The second hour of the Burn Notice Season 6 finale (Read my review of "You Can Run" now) certainly didn't pull any punches. If I hated Riley before, "Game Change" proved that there was more room to add some dislike.
When Riley promised to chase Michael to the ends of the earth to get him, I didn't realize that the ends of the earth were in Miami. Did anyone else find it funny that Michael finally left the city on a boat only to be stopped by the Coast Guard he called?
I admit that I was surprised that super agent Riley actually went to the dark side and contracted with the enemy to have Michael and the gang killed. Once I got past the shock, I realized it gave Michael the opening he needed to clear his name, especially if his “friend” CSS Agent Bly (Alex Carter) was willing to help.
Sadly, it turned out Matt Nix did have another character death up his sleeve. While I’m thankful it wasn't Sam, I’m a little sad that it was instead Bly. It’s kind of poetic really that we last saw Bly in the season premiere, “Scorched Earth,” and he died in the season finale.
I've like Carter’s work, from CSI as Det. Vartann to his appearances on Burn Notice. He’s a quality actor and was a lot of fun to watch play off of Donovan in this episode. With Bly being his last real option for an ally, I didn't see how Michael was going to stop Riley at all, much less be the end of the hour.
You would think after six seasons I would have a little more faith and know that the questions we had going into the hour would be answered, even if we did end up with all new questions.
Answers Revealed: Yes, the team survived and it looks like they will be getting their names cleared, remaining Miami.
Questioned Added: What the hell did Michael trade to save his friends? Judging by the suit and the instructions he was giving, I’m guessing that he took Cards old position and has been tasked with helping assure there are not any more rogue agents running loose.
It’s possible he was given Olivia’s position, but either way I didn't completely understand Fiona’s reaction. Yes, I realize that he had told her he was quitting, but if the choice is “you rejoin for a year” or “your friends go to jail forever” it doesn't take a rocket scientist to do the math.
What do you think? What did Michael trade for everyone’s freedom?
Overall, I’m giving this 5 sharp suits out of five for an outstanding finale that put Michael back on the path to being the good guy we all know and love. See you in 2013 for Burn Notice Season 7!
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.