For much of the season, the 'Leverage' team has been jumping through hoops because of the mysterious influence exerted by the beautiful woman whom only Nate has met, 'The Italian.' And in a game of leverage, she had it because of her connections to Dominic Moreau. If Nate and the team didn't do her bidding, he'd be returned to prison.
So when the opportunity arose in this show to turn the tables on the Moreau, there was no question that Nate and company would go for it. "Let's go steal a federal witness," was the start of the con called the Cuban sandwich.
Naturally, there had to be a Robin Hood angle, and there was. An average, poor schnook of a sports fan had been Bernie Madoff-ed by an ex-goon hockey player named Mark Vektor. Vektor was a brute and a bully, but he was also the key to getting to Moreau ... in the most round about way. In fact, the scam they pulled on him was not unlike the scene in 'The Godfather, Part II,' where the senator got caught with the dead hooker in a Corleone brothel ... which was how Michael got the senator to support him during the congressional hearings.
In this case, there wasn't an actual corpse, just Parker playing dead. But before that, she was winningly impish as a sexy tomboy. In order to get Vektor to rat out Moreau, Vektor had to think he was up to his neck in trouble that required a better immunity deal than he already had.
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