Burn Notice

Season 1 Episode 8

Wanted Man

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 16, 2007 on USA
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Episode Summary

With Michael's assistance, Fiona helps a man who has been framed for the theft of an expensive broach.

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  • Things are looking up

    Very great show, Fiona bounty turns out to be innocent and Fiona wants Michael help. To frustrate Michael she flirts with the client, hilarious how Michael reacts. Michael also plays the part in giving up national security information to his enemies in exchange to send a message. The case was great too in to setting up a bank owner that was the real thief, it was all very exciting to watch.moreless
  • good episode...

    Michael and Fiona help a man clear his name. The man was framed for jewelry theft by the hotel owner. Michael goes in to attempt to get the theif with his stolen goods for the cops to find, and he succeeds. I liked the story, but it wasn't great. I liked how they messed with the security at the house and I also liked how Michael posed as a potential buyer. I thought it funny how Fiona was all over their house guest. She was just doing it to make Michael notice. . . Overall, ok story but great character development.moreless
  • Review

    I thought they might have overdid it just a little bit with all the things Fiona was doing with the other guy in this episode. I mean, most of us have waited the half of a season to see them somewhat get together I was not expecting the one episode turn around where they are pretty much right back to where they started. I'm all for him not getting her until the end of the show, but they need to make sure they don't get repeatative with it. Conversations now will have less emaning because we know the writers can turn it around at the tip of an episode. I thought the case in this episode was good, the only part I didnt like was the second bountry hunter that they had on the case. Weston infiltrating the mans house and being able to use the mans weakness against him was vintage Burn Notice stuff. So for the most part this was a great episode, just a couple of things here and there that could have been improved on.moreless
  • Michael and Fiona Relationship troubles. It's like a steak it's so well done.

    Thank You Burn Notice. It seems that with very few exceptions that when you want to develop the relationship of two main characters that you have to take a week or two and have a special mini-series either in flashback or special circumstances form. It always pissed me off that I'm watching a show for the content provided and then they call a timeout for mushy stuff (if I'm watching a show for mushy love stuff, then obviously this whole scenario doesn't work).

    Thank You Burn Notice. This episode had all the wonderful action and drama I expected, but at the same time running concurrently there was the tension that Fiona created to put pressure on Michael. SO wonderful. Probably for the first time I really enjoyed watching an on screen romance develop. People might point out that Fiona and Michael having had a previous relationship are renewing an old relationship, and that this tension has been evident in the past several episodes. Well, one, this episode really pulled the relationship into focus. Two, the whole relationship has been expertly played and makes this on screen love dance so very unique. Three, we didn't get to see the previous relationship (before the show...) so I count this as a new fling with a different angle.

    Last point.

    Thank You Bruce Campbell. I have always had good things to say about Bruce and now 20 years after Evil Dead, he's showing us how to be the best Hard Drinking gigolo. Hopefully one day I'll be able to move to Miami and Drink in Bars all day and satisfy middle aged disappointed women...moreless
  • What a serie so far you cannot imagine better to have both Michael and Fiona in the same team to solve some personal problems. I have learn since episode one to like them and now, it's just getting better and better as the season continue.moreless

    I hope that fan who like this show will continue to watch it and rate it as you think, because with no people watching the show it will soon be replace. And I can't imagine this show only lasting one season I hope the people who wrote it will always bring intrigue, action and passions between the characters. I wonder if Fiona will be jaleous if a woman would came in Michael's life, because she think that she's the one for him with what they had in the past. Though I'd be surprise to see someone else replacing Fiona, because she as a unique way of getting around things and make it work for her.

Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen

Lawrence Henderson

Guest Star

Chris Payne Gilbert

Chris Payne Gilbert

Thomas McKee

Guest Star

Marshall Manesh

Marshall Manesh


Guest Star

Paul Tei

Paul Tei

Barry Burkowski

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sam chooses the cover name "Charles Finley" in this episode. Charles Finley was the flamboyant and often controversial owner of the Kansas City Athletics, later to be known as the Oakland Athletics after moving the franchise.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Michael: (voice-over) If you know someone is going to be at the bank at a particular time, it's not hard to make it look like they are robbing the bank. Shoot out a few video surveillance cameras...block off the street with a stolen car like they are preparing an escape route...fire up a spark gap transmitter to kill the security radios at the bank, and they'll really look like they know what they're doing.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Clandestine meetings are never fun to arrange. It's a big part of the job for a covert operative but it's never pleasant. It's not so much the fear of death that bothers you, it's driving to the meeting with a bag over your head… sometimes they wash the bag… sometimes they don't.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A good cover identity is a team effort. If you want to meet someone, it's a good idea to play a little hard to get. Put people between yourself and the target, make them come to you.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When you're giving five inches and 100 pounds to a well-trained opponent, it helps to know the terrain better than he does.

    • Barry: You buying lunch?
      Sam: Hey, you're the money launderer for Christ's sake, why do I have to buy lunch?

    • Michael: Next time Lawrence go limp. It's really hard to drag a human shield.

    • Sam: Ok, ok. But I just have to go on record, I think this whole thing with Fiona is unhealthy. You got to go through all of this crap, just to get some guy she picked up out of your place.

    • (Ray is choking Michael)
      Ray: Where did they go?
      Michael: I can't tell you if you keep choking me!
      Fiona: (hits Ray over the head with a snow globe) Italy was one of my favorites.

    • Barry: Name's Cristo. Like Madonna, the whole one name thing.
      Sam: Like Charo.
      Barry: Sting.
      Sam: Fergie.
      Barry: Pélé.
      Sam: Spider-Man.
      Barry: Liberace.
      Sam: Crap, I can't think of any more.

    • Michael: Come on, Fi. It's not everyday you get to read a fictional account of your whole life. Apparently, I sold secrets in Lebanon, code breaking technology in Jordan. Who knew?

    • Tom: So what now? Can we go to the cops with that guy Cristo?
      Michael: What do we tell them? I broke into his house and extorted information from him. Meanwhile, Lawrence ditches the broach, Cristo denies everything. And the only guys that go to jail are you and me.

    • Anwar: All right. What do you want?
      Michael: I'm trying to reach out to the man who burned me, NSA officer Phillip Cowan. I just need you to mention him as a friend of yours, when you know the Americans are listening.
      Anwar: A friend. And say what?
      Michael: I don't know. Have the head of your secret police send him a fruit basket. Get creative. He'll try to figure out what the hell is going on, and in no time he'll figure out it's me.

    • Sam: (talking about his girlfriend) She actually asked if bullets come in different sizes, isn't that the cutest thing you ever heard?

    • Michael: (voice-over) Even the most careful spy leaves a trail that can get them burned. A patriot, making a list of deals for his government, looks a lot like a traitor, making black market sales for his wallet. Someone upstairs gets the wrong idea, and suddenly you're burned and out of the job.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Selling stolen goods is all about discretion, you've got to be the kind of person who can keep their mouth shut. The kind of person who never ever shares the numbers in their little black book.

    • Michael: (voice over) Covert operatives have a hard time dating, even if you found someone who doesn't mind you won't talk about your past or that you carry a concealed weapon. They usually want more than you're able to give.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The thing about security is that the very things that protect you can be turned against you by someone who knows what he's doing. It's tough to compromise a well thought out security system, but making someone think you can compromise it, well, that's much easier. Take surveillance cameras for example, you can disable one by shooting a laser at it and overloading the light sensitive chip. Cheap, easy and exactly the sort of thing a sophisticated criminal gang with lots of resources would do. Leave around some tell-tale signs of surveillance like cigarette butts, a forgotten camera lens cap, and the more security there is, the more likely they are to think they've got a very serious problem. Even the security team itself can be an opportunity. The more employees you have, the more you have to worry about them. (Pause) Deliver some vague threats and a few hundred bucks to a security guard, if he's honest he'll tell his boss, who then wonders who wasn't so honest. For the cost of a nice dinner you can get a whole security team canned.

    • Michael: (voice-over) One of the dangers of any kind of psychological warfare is: it could be too effective and send the target in a paranoid tailspin. That paranoia can be useful or deadly.

    • Fiona: I know a few Iranians who are coming into town.
      Michael: Ooo, let's avoid people who use "Michael Westen" and "jihad" in the same sentence.

    • Michael: My name is Michael Westen. I heard you were in town, just wanted to say hi.
      Anwar: You're Westen? I thought you would be taller.

    • Anwar: Why don't I just make you tell me, then kill you?
      Michael: You could do that. The information might or might not check out, torture's unreliable, as you know, and then you'd have to deal with Fiona, who put me in touch with you. More trouble than it's worth, trust me.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hledaná osoba (Wanted Person)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      New Zealand: December 23, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: March 11, 2008 on TEN
      Czech Republic: April 2, 2008 on Prima
      Sweden: April 6, 2008 on TV6
      United Kingdom: November 23, 2008 on FX
      Germany: November 16, 2009 on Vox
      Slovakia: February 24, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: March 22, 2010 on MTV3

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


    • Sam: Spider-Man.

      A reference to Marvel Comics' Spider-Man. Bruce Campbell, who plays Sam, appeared in all three Spider-Man films.

    • Anwar: (measuring Michael with his eyes) You are Westen? I thought you would be taller.

      This line alludes to the character played by Patrick Swayze in the movie Road House. As Dalton, a notoriously tough bouncer, he was always hearing this line from people who knew of him by reputation only.