By Ken Tucker
June 12, 2009 at 06:19 AM EDT

This week’s Burn Notice had a nifty double-crossing-a-kidnapper plot, but its real purpose was to introduce a new enemy for Jeffrey Donovan’s Michael Weston. She’s Miami cop Michelle Paxon (the woozily-named Moon Bloodgood, from Terminator Salvation). Paxon was labeled “Michael’s Worst Nightmare” right there on the TV screen, so we know her investigation of Michael as an undercover spy will be ongoing. Here’s their first scene together from this episode:

Now, I’m guardedly optimistic about this development, but wary: Remember how last season, Tricia Helfer’s Carla character dragged down the action? Frankly, if I was Gabrielle Anwar, I’d be pissed: Why does Burn keep introducing women that are supposed to flirt with Michael in a tough-gal way and distract his attention from his other cases? That’s what Anwar’s Fiona is there for, and she does it well. (In fact, Fiona seems re-energized as a character this season so far.) I’m glad Michael muttered of Paxon, “I am not her type.” She might not be ours, either, but we’ll see what happens. Oh, well: Still a good episode. Lots of Sam hitting Michael when they assumed other identities. Nice birthday scene at the end, with Fiona giving Michael a bayonet as a gift.

What did you think of this week’s Burn Notice? Any gut reactions to Officer Paxon?

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