Burn Notice Review: Who Died?

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If we learned nothing else from "Necessary Evil," it was that you should never open a package sent to you from a psychopathic killer no matter how harmless he makes it sound.

Rest is peace, Benny, I'm sad that Anson decided to have you rest in pieces. Sorry, too soon?

I would like to say we will miss Benny, but the truth is we didn’t know him. He was only in one other episode and that's just not enough time to get attached. 

Sam, Jesse and Michael

I feel like Benny was a missed opportunity for some great story telling. Matt Nix and his team could have been showing us Madeline and Benny getting cozy and closer and completely playing up the “nice guy” to get us attached. Sadly, this didn't take place.

It’s a shame, too, as the “reluctant bad guy” is something we all have gotten very familiar with lately via the rotten things Anson has Michael doing for him. I’m sure we would have sided with Benny even more than we did the way things unfolded had we gotten a chance to know him. 

However, you can certainly see where Michael gets his emotional strength. Madeline was able to honor her word of finding the truth and planting the bug just as she said she would. I don't know many people who could have done that. 

Speaking of Madeline, have you noticed that she is not smoking anymore? They showed her with a cigarette just before she went to the police station with Jesse, but  I don't remember seeing her smoking at all since then. I’m not sure if it’s a story decision, a Sharon Gless decision or just an oversight. 

Did anyone else catch Pearce’s smile at Michael at the end of the episode? I’m crossing my fingers that this means she is beginning to forgive him fully. I still think she and Jesse would make a cute couple. Sadly, I don’t think anyone writing the show agrees with me. 

Finally ,there is no episode next week due to Thanksgiving. So I will see you all in two weeks for the home stretch of the final three episodes for the season.

Which makes me wonder, do you think we will see the final resolution with Anson in just three episodes? If so, how do you see it going down?

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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Burn Notice Season 5 Episode 15 Quotes

Jesse: So they want you to go in?
Michael: Not me, you guys.
Jesse: Ok, kind of buried the lead there Michael.

Fiona: Michael, you already destroyed CIA records; how far are you willing to go for this?
Michael: All the way.