At the house, Rubirosa and the detectives figure out that whoever broke in knew to expect a blackout. Later, McCoy thinks Rubirosa and Cutter should chase down that lead at the power company, then notes aloud that he saw Barkin's lawyer's discovery motion to produce the warrant. Cutter thinks McCoy maybe has too much free time on his hands if he's reviewing discovery motions, but then has to admit that there isn't a warrant. McCoy gets salty immediately, and Cutter wants to know how he could have known Nick Costas's cousin would be living in the pet store "with an expectation of privacy," but even though McCoy has done the same sort of thing hundreds of times, now he's the one ultimately responsible, so he's peeved: "What do you do for fun, Mike, juggle chainsaws? With my neck on the line?" Cutter offers to shoulder the blame; McCoy tacitly agrees.
At the power company, a guy in a hard hat tells Cutter and Rubirosa that he got an order to shut down the power supply. Threatened with FBI involvement, he's like, what? The company that bought the plant six months ago, Energyne, ordered me to -- and I've got it on tape.
And he does, and the guys at Energyne 1) sound like dicks, and 2) shut down the plant in order to jack up energy prices. The ADAs have identified the guy on the tape as Paul Kleist, an Energyne VP. Cutter complains about the complexity of the case, but McCoy tells him to suck it up: "This is the soup you asked to be in. Enjoy it." Is that soup vichyssoise? Because it's pretty cold.
Back from the break, Kleist and his Montgomery-Burnsian team of lawyers aren't hearing anything Cutter has to say. Cutter threatens to charge Kleist as an accomplice because he manipulated the blackout, and throws in a bitchy comment about what time it's lights-out in the Tombs. Elsewhere, McCoy is complaining to Rubirosa about the calls he's getting from various government agencies; she doesn't know what's going on herself, and they walk into Cutter's office to find stacks and stacks of document boxes Cutter had sent over to help him with the case. McCoy wants to know where he's going with this re: the murder/kidnapping, and Cutter takes a while to explain it, but it's a fairly simple case of collusion -- Energyne arranged to go offline at certain times in order to throw business to another company, Delft. To the surprise of very few, the hedge-fund gun from the first act goes off here when we find that Delft is owned by a consortium whose majority partner is Mattawin Capital. CEO of Mattawin? Conlan.