Read arts 1-3 please.
So we’re getting into the meat of the con, heading to Washington D.C. Sophie is schmoozing her guy, while Nate schmoozes his, using the characters they used at the security party. I still love drawing parallels between being an insurance investigator and a grafter, because you know developed these chameleon skills in his previous job. We’ll gloss over the details because in this specific case, they’re not that important. They’re just turning these congressman who support Castlemen against each other by leading them to believe one is going behind the other’s back. This will break trust and their ability’s to keep secrets will be compromised. One of the oldest tricks in the book.
Hardison and Eliot get the joy of playing with the con from inside the conference room. I would prefer this job. Less likely to get shot; no faces to recognize. Congressman Jenkins, Sophie’s mark, is getting his house renovated. He’s a little obsessive, very vain in the housing department. He’s gotten a lot more renovations than he’s paid for, likely thanks to Castlemen. It’s time to ruin his day and make him a little more unstable with such a big secret. A beautiful, half verbal moment happens between Hardison and Eliot. Without saying his exact plan, Eliot asked to borrow Hardison’s phone after they establish Jenkins’s house isn’t finished. Hardison dials for him. Eliot, in a lovely phone voice, cancels Jenkins’s order on his mahogany wood panels that he spent 3 weeks picking out. Hardison tries to interrupt so Eliot gets irritated and leaves the room as Nate enters.
Knowing they’re up to something, he already seems proud as he clarifies. He sets out popcorn and beer as they get ready to watch Parker pull her leg of the con. Sounds like a good show, but Hardison complains that he thinks it would be easier to hack the law while we see Parker striding along somehow making a generic cop uniform look adorable. Hardison shows a slight lack of knowledge here about the Hopper, but maybe I’ve just watched Legally Blonde 2 a few too many times. Parker slides around a corner while Nate explains, and pops back out and a clean office type outfit as Hardison is thrown off by the lack of technology. Nate goes into more detail about turning the Congressmen against each other. Parker brushes between 2 other assumed Congress-people pulling a lift and sliding new papers into a law to implicate the Congressmen against each other. Nate implies the only way to “hack” the law is to intercept it on the way to the Hopper as Parker does. Fun fact, Beth had gotten so good at lifting, they never saw her do it on camera the first time they shot the lift. Break a law vs. steal a law; iconic line. I love how this con got into Congress and the team is only on their second job together. Hardison is turned on by Parker’s smooth lift, and I gotta say, I don’t blame him. They decide to keep Hardison’s inapropriate comment quiet.
The team gathers in the conference room as another leg of the con is over. Sophie makes a comment about Washington feeling like home to her as it’s full of con men. They all proceed to listen to recorded arguments from the Congressmen as the effects of the cancelled contractors and doctored law set in. The conversation implies some of the favors they do for each other including mysterious shipments. One shipment is in the Port of Los Angeles and it’s the reason Perry and his men were fired on, the question is, What’s in it?
Leaving it here for now, a nice cliff hanger.