Recap / Leverage S 01 E 08 The Bank Shot Job
"Have you ever robbed a bank that's being robbed?"
Nathan Ford

The team was going to con Judge Roy, a crooked small-town politician who's been taking bribes from meth dealers and smugglers, by a "Rip Deal" scam for the Delgado family when suddenly the bank that Nate and Sophie are in is being robbed. Hardison and Parker have no choice but to leave the bank temporary as they don't want to be suspected. The two robbers realize they don't have enough money and start to panic while Judge Roy hides his bag (which is filled with money for Nate) under the deck. The team realizes that the robbers are amateurs and quite desperate and panic-stricken about getting the money by 5:00. Judge Roy tries to persuade them to leave as he can clear their name since he owns the law and even knows Officer Bill who's outside but fails. Soon, Hardison and Parker come to the scene as FBI agents, confronting Bill and his men on the situation.

The team figure out that the robbers are Derrick Clark and his son Michael Clark. It turns out that Michael has been involved with the Meth dealers but they blame Michael for being ripped off last week when he has nothing to do with it. They kidnapped his mom and ask for a ransom of a hundred grand or they'll kill his mom at 5. Under negotiation with both Nate and Sophie, they decides to trust them and his crew. The crew successfully takes Judge Roy's bag out of the place and gives it to Eliot at the meeting point but Judge Roy begins to freak out when he realizes his bag of money is missing and accidentally shoots Nate during the struggle between him and Michael. Roy realize that he's been set up due to Sophie calling Nate's real name and disbelieving the Clark's story while taking everyone hostage until he gets his money back. The bank employers tells him to let Nate go as he's bleeding but Roy freaks out telling them to shut up and even figures out that both uses an earpiece to communicate with their accomplices outside; threatening them to get back his money if they want his friends back.

Meanwhile, as the Meth dealers arrived at the spot, they notice's Roy's bag and are surprised to see more money than what they asked. Michael's mom tries to escape but as the meth dealers catch up to her, Eliot appears and beats up all of the dealers. Soon, Hardison knocks on the door to deliver some 'pizzas'. Judge Roy assumes it's from Nate's crew and opens up the door seeing a load of money inside. However, Hardison accuses him of being the robber and after Roy realizes Hardison is with them. Hardison yells out signalling Bill and his men entering the bank while trying to arrest Judge Roy.

Judge Roy tries to explain to Bill but suddenly realizes the pizza box is missing while Hardison plays dumb about it (although no one knows how the pizza boxes disappeared). Roy tells them that they got his money again that was in his bag but Bill finds his bag under his desk and opens it to find packs of Meth inside instead. Roy denies his claim but Hardison accuses him of Roy's 'out-of-control' behavior due to the drugs he's been taking. Roy decides to show Bill the Clarks but was surprise to see Eliot and Parker instead. Turns out that they switched with the Clarks when they entered the building with Hardison, disguised as the paramedics team, who take Nate out to the ambulance truck, while reunited with their mom. Eliot and Sophie fabricated the story about Roy trying to rob the bank and shot Nate as even the bank employers agree to their story due to his actions. Judge Roy tells them to look at the footage but Hardison shows him the doctored footage of him putting a gun point at Nate and shot Nate. Bill believes it and arrest Roy for it while Roy still denies it while being drag away.

As Hardison and Parker leave, the real FBI agents arrive, curious about what just happened. They are congratulated by Bill and his officers for taking down the meth dealers that were parked near the bank. As the team leaves by the ambulance, Nate congratulates Hardison for the 'pizza boxes' idea while heading to the Delgardo family's place.

Tropes stolen in this job:

  • Bank Robbery
  • Briefcase Full of Money: The judge puts a bunch of cash in one.
  • By-the-Book Cop: The sheriff's deputy, since he was the last one to online seminar. Last year. He got a certificate.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Eliot vs. the drug dealers.
  • Dirty Coward: The branch manager is more than happy to let Sophie take his place to go talk to the robbers.
  • Dirty Old Man: Judge Roy slaps a female bank employee on the rear, and when he finds out she's nineteen, he asks if she has a younger sister. He means it to sound like a joke, but he's not very convincing.
  • Flirtatious Smack on the Ass: One of the first things we see Judge Roy do, the target being a 19-year-old girl.
  • Genre Savvy: Derrick is smart enough to realize that Judge Roy's offer is too good to be true.
  • Impersonating FBI Agents: How Parker and Hardison take control of the situation outside the bank.
  • The Judge: Roy.
  • Hostage Situation: The whole thing turns out to be one. Drug dealers took Michael's mom and want $100,000 for her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The young banker who garners the judges attention is wearing a figure-flattering outfit and there are a couple of gratuitous shots down her blouse.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Illegal downloading's wrong!"
  • Meganekko: Sophie goes for this look as part of her cover.
  • Multitasked Conversation: Nate has one with the judge while giving Eliot instructions on how to deal with the situation.
  • Noodle Incident: Invoked by Hardison, "The book got a good man killed!"
    Parker: Better not mention the book again...or propellers.
  • Police Are Useless: The local police are very inexperienced in this sort of thing, and the FBI doesn't even show up until it's all over.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: The judge has this attitude. "The truth is whatever I say it is."
  • Stupid Crooks: More inexperienced, but they clearly didn't plan this out very well.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Judge Roy has one after discovering his money's gone, and again as Bill carts him off.