First Aired: Jun. 28, 2007 on USA
Summary: Secret agent Michael Westen finds himself cut off from his contacts and his cash, so he agrees to help a man clear his name in a high-priced art theft. Along the way he gets help from his ex-girlfriend and a retired agent, and receives plenty of grief from his mother who is unaware of his career.
Main Characters in this Episode
Michael Westen: [voice-over] Sometimes the truth hurts. In these situations, I recommend lying.
Michael Westen: [voice-over] Covert intelligence involves a lot of waiting around. Know what it's like being a spy? Like sitting in your dentist's reception area twenty-four hours a day. You read magazines, sip coffee, and every so often, someone tries to kill you.
Michael Westen: [voice-over] In a fight, you have to be careful not to break the little bones in your hand on someone's face. That's why I like bathrooms... lots of hard surfaces.
- Goof (continuity error): While Michael is clearly seen climbing into a high-wing airplane, the next scene shows a low-wing plane, specifically a Douglas DC-3, taking off, not to mention with a completely different paint job.
- Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Michael gets carried out of the elevator by the warlord's henchmen the film crew and camera are reflected in the mirror in the elevator.
- Goof (continuity error): When Michael is visiting the client the third time in the kitchen you see a client cutting some carrots in half, but in the next shot they are whole again.
- Goof (revealing mistake): The ABA number that Michael Westen gives to his contact begins 021-001-0175 and then what may have been a 6, the final cut off by the notification of his burn notice. ABA numbers have only 9 digits.
- Goof (factual errors): For what it's worth, the correct terminology is "CIA officer," not "agent." To CIA, an agent is a recruited spy, not a full-time, official CIA field employee. Apparently either a CIA officer or a CIA agent could be called a spy. This confusing terminology probably is because the FBI calls its folks "FBI agents".
- DirecTV sponsored a commercial-free premiere; future airings ran at 90 minutes with the addition of commercials.
- Gabrielle Anwar improvised kicking Michael awake during her audition. It was later added into the shooting script.
- The producers took issue with Bruce Campbell shaving for the role. Bruce had insisted on it due to Sam's constant romancing of wealthy women, but the producers insisted he remain unshaved in order to provide contrast to Jeffrey Donovan's clean-cut leading man look. Consequently Bruce is only clean-shaven in his introductory scene.
- A hurricane-resistant picture window at the restaurant where Sam is meeting with the FBI agents watching Michael shattered from the heat of all the lights being used for the scene.