Burn Notice

Season 6 Episode 5

Split Decision

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 19, 2012 on USA
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Episode Summary

Rebecca's brother is the target of a gangster and Michael and Sam do what they can to help her brother out. Meanwhile, Fiona works with Tom Card to lure out an arm's dealer to curry favor with the authorities.

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  • improvement

    This episode is the best one so far. Michael was the hero because he helped Rebecca and Fiona.
  • Split Decision

    The episode was a little uneven at times here today, and a bit out of control with what they pulled off, but I liked the Sam and Rebecca moments, and the hour did fly by. Few Burn Notices episodes are bad, and while I didn't like the exaggerated concepts on display tonight, this was not one of those bad episodes.
  • excellent

    Very intense show tonight, and a big step up from last week's cheesy episode. I like the way Rebecca fits in, although I wouldn't want her role to be permanent (Team Westen is big enough as is). One of my running gripes about the show is how either Maddy or Nate is always in on some mission now, planting bugs or doing something neither of them should have any idea how to do.

    What has me concerned is next week's episode. The promo stated pretty clearly that someone is going to die. If you've been watching this show long enough, you know how the writers operate when we have a promise that 'somebody' will die or be exposed as a traitor or whatever. Combine that with what we already know about next week's plotline, and I know exactly who Burn Notice is killing off. I won't spoil it though. Sometimes I wish I didn't watch as much TV and didn't see stuff like this coming a mile away...moreless
John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Tom Card

Guest Star

Rick D. Wasserman

Rick D. Wasserman


Guest Star

Beth Curry

Beth Curry


Guest Star

Kristanna Loken

Kristanna Loken

Rebecca Anderson

Recurring Role

Seth Peterson

Seth Peterson

Nate Westen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Fiona: You think a little lousy takeout is gonna make me forgive you?
      Card: Forgive me? Forgive me for pulling every single string at the Agency to get you out of here? Or is this still about Ireland? Because if it is, let me straighten you out on that score. Michael's cover was about to be blown. He wouldn't leave you. Forget about the fact that, if he stayed, you'd both be dead right now, or worse. And would you, uh would you like to venture a guess just exactly who dropped everything and flew halfway around the world to make sure that that didn't happen? So, for all the happy memories that you have made so far with Michael Westen, the fun, the excitement, the, uh, the felonies... you...are...welcome.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When your target draws a conclusion you're not ready for, you play along if it helps you get the job done. Sometimes, it makes wrapping up a mission quick and easy. And other times, it makes your job that much harder.

    • Michael: (voice-over) More often than not, high-speed chases end with the fleeing driver in handcuffs or in a bed at the hospital. Escaping with your freedom and the ability to use both of your legs means making a getaway the cops aren't prepared to deal with.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Explosive breaching is usually the fastest way into any building, but it isn't exactly the most subtle. When a softer touch is required, a compact hydraulic wedge can quickly pry a door away from its frame without waking up the neighbors or singeing off your eyebrows.

    • Rebecca: (sarcastically) Yeah, why don't you just promise him a walk on the moon while you're at it?
      Michael: If that will prevent them from hunting your brother, it's on the table.
      Sam: Don't get him started. I don't have any buddies at NASA.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Selling a cover as a former convict is about the little things. the habits you learn in prison, things like wearing shoes without laces, refusing to make direct eye contact, and asking permission before doing even the most basic task.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Unlike common criminals, spies are trained to work with their captors to negotiate their own release. In most cases, it simply requires staying calm, relaxed, and being as helpful as possible. Of course, it's a lot more difficult when the person standing across from you is someone you hate.

    • Michael: I'm asking you to trust me.
      Rebecca: How can I do that? How do I know you'll keep your promise?
      Michael: Until he met me, Anson Fullerton was running an international conspiracy with hundreds of operatives and billions of dollars. And then I swore to take him down. Now he's off hiding in some spider hole under an assumed name, and you're all he has left. So, you go ask him if I keep my promises.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In many ways, being a spy is just like any other job. You get a paycheck, go to meetings, return phone calls. And if your supervisor invites you to a fancy lunch without telling you why, it's either very good news or very bad.

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