Carla ordered Michael to investigate the hit-man for her and Michael's sake, but he manages to impose his agenda. Alas Fiona's emotions and Sam force him to waste their efforts on an elaborate plan to eliminate a gang of car thieves just to save an insignificant jock who stupidly beat up a vindictive thug. The plan turns his own big boss against those thugs. Written by
Did You Know?
The "phone-book bulletproofing" was tested by Mythbusters (Coll. 7; Ep. 8). They proved that the set-up used would protect from small arms fire used in the ambush scene. (Note: but not against heavy weapons like shotgun slugs or high-powered rifles) See more
(at around 15 mins) When Fiona is reading Michael's fortune cookie, you see her toss a wrapper and smash the cookie, then a shot over her shoulder of her picking up the fortune, then a cut to a shot from the front where she picks up the fortune again, which she was already holding in the last shot. See more
Target selection is one of the least glamorous but most important elements in any strategy. You want to take out the people your opponent depends on - the ones his organization can't function without.