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Burn Notice Season 7 Episode 10
Episode Name: Things Unseen Air date: 8/15/2013 Summary: When
Michael discovers an old friend digging up secrets that could expose his
cover, he must decide just how far he will go to protect the mission.
Meanwhile, Sam and Jesse are thrust in the middle of a street war
involving a decade-old murder after Fiona’s boyfriend is targeted by a
coldblooded gang member.
kidnaps Mike’s entire team – as, of course, yet another test of
loyalty– then assigns them with the task of protecting a middle-eastern
diplomat during a lavish charity function. The mission goes instantly
south when a waiter poisons their target, forcing Fiona and Jesse to
scour Florida for the antidote in the company of one of James’ blowhard
associates. Meanwhile, Madeline tries to cope with her increasing sense
of paranoia after witnessing Fiona’s kidnapping, a sensation that is not
eased when James decides to pay Maddie a visit at home. When the chips
are down, will Michael pick his loyalty to the mission, or his loyalty
“Bitter Pill” feels rather like an old school episode
of Burn Notice, balancing Sam’s desire for a plateful of crab cakes
(which cried out for a hilarious conclusion that the show’s serious tone
could not deliver) and Jesse’s Teflon-slick manipulation of their
drug-holding lead in a strip club with serious ruminations about
Michael’s morality, his continuing romantic attraction to Fiona, and
Madeline’s increasing concerns about her safety in light of Charlie’s
existence. While the latter is more than understandable, and the former
needed to be reestablished in light of last week’s strengthening of the
bond between Carlos and Fiona, the latter feels a bit forced this week.
Jesse’s shock and Sam’s disappointment in the choice Michael makes ends
up making very little sense if you think about it – and especially in
light of Michael’s own past actions.
Sharon Gless and Coby Bell
are at the top of their game in this one; required to be both tough and
vulnerable by turns, Gless gives us a perfectly haunted Madeline, and
Bell is all tough, glib, sarcastic charm as Jesse. Believe it or not, we
don’t get that much Michael this episode; while he has a major heroic
aside, the bulk of the action involves Jesse, Fiona and Madeline, with
Sam and Michael popping in for quick phone conversations. That makes it
an interesting episode just for novelty’s sake alone.
Pill” is an okay episode; nothing special, nothing fancy, unless you’re
an enormous Mike/Fiona fan who’s been yearning to see them have a bit of