Burn Notice S01E11-12 Season Finale (USA)

This season finale could have been the series finale. It ends as Mike is about to learn more about why he was burned. It’s nicely orchestrated.

Mike is looking for Philip Cowan, the guy who he thinks burned him. Cowan is in town and Mike wants to meet him. They go through elaborate setups to finally meet. He doesn’t really have many answers for Mike. Meanwhile Sam has bitten off more than he can handle with a new client. Mike doesn’t have time to get involved, so Sam takes it on by himself. This gets him into trouble with heroin dealers. In the end, Mike has to mount a rescue operation.

I thought that Burn Notice was enjoyable. It’s not the best of shows, but certainly follows the comedic elements put forth by Psych. We didn’t learn much about Mike. There was not a lot revealed about who Mike really works for. In the past, intelligence operatives worked exclusively for countries. Now corporate interests are also represented. Some of the largest corporations have profits well in excess of those of some countries. It’s just natural that the intelligence field was privatized as well, just like the armed forces are slowly being replaced by mercenary outfits run by giant corporations.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Sam comes by with a job for Mike. Cowan has dropped off the grid. He sets up a meet and doesn’t show. Mike finds a spot were he would hide and finds a message for him from Philip Cowan, the man who burned him.

Gillian is Sam’s new client. She works at SXG, a company that manufactures satellites. Her friend Melissa was having an affair. Melissa has an abusive husband. Melissa’s friend stole files and is blackmailing them. Gillian checked the packages she is receiving for the guy, they are filled with drugs. Sam meets with Melissa. Her friend is called Dave.

Cowan calls Mike’s mom and leaves a message. Nate turns up as well. He asks his brother to babysit their mom.

Sam recruits Fiona to help with his job. They find the guy named Ray. He tells them that Melissa lied to them. Sam needs Mike to befriend Kent. Mike puts pressure on Kent and Kent freaks out. There is one last package to pick up and they want Gillian to get it. That way they can use the heroine against Kent. They have Kent’s phone tapped. They find out that Kent is going to move on Gillian. Mike has to reschedule his covert meeting with Cowan.

Mike has to disarm Gillian’ car from exploding while Kent is watching. Kent plans on meeting his bosses but is killed with his wife. The gig is up and Fiona has to jump from a bridge to escape from guys with guns.

Mike has to run to meet Cowan. Cowan says that he isn’t responsible. He admits to trying to kill him. Cowan says that the people who he works for have plans for him. Cowan is shot and killed before he can say anything else. The cops arrive to quickly and Mike knows that it was a setup. Mike called his brother to bail him out.

Fiona calls Mike to say that the bad guys have Sam. Mike sees operatives all around, he asks his brother to stick around. Actually, Nate doesn’t give him a choice. They go in and get Fiona.

Sam is being interrogated by Harrick, the heroin importer. Harrick phones Mike to meet for an exchange. Sam poses on his proof of life photo to get a message to Mike. Sam doesn’t think he will get out of it alive.

Mike tries to find out who is following him. He asks Barry the money launderer about the heroin importers in Miami. Mike has to send his mom and Nate out of the city. They go meet the second biggest heroin dealer in Miami. His name is Carmelo. He makes a good presentation to Carmelo. Carmelo finds Glenn Harrick.

When Mike tries to get his family out of the city, he is followed by government types. There is a Mexican standoff and Mike gets what he wants: time.

The exchange is setup and Mike plans on crashing the party on Harrick’s boat while Fiona covers for him. They make it out alive. Mike agreed to surrender to the agency that has been trying to nab him for the past few days. The season ends with Mike driving Sam’s Cadillac into the trailer of a truck. He is going to meet the people who want to work with him.

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