Burn Notice

Season 7 Episode 1

New Deal

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 06, 2013 on USA
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Episode Summary


In the final season premiere, Michael is in deep cover and a terrorist recruits him to do some clandestine works. In the meantime, Sam and Jesse start looking for answers after learning Michael's life may be in danger.

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  • Why you can not keep this show going?

    To the producers I will never watch anything you put on again if burn notice don't keep running.
  • New Deal

    This could be the season that breaks all the rules. With Michael in a deep cover for the CIA, we finally get a glimpse of what his spy days could have been like. Add to the fact that it's been 9 months, you realize that this is some serious stuff. Michael himself in a voiceover talks about how a cover like this can change a person forever, and will that impact the rest of this season? Nearly every plot thread that this show started with is already wrapped up, and mainly what is left is how/when/if Michael can get Fiona back into his life again. That'll be the destination of this final season, I think. Overall it was a highly stylized episode, which is unusual for BN, which usually plays it straightforward with their explosions and women coincidentally walking in front of the camera in bikinis (don't worry, this episode has both). It started with one of the best opening scenes the show has ever had, and could be a clear warning to the viewer. This season won't be like any of others before it. Great episode, great start to the 7th, and final, season.moreless
  • New Deal

    I do not like the direction this season appears to be headed, with separation between Michael and the gang, and not having the team try and take down the government, but rather cooperate with it. That being said, this was still a pretty strong Burn Notice, that hurt in a way as we had to come to the realization that it was the last season finale we will get.

    Some good action sequences, but it could have been better.moreless
Stephen Martines

Stephen Martines

Carlos Cruz

Guest Star

Nick E. Tarabay

Nick E. Tarabay

Dexter Gamble

Guest Star

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez


Guest Star

Jack Coleman

Jack Coleman

Andrew Strong

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Michael: (voiceover) If you work in covert operations long enough, you develop a sixth sense for when your cover has been blown. When you think you might have been compromised, it pays to trust your instincts. After all, the only way you know for sure your cover has been blown is when someone puts a bullet in the back of your head.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Claymore mines are one of the most lethal anti-personnel devices in existence. The shrapnel inside can rip through the wall of a house and still be deadly up to 200 meters. But because a claymore is a directional charge, most of the blast is propelled forward, which means if disarming it isn't an option, being behind it when it goes off is the next best thing as long as you have adequate cover.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Once you're at the structure the next step is getting in. The same portable voltage tester you used to measure electrical usage can also detect electrical currents. Which means, if you can get close to your target's doors and windows, you can tell if he's got an active alarm system with a wave of your hand. Of course, just because they don't have an alarm system doesn't mean you don't have to worry about less conventional forms of security.

    • Jesse: You're a little fired up about this one, aren't you?
      Sam: He held a switchblade to a very sensitive region of Sam Axe that only Elsa and Sandino get to touch.
      Jesse: What?
      Sam: Sandino's my masseur.
      Jesse: T.M.I., Sam. T.M.I.

    • Michael: (voiceover) An easy way to tell if a house is occupied is to monitor the electricity usage with a non-contact voltage meter. You can do a quick check of the breaker box and see if anyone's got the lights on.

    • Michael: (voiceover) C-4 is the most popular military explosive mainly because it's extremely stable. That's great if safety is your main concern, but not so great if you're short a detonator. When you have to improvise, a primary explosive like mercury fulminate mixed with gunpowder can provide the energy needed to set off a chunk of C-4, provided you can get them in place without blowing your hand off.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Smuggling anything into a secure building is all about misdirection. You can't keep alarms from going off or dogs from barking, but you can mask why it's happening. A metal detector can't differentiate between a Smith & Wesson .45 and a steel-sided floor polisher. The same way a bomb-sniffing German Shepherd doesn't know the difference between the smell of C-4 and nitrogen-based fertilizers.

    • Michael: (voiceover) The concept of only sharing information that operatives need to know isn't just used by intelligence agencies. Terrorists use it too for the same reasons. It's a challenge when you're infiltrating a terrorist organization because it means you don't get to know exactly what you're part of until it's too late to do anything about it.

    • Michael: (voiceover) For a spy operating under a cover I.D., security options are limited. You can't exactly hire a guard or install an expensive alarm system if you're supposed to be barely scraping by. That means you have to improvise. Connecting a motion sensor in your apartment to a porch light, for example, can protect your home and protect your identity. It's also a good idea to find a place you can get into without using the front door. Most people don't go looking for second floor apartments with windows facing an alley, but in a pinch, there's nothing like it.

    • Michael: (voiceover) A deep cover job changes you in ways that are hard to describe. To become another man for months or years, it's impossible to go through and not be affected at the most basic level. In a way, that's the point. Deep cover is only used to go after the hardest targets. The ones who can't be approached. The ones who can see through the smooth lie. The ones who know the real thing when they see it. The only way in with a target like that is to become the real thing. Every hour, every day, whether you're in public or alone, you have to live the life of the man you're claiming to be. It creeps into your soul after a while. Spend enough time posing as an alcoholic ex-spy committing the occasional crime to pay the rent and the line between fiction and fact becomes blurry. Eventually, the question isn't whether the cover I.D. will attract the target. It's whether there will be enough of you left to complete the mission when it does.

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