'Burn Notice' last night: Emotional explosions as the season nears an end

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Well, Burn Notice has certainly cranked up the quality as its season draws to a close, hasn’t it? After those early tedious weeks Jeffrey Donovan’s Michael spent trading insults with Moon Bloodgood’s Det. Paxson, it’s been a relief to see a far more intriguing character, Ben Shenkman’s Strickler, come to the forefront.

As the only man Michael thinks might be able to clear his name, Strickler, “agent to the spies,” is an amusing hustler who gets results. More importantly, Burn Notice has been on a hot streak of fast, funny, exciting episodes. A few weeks ago, the episode entitled “The Hunter” featured a lot of Michael’s trademark weapons improvisations and fight scenes set in the Everglades. Last week’s “Shot in the Dark” boasted a fine guest-star turn by Better Off Ted‘s Jay Harrington and a classic Burn plot: Michael taking a 13 year-old boy as a client to fend off his abusive stepdad (Harrington).

And last night, Rescue Me‘s Callie Thorne showed up as a devious villain who put Fiona through an emotional wringer. She, in turn, did the same to Michael. The season is building to the climax of two storylines: Michael getting closer than he ever has to having his burn notice lifted, and, perhaps, losing Fiona’s affections in the process.

Next week,Tyne Daly will show up in some stunt-casting that’ll pair her with Sharon Gless — Cagney and Lacey reunited. I hope that sweet idea doesn’t get in the way of some serious resolution to a solid season.

Did you watch Burn Notice last night? What did you think?


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  • Snsetblaze

    I was thinking the same thing as Ken about the Shenkman character. I always like the money laundering character as well – especially his interaction with Maddie.

  • Rod Steel

    Bring back Callie!

  • Alan

    Great episode last night. Barry as a client worked out great. I’ve got this sneaking suspicion that Strickler may be working for the same organization as Carla and “Management,” but I could be wrong.

  • Erika

    I always enjoy Burn Notice, even the ‘boring’ episodes, but I will admit that the last three episodes have been really fantastic. I love the emotional tension between Fiona and Michael, especially since Michael seems really affected by it. And Strickler is a great addition. I’m looking forward to the summer finale, though I don’t think this counts as the end of the season–previously seasons have seen Burn Notice takes a few months hiatus and then return with around 6-7 more episodes to wrap up the season.

  • Stephanie

    Burn Notice is literally the only show on TV that hasn’t hit a rough patch yet. Week-to-week it has morphed into an action-packed, can’t-miss show. The writing and the acting has been spectacular, with special mention to Gabrielle Anwar. She has really risen to the occassion and brought a whole new dimension to Fiona this season — the sensitive, emotionally vulnerable woman suddenly wears her heart on her sleeve. It’s been a treat to watch.

    And Ken, just a heads up – Tyne Daly’s episode won’t air until the back half of the season resumes in January. She’s in 3.10.

    • Electronwriter

      I’d say Better Off Ted is another show that has had no rough patch. Re: Burn Notice, If Michael does things to please Fiona, he’ll become as crazy as her.

  • JPF

    Love the show, thought the past few episodes have been great. One complaint though, the MGD 64 ads thrown right into the middle of each episode. Come on, seriously? They are just pointless. The closeup on the bottles as Sam is packing. Just dumb. Not even witty, please stop.

  • Lauren

    When are we going to get an official Burn Notice TV Watch? Last night’s episode was so dark and intense and twisty! Come on, it’s a leader in the ratings, it’s a quality show … It deserves more than a half page “did you see it?”

  • Zoey

    Last nights episode was terrific, last week and the week before were the weakest. The kid with the abusive father was a little too close to the save a kid chestnut they used on Elian and the kids being hunted by the car thieves. We get that Michael has a soft spot for kids. A little more serious focus on Sam would be good. He’s always the guy who knows a guy and always Sammy gettin hammy. He could be as interesting a character as Fi.

  • Lyn

    Totally agree! Show has made all the right moves as the season progressed. I’m especially glad to see Michael and crew on some “serious” missions rather than helping some sick little kid with his HMO or whatever. Things w/ Fiona are getting borderline whiny, however. So though I hate to see the show (and my Thursday mojito nights) end, it seems like a good time for the finale and I trust ‘em to do it well.

  • S.

    Was I the only one confused on why, if Callie was the ‘boss’, would she tell them where the houses were, and practically allowing the team to unravel her plan?

    • Kell

      Good point … maybe she thought Passport Guy would take them out in a hail of gunfire?

    • Jean

      Well – think about all the voiceover “advice” Michael gives about what a good operative does. Part of that is using enough “truth” in your cover story to be convincing. I think Boss Callie probably thought they weren’t smart enough to know how to disable the “burn safe” – so that they’d realize they were at the “right” place – but not actually get their hands on any documentation. That was a risk that backfired on Boss Callie – because they were pro enough to be able to salvage the documentation. I don’t think she had counted on that – and it was a real miscalculation. They were the “better” pros.

  • Kell

    Why is there no full TV Watch for Burn Notice?

    Last night’s episode felt fresh and compelling and tragic … I sense a hard time ahead for Michael and Fiona. Though I do love his singlemindedness, and they way they communicated outside the door after he hit her … powerful stuff.

  • Jean

    Callie Thorne is terrific. She recently also had a guest spot on this summer’s new “Royal Pains” – so the USA Network has been twice blessed.

  • Coyote

    I generally love this show, but I spotted Sheila as the bad guy pretty quickly. No background check on her to verify her identity, call to “son” not on speaker, things added up quickly.

    And does Strickler remind anyone else a creepier Evan Lawson (Royal Pains)?

  • Courtney

    I was so made at Michael when he hit Fiona at the villa. I understand that he had to so that he could get “Natalie” into the bedroom and rescue Fiona from her, but, still, I had a major Michael-bashing fest.

  • Mindy

    Loved this episode! So fun to se Ben Shenkman on this show. It looks like he is having a blast playing this character. Really love Barry the money launderer, too. Great episode!

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