Even while planning to grab evil CEO John Barrett and while Jesse is somewhere planning to kill him, Michael still has time to take on a job of the week. A high-powered defense attorney is about to lose a case, but the client's brother is so determined to prevent that that he takes the lawyer's five-year-old daughter hostage. The lawyer knows he can't get the bad guy off, so Michael has to come up with other plans. His idea of sneaking in with a submersible goes south when the lawyer blabs to the wrong person, so he comes up with plan B: trick the kidnapper into thinking his brother's been sprung. He, Sam and Fi stage a fake prison break for the kidnapper's benefit, and get the girl back before the bad guy finds out he's been tricked. Of course that's not going to be the end of the matter, but the hour's almost up, so it will be for Michael.
Which is good, because he's still got that Barrett thing to deal with, and his and Fi's overtures to Jesse have been soundly rebuffed. Michael sets up a meeting to supposedly hand over the Bible, but really to snatch Barrett. What he plans to do with him next becomes moot, because everything blows up when Vaughn's guys show up and start shooting, even though Michael told Vaughn to stay out of it. Just when Barrett is ordering his men to grab Michael, Jesse shows up and puts a bullet through Michael -- but only to kill the guy who was grabbing him. Barrett still gets away with Michael, the Bible, and the code key. Michael realizes he's got to make a move before he bleeds out, and crashes the SUV they're in. Barrett doesn't appear to survive, and Michael barely does. And as for the code, it's collected from amid the road debris by a mysterious individual whose identity we won't learn until the show comes back in November (Jesse).
After some previouslies reminding us that Jesse is on the warpath after learning that Michael burned him, Michael sits moping in Jesse's abandoned apartment in Madeline's garage. Fi's just finished checking the perimeter, and Madeline is back in town since Michael called her on her way to Tampa. Michael, looking a little shell-shocked, says the plan doesn't change: they still need to grab Barrett and grill him. What could be easier, besides everything? Fi reminds Michael that Jesse might be a priority, what with him wanting to shoot Michael and all, but Michael back-burners that issue since there's nothing they can do about it anyway. Except that Madeline's going to stick around to try to talk Jesse down. Michael and Fi head out to meet Sam.
Sam leads them to the fence outside a mansion crawling with armed guards, Barrett's digs for this Miami visit. Of course all these high-security compounds are always surrounded by a thick layer of jungle growth to provide plenty of hiding places for the people who are always about to burst in. Sam and Fi will be covering Michael while he goes in, VOing about the Native American practice of "counting coup" and how it's similar to infiltrating someone's security. Which he does by entering the perimeter, blinding a guard with a flashgun, disarming him, sitting on him, and grabbing his walkie-talkie to announce his presence and his wish to talk to Barrett
Inside the house, a guard hands a walkie-talkie to "John Barrett -- International Power Player" so he and Michael can banter for a bit. Michael says he wants to be taken seriously, and Barrett's taking him seriously enough that he's got ten guys pointing their weapons at him. Stellar plan, Michael. Michael sets a meeting for Tuesday about the Bible, and in return, he just wants to talk about their future together. "You could really use some new staff," he snarks. Always a good idea to make fun of ten people aiming guns at you.
Next day, after the credits, Michael is updating "Vaughn -- Michael's 'Partner.'" Vaughn's impressed with Michael's progress, but is a little worried about Jesse, and very determined that Barrett's not going to get away after all the work they've done to put a stop to his evil activities. "Understood," says Michael, rather than, "don't you mean all the work I've done?"
Back at the Carlito, Michael is telling Fi and Sam that he has no intention of handing Barrett over to Vaughn, but rather using him as a bargaining chip to get Jesse back in. Yeah, that'll be great. It's not like Barrett's a fugitive from justice or the subject of a multistate manhunt or anything. What does Michael plan to do, call Lane and Harris and tell them, "Here, this powerful multinational CEO is a really bad guy, trust us and the psychopath named Simon who really committed all the crimes I'm accused of. Can Jesse have his job back now?" Just then a young guy in a suit walks up, tosses an envelope of cash onto the table, and tells Michael that Adam Scott wants to talk to him. Sam exposits that Scott is a high-powered defense attorney here in town. Michael tries to beg off, but the news that Scott's five-year-old daughter has been kidnapped -- combined with Fi's expectant look at Michael -- changes his mind in a hurry.