Recap / Leverage S 05 E 07 The Real Fake Car Job

A Wall Street financier stole millions of dollars, but also set up mob connections to guarantee himself a government sponsored parachute. The hook Team Leverage uses to get in is his love of vintage cars.

Tropes stolen in this job:

  • Boring, but Practical: The financier's small scams he works even under Witness Protection. They are called "Parking Lot" scams and simply are means of milking a bit of money for things which are free, like charging $5 for the internet wifi password at the bookstore he works at without his boss catching on. This scam and others around town have allowed him to amass several hundred thousand dollars in just ten months.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The head of the mob acknowledges this concept when discussing things with Ford. He notes he has no claim to the money the financier stole from people and doesn't wish to try to claim some if it means going against Nathan Ford and his crew.
  • Call-Back: Hardison, in the guise of a rival bidder, specifically references the financier's cars he lost when the feds captured him and claimed all his assets... implying that he bought and dismantled them to use their parts in his artwork, as a means of ensuring that the mark is motivated to outbid him.
  • Car Porn: The team sets up a vintage car show. Whoooeeeee.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The financier calls his old friend just as that friend is about to be killed by the mobsters.
  • Corrupt Cop: The Marshall has sold out the Marshall Service for the price of $5 million.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The don of the New York mob embraces the pragmatism of this concept when going after the financier. Rather than attack him when he is captured by police, he stays back and retreats. Later when he speaks with Nate, he acquiesces to Nate's request to leave the guy alone.
  • Spanner in the Works: The victim of the week just happened to run into the financier on the golf course. Had that not happened, the corrupt Marshall and the financier would have likely maintained their pretense and he would eventually have paid her to get him out of the system.
  • Villain Ball
    • Said financier contacts his old car buddy to get information on the car, which allows the mob to track him to Portland.
    • The corrupt Marshall leaves the tracking on the cellphone which allows the mob to get their exact location. She owns up to this mistake.
    • The head of the mob averts this by not seeking to anger Nathan Ford when things are done. He has heard enough of Nathan and the crew (likely from their dealings with the Boston mobsters who didn't end up so well for the mob) and wants to avoid a fight.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The financier sets up one with his mob ties. While it is minor things he did for them, it is enough of a chip to play should the feds come after him for his other financial crimes. Once played, he gets out with a new life and identity.