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ich he isn't. Evan then says that the only "honest conversation" he and his dad ever had was about baseball. Since meaningful dialogue (as opposed to stuff like Will repeating everything everyone says to him or telling Ed that codes cracked him like an egg) is so sparse on this show, both we and Will know that Evan's mention of baseball is meaningful. Sure enough, Will gets an idea. He asks Evan how many times the Yankees won the World Series. Evan answers 27 times. "Hm," Will says, as the suspenseful music that drowns out just about everything else tells us that this is important.

Will wakes Ed up in the middle of the night. I still can't get over how freaking green Ed's house is. He lets Will in, and Will says he figured out part of David's code: 27 of the 10-digit numbers are dates that correspond to a Yankees World Series win. David knew how much Will hated the Yankees, so apparently he thought he'd leave him a little "fuck you, Yankees rule!" message from beyond the grave. "He knew I would know these!" Will says. Yeah, except that Will didn't know them. He didn't even know how many times the Yankees won the World Series. And Will still has no idea about the rest of the numbers. He reads one off to Ed: "18051912 -- " he starts. Ed cuts him off, as the date 5/18/1912 is already meaningful to him, as he, unlike Will, knows a lot about baseball. He says it's the day that several players went on strike over teammate Ty Cobb's suspension. His team's managers were forced to recruit random guys off the street to play in their place, and the inexperienced scab pitcher gave up 26 hits in one game, which is still a league record for fail. At least, that's what Ed claims. Wikipedia tells me that the pitcher does not hold the major league record for most hits or runs allowed in one game, although he does hold it for most "earned" runs in one game. Whatever that means. Anyway, that pitcher's name was Allan Travers. You know, like Will Travers! Maybe they were related. Wikipedia does say that Travers threw "slow curves," and the present-day Travers is also really slow. So slow, in fact, that he wonders aloud why David would put his name in a code. "SO YOU'D KNOW WHEN YOU'D BROKEN IT!" Ed exclaims, possibly starting to lose patience with his "dead" friend's dumbass son-in-law. Anyway, so far, this new code is even lamer than the one last week about hiding in plain sight. A bunch of baseball dates? Please let this stuff get better, or I'm going to start hiding codes of my own in these recaps.

The next morning, Grant and Tanya arrive in the meeting room. Tanya carries a box that's no doubt full of Grant's precious pastries. Why does she still do this stuff for him? Miles is already there, having obviously spent the night pouring over files about Beck. "Did you find something?" Tanya asks. Miles twitches and scoffs. "You found something!" Tanya says, running over to see what it is. "Did I find something? Uh ... no. No," Miles says. Of course not. Instead, Tanya patiently listens as Miles tells us about how he looked through all kinds of financial reports on Beck all night. At one point, he found an apartment Beck rented in London for four months and got all excited that he found Beck's mistress or something, but it turned out that the apartment was for Beck's sister while she was undergoing chemo. Miles concludes that Beck is just a great human being and swell guy. Can we not give Miles any more lines? He delivers them in this whiny stuttering way that makes me want to reach into the television and smack him. As Will enters with the day's work, Miles tells him that "BND" got back to him and are sending over the file on Beck, but he doesn't think they have any more information. Maggie strolls in and tells Will to see Kale. He leaves Miles to mutter about how no one can have such a great career and happy marriage like Beck's. Well, Miles obviously can't. Grant, meanwhile, is so put off by Miles's display that he doesn't even eat the non-donuts.

Will reports to Kale's office. There's a familiar face there -- the guy who was "tailing" Will. Kale introduces him as an FBI special agent assigned to keep an eye on Will during the vetting process for his promotion and new security clearance. "Sorry 'bout the other night," the agent says; "it's been a while since I've done any tailing." Well, that was obvious, but I don't know that being rusty at something gives you license to physically assault people. Like, I haven't ridden a bike in a while and would probably be wobbly at it, but that doesn't mean I can start throwing the bike at bystanders. As Kale evilly peels an apple with a small knife, he tells Will that his security clearance has been approved. Will doesn't seem to care very much. The agent sternly gives Will some "advice:" don't challenge someone who you suspect is following you. Okay, Special Agent Thug. Just keep making it seem like it's Will's fault you suck at your job and have some kind of rage issue that needs addressing.

After another day of failure at API, Will heads home. He calls someone named "Daniel Burns" and asks him to run seven names through his "database." Oh my god, Will. Learn how to use Google. It's probably better than Daniel's database that I'm imagining is either just a really big pad of yellow paper or one of those old computers that takes up an entire room and can only do simple math problems. As Will recites a list of names to Daniel, he notices a suspicious-looking man across the street.

Back home, he gets the gun David left him out of his kitchen drawer and sssssllllooooowly loads it. As for the suspicious-looking man, he meets with another guy in a Laundromat. It's the same two guys who were watching Will at the end of the last episode. "He's made me," the suspicious-looking man says. His partner makes a comment about his sloppy tailing work. The suspicious man bristles, saying that the FBI guy was sloppy. No, that guy was beyond sloppy. He couldn't have been a worse tail if he had a giant neon sign that said I AM TAILING YOU on it. The guy says there isn't much to report -- the FBI is no longer following Will, but Will is still looking into David's death and meeting with Ed. With that, the suspicious guy leaves. His partner whips out a cell phone and tells his boss that Will is "still digging." And then he leaves the Laundromat as well. You know you're watching compelling television when the episode ends with an empty Laundromat.

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