Tuscany postcard. Steven is visibly irritated as he and Hoyt sell their cover as valets at a swanky hotel/resort. Clive and Sam pull up in a fancy car and it becomes immediately obvious why Steven hates the guy. He's wearing an ascot. An ascot! Also, he's pretty douchetastic, really relishing the entitlement of his cover. However, the guy seems genuinely happy to see Steven, so he can't be all that bad. Can he?
Somewhere else outdoors at the resort we find ourselves at the check-in area for the auction, where Nervous Guy drops off his painting containing the formula. He turns and calls Xerxes to let him know it's been dropped off. He drives off in a black van and rocks out to some tunes until he encounters an empty car parked across the middle of the road. Nervous Guy gets out to investigate. There's nobody around, so he goes back to his van and runs into a guy who looks like Donald Trump who shoots him with a silenced handgun. Now we know why he was so nervous. He's been gun fired.
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Steven brings Clive his stuff and tries to lay down ground rules about how the weekend with Samantha should go, but Samantha walks in from the balcony to cut off the aggression. Clive's about to reveal parts of the Blooms' pasts to each other, but they let him in on their pesky, little secrecy pact. He finds it charming. Steven just wants to get on with things, but Clive says they're waiting on Tessa. Tessa?
Out in the hallway, Hoyt arrives at the hotel door at the same time as a blonde woman dressed as a French maid. This is Tessa, Clive's partner, and Hoyt is instantly in love with her and all awkward about it.
All of the operatives gather in the hotel room to discuss the plan. It's simple, really. Just find out which painting is the one containing the formula by finding forged entry documents, swap the painting with a forgery and arrest Xerxes when he makes the purchase. They can achieve step one of this plan by accessing the auction director's computer. Hoyt has a device which will scramble the surveillance video feed temporarily so it won't draw the full suspicion of a blackout. He shows it off to Tessa and gets a chuckle out of her for his intentional pun of the surveillance system being "state of the art." Tessa's easy.