Burn Notice Review: Selling Your Soul

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With regular reviewer Jim Garner off covering Comic Con in San Diego (lucky bastard), I jumped at the chance to review this week's Burn Notice.

"Under the Gun" picked up just hours after last week's powerful scene where Michael visited Fiona in prison, and he was obviously still reeling from the experience.

Fiona's got a target on her back and now Michael knows it. When he later told Rebecca that there was nothing he wouldn't do, I completely believed him. He'll do anything it takes to take down Anson and free Fiona.

Speaking of Fi, she's tired, scared, not eating much and marked for death. All of the lifers were looking for a payday for taking her out and her only ally was Ayn. But can she really trust her?

When Fiona called for help and couldn't get Michael, I knew Maddie would step in and try to handle it herself. Unfortunately when Ayn said her ex had won the biggest bastard in Florida award, she wasn't kidding.

Michael Helps Sam

When Michael came back later and broke the man's arm, I almost couldn't blame him. When someone threatens to knock out your mom's teeth, they deserve a little pay back.

Anson was elusive yet again but he sent one of his minions in his place. It would be easier if Rebecca were just another bad guy but she's stuck doing Anson's bidding as a way to save her brother. And as Michael explained in this Burn Notice quote, it's a position he understood all too well.

 I know what it's like to save someone close to you by selling your soul a piece at a time. | permalink

But if you thought all of this angst might have made this episode a little too heavy, never fear. Sam was there to keep the one liners rolling as Rebecca dragged him through the swamp.

From the moment he quipped you picked me because I'm the cute one, right? I knew Sam's kidnapping was going to be fun. From exploding fuel trucks to threatening hillbilly meth heads with C4, Sam never lost his cool. That was until he called Elsa.

Obviously Sam's found true love because who else would you think to call when you've got a bomb strapped to you and one last phone call you can make. For Sam's sake, and Elsa's, I hope Anson couldn't over hear that call. The guy's already far too good at destroying lives wherever he goes.

So how long can Fiona last in prison? And why does Anson want her dead anyway? Can Michael trust Rebecca? And when will we have a real Michael and Fiona reunion?

Season six may be one of the best seasons of Burn Notice yet. I simply can't wait for more.


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I don't know who is funnier Sam Ax or Chuck Finley :)As soon as that guy threatened Maddie I said "you just messed with Micheal Westen's mom you'd better start praying buddy." I would broken the pricks arm too.


If this show wasn't a USA show i bet anson would have been killed a long time ago. God i miss 24...


I thought it was a great episode. You knew from the start that it would take a number of episodes to get Fiona out, and yet the complaints keep coming. So why watch. I think Michael realizing that Fiona is basically his life, is what has been building up since the start of the series, and is a natural progression. So having him upset at Fiona's situation is understandable. Fiona is a badass, but when she is clearly out numbered and also trapped being in prison, she can't get away. This is a great series and continues to be.


I like the serialization. Sam was funny.


With how Horrible suit is im glad I have these show to look forward too


TB, you can extrapolate that concept to each season. I started watching around Season 3 and have noticed that JUST as Michael figures out (or thinks he's figured out) who burned him, he finds himself in service to another villain and has to dig himself out yet again. Unless the writers come up with some new twist that doesn't repeat this backstory, this could be my last season.


Sorry fans, and I have always counted myself among them, this season's theme has gotten so repetitive from week to week that it could have been done as a two-hour special. Anson, the All Powerful, just die already so we can move on. Michael, would you stop whining. And Fiona, Fiona. You're the toughest of all of 'em. Stop being so scared all the time as yet another prisoner wants to kill you.


It took me a few minutes to piece together why Rebecca was even at the Everglades house in the first place; then it dawned on me that Anson probably wanted him killed (so he can't be an ally for Fiona) and sent Rebecca to do it. As for why Anson wants Fiona dead um....maybe so she can't testify against him?


I have a feeling that not Rebecca brother that someone Anson want killed and he and rebecca are using Michael weakest of having a little brother to get what they want

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Burn Notice Season 6 Episode 4 Quotes

It's hard to interrogate your target if he's dealing with a gunshot wound. It's even harder if he's dead.


That may be the most evasive answer you have ever given me and you can be pretty evasive.