Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 5

Scatter Point

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 07, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael is asked for help by Trevor, a former "wheelman" who's gone straight. However, Trevor is being pressured into working an upcoming jewel heist by his old boss Timo and fears for his family's safety.

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  • The Heist

    Michael helps a former wheel man get out of the game, but first Michael has to pretend he's a safe cracker to the heist boss in order to get the job done. This was a great case always love the setup when they get them in the end it's always unique lol you never know how they'll do the setup so its well written. Michael finally found Carla hideout and was bout to go in until he received a call from his side mission that he needs to be there. After the mission he goes back and Carla has booked up and left him surprises, this was very predicable I saw this coming a mile away. Personally I think they need more help 3 person team isn't cutting it anymore, your messing with bigger fish now. I'm very surprise they haven't realize this, even having his brother to help made a huge difference in the case and to show that they need at least another person. If they had at least one additional person than one could've stayed on Carla's place 24/7 at least to tell Micheal," that she found him out and looks like she's on the move". Michael say,"Ok, I figure that were dealing with a pro I made a mistake, trail her and keep your distant". Keep something constant instead of these cat and mouse games are a little to much especially when their predicable and I'm not even CIA.moreless
  • Awesome

    Brilliant episode as always.

    This one was very well written. All about Trevor, an ex criminal who used to be a wheelman (driver for thefts etc) and who had just got out of prison. Since being in prison, he has a son and family so has promised to turn his life around, but people from his past want him to come back and do a big jewel heist.

    Trevor pretty much has no option but to do it otherwise his family and himself will be in danger.

    This is where Michael comes along to the rescue and defeats an almost impossible situation.

    Definately one of the better episodes this season so a definate 10/10.moreless
  • good episode...

    A man named Trevor approaches Michael and asks him for help. Trevor was a former wheelman and is forced to do a heist. Michael tries to stop the heist from happening, but eventually has to join the heist as a safe-cracker. In the end, the heist leader is killed by his own men...I loved the manipulation. The story in this episode was interesting, but nothing great. I loved that Sam was asked to marry and he was already married! Haha! I liked his relationship with his "lady friend." Michael finally thinks he found his handler, but she just plays with him. Overall, great character episode with a solid story.moreless
  • High Explosives are always fun.

    Michael helps an ex-con. An old boss forces the ex-con to participate in one last job. Michael is reluctant to help but seems to once again have his heart strings pulled. This makes the show much more then just another spy show. Michael also begins tracking his handler learning more information about her operation and testing her security. Michael employs simple tactics while attempting to cancel out his clients job. Which of course gets more complex as Sam picks a fight with the crew member they are trying to get out of the picture. Which is needless to say hilarious. The job still isn't canceled due to the fact that it was being planned for way too long. Michael of course inserts himself into the crew. This episode starts out fast but slows down. Sam's love life gets a little more complicated. Mike as a safe cracker was interesting. The cover identity's are always fun to see. The tension is very thick and is actually believable. It was interesting too see the outside of Michael's place. Sam was married before as Veronica pops the question. Overall I enjoyed this episode.moreless
  • An ex-con enlists Michael's help in breaking away from a group of bank robbers out of love for his son. This is a charity case for Michael (who's known to have a soft spot for neglected children) as he simultaneously tracks Carla.moreless

    One can always gauge the real cult popularity of a product within the level of analysis it receives by intelligent people. While Burn Notice finds its place in television history, we - the viewer get to watch something really inspired and special evolve. There's some obvious passion throughout the entire production.

    I think this episode really highlights what the series is about. So many excellent moments. Sam shutting Fi's mouth moments after confessing a secret. Fi cranking a power drill while layering all kinds of invisible sexual tension between her and Michael. Michael stepping up his game with a bit of bad-ass energy. The car. The excellent supporting actors. The stakes. The editing. Let's not forget about the unbelievable, world-class editing on this show. Let's not forget the brilliant cutaway as we watch a full-on, cold blooded assassination without actually seeing it. This is superb television and inspired professionals at the top of their game. Hats of. ODmoreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "No Te Mueras Sonero" by Candido Fabre
      "Funny Bone (Spark Mix)" by Bright Yellow
      "Love, Lust" by Jamila Cooksey
      "Por Amor" by Son Doobie
      "Chase Me" by Gregg Leonard
      "Demolition" by Machine Vandals
      "Close" by BZ Lewis
      "The Lookout" by Machine Vandals
      "Innocent Man" by Ralph Saenz

    • There are a number of continuity errors during the scene at the bar's forecourt:

      * The champagne glasses disappear and move throughout shots;
      * Sam's newspaper repeatedly changes hands;
      * Also, a number of people in the background change positions repeatedly.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Timo: Where you going?
      Michael: To relieve myself, why? Want to watch?

    • (about Veronica asking Sam to marry her)
      Michael: Do you love her?
      Sam: She could be the one.
      Michael: Then say yes.
      Sam: It's complicated.
      Michael: (slowly) Then say no.
      Sam : (sarcastically) You're a good friend Mike.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you work in intelligence, there's no bigger slap in the face than a picture of yourself in the middle of an operation. It sends a clear message: we're one step ahead of you, we're in control, we own you. Mylar balloons and a bottle of champagne; that's just twisting the knife.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A certain kind of leader insists on controlling every aspect of an operation; so that nothing can possibly go wrong. A downside to insisting on controlling everything is that when something bad happens, people tend to think it was all part of your plan.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Sending messages in the middle of an operation is among the most dangerous things you can do. Sometimes you just have to drop a note and hope your backup team is paying attention.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Anytime you recommend a friend for a job, you're on the hook if things don't work out. In the retail sales business for example, make a bad referral and you might get fired. In the armed robbery business on the other hand, make a bad referral and you might get killed. So you really, really have to hope that the new guy knows what he's doing.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A criminal cover ID isn't just about a new name and phone number. It's about fitting in to a culture with its own rules and hierarchies. It's a world where bank robbers are the rock stars, con artists are the snobs, car thieves are the blue collar guys and safe crackers are the artists.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Safe cracking skills are a basic part of espionage training. Spies steal secrets and people keep their secrets in safes. But staying current with safe cracking is a little like staying current with computers; new model every year. Bottom line: if you want to breach a safe, you have to practice.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Twenty-four/seven surveillance on a location used to require a full team of operatives. These days you can get by with a webcam and wireless signal booster from your local electronics store. Ideally you'd drill holes and mount it on brackets, but when time is an issue I prefer a dental putt, easy to mix, easy to apply and as strong as cement when it hardens. But it hardens quick. So you better aim right the first time.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Making yourself invisible when you need to is a crucial skill for a covert operative; it sounds exotic but it's not like there's a super secret move they teach you at spy school that allows you to vanish into thin air. Often it's just a matter of quick thinking, fast feet... and strong fingers.

    • Michael: (voice-over) You can't stop a door alarm from going off, but you can explain it. Leave a few cigarette butts on the ground and anybody coming by will assume someone was just sneaking a smoke break.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're looking to get somebody arrested bad guys can't always be counted on to commit crimes on your schedule. Sometimes you have to give them a little push... Once you've got a crime in progress you can let the authorities take over. That assumes of course, that the authorities are paying attention.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Criminal hide-outs tend to be pretty nondescript; underground caves and spooky old mansions are dramatic but a boat house on the quays is easier to find.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Covert security is designed to blend in. People you never notice... until you see them in action. That means you have two choices: you can sit and wait for an incident to occur, or you can create your own incident.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Tailing a trained operative requires a number of time consuming preparations; everything from acquiring a vehicle they can't recognize or trace, to familiarizing yourself with all the local traffic patterns. Of course, since you can never be sure who's a trained op, there's always the chance you'll take all those precautions just to follow a secretary back to her cubicle.

    • Michael: (voice-over) One of the reasons surveillance is done in teams is that it's exhausting. Sitting in a car, remaining constantly alert while you watch a mailbox will knock you out like a handful of sleeping pills; doing it in shifts is the only way to make sure you don't miss something.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Výchozí bod (Point of Departure)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 2, 2008 on TEN
      Sweden: December 14, 2008 on TV6
      Czech Republic: October 28, 2009 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: November 9, 2009 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: January 18, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 9, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: October 31, 2011 on MTV3

    • Oded Fehr (Timo) is credited as a special guest star.


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