The first half of tonight’s two-hour season finale was yet another episode of “Why Aren’t Michael And Company Getting Out Of Town This Week?” Matt Nix and the rest of the creative team have been playing this game ever since the show returned from hiatus, so why should we expect any different at this point? I’m pretty sure the plot of season six, part two was scribbled on the back of a cocktail napkin.
Anyway, now that our heroes have their passports and false identities, all they need is a ride out of Miami. That’s arranged with an envelope full of cash pressed into the hands of the local Frank Sobotka, but of course, it can’t be that easy. Riley and her troops swarm out of a shipping container, and before you can say Horseface, Jesse is in cuffs and Sam has been shot in the gut. Michael manages to get Sam back to the safehouse, but Jesse ends up in custody, getting whacked with the yellow pages and threatened with being tossed into a dark hole and forgotten.
Finale time is usually when Burn Notice digs deep into the roster of recurring characters for some pinch-hitters, and “You Can Run” is no exception. EMT and Fiona’s ex-boyfriend Campbell is called on to dress Sam’s wounds, and perhaps more importantly, CSS Agent Bly turns up to propose an unpalatable deal: Michael turns himself in and becomes an official witness on the Card case, and his friends get off a little (but presumably not much) easier.
Unless you believe Sam is in danger of dying (which of course you don’t), this first hour isn’t much different from the last couple of episodes, except that Patton Oswalt is no longer around to make fun of Bruce Campbell’s chin. The rhyming interrogation scenes-Riley and Jesse, Michael and his CIA-goon hostage-could have made for a resonant contrast of styles, but instead, they’re just another demonstration of how much smarter Michael is, and how much more loyalty he accrues, than anyone else. (And while Jesse’s loyalty is admirable, he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer if he didn’t guess, as you and I did, that Riley’s folder o’ secrets was actually filled with blank paper.)
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