Going to respond to this in whole because I agree with much of it.
I think Fring was creating an alibi for certain, but the method seemed out of character, I would expect him to be more of the kind/loyal/demanding boss we have seen, even if the drop deal was rattling him. I thought Lyle was well played - many people can get strange about seeking approval from tough bosses. Fring as we have seen him would be the type to inspire such loyalty.
The Acker subplot just doesn't ring true, and Kim jeopardizing her ethics for his sake is just too much. She's an experienced lawyer at this point, taking hard lines against sympathetic people is something you learn to get over in the first two years of your career, Furthermore, Acker isn't that sympathetic. It's just off, to me. Also Kim doing pro bono stuff to the extent she does is just not realistic.
I'm just not quite enjoying this season as much. Kim is compromising herself constantly, for little or no gain. She is my favourite character, and I think we all fear her fate to some extent. Right now she just isn't sympathetic or believable to me.