BURN NOTICE “Square One” Review

BURN NOTICE “Square One” Season 4 Episode 5 – After Michael’s CIA handler was killed and he was framed (and subsequently had to erase evidence leading to him and the killer) a team of agents descend upon Miami to investigate the death of one of their own, led by the beautiful, pitbully Agent Pearce. Michael smooth talks his way into Pearce’s good graces-apparently CIA agents cannot resist a suave smooth talker, even if he has been burned and his CIA handlers do have a nasty habit of dying.

Pearce’s purpose in this episode does not amount to much, but hopefully she’ll clash with Michael further down the line. She immediately lets Michael into some top secret information so he can obtain information that CIA protocols won’t let her access (like protocols have ever stopped the CIA). Eventually, Michael’s lead comes in a grocery store. With Fiona and Sam’s help he finds a stack of video tapes from a security camera and has his mother go through the pile. It would seem that whoever killed Max really has it in for Michael: they’ve framed him, as the guy on tape going into the store to buy a cell phone. Who knows what else they did to frame him? Things are getting murky so I’m pretty optimistic about how things will turn out.

Meanwhile, Matt Lauria from the ill-fated The Chicago Code and the Emmy nominated (huzzah!) Friday Night Lights guest stars as a sniper back from a tour in Afghanistan only to find his sister in the hospital, beaten into the ICU. Lauria’s character is seeking retribution and when leads to his sister’s boyfriend point to a scumbag scam man, he enlists Michael’s help to bring the guy down. It’s the standard deception and weird-accents-meets the occasional confrontational gunfight which has zero stakes no-matter-how-fast-the-violins-are-going case of the week. Lauria, stepped out of his comfort zone, doesn’t really convince as a hothead would-be murderer. What he lacks in intensity however, he makes up for with charm and likability. He is a really likable guy and in the end stepping out of his comfort zone does not become a problem.

The episode established Pearce by telling us a lot about her, showing us that she’s rather gullible. If someone is going to go toe-to-toe with Michael, I want them to surprise him-and by extension we the audience-and prove that they are a force to be reckoned with. So far Pearce’s pitbull speech seemed like a bunch of hooha bravado. Time will tell if her words translate to her actions.

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