Burn Notice

Season 4 Episode 7

Past and Future Tense

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 22, 2010 on USA



  • Trivia

    • In the first episode, Madeline said Michael broke out of his room at 6 to see the Star Wars. This can't be since Star Wars came out in 1977, making him just over 10 when he sneaked out.

    • Michael's drivers license says that he was born 01/7/67 weighs 185 lbs and is 5'11".

    • Featured Music:
      "Ella Es Mia" by Qbanito
      "No Reason" by Aliex Six
      "Bostonova" by Lisa Maxwell
      "The Catch" by DJ Kambo
      "Mr. Deceit" by Kathie Talbot
      "Meet Me At The Partay" by Lori Michaels
      "Cornered" by Beat Chanber
      "MDV- Caliente Salsa 02" by Latin Pulse Music
      "Dirty Deedz"
      "Grynd Nutt" by Polywood
      "Fire Ignite" by Kopius Few

    • Near the end of the episode, Marv gives Fiona a timesheet from the day that Michael used Jesse's login to steal classified files, that proves that Jesse was innocent. The timesheet has a gray header and two rows marked in red. Fiona destroys this timesheet to keep Michael's secret safe.

      In the next scene however, Jesse holds a very similar looking piece of paper (gray header, two red rows in the same places) in his hands, when he and Michael are looking through the notes from the failed bank heist.

    • After Michael and Paul Anderson steal the documents, they get into a small gun fight with the Russians in which the left back light of Michael's car is destroyed. In the following car chase, the car does not have a scratch.

  • Quotes

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're being hunted in a crowd, your biggest advantage is, your opponents can't maintain visual contact with each other. The key is to move without drawing attention to yourself. When you can, you disguise your actions as something else. When you can't, you strike fast and hard. Then you calmly move for the exits and get the hell out of there.

    • Fiona: I can't stand this! I can't stand lying to Jesse. I can't stand watching you keep this secret like it's nothing! I can't stand what you're turning into.
      Michael: Which is what?
      Fiona: Someone who only cares about the idea of people who doesn't give a damn about the ones who have his back every single day.
      Michael: You know me better than that.
      Fiona: I used to think so.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Spies and politicians tend not to get along very well. Politicians see spies as vitally important in the national interest, right up to the point where they deny ever meeting them and abandon them entirely. It makes for a tough working relationship.

    • Paul: What are you talking about we? It's my mess. I'll clean it up.
      Sam: Sorry, old timer. Can't be picking off bad guys in the middle of a crowded bar. You're just gonna have to accept our help.
      Paul: All right. But if you call me old timer again, you're gonna be wearing your ass around your head. Like a hat.

    • Michael: It sounded to me like Marv thought Jesse was actually innocent. And if he starts digging and he finds out that I'm the one who got Jesse fired, we could have some real problems.
      Fiona: So it's not enough to burn the guy, now we have to make sure he stays burned?

    • Michael: (voice-over) Under ideal circumstances, a good interrogation unfolds slowly. But circumstances are not always ideal. If you're operating on a clock, sometimes you have to get right in your enemy's face and turn up the heat.

    • Michael: Guys! There's a wet-work team on South Beach that might be here to kill me. I would like to find out today. Sam, you make the introductions, I'm famous, Fi is the hammer.
      Sam: Okay, so bad cop, badder cop...worse cop? I can live with that.

    • Michael: (at the beach) Jesse, you want to tell us why we've come here?
      Jesse: What? It's a beautiful day, man.
      Fiona: Oh, please. First you complain about how sandy the beach is, (about the fat lady) and then you can't stop staring at the one woman on South Beach who should not be wearing a bikini.

    • Michael: (voice-over) International conferences are good cover for run-of-the-mill diplomatic spooks and black-bag operatives alike. One way to tell them apart their luggage. You don't bring a high-speed-film camera to an event where nobody wants their picture taken unless you want to bypass the X-ray machines at the airport. Telephoto lenses are a great place to store the illegal silencer you're smuggling in.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Psychiatrists have nothing on spies when it comes to over-analyzing their friends' behavior. As a covert operative, you routinely trust your co-workers with your life, so you tend to notice when they start acting strangely.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Every country emphasizes slightly different tactics with their elite troops. The Chinese Special Forces learn how to shoot with either hand. The German DSO teaches their men to rappel from helicopters. And every Russian Spetznatz team is trained to siege, secure locations by surrounding, advancing and synchronizing their attack. Their discipline makes them hard to escape but easy to predict.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 23, 2010 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: October 5, 2011 on FX/FX HD

  • Allusions

    • When Sam says "The Russians are coming", it is actually alluding to the a famous phrase attributed to United States Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in 1949. The complete phrase was: "The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. They're right around. I've seen Russian soldiers."