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Review: 'Burn Notice' - 'Noble Causes'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 5th 2010 12:45AM
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(S03E12)
Does Michael Weston work and play well with others? Umm, not really. He prefers being at the controls and calling the shots. Have you noticed that with Fiona and Sam, Michael is usually the de facto lead? And remember how he disliked working for Carla? Hence this relationship with Gilroy is problematic to say the least. This week was an example of just how difficult it's likely to be.

Gilroy played matchmaker by forcing Michael to team up with Claude, supposedly the best thief in the Western hemisphere. Michael assessed the situation and determined the best way to work with Claude was to sabotage him. Gilroy managed to trump Michael's ace, however. When Claude fell down on the job -- literally -- Gilroy eliminated him. Or he said he did. Oops. Michael hadn't anticipated that reaction. Gilroy is a deadly adversary.

The case of the week had Michael reluctantly helping out Sugar, the drug dealer he crippled a year ago to get him out of the building. Had Sugar's cousin not been an innocent dupe being used by a nasty SOB named Lynch in some nefarious scheme, Michael probably would have let Sugar walk away.

But Sugar's desire to "Go 'Mission: Impossible' on his ass," showed that he was the worst kind of client. He was all gung ho but stupid, stupid, stupid. That's how he got shot four times and nearly killed in the first act of the show. After saving the jerk, Michael was too invested to let Dougie be collateral damage.

There was something a wee bit formulaic about how one-note Lynch was. He was killing people right and left. Considering the fact that he was supposed to be a thief, it felt like the character should have had some restraint. It was overkill to make him a cold-blooded killer with a crew following his lead.

Nevertheless, it was sweet to watch Fiona, Sam and Michael figure out what Lynch's crew was doing -- even last minute -- and thwarting their plan with a bomb, a shoot out and knocking out the gas man. In the midst of all the action, slow Dougie quickly assessed that Chuck Finley -- one of Sam's favorite personas -- was more of a friend than Mr. Lynch had been.

Michael's plan to blow off Mom's invite to the "Take A Bite Out of Crime" award ceremony didn't work out once Raymond, aka Sugar, reminded him that family is family. It's just that simple. But Maddie really didn't give a damn about the award; she just wanted Michael to be there for her. His showing up was better than the crummy plaque.

Other points of interest

-- Planting a bug in a TV remote. Clever. Better yet was how Fiona managed to move the remote into the room where the guys were talking about the caper. She looked great in that dress, too.

-- The microwave bomb was similar to a bit done in the Steven Seagal movie 'Under Siege.' Michael made his a little more lethal with the flying silverware.

-- The placebo effect was a smarter way to get Bolo to cooperate than actually drugging the man.

-- How cool that Michael had no idea that Madeline has a hidden compartment in the closet! Like mother, like son.

-- Did Maddie actually think Michael would like that clip-on tie? What is he, 12 years old?

[Watch clips from 'Burn Notice' on SlashControl.]

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Peter

I saw on IMDB.com that Carlos Bernard (24) was supposed to be on this episode. What happened? Was IMDB mistaken?

February 12 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thepassenger

I really don't want to come off as a jerk, but if it's your job to write about a TV show--you do get paid to do this, right?--then shouldn't you make it your business to know the specifics and details of the show?

It's Westen, not Weston. After three seasons you ought to know how to spell the characters' names, and if you are unsure, all you have to do to confirm this is go to the show's web site.

Also, Michael got rid of Sugar in the show's first or second episode, which was in 2007, not a year ago.

February 08 2010 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
burnfan

So funny Maddie's getting an award for calling in cars being stolen by Michael. At last, Michael's getting paid for a job (10,000 big ones). Now we can stop wondering how he's going to cover this month's rent. Interesting to see that our heros can screw up occasionally. Loved the gadgetry and voiceovers this week, and the "slick" way Michael dispatches Claude. Gilroy is looking seriously sinister. Like where this is going.

Did this episode seem a little more disjointed than usual or was it just because we had to contend with so many bad guys--and commercials. This show is like a fine wine. You can't just gulp it. You have to watch an episode more than once to really appreciate the nuances.

February 06 2010 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bnfanmab

maddy's character is really getting fleshed out this year. i loved the hidden closet and michael's reaction! the explosions/fires/smoke were fun and inventive this week also. gilroy is a little scarier than carla ever was. looking forward to how this season finishes!

February 05 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cgar

Is it just me or does this show have the worst HD in the history of HDTV?
Every other show I watch is in crystal clear HD, this show looks a little better then standard def.
How can such a popular show have such a low quality HD?

February 05 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Aaron

You're not alone. It's really shitty. Chuck has some terrible HD at times at well, extremely grainy. I thought my TV just needed to be calibrated, but no amount of tweaking can cover up that mess.

February 05 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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