'Burn Notice' - 'Good Intentions' Recap
by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2010 3:21AM
(S03E15) Every now and then, it's fun to watch what happens when Michael or Sam or Fiona don't have the upper hand in a situation. This penultimate episode of the season was one of those with lots of flying by the seat of their pants and taking a walk on the wild side ... whether they wanted to or not.
Special guest star Carlos Bernard -- Tony Almeida on '24' -- brought the kind of hard ass edge that's typical for '24' but a different flavor for 'Burn Notice.' His whole reason for being a hard ass was complicated and more important than money. But the best part of Gabriel was that he was so scary that Fiona was actually frightened. You don't see that often. And just the prospect of losing Fiona had Michael losing his cool.
When Fiona finally got the drop on Gabriel, his choosing to burn himself to a crisp rather than being caught by the police was a shocker. So was Fi's insistence on saving him despite himself. Michael's rescue was just in the nick of time because Fiona would not have been able to fireman-carry Gabe out of the burning building.
As intense as Fiona's case turned out to be -- and let's face it, she was in over her head -- Michael's business with Gilroy was worse. Not only was Michael being cornered into doing things he didn't want to do, like being the diversion when Gilroy secured the artillery, but he was still in the dark about the larger objective. Who was the super max prisoner? What was going to happen at the airport? Michael was a step behind and never caught up.
That's what made the ending so good. Gilroy was a chess master and had all the moves plotted out like Bobby Fischer, but the prisoner threw over the table and ended the game with a bullet. Didn't see that one coming, did you? Gilroy actually showed some humanity for Michael; he could have let him die in the car with him, but he didn't.
Now we're set up for the big finish; who is Simon and why does he want to kill Michael so badly? John Mahoney will be back, we saw that in the previews ... Should be fun.
Other points of interest
-- Madeline's advice about lipstick was wonderful. And did you see her jumping in there with the NTK -- need to know -- business?
-- Chuck Findlay is now a grass specialist. Good one.
-- Nice to see the old FBI agents who chased Michael in season one. Of course, they were completely useless when Michael needed help stopping Gilroy.
-- Favorite dialog: when Madeline showed up at Fiona's and wondered were Michael and Sam were going...
Michael: "Long story."
[Watch clips from 'Burn Notice' on SlashControl.]