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Burn Notice

Season 5 Episode 4

No Good Deed

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 14, 2011 on USA
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Episode Summary

Barry's brother is framed for attacking a server, so the gang track down the real hacker to clear his name.

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  • 7/14

    "No Good Deed" is a fun little episode for two reasons. One is that we had a nice little case of the week, the clients they were helping were as annoying as a day at the DMV, but the villain today was perfect and it ended in an explosive way, no pun intended. Secondly, we had a nice twist at the end with Max dying and Michael being set up for the case. If this introduces us to a new character for Mr. Westen to clash with then I am all for it. A good storyline, a good case of the week and more building being done by this show. Because of that I have to give this a positive score.moreless
  • Strong episode, shocking ending. (Spoilers)

    Burn Notice began it's 5th season well but slow. The premiere brought us to the present date and showed us where the characters have been and how they've advanced between Season 4 and 5. The next 2 episodes focused on Michael's paranoia with the people that burned him, not wanting to let go. The one thing lacking: actual advances in the plot.

    The one thing it did have, however, were a few CIA missions with Michael and his partner Max. This allowed for their relationship to build as Max and Michael worked together more and eventually bonded. This also allowed for the viewers to bond with him as well.

    So imagine the look on my face when I saw Max's dead body lying on the floor, shot twice and bleeding out. Michael, not knowing what to do, picks up the weapon next to him and decides to chase down the man that shot Max, who he never got a good look of. At the end, we find out Michael is going to be framed for Max's murder, officially opening up the plot for the 5th season. I say it's about damn time!

    But I like the way they handled Max. They got us attatched to him and then his death was a huge shock abd sadness. Great job BN writers! I'm so happy to see that after 5 seasons and a 6th one confirmed, Burn Notice is still on top of it's game. This season is going to be great.

    As for the client, nothing special except for an excellent guest star in Eve and Big Show. There was also a nice twist in the client around half way through with Michael being drugged. I mean, nothing ever happens to Michael!


    +Max dead; shocking twist in season-long plot.

    +Great acting

    +Twist in client.

    -Still want more Jesse!moreless



Guest Star

John Ross Bowie

John Ross Bowie


Guest Star

Todd Jensen

Todd Jensen

Dean Myers

Guest Star

Paul Tei

Paul Tei


Recurring Role

Grant Show

Grant Show


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (16)

    • Sam: Okay, wait a second. You guys dragged me all the way across town, just to help you twist some lowlife's arm?
      Jesse: (Points at the Big Show) When that's the lowlife, yeah.
      (Big Show walks to his car)
      Sam: Oh! Somebody call the zoo because a frickin' grizzly just escaped.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It's important to keep your guard up at the end of an operation. Once you've found your target, won their trust, and made a deal, it's natural to want to relax a bit. But the fact is, that's exactly the time to be most careful. When money's on the line and things go wrong, they tend to go very, very wrong.

    • Michael: (voice-over) To secure a location, police clear rooms one by one from the ground up. It's a thorough procedure but slow. It gives you the opportunity to cover your tracks, wipe down fingerprints, pick up any shell casings, and steal the office access logs. But it only leaves one option for escaping. So when your back's against the wall and time is running out, there's nothing like seeing an old friend.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When in the field, it's the little things that kill you; a getaway car that won't start, a jammed gun that won't fire, or a maintenance man who won't leave. When setbacks happen, you improvise.

    • Michael: (voice-over) People tend to think shredding documents is the same as destroying them. Actually, it's more like taking the pieces from a hundred different Jigsaw puzzles and mixing them up. Putting them back together is just a matter of time and perseverance or having access to the right software.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When someone's in a killing mood, it doesn't help appealing to their sympathy. You're better off taking their rage and redirecting it at someone else.

    • Michael: (voice-over) One way to break into a secure building is to commit a decoy crime first. Create an obvious situation that explains why an alarm was tripped, and people won't discover the real reason you stopped by.

    • Max: Now, would you focus on the task at hand? I don't want this thing blowing up in my face.
      Michael: We're sabotaging an A.C. system. We're not defusing a bomb.
      Max: Yeah, well, I've noticed that things have a tendency to blow up when you're around.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Vehicle counter-surveillance is very difficult if you're trying to be inconspicuous. If you're willing to be a little more obvious, on the other hand, it gets a lot easier. You can drive in circles, go the wrong direction on a one-way street, or just stop in the middle of the road.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Criminals who specialize in hacking are a special breed. They have the skills to find legitimate work, but they choose to steal instead. They're all about using their brains to dominate and control. That's why crafting a cover I.D. that will succeed with them is a challenge. They're not looking for an equal partner. They're looking for another loser to sneer at, so that's just what you give them.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In many ways, the more sophisticated a thief is, the easier they are to find. Anyone who gets a job under a fake name and uses stolen high-security access codes leaves a fat paper trail, which means, if they're smart, they have no intention of hanging around.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Seeing a project through to completion requires a certain level of obsessiveness. The problem is you can't turn it on and off. So you end up doing things no one else can understand, like sticking with an operation long after it's over or trying to fix a car you should have given up on years ago.

    • Max: You know the game. They steal secrets, we steal secrets. It's all good fun.
      Michael: Until someone gets caught.
      Max: Then we don't get caught.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Intelligence-agency field offices have to find a delicate balance between blending in and providing adequate security... which is why, whenever possible, they piggyback onto the facilities of fellow government agencies.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Pretending to be a belligerent drunk lets you get close to a target long enough to plant a tracker without them getting suspicious. Of course, if you plan on making a scene at a fancy hotel, you'd better be ready to pay the price.

    • Michael: (voice-over) It's a cliché that spies wear tuxedos in the field. While there's some truth to it, you don't usually wear them to baccarat tables in Monte Carlo. Most of the time you're in black tie, it's at rubber-chicken dinners, political fundraisers, or charity auctions. Not quite as glamorous as the French Riviera, but at least you'll usually get free drinks.

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