Recap: Leverage S 01 E 07 The Two Horse Job
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.
- Sterling: I'm not going to be so nice next time.Nate: Neither will I.
Tropes stolen in this job:
- The Coup: One where Sophie and Sterling crossed paths in Sierra Leone.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: An interesting version, as technically Nate is the criminal and Sterling is the legitimate insurance agent (something Nate used to do). Sterling quickly assumes that Nate is going after Foss to get his old job back, not realizing at first that Nate's motives are both altruistic (to help the Martins) and vindictive (to screw over IYS).
- Fixing the Game: Nate makes sure he wins the poker game for Baltimore.
- The Gambler: Foss.
- Jerkass Façade: Nate's cover, Bob Gibson.
- Leitmotif: Sterling's theme makes its debut here, so we know he's more important than he looks.
- Noodle Incident: Eliot's business with the monkey, and how Sophie and Sterling ran into each other.
- Sarcasm Mode: Nate's comment when Eliot rides Kentucky Thunder back to the stable.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Aimee and Eliot.
- Smug Snake: Sterling.
- Tantrum Throwing: Foss throws his cards when he loses at poker.