Recap: Leverage S 01 E 02 The Homecoming Job

Break a law, everyone’s done that. My mama's done that, but steal a law…oh, [Parker's] gonna be a legend, baby!

A soldier, Robert Perry, is taping a message for home when someone opens fire. At a hospital, the Perry tells Nate that it was private contractors from a company called Castleman that shot him and now the company won’t pay for his rehab, since the official story is that it was insurgents.

Nate calls Hardison and tells him to call the team. He brings them to the offices of Leverage Consulting and Associates their new cover.

Nate shows them Perry’s video and Eliot confirms that it was the contractors, and Nate sets them after the documentation needed to keep a big lie going.

While Parker and Hardison break into Castleman’s office, Sophie mingles with Castleman CEO Charles Dufort and his contact in Congress at a social gathering, presenting herself as a representative from an overseas company. They were discussing Appropriations Bill 718, something Dufort has a keen interest in. Nate distracts him while Sophie lifts the security card from his wallet.

With that Hardison is able to get into Dufort’s computer, while Parker needs a pass phrase in his voice to get into his safe. Eliot tricks him into saying the syllables she needs with a couple of exceptions…’f’, ‘u’, and ‘kah’.

Dufort: This is shrimp you stupid fu-
Parker: Oh, there they are! Really loud too.

Inside the safe, they find photos of Perry, and Nate realizes the cover up isn’t about the shooting, it’s about what was being transported. Perry is a witness, and Castleman will be coming after him.

At the hospital, Nate and Sophie get Perry out while Eliot realizes a couple of doctors are wearing the wrong kind of shoes and must be the hit men and moves to intercept them.

After Perry is secured, they go through the hit men’s stuff. They were going to kill Perry and make it look like a suicide.

They decide to go after Congressman Jenkins and turn him and Dufort against each other. Sophie goes after Jenkins, while Nate talks to Dufort.Hardison checks on the Congressman’s finances and while there are no actual bribes, he’s been getting sweetheart deals to renovate his house. Eliot decides to have some fun and cancel one of his orders for building materials. Meanwhile Parker is putting a modified bill 718 into the congressional box.

After the bill is submitted, Dufort is not happy and calls Jenkins to let him know. Listening to their phone calls, they find out there’s a shipment sitting in a shipyard in Los Angeles, the cause of the whole incident. Whatever they’re covering up, it’s in that shipping container.

Eliot, Hardison and Parker make their way to the container and find a stack of money inside.

Nate knows where it came from; the government sent it to Iraq for “reconstruction”…$9 billion went missing. They are willing to kill for it because it’s cash, untraceable, able to be used for anything.

Back at the shipyard Nate and Sophie distract the Castleman guards, Hardison and Parker go after the container, while Jenkins arrives to look for his missing shipment. Moments later an explosion goes off. The guards race to the container to find it empty.

Meanwhile, Jenkins and Dufort run into each other. They exchange angry words when suddenly a posse of reporters approaches. Apparently the “congressman” called them, but the empty container isn't the right one. It’s the one next to it and he happens to have the key, which Eliot gave him earlier. They open the container revealing the money and begin to spin a tale of uncovering corruption in Iraq. As they do, everyone’s cell phones go off, and a recording of their conversation earlier is played. The reporters start asking questions, but Jenkins can only say, “Oh, Crap.”

Back at the hospital, the team presents the money to Perry and the rest of the veterans there.

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