Burn Notice (2007–2013)
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Michael takes on a drug cartel for his former mentor to gain access to Fiona, who must befriend a fellow prisoner to fend off a gang leader.

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Jeffrey Donovan

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Matt Nix (creator), Alfredo Barrios Jr. | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Donovan ... Michael Westen
Gabrielle Anwar ... Fiona Glenanne
Coby Bell ... Jesse Porter
Bruce Campbell ... Sam Axe
Sharon Gless ... Madeline Westen
John C. McGinley ... Tom Card
Taryn Manning ... Nicole
Anthony Ruivivar ... Rafael Montero
Seth Peterson ... Nate Westen
Guillermo Sauceda ... Ramiro Salazar (as Memo Sauceda)
Steve DuMouchel ... Bruce Gellman (as Steve Dumochel)
John Manzelli ... Eric Kemp
vaughn-Rian st. James ... D.B. (as Vaughn Rian St. James)
Fernando Martinez ... Clyde
Peter Anaya ... Montero's Thug (as Pedro Anaya Pérez)
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Storyline

Desperate for leverage to help Fiona, who lingers in maximum security prison, Mike tells Nate he can't spare any time for a visit. He gets his old CIA mentor Tom Card to hire his team for a near-hopeless mission. They must stop ruthless Colombian Ramiro Salazar's drug cartel from establishing a Miami branch. Mike and Jesse are to pose as dirty DEA agents to reroute a first huge cocaine shipment, but the presence of a lawyer who knows Mike requires improvisation with Jesse in front alone against bloodthirsty cartel lieutenant Rafael Montero. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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Fabrik Entertainment See more »
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In the beginning of this episode, when Michael and Tom Card are talking in Card's office, the photograph behind Card shows him speaking with President Barack Obama. See more »

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Fiona is supposedly being kept in a federal penitentiary, but she's wearing a Florida Bureau of Corrections jumper. See more »

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Michael Westen: [voiceover narration] There are certain people in life you get stuck with... whether you love them, they drive you nuts, or both. They've made you who you are. For most people, it's a coach or a favorite teacher. For a spy, it's his training officer.
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A Whole New Season
22 June 2012 | by rrjmdpaSee all my reviews

The second episode drives home even more clearly that this is a whole NEW season with new rules - and a face-lift?. It is clear that Fiona no longer lives in the loft - it is reverting back to it's "wild and natural" state. The workbench is back where it belongs and it is clear that Michael is... let's say, "less controlled" as he threw it across the room after reading a letter written from her prison cell! With Michael begging for advice, Sam no longer can be just one of the "troops" and is letting his true abilities take action. That included pointing Michael toward an old favor he could call in from someone now high in the agency.

Jesse showed us what got him well known in his former counter-intelligence job dealing with cartels. Although, I must say, not without dealing with some more flippantly-evil terrorists than we have been used to dealing with on the series.

Even Fiona is a better character without anyone to "posture" for and her time being now absorbed by sheer "survival." She truly acquits herself well amongst the prison population, does have some privacy, being in a single cell for the "Worst of the Worst," and showed that she can be as innovative as Michael. Madeline and Nate seem less demanding and controlling, and more "back-story" is seeping out through the cracks.

If it weren't for a haunting premonition and concern that the tenor of the writing seems to be getting a bit more gratuitously "mean spirited" and the hint of some writing merely for "shock value" creeping in, we might be resting easy in an early presumption of a great season with a "number 7" close behind it. As it is, for now those of us die hard Burn Notice fans can feel as unsettled as Michael - what's happening to our world?


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