Behind every routine civic function...
Eliot: She's gonna buy the jury.
Nate: Not if we…steal it first.
Three years ago a man named Ernesto Vargas collapses and dies.
In the present Parker is having a bit of an attitude problem when one of her aliases, Alice White, gets a jury summons
. Nate and Sophie decide it would be good for her and so she’s stuck with it.
At the trial, Ernesto’s wife, Gloria, is trying to get a settlement from William Quint, the manufacturer of a product Ernesto was taking which she believes caused his heart attack. As Parker sits there, she notices a tiny camera in the defense lawyer’s briefcase.
When she gets back to the office, she tries to persuade the team to intervene, but they are disinclined to act ("Parker, listen, there is not some evil conspiracy lurking behind every routine civic activity.
"). Eventually, Nate sends Eliot to make she doesn’t do anything rash. They tail Quint and find an entire setup keeping tabs on the trial. The one running the show is a woman named Earnshaw. She runs a company trying to buy Quint’s, and could lose everything if he loses. He, however, is rapidly losing interest and seems more inclined to just settle, but she won’t let him. Parker and Eliot tap their feeds so now the team sees what they see. Hardison is impressed with the setup.
With the proof that there is in fact some evil conspiracy behind the curtain of every routine civic…
Nate decides to take the case. The woman is Tobey Earnshaw, the heiress of a pharmaceutical corp. her father runs, but she’s doing a little extra behind his back, and trying to acquire Quint’s company. She’s already sunk $20 million into it, and if he loses she’s out all of it. To keep that from happening, she’s rigging the trial.
As they watch, Earnshaw runs a credit check on Alice White.
Parker: Who’s Alice White?
Everyone else: You are!
Earnshaw intends to buy the jury, so Nate’s going to steal it first.
His plan is to have Parker stall the trial, which means she needs to gain the trust of the other jurors. Easier said than done. Next he needs to know who she controls on the jury, which Hardison and Eliot need to dig through trash to find
. Finally, he sends Sophie, his queen, after Quint, Earnshaw's king. She presents herself as a representative from an Indian pharmaceutical company looking to buy his company, and presents a much more attractive offer. Quint is very interested.
Hardison finds evidence that Earnshaw has bought off the jury foreman. He needs to be taken off the board. Parker lifts a bunch of stuff from the other jurors and plants it on him. When it comes up, the other jurors demand his removal. As Parker makes herself helpful, the other jurors decide to make her the new foreman.
With her pawn removed, Earnshaw calls Gloria’s lawyer and bribes him to abandon the case, queen takes knight. A missing lawyer causes a mistrial, which starts the whole process from the beginning, which Gloria won't be able to afford. Nate sends Hardison in as the new lawyer, with all the certificates and paperwork to back it up.
He’s basically there to stall long enough for Quint to take the offer. As Earnshaw tries to find out who this new piece is, Quint tries to find out what he will be doing after she buys him out. He goes to talk to Sophie, but Earnshaw notices and starts looking into her. Sophie brings Quint to the “Mumbai International offices” to speak to their home office, then presses him to settle, but Earnshaw counter-moves by buying out Mumbai. This reveals that Earnshaw is watching Quint. Now the only option left is to win the trial.
Parker and Hardison head off to court, while the rest delay Quint and steal his phone by pretending to help him fix his car after taking out Earnshaw's goons and planting a device that shuts down his car. Meanwhile, Hardison cross examines Quint’s expert witness, by pointing out that he’s on the no fly list, and basically accuses him of being a terrorist. He then gives a heartfelt closing statement, and returns to the Leverage office. This is endgame, and Parker will determine the outcome. As both sides watch the jury deliberation, Earnshaw thinks about everything that’s happened, almost as if someone else were…just then, Parker calls for a vote, and they see a result in favor of Quint. Earnshaw is overjoy that she’s won, and decides to buy Quint’s company right now since she tracked his phone to other companies, competitors of hers. Not telling him the results, she makes a deal with Quint and he agrees.
In court, Earnshaw is stunned when the verdict comes back in Gloria’s favor to the tune of $5 million. It turns out that Hardison doctored the recording by combining Parker asking the jury for a vote in favor of Quint and a recording of the jury raising their hands when Parker asked if they wanted pizza for lunch. Earnshaw blames Quint and tells him that she tracked him but it turns out that Sophie was taking Quint’s phone to Earnshaw’s competitors so she would think he was looking for a better offer when she checked his GPS. As she and Quint come out of the courtroom Quint is shocked to see Sophie, realizing he's been duped while Nate comes up to Earnshaw and presents the king from her own chessboard to her. Checkmate.
Back at headquarters Nate congratulates Hardison for winning the trial without cheating ("I hacked a government no-fly list and used it to humiliate a witness!" "Excessively. Excessively cheating.") while Parker gets a message from Peggy suggesting they go out for some coffee. It seems Parker actually made a friend.
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