I know this blog is coming a little late in the game, but I've been watching this show since the beginning. So whether you've been a fan from the first episode or a Johnny-come-lately, welcome to the party.
Michael Westen: a former spook who's been burned. He's deposited in Miami without any money, credit or job references. He takes on local cases to make money while he tries to find out who burned him.
Fiona: Michael's former flame, who still carries a torch. Her accent in the first episode (and her name) might have us believe she's Irish, but she can fake an American accent pretty well. She's former IRA and met Michael on the job.
Sam: a spy buddy of Michael's forced to keep tabs on him. Sam's living comfortably off his pension and can't have his friendship with Michael interfere with that. When Michael discovers his duplicity, the agency sends in new surveillance.
Jason Bly: the new guy. He works for a branch of the NSA and isn't impressed with Michael. He threatens to make Michael's life and the lives of his family and friends very difficult unless Michael stops trying to find out who burned him.
Madeline: Michael's mother. She's ecstatic that he's in town since she hasn't seen him since he was a teenager. Despite his best efforts, his mom can get under his skin (like all mothers can, I'm sure). She's absent from this episode, much to my chagrin.
Bly wants to prove to Michael that he has no qualms about going after his friends and family, so he sets Fi up knowing she's got unregistered guns in the trunk of her stolen car. Fi nonchalantly suggests killing Bly after they make their getaway, but Michael's sure he can get the information he needs about his burn notice from this guy. He just needs some quick cash.
Michael's case this week involves helping local shop owner Ernie get rid of the neighborhood crime lord. Ernie fronts him $10K, promising another $10K - his entire life savings - after the thugs are gone. Fi and Sam do some recognizance and discover the crime boss is Cuban émigré Concha Ramirez, but assistant crime boss Diego Cruz oversees most of the collections.
Michael smashes up Ernie's place. He wants Concha to think the neighborhood is his and that they'll get nothing but trouble if they keep trying to collect. After Michael threatens a pretty nasty death to some of Concha's henchmen, Diego takes Michael to meet her, and Concha does a pretty good job of convincing Michael to work for her.
But Michael gets another job offer - this one from Bly. He's found him a job as a security guard at a local bank. Michael will be a private citizen, unable to make any more trouble for the intelligence community. Michael isn't really interested in that option, although he pretends to be and he recruits his friend Barry to make it look like he's in business with Bly. Michael then uses that to get what he'd been after this whole time: the dossier on his burn notice.
Michael discovers the real reason Concha is strong-arming the shop owners: It's not about the money, it's about real estate. She wants their land because that's where the big money is. Michael suggests a more direct route to getting people to leave would be to scare them. He pulls a gun on Fi and robs her. She doesn't play along very well, though, and gets a few good punches in before letting Michael take her bag. Concha's impressed with Michael's tactics, but Diego is pissed because the cops show up. She takes him aside and tells him to kill Ernie and his whole family. When Diego and Michael go to the store, it's closed and Michael uses that opportunity to make it seem like Concha ordered a hit on Diego. They decide to solve their little Concha problem by taking her out with the bomb Fi made for taking care of Ernie. Michael returns most of Ernie's money to him, less expenses.
On the relationship front: Sam's in trouble with his lady and Fi wants to talk to Michael about their relationship. Seeing he can't get out of it this time, Michael promises her they'll talk when the case is over. To get out of the doghouse with his lady, Sam sends flowers, but that only leaves him checking his cell constantly for a phone call that won't be coming. Bly makes it all better in the end when he apologizes to Sam's lady (sorry, I don't think they've given us her name). Sam thinks he might even get a Cadillac out of it. But Fi doesn't get the answer she wants from Michael about their relationship and starts a fight with him. Hand-to-hand combat must be a powerful aphrodisiac because they end up in bed. Hey, I'm not complaining; I really like these two together. Afterwards they hear a noise and both go for the guns they keep under their pillows. How romantic.
Fun fact: Surveillance is called "coverage" in the spy game. And zone coverage makes it seem like you're not even following anyone. You let them come to you.
Some great lines:
" Fi: "You have always had a problem with my work. I have always supported you."
Michael: "I'm helping people. You're running guns. Big difference."
" "No, don't 'I'll see what I can do.' Do it."
" "A Cadillac? What could you possibly be doing to these women?"
" "I promise you if I'm not satisfied, I'm gonna kick your ass."
" "As cover IDs go, I prefer rich businessman or international playboy to crazy thief, but if the situation calls for it, you do what you have to do."
" "She doesn't need 'I'm sorry.' She needs to know who you are, where she stands... I would imagine."
" "The term 'shock and awe' gets misused a lot these days. It's a popular name for a military tactic known as rapid dominance."
" "You have to get comfortable with people doing bad things for good reasons. Doing good things for bad reasons."
" "As unhappy as we were, I don't think there's anyone I could be with that would make me happier than you. And I don't know if that's good enough."
This show is so much fun and I'm curious to hear your thoughts. What were your favorite lines? Favorite scenes?
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I know this blog is coming a little late in the game, but Ive been watching this show since the beginning. So whether youve been a fan from the first episode or a Johnny-come-lately, welcome to the party.The PlayersMichael Westen: a former spook whos been burned. He's deposited in Miami without any money, credit or job references. He takes on local cases to make money while he tries to find out who burned him.Fiona: Michaels former flame, who still carries a torch. Her accent in the first episode (and her name) might have us believe shes Irish, but she can fake an American accent pretty well. Shes former IRA and met Michael on the job.Sam: a spy buddy of Michaels forced to keep tabs on him. Sams living comfortably off his pension and cant have his friendship with Michael interfere with that. When Michael discovers his duplicity, the agency sends in new surveillance.Jason Bly: the new guy. He works for a branch of the NSA and isn&...