Jeffrey Donovan Interview: 'Burn Notice', Cast Chemistry and His Advice to Actors - Daily Actor
Burn Notice Life Lessons & Quotes - #42 Michael Westen/Jeffrey Donovan Michael . Life Lessons from Fiona - "If something seems too good to be true, it's . A page for describing Recap: Burn Notice S 1 E 7 Broken Rules. Fiona pulls up in a stolen car with illegal weapons in the trunk, just as sirens start to blare in Barry to set up a surprise business relationship between Michael and Bly. . with Sam asking Fi for relationship advice and the two working well together on the. Whenever Burn Notice decides it's time to delve into the dysfunctional dynamics of the Michael/Fiona relationship, it's usually a good.
Michael rolls with the changes and pretends to work for Concha. He starts dressing more "Spanish" and expands his attacks to include civilians Fiona. Concha then asks Michael to kill his client, as eliminating that man will break the morale and resistance of the rest of the neighborhood.
Michael convinces him to be elsewhere during the attack. Then he convinces Concha's second in command, a more old-school gangster who disagrees with Concha's methods and long term goals that she has him marked for death.
In desperation, Number Two offers Michael a deal; he's willing to kill Concha, knows that a lot of her mooks will follow him because they're not really enthusiastic about her goals, and in return he'll turn over the neighborhood to Michael and they'll totally withdraw from it. Michael agrees and the hit goes forward. With Concha dead and Michael apparently in control of the neighborhood, the villains are out of the picture for the foreseeable future, and the neighborhood is safe.
With his blackmail of Bly in place, Michael refuses reward and walks away. Burn Notice Arc Michael has learned his new federal agent's name: Michael outs him as an intelligence agent in a restaurant to make him angry. Bly responds that learning to live with having been fired is a process, and Michael should think about what could happen not just to himself, but to his friends and family as well.
Fiona pulls up in a stolen car with illegal weapons in the trunk, just as sirens start to blare in the distance. Michael and Fiona have to flee. Bly and Michael have another chat, in which Michael presses for information about his burn notice, and Bly counters that Michael should get a new life. Bly offers him a complete package to that end.
A job as a security guard. Safe, boring, reliable, and with no opportunities to cause Westen-style trouble.
Instead, Michael asks money-launderer Barry to set up a surprise business relationship between Michael and Bly. Barry agrees in return for a small amount of money and the promise of a future favor. Bly shows up at Michael's apartment, continuing the pressure on Michael to accept the lowly job of security job. Michael notes that Bly has a new, nicer rental car and Bly continues to threaten Michael's family, specifically his brother and Fiona.
Michael appears to knuckle under to Bly's threats. This and the events of the episode make it look like he and Michael are in a closer relationship than is actually the case.
This allows Michael to blackmail Bly and get him to back off and give Michael information. Using this blackmail, Michael successfully gets his hand on the dossier behind his burn notice and Bly leaves town. Meanwhile, Michael takes Bly's car. Michael and Fiona Michael and Fi have been dancing around their relationship for some time now. She's not willing to take no for an answer any more. Either Michael puts up or shuts up. At the end of the episode, they spend some time in hand to hand combat before it upgrades to something more intimate.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When "trashing" Ernie's store, Michael takes a bat to the countertop, a donut display, and then very gently pushes over a rack of flowers.
Later in the episode, during his confrontation with Bly, Michael frames him for corruption, blackmails him, and drives off in his rental car.
The cutscene where Michael and Fi put together a bomb is surprisingly playful. Military firebombs use chemicals that are ridiculously toxic, unstable, and explosive. Homemade firebombs are more reliable, if less effective. After screaming in "fear", she punches Michael a lot, gives him her purse, and drives away. Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: It's Diego that plants the bomb that kills Concha, not Michael.
Although it was Michael's idea. Concha is a dark and dominant woman, darker than the show has seen so far, and the first to die by Team Westen's manipulation.
That's Spanish for "You don't have anything up here. How Michael gets Bly to back off. Trust me, that's the hard part.
This week's client is Hispanic, like Michael's first client, Javier, who referred him to Michael. Michael's typical "I'll see what I can do" is attacked by a client who wants him to be more certain. Many of the events of the episode, like Bly being in Michael's apartment without a warrant and the red convertible he's mysteriously upgraded to. These are all part of Michael's eventual blackmail. Michael's crazy thief persona is perhaps quicker and brutal than he normally is, taking thugs down with a few quick punches and a baseball bat.
Gringos Michael, Fiona, and Sam are out of place. Fiona objects to the notion that she might not have gotten away from the cops without Michael's help. Assistant crime boss Diego Cruz. Even Evil Has Standards: Diego, The Dragonis old school. He doesn't like Concha's technical plans or heavy-handed tactics. He like his crime to be in your face, personal Michael's identity is rapidly becoming this in certain circles.
Javier, his first client, failed to keep quiet about Michael's role in his salvation. The client's father built his store; most of the neighborhood businesses are the same. Concha is willing to use her feminine wile when recruiting Michael. Pointing out that it's bad business practice to demand more than your victims can pay.
Concha's interested in real estate potential, not barrio businesses. Michael's aware that Bly is sitting on the stairs leading up to his apartment even before he opens the gate leading to his courtyard. For anyone working in covert ops, names have a special power. Interplay of Sex and Violence: Their fight at the end of the episode clearly and completely mixes both for Mike and Fi.
It's mostly fight until it's mostly sex, but it's never not both. Diego feels this way to a certain extent, he wants to stick with the old fashioned gangster ways that have worked for him in the past instead of getting involved with Concha's new way of mixing the legit and criminal worlds.
Concha was going to have Michael killed by her henchman, who was also going to kill Michael's client and blow up his store. Instead, the henchman, upset by her ruthless tactics, blows her up. Michael gives back most of the shopkeep's money.
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Turns out he just needed some cash to run through a bank account a few dozen times so he could blackmail Bly by making it look like he'd given him a lot of money.
You know, if I had to do an accent or some kind of character it was always fun to kind of make that up with the writer at the time.
And then over the years they kind of evolved into sometimes some wacky guys and sometimes some pretty sadistic guys. But yeah, it keeps it interesting.
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It might be out of their comfort zone. Those are the most difficult ones. And the — one of the most difficult ones was this kind of character I did about — I think it was Season 3, where I basically played the devil and I think this name was Louis — almost like Louis Cifer as in Lucifer. And he was a cross between the devil and Clint Eastwood and I played him — I mean I just went out on a limb and played him. Who has been your favorite villain on the show?
I have to think. Jay Karnes, I mean a wonderful actor and very well known and he played for the first time — one of the things that I always say to Matt Nix and all of the writers is never dumb down the villain.
I think why James Bond is, you know, the series always works is because the villains were always these mega intelligent villains. And I said when you dumb down a villain then you dumb down Michael. Always make the villains smarter than Michael but Michael just figures out the one Achilles heel that the villain has. And the closest person to ever do that was Jay Karnes. And an actor like that is incredible anyway but to put him in that role where he basically tells Michael, what are you going to do?Burn Notice - Just Us (Michael & Fiona)
Are you going to do this? Well then I have the answer to that. Are you going to do that? He always was one step ahead of Michael which was always the — kind of a great villain, a great foe is that the villain is smarter than you.
If you could act alongside any actor living or dead who would it be? Edgar and I would have loved to have stepped into the ring with him.
There is an authenticity and a reality that he just brings because of the person he is. So I would have loved to have done that. That would probably be — I would probably consider myself accomplished if I could ever go toe to toe with him. How do you continue to maintain that? Spend as little time with each other off the set.
When you play a role like Michael and Fiona, there is an intimacy and a kind of spark that I think is hard to maintain over seven years when you spend every, you know, working hour with them and then every social hour with them. So we do our best to never lay eyes on each other after work. How was it working with John C. You know, going toe to toe with McGinley is, you know, you should — though you will never be recognized you should just win an award for going toe to toe with John C.
How long can you see playing this role and do you have a vision of how you would like to see it end for Michael? But the only thing that can happen is that it becomes much more personal.
It — now it becomes about his family, his past and his friends. And I think that will probably be what Season 7 is about. And I guess, you know, it will come full circle because when Michael was burned he was plopped in Miami and he had to deal with his mother and he had to deal with Fiona. And I think probably Season 7 will be our final season and it will probably come down to those two people probably in some devastating fashion.
You know, you do run the risk of getting into a monotonous rut because you shoot 70 hours a week the same character and sometimes overlapping dialog from other episodes kind of, you know, creep back in.
But whenever you show up, especially with someone like Sharon Gless or with Bruce Cambell, they have such a freshness when they come onset and such a great attitude that it kind of inspires you. So staying sharp is — I thank, you know, the actors for being sharp because it can become kind of monotonous. As you mentioned, for another season to happen you do sort of have to take the show and the character in a different direction. Well I think that not only am I kind of tired of it, I think maybe the fans are a little tired of just me trying to get back into the CIA and burned.
I mean when his brother is killed I mean you can see a rage in Michael that — which hopefully the audiences kind of connect with.
But I think that there is a side of Michael that would channel some kind of monster if he felt like that was the only way to get retribution for someone being hurt that he loved. I also love the way that the villains all have sort of different characteristics.
Tim Matheson was almost sort of very good natured except for when he was being evil. But I really thought you did some really amazing work with Jere Burns who obviously — his character was killed off.
But what was he like to work with as a villain?