Burn Notice

Season 5 Episode 15

Necessary Evil

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 2011 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael runs point on a CIA rescue mission which involves a scientist kidnapped by an African warlord. Meanwhile, Sam and Jesse go undercover as microchip specialists but quickly get in over their heads.



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  • Necessary Evil

    Why do shows keep bringing in bad guys and telling them to talk like James Earl Jones? The bad guy in tonight's episode could have been better had he not talked with that fake and contrived voice. There was some action, but it was a pretty predictable ending and how they bought so much time with their excuses to this supposed crime lord is a little bit unrealistic.
Lovensky Jean-Baptiste

Lovensky Jean-Baptiste


Guest Star

Aubrey Peeples

Aubrey Peeples

Sophie Resnik

Guest Star

Andy Quiroga

Andy Quiroga

Head Security Guard (Edgar)

Guest Star

Steve Zurk

Steve Zurk


Recurring Role

Lauren Stamile

Lauren Stamile

Agent Pearce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Michael: (voice-over) In any secure facility, the biggest vulnerabilities tend to be at the lowest salary levels. A company that will spend tens of thousands of dollars checking out senior staff will often hire janitors and window washers for 9 bucks an hour after a 20-minute interview. Getting hired is usually not too difficult, and it's even easier to pay someone a couple grand to hand over a uniform and leave town.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It's always difficult eavesdropping on someone you know well or, worse, someone you care about. The closer you are to them, the worse it feels to listen in on their private moments. Harder still is spying on someone you love who's blatantly betraying you.

    • Agent Pearce: (to Sam and Jesse) The job got done, but neither of you made a lot of friends with this one.
      Sam: Giving the CIA half of what they wanted is the Sam Axe specialty.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's nothing quite like searching the home of someone you care about for evidence they've betrayed you. It's something spies have to do regularly, even with the people they love the most. It's never easy searching for something as hard as you can and praying you find nothing at all.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Whether you're smuggling drugs to sell or weapons to save a friend, you can't just hide contraband and pray. You have to be able to talk your way through an inspection. The key is to keep cool and keep talking. The more they're listening to you, the less they're looking at whatever it is you're carrying.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Spies are surprisingly good recyclers. The ability to repurpose items in the field can often mean the difference between life and death. A broken eyepiece from a microscope can make the perfect disguise for a rifle sight. And a computer with a fried motherboard can house the magazine of an M-4 rifle. It's not exactly separating your bottles and cans, but it'll keep trash out of the landfill and possibly keep you out of the morgue.

    • Michael: (voice-over) One of the few businesses that still make house calls is black-market technology vendors. When someone's paying a lot of cash for illegal weapons-systems components, they expect full service. And when your customer will settle any issues with a bullet to the head, it's a good idea to show up in person.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For a spy, the first step after identifying your enemy and finding his base of operations is listening in on his communications. This can be as simple as planting a bug in his phone or as complex as breaking into a military-grade encrypted radio. Higher security makes the job harder, but it comes with a silver lining the tougher the security, the more valuable the information it's protecting. If you can break in, you can be pretty sure it's going to be worth it.

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