Burn Notice: Friends Like These
by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 31st 2009 3:02AM
(S03E08) In the latest Michael adventure, our hero was hell-bent on getting back into intelligence work – nothing new, really. However, that meant dancing with Strickler, a foxtrot that Fiona was reluctant to take part in ...
More on Fiona's vulnerabilities after the jump. Meanwhile, another job popped up when Barry, money launderer and occasional member of the Michael troupe of operatives, called in all his favors and became the client.
Whoa! Was that a product plug? Granted, the Burn Notice episode was sponsored by MGD 64, but during the show, to cut to a huge close-up of the bottle was overkill. I expect something more ingenious than that from Nix and company.
Kind of like Sam explaining that the cleaner was staying at the Wages Motel at the exact moment that William Wages credit was flashed on screen as the director of photography. See, now that's ingenious.
It was a nice surprise to see Debi Mazar as Amy! She's the epitome of TV tough chick (have you seen her curse like a sailor on Entourage?). Fiona showed her what tough really was by throwing a brick at her car and setting off the bomb. Amy wound up weeping like a baby. Sadly, when Michael told her to get out of town, she did. That was Debi's only scene. I'm hoping she'll come back in the future when she and Barry reconnect ...
The show was full of great Sam stuff. His new undies for a getaway with Mrs. Reynolds for starters. Calling the rendezvous "Sam's love-capade" ... Sammy-time. He even contributed his love nest into the location for a double interrogation. Taking on Natalie's interrogation, Sam again turned romantic, saying, "She's a delicate flower. Luckily, I have a green thumb."
Two scenes felt funky to me, and one was pure bait-and-switch. Sam getting emotional with the Serbian prisoner was off. Sam's too experienced to let a guy get under his skin. And while Sam did get bashed in an exchange with the guy, he bested him with the pistol. Good for Sam. On the other hand, I was disappointed that Fiona fell for Natalie's act. Fiona's soft side is one of her most appealing features, but her instincts in a scam usually are sharper than shown here.
But there was a reason for exposing Fiona's underbelly. That slap on the face that Michael delivered to save Fi from Natalie was the straw that broke her back. Michael was sincerely sorry that he hit her, and he meant every word of the apology, but Fiona was pissed beyond reason. She managed to finish the case, but the hurt was real.
Michael's references to playing poker played out in the end. Fiona put all her chips in the pot and told Michael that if he chose to stick with Strickler, she was leaving Miami. She walked out of the loft and, perhaps, out of Michael's life. So Michael went to the Strickler assignment sans Fiona.
In the end, Michael got what he wanted. Diego called to say important people were looking into his burn notice. Despite the news, Michael didn't look happy. It was a hollow victory. And next week it looks like Fiona's fears about working with Strickler were on target. Snap!