We gave it a B-
Ben, Rhys and Diaz
While Ben’s busy getting the money from Margot — who, of course, insists on charging interest on her brother’s life — Rhys is busy trying to bargain with Jesse, claiming that keeping him alive will be more lucrative for everyone. The prospect of more money is enough to convince Yumi, who stabs good ol’ Rhys with an EpiPen so they can hear his plans for replacing Kenji and continuing the diamond-smuggling operation. “If we don’t like what he says, we can always kill him,” she points out. Yeah, Yumi is much more than Jesse’s henchwoman; she’s his full partner in the business.
Ben rushes back to Rhys’ house, only to find the trio toasting to their new partnership. Here’s the new plan: Diaz wants Ben and Rhys to reopen Kenji’s restaurant and take the delivery of the giant bluefin. When Jesse and Yumi come to collect the diamonds from said bluefin, the FBI will be there waiting.
Our criminals run into a problem, though — someone else already stole the diamonds. Though Ben knows it was Margot (more on that later), he and Rhys tell Diaz it was either Jesse or Yumi looking to cut the other out of the transaction. “Let’s speed things up by turning them against each other,” Ben suggests. The new new plan is this: Ben will take photos of Diaz/Jesse and Rhys/Yumi in what looks like compromising situations; the guys will share the photos in an effort to destroy the trust between the diamond dealers.
I guess the relationship between Jesse and Yumi wasn’t that strong to begin with, because the plan — as flimsy as it is — works. Everyone ends up in a confrontation in the restaurant kitchen, and at the last possible moment, the FBI busts in to arrest the crooks.
The next day, Diaz, Rhys, and Ben celebrate their victory: They managed to bring down an international smuggling ring without creating an international incident. Diaz, though, still doesn’t know who took the diamonds, but she says she’s going to find out and “go after them with everything she has” — all the while making uncomfortable eye contact with Ben, as if she suspects he’s hiding something. Knowing Margot stole the jewels will definitely come back to bite Ben in the ass. The question is: When?
Margot and… daughter?
As the AVI team presents Margot with bank footage of the woman who put a price on her head, new lovers Danny and Margot are playing footsies under the table. So it’s no surprise that the next time we see them, they’re busy getting it on in Margot’s hotel room. Just as Danny’s done with his post-coital shower, Ben barges in to accuse Margot of stealing the diamonds and demand their return.
An argument ensues, during which Margot reveals her lingering hurt over Ben’s deception in season 1. They had a life together and planned their future, only for him to choose Alice. Yeah, she stole the diamonds — but it’s nothing compared to what Ben stole from her. After Ben leaves, Danny sweetly asks if she’s okay, but Margot swiftly kicks him out.
Meanwhile, the Hammer (did I miss the reveal of his real name?) and Sophie are tracking down the woman who wants Margot dead. The bank footage revealed a hotel key card in the woman’s stolen purse, so they’re busy making the rounds at high-end hotels to find out where she’s staying. They quickly strike gold and call Val for backup.
In her hotel room, they discover a Wall of Crazy à la Carrie Mathison in Homeland. The woman hasn’t only been following Margot but also the movements of her associates, including the three murdered lieutenants. She’s collected intel on the firm’s holdings, providing a hint at what she’s really after — money. Danny, who overhead Ben and Margot arguing about the latter hiding the diamonds in “the rectory,” correctly guesses where the mystery woman is headed next.
Though the woman’s successful in bypassing the rectory’s cameras and security guards, she’s not expecting the full force of AVI to be waiting for her at the vault. Margot confronts her would-be killer, insisting she’s “never seen your face before in my life.” The thief’s response?
“Well, it has been a while… mummy.”
Odds and Ends
- Ben: “I’ll flip you for it. Heads or tails?”
Alice: “I thought you said Rhys’ life was at stake?”
Ben: “How else are we gonna decide this? We’re not gonna shoot each other… Are we?”
- “Rhys is gonna be sorry he missed that.” —Ben to Agent Diaz, after she tells him Kohana Takashi kissed her
- Margot: “And what were you doing when my would-be killer made her escape?
Danny: “Mounting your hard drive.”
- Alice: “Do you know the old saying, ‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer’?”
Ben: “Do you know the old saying, ‘You play with fire, you get burned and shot in the head’?”