Speaking of actors who look a lot different than I remember them, I seem to remember having a slight crush on Mrs. Partridge. But I'm over it now.
Hey, what's Mike doing, unloading some bags at a pink motel? I guess we'll just have to STAY TUNED, as we go back to the Montecito, where Sam is wandering around, looking for the Warners. Nessa sidles up to tell her that the Warners haven't gambled at all; they just walked around a couple of times, then went back to their villa. "Lovely people, they are," says Nessa, but it's Sam's opinion that either Jim Warner is the nicest multimillionaire she's ever met, or he's screwing with her. Nessa suggests that maybe Jim's one of those rich dudes who's never forgotten his roots, a "Warren Buffett" type. Quite helpful. Even more helpful is the story she tells to encourage Sam to find the Warners' itch. And since Nessa's British, the story has to involve Big Ben, and it just boils down to Sam finding out what will make the Warners want to gamble, so Nessa's advice, really, is, "The way to make the Warners want to gamble is to figure out what will make them want to gamble." Thanks so much for all your help, Nessa.
Mike's helping Ed set up a little remote surveillance unit in the crappy little motel, and also bringing him wine and truffles. And if there's some reason why Ed can't administer his little Danny test from home, I don't know what it is, especially when Ed gets mad when Mike cracks wise about springing for the "presidential suite." Ed wants to know how Danny handled the keycard kerfuffle. "Like a champ, from what I hear," says Mike. In walks Mrs. Big Ed, who informs Mike that Ed has lost his mind. Mike wonders why they couldn't do this at a nice hotel, and Jillian sarcastically explains that one of Ed's many connections would spot him in a second. Again, how about the comforts of home? And since this obviously isn't actually a vacation, why did Jillian come along? And where did Mike get all these brand-new computers and monitors from -- breach of security at the Montecito? You know, plots can be funny and make sense; the two aren't mutually exclusive. Ed's explaining to Jillian that with the linkups Ed can watch what Danny's watching "in real time," and surprisingly Jillian isn't absolutely enthralled by this. Mike's having second thoughts, since he's Danny's best friend and all, and how nice to have second thoughts after he's set everything up for Ed there in the motel room. Meanwhile, Jillian's making herself busy placing a towel (which she sprays with something) over the presumably nasty bedspread so she can lie on it and read.