Burn Notice

Episode 54


Hard Time


Original air date: 08/12/2010

Filming took place mid June, 2010 for this episode.

The episode starts out at Michael’s loft with Michael studying Simon’s file. This was filmed on the set inside the Coconut Grove Convention Center Studio.

Then we see an establishing shot of Michael driving southbound on the Card Sound Road Bridge toward Key Largo. This is likely footage from False Flag that has also been re-used in Past and Future Tense and in Besieged.

Followed by a brief aerial shot of Villa Vizcaya, 3251 South Miami Avenue.

Then we see Michael arrive at the house where they are currently holding Simon so that Michael can interrogate him. This was filmed in Golden Beach Florida at 263 Ocean Blvd.

Simon has a surprise and some information for Michael.

They crash through the fake window that is placed in the real open doorway.

They land safely on a well placed lounge chair.

Simon gives Michael information which Michael smartly keeps to himself. This ends the teaser. Act 1 opens back at Michael’s loft (set).

Then we see Sam visit a friend. The friend is in prison. We see an establishing exterior shot, aerial view looking south of the northeast section of the Metro West Detention Center, 13850 NW 41st Street, Miami. This is next door to the South Florida Reception Center, 14000 NW 41st Street that we saw used in the Miami Vice episode, Payback.

Tower seen in background.


Filming was in this northern most yard.

Structure seen in background behind trees.

Sam meets with the client inside the Metro West Detention Center. Thanks to Derrick who has confirmed this.

As Sam leaves he picks up a tail.

Sam pulls out, it cuts, and all of a sudden he is in Coconut Grove. He is northbound on South Bayshore Drive passing Steele Mini Park at Hiawatha Street. The gang members are following Sam on a route that in real life would not make sense.

Then southbound on South Bayshore Drive just a little to the north passing by Mercy Hospital.

Then it cuts to the parking lot of the studio.

Then northbound again on South Bayshore Drive, just south of Steele Mini Park with the intersection of SW 17th Avenue in the background.

Then northbound on South Bayshore Drive further to the south toward the studio. They are passing David Kennedy Park and the signal lights seen in the background are at the intersection of Kirk Street.

Then we see an aerial view of the 5th Street area of Miami Beach.

Then we see Sam throw the gang members off by pretending to be a lawyer going to Keller and Associates.  This was filmed at 260 NE 17th Terrace in Miami.

As the gang members go by, we can see the northeast corner of the Omni in the background.

Then we see a brief aerial view of South Beach from over Terminal Island followed by Fisher Island.

Then back to South Beach, this time looking south.

Then we land at Carlito’s.  A set at the rear of the studio.

Then we return to the Metro West Detention Center.

Then we see Michael on the inside. Thanks to Christopher Streva, we now know that this was filmed at the North Dade Detention Center. This was a facility to house prisoners that were doing weekend time. They would show up on Friday and serve until Sunday at 5:00 PM. Christopher also informed me that there was a central area in the cell block that consisted of a miniature yard. This was surrounded by four cell blocks each having an open day room and small two man cells for nighttime. The four dorms or cell block were open except at night. Inmates were free to walk from dorm to dorm. This facility closed permanently  which made it ideal for Burn Notice to film there. Burn notice gives us a pretty good view of this now closed facility. It is located at 15801 NW 7th Avenue, though it is accessed off of Route 9. Thanks Christopher.

Then we see Michael in the yard. This was filmed in the northern most yard at the Metro West Detention Center.

Then we leave the prison via an aerial view.

Key Biscayne looking south. The helipad at Richard Nixon’s winter white house is visible in the background.

Then we see Fiona and Sam digging up Simon’s booby trapped grave site cache. Surprisingly this was filmed in a real and historic cemetery. The City Of Miami Cemetery in the 1800 block of NE 2nd Ave. The brief glimpse of the Double Tree Grand in the background is what gave away the location for me.  They are digging under the trees on the north side of the western rotary.

Then we return to the prison where Michael has lunch outside. This was also fimed at 15801 NW 7th Avenue.

Then we go inside the prison where Michael anticipates the attack and prepares. Also filmed on location at the North Dade Detention Center.

Michael makes use of the cell phone and calls Fiona for help.  She is with Sam in the City of Miami Cemetery.

Then we see a series of random aerial views. It starts with a shot toward Sunny Isles Beach from Pembroke Park. The building in the foreground at the lower left of the screen is local television station, 10 WPLG.

Unknown location.

Then an aerial of Hollywood Lakes which contains a number of previous Burn Notice locations.

Duman’s house from Truth and Reconciliation

Sam meets Gillian in episode 11, Dead Drop.

Parking garage from Truth and Reconciliation

Diane Motel from Pilot.



Then we see Sam and Jesse outside George Hill’s House which is located at 2645 Halissee Street in Coconut Grove. They are parked across from George’s house on the west side of Halissee Street.

Then we return to the North Dade Detention Center where Fiona pays a visit and slips a lock pick to Michael. This is facilitated by the fact that they are at a table and not in one of the real visitation stalls seen in the background that do not allow contact.

Then we see more random aerial views.

Metro West Detention Center            South Beach from over

                                                          Terminal Island

Key Biscayne again.

Then a new aerial view. Looking directly east at Hallandale Beach and the Diplomat Hotel from Pembroke Park near the WPLG Building. Just north of West Hallandalle Beach Blvd. and just east of Interstate 95.

Westin Diplomat

Then we land at the City Of Miami Cemetery where Madeline is helping Fiona. Good thing it is not a real bomb because Fiona would have blown herself up. She drills a hole in the top of the container out in the open air, allowing oxygen into the container. Fortunately it is only television.

Then we return to the North Dade Detention Center for the riot.

The exterior shots were filmed at Metro West Detention Center.

Michael takes care of business and Jesse and Sam kidnap Cruz out of the prison. Then we see another set of aerial shots.

Metro West Detention Center

Mouth of the Miami River looking west.

Then we see the very often used area of the Miami River around Michael’s loft. Again looking west.

Then it zooms in on the Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department, Pump station at 390 NW North River Drive.

Then we go inside but we are not inside the pump station.  We are at the studio.  

The Grove Key Marina is seen in the background.

Then we see Michael leaving the Metro West Detention Center.

Then we cut to Juan’s home. This was located at 1601 Nocatee Drive just 100 yard away from George’s house.

Then we see another set of random aerial shots.

The Four Ambassadors area.

Then a different view of the Brickell area looking north thru downtown.

Then we enter Michael’s loft (set).

Then over SW 2nd Ave looking northeast past the location where the Miami Vice O.C.B. exterior was located.

Then a nice random shot of Villa Vizcaya, 3251 South Miami Ave.

Then we return to Golden Beach to meet with Simon at the same house.

Over the Crandon Park Golf Course on Key Biscayne. Looking north toward Dodge Island. Buildings seen in background are on Miami Beach.

The Grand

George arrives headed SW on Onaway Drive and turn headed north northwest on Halissee Street.

Michael puts Vaughn together and the episode ends.





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If you recognize any of the unknown locations or have something else to add, please let me know at: cglide@floridamovielocations.org

If you recognize any of the unknown locations or have something else to add, please let me know at: cglide@floridamovielocations.org