While the helicopter cruises out over the Caribbean, Michael VOs, "In intelligence work, your most important tool, more important than any combat technique, any technical skill, is your ability to twist the facts of a situation to your own advantage. The worse the facts are, the more you've got to sell it." Management finishes the file and takes off his shades, congratulating Michael, "Two rogue operatives in one day? Lucky us." Michael suggests Management talk to HR. "You have some staff issues," he understates. Management agrees. "What do you think I should do about our new recruit, Michael Westen? Wonderfully effective, terrifically resourceful, truly the best I've ever seen, but he just doesn't seem happy." Michael plays along: "Maybe it's the threats against his family. Maybe it's the people trying to kill him. Maybe it's the fact that he had to use his people to clean up your mess. Your operatives --" "Are dead, and you're not," Management interrupts. And he offers Michael a job, asking what he wants. "I want you people out of my life!" Michael roars. Oh, way to lose your cool there. Management doesn't think Michael actually wants that at all. He asks, "All your old enemies from your spy days, all the people who have scores to settle with Michael Westen...Where do you think they've been?" Well, there was that one they almost let through during the first season. Michael clearly hasn't thought about this, but he isn't about to admit it. "You think you've been under our thumb?" Management continues. "You've been under our protection! Think about that!" Michael insists that he'll be fine, and Management tells him, "You want out? There's the door." This is not merely a symbolic remark, either; he has literally opened the helicopter's literal door, giving Michael a view of the clear, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, some one hundred feet below where the helicopter is now hovering. "But hear this," Management bellows over the noise of the rotors. "You have no idea what hell will rain down if we stop watching over you!" Michael reaches for the door as though to close it, then says, "I'll take my chances." And he leaps.
Episode Report CardM. Giant: A | 2040 USERS: B-
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