Trivia / Burn Notice

  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Jeffrey Donovan comes from an impoverished family and has twenty years of martial arts experience (including a black belt in karate).
    • Also, in "Fast Friends," Sam mentions that he once got to the "Michigan State Quarterfinals" with his arm (shot put? football?); Bruce Campbell is originally from Michigan (the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, to be exact).
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Sam and Fiona approach a group of con artists while under the guise of federal agents who had been monitoring them. Sam introduces himself and Fi as detectives Cagney & Lacey, alluding to costar Sharon Gless.
    • Additionally, in the second season Fiona starts dating a man named Campbell. In one episode, a conversation between Fiona and Sam takes place, with Fiona commenting on how good-looking a particular man is, to which Sam (played by Bruce Campbell) replies, "Well, he's no Campbell."
    • Michael also makes contact with a Libyan operative named Anwar in one episode. (Gabrielle Anwar plays Fiona.)
    • Inverted in a "Signals and Codes" where the client of the week was played by an actor named Michael Weston.
    • In one episode, Sam and Barry are discussing people who only use one name, and Sam says "Spider-Man" as an example. Bruce Campbell has a cameo in all three of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies.
    • In "Identity" Sam and Fiona use Detectives "Cagney and Lacey" as aliases.
    • And in the winter premiere of season 3, Tyne Daly guest stars.
    • Word of God mentions that as a general rule, they write characters with a specific actor in mind. This is in part due to the need to quickly establish characters and chemistry (see the above Tyne Daly instance) as it is just having fun.
    • There was also "False Flag", where Fi said Sam's bulletproof vest smells like Old Spice and bourbon. Bruce Campbell is a spokesperson for Old Spice.
    • In one episode, Sam is doing surveillance on Carla, who takes time to swim. Commenting on her ability, Sam says: "The woman is a machine." Carla's actress, Tricia Helfer, played several robots on Battlestar Galactica.
    • In 5x6, Sam compliments Mike on his chin. Mike instantly turns to face Sam, seemingly very surprised, and notes that it means a lot coming from Sam. Bruce Campbell (Sam) really is known for his chin among other things — he even titled the book he authored after his chin.
    • A recent episode showed Gabrielle Anwar once again getting to tango.
    • John C. McGinley plays Michael's former CIA mentor Tom Card. References to McGinley's role as Dr. Cox on Scrubs abound: among other things, Card displays expasperation and impatience with his young protege, he does a ton of Deadpan Snarking, and he even does Dr. Cox's frustrated whistle in one scene.
    • Barry the money launderer refers to Sam's shotgun as his "boomstick."
  • Fake Nationality: Fiona is a rare triple Fake Nationality: her actress is British, but the character is Irish, faking an American accent. In one episode, the character faked a British accent, but it still wasn't Gabrielle Anwar's actual accent.
  • Fake Russian: The Russian Sonya is played by the Israeli Alona Tal.
  • Trope Namer:
    • And Some Other Stuff: In "Lesser Evil." Michael's explosive recipes contain just enough to tantalize MythBusters and brush over the rest to avoid liabilities. Usually. Sometimes it's just to handwave that an explosion is a bit larger than should be expected.
  • What Could Have Been: Word of God mentions that originally, Burn Notice would have been a lot darker and taken place in Newark, New Jersey.

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