'Burn Notice' - 'Enemies Closer' Recap
by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 19th 2010 12:18AM
(S03E14) There was a lot of action involving running and shooting and a bomb exploding in this installment of 'Burn Notice,' but overall it felt a bit like a been-there-done-that episode. Was it pedestrian or were the principals not interesting enough to keep up with the usual Michael-Fiona-Sam shenanigans? More on that and the excellent work by a lowly CSI tech named Finley, after the jump.
The main thing that was irksome about fashionista Isabella was that she was Sam's dream client, and then got killed before Michael and Sam could help her. But you can't accuse the guys of taking her $30,000 and not sticking to the case. Before you could say Heidi Klum, the seemingly scummy guy, Tim, who wasn't guilty of the killing, became the new client because he was being set up by the real bad guy.
Damon, stylish bastard, was the culprit. It was a bit too pat the way he cowarded in front of Mike's tough-guy 'other' partner with the $4 million a week drug business. But at least Michael had the chance to rough him up a bit.
You knew that as soon as Michael assured Tim that the end was in sight, it wasn't. It was actually refreshing that Damon and Rick opted to blow up Tim instead of shoot him because the episode needed something by that point. There had been too much watching and waiting by Michael, Sam and Fiona.
Damon and Rick, ultimately, just weren't up to Michael's level and they were easily turned on each other. Tim, too stupid to avoid the set up at the start and too dumb to accept Fiona's offer at the bomb scene to get into the car, probably spent a bit of time in the Miami lock up before being cleared. All's well that ended well, except that Isabella was the innocent victim who didn't deserve to die.
Fiona took the lead on the Gilroy side of the story, setting up the Polish guy, Conrad. The Conrad story was a good way to give Fiona a chance to use her prowess to get something done that Michael wasn't able to accomplish. She played Conrad wisely, never losing sight of the goal.
Now we know that the key to Gilroy is not what's on the plane to Poland, but who. A maximum security prisoner who's a super bad guy. Part of the Rendition program. Gulp! How's Michael going to deal with breaking him out of custody if that's Gilroy's objective?
Other points of interest
-- Michael's quick get-away by jumping onto the top of the truck in the ally was cool. Convenient, yes, but still cool.
-- Two great 'CSI: Miami' gags by Bruce Campell, slipping on the sunglasses and doing a Horatio Caine type of line. "It looks like our killer's plan is coming apart at the seams."
-- That was a great set with Isabella's portrait and the painted books on the wall. Pretty elaborate for 'Burn Notice.'
-- The jamming of the gun was an interesting aside, but Damon wasn't savvy enough about guns to know if they hadn't loaded it properly or something simpler. Seemed like an excuse to show us how to disable a gun when you're dealing with pros.
-- The best part of the Michael and Madeline scene wasn't the words, it was the looks. The smiles. They mirror each other in many ways. But beneath the gestures and side long looks, there's love that goes without saying.
[Watch clips from 'Burn Notice' on SlashControl.]