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Leverage: The Top Hat Job

The crew takes on a corrupt food company VP who is covering up the fact he marketed tainted foods to save money. The only way in is for Nate to go in as a magician at the corporate meeting so they can slip by the tight security.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 206
Airdate: Wednesday August 19th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

NL (RTL 5) Jun 17, 2010
UK (FOX) Sep 01, 2010

Guest Stars
Kevin E. WestKevin E. West
As Erik Casten
Jack Armstrong (1)Jack Armstrong (1)
As William Taylor Price

Co-Guest Stars
Tim GouranTim Gouran
As Chronos
George CastilloGeorge Castillo
As Brad Markland
Jennifer SkylerJennifer Skyler
As Dr. Leigh Jameson
Mark DiasMark Dias
As Creepy Homeless Guy
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


Research scientist Dr. Leigh Jameson is secretly downloading files at Lillian Foods when her boss Erik Casten arrives with his security chief, Markland. Jameson tries to lie but Casten removes the files. Jameson slips out and takes the elevator down. She gets a call that her home security alarm has gone off. She gets out just ahead of Markland's men...

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Episode Notes
Christian Kane injured his forehead during the filming of a fight sequence later in the episode. This required him to wear a bandanna in this episode for the later scenes filmed, and in the next episode "The Two Live Crew Job", to cover the scar.

Episode Quotes
Eliot: Oh, I'm so in.
Alec: Hey, Eliot, what is that blocking your button cam? Oh, yeah, it's your ego.

Sophie: You definitely have things in common with her.
Nate: Like what?
Sophie: Well, um, she's a scientist and...well, um... you're--you're a bit nerdy, aren't you?
Nate: I'm a... I'm a bit nerdy?
Sophie: And, food--she works with food.
Nate: She works with food.
Sophie: Well, you eat, don't you?

Alec: Hey, look, man, where do you think my intel comes from. For the last time, there is no blueprint fairy.

Eliot: Hardison, we got a problem.
Alec: What kinda problem?
Eliot: They're MRI'ing my pizza and their stance says ex-CIA.
Alec: You can tell somebody worked for the CIA just from how they stand?!
Eliot: It's a very distinctive stance!

Creepy Homeless Guy: You know when I said you had pretty hair? I was lying.
Parker: Yeah, well, so was I when I said you didn't. Wait. Damn it!

Alec: This is the vice president of the frozen foods division, Erik Casten. Erik with a "K, "Casten with a "C."
Nate: How is that relevant?
Parker: Oh, Eric with a "C"--nice and friendly. Erik with a "K"--evil.
Sophie: I didn't know that.
Parker: Everybody knows that.

Alec: According to Dr. Jameson, Erik with a "K" is trying to cover up salmonella found in the frozen dinners so that his division doesn't have to pay out for that recall.
Eliot: That's why I grow my own food.
Sophie: How do you find the time?
Eliot: You make time. I only sleep 90 minutes a day.

Parker: You picked his pockets without actually stealing anything. Cool.
Alec: It's what I do. A man. A phone. No limits.
Eliot: How about "A man. A phone. No action." Come on, man, you left that out there like a hanging curveball.

Sophie: How come Parker gets to be the assistant?
Alec: How come Nate gets to be the magician? I do card tricks too. I do great card tricks.
Nate: Can we talk about this later?
Eliot: Does anybody want to do my job, huh? I get punched and kicked.

Eliot: How long is this gonna take?
Alec: As long as it has to take. You know, I was just pulled up to the ceiling of an elevator by my pants, so do not take that tone with me.

Parker: Next time, you jump down the elevator shaft.
Sophie: Oh, stop it. Everybody knows you love that.

(discussing Nate)
Eliot: He's fine.
Sophie: Oh.
Eliot: We practically had to beg him to come back, all right? He's not drinking, he's at the top of his game. I got to be honest with you, I can't even believe we pulled this one off.
Sophie: Well, that's the problem. He keeps winning. Every time he wins, he believes a little bit more that he can control... life.
Eliot: It's what gets him through the day.
Sophie: What happens when he loses? Last time he lost, it broke him. He breaks again, I don't think even we could pick up the pieces.

Episode Goofs
When doing the magic trick at the end, Alec reveals the Seven of Clubs and says it's the Queen of Spades. Parker reveals she stole the Queen, and the camera cuts back and Alec is now holding the Ten of Diamonds.

Episode References
MacGyverism: A gummy bear to simulate human skin and pick up a fingerprint on a security scanner

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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