Burn Notice

Season 6 Episode 9

Official Business

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 16, 2012 on USA
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  • SPY-JINX

    Burn Notice "Official Business" Review: Model Behavior

    What mainly made this episode shine was a rare interweaving of plotlines and some refreshing partnership swaps that kept things feeling alive and organic.

  • Episode Summary

    Fiona helps a CIA asset who is being targeted by a black-market businessman. Jesse and Sam infiltrate a mercenary training camp and attempt to track down a sniper.

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    • Official Business

      7.5
      A solid penultimate episode of the year. Another good twist with the woman really trying to take them all down, but there were some reality glitches regarding what they were able to pull off, but still had some action, had some deceit, and had all of the elements of an enjoyable episode of Burn Notice.
    • spoilers

      8.0
      Pretty straightforward episode. Two bumbling, incompetent FBI agents cow Fiona into working for them, while Jesse and Sam again get stuck doing the grunt work for the main story arc, trying to track down whoever killed Nate. Mike plays the Sam Waterston role and just oversees, intervening when necessary. As expected, the bad guys of the week go to jail, and we get the identity of the killer, setting up the mid-season finale. There are ample thrills along the way, but nothing we haven't seen before, and I was never able to really suspend my disbelief that anyone was in real danger. At times this episode felt like a remake of Good Intentions from season 3.



      It's too bad the promo completely spoiled the main twist. I don't know who puts together the trailers at USA, but it's like they consciously decide to spoil key details in these things. Fortunately the promo for next week's show was very ambiguous, although I have a feeling of how it will turn out, based on the few vague details that have been leaked about the winter season. But then again I thought Barry was a goner in Shock Wave so what do I know.



      And wow, the actress that played Angela is absolutely stunning.moreless

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      • Michael: (voice-over) Most people know that carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas. Inhale too much, and it displaces the oxygen in your bloodstream and suffocates you from the inside out. What most people don't know is that in a confined space with a vapor-to-air mixture anywhere between 12% and 75%, it's also a powerful explosive.

      • Michael: (voice-over) If you need to get out of a zip tie and you can't cut yourself free, your best option is to find a shim. You can make a shim out of almost anything that's thin enough and flexible enough to slip into the cable tie and separate the teeth from the ratchet mechanism. Of course, that's easier said than done if your hands are tied.

      • Michael: (voice-over): Any safe can be cracked with enough time and the right equipment. Even high end models with security features like glass re-lockers, sheets of glass in the wall that shatters if you try to drill through them. Hit one and it locks the safe permanently. But if you come prepared with a point drill diagram and a good bore-scope, you can bypass the re-locker and find the combination by studying the wheel pack. Then you just have to hope your plan to get out of the building goes as well as your plan to get into the safe.

      • Michael: (voice-over): Getting people to evacuate a building is a lot harder than you might think. Most people don't pay much attention to fire alarms unless they see flames. Carbon monoxide alarms on the other hand, tend to get plenty of attention. People are reluctant to ignore threats that's invisible, odorless and deadly; and best of all, any home with a gas line has a built-in delivery system.

      • Michael: (voice-over): Sabotage is most often used to destroy your target's vehicles; but not always. Simply damaging an enemy's car can be very useful as well, as long as you can get your own team in position to do the repairs.

      • Michael: (voice-over): The key to successfully bribing someone who resist in initial approach is research and observation. You need to know as much as you can about your targets, his principles, his weaknesses, his dreams; with most by the book targets it's usually just a matter of making them feel like they are not being paid to do something wrong, they are being rewarded for doing something right.

      • Michael: (voice-over): Whether you're in a market in Syria, or a boutique in Miami, getting supplies to operatives in the field is always dangerous. Often you have to spot a contact, arrange an excuse to approach, and make a drop. And do it all while looking like you're just out for a day shopping.

      • Michael: (voice-over): The easiest way to open a door with an electric lock is to cut the electricity, unless your target has a failed secured door, designed to stay locked during a power outrage. To get past a failed secure door you have to can try to steal entry code, but if you have access to the manufacturer's schematics, it's much easier to wire in a duplicate circuit and trip the lock yourself.

      • Michael: (voice-over): The private military industry is worth one hundred billion a year world wide and growing. It's secretive, well-armed and almost weakly unregulated by international law; which is great if you need to hire your own private army, but not so good if you need to steal their classified intelligence, which means sometimes, you have to rely on your powers of persuasion.

      • Michael: (voice-over): Modifications like nitrous oxide injectors and ultra light carbon fiber body works are great in movies, but in real life, spies need cars that won't raise suspicions if they're searched. The speed, power and handling you need, had better come factory installed; because if the wrong person gets curious, it could mean a bullet to the head.

      • Michael: (voice-over): For a spy, deep cover assignments often mean going in the enemy territory alone and unarmed. If you want to survive, you better have a support team you can trust watching your back.

      • Michael: (voice-over): One of the biggest challenges in covert operations is working with civilian assets. It's often as much as keeping the asset from falling apart, as it is about gathering intelligence. Kind of like baby-sitting, only with a gun to your head.

      • Michael: (voice-over): When you are posing as a potential client of a private military company, it doesn't pay to be subtle. A private army, is a very high dollar item and people who rent them tend to be super rich and not afraid to show it. It's an expensive cover ID. But if you do it right, it's worth every penny. You want your target focused less on your credentials, and more on the make of your watch and the size of your wallet.

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