Burn Notice Review: The Not Very Good Guys

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Sigh. I miss Pearce even more now after watching “Official Business."

That's what happens when her replacement is none other than Agents Bailey and Manaro, who showed up to take advantage of their newest “asset” and mandate that Fiona assist them on a case.

Fiona Helps an Operative

Are Bailey and Manaro from the CMA? The Central Moron Agency? How can these to chuckle nuts be from the same department that brought us Tom Card and Daniel Pearce?!? Honestly, how have they not gotten themselves killed?

Typically, I really enjoy the characters Matt Nix comes up with. For example, this week Durov was creepy and sleazy, while Angela had me completely fooled with her innocent act, followed by the shocking reality of her traitorous real self.

But Bailey and Manaro just bug the crap out of me and I have figured out why: They are recycled characters from another Nix-created program!

Matthew Bailey and Gabriel Manaro are just versions of Jack Bailey and Dan Stark from The Good Guys. Think about it.... Matthew Bailey? Jack Bailey?!? Still not convinced? Fine, here you go:

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I was not a fan of that failed Fox series.

I watched the first half dozen episodes and I couldn’t suspend break my disbelief in order to get into it. Bringing that level of idiocy to Burn Notice works when it’s a bad guy, a client or one of Michael’s contacts - but having it be the Pearce’s replacement offends on more levels than I want to count.

Dumb and Dumber aside, Michael managed to finally get a strong lead on the man who killed Nate. Of course, that lead to the killer shooting the guy Michael and Sam were trying to get information out of while they were at lunch.

The only thing Michael managed to acquire was a name: Tyler Gray. What we know of Tyler Gray is that he is really good with a rifle, speaks Farsi and possesses serious training. Does anyone remember what Rebecca’s brother Trent had for qualifications? Trent is pretty close to Tyler. Could it be him?

Next week is the summer season finale. Be sure and check back here shortly afterwards for our review.


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Manaro and Bailey were pretty annoying. I didn't fell for Angela innocence I figure she was the bad guy right away. She is gorgeous hope to see more of this beauty in others shows or movies.


Someone is always pressuring Fiona or Michael to do something, can't this show work without the pressure? Where is Momma? I'm glad Fiona isn't in prison, but you're making Micheal look too mushey. I like the rest of the cast. They work well together.


Ditto on those two idiots, I know that there are some hard to believe moments on Burn Notice but this was beyond the scope of my imagination that these two cartoon characters who were more reminiscent of Tom & Jerry than CIA, what up?
In any event please make them go away and please AMAZE me for the final episode. Fiona who looks like she weighs 85 pounds soaking wet has always shown on this series that she had the extra large wrapped with a bow cojones! She can hold her own with the best of them.


They are building up for the finale so of course we still won't know exactly who Tyler Grey is. I still think Rebecca and her brother are in play here some how. Fiona was just awesome in the episode!


I LOVED how Fiona forced Angela to disarm the bomb and thus reveal that she was using Durov. As much as Fiona loves a good gunfight, nabbing the villain(ess) on wits alone deserves praise. Oh, and I don't like Manaro and Bailey either and I can say that in one sentence instead of taking up half the review.


This was one of the bett er show this season
What happend to the real burn notice

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Burn Notice Season 6 Episode 9 Quotes

Michael: Fi, how does a weekend in South Carolina sound? It's not Paris, but there will be lots of guns.
Fiona: Sounds lovely.

Michael: Do you think your girlfriend can loan me some items to look the part?
Sam: I hate this plan already.