Burn Notice

Season 3 Episode 6

The Hunter

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 16, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael is tracked down by Tom Strickler an "agent to the spies", who offers him his services. He warns him of an Ukrainian who seems to have a grudge against him. When Michael turns to John Beck, a man with connections, they both are kidnapped and soon find themselves being hunted in the Everglades. Meanwhile, Sam and Fiona turn to Strickler to find out more about the kidnapping.moreless

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  • The Hunter

    This is my absolutely fav show! BUT the one last night (The Hunter) was the worst written episode ever. Did the writers phone it in or what! All it was was Michael running around in the swamp with some guy he didn't even know, with no indication as to why. The script didn't even make an ounce of sense or have any rationality to it. And it was totally lacking in all the chemistry between the key players that usually make this show a total standout. Fiona was probably on screen for ~45 seconds which is always a loss. They need to play her role up more and especially the chemistry between her and Michael. And Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless are terrific.moreless
  • mike westen, the best spy in the world!!!!

    wow! another great episode from our favorite burned spy. although i wonder every single day why the agency won't accept mike back into the game, i'm glad they won't coz we wouldn't have such an awesome show! hehehe. in this episode, we see why Mike is one of the best spies in the field. i just love the way he handled the jungle situation. flushing out the leader so he can destroy the army even though he was being hindered by a guy who didn't believe in him. it was the oldest trick in the book, but still oh so effective. plus, it was funny when mike's mom took over the interrogation. hehe. and wow, whoever is fi's wardrobe manager, good job! she always looks hot!moreless
  • When Michael is kidnapped by a Ukrainian with a grudge, he is stuck in the Everglades with only a knife and a crime boss with a bad attitude. He must use all of his spy tricks and cunning to outmaneuver his enemies.moreless

    It's hard to imagine but this show just gets better with each season. Last night's episode ("The Hunter") was superb! It worked as a spy caper and adventure tale with humor sprinkled in for good measure. Being kidnapped and stuck out in the Everglades with nothing but a knife and an annoying crime boss who can't do anything, Michael still managed to outsmart the 12 baddies who were after him. Some shows, you can't wait till their over; this show always ends too soon!

    It's midway through season 3 and the writers don't seem to be losing steam. They always find a way to keep Michael's life interesting! Michael Westen (as portrayed by Jeffrey Donovan) is smart, slick and resourceful. His loyal sidekicks Sam and Fi (Bruce Campbell and Gabrielle Anwar) always have his back (and with wry comments thrown in for good measure) and his annoying mother (Sharon Gless) even manages to help out every now and again.

    Great cast + superb writing and directing = the best show on TV!

    If you're not watching this show, shame on you!moreless
  • Michael is being approached for mercenary jobs by a man named Strickland. He is told a Ukrainian is coming to town to kill him. So Michael reaches out to a contact of Fiona's named Beck. Before he can get any information both he and Beck are kidnapped.moreless

    Terrific episode full of suspense, action, and some surprises. The regular cast is great but Heith Diamond as Beck is very good as Michael's unwanted partner.

    Fi is taking some of her aggression toward Michael out on him while they are working out. In the end when push comes to shove she is always there for Michael and this time is not different.

    Sam who's staying with Madeline is walking a fine line with her when he talks about Michael's business. It's becoming apparent that she knows more than she let's on. Sam and Fi make a great team to back up Michael and again in this case they do what they have to get things done.

    Sharon Gless as Madeline was great. She got the information from the pilot without spilling any tears or blood. In a way she told it like it was without the shouting and screaming usually associated with this kind of interrogation. Very clever on her part. I'm glad that she made Sam tell her what was going on.

    Heith Diamond as Beck with all his huffing and puffing could be a great contact for Michael in the end. Of course he was a major pain in the swamp. You have to figure though that someone who usually is in charge would act that way. In a way it was to Michael's advantage that he was there. In another it slowed Michael down.

    The Ukrainian let his emotions get to him too much which was his downfall. I don't think a business like Michael's allows for too many emotional outbursts and people who can't control those emotions should probably stay out of the business. Revenge is generally meaningless. Especially many years later.

    A really wonderful episode with exceptional acting, great production value, a good storyline, and action that makes Burn Notice what it is. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Awesome episode.

    If you had any doubts of Burn Notice being a top show on television this episode surely disproved you of that notion and made the fact that this show got no Emmy nominations even more mind-boggling.

    B Note truly is the cure for those mid-Summer blues with the perfect mix of smart writing and total nonstop action to satisfy fans of every demographic searching for something good on TV. There's a reason it's USA Network's gold standard and the second highest rated show on cable.

    Too many good scenes to list but I think the highlight of the episode was Madeline getting the information from the prisoner showing that she does not need to be babied the way Michael, Fionna and Sam constantly do. Definitely a great, defining and funny moment in Burn Notice history.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "See You" by Salme Dahlstrom (Opening scenes)
      "Port Of Wayne" by The Tilting Manor Marimba Band (Michael meets his "blind date")
      "Cartagena" by Lucho Campillo (Michael meets Beck)
      "Gasoline" by Julian Beeston (Michael and Beck are kidnapped)
      "Taking Off" by Russell Howard (Michael and Beck escape)
      "Answers" by Keith Hillebrandt (Sam and Fiona meet Strickler)
      "Date Cuenta" by Jesus Alejandro "El Nino" (Sam and Fiona meet the pilot)
      "Addiction" by Level 1 (Beck talks to Chechik)
      "Criminal Behavior (TSP Remix)" by Figure and Groove (Michael plants explosives)
      "All or Nothing" by Phunkpiranha (Chechik talks to Michael via radio)
      "Truth" (Instrumental) by Nikhil Korula Band (Closing scenes)

    • When we first see Chechik the insert says "Chechik / уступки (Hardass)". That is wrong. An уступки (pron. ustupki) is concession.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Becks: You know, I got 25 people on my payroll. I got-I got people who report to people who report to people. And here I am, alone in the middle of nowhere, about to die from a damn leg wound!
      Michael: Well, you're not alone.
      Becks: The hell I'm not. What, you gonna stick around and watch me die?
      Michael: (smirks) No. We're gonna get through this together.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Meeting a new operative is a lot like going on a blind date. You're bound to be nervous the first couple of times you do it. But live through a few, and you get to be an expert. You should arrive early, prepare an exit strategy, and know you could be in for an ugly surprise.

    • Tom Strickler: So Michael, you like the yogurt?
      Michael: No, I haven't tried it yet. I was always taught "never take yogurt from strangers".

    • Madeline: No one else gave me a house rewarming present, not even the guy who blew up my house.
      Sam: Maddy, I thought we were over that.
      Madeline: Forgiveness is a process. Pick me up some curtain rods, and maybe.
      Sam: Fine, curtain rods. You got it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The cold approach is something you try to avoid in intelligence work. You want to ease into a relationship over time. When that's impossible, you just have to turn on the charm and hope for the best.

    • Michael: (voice-over) After the adrenaline rush of an operation comes a crash. Heightened reflexes and awareness don't last. Two boring hours of driving later, even the sharpest killing machine lets down his guard.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When on the run, subtle things like broken branches, flattened grass and disturbed ground can give you away to an expert tracker. An inexperienced tracker may require a more obvious trail.

    • Sam: Oh, great. A drunk with a gun. This calls for subtlety.
      Fiona: I can do subtle. (Sam looks at her) I don't like to, but I can.

    • Michael: Give me your shoelaces.
      Beck: Look, I may not be Rambo, okay, but if you're making a trap...
      Michael: It doesn't have to work. They'll see it. They'll figure we're close. They'll fan out, and we'll injure one of them.
      Beck: We're injuring one of them?
      Michael: It'll slow them down. If I have to drag a complaining pain in the ass through the woods, they can, too.

    • Sam: That guy is more afraid of Chechik than he is of us. We're gonna have to squeeze him harder.
      Fiona: If by squeeze you mean choke...
      Sam: He can't talk if he can't breathe, Fi.
      Fiona: He can whisper. I have good hearing.
      Sam: You push him too hard, he's gonna snap, okay? And then he's just gonna start making crap up.
      Fiona: Oh, Sam Axe wisdom.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When fighting in the wilderness, the biggest threats are often the ones you don't see-- dehydration, exhaustion and nerves. But boatloads of hostiles don't help either.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Delaying tactics aren't the most glamorous part of a battle plan, but they're often the most important. Slowing the enemy down buys you time to prepare the ground ahead of him, and that, more than almost anything else, wins battles.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For a spy, there's no shame in retreat. When faced with a more powerful enemy, you're trained to get out of the way and keep moving. It's not about running away or giving up. The goal of any retreat is to find the right place to marshal your resources and make a stand.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Military history is filled with stories of small forces taking on larger ones. Whether it's David fighting Goliath or the French Resistance fighting the Nazis, the strategy is basically the same -- you have to choose the right ground, deploy your resources carefully, and remember that the greatest weapon in any battle is surprise.

    • Madeline: (to Michael) I'm beginning to think I should get you one of those harness things. You know, like they have for toddlers. You've been wandering off a little too much these days.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Jeremiah Chechick is a director who has directed a few Burn Notice episodes, naming the bad guy "Chechick" is a nod to him.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Lovec (Hunter)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: December 29, 2009 on FX
      Sweden: April 18, 2010 on TV6
      Norway: April 26, 2010 on Viasat 4
      Czech Republic: May 20, 2010 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: October 6, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: December 13, 2010 on Vox
      Slovakia: October 24, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Finland: November 26, 2012 on MTV3