Leverage s05e11 Episode Script

The Low Low Price Job

Thanks, Jim.
See you soon.
Tell your mom I hope she feels better soon.
Will do.
Thanks, Tabitha.
What are you doing here again? I'm gonna have to write you up, Ms.
What for this time, Oscar? Last week, it was what -- a leaky water heater and exposed wires? Neither were true.
Loose tiles.
Somebody might get hurt.
You've got to be kidding me.
You don't fix these safety violations City's gonna shut you down.
Didn't our class vote you "most likely to succeed"? Wonder what they'd say if they could see you now.
Hardison, you've gone too far this time.
Hey, man, we're in Portland.
Got to do as the hippies do.
I have no problem going green, all right? I put in your tank-less water heater and your low-flow faucet and all your solar-powered crap.
But composting, dude? Seriously, it stinks in here.
That, my friend, is the sweet smell of sustainability.
Now let's see what's next.
Oh, we got some recycling bins.
You got to put those in.
There's a cardboard crusher -- very effecti-- Since we lost dad, I've been running things on my own.
I know it's a small store, but he built it.
You know, it reminds me of him.
I just don't know how much longer I can keep it going.
Value!More opens tomorrow.
There's three already in spitting distance.
All those neighborhoods became a ghost town within a year.
Mom-and-pop stores closed up, and the folks just left.
Why do you think the city's in on it? Because Value!More got the property re-zoned without even a public hearing.
We found out too late they had already bought the building.
That makes it tougher to stop them.
I mean, that ship has sailed.
Well, now stores like mine are getting hit with trumped-up city fines.
Somebody's definitely getting their palm greased.
What they're doing is, they're pushing people around.
They want you to take notice.
Some people are excited about it.
They have no idea what it's gonna do to our town.
Little towns like ours -- there's something special about them.
Once that's gone, I just don't think we can get it back.
It's so cute here.
Cowan, did you know Apple Springs is home to the nation's largest garden gnome? First, yawn.
Second, we are not here to sight-see, Abigail.
We are here to work.
Yeah, it's Anna.
And, Ms.
Cowan, I just wanted to say what an honor it is to work with you.
You're the best regional team leader Value!More has ever had.
What are you thinking about? Pharmacy.
I give it two months.
Bakery -- three weeks, tops.
Candy shoppe with an "e.
" Oh, grocery.
This is a toughie.
Hanging on for dear life.
Sweet, huh? Bye-bye.
Man, she's a beauty, don't you think? No, I'm not gonna miss this.
Look, you've got the right to know.
I've decided this is going to be my final business trip.
Oh, my God.
You're quitting.
I have been on the road for Value!More for 15 years -- 15.
I'm tired of the airplane food, the hotel bedbugs, and the jet lag.
There's a corner office and a parking space at corporate with my name on it -- or there soon will be.
And you're gonna help me get it.
I am? In two weeks, we're gonna have this place up and running like a well-oiled machine.
Apple Springs won't know what hit it.
So, yeah, I'm casting the new season -- "Devereaux.
" I'm gonna be the new Stanislavsky.
Well, it's amazing, except that Devereaux's not even your real name.
Pff! Details.
You're not listening to what I'm saying.
I'm talking about saving a small town.
From what? What's -- what's going on? Eliot found us a client, but Hardison doesn't think it's a client.
It's not a client.
A big-box store is gonna destroy a small town, and I want to save it -- Is that not what we do? Value!More? It's -- it's a huge brand.
They started with one store, and they grew like a weed.
It's an American dream.
Each store is ginormous.
I mean, they probably supply hundreds of jobs.
And thanks to their low prices, my Nana was able to feed all us kids when money was tight, and money was always tight.
So what are you saying about the people who shop there? I'm saying they were lied to, all right? This family-friendly act is all bull-- No, he's -- he's right.
I've had Value!More on my radar for a while.
What they do is, they bribe local governments for tax and real-estate subsidies.
Look, and you're right.
A new store will make new jobs, okay? But it also kills all the mom-and-pop shops, and that hurts the town double.
Not to mention all the factory jobs that are outsourced to -- to foreign sweatshops.
Now, full-time workers should get health insurance, right? Well, to get around that, Value!More -- they don't even offer full-time jobs.
If they're so bad, why haven't we hit them yet? 'Cause they're too big.
"Too big.
" We overthrew a government in a foreign country.
A small foreign country.
Look, Value!More, what they earn in a year -- it trumps the GDP of most first-world nations.
And they're gonna have an army of executives.
So there's no single weak spot to target.
I mean, you can't just take down the entire company.
All right, then one store.
This store.
You'd -- you'd have to You'd have to nip it in the bud, though.
I mean, you know, you'd have to close the store before it even opened.
And when is it opening? Tomorrow.
Tomorrow? Okay.
Better move fast.
Is anybody thinking here?! We are selling hot dogs! So what do we need?! We need ketchup, mustard, relish! - Go! - Oh, sure, Ms.
Uh, uh -- go! Hardison, there's a woman running the show here.
She's not on the roster.
That's because she doesn't work in apple Springs.
She was sent by corporate.
Caroline Cowan, regional team leader.
Company veteran.
She moves from store to store and gets them up and running.
Well, she's the one to look out for.
We'll set up surveillance on her.
Fancy digs.
Well, that's one thing Value!More's good at is pinching pennies.
Okay, guys, there's only three Value!More stores that have ever closed in the past.
The first one was over a land dispute.
So that will be our way in.
Oh, they don't wash these, do they? No, no.
Yes, Ms.
Taking your luggage to your room right now -- room 32.
You're gonna be playing Dr.
Ellie Sattler, ex-pat, environmental activist.
Hmm? What? I have to -- what? Are you serious? Mm-hmm.
People study for like years to learn this stuff, and you want me to do it in like 20 minutes? "Eryth-ocroc-ra-tes Erythrocytes.
Glomerul-- aliqwot.
It's probably not even a real -- it's, like, names of dinosaurs or something.
Dinosaurs were real.
Now you finally got it.
G-gudong? It means "shareholder.
" I'm practicing my mandarin.
Someday, Value!More's gonna reach across the globe, and when they do, I'm their gal.
No more of this podunk, U.
I'll be running China.
That's really exciting.
But who is that? Hi, there.
Excuse me, miss, what do you reckon you're doing here? I'm gonna have to ask you to leave.
Well, you see, I was just coming to see you.
About what? Uh, because you and I and everybody in that store Are slowly being poisoned to death.
Not good.
Just as I suspected.
You're gonna need one of these, and you're gonna need one of -- Do you know what cadmium is? No, I didn't think so.
It's a chemical byproduct of silver mining.
It's devastatingly toxic.
This building sits on the remains of an old mine.
The site's contaminated.
Really? We had a full environmental survey done.
Why, yes, you did, but then you fixed up the parking lot and you disturbed all that lovely soil.
No, no, no, no, no.
You're gonna have to shut down the store.
We're scheduled to open tomorrow.
Do you have a fever, Ms.
Cowan? A stuffy nose? A rash? The loss of taste? We call it the cadmium blues.
Pretty soon -- mm-hmm -- everyone around here is gonna be having those symptoms.
You know what this reminds me of? The love canal disaster.
The E.
's gonna be all over this.
Doc, I'd like you off my property.
Well, you may not care about public safety, but the city council will.
Ugh! Come on.
Cadmium? The whole store is poisoned.
What are we gonna do? First, take off that stupid mask.
If the E.
hears about this, they're gonna shut us down for weeks of testing -- weeks.
But the results could come back clean.
Even if they do, do you think a single soccer mom is gonna step foot in here when she hears the gossip from her bridge club about men in biohazard suits? No, this is about public perception.
Get me corporate on the phone.
Yes, ma'am.
Next on the agenda is a presentation by Dr.
Eleanor Sattler.
But first, a special guest -- Ms.
Caroline Cowan from our newest neighbor, Value!More.
Um Cowan: Excuse me.
Thank you, Mr.
mayor, council members, fine citizens.
I am here tonight to thank you for welcoming our little store into your town and into your hearts.
Nate, what's she doing? Stand by, Sophie.
Your town cherishes strong community values, just like Value!More does.
And we consider ourselves a family for a reason.
Because when it's time to circle the wagons, families protect each other.
That is why I feel it is my responsibility to tell you something very disturbing that I discovered about your town.
Uh, Nate, something's wrong.
There's one.
And there's another one.
That's -- thank -- thank you.
That's very, very super-helpful, babe.
Thank you.
Guys, Sophie's aliases have been flagged online.
By who? Everyone.
Look -- there's three more.
That's -- uh, thank you, babe.
We -- we see.
We Mr.
mayor, did you know you have a wanted eco-terrorist living in your midst? That's terrible.
Among Dr.
Sattler's long litany of radical protests are the arson fire of a Nigerian oil field and the bombing of a Japanese S.
factory, in which three innocent men were killed.
What?! Yes, I know.
Shocking, isn't it? Nate, I think I've overstayed my welcome.
Hardison, a little help, please.
I'm working on it.
Acts of violence, sabotage, all in the name of saving the earth.
My friends, can we really trust anything she has to say here tonight? Woman: What's that? That's the fire alarm.
How's that? Subtle.
Ugh! Great.
You know, I spent all day memorizing metall-othi-o-nein, metall-othi-o-nein.
Guys, Sophie's alias was airtight until Value!More forged a dozen online articles to destroy it.
Hey, that's our trick.
I know.
How far is she gonna go to protect her store? Well, we'll find out.
You remember I said Value!More closed three of its stores? The second one was because of a union scare.
It'd set a legal precedent.
They'd have to unionize all the stores.
Caroline would, uh, shut down her store rather than the risk the entire company.
Can I get a "good morning, Value!More"? Good morning, Value!More! And who's Value!More? We're Value!More! And what's Value!More? The best! This reminds me of north Korea.
Come on, Eliot, shake it.
Give me some soul! Are you dancing? I hate you.
Welcome to Value!More.
You got to be kidding me.
First paycheck, huh? They think we can live off of this? It seems most folks are working here just till they can find something better.
Tell you what -- there's a meeting tonight.
This guy says he can change things.
You in? I'd sure like to hear what he has to say.
All right, good deal.
You all right? Yeah.
These didn't used to be so heavy.
You wouldn't think it, but I actually used to own a hardware store.
You're kidding me.
You and my old man.
Really? Yeah.
I'll tell you -- he could tell you where everything was before you even walked in the store -- he'd tell you exactly what you needed, and he knew where every bolt, nut, and washer was in that place.
Why'd you lose your store? Oh, I shut her down.
No use trying to compete with Value!More.
It's -- it's a young man's game.
With the diabetes, I'm not as quick on my feet as I used to be.
You new in town? I could have sworn I knew everyone around here.
I'm just passing through, actually.
Nice to meet you.
Good to meet you, man.
Let me help you with these.
What do you got? Oh, got to keep my blood sugar up.
My wife's secret recipe.
You want some? No, thanks, but you enjoy.
Hey, Martin, those 12-packs of fabric softener are just flying off the shelves.
Look, can you grab some more from the stock room A.
? I-I would, but I'm on my break.
It's a busy day, big guy.
Could really use you to take one for the team.
Keep your seat, Martin.
I got it.
I'll take care of this one.
Hey, uh, let's keep this off the clock, okay? And tuck your shirt in.
I don't understand.
Pickup game -- that's code for union meeting.
We got a traitor inside.
We got to nip this in the bud, "toot sweet.
" Okay, Eliot, I caught some new wireless feeds from the store.
Looks like they're putting up surveillance cameras.
I will not have corporate thinking I let some union fester under my nose.
So we are gonna have to find whoever did this ourselves.
You want me to bring him up here? Hello? Never kill a rat if you can follow him instead.
He's gonna lead us right to his nest.
Yeah? How's it going -- uh, the recruitment and everything? Any new takers? We got more than a few.
That's good.
Good, good, good.
Is anyone onto you? I don't think so.
But I have a feeling if I get caught, I'm gonna get fired, won't I? Legally, they can't do that.
They'll find some other way, you know, to do that sort of thing.
But, uh, hang in there, because we are about to make history.
You got a lot of nerve.
Yeah, well, my, uh, mother -- she used to say the same thing.
Well, I'm only gonna say this to you once.
Stay away from my employees.
Oh, fat chance.
It's not going to work.
Yes, it will work, yeah.
And the beauty of it is, is there's not a damn thing you can do about it.
Like some salad? Hey, man, that, uh, stuff about your pop owning the hardware shop, man -- is that real or is that just an alias riff? Okay.
It was more like a hole-in-the-wall tools stacked up to the ceiling.
There was method in his madness, though.
He knew that place like the back of his hand.
Did you two work it together? Yeah, he wanted me to run the damn joint.
But I wanted to get out, change the world, needed to get out of there.
I joined the service when I was When was the last time you were back? We had a fight the night before I left.
Sothis town -- this town's a lot like that.
It's small.
It's -- You think you're such a hot shot.
Don't you have anything better to do than rabble-rouse, or did you get rejected from all the real jobs? You knowan NLRB rep is just waiting for my call.
As soon as I get 30% of your workers to sign the union cards, and that rep is gonna get on a plane and come down here and supervise a vote.
When pigs fly.
Sure you don't want some of this? It's delicious.
How about a cherry tomato? Get off my damn property.
If I remember right, don't you allow -- Oh, no.
Don't you encourage Value!More customers to park their R.
s on your property? Yeah, but you got to be a customer, and to be a customer, you got to buy something.
Guy's got to eat.
You see, that's -- that's why collective bargaining gives you the power.
It's right there, see? Turn the tables on Value!More so they'll know that you mean business, 'cause only then will they start to listen, okay? Just read about it right there.
Eliot, so, where'd you find these people? Two words -- free beer.
Why wasn't I invited to this party? I'm sorry.
Is this a private event? Hey, listen, everybody, there's no reason to be afraid.
It's okay.
It's all right, everybody, all right? Ms.
Cowan here -- she can't legally punish you for being here.
Oh, I wouldn't dream of it.
Please, go on.
Thank you.
Here's the thing -- I've been where you are.
And -- and I know what you're thinking.
I know what you're asking -- the whole thing about jobs.
In this economy, just to have a job -- any job is better than no job at all.
And you'll pretty much do anything to hold on to that job, right? Including working through your lunches, working through your shifts, go off the books.
Why? Because you know if the squeaky wheel doesn't get oiled, it gets fired -- you've seen it.
Well, I'm here to remind you that you deserve better.
You don't have to live in fear anymore.
You don't have to be the little David going up against the corporate Goliath -- all alone.
The union is your slingshot To bring down the corporate giant.
-And the other thing about all -May I say something? I'm sorry? Excuse me? What? May I -- may I say something? Oh, absolutely, yes.
Anybody can say anything.
My friends I am wounded that you would take any of your job concerns to a stranger instead of coming directly to me.
Oh, really? You're "wounded" --? That surprises you? I mean, after you fostered a corporate environment in which your -- your workers are afraid.
Afraid of what? We wouldn't hurt a fly.
Well But he is right about one thing.
These are tough, tough times.
And the only way we are gonna get through this is if we stick together.
And a union only wants to tear us apart, but I will not let anyone or anything come between us.
Because all the union wants to do is take money out of your pockets.
But what am I gonna do? Put money back into your pockets.
store for the next month.
- Shameless.
- And I'm throwing a barbecue for everyone in town.
Because -- because, you guys, we are a family.
Who is Value!More? We're Value!More! And what is Value!More? The best! - Thank you, Ms.
- Thank you.
Hey, thanks, Ms.
- Thank you.
- Thank you so much.
So, how was that for your 30%? Bar is closed.
Our track record's not looking so hot now, thanks to Caroline, huh? Yeah.
She's, uh unbelievable.
Unbelievable? She just used a basic brainwashing technique, no panache.
Eh, she's Oh, look -- he likes her.
No, I like the player, not the person.
Listen, you said three stores have closed down -- one for toxic land, the other for the union.
What was the third? Just a string of bad luck, a bunch of little things that added up to taking down their profits.
But, I mean, it's not like we can make bad luck.
Can't we? Let the games begin.
Let's do it.
Well, welcome, early birds.
Ooh! All right.
Out of my way! Ooh! Come on! Value more! We take your happiness! What in the hell is going on? I have no idea.
All right, all right.
- Hello.
Did you find everything you were - Yes.
That'll be $999.
Wait, wait.
I have a coupon.
Whoo-hoo! Hot deal! $99.
99! Excuse me.
Where did you get that? It was in my e-mail.
Fly, my pretties, fly.
- Okay, everybody - Oh, keep the change.
Everybody, just stop.
Stop for a second.
Just stop.
I swear, this is not the coupon that I sent.
But the bar code matches the software, so it's valid, and that means that we have to honor it.
Go ahead.
Come on.
Nice job, hardison.
Sophie, do your worst.
My pleasure.
Zachary, what's the first basic rule of improv? Uh, always say "yes, and" to keep the scene moving forward.
And the second? Um, don't block.
Now, everybody, forget all that and synchronize your watches.
We're saying no and we're blocking.
Let's do this.
You're the best director ever.
Thank you, Zachary.
Nate, flash mob is a go.
Excuse me.
Are any of these detergents hypoallergenic? Oh, I-I'm sorry.
I don't work here.
Oh, sorry about that.
Excuse me, miss.
Can anyone help me? Great customer service you got here, lady.
Uh Who are all these people? Hey, you! Do you work here? Uhno.
Then get out.
Get out! Great service! I'm done.
Who are all these people? The worst! Hey.
I'm out of here.
Unacceptable! Just lame.
All right, good.
See what else you guys can do.
Hmm? Hey, tuck in that shirt for me.
Hey, Martin, I need you to pick it up, unless you want to work during lunch, okay? Yeah.
Hey, Martin! Call 911! Martin! You're gonna be okay.
All right, all right.
- Make sure and call his wife, okay? - Yeah.
Feel better, Martin.
All right, Eliot, stay on plan.
We're not done yet.
Eliot? Seriously? Not gonna tuck in your shirt? You made him work through his break again, didn't you? What? The old-timer? He'll be fine.
We got a problem here, buddy? Bryan, you're a bully.
You know how much I'd love to tear your arm off and feed it to you right now? But, you see, that would make me a bully, too.
You see my dilemma? Bryan, I want you to listen to me, and I want you to try to understand.
I can't feel my arm.
I know.
The only reason why I'm not throwing you into this soda machine is because Martin wouldn't want me to do it.
You see, Martin is a good neighbor.
You? You're not.
You crazy bastard.
You're fired.
Maybe the numbers won't be as bad as you think.
Here's the day's sales, Ms.
Just burn it.
Thank you.
Caroline Cowan.
Um Mr.
Uh, uh, what a surprise.
Um, today's receipts, sir -- I can explain.
Record sales? Really? Well, of course.
Sir, the, uh, TVs were my idea.
Uh, I mean, I realize it's a little unconventional, but I'm glad you approve.
Well, we'll see you tomorrow, then.
All right.
We broke all records for opening week.
Yes! And the C.
is flying in here tomorrow to come to our barbecue.
Did she -- did she just say that? Value!More took a hit on the TVs, but every other department made a killing.
Hey, we just -- we didn't plan on the customers buying other products while they were in there.
So, right now, I'm gonna prepare.
Just need a little time.
And no phone calls, nothing.
Go, go.
We haven't even made a dent.
I'm beginning to think we can't destroy this store.
You're right.
We can't But Caroline can.
Let's go, man.
This little guy emits a beep at random intervals.
It's very effective.
It's driven many a college roommate to insanity.
Probably one of ours.
Ugh! Ugh! Uhwhat? Okay, okay.
Brush, brush, brush, brush.
Really? Okay.
Aah! Value more you left without me this morning.
I had to take a taxi.
Well, I needed a head start.
- What? - Oh, God.
What? What? What? What? What? Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
Are you feeling all right? I must havecaught a little bug or something.
Excuse me, Ms.
Cowan, I, um -- I Ah-choo! I'm quitting.
W-what? Wait.
Who are you? I'm Alice white, um And I think I'm allergic to something here, 'cause when I'm at home, it's totally fine, but when I get here, it's See? And everything tastes bad.
And this fever's, like, burning me up.
Do you have a fever, Ms.
Cowan? A stuffy nose? A rash? The loss of taste? We call it the cadmium blues.
Pretty soon, everyone around here is gonna be having those symptoms.
You know, you don't look so well yourself, lady.
Ah-choo! Ms.
Cowan, you don't think that -- Don't you dare say it.
No, I do not.
Ugh! This is Caroline's favorite.
When she drinks it, it'll taste like dust.
Why? What's in it? Food coloring and dust.
Take this shirt.
Take it.
Halliward is arriving from the airport right now.
All right, just a little -- little powder.
It's fine.
Just a little powder.
It's okay.
It's okay.
Hey, Martin.
Good to see you.
Feel better, okay? Thanks.
You look a hell of a lot better than the last time I saw you.
The doc thinks I'll make it.
I just wanted to thank you.
I heard what you said to Bryan, and as much as I'd like to see that boy get what's coming to him, I am awful sorry you lost your job.
Oh, don't worry about that.
Like I said, I'm just passing through.
No way to run a business, if you ask me.
No, it's not.
You know, I-I wish I still had that old hardware store kicking around.
You'd be a good man to have handy.
Hey, enjoying the barbecue? And you found yourself something? That's -- that's good.
You've reached the mayor's office.
Please leave a message after the beep.
mayor, this is my third voicemail, so I'm beginning to think that you're avoiding me.
You remember that rather large donation we made to your re-election campaign? Well, you know something about this piece of property - that you're not telling me, don't y - Caroline.
Hello, Mr.
Welcome to apple Springs.
We are so happy to have you.
It's good to see you again, Caroline.
Wonderful turnout.
Thank you.
Are you okay? You look a little flushed.
Just, you know, too much sun.
How about a tour? I'd love to see what you've done with the place.
Follow me.
So, this is our break room, which we made a little smaller in this one, but just save a little money, and I think it really works.
Are you sure you're feeling all right, Caroline? You seem a little off.
I-I'm fine.
Life on the road -- that can't be easy.
All right, people, place your bets.
-Don't think we haven't noticed.
-100 bucks gets you in.
The success of this store is just the cherry on top.
I'm in.
Five minutes.
- She'll go seven.
- I say three minutes.
I'm under two.
All right, under two.
You got three, five -- five, seven.
I'm very impressed with this store, and I'd like you to join us at corporate headquarters.
Oh, thank you, sir.
You won't regret this.
I'll be on a plane first thing tomorrow morning.
And -- and I'm ready to go.
Not so fast.
You've made an enormous impact with this store in just a week.
I'd like to see how this new business strategy of yours works out in the long run.
What do you mean? Oh, stick around town a little longer, maybe six months.
Please don't make me, sir.
I can't.
This store is not safe.
It's poisoned.
That was quick.
Oh, yeah! Come to mama! All right, so, what do you say, uh, we broadcast? I say let's do it.
IP camera broadcast poison? What poison? The ground underneath us is toxic.
She tried to warn me, but I wouldn't listen.
Who is "she"? Oh, gone because of me.
I buried evidence because I knew you'd want me to.
My God! What kind of company liability are we talking about here? Well, what does it matter now? We both know this company is rotten from the inside out, and we know how this works.
We tried to bribe this city just to get this building in the first place, but this time, we really got what we paid for, didn't we? And these poor slobs selling our sweatshop crap aren't even gonna have health insurance when they get sick.
And they're gonna get sick.
Caroline, get ahold of yourself.
Don't look at me like that, sir.
If you think I'm gonna die for this company, you can think again.
Stop! Get me corporate on the phone! Two weeks later we'll be in touch.
Sir, we have a damage-control press conference in 20 minutes.
Cancel it.
This store is a lost cause.
The local shops have reopened.
Everybody that got laid off has a job.
What about the building? I heard an anonymous donor put in a bid for it.
He said he's gonna turn it into a theater for the local high school.
The arts are vastly underfunded in this country, don't you think? You sly old dog.
Oh, babe, the candy shop's open.
You in? Sounds good.
All right.
Second one.
- Hey.
- Hey.
- How you doing? - I'm good.
How's he working out? Oh, you know, he's fitting right in.
So, thank you for everything that you did.
It's starting to feel like home again around here.
Would you, uh Would you like to have dinnerwith me? Tonight? How's Saturday? I got to go out of town for a couple of days.
I would love that.
Outside Oklahoma city, ok? Dad?
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