“Burn Notice” had its summer finale this week, and boy was it a good one.
The episode took up where it left off, with Agent Pearce taking Michael into CIA custody for supposedly murdering Max. Sam and Jesse interrupt the transfer, and reassure her that they are telling the truth – Michael did not kill him, but they know who did. Pearce allows Michael to meet with Tavian (bad guy who killed Max), and when Michael does, he gets Tavian to (rather quickly) admit to Max’s murder, just before Tavian throws himself off a skyscraper. While I did see this coming (he was standing really close to the edge), it surprised me that Michael seemed so shocked that this would happen. He never considered it a possibility?
This chapter seemingly closed, Michael seems to be in a good place – until he gets home and Larry, the undead spy and frenemy to Michael, is present and not in jail like he should have been. Larry kidnapped a spy shrink who knows the codes to the British Consulate, and will hand them over to Larry and Michael. Michael helps the shrink, named Anson, escape from Larry, and tells him to find Sam Axe. Sam then enslist the help of Fiona, and the three go to where Michael is to help him – but it seems that Larry has eyes and ears all over the building, and knows that they are there. He also hints that he is not going to let Michael live, which does not sit well with Fiona who lies to get Sam and Anson away from the consulate so she can blow up Larry. However, when her bomb designed for Larry sets off another set of bombs in the lobby, killing two innocent security guards, she is confused and guilt ridden over the accident.
Back at the loft, Fiona is softly crying to Michael about what happened when the first surprise of many happens: Anson walks in, thanks her for her dramatic confession that he had secretly taped, and informs them that he is the last man alive responsible for Michael’s burn notice.
I have to say – I did not see any of this Anson drama coming. The writers did a great job at making viewers forget about this “dead” burn notice leak, just to bring him back in a major way. As I can figure it out, Anson and his compadres burned Michael in order to recruit him for their secret group designed to complete ops that the CIA wanted no part of. Anson did not think Michael was worthy at first, but then he talked to Michael’s parents and after hearing his backstory realized he was perfect for the mission. And now? Anson will run Michael’s life and order him what to do – and if Michael doesn’t do what Anson wants, Anson turns in the tape indicting Fiona in the murder of the two security guards. Yeah, crazy.
I love this mid-season finale because I was truly shocked, and I like to think I don’t shock easily. The shocked and disturbed faces on Michael and Fiona at the end made me truly scared for them, and I cannot wait until November to see what happens in this new chapter of their lives.
“Burn Notice” returns on November 3, on USA Network. Hartford, CT residents can view this Thursdays at 9 p.m. on channel 36.