Burn Notice

Season 6 Episode 2

Mixed Messages

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 21, 2012 on USA
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    Burn Notice: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    It's probably no coincidence that Jeffrey Donovan directed "Mixed Messages" while his character took on the similarly behind-the-scenes role of mission leader/van captain of an operation aimed at busting the Miami leg of the Zetas drug cartel.

  • Episode Summary

    Michael decides to just go ahead and help out the CIA in order to get visitation rights; Fiona is pursued by a dangerous gang lord.

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    • getting better

      Improvement from the series premiere. Hopefully Fiona joins the team again.
    • Mixed Messages

      Not as good as the season premiere, but still a fun episode. The Fiona scenes in prison were a little over the top, but still exciting to watch and they have the potential for the mystery of the individual who wants her dead to be a great season long arc, provided they don't rush its conclusion.

      Michael's situation was alright as well, but had a very anticlimatic ending.
    • Awesome

      Fi still at prison, and she is the bad ass there too!, mike, jesse & sam axe successfully helped out CIA mission in order to get to see Fi, hopefully next episode mike will meet fi!, fantastic! can't wait for next!...
    • Exciting

      Give the writers a RAISE. They are writing at a big level for a show still on after a few years.

      The plot twists are holding us in and my DVR is totaling programmed not to miss this show. It is probably the best Dramatic/Action/ Adventure show on Tv currently. To add to the storylines the actors deliver their lines with some comedy and sarcasism. When the Emmys come around hopefully somebody on the panel will have seen one episode at least of this high octane show. Long live this "BURNT SPY."moreless
    • Very Promising

      The season openners/finales are always captivating as is with most series. The past few seasons of burn notice have found us watching these non-sense jobs in between the plot. At times, I made sure I just watched the beginning and end of episodes just because they are all that is truly relevant to my desire to watch the show. This episode, however, has shown me the light that has been reawaken in the writers..

      After waching this episode, we find that the team's job is beautifully intertwined with the plot. Michael's succes is hinged upon a brief unite with Fi and this provides the proper tension and interest required to captivate the audience including myself. We cheer for Michael so that he may somehow make progress in his situation with Anson and Fi.

      Let's get down to the more superficial aspects of this episode. Fi kicking ass in prison? I love it. I love love love love it. I just recently watched The Shawshank Redemption and I couldn't help but feel like I was watching a kick ass version of it (despite the fact that nothing happening here has any similarity to Shawshank). Now that that is out of the way, Michael's rage is invigorating. Don't tell me your eyes didn't widen when he flipped the table, it was a statement: be involved in this season or go home.

      Jesse taking the mission solo was great. I don't understand the Jesse haters, but you have to realize how great of an actor Cody Bell is, and boy does he shine here as Jesse taking on a drug cartel as a shady DEA agent.

      I think the pace of this season is also affecting it's quality. Instead of focusing on plot at the start and finish with random action in the middle, we now see a good balance between the story lines. One minute we'll be with Michael, Sam, and Jesse, the next back to Fi. I believe a season ago they would have had Fi's story line separated in some way from what was happening with the boys. Kudos to the writers on the adjustment.

      I think the ultimate success currently is stemming from the involvement of more than just Michael in the plot. It got belaboring after a few season and I'm glad they have incorporated Anson and Fi to this mix of disaster.

      Great episode, keep watching!moreless

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    • QUOTES (7)

      • Michael: I need to see Fiona Glenanne.
        Tom Card: This is all about your girlfriend? I heard about that situation.
        Michael: Trust me, she's innocent.
        Tom Card: Look, just do yourself a favor and walk away.
        Michael: Not with this. I can't.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Convincing someone that they're looking at an army that's not there is about the little details, the barrel of a high-powered rifle, combined with the bulkiness of a seatback under a plastic tarp can sell the presence of a team of concealed snipers ready to supply cover fire. A heavily loaded vehicle positioned at a natural choke point gives the impression of an assault team ready to storm a target. And a few well-placed agents with earpieces look just like spotters set to guide an assault team.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Most survival strategies in prison don't involve making many friends. When it's just about staying alive, you do what you have to.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Prison, or any confined institutional environment, is just about the worst place possible to make an enemy. The regular schedule means your enemies know where you are every hour of the day, while crowded living conditions mean they can choose the time and place that is best for an attack. Usually, the best thing you can do is stay moving, stay aware, and stay paranoid.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Going to prison is always a possibility for an operative. When your job involves working outside the law, sometimes it can't be avoided. If you find yourself inside, the first thing to remember is patience. You have to take your time, figure out who the players are, and stay out of trouble as long as you can... because, inevitably, trouble will come to you.

      • Michael: (voice-over) There are certain people in life you get stuck with, whether you love them, they drive you nuts, or both. They've made you who you are. For most people, it's a coach or a favorite teacher. For a spy, it's his training officer.

      • Fiona: (on her letter) ... At least I have a little privacy. When I'm not in the yard, at meals, or on work duty, I'm housed in a unit or violent offenders...alone. It reminds me of the first time that I lost you in Ireland. I'd see you in my dreams, but I'd wake up... and you were still gone. The dreams hurt, but they were all that kept me going. They did then... and they do now. Love, Fi.

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