Switching one little naked guy for the other.
Sophie: You don’t need rehab, Nate.
Eliot: You need revenge.
Nate is drunk and angry as he barges his way into a party for his old boss, Ian Blackpoole
, knocks out the guard, and takes his gun and points it at Blackpoole’s head.
Blackpoole: You here to kill me Nate?
Nate: Not tonight.
Blackpoole: Well, in that case come in. There’s shrimp.
Nate: I do love shrimp.
He then tells Blackpoole he has something to sell him which he whispers to him
. Blackpoole thinks he’s lying then calls Porshe (Sophie).
Three weeks ago, the team, unable to watch Nate destroy himself, decided he needed to settle his demons once and for all
. Sophie begins telling them of Michelangelo’s David, the famous statue, but particularly the two small copies that have been bought, sold, lost and found, stolen and recovered time and time again over the centuries.
Blackpoole currently has one, they intend to sell him a second, let him insure it with IYS, and then expose it as a fake, causing his own company to accuse him of fraud, ruin his reputation and leave him penniless. The problem is he won’t buy it until he has it verified by an expert. They just have to arrange for it to be one of them.
Eliot is the one to do it, and Nate calls him in, but he’s working on a blonde he met but Nate just tells him to bring her over. It turns out to be Maggie, Nate’s ex-wife. She and Nate start talking as the others go to examine the pictures of the statue, but when Maggie hears of it, she wants to take a look herself. Blackpoole insists that she be the one to verify or he walks and Nate agrees. Now they have to steal the first David so they can show it to Maggie as the second David, otherwise she’ll see right through them. Nate calls Parker to get the statue.
Parker: You want me to break into a secure storage facility with whatever I can scrounge up at a buffet table?
Nate: Yep, pretty much.
She and Hardison enter the scene, as she collects the stuff she needs, then she starts making out with him
as she bumps the secured door, setting the silent alarm off. The guards come to investigate, then roll their eyes and tell them to watch the door in the future.
Parker is able to get the vault open, while Eliot asks Sophie which one of them Parker kissed
They get the statue and put the fake in its place, but Sophie has an idea, what if both statues turned out to be fakes? Every sale Blackpoole’s made for ten years would have to be audited. Nate is hesitant, because he think Sophie is trying to pull one over on everyone, but she thinks he’s getting cold feet because of Maggie.
He admits she still works for IYS because she doesn’t know they denied their son’s treatment.
The next day, Hardison goes to the airport and starts bullying some pilots in the guise of an FAA inspector, and uses that to create the impression he just arrived as the plane pulls up. Maggie looks at the statue and declares it genuine. Blackpoole is delighted.
As he takes the statue to an armored truck, Sophie comes in and tells him the deal with the Vatican is on. Then Nate comes out and socks him in the jaw. He feels better afterward. Neither of them notice someone taking pictures of them after Blackpoole leaves.
Eliot, Parker and Hardison are intercepted and, while Eliot manages to stay loose, Parker and Hardison are apprehended, and Sterling was behind it. He wants something, the second David. Nate protests that they don’t have it, but Sterling knows who stole it.
It was Sophie.
She still has it and was looking to make a matching set. Nate is not pleased that she didn't tell him this.
Sterling offers an exchange, the statue for Parker.
Sophie takes Nate to a storage unit where she has all these treasures she’s been keeping for years. They try to come up with something Sterling won’t think of.
When Sophie shows up for the exchange and Nate turns himself in, Sterling goes back on his word, but he didn’t seem to count on Sophie asking herself, “What would Parker do”, or Nate asking, “What would Hardison do?
Sophie and Parker jump off the side of the building while Nate sets off a tone that disables the guards at the Leverage office.Having made their escape, Sterling goes to the office wanting to have it completely investigated, but Hardison gives them just enough time to get out before blowing it up
Sterling decides to leave it at that.
To Be Continued
Sterling: We’ve taken their money, their base of operations, and now Nate Ford will never, ever get his revenge. They will do the only smart thing to do. They’ll scatter. They’re professionals; they know when the game’s up.
Tropes stolen in this job: