Burn Notice Biography of

Jesse Porter


Jesse Porter (Coby Bell)

Photo of Coby Bell playing Burn Notice TV character Jesse Porter
A counter-intelligence agent who was investigating the source of international wars and corruption at the time his key-card was stolen by Vaughn, in order to allow MW to obtain files illicitly. He doesn't have the field experience or training as MW; but, he was none-the-less “burned” when his key-card was used.  Then, when a terrorist came after him he ran to Michael for help.  In spite of the fact that Michael had to continually keep Vaugh from taking action against him, Jesse tiresomely ran around whining and threatening to kill whoever had burned him in nearly every episode.  He had a “handler” named Marv who claimed he believed in Jesse’s innocence but completely refused to deal with him until he was blackmailed to do so – which he was… at least twice.
When he was nine, his mother was shot and allowed to bleed to death in a convenience store robbery. He had not been allowed to go to the funeral to 'protect him' but still carry's a St. Christopher medal that she had given him.  He says that he 'doesn't trust or make friends easily.' He supposedly had a “thing” for Fiona; except that the only thing the writers ever gave us to prove it was the occasional odd, superficial innuendo and Madeline observing to us that she noticed it. [Actually, the Jesse character is the most poorly designed and executed character arc in the whole series and receives much impatient, negative comment from the fan base – many of who desire that he be killed off.]  Jesse “found out” from Marv that it had been M who had burned him and escalated his pouting into full blown adolescent tantrums, ignoring what he had actually seen of what M, Fiona and Sam accomplish or how they do it; or, even considering any possible alternatives as to who actually had done the “burning.” He played like he was going to shoot Fiona then left and lurked on the periphery waiting for them to come to him and coddle him like they’ve done all season.
The following season, the Jesse character changed quite a bit. Either the weak story arc was over and the writers were no longer needed or fan complaints finally got through and Matt decided that he needed to make him not so much like a soap-box-opera drama queen. He seems to be much more believable as a capable spy, stands on his own, needs less deference and adds capabilities and assets to the team.
When Olivia Riley was conducting illegal interrogation on him she used a fake police folder to entrap him and we found out that: - There had been a confidential informant that the police had who knew something about Jesse's mother's death but they had sealed it. - Jesse had tried to obtain it thirty-seven time without success. - He had 'spent ten years, six lawyers and thirty-seven requests and every one of then denied.' He found later that the folder only contain blank pieces of paper.
- age 9 - His mother was shot and killed during a robbery of a convenience store when he was nine. Bystanders in the parking lot allowed her to bleed to death on the floor. (47)
- He wasn't allowed to go to his mother's funeral, to protect him.
- He had a St. Christopher medal that belonged to his mother and 'it didn't help her.'
- He told Sam that he dated a girl from Antigua once and that now the 'whole West Indies' was off limits for a hiding place. He said that if they ever made it out of the U.S. alive he would tell Sam about it because it involved ALL kinds of craziness - and not the 'good crazy.'
- 2002 - He joined a counter-intelligence group eight years before he was burned. (46)
- He was with the Counter Intelligence Field Activity Agency (CIFA) when he was burned. (80)
- He started in the field, but was stuck behind a desk job 'because I tended to go after all the bad guys and not just ones they intended me to get.' He took out a guy who was smacking his girlfriend around in a bar. (46)
- He was investigating many terrorist activities which all seemed to link to an individual that he had a lead on when he was burned. (46)
Scott [Fiona's illegally married husband] (48), Artest [Police detective] (57), a buddy [MWs "source" in the police force] (65), Fast Eddy [medical scammer] (67), Officer Goodtimes [dirty cop] (67), Kalil [Arms dealer] (76), Mr. Ray [buyer of bling] (79), Alex Russell [rogue DEA agent] (82), Jamal Howard [meningitis patient] (83), Ben Wexler [prison researcher] (85), Eric [truck thief] (87), Mark Thompson [weapons buyer for the pentagon] (88), Senor Tibbs (91), Jace Robinson ("J"-Train) [drug dealer] (92), Cole Tamblyn [Fugitive ID] (94),
 Earl [rental company mechanic] (96),

Seen in episodes: 45 -

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