First Look: Charisma Carpenter on Burn Notice

Is too much Charisma a bad thing?

I was set to share with you last week a photo of Whedonverse alumna Charisma Carpenter guest-starring on Burn Notice, but then a certain Supernatural event occurred. So, in the interest of “breathing room,” TVLine presents it to you now.

In the Sept. 1 episode of the USA Network spy drama (airing Thursdays at 9/8c), Carpenter plays Nicki, the wife of a brilliant physicist (The Bourne Supremacy‘s Tom Gallop) who is now doing the Russians’ bidding. With that alliance comes strict rules to live by, and his hottie honey doesn’t cotton to that much.

“Basically, I hate my husband now because our lives are run by the Russians — he doesn’t want to spend any money or do anything — and that makes for an unhappy trophy wife, which is a bad combination,” Carpenter tells TVLine.

Enter Michael and Fiona, who seek to leverage Nicki’s marital woes in the name of their latest assignment. That requires eavesdropping on the couple’s quarrels, one of which went down right before this photo was taken — and just as a lavish ball is getting underway.

As Carpenter puts it, “She’s all dressed up and has no one to enjoy it with!”

TVLine has a full Q&A with Carpenter posting closer to her Burn Notice appearance, but for now we will pass along her promise that the episode boasts not only a “sexy tango” but also “a lot of Fi and Michael time,” which she knows is important to the show’s viewers — akin to how Angel fans enjoyed it, she recalls, when the titular vamp would spend quality time with Cordelia.

“It was a lot of fun,” Carpenter says of her Burn Notice visit. “It really was.”

USA Sets November Return Date for Burn Notice Season 5

USA’s Burn Notice airs its midseason finale the week after Carpenter’s appearance, on Sept. 8.

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  1. jrs says:

    Just LOVE Burn Notice. Such a fun show. I’m looking forward to this episode…sounds like another good one.

  2. Chihuahua29 says:

    It is not Tom Gallup…it is Tom Gallop (just a minor correction)

  3. Moonlightsiesta says:

    Haha, I asked her last year if she would do latin dancing and she said to give her a “coupla tequilas and you’re on!” Hopefully she succumbs :P

  4. Alex says:

    Love that Matt has the inside line on Charisma! All the CC scoop

  5. Andy says:

    I’m glad to see Charisma Carpenter is working. Other than one horrible episode of CSI I haven’t seen much of her since “Angel” ended.

  6. christina says:

    Seriously can we get her on Castle too, because that would be awesome.

  7. Carrie says:

    I love that ‘Cordy’ is guest starring on two of my favorite shows this year. She has a great sense of humor. She should guest star on “Ringer” next. ;)

  8. Ella says:

    Aaaah, those Angel and Cordelia scenes. :dies and goes to heaven: I may have to pull out my DVDs again, they were awesome.

  9. can't stand charisma says:

    she never could act. What is she doing on all these decent shows? She must sleep with somebody powerful in Hollywood to get all these jobs.