Burn Notice Episodes

2007, TV Show

Burn Notice Episode: "Breaking and Entering"

Season 2, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The second season begins with Michael trying to retrieve information that's heavily guarded by cutthroat mercenaries, in order to help his client free his kidnapped family.
Original Air Date: Jul 10, 2008

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Season 2, Episode 1
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Length: 43:10
Aired: 7/10/2008
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"Breaking and Entering" Season 2, Episode 1

Burn Notice returned tonight on the USA cable channel, at 10p and 1a...but we, and protagonist Michael Westen ( Jeffrey Donovan), aren't too much further along in figuring out how or exactly why he was given his burn notice, or identity- and asset-destroying walking papers (or lack of papers), from the espionage agency for which he was working. After luring him into trailer of a semi with the promise of a face-to-face meeting and answers, the mysterious voice over his buddy Sam's car's emergency radio tells him to call her "Carla," and is eventually revealed to belong to actress Tricia Helfer ...a fact you'd have to work pretty hard to avoid hearing about in advance. But before we see Carla, we learn that Michael's trip in the back of the tractor-trailer was just a means of getting him on site, so that he could be blackmailed into a task for Carla and whomever she might be working with, or for. Michael emerges from the trailer to see a computer security expert lying bound, gagged and terrified, next to a couple of corpses and not too far from a burning small airplane. The IT hostage had been attempting to take a trip, with his wife and daughter, rather than get the data Carla wanted from a mercenary-soldier agency, I mean of course small-time if profitable Halliburton-style security firm, that he'd done some anti-hacking work for previously. Both Michael and his new client are informed that if they don't get Carla that data, something unfortunate might well happen to the IT guy's wife and child. Michael agrees to play along, but makes demands in return, such as that Carla provide him with the guns used for the murders as the airstrip. Meanwhile, old friend and ex-Navy SEAL Sam ( Bruce Campbell) and professional gunrunner and old flame Fiona ( Gabrielle Anwar), who'd never given up on their romance, are surprised to see Michael back so soon; Fi has particularly mixed emotions, as Michael had put possibly getting killed for the chance to find out who had put the burn notice out on him ahead of their possibly making lives together in Miami. She reluctantly comes to accept, that for this and other related reasons, what Michael had been insisting for a while: that they couldn't be a couple. Michael's fretful mother, Madeline ( Sharon Gless), who had fled to Ft. Lauderdale with Michael's brother at the end of last season, just to get out of the crossfire, also comes to see the practical reasons that Michael has been a distant son during his career as a spy, as she returns to her home only to find that it had been tampered with, by Carla, just to keep Michael aware that his loved ones aren't safe, either. After a ruse, involving a somewhat unconvincing accent and cover story on Michael's part, to get a sense of the security measures on hand at the mercenaries' offices, Michael and the IT guy break in and succeed in getting the required data, but accidentally set off an alarm. Michael destroys the rather retro-looking office mainframe and gets them out just in time, but the mercenaries know that the IT guy is involved...requiring the luring of the mercernarie's boss and his chielf henchmen into a trap and framejob involving the guns from the airstrip. With the IT guy more or less safely reunited with his family, we end Sam flirting briefly with a woman working a crossword puzzle at a bar, while Michael almost relaxes at a nearby table; the woman waves goodbye as she steps into a cab, then calls Michael to let him know who she is. "Enjoy the puzzle," she's written across the top of the paper she'd left behind. So far, I am, at least. This episode seemed a bit less snappily paced than most of last season's, at first...perhaps a few too many reaction-shots from Michael/Donovan edited in. However, the repartee between Anwar and Campbell, who have several setpieces together in the episode, is so deft and breezy that it's great fun even when the jokes are telegraphed; Anwar and Donovan also quite good in their Discussion, the temporarily-settled running helf-argument throughout the series so far about whether they are emotionally right for each other, and if so, if circumstances will allow them to continue to be. And you have to love the bits of spycraft and crime how-tos that are more or less liberally sprinkled into the episodes by creator and writer Matt Nix. A welcome return. The best espionage series since The Agency, and funnier and even more compulsively watchable than that one. For more on Burn Notice, please see our Online Video Guide. show less
Burn Notice returned tonight on the USA cable channel, at 10p and 1a...but we, and protagonist Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), aren't too much further along in figuring out how or exactly why he was given his burn notice, or identity- and asset-destroying walking papers (or lack of papers), from the espionage agency for which he was working. After luring him into trailer of a semi with the promise of a face-to-face meeting and answers, the mysterious voice over his buddy Sam's car's emergency radio tells him to call her "Carla," and is eventually revealed to belong to actress Tricia Helfer...a fact you'd have to work pretty hard to avoid hearing about in advance.But before we see Carla, we learn that Michael's trip in the back of the tractor-trailer was just a means of getting him on site, so that he could be blackmailed into a task for Carla and whomever she might be working with, or for. Michael emerges from the trailer to see a computer security expert lying bound, gagged an... read more

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Premiered: June 28, 2007, on USA
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A spy attempts to uncover why he was kicked out of the business while helping Miami locals who can't rely on the police for justice in order to fund his investigation into who, or what, caused his termination.

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