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Fiona Glenanne
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Gender Female
Occupation Demolitions Expert; Gun Runner; Ex-IRA Member
Age 45
Place of Origin Dublin, Ireland
Relatives Claire Glenanne (sister, deceased), Sean Glenanne (brother)
First Appearance Pilot
Last Appearance Reckoning
Actor Gabrielle Anwar
Status Alive


Fiona Glenanne is one of the main characters, and the main romantic interest of Michael Westen. She is portrayed by Gabrielle Anwar.  

BackgroundEdit

Fiona picked up Michael Westen in Miami, Florida after he was stranded there after being burned and has since helped him numerous times in his various jobs. Fiona and Michael had a past relationship, which ended when Michael left without saying goodbye when his cover was blown. Now that she has encountered Michael again, Fiona makes efforts to pressure Michael into a more substantial relationship. Fiona also keeps up with Michael's mother, Madeline Westen.

In "Enemies Closer", Fiona has enough with Michael and walks out on him. Refusing to appear at a monitoring job, she doesn't turn up for Michael for the first time in the series. She is later kidnapped by one of her "Old Associates" who planned to put her up on auction. Michael and Sam however attack the associates dock and rescue her, despite getting her shot in the arm. Fiona has six siblings, among them are an older brother, Sean, who tries to help her kill the associate in an aborted drive-by, and a deceased sister named Claire as stated in the "Long Way Back".

Fiona has a tendency to shoot first (or blow up) and ask questions later. She is a brilliant strategist, but her preferred method is going in with guns blazing or with exploding IED. Michael frequently has to hold Fiona back.

Fiona becomes especially upset when someone abuses or endangers children as seen in "Hot Spot" when she insists on taking on a case regarding a football player whose sister was attacked by a member of a gang of car thieves, even ignoring Michael's advice that the police will handle it. This is an issue she feels strongly about and she doesn't care about letting her personal feelings get in the way of the whole thing.

Fiona also has a certain vixen-complex, using her sex appeal to her advantage in acquiring information.

Series creator Matt Nix has said about the characters relationship:

"The thing about the relationship with Fiona is…They are two people who really don't have anybody else that they can be with. Anybody else is going to be afraid of what Michael does, and it sort of turns her on, and anybody else for Fiona is going to be uninteresting. He is attracted to her, but part of what we explore over the first season is that they really are attracted with each other, and yet there is a reason they broke up. She is an incredibly chaotic person who just thrives on disorder. Violence is foreplay for her." At the end of season 5, she surrenders to the FBI and is immeditaly arrested for British Embassy Bombings . She is imprisoned in a maximum facility where she befriends Ayn, a fellow prisoner offering favours for favours. After a deal with the CIA, she is released after she helps catch her weapons supplier.

In the pilot episode, she spoke with an Irish accent; starting with "Identity", she has consistently spoken with an American accent as part of her effort to fit in with the Miami scene. The only time she has extensively reverted to her Irish accent is in the presence of her brother Sean, in "Long Way Back".

Skills and TalentsEdit

Fiona has many of the same skills as Michael Westen, albeit with a few differences. She is proficient in hand-to-hand combat, as she was able to disarm and knockout a thug holding a handgun with ease, and while in prison, she was able to defeat three prisoners using only two duct-taped rolled up newspapers soaked in salt water. She is also seen effectively using many different firearms, including handguns and shotguns.

Also, like Michael, Fiona knows how to adopt different personalities and accents, which she shows on a regular basis, as she originally spoke with an Irish accent, but started speaking with an American accent in the second episode to blend in. She has also used a English accent and a Boston accent. She also speaks, or at least understands, Spanish, which is useful when with Michael, who doesn't speak or understand it.

Arguably her most notable skill, however, is her expertise in bomb-making. She has been shown to be so highly effective at this, that she surpasses even Michael Westen. This was shown when they, along with Sam, were taking on Felix Cole, a local gangster and car thief. Michael tried making an explosive called a "hockey puck," which was a coil of detcord on a rubber mat, but had trouble, so Fiona decided to do it, saying that she has a "more delicate touch." She also has used her expertise to call Jason Bly's bluff. When Bly tried to convince her that Michael was killed in a truck explosion, and showed her pictures of a truck Michael blew up, she knew that the truck wasn't damaged in a way that fit Bly's claim that Michael was dead.

Fiona is a very skilled driver, as she is regularly used as the driver of the group. She is skilled enough to impress even CIA official Adam Strong.

Notable QuotesEdit

"Well in my experience if something seems too good to be true it's best to shoot it just in case."—Fiona Glenanne talking to Michael Westen

"Damn, it's like one of those nature documentaries where one snake eats the other snake... I could never watch those." '"Really? I love them." Jesse and Fiona

Michael: I thought you hated the idea of me working for the government again.
Fiona: Oh, I do. But I want you to have a choice.
Michael: You want me to have the choice, but you want me to choose to turn it down? Either way, don't we end up at the same place?
Fiona: Michael, I hope you're never in a situation where your survival depends on your ability to understand relationships. You'll be dead in seconds.
[From Reunion, Michael and Fiona are telling the print shop owner to cancel all of his appointments.]
Owner: I can't just cancel on my clients last minute! I work for dangerous people, people with guns!
Fiona: Oh, well, we have guns too. [Pulls out her handgun and points it at his head] And we are a lot more dangerous than your clients. [Adjusts her aim from his head to his crotch] I promise.
Owner: You may not be a diabetic, but you are one sick lady.
Fiona: You gonna make the calls or not?
Owner: Gimme the damn phone.

BlogEdit

Starting in June 2007, the USA Network kept a short-lived blog accounting several extra-episodical encounters that Fiona had with people in her own life. Generally the blog deals with stories pertaining to people not mentioned in the show, but occasionally characters like Madeline, Michael's Mother, are mentioned as well.

Chaperone: June 28, 2007Edit

In an attempt to prove Michael wrong, for saying that she can't accomplish anything without attracting the authorities, Fiona decides to check out gardening. At the nursery she visits, she gets to know the owner, Eugene, and his teenage daughter, Lydia. After noting that Eugene is worried about his daughter and her romantic life, and deciding that gardening really isn't for her, Fiona takes it upon herself to protect Lydia from afar during her date. After tracking Lydia to the carnival, Fiona is disturbed not only by the choice of dress, but by the fact that Lydia is meeting a man much older than herself. Fiona waits until Lydia to make a visit to the restroom, and catches the older man making a move on an even younger girl. In a prompt act of retaliation, Fi knocks the pedophile out with two baseballs from the booth she is hovering around. After leaving the restroom, Lydia sees her date unconscious with another girl checking up on him, and reacts visibly with tears, allowing Fiona to move in to comfort, and to make sure she got home safely.

NotesEdit

  • Her weapons of choice are a stainless steel Walther PPK 7.65mm and her Colt .45 ACP M1911, but also she uses various shotguns over the course of the series.
  • At the start of the second season, she was driving a white Honda CRV but when Michael was sold a SAAB 900 by the episode's client, he sold it to her. It was used at the end of the second season to run Carla's agents off the road when they were chasing Michael. She sold it, however, just before she got kidnapped.
  • The other significant weapon she uses is a two-tone Heckler & Koch USP 9mm Para that she first held on the record producer, Valentine Sweet. Michael later uses this to eliminate Tom Strickler.
  • She has lost one of her shoes twice once in "Identity" and the second time in "False Flag".
  • She has a particular hatred of people who she considers "Weasels". Examples include Tom Strickler, Anson Fullerton, and money launderers like Barry.

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