And now, Mike and Ben part ways in the Montecito casino lobby, all debts settled. Mike also gives Ben a fat cash envelope, so the guy who is a) unemployed, and b) showing that he's got a severe gambling problem in the making can get that helpful push down the spiraling slide to credit-wrecking compulsive wagering. As soon as Ben leaves, Big Ed comes on up, and they have a little conversation about how Mike probably enjoyed that little relapse more than he should have. So this way, when Mike develops a raging gambling problem during February sweeps, it'll make sense from a continuity perspective.
You'd think that would be the end of the episode, but you'd be wrong. Big Ed comes back in the office to razz the seated Danny about cracking the swizzle-stick case, then says, "Let's go get pancakes." Mmmm...pancakes. Danny's all, "The topless place?" Because going there with the father of the girl you used to date, who also happens to be your boss, is not at all awkward. Big Ed's all, "Yeah. I gotta take this," and asks Danny to move his car around por favor before their nocturnal pancake jaunt.