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Fandom: Burn Notice
Subject: E408, "Where There's Smoke"
Title: When a Fire Starts to Burn
Warnings/Notes: Explicit language in one song and in post. No other notes apply.





the show Burn Notice

the premise, kind of, especially before season five A burned spy helps others in need in the Miami area while trying to get his job back. He's also trying to repair his relationships with his mother and...um...girl friend, for lack of a better word.

the characters

Michael Westen conscious, thrifty spy DIY ex-CIA spy that likes to narrate his life and techniques in the second person

his team:

Fiona Glenanne Michael's once and future girlfriend; ex-Irish Republican Army (actual factions and duties not known); fond of direct methods, guns (using them and selling them illegally) and chemical compounds that explode (Note: around the time of this episode, she's actively dating Michael)

Sam Axe Michael's Navy SEAL friend from his Army/CIA days; in addition to helping Michael out, has relationships with multiple women and a fondness for alcohol (more so than the other characters)

Jesse Porter former CIA field agent, sent to desk work after his tactics in the field are deemed too risky; burned by Michael while Michael's trying to get his own job back; ironically, seeks Michael and team to get his job back

Madeline Westen Michael's hypochondriac mother that sometimes helps his team (and the reason why he's even a spy in the first place, but that's another episode)

the episode #52 (408) "When There's Smoke," first aired July 29, 2010

plot synopsis While Michael and Jesse are looking for a coded Bible that might lead Michael to who burned him (while Jesse is thinking the Bible might lead him to who burned him—I know, it's complicated), Fiona and Sam decide to take a gig protecting a guy, Christian, his lithium-ion battery and his wife, Sarah, from kidnappers at a formal social event. But before all four of them can get to the event, the kidnappers, a pair of brothers and their lackeys, kidnap Sarah. Fiona elects to go with Sarah. While the rest of the team tries to get Christian from doing something stupid that gets Sarah and Fiona killed, Fiona works on the inside to relay information and sabotage the kidnappers' plan. (This includes blinking out a distress message in Morse code over an internet video stream, starting a fake fight with Sarah to steal the kidnappers' phone and one of their guns, burning part of her dress and a bicycle tire to send smoke through an air ventilation system, and tricking one of the kidnappers so she can drink enough vodka to siphon it into a light bulb, making it explode.)

In the end, Sarah's life is spared with duct tape around one of the kidnappers and a makeshift bomb Fiona makes under the kidnappers' noses. Fiona is rescued by Sam, and the story (which technically ends with the continuation of the coded bible story) ends with Michael and Fiona reuniting in his loft, kissing.

the tracks:



I hate these parties. And no matter how many I throw, I never get used to wearing a monkey suit dancing for investors. – Christian

1. Dirty Projectors – The Socialites (AlunaGeorge Remix)

The socialites who act so nice
Won't ever begin to let you in
They’ll act surprised, apologize
Won't ever let on, the face you wear is their own


2. Disclosure – Grab Her! (largely instrumental)



There were four guys locked and loaded...Mike, they got Fiona. – Sam

3. Nightmares on Wax – Morse (instrumental)



[Fiona]'s sending us a message. One long blink, one short and then three more long. She's blinking "no" in Morse code. – Jesse

4. Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire

But soon you'll see the truth after the smoke



Well, I can do better than that. I'm sending you a smoke signal. Don't call me. I'll call you. – Fiona, to Sam and Michael over a stolen cell phone

5. Disclosure – When a Fire Starts to Burn

When a fire starts to burn, right, and it starts to spread, she gonna bring that attitude home



Once Sarah's husband pays for her, you're never gonna let me go, are you? – Fiona (using her cover as "Charlotte Finley")

6. Empress Of – Hat Trick

Lay my cards on the table
Tell me my future
Tell me I'm able
Hat trick
You've got the right eyes
Tell me my future
Don't tell me lies



Not the head. Not my head. I deserve an open casket, don't I? – Fiona (using her cover as "Charlotte Finley")

7. Queen of Hearts – Shoot the Bullet (AlunaGeorge Remix)

Shoot a bullet
Through my heart
And shatter it inside

8. Delphic – Baiya

All hell is breaking loose
Feel your fingers down my back
Leaving tracks, house of cards gonna collapse
From under you



Careful, Eddy. This puta has a bomb underneath your brother's cojones. – Fiona

9. Bad Rabbits – She's Bad

Girl I'll do whatever it takes
To get you out of that dress, out of that thong
And let's see what music you make because
I wanna give it to you baby
My love give it to you baby
Won't front it put on you baby
My, give it to you baby



You should see the other guy. – Fiona


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