Burn Notice (2007–2013)
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Odd Man Out 

Michael gets caught between a smuggler and the client against whom he's seeking revenge.


Marc Roskin


Matt Nix (creator), Peter Lalayanis | 1 more credit »

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Episode credited cast:
Jeffrey Donovan ... Michael Westen
Gabrielle Anwar ... Fiona Glenanne
Coby Bell ... Jesse Porter
Bruce Campbell ... Sam Axe
Sharon Gless ... Madeline Westen
Kevin McNally ... James Vanek (as Kevin R. McNally)
David Fickas ... Jack Dixon
Patton Oswalt ... Calvin Schmidt
Patrick Mickler Patrick Mickler ... Hal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roe Dunkley ... Construction


Michael's team believes they can flee overseas after fetching counterfeited documents crowning their new identities from hacker Jack Dixon's expert. Alas, master forger James Vanek seizes the opportunity to double the price and settle his long-standing grudge against Calvin Schmidt. Jesse, who was babysitting Madeline, who can't just leave behind her memories and Nate's grave, must be called in as backup when the others are pinned down in a factory by Vanek's goons gang. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

13 December 2012 (USA) See more »

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Fabrik Entertainment See more »
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The scotch that Schmitt is drinking is named Glencallan, a common name used for scotch in the movies that sounds close to a brand name. See more »


[first lines]
Michael Westen: [voiceover] In the intelligence world, when an operation demands that you disappear, it's understood that you will disappear entirely. You can't have anything that links you to your former life - no credit history, no communication with friends, and nothing with your old name on it. That's hard enough for an intelligence professional to deal with. For a civilian, it's nearly impossible.
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Patton the episode killer
12 January 2018 | by diannrSee all my reviews

I don't know who made the executive decision to cast Patton Oswalt in not one, but three episodes. But whoever it is, should never cast anything again.

We are arriving at the climax of an action-packed, heart-pumping season. And suddenly everything that makes Burn Notice great gets tossed aside so that a guest star can lift his leg all over the show.

Oswalt has all the acting chops of a sixth grader in a Thanksgiving pageant.

Actually, that's probably not fair. Even a sixth grader could turn in a more believable and understated performance than this scenery-chewer.

The beauty of Burn Notice are the plots, the great characters, and the way they can couple humor and action into one show. The supporting cast is, by and large, very good at stepping into the rhythm and dynamic of the show.

Barry the money-launderer, Jason Bly, Sugar, Natalie the thief, Ayn the convict - all of these supporting roles are carried off beautifully and in keeping with the style that makes Burn Notice such great entertainment.

But then along blunders Patton Oswalt who turns in a performance about as nuanced as an audience member pulled up on stage at the Night at the Improv. His ham-handed bluster and endless whining are enough to ruin not just his scenes, but the three episodes he's in.

Burn Notice is one of my favorite shows and I watch the DVDs a couple times a year. But the three episodes featuring this buffoon can only be watched with my finger on the fast-forward button. Which means I tend to get through all three of them in about twelve minutes.

On the plus-side. Now that I've suffered through this guy's clownish "acting" in Burn Notice, I will never waste my time on any TV show or movie that would make the mistake of including him in the cast.

In the end, three episodes that could have each gotten a solid eight or nine stars - thanks to Patton Oswalt - get a whole lot less from me.

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