Burn Notice

Season 1 Episode 4

Old Friends

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 19, 2007 on USA



  • Trivia

    • In the scene where he has spiked Jan's hot dog with crushed peanuts, Michael is holding Jan's EpiPen in his fist. For most of the scene it is needle-end (black cap) up, but in one shot in the middle it is the other way up (grey cap at the top).

    • The Sandbar, Sam's favorite bar he says he can never go back to, now that Michael caused such a ruckus, is a real bar in Coconut Grove (an artsy neighborhood of Miami).

    • When Michael goes to the hotel where the assassin is staying, he comes out of the stairs on the fourth floor, but when he gets in the elevator, it clearly says he's on the seventh floor (the one the assassin is supposedly staying on).

  • Quotes

    • Michael: (voice-over) Spies go to bars for the same reason people go to libraries, full of information. If you know how to ask.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The drive home is often a grueling experience for someone you just rescued. Especially if they were unaware of their situation. They ask a lot of questions, you fill them in on the answers. And then it dawns on them: the truth. It can be a little overwhelming.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Running an operation, you can't let personal feelings get in the way. It's about planning and execution, not about being angry...although occasionally, you may get a little angry.

    • Nate: I can protect myself.
      Michael: Yeah... blocking punches with your face. Real effective...

    • Michael: (voice-over) Any good operative is careful not to leave much behind. Everyone gets careless though, and even the littlest things can turn out to be useful. A receipt, a paperback, room service records. Every bit helps.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Compulsive gamblers get a lot of practice seeing people bluff. So the good news is that they can usually pick up on people's tells. The bad news is when they're wrong, the consequences are very expensive.

    • Michael: You lost my car in a card game.
      Nate: Well, I needed the money and you weren't helpin' me out. Besides, nothin' ventured, nothin' gained, bro.
      Michael: It was a rental car you ventured.

    • Michael: Now, make a small incision just above the wound.
      Nate: You want me to uh, just dig in?
      Michael: You're enjoying this way too much.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Some situations just come down to probabilities. The chance that an assassin can hit you with a handgun at 50 yards, the number of shots he can get off. You might have a one in five chance of taking a bullet, maybe a one in ten chance of dying. Or a 100 percent chance of getting blown away by a shotgun wired to a door.

    • Michael: They broke the dishes?
      Madeline: No, I did. Mrs. Hails is always coming over when I have the TV on too loud. So I figured she would hear the crash.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A rescue attempt is hard enough when it's someone who wants to be rescued. It doesn't matter whether it's a brother with a compulsive gambling problem, or a girl who thinks she's about to launch her modeling career. So you eliminate escape options, keep a low profile, but no matter what you do, you'll still have someone screaming bloody murder in the back of your car.

    • Carl Wilhelm: "Pimped"? I'm not a pimp.
      Michael: You say "tomato", I say "pimp".

    • Fiona: Every third guy at a bar'll tell you he's a modeling scout.
      Sam: Hey, I've used worse lines. And succeeded.

    • Michael: Hey, can I borrow your car?
      Sam: Where ya goin'?
      Michael: Uh, just to the store to get some new yogurt.
      Sam: (chuckles) Come on, Mike. Fiona calls, whisper whisper, all of a sudden you gotta have yogurt? What's the big secret?
      Michael: No big secret, just loooove yogurt.

    • Fiona: Do you think I could convince your Czech assassin to switch targets? I mean Sam is bigger, slower... easier to hit.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's a reason why family is a good source of leverage. Whether it's a brother who always owes people money or a brother who is stuck in the trunk of a car, you can't turn your back on them.

    • Michael: (voice-over) You can learn good self-defense fighting with students in a class, but great self-defense you pick up fighting with your family.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The key to a good knife defense is to control the knife hand and strike with everything you've got. Fighting is often about tactical retreat - like running away from two knives. It's also about making the body count unacceptable.

    • Michael: (voice-over) If it looks like you're about to get into a fight that could get you killed, try starting another one.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Staří známí (Old Acquaintances)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Brazil: October 23, 2007 on AXN
      New Zealand: November 25, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: February 12, 2008 on TEN
      Czech Republic: March 5, 2008 on TV Prima
      Sweden: March 9, 2008 on TV6
      United Kingdom: October 26, 2008 on FX
      Germany: October 19, 2009 on Vox
      Slovakia: February 18, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: February 22, 2010 on MTV3

  • Allusions

    • Sam: I don't want to do anything to compromise my pension. If I don't have it, you'll have to take care of me when I'm 95 and drooling into my pillow.
      Michael: Don't worry I'll smother you with my pillow before that happens.
      Sam: Thanks you're such a good friend.

      This is an allusion to the end of the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest when Randle has been reduced to a drooling simpleton by a lobotomy. Chief Bromden then smothers him because he can't stand to see him that way.

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