Recap: Burn Notice S 1 E 7 Broken Rules
Client of the Week
Michael needs to put some cash together to help in his fight with Bly. A criminal syndicate is squeezing out merchants in a neighborhood in Little Havana and Michael is hired by a shop owner to take them out. Criminals have always been a problem, and extortion a constant, but now the extortion has reached untenable levels and the neighborhood is crumbling.
It turns out that the criminal organization is being run by a particularly ruthless criminal, a woman named Concha. Michael adopts the persona of an unstable, boisterous, Ax-Crazy
criminal trying to take over control of the neighborhood, believing that doing enough damage to Concha's mooks (along with some to the stores being extorted) will convince them that the neighborhood isn't worth holding onto against such a foe. He destroys his client's store and violently attacks some of Concha's mooks.
After a small delay that upsets the client (they always want immediate results), Michael continues his intimidation and is brought to meet boss-lady Concha, who wants him to continue her
plan using his methods. It turns out that she's uninterested in old-fashioned control and has intentionally set her extortion too high for the neighborhood families and stores to meet because she wants to drive then out and make a killing by swooping in and purchasing the local real estate once the values plummet due to her reign of terror. Afterward she can develop the neighborhood on a large scale, and the low value, crime blighted area she picked up cheap will be worth millions.
Michael rolls with the changes and pretends to work for Concha. He starts dressing more "Spanish" and expands his attacks to include civilians (Fiona).
Concha then asks Michael to kill his client, as eliminating that man will break the morale and resistance of the rest of the neighborhood. Michael convinces him to be elsewhere during the attack. Then he convinces Concha's second in command, (a more old-school gangster who disagrees with Concha's methods and long term goals) that she has him marked for death. In desperation, Number Two
offers Michael a deal; he's willing to kill Concha, knows that a lot of her mooks will follow him because they're not really enthusiastic about her goals, and in return he'll turn over the neighborhood to Michael and they'll totally withdraw from it. Michael agrees and the hit goes forward.
With Concha dead and Michael apparently in control of the neighborhood, the villains are out of the picture for the foreseeable future, and the neighborhood is safe. With his blackmail of Bly in place, Michael refuses reward and walks away.
Burn Notice Arc
Michael has learned his new federal agent's name: Jason Bly. Michael outs him as an intelligence agent in a restaurant to make him angry. Bly responds that learning to live with having been fired is a process, and Michael should think about what could happen not just to himself, but to his friends and family as well. Fiona pulls up in a stolen car with illegal weapons in the trunk, just as sirens start to blare in the distance. Michael and Fiona have to flee.
Bly and Michael have another chat, in which Michael presses for information about his burn notice, and Bly counters that Michael should get a new life. Bly offers him a complete package to that end. A job as a security guard. Safe, boring, reliable, and with no opportunities to cause Westen-style trouble.
Instead, Michael asks money-launderer Barry to set up a surprise business relationship between Michael and Bly. Barry agrees in return for a small amount of money and the promise of a future favor.
Bly shows up at Michael's apartment, continuing the pressure on Michael to accept the lowly job of security job. Michael notes that Bly has a new, nicer rental car and Bly continues to threaten Michael's family, specifically his brother and Fiona. Michael appears to knuckle under to Bly's threats.
Meanwhile, Michael uses the money fronted by the client of the week in partnership with the skills of money-launderer Barry to make it appear that Michael and Bly are in a close business relationship with more than $100,000 in cash. This and the events of the episode make it look like he and Michael are in a closer relationship than is actually the case. This allows Michael to blackmail Bly and get him to back off and give Michael information.
Using this blackmail, Michael successfully gets his hand on the dossier behind his burn notice and Bly leaves town. Meanwhile, Michael takes Bly's car.
Michael and Fiona
Michael and Fi have been dancing around their relationship for some time now. She's not willing to take no for an answer any more. Either Michael puts up or shuts up.
At the end of the episode, they spend some time in hand to hand combat before it upgrades to something more intimate.