Burn Notice

Thursday 23 September, 9:00pm on Fiver

US action series following the exploits of a spyturned- private investigator. In this week’s thrilling season finale, Westen and Victor team up against Carla’s organisation, but she responds by going after Madeline. This episode guest-stars John Mahoney (‘Frasier’) as Carla’s boss. Carla informs Westen that her boss is due in town, and as a result he must catch Victor and deliver him to her immediately. Unbeknown to Carla, Westen has already caught Victor and incarcerated him in a lock-up, where he and Sam have been interrogating him about Carla’s shadowy organisation. At first Victor is uncooperative, but Westen tells him that if he refuses to talk, he will be handed over. “Your only shot now is to trust me,” Westen warns him. “You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.” Victor confesses that he was working for the CIA in Mexico City when all at once his wife and son were murdered, and he received a burn notice. Shortly afterwards Carla got in touch and asked him to work for her, and Victor agreed, treating it as an opportunity to find out who killed his family. However, before long, Victor uncovered the shocking truth, which set him on the path to taking his revenge. “It was Carla,” he recalls bitterly. “She had my family killed as part of my recruitment.” As Westen verifies Victor’s story, Sam continues the interrogation process. Victor warns him that if Carla is ordered to pull out of Miami by her management, Westen will be in deep trouble. “If Michael doesn’t hand me over, Carla’s going to cut her losses,” he insists. “Starting with Michael’s family.” When Westen returns to Victor’s side, his old adversary warns him that Carla will have wised up to their treachery by now. They decide to flee the lockup, which is already surrounded by her henchmen. With customary guile, Westen and his new comrade manage to escape, prompting a furious phone call from Carla. “Enough,” she tells him, darkly. “It’s time for you to learn that actions have consequences.”

Thursday 2 September, 9:00pm on Fiver

This light-hearted US drama series follows the adventures of a spy-turned-private detective. This week, Westen’s nemesis Jason Bly returns to Miami with a view to blackmailing him. However, when the enemies get caught up in a bank robbery, working together becomes their only hope of survival. Westen is on the trail of the people who tried to kill him. His money-laundering pal Barry has been looking into a bank account used to pay Westen’s would-be assassin. However, a few minutes into the conversation, Westen begins to suspect that Barry is wearing a wire. As Westen gets up to leave, his archenemy Jason Bly (Alex Carter, ‘CSI’) appears. The government agent declares that he has enough evidence on Westen to see him jailed for assisting Barry with his money-laundering operation. “Barry is the brick that I will tie around your neck before I throw you into that beautiful blue ocean over there,” he warns the former spy. “How deep you sink depends on how quickly I get that blackmail file.” Meanwhile, Madeline accosts her son and asks him to help her friend Paula, who believes that she is being stalked by Tom Prescott, a man she met online. Westen agrees to help, but before he can track Prescott down, he gets a call from Paula informing him that the stalker has turned up at her place of work, an exclusive private bank. Shortly after Westen arrives on the scene, Bly appears to taunt him. Hot on his heels is Prescott, flanked by four armed men. “This is a robbery!” Prescott announces. “Stay quiet, follow orders, or people die.” The criminals, who have used a signal jammer to prevent the hostages calling for help, herd the staff and customers into a small office. Bly attempts to ambush one of the men, but ends up with a gunshot wound to the arm. Westen spies an opportunity and decides to pose as a doctor. After some persuasion, Prescott allows him to collect medical supplies from elsewhere in the building.

Thursday 26 August, 9:00pm on Fiver

This light-hearted US drama series follows the adventures of a spy-turned-private detective. This week, Michael Westen calls on the services of an old acquaintance to help track down the bomber who tried to kill him. Elsewhere, Westen comes to the aid of a paranoid art dealer. In the interests of intelligence gathering, Fiona and Westen decide to pay a visit to hapless arms dealer Seymour, who formerly helped them to track down Carla’s sniper rifle (see episode seven, ‘Rough Seas’). Seymour is less than thrilled to see the duo and pulls a gun on them, but Westen quickly stops him in his tracks. “You are such a badass,” says an awestruck Seymour as Westen holds him in an arm lock. “It’s kind of awesome.” Seymour agrees to comply with Westen’s demands to help him track down explosives expert Derek Poole – the man behind the attempt to blow up his apartment – in return for some martial arts tips. The enthusiastic arms dealer, keen to impress his new buddy, is soon in touch with Westen to tell him that Derek has connections with the Russian mob. He also informs him that he has traced his girlfriend and is about to have his gormless bodyguard put a tracking device under her car. “It’s cool,” he tells the alarmed spy. “I told him to just pretend like he’s tying his shoes.” After Westen narrowly averts this potentially disastrous act, Seymour makes amends by leading him to Derek’s booby-trapped forest hideout. He agrees to provide his partners with specialised weapons for disabling the explosive devices so that they can extract information from Derek about who he is working for – but will Westen come to regret relying upon his clownish new associate? Elsewhere this week, Westen takes a job helping out a paranoid art dealer in order to generate some much-needed cash. The dealer, Scott Chandler, is convinced that someone has bugged his phone and has been rifling through his computer files. “My business, my reputation, depends on information remaining private,” he tells his new employee.

Thursday 19 August, 9:00pm on Fiver

This light-hearted US drama series follows the adventures of a spy-turned-private detective. This week, Westen assists a young college footballer who is being victimised by a ruthless gangster. Elsewhere, Fi comes a step closer to identifying the culprit who planted a bomb in Westen’s apartment. Sam approaches Westen with a proposition. He can secure them free tickets to see the Miami Dolphins if they help out a friend of his with ‘a little problem’. Westen and Sam pay a visit to Shawn Martin, an American football coach at a local college. One of Martin’s star players, Corey Jensen, recently got into a fight with a gangster named Felix. “Word is he wants Corey dead,” says the coach. Felix and his gang of car thieves now have Corey in their sights. Westen is reluctant to get involved, and even less keen to tackle Felix’s entire mob. Fi urges him to change his mind after meeting Corey and his 15-yearold sister, Tanya, and hearing their story. “It seems this man Felix took Tanya for a ride in his car and then he attacked her,” Fi says. “She escaped – barely. Then Corey went after him with a baseball bat.” Westen believes the matter is a job for the police, but Fi’s strength of feeling wins out. “You’re letting your emotions get the better of you,” Westen tells her. “I feel verystrongly about this,” Fi shoots back. Felix and his crew steal cars for Miami kingpin Tony Soto. Westen’s plan is to attack Felix’s business. “Tony won’t back Felix if we put him out of business,” he says. “A new gang of car thieves is coming to town.” Westen, Sam and Fi don their best suits, jump into a car and waylay Felix in the street. They burn a hole in the gangster’s engine and deliver a warning. “Felix – it’s time for you to leave Miami,” Westen says.

Thursday 5 August, 9:00pm on Fiver

Light-hearted US drama series about a spyturned- private detective. This week, Michael Westen and the gang help a man who was conned out of the money he needs to pay for his sick child’s life-saving treatment. Carla denies all knowledge of the attempt on Westen’s life. Having just recovered from a frantic car chase, ever-alert Westen spots a suicidal man on the verge of walking into the oncoming traffic. Westen impulsively grabs the emotional man before he is injured. The man, Kenny, tells Westen that he was trying to kill himself to get an insurance payout for his sick six-year-old son, who has a serious heart condition that can only be treated at one expensive clinic. However, Kenny can no longer afford the $250,000 treatment fee because a group of con artists tricked him out of his savings. Kenny tells Westen how he met a woman in a pharmacy who put him in contact with the doctor who cured her son’s condition. “It looked like it was working – until the doctor vanished,” Kenny says. “It turned out to be pep pills mixed with painkillers, and it made Jack worse.” Despite his special ops training, Westen finds it difficult to hide his emotions from Kenny. “I will get you your money back – by any means necessary,” he assures his newest client. When Westen breaks the news of his latest venture to Sam, his buddy is less than impressed. “It’s irresponsible – you’re raising this guy’s hopes,” Sam insists. “Not to mention that you’ve got guys trying to kill you.” However, Sam soon comes round to the idea, and Westen sends him to flash his cash in a local clinic in order to attract the con artists. Fiona steps in to publicly offer him some black market medicines, which draws out one of the scammer’s heavies, Todd.

Thursday 5 August, 9:00pm on Fiver

Light-hearted US drama series about a spyturned- private detective. This week, Michael Westen and the gang help a man who was conned out of the money he needs to pay for his sick child’s life-saving treatment. Carla denies all knowledge of the attempt on Westen’s life. Having just recovered from a frantic car chase, ever-alert Westen spots a suicidal man on the verge of walking into the oncoming traffic. Westen impulsively grabs the emotional man before he is injured. The man, Kenny, tells Westen that he was trying to kill himself to get an insurance payout for his sick six-year-old son, who has a serious heart condition that can only be treated at one expensive clinic. However, Kenny can no longer afford the $250,000 treatment fee because a group of con artists tricked him out of his savings. Kenny tells Westen how he met a woman in a pharmacy who put him in contact with the doctor who cured her son’s condition. “It looked like it was working – until the doctor vanished,” Kenny says. “It turned out to be pep pills mixed with painkillers, and it made Jack worse.” Despite his special ops training, Westen finds it difficult to hide his emotions from Kenny. “I will get you your money back – by any means necessary,” he assures his newest client. When Westen breaks the news of his latest venture to Sam, his buddy is less than impressed. “It’s irresponsible – you’re raising this guy’s hopes,” Sam insists. “Not to mention that you’ve got guys trying to kill you.” However, Sam soon comes round to the idea, and Westen sends him to flash his cash in a local clinic in order to attract the con artists. Fiona steps in to publicly offer him some black market medicines, which draws out one of the scammer’s heavies, Todd.

Thursday 29 July, 9:00pm on Fiver

Light-hearted US drama series about a spyturned- private detective. In this episode, Sam and Westen mount a counter-surveillance operation against Carla. Westen goes undercover as a bodyguard to thwart the kidnapping of a teenage heiress. Outside the building that Bill Johnson entered with his forged pass (see last week’s episode, ‘Double Booked’), Sam attempts to convince Westen not to go inside. “You might be walking into a hornet’s nest,” he warns. Ignoring his friend’s advice, Westen enters the building, only to find it completely empty apart from a sniper’s perch facing out onto the water. Westen quickly works out that the only possible target is the ferry that passes the window every hour. Meanwhile, Sam spots Carla and places a tracking device on her motorbike. Westen escapes the building just in time, and later the duo trace her to an upmarket hotel, where they hire a room to observe her comings and goings. Sam works his contacts to gain a master key for every room in the hotel, and a means of bypassing the facialrecognition computer installed at Carla’s door. Once inside Carla’s room, Westen finds a stash of files detailing every aspect of her mysterious operation – except the name of the sniper’s target. Soon enough Carla contacts Westen to warn him off. “There are things in the works that are far, far over your head,” she tells him. “Stay out of them or there will be consequences.” Carla stays true to her word, and the spy is contacted by a distressed Madeline, who tells him that Nate has been arrested. Shortly before the police arrived, Carla phoned and ordered Madeline to tell Westen to back off. Sam and Westen follow Carla to the waterfront near the sniper’s perch, but they quickly realise that they have been set up – Carla expected them to be there and wanted Westen to see the shooting. Can the spy escape Carla’s surveillance team and stop the sniper in his tracks?

Thursday 22 July, 9:00pm on Fiver

Double Booked (Series 2: 8/16) Light-hearted US drama series about a spyturned- private detective. In this episode, an old pal of Westen’s returns from the dead and asks him to carry out a contract killing. Sam helps Westen track down the mysterious Bill Johnson. Returning home late at night, Westen finds an old special forces colleague, Larry Sizemore (Tim Matheson, ‘The West Wing’) waiting for him. Many years earlier, Larry was presumed dead when Westen and 15 other witnesses saw him walk into a burning oil refinery just before it exploded. Westen invites his old friend in, but insists on checking him for weapons first. “Mike, you think I would hurt you?” Larry quips. “That hurts me.” Larry explains that since faking his own death, he has been working freelance, but he quickly gets straight to the point. “I want to pay you a lot of money to kill a lady,” Larry tells his old comrade. Westen is not surprised that Larry is running a murder-for-hire operation, but the intended hit arouses Westen’s interest. The target is middleaged cancer nurse Jeannie, whose rich husband is dying. Someone – Larry will not reveal who – wants to stop Jeannie getting her hands on her husband’s money. Westen agrees to do the job, but he has no intention of killing the innocent woman. “If a cop comes within a mile of this, I kill everybody,” Larry warns. With Fiona’s help, Westen ambushes Jeannie, and the nurse immediately realises who is responsible for the bounty on her head. She tells the spies that her husband’s spoilt son from his first marriage, Drew, has accused her of being a gold digger. Westen orders Fiona to pose as Jeannie’s friend and stay with her for protection. At the same time, she bugs Drew’s room.

Thursday 15 July, 9:00pm on Fiver

Light-hearted US drama series about a spyturned- private detective. In this episode, Westen and the gang attempt to track down the group of pirates responsible for stealing lifesaving medicines from a charity. Fiona and Westen try to learn more about the stolen sniper rifle. Virgil, Sam’s old SEAL friend, arrives in Miami to plead with Westen to help out the daughter of a good friend. Westen is not pleased to see Virgil at first, because he promised to stay out of town for his own safety. However, he softens when Virgil tells him that the girl, Marcela, runs a medical relief group, and a million-dollar shipment of medicines was stolen from her charity by pirates. Sam tracks down black-market prescription drug dealer Feldman, who operates from a golf equipment store. They soon discover that Feldman is merely a small-time dealer, but he agrees to arrange a meeting with his supplier, a volatile man named Gerard, after Westen threatens to expose his activities. Sam sets about befriending Gerard, and – after impressing the dealer by rescuing him in a barroom brawl – manages to arrange a meeting with him. The plan is to stage a heist and steal the charity’s drugs back from Gerard. Sam tells Gerard that he knows of a man who is storing a $2million shipment of steroids on his yacht, and together they decide to raid the boat. Sam brings Westen on board to play the part of a geeky pharmaceuticals expert. Westen and Gerard stake out the yacht, while Virgil plays the part of its owner. The heist commences, and the duo get away with the fake pharmaceuticals that Virgil and Sam have cooked up and hidden on the yacht. Gerard takes Westen back to his warehouse, but one glance around tells the spy he has no chance of finding Marcela’s stolen antiviral drugs without getting caught.

Thursday 8 July, 9:00pm on Fiver

US drama series about an ex-spy who juggles private detective work with his quest to discover why the government abruptly ended his career. Westen comes to the aid of an old friend whose colleague is trying to frame him for embezzling their employer’s funds. Elsewhere, Westen meets his new boss. Unexpected circumstances bring Westen together with an old friend named Ricky, a former bad boy who has turned his life around to become an accountant for famous hip-hop mogul Valentine (played by rapper and ‘The Wire’ star Method Man). However, $2million has mysteriously gone missing from Valentine’s charity account – and Ricky’s famously volatile boss wants answers. The accountant believes that Valentine’s right-hand man Eddie has something to do with the missing money, so he asks Westen to prove it before the mogul has him killed. Westen decides to take a look through Eddie’s files, which Ricky tells him he keeps locked away in his office. Fi calls in a bomb threat to the building next door, knowing that the ‘frequency jammers’ used by the bomb squad will send the CCTV cameras in Valentine’s building into meltdown. In the commotion, Michael retrieves Eddie’s books. The files prove nothing concrete, but they do indicate that Eddie is trying to find a front business through which to launder the stolen cash. Michael decides to pose as a money launderer, with Barry’s help, and convince Eddie to wash the money through him. He meets Eddie and makes him an offer with attractive returns. Meanwhile, as Valentine gives Ricky two days to produce the missing money, Eddie backs out of his deal with Westen. The spy orders Sam to tail Eddie in the hope that he will think the FBI are on to him, and feel compelled to hide the money straight away. The plan works, and Westen soon gets a call from a frantic Eddie asking for help. However, Eddie tells Westen that he has a loose end to tie up before he moves the money. Westen realises he means that he is going to have Ricky killed – but is he too late to save his friend’s life?

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