Leverage s01e06 Episode Script

The Stork Job

Where is he? What have you done with him? Why haven't you returned our calls? Did you think we'd just go away? We've given you the money.
What else do you want? What have you done with Luka? Dana! Joe? Joe? No, God.
Help! Please, somebody help us! Please! Oh, God.
Help! Joe's still in physical therapy.
He spent two weeks in a Belgrade hospital before he was strong enough to fly back home.
We just wanted a family.
Right.
Why Serbia? Back in college, Joe got busted on a small pot charge.
Nothing major, just typical stupid kid stuff.
Right, right.
But it disqualified you from adoption agencies in the States, right? And Korea and China and Guatemala.
Hmm.
Irina was the first one to tell us that it wouldn't be an issue.
All she needed was Money.
Administrative fees.
That's what she called it.
After a few months, we got suspicious, so we flew out there.
We told her we'd go to the authorities.
That's when she introduced us to Luka.
After that, we gave Irina everything she wanted.
How much money did she take from you? $120,000.
We had to take a second mortgage out on the house.
Well, we can get the money back.
We don't want the money.
All we want is Luka.
Right.
So, Irina let Luka stay with the Mortons for a week.
That's when this was taken.
What happened to the boy afterwards? Don't know.
A car came along, picked him up, took him away.
Are we seriously considering this? Huh? Swiping a kid? Yeah, well What happened to you? Well, how was I supposed to know it was a lesbian bar? Okay, listen.
Money, jewels, paintings, those we steal.
But a little boy? We help people who have nowhere else to go.
U.
S.
government isn't gonna help 'cause they went outside the system.
Over there, it's the Wild West.
No records, no paper trails, we're supposed to find one orphan? How do we even know this kid is an orphan? See him pocketing those cookies? He's hoarding food.
That bag on the table? He keeps his essentials light and portable.
He knows he's gonna be taken away at any moment.
And there, when she goes to touch him, he flinches.
He's expecting for her to Trust me.
He's an orphan.
Nate.
Hit it.
Irina Larenko, former Russian model.
She had a decent career in the '80s.
She did the whole Paris fashion circuit.
She had some parts in some small films.
Really? Like what films? Some French films.
Like what? Uh, Emmanuelle Unleashed.
She was Tatiana.
Yeah, this was when they rebooted the franchise.
That's right.
Emmanuelle's space station.
- She rides the controls.
- Yeah.
Yeah.
Okay.
Anyway.
Anyway.
What She started living a little too hard.
She fell in with some Russian mobsters, and she wound up grifting her way through Europe.
She ended up in Belgrade a few years ago.
All right, what's the adoption scam? Okay, so you're looking to adopt a kid, right? You log on to a legitimate adoption website.
You follow one of the links on the side, it leads you to Irina.
Now, she just shows you a bunch of pictures, strings you along a little bit, and she'll hit you up for some money.
Yeah.
It's just like the Spanish Prisoner scam.
Yeah.
She hooks you until she bleeds you dry.
Yeah, but how does she get the kids? After the war, there's, what, She could be getting them from anywhere.
Where's Irina now? Well, she closed her office in Belgrade after the incident with the Mortons.
However, her name popped up on an invitation to a party at the American Embassy next week.
Very exclusive.
All right.
We're gonna do this the old-fashioned way.
A little look and hook.
Pack your bags.
We're going to Belgrade.
Hey, can we stop off in Paris on the way? Yeah.
Maybe on the way back.
Cool.
Ambassador.
It's good to see you.
Hmm.
That interception stopped the game.
We ended up winning.
I mean, it's like Excuse me.
Do you have eyes on Irina? Yes, and she's with someone.
It's never stopped me before.
Get me a picture.
You know, this would be easier if you were in here.
Well, we would be, if Sophie weren't already old friends with the ambassador.
I wouldn't say old friends, exactly.
The United States is pleased to make the first payment for construction of the Trans-Ukrainian Oil Pipeline to Her Royal Highness, Princess Magda of Slovenia.
I still have that tiara, though.
Hardison, anything on the facial recognition? Come on.
I am working on a laptop in a borrowed office.
Yeah, well, just hurry up.
It's not so fun working in the crappy command center, is it? No, see, you're usually off doing your European spy thing.
Well, welcome to my world.
Orangescu? Oh.
I got a hit fast.
That's weird.
I got a face match, but no name.
His file's already on my hard drive.
That's the guy That's the guy who picked up the kid from the Mortons.
Sure is.
Hey, Parker, I need you to lift his wallet.
We need more info.
Eliot, get ready to meet Irina.
I'll give you your cues.
You know, I have picked up women before, all right? Like yesterday.
Yeah.
And we can all agree that Dagmar.
Was it? Dagmar from the car rental place was a lovely girl, but listen, Irina is a professional grifter.
She's gonna see straight through your moves.
She does this for a living.
You know, gets people to like her and trust her, even to fall in love with her.
She doesn't do this for sport.
Hmm.
Sounds like someone I know.
Parker, have you found him yet? No.
I can't believe I lost him.
Well, hello, beautiful.
Found him.
Okay, Parker, don't panic.
You're just having a little conversation.
And who has come to shame the splendor of Belgrade with her beauty? Are you kidding me? Hardison.
Hardison.
Beautiful name for beautiful lady.
Tell me, Hardison, what brings you to Serbia? "Ah, do my fangs and cape frighten you?" Hardison.
Hardison.
Okay, Parker, you're an exchange student.
Ask him his name.
I'm an exchange student, and what is your name? Nicolas Obrovic, at your service.
This one's on the house.
Next one's on you, unless you tip me well.
Hi.
American.
Yes, ma'am.
Your hair is too long, your bowtie is poorly tied, and your eyes, they shift to the left.
So either you're lying, or you're about to lie.
No, no, no, listen.
You have to demonstrate higher social value.
She needs a reason to be interested in you.
Okay, Eliot, listen to me.
You're right.
You're absolutely right.
I ain't big on formal occasions.
Much rather be on my ranch in Texas.
Your ranch in Texas? Yes, ma'am.
And I know what you're gonna say.
"There's another oil man trying to be a cowboy," huh? Well, maybe.
But I can't stand being in the boardroom, you know? That's why I love traveling the world.
Well, we are certainly glad that Belgrade made your itinerary.
Well, it's becoming one of my favorite stops.
Okay, good.
She's feeling happy.
Now, anchor the emotion.
Raise the champagne flute to your lips.
Cheers.
And take a nice, long sip.
And now every time she laughs or smiles, repeat that motion.
She's gonna link that to a nice, warm feeling.
You can use that later.
That drink thing You've never used that on me, have you? I would never.
Course not.
So, where are you from? Where am I from? Mmm.
Oh! Where am I from! Near Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta I'm from Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta.
No, no, no.
No, I meant pick one.
Don't let Irina get too comfortable.
Toss her Yeah, toss her a backhanded compliment.
Your eyes are really blue.
Thank you.
They're almost too blue, don't you think? You, uh, manipulated me? Nate, really, now? No, give her a time limit.
Tell her you can't stay long.
All relationships are about manipulation.
Oh, that No, Parker, sleeping is not a hobby.
That's so cynical.
Perfect.
Now, just step back.
Yeah, let her come to you.
Why is that cynical, huh? Because I don't leave my personal life to chance? Well, no, because Guys, guys Really, guys! Seriously.
That's not Come on now, look, if you're done with your little delightful banter, I got some actually useful information, okay? Nicolas Obrovic, organized crime ties, smuggling.
Now, he went legit five years ago.
He took over a government agency that takes in families from the Kosovo war, relocations and lost relatives, things like that.
All right, that explains how she gets the kids.
Now, this guy could lead us right to Luka.
Okay, Parker, try this.
It's amazing how far Serbia has come, but the scars must still be there.
I mean, all the families who suffered during the war.
Yes, but history always has its casualties.
Yes, but those families and those children It's tragic, yes.
But the strong, the smart, the beautiful, they survive.
Smile.
- Smile! - Smile.
What's wrong? What's wrong? He's a great little guy.
It's time to go.
Not everyone is worth saving.
Boris! Boris! Boris! Ow! What's going on? What happened? Whoa.
Boris! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
I'm getting a bunch of calls to the police.
What the hell is going on down there? I'll tell you what's going on.
Parker just stabbed her guy with a fork.
I'm gonna lose Irina.
Okay, all right, all right, hold up.
Maybe Irina is gonna go after Nicolas, see what's happened to him.
Uh-uh.
No, no, no, no, no, no.
She wouldn't risk that.
No, no, no, they'd be prepared.
They'd have a safe house.
A dead drop for further instructions.
That's what I'd do.
Yes, that's right.
That's exactly what you'd do.
Okay, Eliot, listen up.
We don't have much time.
Listen, sweetheart, I apologize.
I have to get out of here.
I have I have an early call time tomorrow, so Call time? Yeah, yeah.
I'm here producing a film, among other things.
Trying to produce.
There's a lot of roles left to cast, so You know, I used to be actress.
You're kidding me.
Quite good, you know.
You wouldn't You wouldn't wanna I mean, it's a really small role.
There are no small roles.
Here.
Wow, this is perfect.
I have to go.
I'll tell you what I'll do.
I'll have a car sent to this address in the morning, and I'll pick you up.
Okay.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Okay, we'll see you.
Take care of yourself.
Thank you.
Bye-bye.
So how'd you know Irina'd go for the movie thing? A European grifter who wants to be an actress? Lucky guess.
Where's Parker? How the hell should I know? I can't reach her on the coms.
She slipped the security grid at the Embassy.
Where could she be? This is Parker we're talking about.
She could be halfway across Europe by now.
Trust me.
She is gone.
Who's gone? What? So, Irina's expecting to be in a movie.
What do we do now? Now? We steal a movie.
Eastern Europe, with all its cheap labor, is pretty popular with American film productions.
Currently, there are five films shooting in Serbia, one of which is independent.
It's not tied to any U.
S.
studio.
Now, all the crew, they're local, so they'll listen to whoever is paying the bills.
So we just have to clear out two people.
That's all wrong.
It's all wrong! The director.
Really? Really? Are you kidding? All right, ladies, let's take a picture for my agent, Pike.
And the producer.
Fortunately, film productions are pretty fragile enterprises.
Why, just this morning, there was an unfortunate interruption in the film production's cash flow.
What? What do you mean, "The money's all gone"? No, no, don't do anything.
I'll be on the next flight back to LA.
And what about the director? He got an offer he couldn't refuse.
It's fine.
It's fine.
I How you say, sorry.
No, no, it's okay.
It's okay.
It's fine.
It's fine.
Fine.
"Hills Have Eyes Six wants you.
Need you in Vancouver right away"? Forget the latte! Just get me a car and mail me my luggage! So wait a minute.
You did the lift? Why wasn't I involved? Because somebody decided to jeopardize the mission when a certain somebody shish-kabobbed a certain mark.
Yeah, that was me.
So, what about the movie? Who's the new director? Werewolves, and take! Cut, cut! And great! Cut! Okay, once again with more feeling! Feeling! Up! Up! We're lucky to have you on such a short notice.
Hvala ti.
Is that right, hvala ti? Yes.
Thank you.
See? Yeah? No? Welcome to set.
Fire in the hole! Yeah, it's exciting, isn't it? That guy's our special effects guy.
He ain't all there.
What? What, you're showing me a couple of shirts.
I don't know what Dale? Dale? Looks great.
Looks great.
Looks great.
Yes, sir, Jack? What is this? Not now, Serena.
What'd I say last time? Listen Irina Larenko.
What do you got? This is Jack Lindsey.
He's the director.
Come on.
Let me see what you got.
Ah! Let me see what you got.
The other way.
- What did I tell you? - The other way.
What do you think? Perfect? Okay, the other way.
Yeah.
Good laugh.
Good laugh.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Here's what I'm thinking.
I'm thinking the mother.
No, no, no, no.
No, no.
You know what I'm thinking? The mother.
So, I will be a mother, yes? Yes.
Yes.
A very, very exciting part.
We just need to get you a script, right? Klinka, Klinka, Klinka! Come here.
I want you to get Irina here a script, okay? And something maybe to You want some coffee or water? Cold or room temperature? Yes, please.
Yes, both.
Both.
Both.
Go, go.
Go.
Okay.
This is ridiculous.
Tell me about it.
We're supposed to believe these are real.
This is what he expects me to do, fetch scripts and water? No, it's a trust thing.
He just needs to know that you're gonna go along with the game plan.
Yeah, yeah, I get it.
We're a team.
A little more than a team.
I'm just saying.
Hardison, let's go, man.
Do you have it? Oh, not yet.
Sophie? Sophie, we need that scene.
Are you finished with it yet? It's in the box on the back of the truck.
Sophie, are you Seriously, Sophie, it was supposed to be a two-page scene between Irina and a boy.
That's still the heart of it.
The heart of it? There's, like, 10 pages here! You have a stunt.
You have special effects.
"Sister Magda crosses and gets a loaf of bread.
" Wait, who's Sister Magda? Tell me you didn't see that coming.
Of course you need the nun.
You can't give Irina the death scene.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
What death scene? In the second act.
Well, the thing is, you have to establish, you know, the main character's dramatic need.
Right.
Otherwise, there's no emotional payoff in the resolution.
Wait, this is a movie about NATO troops being attacked by werewolves.
No, there is no emotional payoff.
Excuse me? Listen, all we need to do is convince her to bring Luka to the set, finish her scene, complete it, and that's it.
Let's just keep this simple.
Simple.
Listen, all right? Look around you.
Look.
Look at all this.
This is my world, okay? You need, you need someone to, I don't know, crawl through an air duct, you call Parker, bash a head in, Eliot, internet porn, Hardison.
You need someone to take over a movie, then Yes, an actor.
Yeah.
Right.
Um Sophie About the acting Oh, yeah? What? What is it? You're right.
You're right.
You know, we're gonna go We're gonna go with your scene.
Really? Oh! It's gonna be It's gonna be fantastic.
Right? It certainly is.
I'm gonna go to make-up.
Okay, everybody, tense up.
And action! Oh, no! We have you surrounded! Come out with your hands up! "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
" Surrender or we will take you by force! "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
" This is your last chance! Hit it.
"Yea, though I walk in the valley "of the shadow of death, "I fear no evil.
" And cut! She can't act.
She can act when it's an act.
Unbelievable! You were really good.
Really? Really? Really.
It was brilliant.
Nate? Nate? That was I mean I never Hey, I'm gonna need that for my reel, okay? Yeah, give Right, let's get Irina in here.
Okay.
Irina.
Irina's up.
All right, come here.
Come here.
Here she comes.
It's a disaster! A disaster.
Jack.
Jack, I know.
I know.
I tell you.
Where is I know, okay? Okay? Just Is there a problem? No, no.
Yes, there is a problem.
"Is there a problem?" Listen to her.
The kid that was gonna play your son, he didn't show up for work today.
All right? Listen.
No.
No.
Listen, don't get Listen, don't do that.
I don't Listen, we're gonna cut the scene.
That's what we're gonna do.
No! No, no, no, no, no! Yes.
We have time to recast.
Scene cut.
Do we have time to recast? No.
Cut.
No.
- We have time to recast! - We lost the boy! All right! All right! You're right, you're right.
Irina, I'm sorry.
We're gonna have to move on.
I apologize, sweetheart.
Wait! Wait! I will find you a boy.
No, we had the perfect boy.
Don't you understand? No, just use all that stuff.
Just use it.
He was 10 years old, blonde hair, almond eyes.
Old soul! He was perfect! Please! Please, don't cut the scene! Trust me, I know this boy! I will bring him.
Can he be here by tomorrow? 'Cause I can't afford another Tomorrow I bring him.
I promise you.
Please don't cut my Otherwise, scene cut! Okay, no cut! No, I bring him! Parker? She's on the move.
Okay.
I integrated a camera into this new headset.
What you see, I see.
Just take it slow until she leads you to Luka.
I can't believe Nate sent you here to babysit me.
I'm here on my own.
Hardison, what does it say? Orphanage.
"Mount Carmel Orphanage.
" Hardison, are you seeing this? Yeah.
Why does an orphanage need armed security? Must be some badass kids.
Parker, stop pushing your luck.
Get out now.
My God.
Luka! Boris.
Stay clear of those guys, circle around, and No, Parker, I don't think that's such a good idea.
Parker! She's got Luka, but there's a problem.
We've got new players.
Recording as we speak.
Tell me what you like.
It's good.
Okay.
It's deal.
All right, it's good.
Come.
Oh, my God.
Oh, this isn't good.
This isn't just an adoption scam.
I know.
I already called Nate.
These are arms dealers, and they're using the orphanage for cover.
I already called Nate.
Now, look, we can go over this with the others back at the hotel.
We have to bail.
No, no, no, no.
What about Luka and the others? We can't leave them like that.
Why not? You don't mean that.
You think this is the only crappy orphanage in this place? This is a country full of orphans, okay? We can't save them all.
No, but we can save this one.
Park, we can save this one.
Look, I know growing up was tough.
I know that you grew up in the system, and it was bad.
I know it was worse than bad.
But that doesn't mean that all foster parents are monsters.
Mine wasn't.
You grew up with your grandmother.
We called her Nana, but she was our foster mom.
She would cuss like a sailor, and old girl would tan your ass just as soon as look at you.
But she fed us, she bathed us, she put a roof over our head, and oh, she would raise hell if you so much as looked at us crooked.
Yeah? Well, you were lucky.
Yeah.
No, we put these kids in the system, and odds are they're gonna They're gonna turn out like me.
I like how you turned out.
Let's go.
So, during the NATO bombing runs in the '90s, gun runners, they used to store their weapons in hospitals, orphanages, anywhere they knew wouldn't be targeted.
Yeah.
So now, instead of evading bombs, they're ducking the police.
It's the same strategy.
And what about the adoption scam? Fringe benefit.
You take a building filled with orphans, bunch of kids nobody cares about, why not use them to make some extra cash? Nicolas sells his guns, and Irina gets a little sideline.
Modern-day working couple.
Well, I ran Humpty and Dumpty through the usual databases, they're Chechen separatists.
Seriously bad dudes.
After reading their bios, I don't think I'm ever gonna sleep again.
Never tell a Chechen his sister has a nice smile.
Trust me.
I ran this through a translation program.
They're inspecting the merchandise.
They're bringing the money tomorrow.
Well, none of this affects our original plan.
Irina is bringing Luka to the set here tomorrow.
So we grab him, and we clear out.
And Nicolas doesn't have to be part of the picture.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
What about the other orphans? No, listen, we can't do anything about them.
I mean, we're not equipped.
I mean No, no, no, I already talked to Parker about it.
And I said walk away.
You didn't mean that.
We can't leave them there.
It is too risky.
They have They have guns, the manpower, potential hostages.
What do we have? We have a prop truck.
That's it.
What we'll do is, we will go home, we will figure this thing out, do some research, make a real plan, and we will come back.
We'll come back.
But right now, the focus has to be on Luka.
To rescue Luka.
That's why we're here.
He's right, you know.
I know.
He is perfect.
Gonna be great.
Okay.
Okay! Let's talk about the scene.
Come along.
All right.
Now, you're running through these woods here.
Now these soldiers, they're your escorts.
Only they can't protect you from the werewolves.
And they all die, yes? Yes, they all die, which is why you run.
You move through here.
Hey.
You run into the cabin, okay? You come in here and everything, because you wanna protect your son.
And then that's when you go back out, and you fight the werewolves while he's in there.
Okay.
One sec.
You got that? Good.
Okay, more No, that's ridiculous.
More blood.
No, no, I mean, just corn syrup and food dye.
- Why are you skimping? - Sorry.
Sorry.
More! More! More! More! Blood, blood! More.
That's what audiences want.
To see me die? Like you wouldn't believe.
Okay, let's go back to one.
Back to one.
Okay, and action! Help! The werewolves! Ha! I can do better.
We go again? Hello? Mr.
Director? Okay, let's go.
All right.
Maybe this will help.
Hi, Luka.
Do you remember us? Thank you.
Thanks so much.
Come on.
I gotta tell you, I had my doubts at first, but this feels pretty good.
Yeah, we'll come back for the others.
Where's Parker? I thought she was with you.
No.
Oh, she's not wearing her ear bud.
What? Why? It's cool.
It's cool.
You remember when I lost her at the party? I put a GPS tracker in her shoes.
She's headed back towards the orphanage.
No more stalling.
Let's finish this.
Check them.
Okay.
Okay.
Okay.
Come on.
Come on.
Come on.
Come on.
Okay.
Haagen-Dazs! Okay, great.
Okay.
Okay, come.
Hardison? Okay, everything's gonna be okay.
Okay? Okay, come on! Parker! We have you surrounded! Come out with your hands up! Surrender or we will take you by force! Hurry! Hurry! We have you surrounded! Come out with your hands up! Surrender or we will take you by force! Come on.
Let's go.
Let's go.
Let's go.
Come, come! Okay.
Be quiet.
They have armed guards at that door.
No, they don't.
Why are we stopping? Go, go, go, go! Prop truck.
We have you surrounded! Come out with your hands up! Surrender or we will take you by force! And cut! These are the guns you sold me? These toys? Where is my money? They're all asleep.
We replaced this license plate, Nate, so that we can get a clean shot to the border.
Okay, and when we cross over, we're gonna turn the kids over to the World Health Organization.
What? Wait.
No, it's okay.
We called, and they're expecting us.
It's all gonna be okay.
Okay.
What about Irina? Irina? Yeah.
Well, do you remember the movie funding that just disappeared? Call the FBI.
I think I found who took our money.
She should have known better, taking a producer's cut.
Nate, you did get a copy of my scene, my death scene, for my reel? Yeah, no.
No.
We kind of There was no film in the camera.
What? We are definitely, definitely stopping in Paris.
Way to go.
No film in the camera? Really? Seriously? Hey, how'd you know I'd be at the orphanage? Thank Hardison for that.
You know you could have gotten killed.
Did you even have an exit strategy? I didn't really think that far ahead.
You don't work alone anymore.
You know that, right? I know.
We're a team.
We're a little more than a team.
Hey, Nate, I have to tell you something.
What is it? We have to stop at a Haagen-Dazs.
Haagen-Dazs!