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Burn Notice

Burn NoticeNetwork: USA
Episodes: 111 + movie (hour)
Seasons: Seven

TV show dates: June 28, 2007 — September 12, 2013
Series status: Ended

Performers include: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, Paul Tei, Tricia Helfer, Seth Peterson, Marc Macaulay, and Brandon Morris.

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TV show description:
This comedy/drama centers around a spy who’s received a “burn notice,” meaning that the agency that he works for has wiped him off the grid, leaving him with no work history, no money, and no identity.

Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) flees a Nigerian operation that is taken down after the sudden non-cooperation of his U.S. contact. He soon finds himself back in his hometown of Miami with his ex, Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar). A quick wit with two black belts, Michael’s assets have been frozen and he’s been abandoned by all of his business contacts. Michael learns that if he leaves Miami he’ll be taken into custody. So, working as a private investigator, he hopes to learn who burned him and why.

Fiona is a former IRA operative. She decides to stick around in Miami after Michael shows up and becomes one of his confidantes. She’s an explosives expert. Fiona and Michael are drawn to each other and, in their line of work, they really don’t have anyone else they can be with.

Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) is a former Navy SEAL and a semi-retired intelligence operative. He works as a double agent and has been asked to report on Michael to the FBI. He tells Michael about this and they pass false information to the FBI. Using the alias of Chuck Finley, Sam has no job and no place to live, so he sleeps with rich, older women in exchange for food and shelter.

When Sam’s not doing that, he lives with Michael’s mom, a chain-smoking hypochondriac named Madeline Westen (Sharon Gless). Madeline’s other son is Nate (Seth Peterson), Micahel’s down-on-his-luck younger brother who has a tendency to wager property that he doesn’t own. Nate still resents Michael’s joining the military and leaving him at home with their abusive father. The brothers are able to find common ground when it comes to their desire to keep their Mom happy and safe.

Series Finale

Episode #111 — “Reckoning”
Michael finds himself in a standoff between Fiona and Sonya: between loyalty and betrayal. Michael was planning on turning against the CIA and allying himself with Sonya, but when Sonya tries to kill Fiona for getting in their way, Michael shoots Sonya dead.

Michael’s now back on the right track, but it’s too late: not only are James and his entire organization gunning for Michael, but now the CIA is, as well. Because Michael didn’t make good on his agreement to take James and his entire organization down within 48 hours, the CIA has opened up a manhunt for Michael and his friends, releasing their pictures to every law enforcement agency in Florida.

With their faces all over the news and everyone in Miami chasing after them, Michael and the team have no choice but to go ahead and finish the mission. Michael is going to take down James and his network, once and for all, or die trying.

Michael learns that James has a communication relay center hidden in an abandoned building in downtown Miami. Inside, there’s a hard drive that records every message that passes through there. Michael plans to get the hard drive and deliver it to the CIA, so they can locate and neutralize every member of James’ terrorist organization.

Jesse goes to Maddie’s house to get Maddie and Charlie. Maddie sacrifices herself by detonating a bomb and takes out James’ men with her.

Michael shoots James who in turn blows up the building, seemingly killing Michael and Fiona. After Sam presides over a military funeral for his friends, we learn that they have escaped They are presumed dead so they can have a new life raising Charlie together.
Note: The series ended with a thanks to Freddie Figueroa. He was the show’s medic who passed away from cancer.
First aired: September 12, 2013.

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Sandi June 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Burn Notice is my absolute favorite tv show. I am very sad to see it go. I own all of the DVD’s. I really hope that another network will pick up this cast. They are #1. Please Please reconsider and don’t cancel this AWESOME show!


jerry sifford June 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

NO,NO,NO! there are few enough programs we can watch without worrying about adult launage & sexual scenes. The cast all work so well together. This is a spy program there are a million things you can still do with them. But to cancel is not an option. Please re=think. A loyal fan


jerry sifford June 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

NO,NO,NO there is little enough good programs , why pick on the ones that are not only good but void of adult language & sexual scenes. The entire cast work so well together. Please re think, we want out burn notice


Thomas Ford June 4, 2013 at 1:26 am

Hey Matt Nix. Please shop the show to another network. Otherwise, Thanks.


Costella June 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

There are very few good programs on TV any more. This is on of the good ones. I’d
like to see it remain on the air.


Michelle May 31, 2013 at 6:34 am

i am so tired of getting interested in a show, and then its taken off air, i think i’ll cancel tv and go back to reading books.


Linda May 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Why is Burn Notice being cancelled. We are subjected to stupid reality shows every night that don’t need an once of intelligence to understand. I keep being told that it’s cheaper to produce a reality show. I don’t believe there are any writers out there that can come up with anything worth watching.


jackie May 30, 2013 at 2:48 am

It has just began. There are so many stories to still be written. What are the true backgrounds of everyone. We have been given a glimpse of each characters past, but the writer can do so much more given the chance.


Tommy d May 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I can’t believe that the will end the most popular show on cable. What is the reasoning for USA network to do this. Are the actors tired of doing the shower do the want to continue.


Anonymous May 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Keep burn notice


RaTuh May 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Burn Notice has a good group of actors, adjust the story line.
Cuban issues, drug cartels, gun runners on the coast, boat pirating are all
fertile areas for story lines.
Structure a team, including all the cast, to do contract work for some obscure
intelligence group having international interest in many areas.


Al Dunn May 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

I hope you would reconsider Burn Notice …I look forward to seeing it in the summer!


Anonymous May 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

I enjoy Burn Notice, I hate to see it cancelled.


leslee May 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I can’t figure out why it was cancelled.It’s such a good show.


D.Martin May 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I have enjoyed watching “Burn Notice” without the series finale. I’m reduced to watching reruns. Please bring this program back.


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