Burn Notice: Double Booked
(S02E08) I like it when old friends of the main character show up for a visit. Generally, because they inevitably give out some personal information. For example, it seems that Michael has had a fondness for yogurt for some time now. The other tidbit was that Michael didn't have such high moral fiber back when he was working for the government. I'm willing to bet it was the reconnection to his family and friends that brought him back from the dark side.
The other thing that visits from old friends bring us is cool guest stars. Tim Matheson doesn't work near enough for my tastes and to see him turn up as a douchebag ex-coworker of Michael's was fun.
Another bright spot of this episode was Amy Pietz whom I have been nuts about since she was the only watchable part of Caroline in the City. Pietz is that rare kind of actress that can make me believe her character and be smoking hot at the same time.
It's pretty clear by now that Michael is torn about his decision that he and Fiona remain friends and nothing more. The great part is that it gives Fi plenty of opportunities to rub that decision in his face. It's truly ironic how much Michael cares for Fi and yet she is an indispensable asset, therefore he has to keep their relationship as professional as he can. I guess he should feel lucky that Sam isn't a hot chick as well.
I found this particular assignment interesting because instead of kicking ass and outsmarting people, Michael was forced to play the protector, which is something he usually only does for his family. Of course, there's bound to be some kind of confrontation between Michael and Larry, but it seemed like it had been a long time since we'd seen Michael's softer side.
It's nice to see Zachary Bryan finally getting some work as an adult. I'm sure, like the others on Home Improvement, he never has to work again, but I admire a guy who will take such an unlikable role. It reminds me of all the evil parts Alan Alda took after he was done playing Hawkeye. Not that I'm comparing Brad Taylor to Hawkeye Pierce but you get the idea.
I loved the visit with the therapist. It's clear that he is completely useless but he will be a catalyst for Michael and Madeline getting closer. It's about time that they both realize they have more in common then meets the eye. That exterminator uniform should be evidence enough.
I wasn't too crazy about Fiona involving her new beau in the operation but I guess he'll need a really good reason to break it off with her, which he will eventually do. It's clear he doesn't have the stomach for that kind of excitement and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being collateral damage in a future episode.
The conversation between Michael and Larry was awesomely creepy. I really hope Larry returns to cause more trouble. It'll be nice to see Michael have to deal with someone who he actually has to be wary of.
As for Bill the sniper and Carla, I can't wait to see what happens.