Michael goes and meets Joey a few blocks away, where he told him to wait in the car. Joey slides over to let Michael in and starts to apologize. Michael says they'll talk about it later, as he dials his phone. "Remember that bug that you helped me make? Well, now we're going to do some listening."
One splitscreen later, we're listening to Quinn yelling at Erik for being seen in the parking lot with a gun, and how that threatens some possible deal at the docks. Erik makes lame excuses, and Quinn cuts to the chase: "Are you using again?" Huh, you'd think April would have mentioned that Erik's an ex-druggie. Erik denies it. Quinn reminds Erik that he doesn't mind doing the dirty work, as long as Erik does his part and behaves himself. Erik insists that he's fine. With an unspoken threat, Quinn leaves. Nicholas Lea makes a better heavy now that he has, in fact, gotten a bit heavier.
Having heard the whole thing, Joey is happy to hear his stepdad "totally freaking out." Michael says Joey has to promise to stay at Madeline's until they're done. Satisfied, Joey promises. Now instead of going to jail for attempted murder, he can do what any other normal thirteen-year-old would do in Madeline's house, which is get started on some gnarly lung tumors.
Michael and Erik wait in a seedy underground parking lot as Michael VOs, "When you push someone to the point of desperation, there's always a chance they'll go looking for help. Which could be a problem, unless you're the one providing the help." Right on cue, Sam and Fi drive up in the Charger, wearing suits and oozing dangerous cool. Sam declines to give either his and or Fi's name (he's saving "Chuck Finley" for later, apparently), but says they can easily find the would-be killers and take them out, for a price Sam quotes as "forty to start, forty to finish." Erik says fifty flat, and Sam and Fi start to walk. Erik gives in, and takes a lunch bag full of cash out of the trunk of his car and holds it out to Fi, saying he wants to be there when it goes down. Fi agrees. Now, I've heard of police officers going undercover as hit men, so this is all perfectly kosher. But then, After Fi and Sam leave, Michael treats Erik to another body blow (fifteen!) and yells at him for negotiating with their lives. "If this doesn't work, we've got two options: run or die." He doesn't add that Fi's more than fine with helping Erik put that second one into effect.