"You sure this is the smart play here, Harlan?" Michael asks, finally remembering about the blade tucked in the back of his belt and secretively pulling it out. Michael is trying to talk Harlan out of this, but now that he's got the hero in his power, Harlan has to do the bit where he lets him in on his plans and motivation. Oh, and smack Michael in the face, while he's at it. Of course, Michael's happy to keep Harlan talking while he goes to work on his ropes with the knife, so it's just as well that Harlan's in the mood to share. It seems that Rufino's partners asked Harlan for help with Rufino, wanting him to take him out before the law could get him. Harlan is all proud of himself for landing the gig, and then coming up with the plan to hand over Michael Westen to the authorities along with Rufino's corpse, blaming Michael for Rufino's death. Michael seems to be cutting his wrists more than that rope, and there's blood dripping onto the floor. What was that he was saying about the right hands earlier? Michael asks about Marta, who of course Harlan was just using. "Rufino stole every farm within 50 miles. It's not hard to find some desperate chica who needed my help. She's very grateful. You should think about that while you're standing in front of the firing squad." Harlan at least remembers to give Michael Fi's message about life after being a spy. "Not very long, in your case." Michael tries one more time, asking Harlan how he can trust Rufino's partners. That pisses him off, but Michael insists, "You won. You beat me. You're smarter than me. I'm just asking you to think about it. You're better than this...You're sure this is who you want to be? A mercenary, betraying his friend for blood money?" Harlan smacks Michael again and says he's sure. "That's all I needed to know," Michael says calmly. And Harlan may be dumb, but even he knows when Michael is saying, "That was your last chance." Once again, Michael's timing sucks. He's still not all the way through the rope by the time Harlan spots the growing pool of blood on the floor. Harlan rushes Michael, who gets through the rope just in time and hits Harlan first, sending his gun flying. But soon Michael is disarmed as well, and now it's hand-to-hand. Harlan's much bigger and Michael's got a recently dislocated shoulder, so it's actually a pretty even match. But soon Harlan makes a run for his gun, and Michael makes a run for the window. Without any idea of what's on the other side, Michael crashes through the glass and falls two stories before landing in the water below. Harlan fires a couple of bullets down there, but when that doesn't seem to work, he tosses in a fuel drum and shoots that, setting the water alight. Swimming beneath the conflagration, Michael doesn't seem too worried about it: "When you're trying to hide in the water, fire is your friend," he VOs. "The light turns the surface of the water into a mirror. Then it's just a matter of finding a place to surface where the fire isn't consuming all the oxygen." Oh, is that all?
Episode Report CardM. Giant: A- | 1107 USERS: B-
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