- Eliot: She's gonna buy the jury.Nate: Not if we steal it first.
Three years ago, a man named Ernesto Vargas collapses and dies.
In the present Parker is having a bit of an attitude problem when one of her aliases, Alice White, gets a jury summons. Nate and Sophie decide it would be good for her and so shes stuck with it.
At the trial, Ernestos wife, Gloria, is trying to get a settlement from William Quint (Brent Spiner), the manufacturer of a product Ernesto was taking which she believes caused his heart attack. As Parker sits there, she notices a tiny camera in the defense lawyers briefcase.
When she gets back to the office, she tries to persuade the team to intervene, but they are disinclined to act ("Parker, listen, there is not some evil conspiracy lurking behind every routine civic activity."). Eventually, Nate sends Eliot to make she doesnt do anything rash. They tail Quint and find an entire setup keeping tabs on the trial. The one running the show is a woman named Earnshaw. She runs a company trying to buy Quints, and could lose everything if he loses. He, however, is rapidly losing interest and seems more inclined to just settle, but she wont let him. Parker and Eliot tap their feeds so now the team sees what they see. Hardison is impressed with the setup.
With the proof that there is in fact some evil conspiracy behind the curtain of every routine civic Nate decides to take the case. The woman is Tobey Earnshaw, the heiress of a pharmaceutical corp her father runs, but shes doing a little extra behind his back, and istrying to acquire Quints company. Shes already sunk $20 million into it, and if he loses shes out all of it. To keep that from happening, shes rigging the trial.
As they watch, Earnshaw runs a credit check on Alice White.
- Parker: Whos Alice White?Everyone else: You are!
Earnshaw intends to buy the jury, so Nates going to steal it first.
His plan is to have Parker stall the trial, which means she needs to gain the trust of the other jurors. Easier said than done. Next he needs to know who she controls on the jury, leaving Hardison and Eliot to dig through trash for clues. Finally, he sends Sophie, his queen, after Quint, Earnshaw's king. She presents herself as a representative from an Indian pharmaceutical company looking to buy his company, and presents a much more attractive offer. Quint is very interested.
Hardison finds evidence that Earnshaw has bought off the jury foreman. He needs to be taken off the board. Parker lifts a bunch of stuff from the other jurors and plants it on him. When it comes up, the other jurors demand his removal. As Parker makes herself helpful, the other jurors decide to make her the new foreman.
With her pawn removed, Earnshaw calls Glorias lawyer and bribes him to abandon the case, queen takes knight. A missing lawyer causes a mistrial, which starts the whole process from the beginning, which Gloria won't be able to afford. Nate sends Hardison in as the new lawyer, with all the certificates and paperwork to back it up.
Hes basically there to stall long enough for Quint to take the offer. As Earnshaw tries to find out who this new piece is, Quint tries to find out what he will be doing after she buys him out. He goes to talk to Sophie, but Earnshaw notices and starts looking into her. Sophie brings Quint to the Mumbai International offices to speak to their home office, then presses him to settle, but Earnshaw counter-moves by buying out the real Mumbai International. This reveals that Earnshaw is watching Quint. Now the only option left is to win the trial.
Parker and Hardison head off to court, while the rest delay Quint and steal his phone by pretending to help him fix his car after taking out Earnshaw's goons and planting a device that shuts down his car. Meanwhile, Hardison cross examines Quints expert witness, by pointing out that hes on the no fly list, and basically accuses him of being a terrorist. He then gives a heartfelt closing statement, and returns to the Leverage office. This is endgame, and Parker will determine the outcome. As both sides watch the jury deliberation, Earnshaw thinks about everything thats happened, almost as if someone else were just then, Parker calls for a vote, and they see a result in favor of Quint. Earnshaw is overjoyed that shes won. Having discovered that Quint is trying to sell his company to a competitor, she pressures Quint to sell the company on the spot. Quint folds, playing it safe and taking the payout.
In court, Earnshaw is stunned when the verdict comes back in Glorias favor to the tune of $5 million. It turns out that Hardison doctored the recording by combining Parker asking the jury for a vote in favor of Quint and a recording of the jury raising their hands when Parker asked if they wanted pizza for lunch. Earnshaw blames Quint and tells him that she tracked him but it turns out that Sophie was taking Quints phone to Earnshaws competitors so she would think he was looking for a better offer when she checked his GPS. As she and Quint come out of the courtroom Quint is shocked to see Sophie, realizing he's been duped while Nate comes up to Earnshaw and presents the king from her own chessboard to her. Checkmate.
Back at headquarters Nate congratulates Hardison for winning the trial without cheating ("I hacked a government no-fly list and used it to humiliate a witness!" "Excessively. Without excessively cheating.") while Parker gets a message from Peggy suggesting they go out for some coffee. It seems Parker has actually made a friend outside Team Leverage.
Tropes stolen in this job:
- Alice Allusion: Parker's go-to alias Alice White debuts in this episode, and while playing the role she wears a headband that visually evokes the well-known Disney version of Lewis Carroll's Alice.
- Amoral Attorney: Two examples: Gloria's, who takes Earnshaw's bribe to leave, and Quint's who's taking instructions from Earnshaw herself.
- Chess Motifs: Nate explains the con like a chess game and Earnshaw is seen playing with a chess board throughout.
- Courtroom Episode
- Dumpster Dive: Hardison and Eliot go searching for something to tell them who Earnshaw bought.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Nate picks Quint's pocket to get his cell phone. Pulling his hand from the pocket, he tosses the phone to Sophie, driving by with her hand sticking out the sun roof. All in one smooth motion.
- Jury and Witness Tampering: Done by both sides.
- Jury Duty
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Quint is an unusual combination of this trope and Corrupt Corporate Executive.
- Noodle Incident: We never see the job the crew is coming back from at the beginning but given that it apparently involved an elevator nearly decapitating Parker and Nate, it must have been utterly spectacular.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: At first, Nate is hesitant to investigate Parker's claims about the trial. Sophie has to convince him after realizing that this is the first time Parker has ever asked for help.