Burn Notice Review: Protecting Those You Love

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On the 100th episode of Burn Notice - "Forget Me Not" - a ruggedly scruff-looking Michael found himself back in Miami with Strong.

Their goal? Stop Dexter Gamble after he discovered that Michael is actually still working for the CIA.

It feels like our hero has a long road of ahead of him before he'll be comfortable in Miami again. Watching Michael and Madeline in the parking garage absolutely tore me apart. I hate seeing the latter in pain and fear and I really hate to see her and Michael fighting.

Michael’s current situation is doing nothing but scaring and hurting his mother. But at least she got to hug him before she left. I hope she can forgive him when he finally returns.

Scruffy-Rugged Michael

Then you have Michael’s friends, Sam and Jesse, who were quick to forgive their pal and offer their help, while Fiona is clearly still in pain.

I know she's just angry at him right now... but she has to realize how much he loves her, right? Come on, Fiona, he remembered your childhood story and used it to save your life after all! Cut him a little slack! 

Speaking of remembering, the flashbacks to Fiona and Michael’s early days were interesting, but they began to drag a little towards the end. Anyone who’s watched the show for more than one season knows how in love Michael and Fiona are, so we were really only getting some filler and the reference to her goodbye kiss. That could have been done a little quicker.

As for our bad guys, I actually found Dexter Gamble (Nick Tarabay of Spartacus) an intriguing character. He was kind of an "Evil Michael Westen." Think about it: he was doing a job he was paid for (it wasn't personal), he was great at deception - and had no problem with improvising weapons. 

Obviously what makes him the evil version of Michael was that he took hostages and was willing to kill on a whim and without much in the way of regret or loss of sleep. Watching him get taken out by high-powered guns in slow-motion was both satisfying and saddening. 

However, with Gamble out of the way, we can now focus on Burke. I realized during this episode that Randall Burke may turn out to be the very last big bad guy Michael brings down. With only 11 episodes remaining in Burn Notice Season 7 and therefore the series, I don’t think they can develop Burke fully, stop him and still introduce another bad guy to take out. 

My hopes for this season are that Michael is able to realize how good he had it in Miami without the CIA and get back to his friends and family. Oh, and for the love of all that is romantic in the world, Fiona and Michael make up and get back together. Is that too much to ask?

Overall I’m giving this episode 4.5 Irish Whiskey shots in honor of Fiona and Michael’s first meeting. Here’s hoping she can be a brave little angel and forgive Michael.


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WOW!! Thats the great series for me ever. I love the flashbacks to Ireland mostly in this series. Kissing scene was too perfect & adorable..Have write review on this series @ http://goo.gl/vmkj1


Good to see Nick back after Spartacus. What is the watch Nick is wearing in the last scene on Burn Notice?


I loved this episode. It was great seeing all flashbacks on how Michael and Fiona met. I wanted to cry at the end when Fiona gave Michael the kiss off. I know that she is mad at him, but I hope deep down that she realizes just how much he loves her and would do anything for her. I am so sad that this show is ending, but at least reunite Michael and Fiona before it does.


Outstanding episode. The flashbacks and last kiss were beautiful and dramatic. I love this show because of its character depth, love of the team for one another, Sam's humor, and good plots. What differentiates this series further is when the team helps underdogs go up against tough odds. Kindness amidst the tough situations. Please don't let ithe showc degenerate into mindless Violence. Also, I am hoping this series goes beyond this year. If not, please let it end upbeat. Great work, Matt and Jeffery.


I loved this episode it was a great 100th episode. It not surprising Michael remembered Fiona's story and I was a little surprised that she was kind of suprized that he remembered it. When she kissed Michael at the end and then we flashe back to her kisssing the one dude like that and Michael saying that's the kiss you give when it's truly over I was like what no Michael and Fiona can never be over they love each other and they always will they fight all the time but eventually get over it. I believe they'll be together in the end and I feel like her boyfriend now might die because for some reason I don't think they'll just break up. I can't wait to the next episode but I woulnt be able to watch it Thursday next weekwhen it's on like I did with this one which sucks but I'll watch it Sunday so it's not so bad.


Love, Love Loved this episode. There was excitement, intrigue and romance. Liked seeing how much Mike not only cares for Fiona, he also cares for his friends and he proved it by saving their lives.
I appreciated the background story on how Mike and Fiona met. The historical aspect of their relationship was introduced with the current story perfectly. I admire Mike and Fiona's relationship - they truly love each other and I hope when the episode ends - they will ride off into the sunset together. Great writing, great directing - super cast --- can't wait for next week's show.


I really like the Fiona character but sort of wished she hadn't moved on quite so quickly. Still, this wasn't the first time he'd disappeared on her so I doubt I'd give him an easy pass either. And does anybody know the reason for giving her the last name Glenanne? I mean of all the Irish sir names, what is up with giving her one that was so attached with the Northern Irish Loyalists when she was supposed to be IRA?


I think this was my favorite episode ever. I loved how they showed the flashbacks of Fi and Michael. It was interesting to see more of their background. It brought more emotion to the show which, until now, I had no idea was lacking. The action and laughs is usually enough for me but I loved the added sentimentality. I hope they show more of fi and Michael flashbacks and wouldn't mind seeing some of Michael and Sam either. The "be brave little angel" was a nice touch -- fitting it into the strategy. I'm also glad that fi brushed him off but I didn't see that coming! I thought she was going to kiss Michael and when she didn't I was just like, "whoa!" I hope the rest of the season is this good.


The Irish flashbacks were cheesy and there I say racist.The Aran sweaters, the drinkingm the guns. All we needed were Leprachauns to appear.


I loved the Irlend flashbacks of Fi and Michael, however I hope Matt Nix doesn't keep Fi and Michael apart too long. I have been a fan of the show since the start. So, I really want Fi and Michael to get back together. Michael has never told Fiona he loves her. Sam, Jesse and Mattie should help get them back together. Please don't wait until next to the last episode to reunite them. Make it sexy and romantic Fiona desire it, she has waited for Michael to chose her since the start of this series. She still loves Michael, she is looking and hoping he will come around, and at the same time she will not wait around for him to figure it out.

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Burn Notice Season 7 Episode 2 Quotes

Jesse: The Lone Ranger routine may feel noble, but it's going to get you killed one day.
Sam: Actually, even Lone Ranger had Tonto and a horse.
Jesse: Yeah, [points to himself] Tonto. [points to Sam] Horse.

Madeline: Can I hold my son? Is that allowed?
Michael: [turns and hugs her]