‘Burn Notice’ Season 3 Episode 4 ‘Partners in Crime’ starts with Fi complaining to Michael that most gentlemen will take a girl out to the theater, or dinner, or shopping at farmers market. But here they are on a boring stakeout.
Just to show how tedious Michael finds being outside a building full of Polish intelligence agents, he advises Fi that he much rather be shopping at the farmers market. Spoiler surely follow.
To find out what is on that flight that Gilroy is so interested in, Michael needs to suborn a Polish intelligence officer. Michael makes the mistake of approaching the Pole in the guise of a Russian. Now, it may be true that most if not all of Michael’s spy experience occurred after the Cold War, but surely he was trained by old Cold War spies and maybe worked with them. In any case Michael, usually a smart fellow, should have remembered that Poles and Russians have hated each other since at least the time of Ivan the Terrible, if not before.
After a bad experience with the Polish fellow, Michael and Fi pivot, with Fi now approaching him as an American CIA agent. But for that she will need some cash. Fortunately Sam has a job lined up trying to find an embezzler at a fashion design house.
The fashion world operation turns out to be one of the best twisty turny missions Michael, Sam, and Fi have been on. The person thought to be the embezzler was being set up, not just as a corporate thief, but also as a murderer of the former model who owns the fashion house. It seems that his business partner is interested in a hostile takeover, as it were, and needed someone to pin it on. The business partner used a lunk of a video store clerk and DJ to do the actual killing. So far everything has gone perfectly.
Then Michael introduces himself as the “other business partner” who has been using designer dresses to smuggle heroin. And Sam, aka “Charles Findley,” shows up as a crime scene tech. The idea is to convince their two murderers that the fool-proof scheme was not, after all, fool proof and to maneuver them into making a mistake and revealing themselves.
Unfortunately Michael’s fool-proof plan to do this, by getting the murderers caught trying to deal with the loose end, aka the fall-guy patsy, falls apart when they decide to use a bomb instead of a pistol. This development requires some quick thinking, some fast talking, and a little bit of showmanship. The real murderers are caught, the patsy is set free, mission accomplished.
Meanwhile the Polish guy finds out what is on the secret flight. It is not so much a what as a who, a very dangerous, important who. And it is someone our heroes, if the scenes from next week are any indication, will recognize.
Source: Burn Notice, Partners in Crime, Hulu