"Now, we steal a movie."
A couple, the Mortons, ask the team to retrieve their adopted son, Luka, from a crooked adopted agency in Serbia. The Mortons paid out $120,000 - even taking a mortgage out on their house - but only had Luka for a week. The team finds out that Irina Larenko is running an adoption scam using orphans from the recent war. The team goes to Belgrade to infiltrate a party Irina will be attending at the American embassy.At the embassy, Eliot has to play the grifter (due to the fact that Sophie conned the ambassador before) and squeeze Irina. Meanwhile, Hardison identifies Irina's date as the man who picked up Luka. Parker moves in to hook him. Despite her less-than-stellar people skills, she manages to get his name: Nicolas Obrovic.Hardison looks into Obrovic and finds that he's a former gun runner turned legitimate businessman. Parker finds it all to easy to imagine herself in Luka's position, panics, and stabs Nicolas with a fork. The party is thrown into chaos and Parker makes her escape through the window.Nate tells Eliot to tell Irina that he's producing a film and is looking for a leading lady. Irina takes the bait, giving him her card. Sophie asks how Nate knew that would work. Nate tells her that a European grifter who wants to be an actress would fall for it — just as Sophie would have.After regrouping, they try to find a movie being produced the following day. They manage to clear out the producer (after Hardison makes the film's production cash disappear) and the director (by sending a false message saying there's another, better movie that wants him as director). Nobody tells that to Parker, worrying that she'll jeopardize the mission.Eliot brings Irina onset and Nate, posing as the director, casts her as the mother. Outside, Hardison has a talk with Parker, telling her that the rest of the team needs to know they can trust her to follow the game plan.Eliot arrives for the script, and finds that Sophie has made a few changes — from a two page scene to a ten page scene with stunts, special effects, and two death scenes. Sophie wants to be in the movie as 'Sister Magda'. Reluctantly, Nate agrees to let her do it, unable bring himself to tell her the truth about her acting skills.As the movie plays out, Sophie puts on a stunning performance, to Eliot's bafflement. Nate explains that "she can act when it's an act". As they bring Irina in, they pretend to panic, claiming the actor who was suppose to play the son didn't show. Once they describe the general appearance of Luka, Irina promises to bring a boy who could work, begging them not to cut her scene. As Irina leaves, Nate gives the signal for Parker to follow her.When Parker arrives, she and Hardison (watching via camera) discovers that Irina and Nicolas have more than a dozen children in their orphanage. Worse, the whole scam is doubling as cover for Nicolas' arms dealing.At the harbor, Hardison insists that they need to change the plan and rescue all the children. Parker disagrees, saying that putting them in the system will be just as bad — they'll only end up like her. Hardison says that she doesn't mean that.
- Hardison: And I like how you turned out.
Tropes stolen in this job:
- Arms Dealer: The actual operation.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Everyone's expecting this from Sophie, but she surprises them all with an actually decent performance. Nate explains that she can act, when it's an act.
- Blatant Lies: When Nate asks if Sophie uses the techniques she's giving Eliot to manipulate Irina on him, she says, "No," even as she's doing it.
- Complexity Addiction: Sophie. She gets REALLY carried away with the movie.
- Foreshadowing: Of the blink-and-miss it variety: when Nicolas' buyer holds up the gun, you can see the white X's chalked onto the barrel just like the ones Hardison was putting on the prop guns at the movie set.
- It's Personal: Parker can't keep her cool in a job with bad guys running an adoption scam.
- Literal-Minded: Parker takes instructions on dealing with Obrovich a little too literally.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Parker's grasp of Chechen is a little rough. "I will make your tomato shiny. Come with me."
- Tough Love: Hardison's description of his Nana.
- You Were Trying Too Hard: "Haagen-Dazs?"