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  • Sam in the season one finale, sending a coded message in his hostage proof-of-life photo to Michael and Fiona . . . not to come rescue him. Michael, of course, comes anyway.
    • When he's reduced to asking his captors to kill him, and they don't, the look on Sam's face is heartbreaking. It wasn't being tied up and tortured for hours that broke him, it was being unable to save his friends while being tied up and tortured. Note that he very nearly succeeded in that attempt.
  • Fiona playing toy soldiers with the little boy who might be dying in "Do No Harm". "You're going to need some tactical support," indeed. D'awwwwww...
    • And later in the same episode, when a female medical scam artist is laughing about comforting the parents of the children she's allowed to die, Fiona can't stop herself from beating the woman up. So heartwarming in a very Fiona way.
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    • The earlier scene where Michael meets the boy's father. Even though Michael was nearly killed in an explosion earlier, is shell-shocked and has every reason to be paranoid, he still recognizes the specific body language of someone Driven to Suicide and manages to intervene.
    • When Michael decides to help the father, the normal 'The Client' title pops up... on the little boy. Michael has decided to do it all for him.
    • Most of the time when Michael accepts a job he keeps it vague, saying something along the lines of I'll see what I can do, however with this job he speaks in certainties of his own accord, down to telling the client he'll get the family their money's back By any means necessary.
  • Michael's ex-fiancee shows up and there's a lot of awkward confrontation with Fiona. At the end of the episode, Michael explains why he didn't marry her. He was in Ireland, and he met a fiery lass who complicated his life, and "you don't marry someone when you're in love with someone else".
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  • He's an evil, evil person. However, Brennan's panicked phonecall to his daughter and the short exchange with Michael just after show the audience a side they didn't think he had.
  • In "Truth and Reconciliation," FBI Agents Harris and Lane acknowledge that they can't do anything official to help out Team Westen with the Villain of the Week...and then ask what they have in mind, unofficially.
  • A great one for a minor character: the thief Tommy in "Fearless Leader" is being used by Team Westen to try and trap a much bigger criminal. Team Westen pretends to be a crew of small-time thieves who work with Tommy to get close to a drug robbery the bad guy is planning. They eavesdrop on the job's planning which involves Team Westen ending up being the Cannon Fodder to hold off a small army of drug dealers with automatic weapons while the bad guys get away scot-free. Then, when Tommy meets with Mike later to discuss the job, he does something that completely shocks Mike: Tommy calls off the job and tells Mike to get his "crew" out of town because they'll get killed, and he cares too much about his new friends to let them get gunned down. Its so shocking that Mike takes a gamble and drops the whole facade, and he and Tommy team up to take the villain down - all because, despite the fact that Tommy's a thief, he's a decent person, which Mike never expected to come across.
    • Just in case there was any doubt that Tommy was a good person, the ending of the episode reveals that he adopted the injured greyhound who lost him so much money.
  • Doubles as a Moment of Awesome in "The Long Way Back": "Fiona is not my past."
  • In "Shot in the Dark," Team Westen coming together to take care of a family that's suffering under an abusive stepfather. Sam is the one who advocates violence, offering to "plant a five-iron in his skull." Maddie insists on moving the wife and kids in with her and tells the mother that "for two little boys getting knocked around by their father? Michael would take on the Chinese army."
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  • In "Friendly Fire," Fiona chews out Michael for working so hard without taking care of himself or taking any time to unwind. He sits there, smiling as she gets it out of her system, before revealing that the meeting with Gilroy isn't scheduled until the next day, and he got them the hotel room so they could relax and take some time off. The next day, Gilroy calls to set up a meeting, and Michael puts him off.
    Gilroy: But you have a more pressing engagement?
    Michael: [as Fiona is pulling him back into the hotel room] You could say that!
  • In the episode where Sugar asks Michael for help. He tells him why he's so adamant in protecting his cousin.
    Sugar: I used to pick on him all the time, but then one day I get jumped, and he shows up and helps me. After that I ask him why, and he says "I love you, Raymond. We're family", like it's just that simple.
  • Team Westen reconciling in 3x13, "Enemies Closer." Larry managed to drive a wedge between them to the point that Sam and Fiona walked out on Michael, and it was only because Nate came to see Michael in person that he even found out he was being manipulated.
  • In the season three finale, Madeline gets one of these when she defends her son to some FBI agents in the face of some pretty damning evidence. That she comes off as the most badass person in the room helps.
  • She gets another in the next episode, when Michael, distraught by Simon's predictions that Michael will become He Who Fights Monsters, breaks down while explaining it to her. In spite of her fears about her son's work, Madeline hugs him and reassures him that he's a good man.
  • Maddie coming back from Tampa in "Guilty as Charged", because Michael asked her, and staying to convince Jesse not to shoot Michael.
  • Sam needs some help with an old buddy in prison whose life is in danger from an extra-crooked gang member. Mike points out Sam can't go in undercover, as he'd already visited the prison, and offers to do it himself.
    Sam: You'd do that for my buddy?
    Michael: I'd do that for you.
    Jesse: ... Um, I hate to interrupt this moment...
  • While perhaps not your normal definition of heartwarming, but Maddie chewing out Jesse and Michael at the same time and speaking to them as family (to her, to each other).
  • In "Brotherly Love," Michael backs up Nate to help some of his friends retrieving a stolen car, dusting off an old cover ID that involves stepping up the nice suit factor in the Badass in a Nice Suit. Their mother stops them before they leave to take a picture of her boys dressed up.
    • From the same episode, the reason the clients are in that mess in the first place is because one of the brothers got sick and couldn't work, and the other brother got involved with the villain of the week in order to keep their shop from going under.
  • Michael asking Fiona to move in with him in "Bloodlines," especially because she initially thinks he's breaking up with her.
    Michael: It is a new job, Fi, but it's not a new life. I like my life. And I want to live it with you. Here.
  • Maddie and Michael's reconciliation at the start of "Acceptable Loss," as she tells him to get back to work. Especially poignant since they're standing at Michael's father's grave and just found out that Anson killed Michael's dad.
    Madeleine: You look at me. You have a job to do. Make sure Anson doesn't ruin any more lives.
    Michael: I'm just not...I'm not sure how to do that.
    Madeleine: Figure it out, Michael. You do whatever you have to do.
  • Jesse and Maddie in the season six premiere. Especially when you realize Jesse knew Maddie was up in the attic and safe and he was simply trying to clear the house. Their playful banter is similar to that of Maddie and Michael and shows how close they are. It also gives the two characters a chance to show how awesome they are.
  • Michael in Tranquil Fury mode dislocates someone's arm because...
    "That was for my mom."
    • Goes to show how much closer Michael has become towards Maddie and his protectiveness of her. Also takes on a slight double meaning since said person intimidated Maddie prior and so there's a certain subtext that Michael's standing up to a surrogate Frank.
  • Even though a few minutes later he's revealed to be the bad guy, Card's "two bottles" speech to Maddie is oddly heartwarming. She's blaming herself for everything that happened, and Card helps her to understand that some things are just beyond anyone's control. Card seems to genuinely care about Michael and his family, despite giving the order to kill him.
  • In CIA custody, facing tremendous jailtime, and treatment as a terrorist, Sam continues to lie to the CIA to try and help Michael.
    • And then Michael refuses to abandon Sam, and goes to rescue him. And while Fi and Jesse are justifiably concerned about the CIA, this is one thing they all agree on.
  • In Brothers in Arms, Fi and Maddie kidnap a Russian spy and trick his superiors into thinking he had leaked secrets in order to help Michael infiltrate a secret Russian prison. However, they find out that the spy they just intentionally burned isn't such a bad guy. He became a spy since he had no other choice, and uses the money to help pay to put his girlfriend through nursing school. However, now that his own government thinks he betrayed them, he'll be executed if he is caught. Fi and Maddie instead arrange for the spy to be smuggled out of the country and reunite with his girlfriend, stating that they believe in giving former spies a second chance at life.
  • Both times Jesse referred to team Weston as his family once to Olivia Riley and then when Maddie tells him he should have left in the Series finale.
  • Madeline making the ultimate Heroic Sacrifice of the series, leaving Michael free to escape and secure everyone's futures.
  • The simple fact that Barry attends Michael's fake funeral. There's something poignant and ridiculous about that.
  • Also, the CIA putting up a memorial star for Michael after his apparent death, which means that they officially recognize him as a member of the CIA again, even if it's only done "posthumously".
  • Michael and Fiona escaping from Miami. For one of the darkest seasons of the series, it's refreshing to see the two who were at the lowest point of their relationship in a position to start a new life together.
  • Poached from the Fridge, but it does speak the point better. The series finale gives an in-universe explanation for Michael's narration: He's actually recounting his life story to Charlie
  • In the series finale, every character re-creates their opening intro. Fi asks "Shall we shoot them?". Sam says "You know spies..." and dives away from an explosion. Jesse pops two guys after an explosion. Maddie tells him that people need his help.
  • Michael finally getting reinstated to the CIA and his burn notice rescinded, along with him and Fiona being honored with an Intelligence Star and a place on the CIA Memorial Wall where officers that have died in the line of duty are memorialised. After the massive falling out in the series finale, the CIA recognises Michael "died" trying to do his job that he eventually became disenchanted with, and at the end, Michael receives a military funeral.
    • At all military funerals, the burial party will have an enlisted soldier fire the rifle and stand guard over the grave. For Michael's funeral, the rifleman and guard is Commander Samuel Axe. And once the funeral is over, Sam and Jesse head back to Miami - because there's someone who needs their help, so they're going to carry on their work.
  • Maddie is just so excited to have the two teens staying at her house in "Hot Spot". She gleefully announces she is cooking dinner, lets them look through her family photo album, and tells them how they are good kids. It is probably the closest the two have come to having a mom in their lives in quite some time.
  • In The Fall of Sam Axe, as it looks like the CIA outpost is about to be stormed, Amanda pulls Beatriz into her arms to protect her.

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