'Burn Notice' recap: Guilty as Charged

burn-notice-jeffrey-donovan-02-320.jpgOn "Burn Notice," even while planning to grab evil CEO John Barrett and while Jesse is somewhere planning to kill him, Michael still has time to take on a job of the week. A high-powered defense attorney is about to lose a case, but the client's brother is so determined to prevent that that he takes the lawyer's five-year-old daughter hostage.

The lawyer knows he can't get the bad guy off, so Michael has to come up with other plans. His idea of sneaking in with a submersible goes south when the lawyer blabs to the wrong person, so he comes up with plan B: trick the kidnapper into thinking his brother's been sprung. He, Sam and Fi stage a fake prison break for the kidnapper's benefit, and get the girl back before the bad guy finds out he's been tricked. Of course that's not going to be the end of the matter, but the hour's almost up, so it will be for Michael.

Which is good, because he's still got that Barrett thing to deal with, and his and Fi's overtures to Jesse have been soundly rebuffed. Michael sets up a meeting to supposedly hand over the Bible, but really to snatch Barrett.

What he plans to do with him next becomes moot, because everything blows up when Vaughn's guys show up and start shooting, even though Michael told Vaughn to stay out of it. Just when Barrett is ordering his men to grab Michael, Jesse shows up and puts a bullet through Michael -- but only to kill the guy who was grabbing him. Barrett still gets away with Michael, the Bible, and the code key. Michael realizes he's got to make a move before he bleeds out, and crashes the SUV they're in. Barrett doesn't appear to survive, and Michael barely does. And as for the code, it's collected from amid the road debris by a mysterious individual whose identity we won't learn until the show comes back in November (Jesse).

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