Recap: Leverage S 02 E 01 The Beantown Bailout Job
"There are wolves in the world. But sometimes they're the good guys, I guess."
Nathan Ford is at Boston Assurance looking for a job but once he sees how boring the company is and and the attitudes of the employees, he leaves. Meanwhile Matt Kerrigan and his daughter Zoe are driving, Zoe encouraging him to tell the cops about his problem. But suddenly the brakes don't work and they crash in the middle of the street. Luckily, Nate is there and manages to save Zoe. Nate sees a guy, telling him to save Matt but instead he steals his briefcase. Nate manages to save Matt too before the car explodes. Soon, Nate is greeted by Glenn Leary, the boss of the bank that Matt works at and Lieutenant Bonanno of the State Police, who thank Nate for saving him. Nate finds it curious that the State Police would be involved since the accident happened downtown, but Matt had apparently called them and wanted to talk about something. Bonnanno leaves, and Leary tells Nate that Matt had been drinking as the bank is going to be closed due to their bad assets and he's taking it pretty hard. But as they leave, Zoe, who's in the hospital while Matt's in surgery, tells Nate there was something wrong with the car.That night the Leverage team run into each other at the theater where Sophie is starring in the lead role of Maria in The Sound of Music. Later Sophie is in McRory's Pub (where Nate is staying at the condo upstairs) crying over the scathing reviews she got. The crew begs Nate to put the team together again since they're bored and miserable but Nate refuses. However, when gets to his condo the same thug who stole the briefcase tries to kill him but he and Sophie drive him off, though she unintentionally knocks Nate out in the process. The next morning, he awakes to loud smacking noises from Parker, wearing a nun outfit, and finds his former team is in his apartment making a plan after finding out Nate saved the Kerrigans. The crew manages to track down the hitman who seems to be working with Leary. Nate, however, tells them to get out of his place.Parker and Hardison go to Leary's safety deposit box to find out what he has in it, and find a bunch of files. Later, Nate finds Hardison going through them. Not amused, he tells him to get out, but Nate suddenly recognizes Brandon O'Hare, a mobster he's familiar with and owns all the businesses that the bank has been working with lately. Eliot, meanwhile is in a warehouse the mob is using when some thugs come up. Luckily Eliot is able to deal with them and leaves in one piece. Nate is not happy that the crew used his kitchen for their plans, but explains that O'Hare opened up a fake businesses to launder the money from the bank that's being closed down in a few days since their businesses are clean on the outside, dirty in the inside. Nate then has a change of heart and decides to do one final job. After Nate gives them their roles and tasks, Sophie comments he misses them.Dressed as two state police, they talk to Leary about the incident with Matt Kerrigan while Eliot purposely let Leary sees him while he secretly planted a few detonators on the walls. Hardison gives Leary his number and tells him to call if anything happens. Nate on the other hand is being beaten up by O'Hare's thugs who are about to dump him on the harbor when Sophie shows up. She explains to O'Hare that she's a money launderer from across the pond plans and is looking for a stateside partner. She tells him that they want to get in with 30% of their business to their 'more solid funds'. O'Hare seems interested, but the bailout's in three days and Sophie demands 250 grand as a good faith payment. O'Hare needs to talk to some people first. Back at the bank, Eliot detonates the charges as Leary walks out, making him think someone's shooting at him, and prompting him to call Hardison.Meanwhile, Nate visits Zoe and her dad and Zoe blames herself since she's the one who notice something's bothering his dad and tells him to call the cops and this happens, quoting Matt, "Be careful, Zoe. There are wolves in the world." Nate tells her he's not wrong.The next day, the team sets a plan to get Leary to the State Police and report that O'Hare tried to kill him by using the 250 grand money as a frame-up. Eliot, who's been following Leary, and tells them that Leary is at the warehouse where Nate and O'Hare are making the deal and heading towards them. Leary begins arguing with O'Hare and Nate tells the crew (with the new ear-buds) that Leary's the boss and decides to make up the plan as they go. Leary notices Nate and tells them to kill him but Nate reminds him that he was suppose to bring the 'good-faith payment' under the assumption that O'Hare's in charge. Leary tells Nate that he's in charge and came up with the bailout plan to begin with and will make loads of cash even they did get caught. Just then, Eliot is captured by the thugs who find a state trooper badge when they search him.Leary tells O'Hare to kill him but O'Hare refuses. While they argue, someone shoots Eliot in the chest. Stunned, they all turn to see Sophie there with a smoking gun. Nate checks him and finds a cellphone and Leary asks to see it. He doesn't find any speed dial number, but Sophie tells him to hit re-dial and it goes to O'Hare. It turns out that Nate used the phone he called O'Hare on earlier and pretended to take it from Eliot's pocket. Furious Leary thinks that O'Hare is selling him out since he refused to shoot him. Unable to answer and confused, O'Hare runs away but is saved by Hardison and Parker who were waiting outside the place in their own vehicle. They stop somewhere telling O'Hare that the tactical forces are moving in and tell him to make a deal with them. O'Hare reveals the plan and Parker tasers him, knocking him out cold while Hardison plays back the recording of his confession. Leary recognizes them from before, but he knows they don't have evidence against him and it would be just O'Hare's word against his. Nate tells him that if Matt wakes up, his bailout plan fails so Leary decides to take care of that problem personally. After he leaves, Eliot gets up use the detonator and some ketchup under his shirt to fake his death.Leary enters the hospital with the gun intending to kill Matt but is greeted by Lieutenant Bonanno when he pulls back the curtain. Bonanno checks the briefcase he's holding with a lot of money and tells Leary that O'Hare has been cooperative (Parker and Hardison left him tied to Bonnano's car with the recording) and conclude that since O'Hare flipped, Leary robbed his own bank. What really happened was a few days ago ,Hardison and Parker used it to steal all the money from several boxes after duplicating the master key when they were investigating the bank. Furthermore Bonanno even mention that he's carrying Matt's stolen briefcase which has Matt's initials. While Leary's being arrested, he denies and tells him that he's being set up. Bonnanno refuses to believe him as no one could be that smart.Back at McRory's Pub, The Kerrigans thank Nate for helping them out as Nate gives them the check from the IRS as Matt was the first to figure out the tax fraud. Zoe comes up and gives Nate a hug.
- Zoe: There are wolves in the world, but sometimes they're the good guys, I guess.
Tropes stolen in this episode:
- Apologetic Attacker: Eliot apologizes to one of the mob thugs for hitting him in his already broken nose.
- Briefcase Full of Money: Nate brings one to his meeting with O'Hare.
- Chekhov's Gun: The gun imitating explosives enabled Eliot to make it look like Sophie had shot him.
- Cop Killer: O'Hare is leery of becoming one.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Leary.
- Enhance Button. Averted! Hardison's security footage is "not clear enough for facial recognition."
- Good Feels Good: The reason the team is finding it hard to go back to their thieving ways.
- Impersonating an Officer: Parker and Hardison while questioning Leary.
- Man Behind the Man: Leary is the one pulling the strings.
- Take That: Leary points out how ridiculous it is that the Feds will go after O'Hara's mobsters for stealing a few thousand dollars while someone like him, who helped create the financial crisis that robbed billions is not only not in jail but getting paid by the government for it.