Once everyone's back at the loft and Ivan's van is parked in the courtyard, Michael asks Fi how Ivan is behaving. She claims he asked her to use the stun gun on him again, with a gag in his mouth. "He has very expressive eyes," she says. Sam comes and asks how she's doing, and she says, "Everyone could use a few thousand volts now and then. It clears the mind." Michael and Sam just look at her for a moment, taking in her spacey demeanor, hair standing on end, and pupils that are gently pinwheeling. "All righty," Sam finally says, and hands Michael some goods he got on Ivan from yet another member of Sam's extensive offscreen network of resources. It seems Ivan is part of the East Coast's Russian mob, answering to a guy named Takarov (whose mug shot makes him look like the love child of John Goodman and the Pillsbury Doughboy, if that's not redundant). Sam's already got an approach worked out to use on Ivan: they'll tell him they're rounding up the whole gang, and Ivan's just a "little fish." Sam also has a base of operations all ready: an abandoned concrete plant in the middle of nowhere. "This is gonna be fun, Mike," he says giddily. I'm beginning to worry about Sam a bit.
But I needn't have. As Michael and Sam work to set up shop at the plant, Michael VOs, "A lot of people's first instinct when they need information out of a captive is to grab a baseball bat or a gun. The fact is, torture is for sadists and thugs. It's like getting groceries with a flamethrower. It doesn't work, and it makes a mess." Meanwhile, we see him and Sam doing stuff like cutting wrist holes in the side of an empty cargo container and attaching manacles to the outside. The VO continues as Michael explains that you need to control every aspect of the subject's reality, keeping them disoriented and anxious. This as they're setting up a questioning area in a large storage tank, by sawing down the legs of a straight-backed chair and nailing it to the floor. As Michael tries out the chair -- and the painfully bright work light that shines on it -- he concludes, "You have to make them understand that their entire future, their hops, their dreams, every breath they will ever take from then on, it all depends on one thing: talking." Oh, good, that's my favorite thing to recap.