After shooting the wrong inmate during an all-out fight in the prison yard in the previous episode of Mayor Kingstown, guard Sam has been moved to the women’s prison. While ushering inmates into their classroom, Sam makes eyes with some of them as they levy sexual comments his way. Miriam McLusky (Dianne Weist) warns he’ll get in trouble before launching into her class’ lecture about viewing the human species as a whole rather than as a collection of tribes. One inmate chooses not to listen, and instead eyes Sam with a pocket mirror as he stands in the back of the class.
After the credits, Mike (Jeremy Renner) reports to the FBI and police about the death of their agent and the kidnapping of Iris. Mike’s brother, Kyle (Taylor Handley) follows him out of the meeting to question whether they’re at fault for what’s happened, if it’s related to the money they dug up in the first episode. Mike says he’ll figure it all out but tells Kyle to keep the agents off of him, that he can’t do anything with a tail.
Mike returns to his office to find it sealed as part of the crime scene. He tells his office manager Rebecca to find them a new place to work, transfer his number to a new cell phone and to trade cars so that he can continue working despite the ongoing investigation. Driving Rebecca’s car over to Bunny, Mike asks him if he’s ever worked with Milo’s crew. Bunny says he would never, and calls the gang crazy before encouraging Mike to confront his problems instead of letting them fester. It’s unclear which specific problem Bunny is eager for Mike to face, but the advice is solid enough.
Perhaps acting on Bunny’s suggestion, Mike heads to the prison to visit with Milo in person. Milo repeats his request for a favor from Mike but Mike only seems worried about the fate of Iris and ensuring that Milo stays in prison or dies. Milo tells Mike that Iris failed to do her job so she’s going back to her old job, but he’s glad to know that the way to get to Mike is to break an angel. Milo then tells him that he only needs Mike to find a metal case in the woods and that he can take the FBI tails with him when he does. Mike doesn’t agree to the favor immediately, but seems willing to take this on.
At a secret house, Milo’s crew have hidden away Iris apparently with the help of an FBI agent. The agent prepares himself to get beaten up to avoid suspicion, but Milo’s crew instead shoots him, catching his body in a tarp and lowering it slowly to the ground. Iris is then taken to the back room of a house party where the Duke sits. She’s offered up as a gift to him as punishment for her failure with Mike, and the Duke and his group all claim dibs on her body.
Sam meets up with some of the other guards from the women’s prison who walk him through just how the inmates will try to manipulate him into getting cushy jobs or just getting at him. He’s advised to be a robot and stick strictly to the rules as written. As the group closes down the cells for the night, one of the inmates makes suggestive comments toward Sam, who doesn’t respond but isn’t quick to avert his eyes from her mostly naked body.
Kyle joins Mike at his cabin, bringing with him dinner despite claiming that he never sees Mike eat. The two share beers on the porch and talk about the favor that Milo needs. Kyle warns him that it’s clearly a set-up, despite the fact that Milo says they can take the FBI tail with them when they go. The brothers talk about how they only get to tread water, how there’s no respite for them only constant work. Kyle shares with Mike that his wife Tracy’s pregnant. Mike says Kyle should stop hanging out with him, echoing their mother’s warning about Mike’s line of work.
In the second lethal injection scene in the show’s short run, a prisoner addresses his final words to a witness in the gallery who is almost thrown out for responding to the man. Blissfully, the scene passes much quicker than the first execution and the prisoner quickly dies. Meanwhile, Iris wakes up in the new house she’s been given to, clearly and understandably upset. She tries to leave through an open door but is waylaid by one of the Duke’s men who tries to feed her breakfast before taking her to the shower.
At the women’s prison, the inmate who’s been eyeing Sam grabs him as she walks past. He eventually tells her to keep moving but it takes him a while and he fails to respond until another guard says something. Back at the men’s prison, the inmates make a statement by standing with their backs against the bars during a check. The guards are worried that it’s a threat, that the inmates will wait until the guards push them off the bars to turn around and kill them. The guards want to double-down on their lockdown, but the Warden insists that they meet with inmate leadership instead.
At the negotiation, P-Dog refuses to sit at the table while cuffed and leads the discussion. The Warden claims that the guards took standard actions in response to the incident in the yard. P-Dog insists that the heavy lockdown is disproportional and only because the guards want overtime pay. He claims that he and the other inmates at the table know what their business is and what’ll happen if they make deals with each other, but making deals with the guards is dangerous. When the Warden asks what deal was made, P-Dog tells him that the inmates took out their child-murdering trash, officially putting the Warden on the scent of the previous crime. In response to the guards’ actions and P-Dog’s arguments, the Warden lifts the lockdown.
When the body of the FBI Agent that Milo’s crew killed is discovered in the trash, Mike decides to head out and find the case that Milo wants him to. After seeing the scope of the land he’d have to search, Mike abandons the quest. At his cabin that night, the bear returns looking for more fries and eating the bird food instead. Mike throws it a bag of marshmallows instead but remarks that he probably shouldn’t be feeding the animal, a sentiment that probably applies to doing favors to dangerous criminals as well.
Sam makes the rounds of the women’s prison at lights-out where he runs into the suggestive inmate lying naked in her bed. He stands staring while her cellmate records his behavior on a cell phone. During the day, Mike returns with a metal detector and shovel to dig up Milo’s metal case. After finding and unearthing the container, the episode cuts to credits, leaving the mystery box’s contents as a cliffhanger.
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