Sunday, January 26, 2014

Burn Notice 7.5 - Exit Plan

Plot: Sasha's on the loose in Cuba, but not for long, as Mike and the guys manage to track her down and convince her to work with them to escape together. Which could be tricky, as the police have found their escape boat, and all ports and airfields have been closed off. To make matters worse, there's a top-flight G.R.U. agent, Oksana by name, on their tails.

The brilliant plan this week is for Sam and Jesse to pose as bounty hunters who are after Westen, and have a network of locals who keep them just well enough informed Oksana keeps them around, so they can know her plans. Meanwhile, Mike and Sasha will be trying to fix up a small plane in a maintenance hanger in preparation for a quick escape. It sort of works, as is true of most of their plans. Oksana gets wind of some doings at the hanger, so Jesse has to slip out and pretend Westen and Sasha are actually outside the police station laying siege, and that they want Mr. Chuck Finley sent out so they can deal with him. Oksana was only too happy to agree to that request, and so our four heroes make their way back to Miami.

In other plot news, CIA Jerk Strong leans on Fiona to keep her in Miami where she can be of use to Michael in this whole thing.

The Players: Sasha (Person of Interest), Ruben Hernandez (Smuggler), Oksana (Spy Hunter), Strong (Not Fi's Lawyer)

Quote of the Episode: Mike - 'How's it look out there?' Jesse - 'Oh, you know. Classic cars, good music, crumbling infrastructure. Oh, and you two are the stars of a nationwide manhunt.'

Does Fiona blow anything up? No.

Sam Axe Drink Count: 0 (1 overall).

Sam Getting Hit Count: 0 (0 overall).

Michael's Fake Laugh Count: 0 (0 overall). If I were a more egocentric individual, I'd say they were purposefully trying to avoid things people had grown accustomed to in the series.

Other: Giving Jesse the alias "Vigil Tibbs" is pushing the limit a bit. I know Oksana is Russian, but that doesn't mean she wouldn't know anything about In the Heat of the Night. Sure, she doesn't seem like the sort who would consider pop-culture references terribly relevant to her job (in a "know your enemy" way), but you can't be sure.

I do wonder how Sam and Jesse were going to slip away if Oksana hadn't gotten wind of something going on at that hanger, which forced the whole "Mike and Sasha are actually trying to kill you" ploy. Jesse made it outside alone easy enough, but I feel like if both of them had vanished, Oksana would have gotten suspicious. These guys were so eager to work with her, and now they bail? She's not supposed to be an idiot?

The best I can figure is they'd say they need to go canvass their sources. If they made themselves irritating enough, Oksana might be glad to be rid of them.

I was glad Fiona was open with Carlos about why she couldn't go to New Orleans, and that Carlos is willing to roll with it. I'm less happy Fiona tried the "I'm doing this for us" argument, and I'm still convinced Carlos is dead man walking. I'm not saying it's a good thing, he seems like a decent enough guy, it's just the impression I have. He's going to do something noble, and it's going to get him killed.

I can't believe Strong thought it was a good idea to break into the home of someone he knows to be heavily armed, has an itchy trigger finger, and hates his guts. He was even standing in front of a canvas that looked like he was bleeding. Just add his brain matter to the composition, Fi. A little texture for it.

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