Stepping out of the back of the eighteen-wheeler he was riding in, Michael Westen is greeted with an exploding plane, dead bodies, and one hog-tied, live "client", Jimmy. The phone rings, ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ryder Stahl
Adam Cronan ...
Surveillance Guy
Ryder's Guy #1
Steve Lantz ...
Security Guard
Edwin Lopez ...
Ryder's Guy
ATF Agent
Isogene Manager
Ivy Stein ...


Stepping out of the back of the eighteen-wheeler he was riding in, Michael Westen is greeted with an exploding plane, dead bodies, and one hog-tied, live "client", Jimmy. The phone rings, and a female voice, calling herself "Carla", lets Michael know that if he gets this man back to Miami, and help him play ball, she will finally let him know who burned him. After agreeing to help his new client, Jimmy, steal data from the fortress at Security Associates, and get the man's family back, who are now being held hostage, Michael enlists the help of his friends Fiona and Sam. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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Release Date:

10 July 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Michael's cover ID ("Terry Miller") is actually one of the producers. See more »


When the police officer picks up the planted automatic weapons, he does so with his bare hands, without gloves. This would be a fatal mistake for any real police officer, as it would compromise any fingerprint evidence that could be on the weapon. See more »


[first lines]
Michael Westen: [voice-over] As a spy, you get to spend a lot of time alone... Whether you're in an Indonesian prison, a cave in the Afghan mountains, or the back of a cargo truck, it comes with the job. You're trained to make the most of it, plan your next move, go over your intel, review your training, but, when you've cleaned your gun thirty times, and reviewed the past tense of every verb in five languages, you start itching to make a move.
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11 July 2008 | by (RENO, NEVADA) – See all my reviews

I was disappointed in this episode. After last years excellent cliffhanger, I expected more in the season opener. To go through all that rigamarole, and then just stick him in a situation like all of last years, was quite a let down. Don't get me wrong, it was a good episode, but after waiting a year to find out who had burned michael (or was pretending to be that person) I expected more. Maybe the writers couldn't come up with a revelation that was outstanding enough, so they just decided to go with the tried and true. This is a great show, but the story needs to branch off in a few new directions if it is going to remain fresh. I hope that this is just a temporary blip in an otherwise original and fun show. In the last year I have become a fan of the quirky programming on USA. Shows like Burn Notice and Psych are the only ones I look forward to seeing any more, and I would like that to continue.

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