After taking last week off so that we could celebrate July Fourth, Burn Notice brought its own fireworks out to play, as Michael continued to try and get out of Cuba in "Exit Plan."
I’m not sure what surprised me more about the beginning of this episode: that so little was actually said about Burke or the Michael found and got Sonya to trust him before I could get completely settled on the couch.
I was really expecting him to have to work for her trust, maybe a test at the cigar factory, that's why they were waiting alone. Well, I guess fighting their way past the Russian military after Oksana killed Sonya’s former contact was a pretty good test of trust.
That said, I have to admit: I am really liking Alona Tal as Sonya. The conversation below with Michael about why he had such a low body county had just a hint of admiration without being fully fan-girl on him.
Sonya: I realized you only kill when it's absolutely necessary. See after a while I could look at a diagram of operations pretend who you'd let live.
Michael: So your theory was that I'm noble.
Sonya: Or just weak.
On the flip side of the coin, of course, was Colonel Oksana. The choice of the short pixie haircut, heavy eye liner mixed with her platinum blonde hair and complete white suite gave her such a striking look that when you added in the cold-blooded Russian assassin attitude she made a helluva adversary.
There were a few minutes where I wondered if Michael, Sonya, Jesse and "The Chin" were going actually to make it out of Cuba at all... much less in a single episode. Oksana was so amazingly well played by Marina Benedict, is it wrong that I hope she turns up again?
Finally, we had Fiona facing off with Strong in Miami. Did anyone else expect her to use the old Michael Corleone line “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in” when she was telling Carlos she couldn’t go with him? I know Fiona is angry at Michael, but this seems a bit pig-headed even for her.
I’m not sure what going to happen with the two of them now. I can’t imagine bringing home a cute and attractive Russian with the skills to rival Michael is going to win him any brownie points with her. As for Sonya, I have to agree with Jesse and Sam; they better not turn their backs on her.
Overall, I’m giving the episode 4.7 exploding cars in honor of an awesome pyrotechnic show that Michael put on and another excellent outing by Michael and the gang.
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.