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Leverage: The Three Days of the Hunter Job

The crew uses the world of government conspiracies to raise paranoia and expose a callous tabloid newscaster as a fraud.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 204
Airdate: Wednesday August 12th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

NL (RTL 5) Jun 17, 2010
UK (FOX) Aug 25, 2010

Guest Stars
Beth BroderickBeth Broderick
As Monica Hunter
Ayanna BerkshireAyanna Berkshire
As Sarah Pennington

Co-Guest Stars
Benedict HerrmanBenedict Herrman
As Congressman Calloway
Laura McGreeveyLaura McGreevey
As Claudia
Peter GlassPeter Glass
As Gen. Mark Chesler
Wayne BastrupWayne Bastrup
As Lt. Kyle Abbot
Will Wallace (2)Will Wallace (2)
As Capt. Carpenter
Main Cast
Timothy HuttonTimothy Hutton
As Nate Ford
Gina BellmanGina Bellman
As Sophie Devereaux
Christian KaneChristian Kane
As Eliot Spencer
Beth RiesgrafBeth Riesgraf
As Parker
Aldis HodgeAldis Hodge
As Alec Hardison


News reporter Monica Hunter goes on the air to report that "low-life" Ray Pennington is the school bus driver responsible for an accident. She claims he was being treated for severe mental illness when he was driving. At home, Pennington's daughter Sarah wonders where her father Ray is and finds him in the garage, almost dead of carbon monoxide poisoning from a suicide attempt...

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Episode Quotes
Sophie: I want to take the lead on this one. I want to do what you do.
Nate: Yeah, listen, I know breakups can be very difficult, Sophie...
Sophie: Whoa. That's not what this is about.
Nate: I know that you have this need to be in control right now.
Sophie: I don't have any such need.
Nate: But you can't project that onto the con.
Sophie: Excuse me? This coming from the man who spent an entire year drunk, working on his obsessive vengeance on every single dimwit in a suit who happened to cross our line of vision.
Nate: You put some thought into that one, didn't you?

Eliot: I don't mean to obsess about the last time Sophie ran a con, but I'm sorry, where we had to blow up the offices.
Sophie: Really? Because I don't remember that.
Alec: I do.

Sophie: And then to protect themselves, they issue an apology to Mr. Pennington, and then they throw Monica Hunter into the jaws of the very media machine that she bent her own malicious will.
Parker: Wow, I've gotta say, Sophie's briefings are much more dramatic.
Eliot: And poetic.

Parker: I got the pass. Easy.
Sophie: Parker, remember this. You're not supposed to take it, you're supposed to get caught with it.
Parker: I don't know how to get caught.
Sophie: Yeah, I know it's difficult to steal badly. Just, just try.

Sophie: Now for the hard part. We need to steal a general.
Nate: No, it's "Let's go steal a general!" You know, it's a rallying cry.
Eliot: Yeah.
Nate: "We need to steal a general." It's a little naggy, it's kind of "We need eggs," you know. "We need eggs." "We need eggs!", you know.

Monica Hunter: I lost to the Discovery and History Channels. Sharks and Nazis. Now, granted, sharks and Nazis are cable TV's heavy hitters, but that's no excuse.

Monica Hunter: Wait! Why are you dressed like a mailman?
Alec: Invisible, man. Mailman, nobody notices the mailman. He blends right in, just like a, a circus clown.

Sophie: She has to have corroboration from her own sources. She has to craft the narrative. Monica Hunter has to be the author of her own personal nightmare!
Nate: Do I sound that creepy when I...
Eliot: Hell yes.

Alec: Get me out of here!
Sophie: Yeah, I'm working on it.
Parker: On it.
Sophie: No, no, no, no! You cannot go. You're dead. Monica Hunter sees you and the whole con is blown.
Parker: Right.
Alec: Damn the con. I'm a black man caught on an army base with a video camera. I am going to jail forever!

Eliot: Now the http thing comes before the www dot, right?
Alec: Eliot!
Eliot: Which one's the forward slash?
Alec: Eliot, it ain't the time, it ain't--it ain't the time!
Eliot: You see, it's not that much fun when you're hanging out there in the wind and there's a dude behind a laptop cracking jokes, is there?
Parker: I like it when we switch jobs, it's exciting.

Monica Hunter: Okay. Let's pretend there aren't any bunkers.
Capt. Carpenter: There aren't any bunkers.
Monica Hunter: You're a horrible liar.

Episode Goofs
When Nate is dressed as a general and is walking down the hall of the Pentagon, people are saluting him. Military protocol forbids saluting inside a building unless in a formal meeting or event. Also, it is standard procedure not to wear a hat indoors.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChris Downey  |  John Rogers (1)
Executive ProducerDean Devlin  |  John Rogers (1)  |  Chris Downey
Co-Executive ProducerKearie Peak  |  Marc Roskin
Supervising ProducerAmy Berg
ProducerKelly A. Manners  |  Paul F. Bernard
Co-ProducerRachel Olschan
Production DesignerLeonard Harman
CastingApril Webster  |  Scott David  |  Lana Veenker
MusicJoseph Loduca
Music EditorScott Francisco
Costume DesignerNadine Haders
Key GripBrian Fleskes
Camera OperatorGary Camp
Set DesignerAdam Reamer
Set DecoratorCrista Schneider
Transportation CoordinatorGlen Enzen
Property MasterEric Bates
Construction CoordinatorAllun Vick
Script SupervisorSuzanne Bingham
Production CoordinatorLiz Brandenburg
Script CoordinatorKerry Glover
Post Production SupervisorBenjamin Raymond Jack
Supervising Sound EditorKenneth L. Johnson
Re-Recording MixerPatrick Cyccone Jr.
GafferNeil Holcomb
Director of PhotographyDavid Connell (1)
Story EditorJessica Rieder  |  Christine Boylan  |  Albert Kim  |  Melissa Glenn
Stunt CoordinatorKevin L. Jackson
Production SupervisorMitchell Bell
Costume SupervisorLeslie Herman
Production AccountantMichael Goldberg
Department Head HairVoni Hinkle
Visual Effects ProducerMarc Franco
Special Effects SupervisorKai Shelton
Department Head Make-upJeff Dawn
Visual EffectsCarey Gosa
Assistant To The Executive ProducerChase Friedman
Assistant To The ProducerKelly Crimmins  |  Jose Behar
Assistant To The Co-executive ProducerJenn Russell
Assistant Art DirectorBekka Melino
Second 2nd Assistant DirectorCourtney Rowe
Assistant To The Co-producerRyan Mitchelle
Assistant To The StarElle Poindexter
Compositing SupervisorJennifer Law-Stump
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