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 temporarily as they don't want to be suspected. The two robbers realize they don't have enough money (and no way to get into the vault) and start to panic. Meanwhile Judge Roy hides his briefcase full of money for Nate under a nearby desk. 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 the move 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. It turns out that Michael has been involved with the meth dealers. The week before, someone ripped them off, and the gang blames Michael, who is innocent. They kidnapped his mom and demanded for a ransom of a hundred grand by 5 o'clock, or his mother dies. Nate and Sophie talk with the Clarks and gain their trust. The crew successfully takes Judge Roy's bag out of the bank and into Parker's hands, who passes it to Eliot at the meeting point. Judge Roy notices his briefcase has gone missing and begins to freak out. He attacks Michael, and in the attempt to disarm him accidentally shoots Nate in the shoulder. In a panic, Sophie cries out Nate's real name, and Roy realizes he's been conned. He refuses to believe that their con has nothing to do with the Clark's robbery, and takes everyone hostage until he gets his money back. The bank employers tells him to let Nate go as he's bleeding, but Roy refuses to listen to reason. He discovers that both Sophie and Nate use earpieces. He takes them long enough to threaten their accomplices outside, demanding his money back, before destroying both earpieces and cutting the team off from their mastermind.

Meanwhile, as the meth dealers arrive at the meeting spot, they are surprised to find Roy's bag contains more money than they asked for. Michael's mom tries to escape, but is stopped by the meth dealers. 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 allows them in. Sure enough, inside the pizza box is a pile of money. However, Hardison accuses him of being the robber. Roy realizes that Hardison is one of Nate's crew, but it's too late. Hardison signals Bill and his men, who enters the bank to arrest Judge Roy.

Judge Roy tries to explain the truth to Bill but finds the pizza box is missing while Hardison plays dumb about it (although no one knows how the pizza boxes disappeared). Roy tells them that stole his bag of money but Bill finds his bag under the desk and opens it to find bags of meth inside instead. Roy denies that the meth is his, but Hardison accuses Roy's 'out-of-control' behavior on the drugs he's been taking. Roy decides to show Bill the Clarks but was surprise to discover Eliot and Parker instead. Turns out that they switched outfits with the Clarks when they entered the building with Hardison. The two would-be bank robbers, disguised as the paramedics team, waltz out of the bank while taking Nate to the ambulance truck, where Mrs Clark is posing as the driver. Nate weakly requests that they save the heartwarming reunion until after Nate has been hooked up to a morphine drop.

Back at the bank, Eliot and Sophie fabricate a story about Roy trying to rob the bank, backed up by the bank employees. Judge Roy tells them to look at the footage — but Hardison has already doctored the video to show the judge holding Nate at gun point and making the shot to Nate look deliberate rather than accidental. Bill believes it and arrest Roy for it while Roy furiously denies it while being drag away.

Roy: Come on Bill, you know me!
Bill: Yeah I do, Roy. That's the problem.

As Hardison and Parker leave, the real FBI agents arrive. The bewildered agents are congratulated by Bill and his officers for taking down the meth dealers bound and gagged in a van outside the bank. As the team leaves by the ambulance, Nate congratulates Hardison for the 'pizza boxes' idea while heading to the Delgado family's place.

Tropes stolen in this job:

  • Bank Robbery: Throws the team's con off the rails, but it turns out there's more to it than meets the eye.
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Hardison convinces the police that the bank robbers want 25 boxes of pizza in order to distract them early on. Later, when the team is returning the money from con that they were using to lure in the drug dealers, they use the pizza boxes to smuggle it in, and they use the pizza order as "evidence" that Judge Roy was on meth.
  • 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.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Clark, Sr. is actually former military, although he didn't want to be in this situation.
  • 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.