Burn Notice Review: Pearcing Justice

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After last week’s absence, Agent Pearce returned with both guns blazing in "Last Rites," where she was willing to throw her career away to take down the man that killed her fiancé. 

I’m glad Michael convinced Pearce to let him, Jesse and the rest of the Scooby gang help. I thought the group dynamics were interesting. You had Jesse, Pearce and Michael pulling off the act on the boat, while Sam was wrangling rookies Madeline and Nate back on the mainland. 

Sam, Maddie, & Nate

I knew Ahmed never stood a chance; the spy-power of those three was going to be way more than he would ever be able to expect. I had my concerns over Madeline and Nate helping. Actually, thinking about it, I was worried about Nate mostly. Madeline has assisted Michael so often she needs a “Junior CIA Agent” badge. But Nate? He gets a bit cocky. Just look at how he shot past the guy instead of up in the air as Sam told him. 

Thankfully it all went off without a hitch and Pearce will be able to find some closure on her fiancé’s murder. Has anyone else noticed how often Jesse uses her first name? The way he was able to talk her down from the rafter and get her to finish the job without losing it was great.

Also, am I seeing things or was Pearce working and acting like Michael? Could Michael have a protege? I wonder if this means that she will trust him completely now and that any hard feelings for previous deceptions are smoothed over. 

Meanwhile in prison, with no sign of Nicole, Fiona made a new friend in the form of the smuggler Ayn. I like Ayn, she seems to be an honorable thief at this point and she has kept her word to Fiona so far. I suspect we are going to see more of her. Anyone want to take bets on how long till she's "the client" for Fiona?

But by far the most powerful scene in this episode - and so far on Burn Notice Season 6 - was Michael and Fiona’s first face to face since her arrest. Jeffrey Donovan deserves recognition for this performance. Without any words you can tell how much Michael loves and misses Fiona.

Michael and Fiona Visit

While Michael and Fiona didn’t have much time together, at least Fiona was able to smuggle the information she needed to him (thanks to Ayn) and now Michael is on the case to find out who is trying to kill Fiona. Things are really heating up for the summer!


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I am glad I am not the only one that cried... I thought the scene at the end was awesome.
I thought this was one of the best Burn Notice episodes ever!
I have finally really started warming up to Jesse.
I hate seeing Michael act all un-Michael like in the last couple of episodes, like not being fast enough to kill Anson - please I hate that guy! And being dorky about learning his lines in this episode and not getting the note drop faster. Maybe they are just trying to demonstrate he is just off his game without Fi around.


No doubt Anson is behind whoever is trying to kill Fiona. I have no doubt he will be back before the end of the season. Anson will fall, he can't stay one step ahead forever.


@Joe (cont) You're entitled to your opinions, and I respect that. I just think the criticism would be better served directed at the season opener from two weeks ago: Unlike *that* by-the-numbers affair, this episode was actually decent and had a modicum of gravitas. Agree to disagree, I suppose.


@Joe That's quite a load of incorrect observations being used to backup some poorly directed critcism. Mike has sent his family into harms way dozens of times--Maddy in particular. Whether YOU believe it or not, it's perfectly consistent with the established tone of the show. The drop you alluded to was executed in a serviceable fashion for this type of show--this isn't exactly 'The Night Manager.' And why is it so hard to believe Michael has to "learn lines?" Whenever Mike takes on a cover identity, any intelligent viewer would assume he needs to "study up" beforehand--in this case, they decided to show it instead of gloss over it. His mention of Fiona was simply a heavy-handed--but not "out of left field"--reference to their separation. And if Donovan's performance was "acting 101," so be it. The point is he pulled it off extremely well. There are dozens of actors (incredulously) starring on more high profile shows who can't convey the simplest emotions. You're entitled to your opinions, but they'd be better directed at the season opener a couple of weeks ago: Unlike that by-the-numbers affair, this episode was actually decent and had a modicum of gravitas. Credit where credit is due.


I've seen a few people mention that the song near the end was "The Reach" by Miranda Lee Richards, which should be released on or before 7/7/2012


That final scene with Michael and Fi was totally heartbreaking. I hope she can get out of there pretty soon. I don't know how much more of their pain I can watch.
It was a great episode.


Mike's reaction in the scene with Fi is pretty much Acting 101- don't him him too much credit.


Can't buy Mike's sending his family into harm's way. Especially Nate. We know the bad guy's son is a psychotic, why chance it? And the dead drop is badly executed (the note is in front of him). Surely that would trigger a suspicious response from a trained operative. And Mike having trouble learning his lines? Please. That whole "Fiona used to help me" comes out of nowhere.


Pearce, Michael, and Jessie make a good team. The guard seemed to be fooled too easily but I guess he doesn't need to be that quick. I'd never involve Nate in an op. Donovan's emotion at the end was good.


Checked out of the episode at 14 minutes in favor of Men's Gymnastics on NBC Sports. I'm sooooo tired of the Michael/Fiona drama. Love Maddie, Sam and Jesse. Ready for them to take over the show and open a detective agency. I think the show took a wrong turn when they got away from "somebody needs your help, Michael", which they still have in the shows opening credits.

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Burn Notice Season 6 Episode 3 Quotes

I hate to say brother, but your mouth may have written a check your butt can't cash.


This was waiting for me at home, meet the man who murdered my fiancé.