Michael joins Madeline down on the main floor, where bowls and buckets are scattered around. There are drips everywhere -- including Fi. Michael assures his mom that all she'll need to do is watch for the cleaner and stay inconspicuous. He also promises to fix the roof in exchange for her help with this. While she's off getting her purse, Fi gives Michael a hard time about dragging his mom into working with Strickler. He gets defensive and she lets it drop, just in time for Michael to get a cell phone call from a very desperate-sounding Barry, who says he's calling in all the favors Michael owes him. How many is that, exactly? Michael tries to demur, but Barry insists he meet him at the Carlito right away. "And bring Fiona, 'cause this could get a little... violent." Especially if Michael brings Fiona. Michael agrees to be right there, as water from his mom's leaky ceiling drips down his forehead. To his credit, Michael is very Iron Eyes Cody about this indignity.
Cut to the Carlito, where Barry worriedly informs Michael and Fi that his ledger has been stolen. What's that? "The list of my clients and all the accounts where I...protect their money," Barry explains. That sounds like something you'd have trouble being a money launderer without. Michael is surprised that Barry writes it all down in one place, and Barry says it's part of his shtick, to protect it from hackers and the IRS. But then he got a call this morning from someone, threatening to sell the ledger if he doesn't come up with five million dollars by Thursday. The thief couldn't just make withdrawals from Barry's clients' accounts using the information in the ledger itself? That sounds like a much more low-impact way to go. "If somebody starts blackmailing my clients..." Barry finishes, expecting his friends to step in and tell him to calm down. But they just politely watch his performance until he asks if he needs to beg. Fi's all for that, but Michael isn't. "Barry -- The Client," the subtitles say. He hasn't had a subtitle for a while, since way back when we had to be reminded every week that he was a money launderer.
So, on to the case. Barry says he keeps the ledger in a private storage space that he rented under an alias, Why does he not just carry the ledger around with him? Wouldn't it be kind of a pain to have to make a trip to the E-Z Han-D U-Stor-It every time he makes a transaction? He says there's nothing else in there but some cash and some paperwork belonging to "Amy." This would be Barry's new girlfriend, who Barry thinks is going to be pissed when she finds out her will and deed to her house were stolen. Like you and I, Michael and Fi seem to grok the connection between Barry having a new girlfriend and getting his ledger stolen in the same fiscal quarter. Michael explains to Barry what a "Trojan horse" is: "You put a tracker on a document, you give it to someone to hide..." "They follow the signal back to the hiding place," Fi finishes. Barry doesn't want to believe that his "special lady" could be part of this, but Fi assures him they'll sort it out. I believe a catfight was just foreshadowed.