The Best Episodes of Burn Notice

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2018

Covert intelligence operative Michael Westen has been punched, kicked, choked and shot. And now he's received a "burn notice", blacklisting him from the intelligence community and compromising his very identity. He must track down a faceless nemesis without getting himself killed while doubling as a private investigator on the dangerous streets of Miami in order to survive.

Reckoning (2)

#1 - Reckoning (2)

Season 7 - Episode 13

Michael must regain the trust of those closest to him in order to finish what he started.

star 8.50
590 votes
Directors: Matt Nix
Writers: Matt Nix
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Tipping Point

#2 - Tipping Point

Season 7 - Episode 11

As Michael becomes ever more conflicted with his mission, he travels to Mexico with Sonya in order to help James with an important job. Anxious to finish the operation, Strong hires freelance mercenaries to extract James on site... but brings along an unexpected guest.

star 8.46
505 votes
Directors: Scott Peters
Writers: Rashad Raisani, Michael Horowitz
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Shock Wave

#3 - Shock Wave

Season 6 - Episode 6

Michael and the CIA get closer to discovering Anson's location, allowing them to release Fiona from prison. However, an MI6 agent attempts to put the operation to a stop in favor of bringing Fiona into British custody. Elsewhere, an assassin traps Sam and Barry in a secluded beach house.

star 8.39
420 votes
Directors: Renny Harlin
Writers: Jason Tracey
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Fail Safe

#4 - Fail Safe

Season 5 - Episode 18

As the team reaches a breaking point with Anson and his sinister plans, Pearce puts Michael in charge of his biggest CIA mission yet.

star 8.36
350 votes
Directors: Renny Harlin
Writers: Matt Nix
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Sea Change (1)

#5 - Sea Change (1)

Season 7 - Episode 12

Michael must expose his identity to James and Sonya. Meanwhile, Fiona, Sam and Jesse form a plan to retrieve Michael.

star 8.33
517 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Ryan Johnson, Peter Lalayanis
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Game Change

#6 - Game Change

Season 6 - Episode 18

Michael is nearly killed when a powerful enemy sends a crew of cartel assassins after his entire team. Michael realizes that in order to protect the ones closest to him, he must eliminate the threat once and for all.

star 8.32
236 votes
Directors: Matt Nix
Writers: Matt Nix
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You Can Run

#7 - You Can Run

Season 6 - Episode 17

Michael attempts to leave the country, but when the escape is ambushed, Sam and Jesse are taken captive. Racing against the clock to save Sam, Michael must also figure out how to rescue Jesse before time runs out.

star 8.31
370 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Craig O'Neill
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Last Stand

#8 - Last Stand

Season 4 - Episode 18

Michael, Fiona, and Jessie try to keep the NOC list away from Vaughn and his strike team. Meanwhile Sam and Madeline try to convince Congressman Cowley to pass the list higher up.

star 8.31
328 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Matt Nix
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Desperate Times

#9 - Desperate Times

Season 6 - Episode 10

The gang travel to Panama to take down an assassin, but their target discovers their plans and sets up a trap of his own. Elsewhere, Madeline grills Card for answers.

star 8.28
429 votes
Directors: Renny Harlin
Writers: Craig O'Neill
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Forget Me Not

#10 - Forget Me Not

Season 7 - Episode 2

Michael returns to Miami in order to preserve his cover, but Strong puts a damper on his homecoming by forbidding Michael from contacting his friends.

star 8.27
541 votes
Writers: Ben Watkins
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Psychological Warfare

#11 - Psychological Warfare

Season 7 - Episode 7

Michael finally meets with the head of the organization he’s been assigned to dismantle, but things get dicey when the leader drugs him at gunpoint in order to learn his deepest secrets. In danger of exposing his cover, Michael soon realizes that in order to protect his future... he'll have to face his past first.

star 8.22
563 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Ryan Johnson, Peter Lalayanis
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Guilty as Charged

#12 - Guilty as Charged

Season 4 - Episode 12

Fiona attempts to find Jesse and convince him to meet with Michael. Meanwhile, Michael helps a criminal defense attorney rescue his daughter after she is kidnapped by one of his clients.

star 8.22
311 votes
Writers: Matt Nix
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Means & Ends

#13 - Means & Ends

Season 6 - Episode 12

Fiona is surprised by a visit from a smuggler she met in prison who needs her help bringing down a corrupt Miami detective. Meanwhile, Michael teams up with a former adversary in order to turn the tables on a more treacherous foe.

star 8.20
228 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Jason Tracey
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Enemy of My Enemy

#14 - Enemy of My Enemy

Season 5 - Episode 6

The CIA abandons Sam after he goes undercover with a heroin dealer while trying to recover a weapon. Meanwhile, Pearce continues searching for Max's killer.

star 8.20
324 votes
Writers: Jason Tracey
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Under the Gun

#15 - Under the Gun

Season 6 - Episode 4

Michael, Sam and Jesse head down to the Everglades to track a lead, but things go horribly wrong when Sam is kidnapped by an unexpected foe. In prison, Fiona finds herself in hot water with a pair of dangerous inmates. An ally offers to help, in exchange for a dangerous favor.

star 8.19
408 votes
Directors: Dennie Gordon
Writers: Michael Horowitz
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Scorched Earth

#16 - Scorched Earth

Season 6 - Episode 1

Refusing to let Anson get away, Michael races against the clock to find him... But time may not be his only obstacle. Meanwhile, Fiona is taken into federal custody after her surrender, where she's interrogated by an old nemesis.

star 8.19
450 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Matt Nix
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Bitter Pill

#17 - Bitter Pill

Season 7 - Episode 9

The team look for an antidote at the manufacturer's lab in order to save a poisoned Middle Eastern diplomat. Elsewhere, Madeline takes action when she suspects she's being followed.

star 8.18
520 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Writers: Alfredo Barrios, Jr., Daniel Tuch
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Last Rites

#18 - Last Rites

Season 6 - Episode 3

When Agent Pearce learns the identity of her fiancée's killer, she enlists Michael's help to seek revenge. Things get complicated, however, when they discover the man is under protection as a CIA asset. Meanwhile, Fiona seeks out a well-connected prison smuggler to find out who was behind an attempt on her life.

star 8.17
405 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Ben Watkins
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Down Range

#19 - Down Range

Season 7 - Episode 3

Sam and Jesse travel to the Dominican Republic to help Michael with a high-stakes trade. Elsewhere, Fiona intervenes when a bookie tries to extort Madeline.

star 8.17
523 votes
Directors: Scott Peters
Writers: Craig O'Neill
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Dead to Rights

#20 - Dead to Rights

Season 5 - Episode 12

With convincing from Sam and Jesse, Pearce begrudgingly lets Michael take drastic measures attempting to clear himself of Max's murder. Meanwhile, Larry returns, having kidnapped a government psychiatrist, and insists that Michael help him with a job.

star 8.17
343 votes
Directors: Matt Nix
Writers: Jason Tracey
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Things Unseen

#21 - Things Unseen

Season 7 - Episode 10

When Michael discovers an old friend digging up secrets that could expose his cover, he must decide just how far he will go to protect the mission. Meanwhile, Sam and Jesse are thrust in the middle of a street war involving a decade-old murder after Fiona’s boyfriend is targeted by a coldblooded gang member.

star 8.16
514 votes
Directors: Craig Siebels
Writers: Ben Watkins, Craig O'Neill
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Official Business

#22 - Official Business

Season 6 - Episode 9

The CIA recruits Fiona to break into a guarded safe after a civilian asset winds up in over her head with a black market entrepreneur. Meanwhile, Sam and Jesse visit a mercenary training camp in hopes of finding the whereabouts of an exceptionally skilled sniper.

star 8.16
397 votes
Writers: Bridget Tyler
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New Deal

#23 - New Deal

Season 7 - Episode 1

Michael's deal with the CIA sends him to the Dominican Republic to infiltrate a terrorist organization headed by an old contact. Sam, Fiona, and Jesse try to move on with their lives, but are drawn back in when someone starts asking questions about Michael's whereabouts. Maddie tries to get custody of her grandson.

star 8.16
572 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Matt Nix
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Mixed Messages

#24 - Mixed Messages

Season 6 - Episode 2

After the CIA denies his request to see Fiona, Michael calls upon his old Mentor, Tom Card. Michael offers help on a mission to take down a notorious drug cartel if Card can get him visitation privileges. In prison, Fiona is targeted by a ruthless gang leader, and must turn to a new friend in order to fend them off.

star 8.15
421 votes
Writers: Alfredo Barrios Jr.
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Over the Line

#25 - Over the Line

Season 6 - Episode 13

Michael becomes the target of a CIA task force after he’s accused of a crime at a local hotel. Meanwhile, senior officer Olivia Riley brings Sam in for questioning, and attempts to use him to find Michael’s whereabouts.

star 8.14
396 votes
Directors: Marc Roskin
Writers: Ben Watkins
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