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'Burn Notice' - 'Enemies Closer' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 19th 2010 12:18AM
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(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.]

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Colleen

I also agree that I want more activity involving the clients around Miami. I thought they would move more in that direction and make the BN arc an occasional issue. I'm not sure how far they can take this BN arc without a) getting so far-fetched it will be hard to be believable or b) putting Michael in a position to make a life-changing choice. Exactly how powerful can "Management" be? If it's US-government sanctioned, they've managed a to cause lot of collateral damage just to get Michael to work for them, when he was ALREADY one of theirs. If it's sanctioned by another government, how does Michael work for them or manage to escape them? They aren't so stupid as to not see through any attempts on his part to be a double-agent. Especially when our government doesn't seem interested in dealing with him. He's waited a long time for this "job" they are supposed to have for him...
Maybe I'm too simple to be able to follow this along to a satisfying conclusion.
I'm selfish - I just want the 3 Musketeers to keep doing their thing around Miami with more than occasional help from Nate (I actually thought he might come back from Vegas and become the 4th Musketeer) and Maddie.
Anyone else feel that way or does anyone have any idea where Management might be coming from/heading toward.
And for the record, I don't like the sound of a new character coming along. The writers will have to bring their BEST game to Season 4 if this is going to fly...

March 14 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Colleen

Why is this recap called Enemies Closer? This is Partners in Crime. Enemies Closer was with Larry, Carlos and the cartel.

March 13 2010 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fran Adams

I would like to see more of Michael's brother Nate in the story line. And please bring back Semore the gun man. it would be good for Michael to take a trip to maybe Vegas were his bro lives (Nate) or him and Fiona go on a vacation together and all hell breaks lose. I won't stop watching that is for sure, I can't wait until Thursday night for Burn Notice.

















February 22 2010 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anita

I hate to point this out but SE13 contained the title '"Enemies Closer" and featured the shot of Fiona above.

February 21 2010 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DataDroid

Is it just me, or did it look/sound like Damon's voice was dubbed?

February 21 2010 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JLM

This show is still one of my favorites, but I am disappointed with the writers since the Strickler story line ended. Why does Michael have to stop Gilroy? If it arose from something he did with Strickler, then he would feel obligated to intervene. (I don't think that is the case).

Maybe I missed something, but why would he would get involved with a 'psychopath' if it has no connection with his burn notice? It does not seem consistent with Michael's strong aversion to unnecessary risks. Hopefully the next couple of episodes will get the story back on track.

[BTW, I loved the Horatio Caine references by Sam with the signature dark shades!]

February 19 2010 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ed Venture

It does involve him, because Gilroy killed Michael's CIA contact and I believe was hired to kill him too.

February 22 2010 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Takayo

This show has definitely loss some of its shine, but it's still really great TV. I wonder who the prisoner is going to be? If it turns out to be Michael's dad or some similar ridiculous "plot twist" I'm going to laugh.

February 19 2010 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pitter

enemies closer was last week

February 19 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zippy_zip74467

Maybe Michael should get out of Miami, and take field trips. I'm still liking the show, but I can see your point.

February 19 2010 at 9:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ed Venture

Bruce cracked me up with the CSI impression. I kept waiting for the Yeaaaaaaaaaah!

February 19 2010 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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