Will Sam Be OK?
In this episode of Burn Notice titled "Down Range," Sam and Jesse join Michael on his mission, leading to some serious consequences for Sam.
You know, I think one sign of a great episode of television is one where I'm on the edge of my seat and talking back to the screen. So the fact that this one had a couple of moments like that made it a winner for me. You'd think after the excitement of the season premiere two weeks ago and then the 100th episode last week that we'd maybe start to slow down, but from the looks of it I'd say that Burn Notice isn't going to be doing that any time soon.
While I wasn't too happy that the team is still basically split up (because it will never be the same until Fi is with them), I did love that Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) got Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Jesse (Coby Bell) out to work with him. That led to the first moment that had me freaking out and gave Sam another one of those serious scenes that we don't get to see from him too often, but when we do, boy, do they blow me out of the water.
When Burke (Adrian Pasdar) said he needed Sam to take out any guy who threatened Michael, I never thought it would happen. I figured that was one of those lines that is put in to add some drama to the scene, but won't ever lead anywhere. The whole time Sam was watching that guy through his scope, I was absolutely positive Michael was going to turn around, say something witty and then knock the guy out. So when Sam actually shot and killed the guard, I couldn't help but gasp out loud. There's no doubt that had an effect on him and I'm curious to see if we're going to see ramifications of that in future episodes.
The other bit that had me on edge also involved Sam and a rifle, but happily that one didn't end badly. It was when Michael's cover was nearly blown because of the snipers and he ran in front of the window to try and get someone to shoot at him. I loved that no one knew what he was doing except for Sam. It's the little things like that that I live for on this show; moments that tell us how well Michael and Sam know each other and how close they are after all their time together.
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I got a big kick out of Maddie (Sharon Gless) and Fi (Gabrielle Anwar) working together in this episode and thought it was awesome that Fi was able to help Maddie take that bookie down. Now I just hope that soon we'll get them all back together again.
My favorite bits:
Poor Michael going back to his crappy little apartment all alone.
Groaning out loud when Michael burned the picture of him and Fi.
Loving it when Michael shaved off his beard. The beard was so sexy, but it's nice to have the old Michael back.
Jesse asking Sam if he wanted to get spanked.
Jesse calling Strong "Mr. I made Mike bug his best friends."
Fi pointing out that if Maddie paid off Sapienza, then every shark would start coming out of the woodwork to collect.
"Yeah, well, somebody's going to get hurt. It won't be Charlie."
Sam and Jesse's "welcome" to the team. Nothing like an exploding plane to say "hello."
Michael revealing to Sam and Jesse what would happen if they didn't take down Burke.
Oh, my god. I seriously didn't think Sam would actually shoot that guy.
Jesse asking Sam if he was OK.
Sam refusing to leave until he knew that the man he killed didn't die for nothing."
"When I take a job, I finish it."
Fi teaching Maddie how to blow up a wall.
"Thank you Fiona, this has been very satisfying."
Everyone jumping when Burke blew away Serano's guys.
Sam knowing what Michael wanted and starting to shoot at him. That was amazing!
Literally screaming "Call them off!" when Sam did.
"I hate to say it, Sammy, but I think this thing is far from over." — Another line I think will echo throughout the rest of the season. Also, I loved the music during that scene.
"Lose something?" — Maddie is my hero right now. I love how she laid down the law to Sapienza.
"The closer they are to you, the closer you are to destroying them."
What did you think of Fi and Maddie working together in this episode? Do you think Sam will be affected by the man he had to kill to save Michael?
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