Last season on Burn Notice, Fiona turned herself in to save Michael after the bomb incident at the British Consulate. Though Michael was ready to betray his country to clear her name, Fi couldn’t let him do it. She made the ultimate sacrifice — her freedom. Now, as season six begins, Michael and Sam are charged with the task of clearing her name.

The Players:

  • Director: Stephen Surjik
  • Writer: Matt Nix
  • Cast: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, Coby Bell

Episode Title: “Scorched Earth”

Once again, the team faces a task that’s both simple and nearly impossible. Here’s the simple part: Michael has just one objective – kill Anson. But then there’s the nearly-impossible part: Anson is, well, Anson. And they also have to deal with the pressing matter of Fi’s imprisonment. The stakes are higher than ever.

The Good:

  • Maddie Shoots – and Scores: After five seasons of being plucky and all-around helpful, Maddie moved up to the big leagues. She shot the attacker Anson sent to her house before he could kill Jesse. Sharon Gless masterfully plays Maddie as a consummate badass with an underlying innocence and it really shined in that moment.
  • Agent Bly & Fi: Fiona might not be a free woman, but she’s not out of the game. She and Agent Bly have a great battle of wits going in the interrogation room that’s almost (but only almost) as good a her and Michael’s verbal smack downs.
  • Sam Stands Up: Usually Michael runs the show on Burn Notice, but this week, his team showed him that he doesn’t always know best. Fi made the ultimate gesture of moral superiority when she turned herself in, but Sam did his share of talking back too. Throughout the episode, he was the voice of reason. He kept Michael from going completely off the deep end in the name of Fi.
  • Fi Knows Bly’s Lie: When Bly tries to convince Fi that Michael is dead, she almost seems to fall for it. But of course, our Fi wouldn’t do that. One look at a picture and Fiona shows off her massive knowledge of both Michael and explosions and decries it a fake.

The Bad:

  • Michael’s Attitude: We’ll give him a pass because he’s distraught about Fiona and it’s not like he was ever Mr. Congeniality. But let’s hope Michael gets his groove back soon. It’s the only way he’s ever going to save Fi.
  • Dragging in the CIA: Anson hides in a giant chemical facility when he’s on the run from Michael and Sam. It’s a place much too large for even such a dynamic duo to search alone. Therefore, Michael immediately calls in the big guns – his contact at the CIA, Pearce. It makes sense; Fi’s in danger, but it feels a little too easy for the Burn Notice world. Where’s the innovation of working without resources?


Season six is off to an explosive start. Fi’s decision to turn herself in raises the stakes on a personal level for Michael, forcing him to reevaluate his priorities after focusing on his burn notice for so many years. Her imprisonment also changes the group dynamic, which means anything is possible. We approve.

Rating: 7/10

Burn Notice airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on USA.

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