“Part Six” puts Michael in the firing line as his continued sleuthing gets another innocent(ish) person killed.
This recap of Your Honor season 1, episode 6, “Part Six”, contains spoilers.
The more you do something, the better you’re supposed to get at it. This is not true for Michael Desiato, though, whose continued attempts to deceive and con everyone he meets finally catch up to him here in Your Honor episode 6. Things weren’t exactly looking good for him last week, and by the end of “Part Six”, they’re looking worse than ever. With a gun to his head, he offers to break the law even further, this time for the benefit of the gangster trying to kill him. When is he going to realize that he isn’t any good at this stuff?
There’s an episode-long joke in “Part Six”, although it isn’t intended as a joke however funny I happened to find it. See, the episode is divided up almost evenly between scenes of Michael trying to uncover his blackmailer, and scenes of Jimmy and his goon, Frankie, plotting to kill Michael — the payoff is a brief five minutes of Michael really feeling himself when he thinks everything is finally coming together for him. It’s a bleak gag, admittedly, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t chuckling at it all the way through.
So, Michael’s latest scheme is to use the first three license plate numbers of the Toyota Camry he spotted on the gas station CCTV footage to get Nancy to turn up some potential owners. The story he spins to get Nancy to pony up this information is so ridiculously morbid that, again, it’s almost funny. Michael’s awareness of the fact everything he’s doing is wrong is causing him to cast himself as the altruistic hero of his own made-up fantasies. Depicting him way back in the premiere as basically being a fictional version of that Rhode Island judge who’s always going viral on Facebook and never seems to convict anyone obviously wasn’t an accident. He clearly fancies himself as a selfless hero of a failed American justice system. But the fact he still sees himself that way, despite everything, only makes him seem delusional.
The same idea comes up again a bit later in Your Honor season 1, episode 6, when Michael is tracking down the names of the Camry owners and crossing them off his little list. When he has to blag his way in to see Ed, an elderly man with dementia, can you guess what cover story he cooks up for himself? He poses as a deliveryman for a charitable non-profit delivering groceries to people who need them. “This is my life,” he says, and he means it, even though it’s complete fiction. When Michael frantically unburdens himself to Ed, knowing that he’s not very likely to remember the exchange anyway, the overwhelming sense we get is of a man who deep down knows he’s not the type to deliver fruit and veg to the needy and hates himself for it.
It’s later, after Michael puts two and two together and figures out that Ed’s son Trevor, a cab driver who fancies himself a luxury yachtsman, is who he’s after, that he goes back home and starts showing out to Adam. The reason it’s funny is that he has no idea Jimmy has been roaming around his house and using his facilities, or indeed that he and Frankie are parked right outside waiting to whack him. The only reason they don’t is that they see who dropped Adam off — Fia, with whom he spends almost the entirety of Your Honor episode 6, bonding over their mutual lost loved ones and sharing a cheeky smooch.
It’s still hard to get a real sense of Fia. Her rapidly burgeoning romance with Adam seems real enough, and when she spends some quality alone time with Jimmy that night — blimey, that sounds like an innuendo, but I swear it isn’t — nothing she says to him gives the impression she has ulterior motives. It’s what she says to Adam that’s important, since when Rocco’s death comes up again (don’t they have anything else to talk about other than death?), she’s quick to remind him that whoever killed him didn’t just kill him, but her life with him, too. Blood, it seems, remains thicker than water.
Or does it? This doesn’t seem to be a philosophy that Carlo subscribes to, anyway, since he’s determined to do drug deals with Desire behind the backs of his parents, which might well create an opportunity for the gang to avenge Kofi’s death. Speaking of which, Lee spends the entirety of “Part Six” looking into it and manages to discover Carlo’s involvement, all of which comes to a head in a climactic sequence that gives us an idea of the direction we’re going to be heading in for the back half of the season.
Michael’s plan for dealing with Trevor, it turns out, is to buy him his dream boat on finance and keep making the payments for it just so long as Trevor keeps his mouth shut, which is so ludicrously short-sighted it’s amazing he was so smug about having thought of it. But he doesn’t remain smug, since when he and Trevor are returning to his car to get the paperwork, Jimmy and Frankie jump them. Jimmy, by the way, thinks it was Michael who ran Rocco over, and he’s not interested in hearing his excuses. But he is interested in hearing the news that Carlo is about to be put on trial for Kofi’s murder, especially once Michael offers to make sure the case ends up in his courtroom so that he can also ensure Carlo goes free. How many different ways is this going to go wrong? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, RIP to Trevor, who apparently knew “everything”, despite all the evidence suggesting he barely knew anything at all. At least Michael gets to keep the boat.