    • Michael: (voice-over) The first step in dealing with a covert op is establishing a way to communicate privately. A code...could be a key encrypted cipher, but really all you need is a base of knowledge that you share.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For any operative, stashing weapons is second nature after a while. Spies hide guns like squirrels hide acorns. You never know when you'll need some firepower, or where you'll be when you need it.

    • Carmelo: Who are you?
      Michael: I'm Michael Westen. I used to be a spy.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Nedořešené otázky (Unresolved Matters)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: April 30, 2008 on Prima
      Sweden: May 4, 2008 on TV6
      Australia: August 4, 2008 on TEN
      Germany: December 14, 2009 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 2, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: April 19, 2010 on MTV3