Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 7

Rough Seas

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 21, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael is hired to track down nearly a million dollars worth of pharmaceuticals that were stolen by thieves on their way to Tanzania.

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  • The Thieves

    Michael helps out Virgil friend that lost some pharmaceuticals and wants it retrieved back. Sam goes undercover as a business man with an opportunity and Michael goes undercover as a Chemist. Also, Michael talks with Seymore the arms dealer to try to get information about the sniper rifle and finds out that someone is eliminating all traces who knows about the rifle. Good episode always fun to watch the twist and turns and setup that happens, were pretty much in the dark here just like the characters in the show are and don't really see a main purpose to this show. Other than helping clients there is no bigger picture only a glimpse of one, and yea at times its like looking at CSI or Law and Order where they have a semi story going on but mainly its solving crimes or getting the bad people no special purpose of a story.moreless
  • Review

    It was good, but with two epsiodes left in the season can anyone really tell me that we have learned anything about the people that burned Michael? The first epsiode of the season was a good starting point for the rest of the season, but since then the writing just hasn't been as up to par as it needs to be for a show like this. I understand its only a show on USA and not national television, but I'm beginning to understand why its not on national television. The plot is not going anywhere. It hasnt been for a while now. The episode was solid, but it wasnt amazing. Virgil returns - thats awesome, wheres the people that burned Michael running off to. Its been so long I've forgotten there names. I have no problem waiting for them, but don't introduce them until you are ready to commit to them.moreless
  • Exciting/Funny episode

    This episode had ther right combination of comedy and action. Michael's new character was very funny and I have to say Jeffrey did a great performance of a silly, dumb man. He was convincing. And he got away with it.

    Michael's concern for his mother was sweet. Sam's comments are hilarious, he seems to know Michael's weakest point sometimes.

    Fiona got Michael worried. He had the date thing in his head most of the time and I think he was a little bit happy that Fiona cancelled his date the first time. Him telling Fiona she looked beautiful was nice. I guess that at some point he still feels something for her, but he's not sure if he's fine on his own or could be better with her.moreless
  • Michael is hired to track down nearly a million dollars worth of pharmaceuticals that were stolen by thieves on their way to Tanzania. Add a couple incidents with a gun dealer and you have a decent episode.moreless

    This was a pretty good episode. Their best work is when they have several things going on at the same time. Main story and some character development or comic relief. This time they had some gun dealer who kept popping into the story. The gun powder cloud at the end was pretty contrived, and looks like another job for another show that cannot be named, that proves and disproves things like this. At the end of the show, Fiona was going to go on a date, and she was dressed to kill. Could someone tell me where Fiona got that white dress she was wearing at the end of the story?moreless
  • Not my favorite of the series but beats watching Law and Order reruns till your eyes bleed.

    It is unfortunate that people would steal drugs that are really helpful to people. If they want to steal cocaine and stuff, have at it and kill yourselves off. Unfortunately stealing drugs for the needy and even food seems to be the norm now and that is sad.

    Is it real, sadly yes. This was not the best of writing and I saw Michael Horowitz was one of the writers and he did some amazing work in Foyle's War, but sadly this is not up to that level of work.

    I like when the tell you the truths about things, not the Hollywood version. I liked it overall and know that the guy will be back next season for another reason just to get close to Michael's Mom who at times can be a distraction.

    I did like when they were leaving the gun guys house and Fiona took a little something for their trouble. She is funny as a gun happy woman.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Michael pretends to shoot Virgil, he gets up close to him to do so. You'd think Gerard would notice that there was no blood on Michael after Michael shot Virgil considering the line of work Gerard is in and how close Michael was to Virgil when he fired his gun.

    • Featured Music:
      "Undercover" by Empire Isis featuring Sizzla
      "El Son De Baloy" by Felix Baloy
      "Tough Cookie" by Jim George
      "A.T.V. (Instrumental)" by Level
      "Rock Me Baby" by Zayar Alvarez featuring J Sparkz
      "Devil At The Wheel" by Crud
      "Late Nights and Lie Ons" by The Burning Effigies
      "The Mark" by Black Light Burns
      "Total Control (Instrumental)" by Alpha 60
      "Apocolypto (Instrumental)" by Brad Segal
      "Nobody's Safe (Instrumental)" by REVERSE a.k.a. Carl Segal
      "Apocolypto (Instrumental)" by Alpha 60

    • When the thieves approach the boat, and Michael gets a gun from Gerard, he pulls back and releases the slide, thereby loading the chamber. When he then threatens Virgil with the gun, he does it again, but no bullet is thrown out of the chamber.

    • When Gerard first threatens Michael with his gun, the clicking sound of the hammer being cocked is heard, while Gerard makes the according gesture. However, in the next cut the hammer is still in its original position.

    • The character Virgil (played by Chris Ellis) is introduced as a former client. Michael previously helped him in the first season episode "Unpaid Debts".

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Fiona: Keeping Virgil away from your mom, that's just about keeping her from danger?
      Michael: What else would it be?
      Fiona: Well, they did have a connection, Michael. A romantic connection, an intimate, steamy connection. I'm just saying, when an important woman in your life meets someone it can be an adjustment.
      Michael: Is this about your date? Because I'm fine with it.
      Fiona: (laughs) I don't think so, Michael. Not one question about who he is? You're not the least bit interested?
      Michael: No, not interested.
      Fiona: I thought spies were meant to be good liars. You are getting rusty.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Anyone who played soccer knows there's a long nerve that runs down the shin. Hit that nerve and people lock up in pain.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Most people think that shooting the gas tank of a vehicle makes it explode. Unless the car is on fire you'll just spill a few of bucks worth of gas. An explosion requires something extra; like a few bags of acetone peroxide taped to the gas tank.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Need the police to respond right away? Call ahead. If you've reported a few minor crimes within a six block radius, you can be sure someone will show up when you need them.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Navy SEALs are trained to hold their breath for three to five minutes under water. If you are an ex navy SEAL, you'd probably still have the chops. But there is only one way to find out.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Using a zodiac to catch a yacht has certain advantages. It's low to the water so it's hard to see coming. It tops out at a brisk sixty miles per hour and it's designed to turn on a dime. Of course the one disadvantage is: it can make for a bumpy ride.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Counterfeiting pharmaceuticals is pretty straight forward; fill some vials with your choice of beverage. The trick is to keep people from looking closer; with some compressed gas from your local farming supply store, and a few cryogenic containers, you can convince people if they get a little too curious they could loose a finger frostbite.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Dealing with an aggressive adversary isn't always about showing strength. Sometimes it's best to show weakness. If they believe they can dominate you they'll drop their guard. Of course that means getting dominated.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For certain kinds of criminals partying hard serves an important management function. You can keep your eye on your employees during the off hours and keep them spending money. So they're hungry for the next score.

    • Michael: (voice-over) If you're driving a sports coupe, you're not going to be able to lose an off-road vehicle off road. Your best bet is to get them on the road where you have the advantage. It's less about speed than it is about maneuverability. You need to put yourself in a position where you can do something they can't.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you work with people, you want to know everything about them; their history, their associates, who's contacting them. Although, sometimes, there are details you'd rather not know.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Dealing with a trained operative is like playing chess with a master. Dealing with criminals, on the other hand, is like playing checkers with a three year-old: they like to change the rules.

    • Fiona: Why not go in now?
      Sam: Because Mike could get hurt.
      Fiona: Doesn't sound so bad.

    • Seymour: You wanna be a badass, you gotta eat healthy.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Bar fights aren't just a way to blow off steam. They're a great way to showcase your leadership skills, and they're a team-building exercise. There's also no better ways for someone new to get noticed.

    • Madeline: A- Aren't you gonna invite me in?
      Michael: Oh, I'm in a hurry, Mom. Goin' to meet Fi.
      Madeline: W- B- But I made you this! (holds up pie)
      Michael: You baked a pie.
      Madeline: Okay, I just sprinkled cinnamon on it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you need to distract someone without raising suspicions, it helps to play to preconceptions. Tourists are fat, old people who are cranky, and girls can't drive.

    • Sam: (on the phone to Michael) Uh, listen, Virgil needs to ask you just a little favor.
      (hands phone to Virgil)
      Virgil: Listen, I didn't pack enough underwear, so I borrowed a set o' your boxers -- the blue ones with the stripes.
      Michael: They will never fit you; stay out of my closets.
      Virgil: They're a little snug down under, but I got all packed in. 'Preciate it.
      Sam: Mike, be glad you didn't have to see that.

    • Boy: Hey!
      (Michael stops a soccer ball headed in his direction)
      Small boy: Kick it! Kick it!
      (Michael kicks the ball towards the boy)
      Marcela: Hey, no ball on the sidewalk.
      Michael: He started it.

    • (Sam and Virgil are trying to convince Michael to help the medical relief agency)
      Sam: Can't hurt to talk to her, Mike.
      Michael: Mmm, it could. It could hurt a little. Could hurt a lot.

    • (Michael drops a trigger-happy buyer in an arms deal of Seymour's that's gone bad)
      Seymour: Wow. Fiona said you were badass.
      Michael: This is really none of my business.
      Seymour: Well, it is now.

    • Michael: What will the neighbors think? They've been living next to a drug dealer.

    • Fiona: I bought an assault rifle from him last year. He doesn't know you. Seymour has trust issues.
      Michael: I don't want to date him, Fi. I just want to find out what the people who burned me are doing with a Russian sniper rifle.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rozbouřené moře (Stormy Sea)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: February 24, 2009 on FX
      Czech Republic: November 11, 2009 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: November 23, 2009 on E4
      Germany: February 1, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 11, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: November 14, 2011 on MTV3