After the preview for this week's episode and after last week's Michael-Fiona conflict over Strickler, I was under the assumption that Fiona was going to be kidnapped by Strickler-related people or Strickler enemies who wanted something from Michael.
But while Michael and Sam were still very involved, we got to see Fiona be the center of the episode because of her own past instead of dealing with Michael's case of the week or other personal mission.
We also got a little peek into Fiona's life back in Ireland, and also the early days of Michael and Fiona when he was Ireland undercover as "Michael McBride."
It's always fun to hear Michael put on an accent, and I'm always impressed by how well Jeffrey Donovan does with so many different accents. It was also fun to have the storyline such that a native Irishman, Fi's brother, Sean, so clearly believing Michael really was Irish, and also to have Sean call Michael's American accent "dodgy" when Michael was showing Sean he could easily go undercover as an American.
But while all that was fun, the main issue was that Fi's brother Sean wasn't just in for a visit - he was there to protect Fi from Tommy O'Neal, an Irishman and "mad bomber" who was a big part of Fi's leaving the Irish Republican Army, and now because of all the trouble she caused him back in the day, he was there to kill her. Dun, dun, dun!!!
The case was well-played out and made for a great episode, but having the very sweet husband of Brooke Shields from Lipstick Jungle as the bad guy, Tommy O'Neal, was a little unconvincing to those of us who actually watched Lipstick.
He certainly wasn't a sweetheart this time around, though, as when he was able to capture Fi leaving Sean wounded and Michael incapacitated by gas, our bad guy definitely proved as he punched Fi in the face with no hesitation, that he was quite serious about getting revenge and killing her off.
I think the best part of all this drama was, as mentioned, discovering bits of Fi's past including with the Irish Michael, and discovering that she had many siblings, but her youngest sister was killed. Then with all this past revelation coming to a head in the current life-and-death confrontation, Fi and Michael were working through their current issues as well.
But wait! Let's not forget that though this was a Fiona episode, there was a big development for Michael as well! After Fi was captured and Michael heard the bad guys call him "Westen" and say they had to keep "that one" alive, Michael went to Stickler, assuming he had something to do with it. And yes he did. I never thought Strickler was up to all good, but it became clear he was up to no good when he revealed that he needed Fi to get out of the way so Michael could focus on what Stickler needed him to do, and focus on getting his burn notice taken care of, all of which Fiona was only hindering.
And then shockingly, when Strickler refused to tell Michael where Fi was or say anything but that it was good she was getting out of the way, Michael straight-up shot and killed Strickler! (Which, it was mentioned later, was cleanly swept into Tommy O'Neal's problems as they tossed O'Neal's style of bomb in Strickler's house.)
But while the Strickler issue was so nicely wrapped up and Michael got to save Fi in a wonderfully dramatic scene of him saving her from a hand-cuffed drowning disaster, Michael's far from done being in danger. Right as it seemed everything may turn out alright for now, Michael got a call from his CIA contact, Diego, yelling at Michael for being involved with Strickler. Michael rushed over to see Diego with serious concern from Diego going on about how they were both in a lot of trouble now, only to find his fears realized as Michael arrived to find Diego dead on the sidewalk with a sniper bullet in his head.
So ends this exciting season of Burn Notice! I've been impressed with the step up in the action and interesting plot Burn Notice has taken this season, and after this thrilling finale, I can't wait for more! Unfortunately, it's not returning until January, but while we wait, we can speculate!
So what did you think of the finale? Are you hoping this means Fi and Michael finally get and stay together? What do you think will happen next for Michael? After his mistakes, will Michael's burn notice ever be lifted?