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Burn Notice

Season 2 Episode 2

Turn and Burn

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 17, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

At Sam's request, Michael helps a waitress named Sophia who is being stalked by a cartel soldier.

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  • Undercover cop

    Nice turn of events in this episode when Michael help out thought to be distress victim stalker turns out to be an undercover DEA. They teamed up together to take down a member of the drug cartel, meanwhile Michael tries to get find the guy who does laminated government badges that are suppose to be counterfeit proof. Michael finally gets a lead on Carla even though its small, all in all great episode but, want to see more.moreless
  • Not my favourite

    This one was definately not the greatest I have seen from the fantastic show.

    Burn Notice has amazing potential and it is a great show, but after such a long wait, they cant drop us a semi great episode.

    I didnt think the first ep of second season was that brilliant but thought to myself that the second one would please, but it didnt.

    I wont stop watching this show because once again it has potential to be one of the best shows that I currently watch and know that it should pick up.

    Once you watch alot of shows, you need to expect the odd set of episodes that drop the benchmark for others.

  • Somewhat flatter than last episode but still a lot of fun.

    We see the mysterious woman carrying dishing out assignment to Michael, though all of a sudden she seems keen to meet up with him. At the same time he helps a client that is being stalked by a ruthless drug smuggler. Though I always enjoy listening to Michael go on about how a spy might execute his jobs, and derive such pleasure in Sam's somewhat hapless character, this episode felt to casual. The jobs are being portrait as way too easy to Michael, and his attitude a bit carefree - like he will always find his way out. Of course that is part of his character, but I think we need to see some a bit more hair-raising episode soon. We need to feel again that Michael and his friend/family might be in real danger.moreless
  • Very exciting

    Carla appearing was very good and frustrating. I say frustrating because she's threatening Michael with hurting his mother if he doesn't do what she wants. I wonder how long this will last. But it adds more excitement to the series.

    The case was good. I liked all the things Michael and co. had to come up with in order to get Raul to trust him, turn him into a traitor and give up. Nicely done.

    Michael's story with his mother was a surprise. But listening to both of them at the counselor's office was both sad and revealing. So that's why their relationship is like that. There's no communication. They took things for granted and that's why they're in deep trouble.

    Sam and Fiona great like always, getting use of their skills to help someone.moreless
Erick Avari

Erick Avari


Guest Star

Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro


Guest Star

Jacqueline Piñol

Jacqueline Piñol


Guest Star

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer


Recurring Role

Paul Tei

Paul Tei

Barry Burkowski

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Dominoes (Instrumental)" by Gizzard Lollies
      "Mano A Mano" by Patricio Castillo
      "Un Beso Mas" by Matt Hirt and Francisco Rodriguez
      "Café Ibiza" by Renee van Veseveld & Kurt Farquhar
      "Smack" by Ugly Duckling
      "It's Crazy" by RAMO
      "Ritmo Y Sabor" by Jose Conde Y Ola Fresca
      "CTM ICE" by Chuck Henry
      "Aliemento" by Team Orbit
      "Rain On Me (Instrumental)" by Matter
      "4 Walls" by Black Light Burns

    • Steganography is a method of hiding a message within a message. The word steganography is of Greek origin and means "covered, or hidden writing".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Raul: (referring to Sophia, the woman he is stalking) She loves me more than her own life.
      Michael: That's a lot...

    • Sophia: Campos is in a turf war with the Mexicans. They put a hit out on him last week. It's pretty ugly.
      Michael: Ugly's good. We can work with ugly.
      Sophia: How?
      Michael: I need to get in with Raul. Quietly make myself useful; get some information. Then I let Campos know that Raul is spilling information to a new friend behind his back. Campos deals with Raul for us and it looks like you had nothing to do with it.
      Sophia: You make it sound so easy.
      Michael: That sounded easy?

    • Michael: That stalker happens to have a Mac-10 in his jacket! Oh-- you knew didn't you?
      Sam: Mike, look, I did a little pre-scouting; I knew he was packing, but I didn't know he had a Mac-10. I thought it was like a regular gun.

    • Michael: Gonna need a fresh face, someone he won't expect.
      Fiona: You know how I feel about money launderers. The last one I dealt with, they're still finding pieces of him all over Belfast.
      Michael: Do it for me?
      Fiona: Your charms no longer have any effect on me Michael.
      Michael: Do it for all the yogurt you can eat?
      Fiona: Fine, but I can't promise that I won't kill him.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Most assassinations involve the firing of a single well-placed bullet. The trick to selling an assassination attempt is to use a lot more fire power... and an explosion or two doesn't hurt.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Drug cartels have their own internal justice system. It doesn't involve courts or lawyers or proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; if they think you might be a traitor, they'll kill you just to be on the safe side.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Most people think distracting a group of guys is best done by a beautiful woman. The problem with beautiful women is people want them to stick around; which can cause a lot of problems. Obnoxious guys, they just want to get rid of.

    • Counselor: I've always liked to think that the "C" in counseling stands for communication.

    • Michael: (voice-over) People don't trust information they get for free. If you wanna sell someone on a lie, you have to make them drag it out of you. It's effective, but often painful.

    • Michael: (voice-over) If you wanna make a friend, solve a problem for them. No problem to solve? Create one.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There may be no honor among thieves but there's a certain amount of respect. Establishing you're in the same racket is a great way to make an introduction.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Cheque fraud is more about technique than high tech equipment. Some old cheques, a roll of scotch tape, some nail polish remover and you're in business. Nail polish remover is mostly acetone; which dissolves ink. Get your hands on a cheque that's been filled out by the account holder, dissolve everything but the signature, and you've got yourself a blank cheque. Counterfeiters called it cheque washing.

    • Madeline: Michael? You still haven't fixed my coffee maker and I can't find the warranty.
      Michael: Warranty?! That thing was built in 1967.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In covert ops you always want to be the one setting the meeting. When you're following someone else's instructions, they set the agenda, they control the security and they get to make you jump through hoops to remind you they are in charge.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In the world of intelligence, if an operative hands you a crossword puzzle, chances are you've just received a coded message. It's the art of Steganography sending coded messages that don't look like messages unless you have the key.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Relationships are about trust. People trust you when they have something on you. Like, say, the name and address of a mistress in Orlando, or information about a secret gambling habit. It's all about making them feel secure.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Inexperienced operatives abandon a cover ID under pressure; experienced ones just play their roles harder.

    • Fiona: Does this new handler of yours set all her meetings with crossword puzzles? Or is she just flirtin' with ya?
      Michael: These people burned me, blacklisted me and threatened my family. I think we're a little past flirting.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Opět ve hře (Again In The Game)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: August 18, 2008 on TEN
      Sweden: November 23, 2008 on TV6
      Czech Republic: October 7, 2009 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: October 19, 2009 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: December 28, 2009 on Vox
      Slovakia: March 4, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: October 10, 2011 on MTV3