Burn Notice Season 6 Review “Down & Out” – Will Michael Lose Sam?

Burn Notice Season 6 Episode 13 Down & Out

In this episode of Burn Notice, called “Down & Out,” Michael and the rest of his trusty team busily make plans to leave town. But is one team mate not ready to leave Miami?

It’s funny that, in all this time I’ve been thinking about what shooting Card would mean to Michael’s life, that I hadn’t given too much thought of anyone else on the team. I mean maybe I thought about Fi, because she and Michael are so closely linked together, but definitely not Sam or Jesse.

Well all of that changed in this episode. Even as we watched the group get saddled with yet another case just so that they could get the I.D.’s they needed to get the heck out of Dodge, I couldn’t help but to feel for Sam. That goodbye he had with Elsa was heartbreaking and I was ashamed of myself for not giving a thought to what all this craziness would be doing to his personal life. The truth is that Sam doesn’t necessarily have to run with Michael, Fi and Jesse, but at this point I’m not sure what other options he has. There’s no way he can stay in Miami to be with Elsa and yet I don’t see him taking her on the run either.

But no matter what I think, it’s obvious that Sam is re-thinking his life and where he’s ended up. Whether or not that will mean him seriously considering going his separate way from Michael, I have no idea. Plus, he’s of course not the only one being affected by Michael’s decisions. There’s obviously Fi, but there’s also Maddie and Jesse. Maddie’s life of a relaxing retirement in Miami is pretty much over, and though he may not have a woman he loves at home, I don’t think Jesse had planned on living the city either. It makes me wonder if the team is going to start talking about splitting up, which may seem like the logical solution, but would make me very unhappy.

My favorite bits..

“Sometimes being paranoid pays off.”

Wondering why none of the agency guys were noticing that their quarry was watching them with binoculars.

Sam’s voice breaking when he asked Elsa to tell the CIA that she didn’t know him anymore.

“Stay beautiful.”

Fi asking Michael to give Sam a minute.

“Didn’t I get you a cargo plane the last time I saw you?”

“None of your favors are little.”

Sam telling Dixon he was done flirting.

“Why do I tell you things, why?”
“Because I think deep down, you like me.”
“No, no that’s not it.”

Fi balking at being Dixon’s pretend girlfriend.

“I hope you get eye cancer, Dixon.”

“I don’t have a desperate tale of woe, but I do have three very well-armed friends.”

Fi threatening to blow Schmidt to pieces and then use the dust to powder her nose.

Michael forcing Schmidt to shoot his own tire.

“Oh, so, suddenly you’re an expert on how to run my business, Sinead O’Handsome?”

Sam partaking of one final soak in the Jacuzzi.

“All right then, let’s go do something insanely dangerous.” – And this is different from a normal day for them, how?

Cringing in sympathy when Fi burned Michael with that curling iron. Ouch.

Maddie calling Riley a bitch after she walked out the door.

Jesse ordering Schmidt to shoot at the guys, with his gun.

The whole sugar conversation and Michael drinking out of that teeny tiny cup.

“Why’d she give the meeting signal?”
“I don’t know Sam, it’s a rake, it didn’t come with subtitles.”

Maddie making it over that bridge just in time.

“We got the signal late.”
“Yeah that’s the problem with communicating with garden tools.”

Maddie asking Fi to promise that Michael wouldn’t leave without saying goodbye again.

“This drug, what does it do?”
“I don’t think you want to know.”

Michael using the fact that his mom was being bugged to get the CIA where they needed them.

Being impressed that Sam knew how to shock someone’s heart. Whoa!

“Was I dead?”
“You really want to know?”
“No, I’m good.”

The conversation between Riley and Maddie.

“It’s you two, it’s black George Clooney, the guy with the chin…”

What did you think of this episode of Burn Notice? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • http://kera.name/articles Tomalak Geret’kal

    You hadn’t thought about the others? I’m the opposite – Michael has been incredibly selfish for several seasons now and the show is frustrating me by showing the supporting characters just follow him around like lost sheep no matter what he does. Sam was slightly upset this week, which is ludicrous — all three of them (with the exception, perhaps, of Fi) should be utterly irate with him all the time! He has completely ruined all of their lives without a moment’s hesitation.

    • http://twitter.com/npssandy Sandy

      But don’t you know someone like that in real life? The person who always gets everyone to do whatever they want regardless of whether it’s what the other person wants? Not to the extent we’ve seen with Michael of course but people like that exist. Haven’t you ever looked at someone and thought, “I don’t know why people put up with him/her?” I think they stand up to him when it’s truly needed but there’s a reason he was a super spy–he has the charisma and verbal skills to get people to do his bidding and rarely complain about it.

      • ptjackson

        I know a person like that, and detest her. When I would not follow her mindlessly like her other minions, she destroyed a part of my life.

        But, returning to Michael, up to this point, what Michael was doing always was for the good of others – well, no, I guess that is not true, but most of the time, it was to clear his name, or Jesse’s name or Fi’s name (detecting a theme here).

        However, with the death of Nate, things changed. Michael became a man bent on revenge, and that never works out well. Hence the recent very seriously bad downward spiral. This is all starting to remind me of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, truthfully…..

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