Burn Notice: Season 3 Wrap Up

Episodes: Partners in Crime (S3, Ep 14), Good Intentions (S3, Ep 15), Devil You Know (S3, Ep 16)

Round-Up/Partners in Crime: Michael and Fiona set to work against Conrad, an “easy-target” at the Polish consulate as they work to find out what is on the plane Gilroy is so interested in.  That what turns out to be a who – an anonymous super bad guy, who means nothing but bad news.

Meanwhile, Sam has his hands full dealing with the death of a Fashion line owner, most likely murdered by her business partner whom she suspected of stealing funds.  Michael gets his hands involved in the heavy work, but the true star of the show this week is Sam, who plays several roles in turning two murderous partners against each other.  Bruce Campbell channels his inner David Caruso with hilarious effect, nailing home no less than three CSI: Miami inspired one-liners, complete with comedically timed sunglasses.  Definitely the funniest episode of the season and it’s always great to see Campbell get to really launch off.

Round-Up/Good Intentions: Where Episode 14 was for Sam, this episode goes for Fiona and, predictably, suffers for it.  I’ve just never really cared for Fiona.  This go around, the cool comes in Gilroy’s manipulation of Michael, who he tasks to purchase a .50 caliber machine gun from some white supremacists.  While Michael plays fist-tag-the-face with the whiteys, Gilroy manages to sneak the gun out problem free.  Gilroy 3, Westen 0.

Fi gets herself involved with Tony Almeda Gabriel, a man who’s spent years planning his revenge on the corporation he blames for the death of his daughter.  In one cool moment, Gabriel holds Fiona while his goons go search her apartment for a passport, which Michael must falsify in mere moments.  Fiona manages to save Gabriel from himself and the corporations dumping of toxic materials comes to light.

On the Gilroy front, the meet up with plane goes south quickly – Westen blows up a bridge to delay the cops, but in the meantime the super bad guy escapes after rigging Gilroy to explode and shooting him.  Michael gets the scoop from Gilroy, who then makes a big exit.

Synopsis/Devil You Know: The Super Bad Guy, now known as Simon, is on the loose with unexpected results – he wants Michael to help him out.  The job?  Lure “The Management” to Miami so that Simon can have more than just words with them.

Review: Definitely not the best Season Finale we’ve had, but we’re only three months away from the start of Season Four, so it’s not that big of a deal.  The “Super Bad Guy” didn’t turn out to be so super after all.  He’s supposed to be the evil Michael Westen, but really all he does is drive fast and blow up a helicopter.  Simon and Michael didn’t even face off.  After a so-so car chase there is a minor crash, a short scuffle and that’s that.

The ending was a bit predictable – Michael being marched through what looks like Guantanamo Jr. that ends with him sitting in a totally posh room.  I’m not sure where next season is going, but it will most likely involve Michael being courted for a private espionage job or something.  Maybe Management has their hooks in him right now.  I wouldn’t actually mind seeing Westen working for a corporation like that, it’d be a good way to go once the burn is solved.

Speaking of – what more is there to the burn?  Simon explained that Michael had his work in his dossier.  I guess the question is who put all the bad stuff in Michael’s file?  It’s pretty apparent that if the CIA thought Westen had gone nuts and was blowing stuff up they’d burn him.  So we know why the CIA burned, but not exactly who was behind.

Season Three had a lot of highs and not too many lows.  If USA can take anything from this season it’s that there can be too much Fiona and and Sharon, but there can never be enough Sam, Michael, shootouts, or explosions.

See you in June.

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