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.
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.
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.