How do you keep Burn Notice from going totally dark and depressing after an event such as Nate’s death? That was one of the questions asked of Matt Nix after last week’s episode, to which he replied that there were some fun episodes and good humor coming up.
This week "Reunion" brought us our first dose of the enjoyment, as we finally got to meet Sam’s girlfriend Elsa. After years of Sam talking to her on the phone or mentioning her in passing, Nix provided an unexpected sweet treat.
And it was totally worth the wait. She is successful, smart, and if Charlie Harper is any judge, beautiful. Had you asked me to describe what Elsa might look like, I’m pretty sure I would not have picked anyone near as lovely as Jennifer Taylor. Way to go, Sam! Now we know why you have been keeping her under wraps, you’re afraid someone my try and steal her away.
We also met Elsa’s son Evan (Brando Eaton) who is your typical rich kid screw up that Sam and Jesse have to help get out of trouble. Of course that trouble was in the form of Loan Shark Morris. Richard Burgi has been turning up on a few of my favorite shows. He seemed so at ease as Morris I thought he had been on the show before. I was stunned to find out this was his only appearance.
While the Three Musketeers were out trying to keep Evan from getting broken knees, Fiona and Michael got a lead on Rebecca. I was thrilled, as she was first on my list in last week’s Burn Notice Round Table as the person who shot Nate and Anson.
I’m not surprised often by shows, but I completely did not see her turning up at Michael’s place to give up to him and convince him she wasn’t behind Nate’s death. My second shock? Him letting her go. Watching her leave told me two things right then:
- Rebecca is going to turn back up, I’m betting to help Michael.
- We are all going to be completely shocked when we learn who killed Nate.
Finally, we had Nate’s funeral service, (or at least the end of it). Was anyone else taken aback that neither Card nor Pearce made it to the service to support Michael? I was surprised Sam was flying solo given that we finally met Elsa, But then again they may have still been working on the "liquid family counseling" that Sam left them.
What did you think of the first episode following Nate’s death? Did you find it odd the episode was titled "Reunion" and we barely touched on Fiona and Michael being back together? Was Michael somber/sad enough? Is Michael going to a dark place given he told Fiona not to use beanbag rounds and he shot Rebecca? As always, stop by our Burn Notice quotes section to see if your favorites made the cut!
Musical Note: The song playing at Nate's service is "By My Side" by William Fitzsimmons.
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.