In last week's episode, Fi and Jesse helped Strong rescue a man who told Michael some disturbing things about James. In tonight's episode, "Bitter Pill", Michael and the others search for an antidote to save the life of a poisoned diplomat, while Madeline receives an unwanted visitation. Read on to find out what the Burn Notice
writers have in store for us this week. 'Burn Notice' Recap: Is Michael Trusting the Wrong People?>>>A Poisoned Client, A Betrayal from Within
James summons Michael and his team to an impromptu meeting and gives them a new mission. Michael's team -- along with one of James' men, Ben -- must protect a Middle Eastern diplomat who will be the target of an assassination attempt. Michael and Sam are put on their client's security detail while Jesse and Fi help Ben monitor things from the outside. But their precautions do not prevent their client from being poisoned by an unknown substance and Michael's team has less than 24 hours to find the antidote.
Michael's team traces the poison to a man named Maziq, a chemical engineer who owns a local strip club. Jesse and Fi go undercover to set up a drug deal with Maziq. Once they capture him, Ben injects Maziq with the poison in order to get him to lead them to the antidote. Yet when Maziq gives them the antidote, Ben refuses to let him take it. Ben then kills Maziq and a gun fight ensues which draws the attention of Maziq's men.
Fi and Ben lay cover-fire so Jesse can escape and give their dying client the antidote. But once Jesse is safely away, Ben and Fi's gun fight with Maziq's men causes an explosion. The explosion kills or scares off Maziq's men, but Fi is trapped and Ben leaves her behind to burn to death.Michael Saves Fi
The emotional thrust in this episode comes when Michael learns that Ben left Fi behind to die. Michael enters the building, clears a path through the flames and rescues Fi. Fi and the client are both safe and the mission is a success, but James is unhappy that one of his people was put in danger. When James learns about Ben's inaction to save Fi, James executes Ben for his betrayal and Michael does nothing to stop him.
Was James too harsh on Ben, given that this was his first field-op? Why didn't Michael try harder to keep James from killing Ben? Is it because Ben left Fi for dead, or is Michael simply in too deep to risk going against James before he can take him down?Madeline Gets a Scare
After Fi is taken away by James' men, Madeline decides that she cannot look to anyone else for protection and must keep Charlie safe, at any cost. When Madeline drops Charlie off at school, she feels like someone is following her, so she sets a trap and attacks the first person to fall into it. The man Madeline accosts says he has no idea what she is talking about and claims he was not following her. Madeline lets the man go, rather than risk shooting an innocent person.
Madeline's day gets even more stressful when she returns home to find James waiting for her. James claims that he is only having his men follow her so he can keep her safe, something he promised Michael he would do. Madeline agrees to let James and his men 'protect' her, but makes it clear that she does not appreciate unexpected drop-ins.
What did you think of tonight's episode? Do you think Michael should have stopped James from killing Ben? How will Michael react when he learns about James' conversation with his mother? And how long will Michael's friends continue to work with James, now that they know how easily he will kill his own men? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments section.
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