Recap / Leverage S 03 E 04 The Scheherazade Job

"Lets go steal the man on the street. In Africa!"
Nathan Ford

Alexander Moto, brother of President Simeon Moto of Wadata, meets with investors and assures them that his brother doesn't have the will to make the country attractive to investors. When the businessman wonder if Moto can succeed, Moto says he's making an effort to eliminate any threats. Meanwhile Reporter Jane Akinyemi from West Africa Newswire is trying to call Moto when suddenly she was almost killed in a hit-and-run accident after a car tries to run her over her. At the McRory Pub, Eliot and Hardison question each other on why are they here. Eliot says he's here due to the client almost killed in a hit-and-run attack while Hardison is checking on what Nate does so he would one day run his own crew since he has all their skills (except Eliot who he says he has a dog named Megabite). Nate is surprise to hear that but then tells him he can't do what he does. Before he explains further, Jane comes in. But as they sit down, Jane tells them that she's been followed and sure enough two African bodyguards enters. Eliot stands up and take care of the guards with ease. As they leaves the bar, Eliot jokes to Hardison whether Megabite can do that. Jane explains to them that Moto uses children to mine for diamonds. He then smuggle it into this country, launders them, and uses them to finance his bid to beat Simeon in the next election. Jane admits that the Justice Department has refused to follow up on her story despite her having proof, and Nate says he can find out.

To get more information about Moto, Nate visits the female Italian and she explains to him that that Moto's a paid informant for the CIA, identifying terrorists that are really his political rivals. Before she leaves, she invites Nate for dinner but Nate refuse, worrying he'll get killed. At the office, once Nate tells his team about it, everyone is shocked to hear what Moto do. So Nate's plan is to steal the diamonds by finding his vaults. Parker and Hardison finds his vault at the basement of the Raines Concert Hall, after they did some investigation. Hardison then realize that he purchase a Stradivarius violin for $4.5 million, knowing this is their way in. Hardison and Eliot create a fake creating fake photos that indicate Moto was drinking and insulting the people of Wadata and then makes a fake newscast showing protests from the people of Wadata. This sparks the flame bewteen Moto and Simeon about this incident. After closing the chat, Moto blames one of his guards for not taking care of the reporter and doesn't want to sit here doing nothing while his own people hates him for it. Just then receive a phone call to resolve this problem. It turns out that Sophie acts as the Perception Management to help out his problems. What she suggest is to make him a hero by 'saving the individual'. She shows a picture of Temi (Hardison), that he's a taxi driver that emigrated from Wadata with a dream to attend the world-famous New England Conservatory to study the violin, proposing to make his dreams come true.

Sure enough as they invite Hardison, Moto shows him the Stradivarius violin in his vault. Thanks to the cam, Nate and Parker looks in the vault but Parker tells Nate that the vault is unbreakable since there's no security camera and it uses motion sensors. Nate ask Parker to check the log to see when they shut it off. It turns out that they shut it off during the orchestra worrying ti causes vibrations. Nate then tells Sophie about a new plan as Sophie suggest to Moto that Hardison should play the violin for the concert since his brother is coming to visit him in two days. Next day, Hardison grumbles after a nap and later complains to Nate he can't do that. Nate just says he can do anything but Hardison says he can't copy Itzhak Perlman. They then find out that Hardison's going to play "Scheherazade" By Korsakov and has a rehearsal in two hours using Moto's violin. As he leaves, Sophie question Nate if he has pick up any new skills during his time in prison but Nate avoid the question saying he's the best candidate. While Hardison attempts to skip the rehearsal, Parker and Eliot finds a way to open the door after the motion sensors goes off. At night, Parker tries to cheer Hardison up when he's doing his practice as Hardison stops playing before he reaches 14.

The next day, Sophie was introduce to his brother before the concert starts. Nate was then called to the props room by the female Italian, to steal an envelope that links to Damien Moreau for her. The concert starts as Sophie leaves the place and what they do is blowing up the floor that's above the vault. After Eliot takes out the guards, once Hardison starts to play, Eliot detonate the floor as a few guards fall down. Nate, Parker and Eliot manages to take the diamonds but stop their tracks due to Hardison's performance. But once it ends, they somehow hits the motion sensors once it turns on, making Moto, Simeon, and the security team arrive at the vault coming down to the vault to catch them. Moto was very please that they capture him and assure his brother of the security. But then Nate tells Simeone about Moto trying to assassinate him by pinpointing out the last-minute concert that Moto arrange and his wailing over Simeon's bleeding body live on the radio,instantly bonding himself to the thousands listening back home.

Moto doesn't believe him and his 'gang of thieves' until Nate mention that he holds a list of terrorist names inside the envelope in Africa that Moto supplies. Moto thinks it's a joke but Simeon believes knowing about the rumors about him and ask him to open it. Moto refuse as he says it isn't his until one of the security guard mention there's a rifle in the projection room with a clean print on the scope. What happen earlier was that before the performance Sophie brought a camera bag during inspection and Moto touches the lenses. What he doesn't know is that the lenses turns out to be a scope for the rifle that Sophie planted it before regrouping with the team. Simeone believe it was Moto's and had him arrested. Simeon bows to them as they leave them alone without charges. Parker ask how Nate knows but Nate tells her he lies as he doesn't know at all while Sophie adds that 'Scheherazade would be very proud of him'. Back at the prop room, the female Italian ask if Nate opens it but Nate just toss it to her saying he didn't as she owes him because the names aren't link to Moreau but to her.

Back at the Pub, Jane thanks the team about Moto's arrest. Nate adds that this gives enough to make a warrant search at his vault containing the smuggled diamonds. Nate then gives her a check that they use to sell the violin that Moto bought to be good use for the people of Wadata. As Eliot follows Jane outside, Hardison can't believe that he really play well but Nate tells him the truth that he hypnotize him by making him play when he was a teenager. It also reveals that he hypnotize him after Sophie and Hardison returns to HQ (after Sophie announce Hardison to play the violin) and Scheherazade was the last piece that teenage Hardison play. Shocked, Hardison says this was suppose to be done to the mark but not his own crew. Nate reveals that this is suppose to be done as you need to 'push every buttons' to get the job done and this is what Hardison doesn't has but Nate has. Hardison leaves at rage while Parker follows him to comfort him as Sophie comments that he likes this before leaving Nate all alone.

  • Call-Back: Sophie uses the Kristi Connolly persona that she used in "The Miracle Job".
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Twice, thanks to that beautiful Stradivarius.
    • First, Hardison is stuck staring at it, forgetting entirely about the job.
      Hardison: All the technology in the world... and we still can't make something that sounds as beautiful as this, and no one knows why.
    • Second, when Hardison is playing the Scheherazade solo, everyone stops and listens. Long enough to get caught.
  • Single Tear: Parker sheds one during Hardison's solo.