Sunday, June 24, 2012

What I’m Watching: Burn Notice

Burn Notice: Season 6, Episode 2 “Mixed Messages” (B+)

I’m not sure there could be a more exciting guest star for this show than John C. McGinley. He’s been spotted before as a soldier, in “The Rock,” and he’s most well-known for “Scrubs,” in which he tormented main character J.D. with girly nicknames and furious speeches about incompetence. Casting him as the man who trained Michael is brilliant, since he displays some of the same memorable qualities he did as Dr. Cox, including whistling at his protégé, but they work just as well in this dramatic context. Going to him to help get to Fiona is likely to turn into a recurring gig, but that’s fine by me since Card is a great character, and I especially liked his reactions to meeting both Jesse and Sam. Inviting Michael back to the office for some frozen yogurt was the icing on the cake. Michael recognizing the lawyer and having to bail on the mission looked like it was going to turn things sour, but Jesse has demonstrated in a short time the ability to make the most out of unexpected situations, and he sold his story as best he could. Coming face-to-face with a real dirty DEA agent was reminiscent of when Michael accidentally outed an undercover operative, but in this case, the corrupt fed was a true bad guy and paid for his treachery with his life. Michael, Sam, and Card did a marvelous job of faking not one but two DEA operations with nothing but their bodies, their vests, and their guns. A newly single Nate will probably be good for a similarly single, at least for the moment, Michael. Fiona didn’t waste much time making enemies in prison, and her one friend, played by Taryn Manning, turned out to be trying to kill her too, meaning that she has more to worry about than just some cafeteria skirmishes.

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