We then see Danny heading outside; he's talking to someone named Leon on the phone: "Tattinger, vintage 1990. If there's movement on one bottle in this town, I want you to call me." See how much more enjoyable it is to show that Danny knows everyone? Danny then gets stopped by Valet Mike, who says, "Whoa! Big Ed's daughter! Are you crazy?" Danny explains away the likelihood of word traveling that fast with a VO: "In this town, valets hear everything -- and I mean everything." Mike says, "If Big Ed doesn't kill you, she will." Danny's slightly alarmed now, and asks, "What do you know about Delinda?" Mike declines to share. If Delinda's that notorious, wouldn't her reputation have preceded her to the point where Danny would have at least known about Crazy Delinda, even without ever realizing she was Big Ed's daughter? Mike does share about the whale, Mr. Herman. He always drives him into town because "we talk engineering, specifically hydraulics and their application in a mechanized society." Danny explains to the viewers at home that Mike's got an MS in engineering, but makes more as a valet. You know, that's not entirely implausible in this economy. Unless the message there is that valets are ridiculously overpaid for parking cars.
Mike also tells Danny, "Mr. Herman's a big fan of Le Nude Review at Crazy Horse. His favorite lady goes on at midnight." Way to work in the token "If we're in Vegas, it must be time to see the naked women" scene. Before Danny heads off for that scene, he passes on a request for Mike to keep his ears open for Mr. Johnson -- you know, the one known to friends and family as "Controlling Bastard." Mike is not unfamiliar with Mr. Johnson, which either makes him the most ridiculously well-informed casino employee ever, or a diligent reader of an in-house newsletter we have yet to see on the show.
As Danny tries to take off again -- Jesus, Rick and Ilsa's goodbye scene in Casablanca wasn't this drawn out -- Mike reminds him, "Don't forget about my barbecue tomorrow night. I got some new gadgets I've been working on." Yeah, forget the food aspect of "barbecue." And why do I have the feeling that Mike and his gadgets will be featured in all sorts of plots -- comic or otherwise -- through the coming season? ["He's the Marshall of Las Vegas." -- Sars] Anyway, Danny wheels around and asks, "You're not going to set my car on fire again, are you?" Yup. Comic gadget plotlines all year long. The two bicker for a while until Danny's phone goes off, and then Mike's all, "Get your phone, Ahab, and go find your whale." Danny heads off.