Burn Notice

Season 6 Episode 7


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 02, 2012 on USA
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    Burn Notice: Mama Drama

    I will be among those who miss Nate, but if it means possibly getting to see Sam's world grow before our very eyes then his death was worth it.

  • Episode Summary

    Fiona and Michael hunt down the person who they believe sabotaged Michael's last mission. Sam must help his girlfriend's son out of a jam with a dangerous loan shark.

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    • reunion

    • Reunion

      Not much to say other than yet another quality episode of Burn Notice, a show having a great season. Some annoying guest stars in this one, but full of action, even though we did not get to see the execution.

      Good, but there's been better episodes this season. Still another fun hour of TV.
    • Burn Notice Standard Returns

      Burn Notice returns to its time proven methodology with Michael seeking his own personal justice and a client of the week's problem to solve. Fact is this works for the show when there's good action and a bit of unfolding the mystery surrounding Michael's story. I am a big Bruce Campbell fan so when he gets good screen time I'm usually happy and Sam Axe was solid in this story even if it didn't have the compelling drama of last week's uber episode. This is what Burn Notice's stock in trade is and the hunt for Rebecca split with Sam's girlfriend's son's faux pas blended nicely. It's also nice to have Fi back even if she didn't do much this time (could she take some time for eyebrow waxing?). Looking forward to seeing how Michael's letting Rebecca go unfolds. Sad ending, though good to see Mike and his mom showing solidarity. I think things will ramp up again for all.moreless
    • burn notice keeps rolling

      SPOILERS. No matter what, this was never topping last week's episode, or coming close. But Reunion was still an enjoyable hour of TV. We saw the client of the week format of old make a comeback, and Mike even went undercover for a bit. Richard Burgi does an excellent job as a slimy loan shark/drug dealer/god knows what else. Chelsea from Two and a Half Men makes a guest appearance as Sam's new girlfriend. Found that kind of funny.

      The final minutes were a relief for me, as I was really hoping that the show wouldn't go in the direction of Rebecca being the new big bad. She appears in Michael's loft, bleeding from a previous encounter the two had where both put a non-fatal bullet in the other, and Michael puts a gun to her head. Rebecca insists she didn't kill Anson and Nate, Mike doesn't seem convinced, but in the end he can't bring himself to do it. Call me sadistic, but that was a let down. Michael finishing her right there (especially if she was later proven innocent) would have been another game changer, for Mike and the show. But they part ways grudgingly, and Westen and friends are at square one. Next week's episode looks very solid.moreless
    Jennifer Bini Taylor

    Jennifer Bini Taylor


    Guest Star

    Brando Eaton

    Brando Eaton


    Guest Star

    Richard Burgi

    Richard Burgi


    Guest Star

    Kristanna Loken

    Kristanna Loken

    Rebecca Anderson

    Recurring Role

    Seth Peterson

    Seth Peterson

    Nate Westen

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Michael: (voice-over) There's a reason bomb makers are fussy about their work spaces. When a stray spark or dropped beaker could end more than just your career, you take every precaution to operate in a safe, stable environment. Of course, when you're in the field, you don't always get what you want. So if you need to build improvised explosives in the back of a moving truck, you keep your head down, you stay focused, and you pray that nothing blows up before it's supposed to.

      • Michael: (voice-over) In any tactical situation where you're outnumbered and outgunned, it's essential not to let fear or panic push you into making the first move. In combat, the defender usually has the advantage, although that can be hard to remember when you have a dozen men with high-caliber weapons on your tail.

      • Michael: (voice-over) The first and most important decision when you're pursuing a target is whether your goal is to capture or to kill. Of course, just because you've decided you don't want a chase to end in bloodshed doesn't mean your target feels the same way. Once someone uses force, the game changes entirely. When you know peaceful capture isn't an option, you have to take the target down immediately. And if you miss the chance you may not get another one.

      • Michael: (voice-over) The tough thing about setting up an ambush in a place of business is that it only works if the business is still running. Usually, that means getting the cooperation of some very unhappy business owner, setting your team up someplace out of sight, and waiting for the target to arrive.

      • Michael: (voice-over) When you're preping equipment for an unknown tactical situation, more is better. You need a range of weaponry of different sizes and calibers so that you're ready for anything from close combat to a full-on gun battle. Most important of all is body armor. A good lightweight Kevlar vest can be concealed under clothing and will stop stabbing attacks, slashing attacks, and almost any round short of a .50-Cal. It doesn't guarantee you'll survive a surprise attack, but it's a hell of a lot better than nothing.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Most high-rises set up their phone systems floor by floor with switches called IDFs. They make maintenance easy and help manage call traffic, but they're also vulnerable. Splice a line into the switch, and you can make all the calls you want and no one will ever know you picked up the phone.

      • Michael: Fi, this could get bad. I want you to sit this out.
        Fiona: What?
        Michael: You already went to prison to protect me. And this-this won't be easy.
        Fiona: Okay, and...?
        Michael: Have you ever thought that...you deserve better than this?
        Fiona: Michael, all I wanted was to be by your side. I'm not leaving it again.
        Michael: I've missed you, Fi.
        Fiona: Good. Let's go find the bastard who killed your brother.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Spies are trained to react immediately when an operation goes bad. Every minute that goes by is another minute your enemy can use to regroup and get stronger. But there are times when you have to remember that denying grief and loss and love can be dangerous, too, because in the heat of battle, you have to know what you're fighting for.

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