You, you hacked me? You got inside my head?!!
Cyrus Madahvi was days away to cracking Manticore, an electronic surveillance system that the Iranian government uses to track protesters over cell phones, social networks and e-mail, but his files were deleted after a couple of men barged in his place and knock him out cold. Madahvi seeks help from the team to help him take down Manticore, as people in Iran including his family are going to protest during the upcoming election, and Manticore will let the Iranian government track every single person who protests. Nate hesitates, but Hardison points out Madahvi risks his life to take down the bad guys instead of working for Google or Microsoft. Eliot, who happens to hear them, tells them Madahvi was probably hit by Vezerat, the Iranian secret police.The group goes to the safe house (hidden as an Iranian restaurant). While Eliot and Hardison distract them as Boston Health Department doing a spot inspection (with Sophie suddenly having a live cockroach in her food), Parker enters their office but doesn't find Cyrus' data. She does find out payment records to Larry Duberman. Regrouping at their HQ, the team learns that he's the founder and C.E.O. of Dubertech, who also wrote a book on digital security system in the 90's. They suspect he uses Manticore as a way to expand his market share as technology is advancing very fast and he can't keep up otherwise. The good news is that Hardison found a way to shut off Manticore, but the bad news is they need to go to his office to shut if off manually as oddly he can't hack it. Before they head out, Parker's curious on why Eliot pours Sophie tea. Sophie tells her that by using neurolinguistic programming, she makes Eliot do what she wants as he owes her for the roach back at the Iranian restaurant.At Dubertech, Hardison and Parker manage to infiltrate his office and are amazed at how retro it is - as if it was back in high school in the 1980s. Hardison finds that the server is literally too low-tech to hack remotely, and decides to hack it manually but the security system triggers an alarm. Parker and Hardison get all but one of the passwords escape using a pair of display outfits.The group realizes that Duberman is obsessed with his high school as all of his passwords are related to his high school years. He can't let it go, as he was once a Nerd and was bullied and dateless in the past. Nate deduces he uses a memory technique known as the "Roman Room" and decides to break into the high school that Duberman studied at 25 years ago, since they can't hack his mind. Sophie cons the reunion committee into rescheduling from eight months away to a few days away. Meanwhile, Duberman raises his prices on the Iranians and threatens to pass information to the government on their activities. Getting the call from Sophie about the reunion, Duberman blows off a meeting with the Iranians on that day in order to gloat about his success to his old classmates.
- Duberman: I've spoken at Davos, I've met presidents and prime ministers. I've got a yacht with a squash court. But what's the meaning of any of that if I can't rub it in their faces?
- Brick Joke: Eliot knocks out Duberman's aide Sloane to steal his ID card, and then slugs him again on his way out of the building.
- The Cheerleader: During their fight, this is how Sophie describes Nikki.
- Class Reunion: The episode involves the team stealing one, managing to reschedule it to eight months ahead of when it was planned.
- Combat Stilettos: Subverted - both Nikki and Sophie kick off their pumps before they start fighting.
- Continuity Nod:
- We find out why Iceland wanted to put Hardison on trial - he robbed the Bank of Iceland to pay for his nana's medical bills.
- The concept of neurolinguistic programming returns.
- Creator Cameo: Producer Paul F. Bernard plays meathead Shmitty.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Eliot hits an Iranian with another Iranian.
- Hollywood Silencer: Nikki has one.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: How Duberman cottons on to Nate not really being Drake McIntyre.
- Nobody Here but Us Statues: There's a couple of display outfits in Duberman's office. Hardison and Parker use them to escape when they set off an alarm.
- Offhand Backhand: How Eliot ends the fight with the Iranians.
- Reunion Revenge: A non-lethal version - Duberman is there explicitly because he's extremely caught up over how he was in high school, even basing his passwords off his experiences at the time. He asks an aide what the point of all his success is if he can't rub it in their faces.
- Rock Beats Laser: Duberman's extremely low-tech computer (circa 1980s!) means Hardison's gear can't hack into it remotely because it's simply not advanced enough.
- She Is All Grown Up: Sophie's cover was known as "Pizza-Face Grace."
- Something Only They Would Say: Duberman doesn't quite believe that Nate is Drake until Nate calls him "Doucherman," reasoning that with a last name like Duberman, he probably got called that all through school.
- Wrote the Book: Duberman on digital security systems. Literally.