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Burn Notice: Hard Bargain

A house sitter for a millionaire is living the high life until his fiancée is kidnapped and held for a hefty ransom. Meanwhile, a bureaucrat offers Michael information on how to clear the burn notice, but he's suspicious of the man's motives.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 5037-07-108
Airdate: Thursday August 23rd, 2007
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

SE (TV6) Apr 13, 2008
UK (FOX) Nov 30, 2008
NL (RTL 5) Mar 03, 2009


Guest Stars
Arye GrossArye Gross
As Perry Clark (Assassin)
Gonzalo MenendezGonzalo Menendez
As Lucio Velasquez (Kidnapper)
Kelvin YuKelvin Yu
As Nick Lam (Client)
Rachel YeagerRachel Yeager
As Dawn (Missing girlfriend)
Steven BauerSteven Bauer
As Reyes (Kidnapper)

Co-Guest Stars
Stella Maris OrtizStella Maris Ortiz
As Security Guard
Stephen TateStephen Tate
As Uniformed Cop
Main Cast
Jeffrey DonovanJeffrey Donovan
As Michael Westen
Gabrielle AnwarGabrielle Anwar
As Fiona Glenanne
Bruce CampbellBruce Campbell
As Sam Axe
Episode Notes
Sharon Gless (Madeline Westen) does not appear in this episode.

This episode featured two obvious product placements for sponsors -- Sam tells Michael how much he likes his new Cadillac car and Nick and Fiona talk about how good the picture on the TV is with DirecTV HD.

Episode Quotes
Michael: (voiceover) Work around spies for awhile and you learn to be careful when it looks like your getting what you want. That’s when you tend to let your guard down, get careless. Calling the cops on someone can teach you a lot, a foreign agent would run, so might an armed assassin, and a bureaucrat is going act like a bureaucrat.

Michael: (voiceover) The thing about doubling anyone is that the more they do for you, the deeper they get. The deeper they get, the more you can make them do. Great if you're running them, but hard on the source. The suicide rate is above average.

Michael: (voiceover) It’s always easier to turn someone who works for a criminal gang into a double agent. The more secretive and ruthless their side is the better. You work on their fear of any hint of disloyalty will get them killed by their own people.

Michael: (voiceover) Working with untrained amateurs introduces an element of risk. It’s a risk you have to live with in a lot of operations, although you often found yourself wishing that everybody went through Green Beret training in high school.

Reyes: If I take 20 percent of my price, I give you 20 percent of the girl.
Michael: Hostage negotiators hear that one a lot; it's funny the first few times.

Nick: Jesus! Aw I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry.
Michael: Okay. Stop saying it.
Nick: Oh, God. I screwed everything up, bro.
Michael: Seriously stop talking. Stop moaning now. The moaning. It’s the ... Nick, stop moaning!

Reyes: Okay, so give me a number, a counteroffer.
Michael: I think I close it at a million.
Reyes: One million? That’s 20 percent of my price!
Michael: Hmm, you are good with numbers.

Michael: (voiceover) The art of turning someone into a double agent is delicate. The target has to be put into a fragile psychological state.
Lucio: Get this crazy bitch away from me!
Michael: (voiceover) Fortunately, fragile psychological states are a speciality of Fiona's.

Sam: That's a job? Housesitter?
Nick: Yeah. These people are only here a few weeks out of the year.
Sam: Okay, so do you need an application for that?

Sam: He heard that she had a boyfriend who could help.
Michael: He heard that she had a boyfriend that could help.
Sam: I was vague. I said I was a freelance superhero Robin Hood kinda guy.
Michael: That's vague.

Episode Goofs
During the scene where Michael shoots an assassin who may or may not really work for the NCC, the bullet placement is wrong. Michael is wresting with the man. He is belly down, escaping back control, with the assassin on his side. Body to body, and with Michael still being face down, the bullet would have hit off to the side.

The bullet hole lands center mass. An area that Michael would have had to shoot through himself to hit.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMatt Nix
Executive ProducerMikkel Bondesen  |  Jeff Freilich  |  Matt Nix
Co-Executive ProducerAlfredo Barrios, Jr.
ProducerMichael J. Wilson
Associate ProducerErik Lee
Production DesignerJ. Mark Harrington
EditorSteven Lang
CastingBarbara Fiorentino  |  Wendy Weidman  |  Rebecca Mangieri  |  Ellen Jacoby
Unit Production ManagerTerry Miller
First Assistant DirectorMelanie M. Grefe
Second Assistant DirectorOscar Aguirre
MusicJohn Dickson
Music EditorKevin Bassinson
Costume DesignerDanny Santiago
HairstylistCouqui Collazo
Key GripThomas Smaling
Set DecoratorBarbara Peterson
Location ManagerJennifer Radzikowski
Transportation CoordinatorLarry Crenshaw
Property MasterCharlie Guanci, Jr
Construction CoordinatorMichael Metzel
Production Sound MixerScott Clements
Script SupervisorIlene Pickus
Production CoordinatorSimi Wein
Script CoordinatorPeter Lalayanis
Assistant EditorDoug Hannah
Post Production SupervisorJohn Klump
Supervising Sound EditorAlbert Ibbotson
Re-Recording MixerSherry Klein  |  David Raines
GafferWilliam Smaling
Director of PhotographyRoy H. Wagner
Stunt CoordinatorArtie Malesci
Production SupervisorElayne Keratsis
Art DirectorCraig Siebels
CinematographerRoy H. Wagner
Executive Story EditorCraig O'Neill  |  Jason Tracey
Transportation CaptainMelvin A. Turner
"A" Camera OperatorMike McGowan Jr
Assistant To The Executive ProducerKate Sargeant
Special Effects CoordinatorKevin Harris (2)
Makeup ArtistSusie Mendez-pfister
Best Boy GripDave Robinson
"B" Camera OperatorAl Pavoni
"A" Camera First AssistantT. Michael McLean
"B" Camera First AssistantPeter Farber
Marine CoordinatorDon Abbatiello
Best Boy ElectricBob Cates
Assistant To Jeff FreilichConchi Tellechea
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