Fi and Jesse take on a job trying to rescue a guy's sister from the bad guys who kidnapped her -- except the guy isn't really the brother, the sister is a stolen chemical weapon, and they're not so much rescuing it as getting blackmailed and guilt-tripped into helping steal it. At least the bad guys are bad, though. The real client is none other than Natalie from Season Three, who claims to want their help stealing it back because it's just too heavy for her to be involved in. Of course it's just a ruse so she can sell it again, not that the team realizes that until it's too late. Michael pulls a scam to make her think they pulled a switcheroo on her, which allows them to track her to the buy. Michael tricks her and her buyers into thinking he's released the gas, and in the ensuing chaos they bust Natalie and give her the option of calling the Feds to protect herself from what are sure to be some pissed-off buyers.
As for the longer-term project of tracking down that NOC list, Jesse blackmails his old handler Marv into finding out that the guy who has it is planning to auction it off. And then he convinces Marv to lend him the five million dollars he needs to get into the auction.
Relationship-wise, Madeline is more bored with the tension between Michael and Jesse than we are, and tells them to knock it the hell off. So I guess they're all back to normal now. So her thing is going to be restoring the status quo at the end of every week? I guess we can live with that.
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Michael VOs about the surprising frequency with which local cops work with intelligence agencies; hence the "fusion center" in most police stations where they keep classified intel. First I've heard of any such thing, which makes me wonder if they just made it up for Michael to break into. After, of course, the obligatory scene where Sam drives him up to the building in the Charger in the middle of the day and tries to talk him out of it. Michael reminds us that they're looking for any monitored communication the cops might have collected on Justin Walsh, the cryptographer who killed a guy and made off with Simon's Bible and encoded NOC list a few days ago. Michael's cover: some neighborhood watch guy. Sam reminds him to take it easy with his "tender" gunshot wound, and Michael reacts like Sam poked it physically.
Inside, Michael gets past the lobby and gets on the elevator, where he blows off the guy he was supposed to meet and lets the doors close between them. Thus does Michael proceed to the floor where the fusion center is. He picks the lock with a pair of modified cheap sunglasses and walks right in, plugging a flash drive into an open terminal just long enough to download everything that comes up under "Justin Walsh." Meanwhile, the cops are getting suspicious and ordering a lockdown. So Michael smashes a third-floor window from inside, puts on a handy cop windbreaker so he can pretend to be some higher-ranking officer, and tells the rookie that comes rushing in that the intruder just jumped and she needs to call everyone outside. She does, and Michael exits the building, barking orders all the way back to the Charger. "I ever tell you you're the reason I drink, Mikey?" Sam asks him. Come on, even Michael doesn't have that much power.
Over at Madeline's house, Michael and Jesse are going over the printouts as Michael VOs, "There's nothing more difficult to repair in the field than trust." Jesse complains about not knowing about Michael's little gag in advance, since they're still partners, and Michael points out that Jesse just found something and didn't tell him. Jesse admits that Walsh has been sending coded e-mails all over the world looking for the highest bidder for the list. They need resources to find the auction, but Jesse doesn't like the Michael's idea of contacting his old handler Marv, let alone blackmailing him. So Michael's suggests using Sam instead. Madeline comes in, complaining about Michael's plans to move back to his loft while his shoulder's still "leaking." Okay, gross. She reminds Michael he was shot. "But thanks to Jesse, just in the right spot," Michael says loudly. Awkward pause. Madeline offers to let them work it out over some margaritas she'll make for them, but Jesse's off to help Fi with a job. Michael's hurt that this is the first he's heard of it, but Jesse says, "Maybe she wanted you to get your rest," and pats him on the shoulder, which hurts him in a different way. Michael manages a brave smile for Madeline, though. I don't know what Jesse's feeling right now, but I know how pissed I'd have to be to turn down free margaritas.