Burn Notice

Season 1 Episode 6

Unpaid Debts

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 02, 2007 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael discovers a surprise aboard a boat he has retrieved from Jamaican gangsters. Meanwhile, a CSS agent urges Michael to stop his investigation into who burned him.

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  • Corrupted Cops & Jamaican Gangsters

    Lol this was an excited episode Sam needed to help an old friend out and need Michael help to do it. Sam friend gets a little cozy with Michael mom and started a thing together, Michael also said some truths about leaving Fiona a year ago because of his cover being blown. She forgives him, but where does that leaves them now to early to tell. Show are great, just want a little more drama into the mix that paints a big picture on whats going on or the whole purpose of the show.moreless
  • Please, can his brother just leave yet??

    Ugh, I really do not like the character of Mike's brother. And overall, I did not like this episode much. It was boring in some parts, annoying in others. When Mike's mom and the guy snuck out was an especially "duh!" moment. The whole boat thing didn't really go over well with me. I mean, I got it... but I didn't like it. Thouh it was nice to see Mike's Mom finding love again. But basically, this episode was lackluster. I really hope next week's episode delivers; it does look pretty promising in the previews I've been seeing on USA. Hopefully.moreless
  • review.

    Cool episode, liked the humorous parts, there were quite a few(Michael busting the CSS agent) Also liked Michael and Fi scenes, moreso than i liked them before.


    the case was cliché , give me the money , no, you give me, or this and that will happen.. blah blah blah

    also, Michael's brother has to go. The mother's far more than enough (she already tends to get a little annoying)

    maybe instead of the emphasis on the family Sam and Fiona could get a little more screen time. AAANYWAYS , bit below the previous few episodes, but still entertanining. Hopefully the season's endgame will give us a little more on the high concept storyline.moreless
  • good episode...

    Michael helps Sam's friend steal a boat and give it to someone. However, there turns out to be money in the boat and the people he's supposed to give the boat to are ex-cops and are threatening Sam's friend's daughter. I love the end when he just burned all of the money. I don't understand why he didn't keep more for himself. I guess that is his character. Anyways, the CSS guy is still trying to get Michael to stop looking for who burned him. I really like their character interactions. Overall, another solid episode of Burn Notice. I didn't like the story as much in this episode, but I still got all of the great character interactions that I have come to love.moreless
  • Review

    This was a great episode. We got a little bit of everything that you could ask for in this show. Micheal and Fiona had some words about their past relationship which may or may not spring up again sometime here in a future episode. They have been hinting at it for a long time but other then some little kisses and casual flirting from Fiona they have not really gotten anywhere with that. The case in this one was good as well. It did get a little boring near the end with all the "Give me my money" from both sides. The bridge scene could have been a little better considering it was supposed to be the high point of the episode. However, that was overshadowed by the larger case of Weston finding out the identity of the CSS agent that tormented his mother and is following him trying to get him to turn off the Burn Notice search. This episode had everything that the last episode was missing and is one of the better episodes of the season, I think.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Michael: (voice-over) Sometimes intelligence gathering involves sophisticated techniques and a lot of high tech equipment. But sometimes, it's as simple as picking someone's pocket.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Getting information out of someone who doesn't want to give it up is all about upsetting the target's emotional balance; impairing their judgment. Fear is good for that; anger is not bad either.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Anyone who has handled large amount of cash can tell you, it's one of the toughest things in the world to move. It's heavy and dense, dead weight. If it's on fire, of course, that complicates things further.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When something serious is going down, it's a good idea to show up nice and early, so you can see the ground and assess the situation.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Doctors are well known to be the worst patients. Similarly, anyone with special ops training is tough to protect. They think they can handle anything.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When working a cover identity, the safest thing is to let the target take the lead. You've got more information than he does; you want to keep that edge.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The optical bug is a high tech toy that shoots a light beam out of a window; picks up vibration from the glass and translates it into speech. You can't see the beam with the naked eye, but take the infrared filter off a digital camera, and it shows up nicely. As high tech as a laser mic is, they are not hard to defeat. They pick up vibrations on the glass. So, you supply your own vibrations.

    • Michael: (voice-over) You can turn an old TV into an oscilloscope with about $150 worth of hardware. It'll electrocute you if you're not careful, but it makes a decent bug detector. If you don't want to tip off anyone who might be listening, you have to be prepared to keep talking for a few hours. Of course, if you have to keep talking, it's an opportunity for someone to hijack the conversation for their own purposes.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're going into a meeting cold with people you know nothing about, you have to be extra careful. Pay attention to every detail, map out an escape route or two, just in case… and never ever show up as yourself.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Sprinkle a mixture of flour and day glow powder on you floor before you go out, and you'll know if you've had any visitors and what they were after. You don't always have to get that clever though; sometimes, they want you to know what they are up to.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For most people a night out in a Miami club is a chance to see and be seen. When you're under government surveillance, it's a different story; you still want to know who's watching you, but the reasons are a little different.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When enough people hate you, sometimes the only move is to stand in the middle and hope they kill each other before they kill you.

    • Michael: Unfortunately, you're gonna have to get out of town for a while, Virgil. With this all over the papers there are still a few people out there who want to put a bullet in you.
      Virgil: Well, I'll just get the boat fixed up and go down to the Bahamas for a while.
      Michael: Great.
      Virgil: You sure you're not just trying to keep me away from your sweet mama?
      Sam: Hey Virge, don't push it.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There are two kinds of government surveillance, the kind that's there to look for something and the kind that's just there to make your life difficult.

    • Michael: (voice-over) As a rule, spies don't like dealing with cops. Covert ops are illegal by definition. If they were legal, they wouldn't need to be covert.

    • Michael: (voice-over) You can tie up a lot of resources by keeping a bugged phone line open. As long as it's open, they're supposed to keep listening. Say a few cryptic things now and then, and they'll be stuck in their little van trying to figure out what the hell you're doing.

    • Fiona: Honestly, I don't know why they bother. They should just put a bullet in your head and be done with it.
      Michael: Apparently I'm more valuable alive than dead. But I'm sure they'll take it under advisement.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Some tip-offs aren't so subtle, like a detonator sitting on enough chloride to incinerate a city block.

  • NOTES (3)

    • During the sequence when Michael and Fiona repo the boat from the Jamaicans, the camera cuts to Sam talking to the police he called in. During filming, Bruce Campbell (Sam), knowing the shots would appear in the episode without sound, is hamming it up for the camera, saying things like "I don't know who this guy is, he wasn't here when I called you, so I don't know where he came from", gesturing to the boat owner the police are arguing with. The scene with the audio of Bruce can be seen in the gag reel on the season one DVD.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Nesplacené dluhy (Unpaid Debts)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      New Zealand: December 9, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: February 26, 2008 on TEN
      Czech Republic: March 19, 2008 on Prima
      Sweden: March 23, 2008 on TV6
      United Kingdom: November 9, 2008 on FX
      Germany: November 2, 2009 on Vox
      Slovakia: February 22, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: March 8, 2010 on MTV3


    • Mike picks Homer as his cover name as a nod to Virgil's name - both are epic poets of Greek and Roman myths. Virgil, the later poet, modeled his famous poem, the Aeneid, on The Odyssey and The Iliad, Homer's most famous works.