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Burn Notice Episode: "False Flag"

Season 1, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Michael becomes emotionally vested in a case involving a woman (Lucy Lawless) trying to track down her son, whom she accuses her estranged husband of kidnapping. Elsewhere, Michael learns the man behind the burn notice intends to visit him in Miami.
Original Air Date: Sep 14, 2007
Guest Cast China Chow: Lucy Tim Ware: Jumbo Lucy Lawless: Evelyn Anthony Starke: Doug Baker
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Season 1, Episode 11
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Length: 43:06
Aired: 9/14/2007
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"Loose Ends" Season 1, Episode 11

I've been looking forward to this season finale all week. We finally got to meet the mysterious Philip Cowan; that definitely didn't go as planned. Sam's double blackmail case gets more and more complex until ultimately it puts him in mortal danger. Michael finally understands why his mother is so needy and learns that in a crunch he can count on family. And lastly, I think we finally understand why Michael needs to find out why he was burned: His job was his family. He could count on them to have his back and be there when he needed them. Let's start at the beginning. Michael's feeling a little jumpy, as evidenced by him pulling a gun on Sam while he's working out. Cowan burned him, sent someone to kill him and is now off the grid. When Cowan calls him to meet, they start a kind of high-stakes scavenger hunt - Cowan leaves sophisticated clues that Michael must interpret and follow to get a face-to-face meeting. Michael's first mistake is taking Sam as backup. Cowan spots Sam and gets away. Everyone's being extra cautious for good reason. You trust the wrong people and you're dead. At the same time, Sam has decided to pursue a job without Michael's help. He recruits Fi, who demands a daily fee plus expenses. What's Sam going to do? He needs backup. He meets with Gillian, who is being blackmailed into helping her married friend's boyfriend smuggle heroin. Only, Sam discovers it's a double blackmail and Gillian's friend Melissa and her husband Kent are really the ones in the drug trade. Gillian suspects she'll only lose her job over this if she's caught, but Melissa and Kent are in so deep they try to kill her. Back on the home front, Mama Westen has received a scary phone call and summons both her boys. Now, I know some of you really don't like Michael's brother (or his mother) but there were some very nice family moments in tonight's episode. I thought Nate really came through for Michael when he needed him. Sure, he gave him some serious lip first, but you know how family is. Michael finally goes (runs actually) to his meeting with Cowan. While Cowan cops to trying to have him killed, he tells Michael he didn't burn him. Cowan says the people he works for have plans for Michael right before he's assassinated. He's dead when he hits the ground. I will admit that took me by surprise. I was shocked to see Cowan shot, but that only makes the stakes that much higher. It reinforces that important - and maybe scary - people, are controlling Michael's life and they're not done with him yet. Across town, Sam's case gets a little more complicated when Melissa and Kent are killed by their boss, Harrick. Sam is taken but Fi manages to get away and hide out until Michael, with the help of Nate, collects her. While Sam is being interrogated (with fists of fury), Michael and Fi arm themselves for a rescue effort. When Michael asks for proof of life, Sam gives him a sign in the photo that warns him to stay away - it's a setup and they're all going to die. Michael, never one to leave a man behind, ignores the warning and makes his money-laundering friend Barry give him a lead. That lead helps Michael locate Harrick's base of operations. Michael continues to try to draw Cowan's bosses out in the open and succeeds but manages to get away. He's not ready to go in just yet. Things get a little tense when Mama Westen accidentally provides a tracking device to Cowan's bosses. Michael realizes they're being followed as he's trying to get his family out of town and threatens to kill himself while they escape. Michael will come to them in 12 hours if they let him go now. Michael is contacted by Cowan's bosses and directed to a remote location. The last image we see is Michael driving Sam's car into the back of an 18-wheeler with no idea what he's gotten himself into or what will happen next. There was some good closure with both Fi and Sam. Fi gets to say goodbye this time and they share a sweet kiss. It looks like Fi wants more (as always) but she knows it's not the right time. And Sam tells Michael he should have stayed away while admitting he would have done exactly the same thing. This was a highly enjoyable episode. I have a few quibbles (Would a proof-of-life photo be more than just a headshot? Wouldn't Kent and Melissa have seen Michael out in the open when Gillian drove away?) but mostly it was satisfying and entertaining. Good pyrotechnics and a great fight scene between Michael and Harrick at the end. I still can't believe they killed Richard Schiff. Now there are more questions than ever but I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm so there when the new season starts. I can't believe I have to wait until next summer. Boo. They need to do special midwinter episodes like The Closer did last year. Some great lines: Michael: "That'll kill you, you know." Sam: "Yeah, no kidding." Michael: "No, the bucket of trans fat you got there." Nate: "Hey bro. You look tired." Michael: "Hey Nate. You look clean. You shaved the ferret off your face." Sam: "You never charge Mike." Fi: "Oh, I expect other things from Michael." Fi: "Well, I think the balls are in your court." Mama Westen: "We're your family Michael. I'm asking that you trust us." Michael: "And when would I have learned how to do that?" Nate: "I know how to lose a tail, all right? I hate to break it to you, but spies aren't the only people with enemies." Michael: "spies hide guns like squirrels hide acorns." Michael: "and finally it all comes down to putting your ass on the line to learn something." Questions to ponder: " Do you think Michael's really done being a spy? " What do you think Cowan's bosses have in store for Michael? Did you recognize the voice of the female caller? At first I thought it was Melinda Clarke, but I don't think that's right. " Bonus: If Lucy Lawless' character is still alive as some of you have suggested, how and when would you like her to reappear? Check out our Online Video Guide for more on Burn Notice. Until next year... show less
I've been looking forward to this season finale all week. We finally got to meet the mysterious Philip Cowan; that definitely didn't go as planned. Sam's double blackmail case gets more and more complex until ultimately it puts him in mortal danger. Michael finally understands why his mother is so needy and learns that in a crunch he can count on family. And lastly, I think we finally understand why Michael needs to find out why he was burned: His job was his family. He could count on them to have his back and be there when he needed them.Let's start at the beginning. Michael's feeling a little jumpy, as evidenced by him pulling a gun on Sam while he's working out. Cowan burned him, sent someone to kill him and is now off the grid. When Cowan calls him to meet, they start a kind of high-stakes scavenger hunt — Cowan leaves sophisticated clues that Michael must interpret and follow to get a face-to-face meeting. Michael's first mistake is taking Sam as backup. Cowan spots Sam an... read more

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Premiered: June 28, 2007, on USA
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