Unless you're already a fireman, cowboy, or cowboy who fights fires, you've probably sat in your cubicle numerous times daydreaming about a cooler job. And chances are, if you've got the guts, deep down you've always thought that would entail living the action-packed life of a spy. Now USA Network's Burn Notice – which returns tonight with all new episodes at 10/9c -- wants to help you live the dream.
Set in Miami, Burn Notice follows the adventures of a disavowed spy (Jeffrey Donovan), his gun-happy ex-IRA girlfriend (Gabrielle Anwar), and his de facto best friend, Sam Axe (played by Bruce Campbell), a former Navy Seal. Because the show's assassins, arms dealers, and other exotic baddies might trigger your latent espionage desires, below you'll find a simple 3-point spy starter kit:
Cool Sunglasses: "Poolside", from Sabre
Run by self-proclaimed anarchists, Sabre's shades range from the Mick Mars-ready "Crue" to the futuristic "Eyewars", but if you're going to be a spy in Miami, the defiantly casual "Poolside" model is your best bet.
Vital Intel: EveryBlock
In the covert world, information is everything, so use this local news filter to find neighborhood specific information from Craigslist and Flickr posts, to crime reports, to parades you can easily disappear into when chased by relentless henchmen sporting facial scars most likely not caused by shaving accidents.
Cover Story: SkyMall Madness
Under the guise of "business traveler", spies jet across the world performing nefarious tasks, but who's going to believe you're a business traveler if you're not familiar with the latest SkyMall doodads? Use this NCAA Bracket-style "Tourney for the Dumbest Item of All Time" to bone up on everything from litter robots, to kitty washrooms, to The Slanket -- a brilliant solution to a problem you didn't know you had.
So equipped with your spy-primer in tow, tune in to all new episodes of Burn Notice tonight at 10/9c on USA Network (prep yourself by catching older episodes online at burnnotice.usanetwork.com). If the above simply isn't enough, play Burn Notice's interactive online game Covert Ops at burnnoticeops.com for a chance to win a home entertainment system worth $10,000. That way, if the espionage gig never works out, you'll still be able to grouse in style surrounded by mind-blowing, state-of-the-art tech.