'Burn Notice' - 'Devil You Know' Recap (Season Finale)
by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 5th 2010 1:57AM
(S03E16) If you wonder where the excitement is in entertainment, you're probably not watching 'Burn Notice.' However, if you're reading this review, you probably are a watcher and you have just gorged yourself on what was mostly called a season finale.
In some ways, it was a typical 'Burn Notice' finale, leaving Michael in a seemingly puzzling situation. This was ranked up there with one of the more intriguing ones. It was everything creator Matt Nix promised it would be. More on that, the client named Simon, and how to hot-wire a jet ski after the jump.
Before the recap from last week sunk in regarding Gilroy and the bomb, Sam, Fiona and Michael were in full emergency mode. Make that emergency-emergency mode. It's good to know that our crack team have contingency upon contingency plans. You would expect nothing less. Although there was one major loop hole that remained unclosed for the entire show. After the one call to Madeline, nobody went back to check on Mom. What if Simon went after her?
The treatment of Madeline was horrible, but not outside the realm of reality. The authorities believed Michael was public enemy number one because they were reading about Simon's evil actions. Worse than that, they were trying to make her believe Simon's past was Michael's. Madeline showed her grit, though, and she was not about to give him up. Sending the cops on a wild goose chase to the Sawgrass Mills Mall -- the biggest mall in South Florida -- was wickedly Westen of her.
And when faced with arrest, Madeline let them take her. She would have taken the fall for him. That's mother love ... even though she had no idea what he was up to.
Before Sam, Michael and Fi could catch Simon, Simon caught Michael. Was he really the flip side of Michael? No, Simon was a ruthless killer and Michael has lines he won't cross. But Simon was clever and had skills. That set up in the video lounge jolted Michael. The best moment was Simon screaming, "I want my life back," just like Michael had done with Management (John Mahoney) last season.
If there was one lame element, it was how easily Simon infiltrated the meet that Michael arranged for Simon and Management. A cop's uniform? Really. It was that simple. Also, why didn't Mikey figure on the sole helipad being the tipped off target before the chopper blew up? Simon figured it out.
In the battle of who could survive the car crashes and body blows, Michael came through. But Management was not only arrogant and wrong, he was also inscrutable. Why not let Michael kill Simon? Why keep him alive to be put back in a super max prison? What did Management mean about Michael's big future? And why was Simon laughing about it all?
The cruel ending had Madeline in the dark, but Sam and Fiona would take care of her, so that wasn't a worry. Michael's long trek with the chains and mask over his head suggested ominous hell hole. The room he opened his eyes to see looked more like something Martha Stewart might have designed. WTF? We'll have to wait till June to find out.
Other points of interest
-- Liquid nitrogen to freeze a bomb before removing the detonator. Nice ...
-- The product placement for the Hyundai was extremely well-done. They drove it through a picture window, then Sam marveled at how well it held up after the fact.
-- How many cell phones did Michael go through in this episode -- four, five? I lost count.
-- Sam's insistence on arming each of them with knives came in handy, didn't it?
-- Madeline to the cop: "If Michael wanted to kill you, you'd be dead."
-- Sam's assessment of the situation with Gilroy dead and Simon on the loose: "Holy-crap-oly."