Burn Notice

Season 6 Episode 9

Official Business

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 16, 2012 on USA



  • Trivia

    • The overhead shot of Xander Thompson's (played by Chaz Mena) workplace, as can be seen right before he signs the contract for Sam and Jesse, is actually the University of Tromsø in Norway.


  • Quotes

    • 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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