A piece of advice from Michael about cons–it’s the little things like batteries that will save your life, not the big guns.
Fiona doesn’t like that Michael is going along with Strickler, but Michael sees it as his only way back in. Strickler says that he knows Michael isn’t comfortable but so long as he does the job, he promises that Michael will get his job back.
Heist are like parties, the worst part is cleaning up. Close up on the cleaner, who cleans up by blowing the building from a place that they’ve just awtched being robbed. He wants Michael to find out who the buyer is for the stolen items. Sam is preparing for a date, but he had time to look up the license plate. With the necessary information, they narrow down the location where the cleaner must be staying (specifically at a place that doesn’t ask for ID) which is across the street from an old age home. Sam has an idea about how best to set up surveillance: with an inside man. But the only person who will fit in at a place like that is…Michael’s mom (who has apparently been out of sorts since the roof started leaking, she thinks it’s because of the time Sam blew up the house, Fi’s helping clea up). His mother agrees to the con. Fi disapproves.
Barry calls Michael. He wants to call in some favors and he wants Fiona’s help as well. Someone stole his client list and accounts. The thief wants $5 million or he will sell the ledger. He kept it in a locker with his girlfriend’s will and papers. Michael concludes that Amy, the girlfriend, put a tracker on the paper, and that’s how they find it.
Field ops range from 22-55 so people don’t pay attention to older people. Sam reminds her to keep a low profile. So she of course gets Bingo.
They go to Amy’s house and discover that she’s never left town. Fiona breaks in but someone has already been there. Amy, Barry’s “Special Lady” comes out and tells them they are trespassing. She tries to hit Fi, who punches her. Fi explains that Amy will be killed to cover the tracks. Amy doesn’t believe her so Fi demonstrates by throwing a brick in the car to show that it will explode. Amy reveals that she was bribed with $100,000.
Michael and Sam break into a pre-furnished house and search. Once you’ve checked all the usual places a pro would use, you need to give up or break the walls. Fi lets them know they have company but they realize that if they leave Sam’s ledger will disappear so they decide to point a gun at the guy instead. He walks in, tries to fight Michael off, so Michael knocks him unconscious. They kidnap him as a solution. Barry wants them to torture the guy but they conclude that torture will only get the first lie. They tell Barry to avoid his clients while they work to get the information out of him. Michael needs to ask Sam for the vila he was going to use for his date.
His mom calls to tell Michael that the cleaner showed up. Fi sets up a tail while Michael goes to help Sam with their hostages. 9 kinds of rum, Sam is upset, he doesn’t get to drink it with the date. They keep the man and his girlfriend separate.
Sam sits with the girlfriend and laughs while reading the paper. She gives him the silent treatment for a few minutes and then breaks to ask what they want. Her name is Natalie and she doesn’t know anything, she just wants to protect her son. She starts crying that he’s going to kill her.
Michael goes downstairs where he sees that the guy is the type to shutdown when confronted so you have to avoid confrontation. Michael brings him a cigarette, apologizes, talks about a friendship. If the guy tells him where the ledger is he’ll go free, if not, well. If he doesn’t show for the sale…the money will disappear. When the guy doesn’t crack, Michael leaves to plan.
Fi followed the cleaner to a park where she thinks the deal is going down. Michael thanks Fi and she tells him to stop it.
Michael sends Fi in to talk to Natalie to give a softer approach. Fi states exactly what we’re thinking: Fi softer? Fi needs to become a friend. She reveals that she’s been letting people uses the places she works as a real estate agent for off the books to make some extra money. The guy came, threatened her and her son, and has been using her for real estate and rape. Fi says she wants to take him down. There was a condo that he looked at more than once. Michael and Fi go check it out and find a safe in a fireplace. Cracking the safe the wrong way will burn everything inside, done right and it will freeze everything.
Sam goes down to interrogate the guy again, now with the knowledge that his name is Milo. Again with the cigarette. The guy doesn’t seem to be cracking and then makes an escape attempt, only Sam let him get ahold of a fake gun. They just need to find the last guy.
They look at the park to plan. Fi talks to Strickler with dislike and Michael tells her to chill.
Fi tells Natalie she will see her son again if she helps. Barry has tracked down a general area where Milo’s partner is. Natalie showed him a place in the area and then Fi tells her to call her son to talk to him.
Michael and Sam show up, pretending to be part of the operation (since no one knows each other this works). The guy however is not a fool and shoots at them, but they heard the click of the gun so they hid. He had instructions to kill anyone who entered the site. The deal is set for 5. The guy reveals that it is actually Natalie who is lying. Milo is really the guy whose kids have been taken hostage. Michael and Sam rush to reach her, trying to call her on the phone, but she doesn’t hear it. Natalie asks Fi to take the cuffs of because she has to pee. Fi agrees but the keys are missing so she goes to look for something to pick the lock. Michael comes in and slaps Fi across the face to pretend he’s angry but then explains to her that Natalie is really the mastermind.
Sam explains to Milo the fake murder plan. He should keep screaming once they remove the tape until they shoot and then he can’t make a sound. Fi comes in and “helps” Natalie escape. All goes as planned. They get Barry to tell them where to go so that they can set up the tail so that she won’t notice it. With 3 cars following, they can take turns staying behind her and not be noticed. They can also pretend to pass her and really remain with her. 30 minutes later and nothing has happened, until they see a guy who has come around three times on a bike. He drops something that Natalie picks up. They exchanged keys. He’s opening a locker, he has the ledger now. Fi follows Natalie while Michael follows the buyer. Natalie uses a group of children passing by to escape, knowing Fiona won’t shoot.
Barry has the ledger back. He’s thrilled and his mom comes up with a good aliby as to why he hasn’t been talking to his clients. He has been cleansing in a clinic that doesn’t allow electronics.
Time to finish up Strickler’s con. Fi comes in and says she can’t help him, she doesn’t want to work with Strickler. Working with someone like him will change Michael and she doesn’t want that. She tells him to do what he has to do, she just can’t stay in Miami and watch.
Working with a friend you trust is the best thing, but losing that partner to politics and personal issues is sad so you have to lock them away. Michael succeeds in getting the pictures Strickler wants, though Strickler won’t tell him what he needs to know. Michael gets a call from an intelligence contact who will be in touch to set up a meeting.
Strickler tells him this is just the beginning.