On his way out of the yard, Madeline stops Michael and gives him a hard time about the way he's been treating Nate lately. "Ma, I've been living in a storage container for two days," Michael points out. "Maybe we could call it even?" Madeline isn't about letting things go, and insists that Nate cares about what Michael thinks. She even reminds Michael that Nate's first word was "Michael." "It was 'juice,'" Michael corrects. "I was there. His first word was 'juice.'" "You know what he meant," Madeline insists. She piles on by saying that Nate's real problems began when Michael left, so he needs to give him a chance. If you're expecting Michael to be irritated at being blamed for what a loser his brother turned out to be, you will be disappointed. Fortunately I'm irritated enough for both of us.
Back in the cargo container, Michael is pacing nervously and fretting theatrically to Ivan about their limited options. Even if they're freed, which seems unlikely, Boss Takarov is going to think they talked and will have them killed. Unless, that is, they get out of there first. "Can I trust you with my life?" he asks Ivan in Russian. "Yes," Ivan responds in English. Michael shows him a paper clip he managed to snag during his last interrogation. That paper clip, he says, is their key out; he can undo his handcuffs, and they can overpower the guard and escape. Ivan wonders what happens next, as in how do they get off the grounds. Michael conveniently "overheard" the guards "talking," and has "figured out" that they're not being held in a real jail, but only a temporary facility that they'll be moved out of soon, at which point it will be too late. Hearing a car drive up, Michael tells Ivan to decide now. Ivan's in.
A moment later, Michael's cuffed with the thinking-bag over his head and Nate standing next to him, gun at Michael's head and ordering Michael to move. Ivan -- cuffed to the far end of the container and thus out of action for what's about to transpire -- distracts Nate with some big talk while Michael picks the lock on his handcuffs and uses a lightning move to disarm Nate and ditch the thinking-bag. As the two brothers commence sort-of-fake-fighting while Ivan watches, Michael VOs how hard it is to look like you're trying to kill someone without actually hurting him. "They don't teach half moves in combat training." Too bad they only have one thinking-bag, or else Ivan could be wearing the other one. But then there'd be one less fight scene in the episode, and that just wouldn't do. After exchanging a few blows, Michael thinks he and Nate have put on enough of a show for Ivan. But Nate won't stay down, so Michael has to continue fighting while VOing and demonstrating some possible options, like opening your hand before a punch lands, or spin-kicking your opponent in the shoulder, which sends him flying without killing him. This last move sends Nate sprawling out of the trailer and out of the view of Ivan, who only hears gunshots and some yelling from Sam -- followed by more gunshots -- before Michael uncuffs Ivan from outside, returns, and says, "Let's go." They start walking right out of there. Ivan wants to go right to Romanov's to warn Takarov that the heat is moving in, but Michael says they can't afford to show up in front of the boss empty-handed. Much better to get to the girls and secure them first. As they get into Nate's parked rental car, Ivan tells Michael, "They are in Hialeah. I will show you." Michael does a slick J-turn out of there. As they leave the abandoned grounds, Ivan somehow doesn't notice Sam and Fi pulling in behind him in the Charger. I can see how Fi would be great at tailing people on foot -- she could just turn to the side whenever her quarry looks back -- but that big black car is kind of a giveaway.