I’m still trying to catch up on all the Burn Notice episodes saved on my TiVo. I’ve just finished 2×12, which was called “Seek and Destroy”. This was a pretty good ep, mostly because the Odd Job of the Week was interesting and had a new twist to it. There wasn’t much progress with the burn notice at all, and character development was kept to a minimum. Usually this wouldn’t add up to a good ep, but I was happy with the result here.
Odd Job of the Week: Michael needs some money to track down Derek Poole, so Fiona sets him up with a job she heard about. It’s for an art dealer named Scott Chandler, who’s convinced that someone is trying to breach his gallery’s security in order to find info about something. Michael poses as a security expert named Miles, and goes to work finding the culprit.
Of course, since Chandler is referred to by his last name and seems like a pretty slimy guy, I got the feeling that there was more to him than met the eye. I was right, as Chandler’s receptionist turned out to be the one bugging his office and keyboard. Her name is Melanie (hey, it’s the receptionist from The Practice!), and she has a good reason for going after Chandler. He basically stole a painting from her father (who was an artist). Melanie is trying to recover the $7 million piece and bring Chandler to justice.
After verifying Melanie’s story, Mike and Sam set up a neat little double-cross that ends up getting Chandler killed by one of his own associates (there we go with Michael being indirectly responsible for murder), who in turn gets nabbed by the cops while trying to dump Chandler’s body in a river. Convenient.
Burn Notice Progress: Michael works with Seymour the arms dealer to track down Derek Poole, the bomber who tried to kill him. Seymour first finds Derek’s girlfriend Bianca, who leads them to Derek’s secluded place. From there, Michael and Fi move in, capture Derek, and force him to talk. It turns out Derek was paid $100k to rig Michael’s door, but he doesn’t know who ordered the hit. He just got the order and a wire transfer, that was it. He gives Michael the account number. Mike will now try to track down the person behind the number.
Character Development: As I said, not much went down in the way of personal stuff. Michael and Fi mostly avoided talking about sleeping together, while Sam figured out what was going on because of how strange they were acting around each other. No Sharon Gless in this ep, which sucked, but I guess there really wasn’t any way to fit her in.
Looking forward to the next ep!