Burn Notice Review: Shades Of Gray

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Going into the summer finale, viewers had the questions as Michael: Who is Tyler Gray? Is it Rebecca’s brother? Is it someone we’ve met? 

Surprisingly, we received part of that answer in the first five minutes of "Desperate Times," as Tom Card showed Michael a video of Tyler Gray breaking into a warehouse in Panama. While Card couldn’t send an official team down to Panama, he could allow Michael and the Scooby Gang to go (off the books) with Agent Brady Pressman - who led the operation that Nate died on - to capture Gray. 

Heading to Panama

Of course, things are never simple when it comes to Michael; he is up to his ears in regret. To start, he’s thinking about leaving the CIA, and who could blame him? He’s worked to get back in, but to what cost? Then there's Madeline. She blames him, blames herself, and blames the CIA. I feel for her. She has so much anger and can’t figure out how deal with it. 

Okay, she eventually finds an outlet in the form of blackmailing Card to learn about the events surrounding Nate’s death. Her conversation with Card about Nate and Michael - where Card gives her the analogy of bottles breaking differently - followed by the reassurance that everyone Michael has helped has her to thank was amazing. I had a full on man-crush on Card right at that moment.   

Regret aside, Michael and company managed to overcome a lot of obstacles to get their hands on Tyler Gray. Then the other shoe dropped: Gray was sent by Tom Card to kill Michael. To assure we had no doubts that Tyler’s intel was good, right after Card told him to stay put, the entire building was bombed by an F18.

I had said that we would shocked when we found out who killed Nate. I initially thought I was going to have to eat my words when Gray was shown and looked like a nobody. Then Matt Nix played his last card and trumped me with it being Card, who was behind some (if not all) of the events around Nate’s death.

WTF!? I haven't been this shocked in a reveal since I found out who shot J.R. Talk about one of the best cliff-hanger episodes EVER! Mr. Nix, I owe you a drink of your choice. Well done! 

What did you think of the summer finale? Did you like the twist and turns? Can you believe we need to now go months until a fresh Burn Notice episodes?!?


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Who honestly thought that Michael would capture Matt's killer, retire from the CIA and live happily ever after with Fiona while getting killer suntans on the beach? This show has always had the juxtaposition of Michael trying to get back on the right side of things while taking side jobs to rescue people. Card seemed so sincere with his bottle-breaking speech that we never suspected his motives. I'm along for the ride as long as Matt Nix wants to continue this series. I don't believe any of it, but I don't care.


The one thing we found out for sure in this episode is that Sharon Gless deserves an Emmy. I don't often cry while watching a TV show but Ms. Gless had me sobbing. While watching, she stopped being an actress and became the mother of a murdered child. Unbelievable performance.


Don't get me wrong, but does anyone else think there is no where else for this show to go since Michael knows who burned him and now the possibility of him getting out of the CIA? I think it's possible Card was in with Anson or part of "Management" .......I guess now the thing will be figuring out exactly why they want Michael dead. It's going to be interesting to see what the gang does with Gray. I think Sharon Gless deserves an Emmy for her performance in this episode.
I think Jeffrey Donovan deserves one for his performance in the episode where him and Fiona first saw one another after her going to jail.


Keeping with a Clint Eastwood theme: The good: it was an exciting episode where Brady Pressman showed some moxy as a field agent and absolute honor in death. That was the best scene. The bad: Jesse doing a John McClain impression with no shoes. There are 3 million terrorists in the world and Jesse had to pick one who has smaller feet than his sister when he finally gets a pair. I'm guessing his joke about picking glass out of his foot was Nix's attempt at humor, but it just wasn't funny. The ugly: Brain Drain yet again. Once the death squad knew exactly where to find Michael & Co. for the ambush either Brady or Card had to be dirty because they are the only two people at the CIA that knew enough about the operation so that Tyler Gray could locate the gang. At this point I kinda guessed the ending. My best guess is that Card was a member of management, or more likely was also being blackmailed by Anson. When Anson popped up on the CIA's radar Card had him taken out and Nate was just collateral damage. If Mike would have left things alone (which he never could
do) then life goes on "normally" for him. But instead he pushes the investigation and forces Card to tie things off before it gets back to him. Bring on the Fall and hopefully a season 7.


Remember that Matt Nix said that Anson was the end of the line for the people that burned him. But, that doesn't mean it's the end of the people who want Michael out of the way. I suspect Card's motives for wanting him dead is not what we think they might be.


The Card reveal does make sense, we just don't understand WHY he did it. He might be in league with Management or the CIA might have turned on Michael and the team. So many possibilities! :D


Great episode except the Card reveal didn't make sense and not in a good way.


Why card why?? I love seeing just how far deep the rabbitt hole goes. Honest to god I thought the backstaber would be Jesse. The scenes with mama Weston were golden. I love this show. I thought we'd have to wait till next year for new episodes glad its only till November. USA has the best one, two punch in all of televison with burn notice and suits I'd really hate to see them split up.


....annnnnnnnnnd true to form, we have a new villain to begin the new "season." I'm not sure I wanna keep going down this rabbit hole.


Now our gang is stuck in Panama. What in the hell will they do now? They are pretty resourceful they will figure out something. Can anyone tell me if Tom Card has been in play since the beginning of this series? At least it's a short wait till November...............then my guess is after that we'll have to wait till summer........ Excellent episode. Can't wait for Michael to get his hands on Card.

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