Cut back to the boat, where Laszlo asks if JC's a corrupt cop or what. He wonders what kind of guy takes money to protect a scumbag like "your boss here." He asks JC if he really thinks he's going to testify after everything he's done. "He's tearing the town apart!" JC asks what he's talking about, and walks toward Laszlo, who realizes JC doesn't know who Burton is, or what he's capable of.
Back at NYPD, Peter tells Carter she doesn't get it. "You honestly think we'd go to all this trouble for a witness." Boat. Laszlo says JC's in the middle of a situation he doesn't understand. Burton (or whoever he is, JC's thinking) pulls a gun on JC and tells him not to make him shoot him. He tells him to drop his gun and kick it to him. JC shakes his head, ashamed and disappointed in himself. But here's what I don't get: Why doesn't he turn and kick his ass. We can see Burton's a bit of a soft guy compared to some of the other ARMED MEN JC's taken out, right? So why back down now? But JC does what Burton says, although he does it with a little of his trademark snark: "I thought you didn't like guns?" Burton says sometimes you have to do things you don't like. JC: "Like teaching history to the children of your enemies?" He turns and looks at Burton, who says that he watched those kids for three years, which was a good amount of time to learn about your enemies, what makes them tick. He tells Laszlo that he learned all about the secrets he and his family tried to hide from their own flesh and blood. "Your children hate you almost as much as I do." He tells JC to tie himself to the railing, nice and tight, since he knows how capable he is of getting out of tough situations. JC realizes Burton ... oh, what the hell, I'll just call him who we all know he is now: Elias was meeting Benny at the bodega that day, and Elias says the benefit of no one knowing what he looks like is probably gone now. "It's time to evolve. I'm ready for the next step."
He points his gun at Laszlo, and tells him that Benny said, "Veni, Vidi, Vici" to him before he died. Because he knew the Russians were already crumbling, and they'd already won. JC tells Elias that if he kills him... Elias shoots him in the leg, and says he's just sending a message. He tells him to tell his father (so he is the brother) that if he gets out of town tonight, he'll let him live, because Brighton Beach belongs to him now. Elias tells JC he thought about killing him, but that would seem ungrateful. Besides, he can't take the life of someone so talented. And then he offers him a job. He knows JC's not taking it, though, and tells him to stay out of his way and he'll stay out of his. JC wonders what if he doesn't, and Elias says they'll meet again under less pleasant circumstances. Less pleasant than hiding in a drug hovel, shoving cocaine in a wound, getting tied up, realizing you helped the wrong guy, and watching another guy get shot? Not bloody likely.