Burn Notice

Season 7 Episode 7

Psychological Warfare

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 25, 2013 on USA
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Michael meets the boss of the terrorist organization he's been assigned... But the boss drugs him, questions him about his past. Michael tries to protect his cover in a very bad mental situation.

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  • amazing acting

    best episode of season 7.
  • Psychological Warfare

    I usually am not a fan of these backstory, abusive parent yada yada episodes, but I thought this one was well-done, with a nice twist at the end. As Jesse pointed out, them demolishing a 10 million mansion shows that we have finally reached our end game with Burn Notice and this latest villain will be the biggest one yet.

    Interesting, to say the least.
Daniel DiMaggio

Daniel DiMaggio


Guest Star

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin


Guest Star

Alona Tal

Alona Tal


Recurring Role

John Pyper-Ferguson

John Pyper-Ferguson

James Kendrick

Recurring Role

Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson

Larry Sizemore

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Michael: (voiceover) A spy is trained to deal with a wide range of external threats, combat, pursuit, capture, interrogation, even torture. Training is designed to expose you to as many situations as possible so that when you encounter them in the real world, you're ready. There are situations, though, you simply can't prepare for. No amount of experience or training can help you when the threat comes from inside your own mind.

    • James: Well, isn't that interesting? There's a Larry Sizemore in your notes, listed as a field officer. But that's all. Nothing special.
      Michael: He was a special--special kind of monster.
      James: Well, you worked with plenty of monsters. What was so special about this one?
      Michael: He was dangerous, and I was afraid.
      James: What were you afraid of?
      Michael: I was afraid I was becoming like him. And I was afraid I was starting to like it.

    • Michael: (voiceover) If you're given psychoactive drugs during an interrogation, it doesn't automatically make you spill every secret you've ever had. Drugs are you used less to make you tell the truth than to make it hard to lie. Without a clear head, it's difficult to make up a story and stick to it.

    • Michael: (voiceover) Techniques such as sleep deprivation, noise irritation, and sensory overload are used to disorient you, to make it harder to resist questioning. The Geneva Convention doesn't consider these methods to be torture, but when you're experiencing them, it sure feels like it. The idea is that, the more worn out you become, the more likely you are to make a mistake your interrogator can pounce on. But at a certain point, keeping your story straight is next to impossible when you're also struggling to maintain your sanity.

    • Michael: (voiceover) An interrogation is all about rhythm and repetition. Experienced interrogators will establish the pace of questioning to establish control. Once they have control, they can probe for more detailed information, exactly where you've been and what you've done.

    • Michael: (voiceover) In any infiltration, becoming comfortable with your target is a crucial part of getting information. You want them feeling secure so that your eventual betrayal will come as a total surprise. Of course that assumes they don't surprise you first.

    • Michael: (voiceover) For a spy, preparing a job history is a lot more complicated than updating a resume. Because official files are classified, you have to write a detailed account of your entire career, an account that will be checked and re-checked for even the slightest deception. If you can keep your facts straight, you'll be fine. If you can't, you might not live through the process.

    • Michael: (voiceover) In a long-term undercover job, the most difficult challenges aren't professional. They're personal. You have to try to remember where the line is between who you need to be and who you really are, because, when that line starts to blur, it affects everyone around you.

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