'Burn Notice' Recap: Is Michael Trusting the Wrong People?
'Burn Notice' Recap: Is Michael Trusting the Wrong People?
Megan Cole
Megan Cole
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
In last week's episode, Michael endured several rounds of torture in order to prove himself to James, the leader of Sonya's organization. In tonight's episode, "Nature of the Beast", Michael is tasked with bringing down a drug smuggler while Fi and Jesse help Strong learn more about James. Read on to find out what the Burn Notice writers have in store for us this week.

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Fi and Jesse Help the CIA

When Michael is set to meet with James, Strong and the CIA plan to take him down, thus bringing an end to James' terrorist organization. But things do not go according to plan and Strong's team loses Michael before they can get anywhere near James. Determined to learn more about James, Strong enlists Jesse and Fi to help him follow a lead.

This lead -- a mental patient named Peter who may have information about James -- gets the drop on Jesse and takes him hostage. But once Jesse realizes that Peter sees James as an enemy, Jesse talks him down by convincing Peter that he works for the CIA and they want to bring James down as much as he does. Peter agrees to work with the CIA and reveals that James' last name is Kendrick, giving the CIA access to James' service record and bringing them one step closer to putting an end to his organization.

Can James be Trusted?

Michael's first official mission with James' organization involves capturing a drug smuggler and Sam comes along to help out. Michael and Sam arrange a meeting with their target and offer him a fake deal, much better than the one he already has lined up. In order to convince their target to take their deal, Michael and Sam have to make him believe that they are the only ones who can protect him. Their plan works, but the target gets wind of their deception when they try to separate him from his men.

Thanks to some quick-thinking, Michael and Sam capture their target and get away clean. When they turn their captive over to James, he thanks them for a job well-done and sends them on their way, proving that Michael has not earned quite as much trust as he thought he had.

During the op, Michael's recklessness begins to worry Sam, who wonders if staying out of prison is worth the risks Michael has been taking. Michael knows he is getting in deep with James' organization, especially now that he is starting to think James might not be such a bad guy after all. But Michael's illusions about James are shattered when he returns to Miami and meets with Peter.

Peter tells Michael that he and James were in the same Delta Force unit back in the day and James murdered everyone else in their unit before locking him away in a mental institution for 15 years. Is Peter telling the truth or is there more to James than his supposedly violent past? 

Michael's Friends are Put in Danger

Before Fi leaves to help Strong, she meets with Maddie, who warns her that Carlos knows she is lying to him. Maddie is concerned that Fi is risking her relationship with Carlos by helping Strong with Michael's mission. Fi understands that she might lose Carlos by not being honest with him, but she also knows that if they all go to prison because Michael's mission fails, she will lose him anyway.

But Fi is risking much more than her relationship by continuing to help Michael with this mission, as Jesse and Sam prove when their lives are put in jeopardy in tonight's episode. How far will Michael's friends go to help him complete his mission? And how will Michael react if someone he loves is hurt while attempting to help him?

What did you think of tonight's episode? Do you think Peter is on the up-and-up or is he manipulating the CIA for his own purposes? Do you think James has a good side and if so, does that mean his organization might not be as bad as Strong says it is? And how adorable is it that Michael's nephew calls Fi 'Aunt Fiona'? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments section.

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