His boss, Bobby, has fakes on the mind as properly. With the assistance of his underling Danny Margolis (Daniel Cosgrove) and his dirty-deeds specialist Victor Mateo (Louis Cancelmi), Bobby has been storing replicas of his artwork assortment in a free-port tax haven, reporting them as the real article whereas secretly conserving the true work in his residences. But a law-enforcement raid sends Axe and his merry males scrambling, particularly when his nemesis Chuck Rhoades will get wind of the scheme: He remembers having seen a Van Gogh within the house the place his ex, Wendy, has been dwelling on Bobby’s dime, and he’s satisfied he was within the presence of the grasp’s genuine handiwork.
It takes some doing, however Chuck lastly will get his warrant and an artwork authenticator to go together with it, able to raid the house and pin Bobby to the wall alongside his work. But when the crew arrives, it discovers the place has been became a personal museum, actually in a single day, because of a daring helicopter raid by the aforementioned merry males. “I would say you were wasting my taxes,” Bobby says of Chuck’s tried raid, “if I didn’t have such giant [expletive] deductions.” That’s our Axe. He’s not content material simply to win, he has to let you recognize the margin of victory.
Chuck’s plan has a bumpy highway from the start. Early on, he finds himself outmaneuvered by the Manhattan district legal professional, Mary Ann Gramm (Roma Maffia), who bigfoots him out of the artwork case on jurisdictional grounds. Chuck wants to come back at her arduous in an effort to get her to again off, and with the assistance of his sociologist girlfriend, Cat, he finds a manner: threatening to throw the e-book at intercourse staff, whose career Gramm has been hoping to decriminalize. (That’s “The Nordic Model” of the episode’s title.)
Momentarily, at the very least, Cat is aghast when she hears Chuck’s concept. Fighting for the rights of intercourse staff has been part of her life’s work. Surely that is simply an empty menace, proper?
“Of course it’s a threat,” Chuck says, earlier than including “which I’ve to imply, as a result of in any other case it’s not an excellent menace.” The faux needs to be indistinguishable from the true factor, in different phrases. And with that mind-set in place, Chuck efficiently wrests the case again from Gramm. And whereas he might not nail Axe the way in which he hoped, Cat rewards him for not making good on his menace, actual or in any other case, by buying them the companies of a intercourse employee. The kid-in-a-candy-store look on Chuck’s face signifies he’s fairly pleased with this silver lining.