After some previouslies -- which almost seem incongruous, given that the breaks between seasons of this show are shorter than the breaks in the middle of them -- we pick up where we left off, with Michael in a well-appointed library after being rendered to some black site somewhere. Michael's voice-over can tell from his lavish surroundings that he's not in some facility that's on a government budget, and the $1200 shoes on the man who walks in all friendly-like are a dead giveaway as well. This gentleman, who reminds me of a younger, taller Andre Braugher, is grateful to Michael for both rescuing Management and helping recapture Simon, and he toasts Michael, "Friends at last." The subtitles dutifully identify him as "Vaughn -- Michael's new friend." Michael says he's not his friend. In response, Vaughn tosses a thick folder into Michael's lap; a little light reading to pass the time. Whatever's in there, I'm sure it's a faster read than anything by James Michener. Never again with that dude, I'm telling you.
Back in his dark cell, Michael starts going through the papers, while VOing about how there's a trick to reading intelligence files. At first they seem like a bunch of random documents, but after a while they come together into a coherent whole. Much like the editing in this scene. Once he's got some kind of picture, he calls for the guard.
Out in the yard, Vaughn explains to Michael that all of the violent activity described in the file -- all of it connected to a few large bank accounts -- is stuff "they" are trying to stop. Of course that gives Michael an opening to ask who "they" is, and Vaughn explains about how while the government may be good at things like running a military, there's some stuff that ex-government types do better than the government. Like burned spies, for instance. But where's Vaughn going to find one of those? Vaughn says that whoever let Simon loose was deliberately attacking "them," and now Michael's on the same side as them, whether he likes it or not. Michael is obviously resistant to the idea, but Vaughn keeps working on him and buttering him up until Michael tells him how he'd start: find the weapons supplier listed in the file, a guy named Gregory Hart, using the satellite phone he uses for all his banking. Vaughn says they can go do that together. On the job training, I guess.