Recap: Leverage S 01 E 07 The Two Horse Job

This is not the horse you're looking for.
We are going to sell this guy the greatest horse that never lived.

A rancher, Willie Martin, and his daughter, Aimee, stare at a burning stable as the chilling sound of horses screaming comes from inside. Talking to Nate he tells him there were nine dead, with only one survivor, Baltimore. The owner was a wall street guy, Alan Foss, who burned them because they weren’t running the way he liked. He’ going to get $2 million in insurance payouts, but he doesn’t want any of it. He wants Baltimore.

Then Aimee comes in, and reacts angrily when she sees Eliot. Apparently, she and him had a relationship in the past.

At a horse race, Sophie approaches Foss while Nate and Hardison test ways to fix poker games. She lifts his wallet and Parker scans his credit card, finding a bet on a horse called Kentucky Thunder. She mentions a poker game she’s hosting, and he demands in. In the game, he finds himself short, and throws in Baltimore. Nate wins and Foss throws his cards at him.

As Nate walks that evening, a car pulls up alongside him, and a man named Sterling begins talking to Nate. He’s one of Nate’s colleagues from IYS Insurance, and begins thinking that Nate’s trying to get back into the company.

Sterling’s presence changes the game. Everyone else wants the run, but Nate realizes that Sterling won’t let this go, so they need to find a way to shut Foss down without making Willie the target. Nate comes up with something, and he’ll need a stable.

Aimee sets them up with one, and they bring Foss in. Sterling told him he couldn’t sell the horse until the investigation concludes, and wants to buy him back. Nate doesn’t take the deal for less than $2 million which Foss balks at. Eliot apologizes for Nate’s behavior, then Foss tells him about his scheme to form an investment group with a bunch of partners using horses. Aimee is not pleased, and begins ranting on Eliot, demanding to know why he never even called. Eliot thinks back to being in prison with guards demanding to know where a monkey is. “I was working.” He grabs her and it looks like she’s going to struggle, but they start passionately kissing.

Nate is trying to come up with a plan, when Parker and Eliot come in talking about Mr. Ed, which inspires Nate with a variation on “the Lost Heir.”They decide to use the champion Kentucky Thunder as the lost heir. They get KT’s trainer away from the stable then set the board. Hardison had gone to the airport and found a couple of Chinese tourists.

Eliot is with Foss talking about a Chinese incident that killed six hundred of the best race horses in the world, which he sees as a crime, then Eliot tells him there was one left, and points to the horse on the track, Fei Quai. The Chinese owners are trying to sell him before Beijing find out. After seeing an impressive lap time, Foss decides he wants the horse for himself and offers twelve million, his entire group’s investment.

Sophie asks the couple about their shirt, and after they respond, tells Foss he has a deal. Afterwards, the woman asks for a picture then has to go to the bathroom. Along the way, she gives the camera to Sterling.

Sterling thinks he knows what Nate’s up to, but can’t prove anything. The next day, Kentucky Thunder is gone, which means they need to get him back. They break into the stud farm and get him out, but then they run into a traffic accident on the road and Eliot rides KT back to the stable.

With Kentucky Thunder in place, Foss makes the deal, all 12 mil of it. He then comes to show his investors their new horse. Sterling tries to tell him the horse isn't Fei Quai, but Foss ignores him. When they get to the stall they don't find Kentucky Thunder or Fei Quai. Before the investors came in, the team switched numbers and name plates around. The horse is Baltimore and Foss is caught trying to buy back a horse he originally insured for $200,000 and insuring him for $12 million, which, as Sterling points out, is insurance fraud. He denies the claim for the fire and leaves Foss to his angry investors. He owes them ten million, which is all he has left.

Nate presents Willie with Baltimore and a cool twelve million to get started.

At the Leverage office Nate finds Sterling waiting for him. Their actions wound up helping each other out; the team got their job done, and Sterling found a way to save the company 2 million dollars. He leaves with a promise.

Sterling: I'm not going to be so nice next time.
Nate: Neither will I.

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