BURN NOTICE ''Past and Future Tense'' Review Season 4, Episode 7


Michael gets a glimpse of his future when he protects a retired spy in the 'Past and Future Tense' episode of BURN NOTICE. Michael and the crew spot a Russian black ops team at a spy convention and learn their target is Paul Anderson (Burt Reynolds), a former CIA operative who outed his covert past on an internet message board, so they must convince an arrogant Congressman and former foe of Anderson's to protect him. Jesse's former boss Marv (Richard Kind) is also at the convention and Jesse and Fiona team up to get information from him about the failed bank robbery Kendra mentioned. Unfortunately Marv also gives Fiona evidence linking Michael to Jesse's burn notice and she destroys it before confronting Michael with a punch and some choice words about his becoming someone who only cares about the idea of people, not the actual people who have his back every day.


Burt Reynolds should come to Miami more often. Not only does he bring the funny (Are you telling me I can't shoot Russians when they invade Florida), but he makes Michael adorably crinkly with irritation. Did anyone tell you you're no fun? All the time. Heh. Plus, Maddie gets to threaten a Congressman and her laugh alone shows why Sharon Gless got that Emmy nomination. Reynolds plays well off the entire cast, but my favorite exchange is with Fiona. They used to call it karate, but I think they have a new word for it. Foreplay? Hel-loo. I'm disappointed the black ops team is so inept, but it's a fun storyline and The Wire's John Doman is slickly arrogant enough as the Congressman to make his bloody face a happy ending.


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