Leaving the hospital, A-Train goes shopping, but is upset looking at Shockwave promotional material. A-Train gets into a heated discussion with the security guard, who racially profiles him. The security guard does not at first believe he is A-Train, but is quickly corrected by public onlookers, recording the interaction on their phones.
Hughie finds Starlight listening to the choir at an otherwise-empty church, asking for her help, much to her shock. Starlight believes he wants to lie to her, but Hughie admits that he wants to tell Starlight the truth, using the tale of Naqib to convince her. Hughie wants Starlight to use her security clearance to find Naqib. Starlight refuses, questioning why she would ever help him. Hughie remarks that Vought is doing evil things and it's Starlight's job, as a Superhero, to stop them. Hughie admits that he was spiraling out of control until Starlight took him bowling.
Either way, Reece makes his way onto the island, and Ben has him covered. The FBI team sees the gunfire, explosions, and muzzle flash from a distance behind them. They send two men to deal with Ben and take over the operation for private security when they arrive. Meanwhile, Reece has made his way into the estate. Hartley, Katie, and two bodyguards enter a safe room. When they hear James outside, she panics and demands both men leave the room to deal with him. He continues his ascent up to the room.
Cristo, the fence, enters his apartment only to discover, a shade too late, that his security system has been disabled, wires dangling. Casually, Michael approaches from the rear, startling Christo, who draws his gun. Disarming Christo with ease, Michael drops him on his back and locks his arms behind him with a flexi-cuff. Frisking the fence, Michael pulls out his cell phone.
Sam and Michael meet across the street from the Victor Hotel. Sam has traced the number. Michael asks if it's an employee of the Victor, only to be told it's the hotel owner himself, one Lawrence Henderson. Michael gets his first look at Henderson as a white SUV pulls up in front of the hotel, and the owner and his security detail emerge. Michael asks Sam if the cops ever looked at Henderson for the theft, Sam says that man had an alibi and a pocketful of lawyers to sell it; he was cleared. He adds that a few years back, Henderson owned a club in New Orleans that mysteriously burned down, and the insurance money was used to purchase the Victor. Sam adds that Henderson is paranoid and security conscious.
Meeting with Sam, Michael obviously has Fiona on his mind, as Sam tells him that mixing romance and work isn't a good idea, in his opinion. He offers a tidbit about the lady friend, Veronica, telling Michael that just the other day, she had asked him if bullets came in different sizes. "Adorable." Michael mutters, asking Sam if he is going to help with the diamond deal. Sam is in, wanting to know if his role as middleman brokering the meeting should be 'shady international business guy'. Michael nods, adding that Sam is to be extra security conscious, so Henderson will think he can relax his guard a bit. Sam grumbles about having to shave and put on a suit.
A freshly shaved and immaculately dressed Sam meets Henderson in the hotel bar. Cristo has vouched for "Charles Finley" and Henderson offers a drink of twenty-year-old single malt Scotch, but as a security conscious paranoid, "Charles" has to decline the drink. He tells the tale: he represents an international group of buyers who deal in merchandise that is bought and sold 'quietly', and they have learned that Henderson might have an item of interest. Henderson allows that, while this might be true, he wants to meet the buyer face-to-face, no middleman. 'Charles' thinks this might be impossible, but Henderson insists, adding that he will be happy to meet the buyer at his home, as it is secure. But, he continues, without a direct meeting, there can be no deal.
Sam and Michael arrive at Henderson's home. Sam is playing chauffeur, Michael riding in the back seat. As they exit the car, both former spies are checking out the heavy security system. "Either he is expecting an armored assault..." begins Sam, "...or he has something to protect." finishes Michael. Introduced to Henderson as 'Mr. Smith', Sam adds that they prefer to conduct business on a less-than-personal level. "Smith' continues, explaining that ordinarily he would never consider showing up in person for an acquisition, but the brooch is reported to be worth the risk. Sam and Michael play off each other well, clearly establishing Michael as the well-respected superior, and Sam as the security-conscious paranoid intent on protecting his boss. 'Smith' and Henderson enter the house, leaving 'Finley' to accept the maid's offer of a drink with "Water will be just great, thank you."
Sure enough, upon arriving in a closed room, Michael is dismayed to see a beaten and bound Cristo. Knowing Cristo will have talked, he surveys the room quickly, choosing a weapon and an escape plan. Alert but appearing casual, he listens to the hotel owner explain that he'd had security problems at his home. He'd considered and eliminated the Europeans he'd approached about the brooch, but had decided Cristo was the more likely suspect. As Henderson tells 'Smith' that Cristo gave him up, Michael Westen springs into action, grabbing Henderson and the pen simultaneously. Pressing the point to the man's neck, he calmly explains to the security guys who've drawn their guns that a mere five pounds of pressure on their boss' carotid artery will kill him, if the grip on his tie doesn't choke him to death first. Michael orders them to lower their guns, an order echoed by Henderson. Backing toward the exit door, Michael can't resist whispering to Henderson that a human shield is much less effective if he goes limp, making him dead weight and hard to drag around. The security team follows our spy, but the attempt is futile. Michael Westen is gone.
Thomas is in hysterics back at the apartment, stunned that Michael was nearly killed. He believes the plan is ruined, Henderson knows who Michael is now. Michael corrects him; the jewel thief knows only that 'Smith' isn't who he said he was - big difference. He points out that Henderson still believes he's going to be ripped off, still thinks his security is compromised, and will still have to move the brooch. All they need now is to figure out where he will take the diamond. Thomas wants to know how they could possibly know this. "I've got some friends." Michael states.
At the parking garage to meet the Libyans, Michael pre-empts the operatives by putting himself in the back seat of the car, asking if the head-bag is completely necessary this time. Anwar himself is in the driver's seat, making eye contact with Michael via the rear view mirror. He tells Michael that they are interested in the information about the gas depot job. Michael asks about Phillip Cowan, and Anwar replies that "arrangements are being made." Michael hands over a slip of paper with the information needed to identify the team that did the damage, adding "Don't be gentle on them. They hurt a lot of innocent people." Anwar wryly replies that the security services in his country are known for many things, but being gentle is not one of them. He offers Michael a job if he can't resolve his situation; Michael replies he's flattered, but has somewhere else to be.
As Henderson's SUV pulls up, he suspects this is 'Smith's' attempt to rob him. Answering his phone, he tells 'Smith' that he is too late, and laughs. Michael asks him if he is sure, and suggests he look up. Sam makes sure his gun is visible. Henderson's security force hears their boss yell "Gun!" and they pull their own weapons, just as the police arrive. With the phone still to his ear, Henderson hears Michael say: "You'll like prison, Lawrence. They've got a lot of cool security systems." Michael watches from the corner as the police frisk Henderson, predictably finding the missing diamond brooch. Fiona strolls casually up to Michael. "All this to clear the name of an innocent man. That's noble. You should be proud." she says, turning to look at him. The strange look reappears on Michael's face as he says softly, "You know who I did this for, Fi." He walks away. A triumphant look crosses her face, and she hurries to catch up to him.
Laura shows up in the break area while this is all going down, and she gets to see just how brutal all this is (Bradley's brother mentions that their father killed someone driving drunk with both of them in the car). Eventually, he's dragged off by security. It's absolutely heartbreaking! But it does seem like a strange thing to plunk in the middle of this episode when so much time has been given elsewhere to much less interesting Bradley drama?
Darius leaves the section for a moment and after interacting with the security guard with casual conversation, is rejected by the same security guard moments later, as he is carrying the wrong wristband, prompting him to leave the club. Alfred welcomes more people into his section to compete with Marcus, but ejects the males when he realizes some are just trying to get collaborations with him. To complicate matters, Marcus buys the entire liquor service for the night and is leaving, further frustrating Alfred. Earn continues talking with the bartender, who tips him by giving him instructions on how to enter the rotating wall through a fire alarm. He confronts Chris, who will pay him but for a reduced fee, as Alfred's expenses reduced the intended payment and failed to meet his contractual obligations. He pays him $750 (instead of $5,000) and tells Earn to leave.
Sophie, Nate, Parker and Eliot break into GenoGrow. Sophie distracts the security at the front desk. Parker, Nate and Eliot have to climb 30 flights of stairs and then blow up a key-card reader, as Hardison is missing. Hardison wakes up back at the office and gets some food. He puts on his earbud just in time to hear the team state that Haldeman's assets are on the Cayman flight #1209. 781b155fdc