Plot: The episode starts with a little male bonding between Sam and Michael at a sports bar. The bonding is ruined by the arrival of an old acquaintance of Mike's. An acquaintance who wants to kill him, which means. . . Sam won't be running a tab at that locale any longer.
Michael's attempts to capture Jan without dying or getting injured are complicated by his brother, Nate showing up with a job. Another old acquaintance of Mike's has lost contact with his daughter, and Nate has promised he and Michael will look into it. Of course, it turns out Nate has his own angry past associates looking for him, which is why he needs the cash this job will bring in.
The Players: Jan Haseck (Czech Assassin), Nate Westen (The Brother), Bill Reese (The Client), Brandon Diggs (The Boyfriend), Wilhelm Brothers (Pimps), Jenna Reese (The Daughter).
Quote of the Episode: Michael - 'We want all the records from all the girls you pimped.' Wilhelm - 'Pimped! I'm not a pimp.' Michael - 'You say "tomato", I say "pimp".'
Does Fiona blow anything up? No.
Sam Axe's Drink Count: 4 (17 overall). Beers, some mojitos.
Sam Getting Punched Count: He threw himself in front of a car hard enough to damage its windshield. That has to count (4 overall).
Mike's Fake Laugh Count: 2 (8 overall).
Other: This episode contains my favorite line from this series ever: 'Dwayne Wade SUCKS!' Not because I have anything against Dwayne Wade, mind you, even if he's no LeBron James (he doesn't vanish as often in the 4th quarter for one thing). I just like how Michael said it. So much volume and false drunken boorishness.
Introducing Nate continues to flesh out the Westen family. Though all the flesh is starting to look awfully similar. Nate is irresponsible and tries the easy way, Michael is frustrated by this, and Madeline makes a conscious decision to ignore their problems. It does explain Michael's periodic tendency to try and do things all by himself, excluding Fi and Sam. Judging by his family, Mike had to do everything if it was going to get done. You think that way often enough, it becomes instinct. We even saw some of it in this episode. Mike tries to exclude Nate from rescuing Jenna. Fiona has to point out she might be better suited for Luring Brandon out than him. He won't cut Sam in on the fact Jan's hunting him. Sure, he claims that's to protect Sam, but it's because he doesn't trust Sam to keep it quiet from the feds until after Michael gets what he needs.