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Air Date: 8/23/12

Red marks the important details from the episode.

Best quotes in orange.

  • “Whenever you get a fresh piece of intelligence in the field you have to decide carefully who your going to share it with because every asset you talk to, agency you work with, recourse you update bring along a new set of problems”- Michael
  • Michael brought in the CIA.
  • “Im not letting the man who killed my brother get away, I don’t care who I have to work with!”–  Michael
  • Mike with meeting with Tom Card at the CIA. Tom confirms Tyler Grey is Nate’s killer.
  • Mike is sent to Panama on an off the books mission. Brady Pressman is joining the team as he was the only other person involved in the Anson case the day of Nate’s murder.
  • Mike goes to see him mom.
  • “Officially im investigating a weapons theft, unofficially we found him the man that..”- Mike
  • Mike gives the number of Tom Card’s secretary in case anything were to happen.
  • “I don’t want your apology! Every mistake Nate ever made was because he wanted to be like you. He had know business being out there, none!”- Madeline
  • “I was his mother and my job was to protect him from you!”– Madeline
  • The gang heads to Panama and meets us with Brady. They setup in an abandoned building. Brady shows off all the tools they got from the CIA and he goes of the over the plan for the next day.
  • Michael and Fiona talking.
  • “You have know idea who beautiful you look right now”- Micheal
  • “This is our business, Nate was our family too we should be doing this alone without government manipulation. We owe that much to Nate”- Fiona
  • “We owe it to Nate to find his killer period”- Michael
  • The hid out is found, its an ambush. They escape through the roof grabbing what ever gear they can. Jesse didn’t even have time for shoes.
  • Mike sees Grey and starts shooting.
  • (Crazy Michael is back)
  • They escape.
  • “Im sorry I must of misheard , you want to go find him? I may not have a ton of field experience but were out gunned in a foreign country. Michael we need to call for backup”- Brady
  • They didn’t manage to grab much while escaping. Fiona and Mike work on using what they got.
  • “When it comes to explosives I never kid”– Fiona
  • Micheal and Fi work together.
  • “Michael I don’t need Ireland, I want this you and me working together just as the way it used to be.”- Fiona
  • Michael tells Fi he’ll leave the CIA after all of this is over.
  • “After I get Grey I’ll leave im out, out of all of it”- Michael
  • “Well if we live long enough to see that happen, sounds really good”- Fiona
  • “When you give a piece of intelligence to anyone even an ally you never know what there going to do with because even if you completely trust that person you run the risk of them taking that information and using it for there own purposes”- Michael
  • Madeline goes to see Tom Card.
  • “I want to know everything that you know about the operation that killed Nate”- Madeline
  • “I know that you sent Michael on an off the books mission to Panama. I know what he’s there for and unless you want that mission to be suddenly very much on the books I suggest you cooperate”- Madeline
  • “Your blackmailing a CIA officer without batting an eyelash”– Tom Card
  • He shows her the classified document.
  • Sam/Jess/Brady find Grey’s compound. Jesse gets some shoes.
  • “Sam listen to me im hitting Grey, im pulling him out of the car and im shoving him into the trunk!”- Michael
  • Madeline and Tom Card are talking
  • “I lost my husband and my youngest son all because of this agency”- Madeline
  • “You trained Michael you know another side of him. I was my choice not to leave Frank and the choice made Michael strong and capable, well if left poor Nate. How do two brothers turn out so different?”– Madeline
  • “Imagine that your holding on to two bottles they drop on the floor what happens? They both break but its how they break that’s important because you see while one bottle crumples into a pile of glass the other shatters in to a jagged edged weapon. You see the exact environment that forged old brother into a warrior crushed baby brother. People just don’t just all break the same.”– Tom Card
  • “The problem here is your just focused on the bad causes there’s good that came through there too, don’t get me wrong Michael is damaged but he also happens to be a little boy who just wants to protect his mommy and his kid brother which means all the people he ever helped actually have to thank and Nate of course”- Tom Card
  • Brady reveals to Mike that his dad was killed when he was younger and joined the army to find the guy but never did.
  • “But I’ll be damed if im not gonna help you find this son of a bitch who killed your brother”- Brady
  • The snatch and grab doesn’t go as planned and Grey gets away.
  • Brady is shot in the leg, Grey is snipping from a building.
  • “You go in and you get him”- Brady
  • Michael calls Tom who say backup is on the way and wants him to wait.
  • “So what you gonna go in blind, deaf and bleeding that a super idea Michael!”– Tom Card
  • “We already have a plan im going in, accept my apology in advance!”- Michael
  • Mike and Sam will drop into the building with Jessie and Fiona as the distraction.
  • Where Jesse and Fi are there are drums of gas.
  • Michael files down the rope, breaks through the window and knocks Grey to the ground.
  • It was all a setup.
  • “Card isn’t sending an extraction team for you. Who do you think sent me out here? This is supposed to be a suicide mission for you.”- Grey
  • “Only problem is you just wont die”- Grey
  • Grey reveals that if Card think he’s failed he’ll wipe the whole place out.
  • After speaking with Card Mike knows Grey is telling the truth. Card set them up all along.
  • Tom Card is still with Madeline.
  • They race out of the building.
  • “Card lied to us, he sent us down here to die!”- Michael
  • “Card can spin any story he wants”- Michael
  • An air raid blows up the building they are escaping in a van. They get out and run into the woods.
  • Brady stays back and drives the van away, its get blown up.
  • “Please tell me its done”- Tom Card
  • “So what the hell do we do now?”- Sam

Final thoughts:

That was one hell of a way to close out the summer!  Madeline took the spotlight in those emotional scenes with Tom. Tom was always someone you could never trust but who knew it would go this deep.

What did you think of the episode?

Reminder this was just the SUMMER finale Burn Notice returns to finish off season 6 in November.

Ratings: 1.3 Demo with 4.95 million viewers.


When Fall TV officially starts we are calling Saturday’s “DVR Catch Up Day”. Recap what you missed this week.

What shows are you catching up on today?

Sunday August 12th:

Hell on Wheels Season 2 Premiere:

For a show in the final episodes of season one saw mass murdering of Indians and a reverend beheading someone with a sword it was a quiet start to season 2 but there is plenty more to go.

Falling Skies: “The Price Of Greatness”:

Falling Skies Was Thrilling! The 2nd Mass Has Finally Made It To Charleston, But It Seems That It May Not Be What They Expected.

Longmire: “Unfinished Business” (Season 1 Finale):

We Learned More About Walt’s Mysterious Past, And The Truth About His Wife. There’s A Bigger Picture, That Hints That Walt May Have Committed Murder.

Monday August 13th:

Grimm Season 2 Premiere:

What a great start to the season! All the stops were pulled out in this episode and story just continues to get deeper. What I liked most was the episode picking right up from the season one finale as no transition was needed and it allowed the story to just progress. The new title sequence was also a great and welcomed surprise.

Alphas: 2×04 “When Push Comes To Shove”:

The Team Learn That Nina Has Gone Rouge. They Must Find Her, Capture Her, And Help Her In Any Way Possible.

Thursday August 16th:

Burn Notice 6×09 “Official Business”:

Burn Notice continues to impress and the story keeps going deeper. Micheal’s drive to find Nate’s killer and thus a man who was also involved with Anson has added a whole new dynamic to the show.

Suits 2×09 “Asterisk”:

What a bittersweet episode. Mike’s grandma passing before she could even see her new place was sad and this will surely have an effect on Mike through the final episodes of the season. At this moment everything hinges on the mind of Louis Litt.

Saving Hope: “Bea, Again”:

Charlie Begins Questioning Whether He Would Survive Or Not. Alex Continued To Express Her Belief (And Faith) In Charlie’s Survival.

Awkward 2×08 “Time After Time”:

Awkward remains the best show MTV has had since “The Hard Times Of RJ Berger”. Its hard not to root for all of these quirky characters.


Air Date 8/02/12

Intro Quote:

“Spies are trained to immediately when an operation goes bad. Every minute that goes by is another minute your enemy can use to regroup and get stronger but there are times when you have to remember that denying grief and loss and love can be dangerous too because in the heat of battle you have to know what your fighting for.” Michael Westen

Michael and Fiona share a moment on the beach.

Michael and Fiona

  • “Thank you for not giving up”- Fiona
  • “Consider it payback of the thousand times you never gave up on me”- Michael
  • Michael asks Fiona to sit out the next mission.
  • “Have you ever thought you deserve better then this?”- Michael
  • “All I wanted was to be by your side, I’m not leaving it again”- Fiona
  • “Lets go find the bastard who killed your brother”- Fiona
  • Rebecca is called to see if she knows if Anson had any enemies.
  • Madeline wont speak to Michael following his brothers death.
  • Rebecca won’t answer and she is hiding out at Sam’s girlfriends (Elsa) place. They suspect someone could of got to her.
  • They show up and Rebecca is gone, a planned escape.
  • “Rebecca played us!”- Michael
  • They suspect she got away with plenty of time to kill Anson and Nate.
  • Michael asks Sam to get his girlfriend to pull the phone records for the whole floor.
  • (We finally meet Elsa)
  • Elsa’s son Evan has got himself into some trouble and she asks Sam to check in on him.
  • What is supposed to be a simple job……
  • Evan owes a loan shark a lot of money. Sam and Jesse got involved in a not so simple job now.
  • Morris- Not  a decent guy (Chuck fans will know him as Clyde Decker)
  • Meanwhile Michael and Fiona are looking through phone records go to check out a print shop that Rebecca called looking to have fake ID’s made.
  • “When we shot, we shot to kill”- Michael
  • Sam/Jesse /Evan are tasked with stealing a truck supposedly filled with champagne. They’ll later find out its full of drug making supplies.
  • Michael/Fiona take over the print shop and get the owner to call Rebecca to tell her, her ID’s are ready. They plan an ambush.
  • Sam talks to Evan and tries to figure out why he’s always giving his mom hell.
  • Sam/Evan/Jesse mange to steal the truck. They open it and find an MDMA lab on wheels. Sam and Evan get into a heated fight over all the crap he got them into.
  • Back at the print shop Rebecca show up but catches on and runs.
  • “Once someone uses force the game changes entirely”- Michael
  • Rebecca shoots Michael, Michael shoots Rebecca who gets away.
  • Sam/Evan/Jesse are being chased my Morris and his armed men.
  • Jesse works on constructing explosives.
  • “There’s a reason bomb makers are fussy about there work spaces when a stray spark or dropped breaker can end more then just your career you take every precaution to operate in a safe, stable environment, of course when your in the field you don’t always get what you want so if you need to build improved explosives in the back of a moving truck you keep your head down, stay focused and you pray nothing blows up before its supposed to.”
  • The explosives by them some time. Sam call in reinforcements.
  • “Remember when I said I didn’t need you to help with that thing with Elsa’s son… I got a truck full of drugs and some angry guys with guns in the rear view”- Sam to Michael
  • Morris shots the trucks gas tank. “Scratch that were not going to make it back to Miami and we need a new plan fast”- Sam
  • Michael poses as a dirty cop and lets the club owners know where there stolen truck is as a ploy to get them after Morris.
  • Sam/Jesse/Evan setup a trap with Ether allowing them to get away.
  • Michel shows up with the angry club owners to find Morris at there tuck.
  • Morris is killed.
  • Sam arranges a sit down with Evan and his mom Elsa. Sam bring a bottle of liquor and says there to spend some quality time together and not leave util the bottle is gone.
  • Michael and Fiona got back to Michael’s house to find Rebecca there.
  • “I didn’t kill your brother Michael”- Rebecca
  • “I wanted to kill him (Anson) more then anybody on the planet but I didn’t, I was still in Florida when he died.”- Rebecca
  • “You don’t have to believe me, shoot me if you want but im not going to run from you. Were either good or were not you decide”- Rebecca
  • Michael lets Rebecca go.
  • “I’m sorry for your loss, I hope you find the son of a bitch that pulled the trigger”- Rebecca

Nathan’s Funeral (The look on Michael’s face says it all)

Michael and Madeline

Final Thoughts

This episode reinvigorated Burn Notice and shows that the story has a long way to go before it gets stale.

What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Aaron Zaffuto @zaffuto234


  • “In prison there is no such thing as good attention, its better to be a number then to be known because with anonymity comes safety so whether your dealing with a fellow inmate or the warden herself the last thing you want is for your name to be on there mind”- Michael Westen
  • Fiona gets a visitor request from Michael.
  • “When you’ve been marked for death hiding is a short term strategy. It might buy you time but it won’t solve your problem to do that you need contact, it means exposing yourself to more potential threats but it also means having the opportunity to find potential allies.”- Michael Westen
  • Fiona seek information on who is tying to kill her from Ayn.
  • Ayn- “Anything you need”
  • “Info like that doesn’t come cheap”- Ayn
  • Pierce is meeting with Michael and Jesse she received a voice mail from Anson.
  • “Agent Pierce this is Anson Fullerton you’ve been making life awfully hard for me lately. Now im sure Michael’s filled your head with lies but I am not the monster he makes me out to be and to prove it I’d like to offer you an olive branch. I’ve had a chance to read your personale file and I noticed you spent many years trying to find out what happened to Jay Tuneburgh I’d like to help”- Anson
  • “Jay and Pierce were engaged”- Michael
  • “This was waiting for me at home his name is Ahmed Demore, meet the man who killed my fiance”- Agent Pierce
  • Jay was working undercover gathering intelligence on the Syrian Military before they cold pull him out Ahmed killed him.
  • Ahmed is now a CIA asset, he is getting rich selling the same intel he stole from Jay and the CIA is protecting him.
  • “So this murderer is living the high life in Bermuda on the agencies dime. That is nice work if you can get it.” Jesse 
  • Pierce was ordered to let it go but she can’t do that.
  • “Has it occurred to you that Anson knew Ahmed was protected when he dropped his name? He knows your helping us get Fe out of prison he wants you to throw your career away”- Michael
  • “I get it Westen but some things are more important then a career”- Agent Pierce
  • Michael offers to help bring down Ahmed and goes to speak with Sam.
  • “Hate to say it mike but I think your mouth wrote a check your butt can’t cash”- Sam
  • Michael wants to find the hard drive with the stolen intel Ahmed has so only then can he be touched.
  • “Sam if I don’t help Pierce she’s going to ruin her career, without her at the agency I’ll never get Fe out of prison”- Michael
  • Michael/Sam want to isolate Ahmed on a cruise he is taking, make him think he’s sick and if he doesn’t think he’s going to make it he’ll start talking.  
  • Michael gathers the Westen clan as his team.
  • Ayn offers to find out who is trying to kill Fiona in exchange for a favor.
  • Michael/Pierce brief Madeline and Nate with vague details. 
  • “Come on mom you know how this works the details are probably classified or whatever can’t you just be happy helping out Mike”- Nate
  • “This isn’t watering someones plants while there out of town your asking us to fly to another county with a fake ID dealing with spies”- Madeline
  • “No this is about me Ahmed didn’t just steal information he killed my fiance”- Agent Pierce
  • “Effective interrogations take many forms but usually include three key elements. First you need a target with the intel your after then you need an interrogation team there job is to secure the target and do whatever it takes to obtain actionable intelligence but getting useful information doesn’t matter if you can’t move on it which is why you need a support team in the field”- Michael   
  • “And of course the whole system breaks down if someone kills the target before he can talk”- Michael
  • “I just want the son of a bitch to suffer like Jay did”- Agent Pierce
  • “Don’t worry in about six hours Ahmed will wish he was dead. The plan only works if he can hold it together”- Michael
  • Michael fakes being from the CDC after they poison Ahmed and get the place quarantined.
  • Michael/Pierce convince Ahmed that he has a deadly virus and that his home where his son is will have to be searched to find the source of the virus.
  • Back in the prison Ayn shows up with supplies Fiona needed to get a cell door from opening.
  • “Do you know how hard it is to get fireworks this time of year”- Ayn
  • (Apparently the writers didn’t know of the schedule when that line was written) 
  • Sam/Nate/Madeleine pose as CDC agents to search Ahmed’s house and get a tracker on his son Sherife.
  • Sam uses yogurt to fake a positive test for meningitis.
  • “Your gonna finish this if you don’t your going to regret it for the rest of your life” Jesse to Pierce
  • Ahmed who is convinced he’s dying admits to his son on a bugged phone where the stolen files are.
  • Back in prison.
  • “Sabotage is best done in private when know one is around to see it, if you don’t have that luxury you have to take certain precautions . Its crucial to conceal the real reasons for your movements so people don’t get suspicious. Its also a good idea to use time delay devices so when the fun starts you’ll be know where near it”- Michael
  •  Sam/Nate track Sherife to the stolen files.
  • “A successful ambush can end a battle before it ever begins. To pull one off you need two key factors, the element of surprise and superior positioning”- Michael
  • “The best staging area offers a clear view of your target while providing plenty of cover for you of course it doesn’t matter how good of position your in if your the one that gets surprised”- Michael
  • Sherife is selling the files to Russians. Sam and Nate are able to secure the files after a gun battle.
  • Agent Pierce comes clean to Ahmed.
  • “There is no virus, we have the information your murdered Jay for, we have your son. Im not killing you Ahmed but believe me your life is over”- Agent Pierce
  • Back in prison.
  • “Who ever it is that tried to kill you is working with a dirty ass guard”- Ayn
  • “Just write down what you want your boyfriend to know, I’ll make sure it gets delivered. Works better for both of us”- Ayn
  • Michael gets to see Fiona in an emotional heartfelt moment.
  • “Im gonna get you out I promise you that and were getting close”- Michael
  • “I love you too Michael”- Fiona
  • As Michael is leaving he gets the letter that Ayn had gotten someone to drop on the floor for him.
  • “Michael someone is trying to have me killed in here, on the back of this note you’ll find the name and address of a guard who is working with them. Do what you can. Please hurry”- Fiona
  • The guard is Matt Sturges
Final Thoughts
Burn Notice continues to maintain the action and suspense even though going to into its sixth season. This season continues to get better with each episode.
Burn Notice returns Thursday July 12th at 9/8c on USA Network. Episode 6×04 “Under The Gun” Promo.