In the finale episode of the series, Michael tries to regain their trust of his friends and meanwhile James tries to make him pay for his betrayal.
The final establishing shot of the cottage was the same cottage used in the movie the Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz where Kate's character lived in England.
Michael: What will I tell (Charlie) when he's older?
Fiona: About what?
Michael: About me.
Fiona: Tell him the truth.
Michael: Where would I start?
Fiona: Start from the beginning. Start with "My name is Michael Westen. I used to be a spy."
Jesse: Well, they missed a good funeral. Where do you think they are?
Sam: Hard to say. Lot of places in the world with C-4 and yogurt.
Michael: (voiceover) A spy is never truly done being a spy until he's dead. It's part of you. The skills, the secrets... They never go away. And as long as you can be useful to someone, it's your fate to always be a spy. But if there's one thing spies are bad at, it's accepting fate.
Strong: About your detention, there are a lot of people here who want to leave you there. They're just not in a forgiving mood.
Sam: Well, figures as much. You know spies, bunch of bitchy little girls.
Strong: Yeah, sometimes.
Madeline: Michael, you have protected me enough, and now you need my help. If saving you means I don't get out of here, it's fine with me. God knows I've failed you enough times in the past. Give me this, please. Michael, listen to me. You made mistakes. We all did. But I am so proud of the man you are. I always have been. And I love you, Michael.
Michael: I love you.
Madeline: Goodbye, baby.
Michael: Goodbye, mom.
Michael: I just need just a little more time.
James: I know you. You are looking for the answer, the way out. There is no way out. There's only the reckoning now. You are out of time, Michael Westen!
Madeline: Jesse, how can you do this? With everything that's happened, you're still here for Michael.
Jesse: What makes you think I'm just here for Michael?
Madeline: You're talking about going into hiding for years, maybe, with a bunch of people who have not made your life very easy. Haven't you ever wanted to just...go?
Jesse: I have asked myself that same question many, many times. I just... I don't know. When I was a kid, it was just me and my mom. And then she got killed, and then it was just me. Just me... Until I met you guys. I never had a family, and now I got one.
Madeline: You do have a family, Jesse.
Fiona: What you did earlier, plowing into that store and then jumping on the car, almost incinerating yourself--
Michael: It was a calculated risk. I needed information and--
Sam: Mike, don't. We've known each other too long. There's a difference between a necessary risk and a death wish, and you know it.
Fiona: Michael, I know you're hurting. I know you regret what you've done. But what is killing yourself gonna prove?
Michael: (voiceover) When breaking into a building, it's generally best not to use the door. Any entrance your enemy knows you'd use is too risky. Which means the safest way in is often the hardest.
Michael: (voiceover) Small explosive charges won't penetrate an armored car, but that doesn't mean they're useless. If you're desperate enough, a well-placed charge can come in handy. An armored car won't drive if its wheels aren't on the ground.
Michael: (voiceover) Grabbing someone on the move is all about surprise. The goal is to get your target out of his car and into yours before he knows what's happening. If you have the manpower, it's best to separate into two teams. One to track the target's car and one to prepare the ambush.
Madeline: I don't want to lose another son.
Michael: Mom, I can't make any promises. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made.
Michael: (voiceover) A spy's ability to operate depends on secrecy. Your anonymity is your greatest weapon. It allows you to operate anywhere, to deceive your enemies, and when it's all over, to slip back into the shadows. When the world knows your face, your options get a lot more limited. At that point, all you can really do is attack.
Strong: I don't know what the hell happened out there, but I know this you and your friends have destroyed this entire operation.
Michael: Look, my friends had nothing to do with that. Leave them out of this. I'll come in, I'll--
Strong: Save your breath, 'cause the CIA is fresh out of deals for Michael Westen. You promised them Kendrick's network, and they didn't get it. This operation's over. My career is over. And as for you if you think it was tough being burned, you haven't seen anything yet.
Michael: (voiceover) As an operative, it's your job to determine how likely a particular plan is to succeed, and if something looks like a suicide mission, to call it off. Of course, that only matters if you care if you live or die.
Michael: I hesitated... back there on the roof. After all we've been through together, I almost didn't pull that trigger.
Fiona: But you did.
Michael: Why did you come back, Fi? I didn't deserve it.
Fiona: I didn't do it because you deserved it.
Michael: There's no way you could have known you'd make it out alive.
Fiona: I knew that if I was wrong about you it didn't matter if I got out of there alive.
Michael: (voiceover) In the field, there's nothing harder than when you let your team down. Apologies and regrets do no good. You all just have to move on and make the best of the situation. It's crucial to stay focused to try to keep your mind off the past. But there are times when that's just not possible.
Michael: (voiceover) Every spy lives in fear of losing himself. When you work undercover, the lines between loyalty and betrayal can become so blurred, so grey, that after a while you don't know what you're fighting for anymore. You end up caught in the middle as your friends become your enemies and your enemies become your friends. Until the time comes when you're forced to make a choice.
The end of this episode had a dedication card before the end credits that read, "Freddy Figueredo 1952 - 2013 Thanks for taking care of us."
This is the finale episode of the series.
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