Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 12

Seek and Destroy

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 05, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary


Michael, under the alias of Miles Parker, is hired by Scott Chandler to investigate strange activity - log-ins at odd hours, unusual computer activity and telephone bugging - at an art gallery. But after being attacked by the the gallery's receptionist, Michael finds himself working against Chandler. Meanwhile, Michael needs to find the person who planted the bomb at his loft, therefore he turns to arms dealer Seymour for help.


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  • The Painting Thief

    This is episode was very hilarious, Michael pretending to be a security consulted fooling the painter thief in to thinking that he's being hacked and infiltrated. Michael and Fiona go catch a bomber thief and finally gets them, and also try to work out what happen the other night between them very great episode I enjoyed in awhile.
  • Terrible! sack the writers.

    What the hell!

    In the film Legal Eagles (1986) Daryl Hannah as Chelsea Deardon is after the art dealer who killed her father and stole her painting. Couldn't the writers come up with something more original in this episode. It seems they totally plagiarized Legal Eagles story line, all bar the characters names.

    if I was the original writers of the said film, I would be suing right now.

    I can tell you I'm discussed. I like this series a lot, however if all we are going to get is unoriginal story lines then forget it. throw it in the waste bin.

    it isn't worth the watch.

    sincerely pavlosmoreless
  • This is much shorter than I like it to be, but it's been one of those weeks. Plus this episode was tame in comparison to the usual fine stuff that Burn Notice puts out. Brief thoughts on the episode just as soon as I find my spy manual…moreless

    Plot Synopsis (S02E12) – Michael, under the alias of Miles Parker, is hired by Scott Chandler to investigate strange activity - log-ins at odd hours, unusual computer activity and telephone bugging - at an art gallery. But after realizing that the gallery's receptionist wants to bring down Chandler for killing her artist father, Michael finds himself working against Chandler.

    Seymour helps Michael find the bomber that tried to off him, while Michael works on getting some cash by taking on a new job.

    More Thoughts on 'Seek and Destroy':

    - Loved everything from Seymour in this, especially the monogrammed knives for all three of them. Silas Weir Mitchell plays weird/creepy/druggy/f-ed up really well, and it's no different here. Except here's a more endearing arms dealer.

    - The stuff that I really liked about this episode was the Fi and Michael stuff, the story itself was kind of bland Bottom Line: The B story was bland, but the Seymour/Fi/Michael stuff was great Next week: Michael is trapped in a bank and he's not alone…

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  • Not like other episodes...

    This wasn't like other episodes. It lacked action and those great funny moments from the main cast. Maybe it has to be with the fact that I personally don't like the actress who played the recepcionist. I have to say this was more Michael and Fiona oriented, as they have to deal with the aftermath of their encounter. We didn't have Madeline to delight us, but we had Seymour. The first was exciting (I say it was the most exciting of the whole episode) and his comments about Fiona and Michael were very... accurate. He's probably right. Their job is indeed dangerous but there's something about the two of them that brings them together. The gifts were a nich thing.moreless
  • A back to basics episode

    This one was a very entertaining episode. Michael needs money so he takes what for him is almost a normal job - helping a gallery owner with his security breach problems, but doing it under an alias so as not to attract attention. Joel Gretsch (Tom Baldwin from the 4400)plays the gallery owner - it was so great to see him in this (I miss him and the 4400!). The episode had a nice brisk pace, included some impressive spy resourcefulness in the use of common objects to get out of a jam, and had more genuinely funny humourous moments than I've seen in recent episodes (I like the wry humour on this show, and miss it when it is lacking). The acting from all characters seemed more sincere and engaged this episode than lately. I hope this episode signals a trend toward more 'fun' and clever episodes - I think that's what this show does the best. I don't mind the broader Carla/burn plots, but I dislike it when they cast too much of a shadow over Michael's other spy projects (and family dynamics).moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The security code for Scott Chandler's office changes from an insecure three digit code (574) early on in the episode to a more secure seven digit code five minutes later in the episode.

    • When Michael was deleting the hard drives of the security cameras, the technician looking at a white snowy monitor said that the hard drives were wiped out. He couldn't have known what was the problem just from looking at snowy monitor without doing any kind of diagnostics.

    • Featured Music:
      "Te Imaginas" by Magia Negra (Opening scene)
      "Senorita" by Young Gei Curtis feat. Pimp Da Pen (Michael and Fiona arrive at Seymour's pool) "Whose Way (Instrumental Version of Senorita)" by 2020HD & Kurt Farquhar (Michael talks to Seymour at the pool)
      "Big Smoke" by Jamie M. (Michael and Fiona leave Seymour's home)
      "Como Olvidarte" by Julio Bravo (Michael and Sam talk about the job)
      "Rawl Wit It" by Jamila Cooksey (Michael meets with Seymour)
      "La Lizeta" by Candido Fabre (Melanie tells her story)
      "Break Glass" by Kurt Farquhar (Michael builds a magnet)
      "Quema Tu Amor" by Juan Hurtado (Michael and Sam talk about the job)
      "So Much More" by Amy Ward (Sam and Fiona get to Orr)
      "Como Olvidarte" by Julio Bravo (Michael and Fiona talk to Melanie)
      "Thin Man Skank" by The Lions (Sam talks to Orr)
      "One For Louie" by Louie Romero & Co. (Melanie thanks Michael and Sam)
      "My Natural Love" by Palomino Diaz (Seymour gives gifts to Michael and Fiona)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Michael: Whoever this guy is, he has gut resources, training.
      Chandler: What kind of person could be...?
      Michael: It could be anybody. Some spy gets blacklisted, goes freelancing, he could be standing right in front of you and you wouldn't even know it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you are playing the role of spy-hunter and the person you are hunting is yourself, the trail of evidence can lead anywhere you say it does.

    • Sam: How many times do you have to touch the flame until you figure out that it burns?

    • Fiona: What is the big deal with this bomber? If we look for everybody who tried to kill you we would do nothing else.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Getting information is all about fitting in. If you're hunting for intel in the Middle East it means a beard and a gelata. If you're doing it in South Beach you're probably wearing a swim suit and flip flops.

    • Michael: You know, the morning after we...
      Fiona: Yeah.
      Michael: I brought you a Spanish omelet, egg white only. But - you were gone.
      Fiona: My favorite. Maybe next time I'll have to stay.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dáma v bílém (Lady in White)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: March 31, 2009 on FX
      Australia: September 24, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Czech Republic: December 16, 2009 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: January 4, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: March 8, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 18, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: December 19, 2011 on MTV3

    • Although credited, Sharon Gless (Madeline Westen) does not appear in this episode.

    • Episode director Scott Peters and Joel Gretsch (Scott Chandler) previously worked together on The 4400.


    • Bruce Campbell and MC Gainey had a tense confrontation at the bar. This alludes to their confrontation in the Pilot episode of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. They also fought each other in the same show in the episode "Crystal Hawks."

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