he fifth season of the American television spy drama Burn Notice premiered on June 23, 2011 on the cable television channel USA Network. The season concluded after its eighteenth episode on December 15, 2011.
Michael has to balance his new agency duties and helping a woman recover her cousin, who is one of many being trafficked into the U.S. by the Yakuza. Against Michael's wishes, Madeline becomes a critical component of the plan to find the girls.
Michael plays a key role in a CIA murder investigation. Meanwhile, the team helps a client who reminds them of Michael — a former army sniper who wants revenge on the men who put his sister on the hospital.
Michael goes undercover with a group of hijackers in order to assist Jesse with a security job, but he changes the plan when the hijackers take hostages at the airport. Madeline assists Michael by organizing the hostages and trying to lead them to safety.
With convincing from Sam and Jesse, Pearce begrudgingly lets Michael take drastic measures attempting to clear himself of Max's murder. Meanwhile, Larry returns, having kidnapped a government psychiatrist, and insists that Michael help him with a job.
Michael and Fiona plan to abduct a hacker in Puerto Rico in order to obtain his software, but the man has several other enemies to contend with. Elsewhere, Madeline learns to retrieve information from the police under the tutelage of Sam and Jesse.
Michael leads a rescue mission for a scientist abducted by an African warlord, while Sam and Jesse get in trouble during an undercover mission. Meanwhile, Madeline discovers that someone close to her is keeping secrets.
Sam reunites with Beatriz after an attempt is made on her life by a Russian spy, and Michael is forced to trust Anson in order to save her. Jesse and Fiona must travel to the Cayman Islands to track down a banker in order to obtain financial information for Anson.
A friend of Jesse asks the team to help take out his boss, who has been smuggling blood diamonds into the country with the help of diplomatic immunity. Michael asks Pearce for help transferring a prisoner who may be able to provide him with information on Anson.