'Burn Notice' Season 7 premiere recap: 'New Deal'

burn-notice-season-7-premiere-new-deal.jpg

"Burn Notice" has returned in its seventh and final season, and it's showing off a different side of Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) than viewers have seen before.

Picking up nine months after the events of the Season 6 finale, Michael is embedded in the Dominican Republic on a mission where he is being ordered around by CIA officer Andrew Strong ("Heroes'" Jack Coleman) as he infiltrates a terrorist ring being led by a former ally who went rogue, Randall Burke ("Heroes'" Adrian Pasdar). In order to do his mission, Michael is forced to revert to being the person he was before a burn notice was put on him -- meaning in a time prior to Season 1.

It's a smart way to keep this final season interesting, but the premiere was just as exciting in Miami as it was in the Dominican Republic. He might be going to great lengths to make sure his cover isn't blown, someone is doing their best to make sure they find him. A mysterious man is tracking Michael and trying to figure out where he is by approaching those closest to him in a number of different disguises. Fortunately, that quickly draws Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar), Jesse Porter (Coby Bell) and Madeline Westen (Sharon Gless) back together.

Fiona seems to have moved on with her life in the nine months since she left Michael. She now has a new partner named Carlos (Stephen Martines) who also happens to be her new love interest, and she makes it pretty clear that she has no interest in helping Michael out. She does, of course, and she, Sam and Jesse do their best to figure out who is trying to hunt Michael down. It's ultimately Madeline who is the weakest link in their group, as she unwittingly gives up key information to the man after he disguises himself as the person she's meeting in order to gain custody of Charlie.

That leak leads to Michael's cover almost being blown, though he of course manages to plug the leak quickly by murdering Randall's underling who discovered that Michael is still working with the CIA. The premiere ends with Michael and Andrew heading back to Miami to try to figure out who is hunting him, while Sam, Fiona and Jesse are attempting to do the same thing on their home turf. Hopefully this means fans won't need to wait long to have the team back together again, even though Randall did pretty strictly forbid it at the end of "New Deal."

What did you think of the Season 7 premiere?

Photo/Video credit: USA Networks