Burn Notice

Series 4 - 1. Friends and Enemies

Friends and Enemies
Radio Times
Review by:
Gill Crawford

We’re so used to seeing ex-spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) either grinning toothily or looking stoic that it’s strange to find him finally losing his cool as he negotiates his way back to Miami. He’s got a lot of apologies to make, to Fi and Sam, whom he left holding the fort, and particularly to his mum, who’s learnt some nasty things about her son since he’s been away. Now he’s entered a complicated partnership with his new “friend”, Vaughn, and he’s also helping a geeky lawyer (Mad Men’s Rich Sommer) evade some serious Florida bikers.

Business as usual for the sleek action drama at the start of the fourth series, with nice scenery, good guests (including a burly Michael Ironside) and probably the smartest narration on TV: “If the people holding you have pricey antiques or $1,200 shoes, they’re probably not a government agency”.

About this programme

1/18. Michael is drawn into a dubious alliance with a man named Vaughn in an effort to prevent an impending terrorist attack. He also lends a hand to Sam and Fiona, who are investigating the activities of a lawless gang of bikers.

Cast and crew


Michael Westen
Jeffrey Donovan
Fiona Glenanne
Gabrielle Anwar
Sam Axe
Bruce Campbell
Jesse Porter
Coby Bell
Madeline Westen
Sharon Gless
Gregory Hart
Michael Ironside


Tim Matheson
Matt Nix