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Leverage: The 10 Li'l Grifters Job

The Leverage team try to get close to a crooked CEO by attending his murder-mystery party. But when the CEO turns up dead and Nate is set up for the murder, the team must switch tracks and find the real killer.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x2
Airdate: Sunday July 03rd, 2011

Director: Arvin Brown
Writer: Geoffrey Thorne

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Jun 05, 2012
DE (Vox) Sep 17, 2012


Guest Stars
Doug BrooksDoug Brooks
As Tom Case
William RussWilliam Russ
As Morris Beck
Steven FlynnSteven Flynn
As Ray Hammett
Johanna BraddyJohanna Braddy
As Hayley Beck (as Johanna Braddy)
Sam WilsonSam Wilson
As Potter
Randy SchulmanRandy Schulman
As Marco Capriotti

Co-Guest Stars
David RideoutDavid Rideout
As William Cavender
Julia BrandeberryJulia Brandeberry
As Dr. Blaylock
Kevin Carroll (1)Kevin Carroll (1)
As Nervous 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


At a manor during a thunderstorm, police detective Ray Hammett breaks into an office. Nate is seated next to a corpse on top of a desk. He says that it isn’t what it looks like, but Hammett points out that he murdered Morris Beck, and Nate admits it might be what it looks like...

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Episode Notes
Timothy Hutton dons a Ellery Queen costume at the murder-mystery party. His father, Jim Hutton, played Ellery Queen in the 1970s TV series.

Episode Quotes
Nate: Okay, okay, it's not what it looks like.
Ray Hammett: Looks like Morris Beck's been murdered. You're left holding the bag for it.
Nate: Maybe it is what it looks like.

Parker: I've never been to a costume party.
Sophie: Now that is just heartbreaking.

Morris Beck: Only two kinds in the world, only two. Cattle... and the people who like a really good steak.

Parker: No safe. Just a giant pantry with a switch box and Beck's sweaty daughter in it. Next.

Alec: Wait, wait, what the hell's going on down there? Nate killed somebody.
Eliot: No, Nate didn't kill somebody. You didn't, did you?
Nate: Of course not.
Parker: You'd tell us, though, wouldn't you?
Nate: Yes, Parker, I'd tell you if I'd murdered the mark.
Parker: Umm.

Alec: Damn blackout, prehistoric wiring, Nate killing people. I did not sign up for this.
Parker: Nate didn't kill anyone. He said.

Sophie: All right, it's your bar. Think. It's what you do.
Nate: Yeah, thanks, yeah.
Sophie: But while you're thinking, think about this. Are you climbing into that bottle because of what you think we see when we look at you, or because of what you see in the mirror?

Cultural References
Title: "The 10 Lil'l Grifters Job"

"Ten Little Indians" is a children's rhyme, but is best known as the theme of the murders in Agatha Christie's mystery novel And Then There Were None</i., in which ten people are trapped on an island and killed off one by one using methods similar to the Indians that die in the rhyme.

Potter: I'm, uh, Mannix.

Joe Mannix is the title character in the TV show of the same name. Originally a private security firm operative, he goes solo in his second of seven season and has an extremely violent career taking on bad guys.

Tom Case: Bucket. Inspector Bucket.

Inspector Bucket is the first English fictional detective, created by Charles Dickens in his 1952-1953 novel Bleak House.

Eliot: Why'd you have to dress me up like Howdy Doody?

Howdy Doody is a freckle-faced boy marionette dressed as a cowboy who was the main star of the show named after him.

Sophie: Actually, Charlie Siringo was a real-life cowboy and a Pinkerton detective.

Siringo (1855-1982) was a lawman and undercover operative who worked for the Pinkerton Agency. He was instrumental in bringing down the Butch Cassidy's Train Robbers Syndicate, but was forced to write fictional tales of his exploits when the PInkerton Agency refused to give him permission to right about his own adventures on behalf of the company.

Alec: Why in the world would I pick Encyclopedia Brown as my character?

Encyclopedia Brown is the teenage hero of a series of short stories by Donald J. Sobol. In each, the boy detective solves a neighborhood mystery. Each one is solvable by the reader, and often is based on some misstatement by the guilty party that leads Encyclopedia (and the reader) to the proper solution.

Sophie: You're the Hardy Boys and Parker is Nancy Drew.

Frank and Joe are the Hardy Boys, teenage detectives who starred in a series of novels written by Leslie McFarlane under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon. Nancy Drew is another teenage detective created by Mildred Wirt Benson under the pen name Carolyn Keene.

Sophie: Irene Adler. Only woman smarter than Sherlock Holmes.

Irene Adler is the antagonist in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia." She outwits Sherlock Holmes and is considered "the" one woman in his life, although it is a matter of respect rather than romance. Although Sophie doesn't mention it, Adler is a legitimate fictional detective, appearing in a series of novels by Carole Nelson Douglas.

Nate: Ellery Queen. World's greatest detective.

Ellery Queen is a mystery writer solves crimes, typically murders, either independently or to aid the NYPD and his father, Inspector Richard Queen. First published in 1928 by cousins Daniel Nathan and Manford Lepofsky (using the alias "Ellery Queen"), Ellery has starred in TV, movies, radio, and comic books. Unfortunately, most of the books are no longer available as of this writing.

Parker: This place reminds me of my first grab, some lady's house in the Philippines. It was like a palace, she had all these shoes.

Parker is implying that she broke into the home of Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Republic of the Philippines, and often remembered for her vast collection of shoes.

Episode References
Nate and Sophie claim to be representatives of the Mumbai Corporation, which was first mentioned in "The Juror No. 6 Job."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJohn Rogers (1)  |  Chris Downey
Executive ProducerKearie Peak  |  Marc Roskin  |  Dean Devlin  |  Chris Downey  |  John Rogers (1)
ProducerPaul F. Bernard
Co-ProducerPaul Guyot  |  James Scura  |  Rachel Olschan
Associate ProducerKerry Glover  |  Benjamin Raymond Jack
EditorBrian Gonosey
CastingBarbara Stordahl  |  Angela Terry  |  Lana Veenker
Unit Production ManagerPaul F. Bernard
First Assistant DirectorCourtney Rowe
Second Assistant DirectorPeter Dowd
MusicJoseph Loduca
Music EditorScott Francisco
Costume DesignerNadine Haders
Key GripBrian Fleskes
Camera OperatorGary Camp  |  Richard Merryman
Set DesignerAndrae Covington
Set DecoratorBenjamin Hayden
Location ManagerDon Baldwin
Transportation CoordinatorGlen Enzen
Property MasterJohn Pearson-Denning
Construction CoordinatorDean Roberts
Production Sound MixerPaul H. Maritsas
Script SupervisorSuzanne Bingham
Production CoordinatorLiz Brandenburg
Assistant EditorRon Stanik  |  Dan Wilken
Supervising Sound EditorKenneth L. Johnson
Re-Recording MixerPatrick Cyccone Jr.
GafferNeil Holcomb
Director of PhotographyDavid Connell (1)
Story EditorJosh Schaer  |  Geoffrey Thorne  |  M. Scott Veach
Stunt CoordinatorKevin L. Jackson
Art DirectorRandal Groves
Post Production CoordinatorNicole Martin (2)
Executive Story EditorJoe Hortua
Costume SupervisorNicole Capasso
Production AccountantLisa Howard (2)
Extras CastingDanny Stoltz  |  Sally Gates
Department Head HairCatherine Conrad
Visual Effects ProducerMarc Franco
Special Effects SupervisorKai Shelton
Department Head Make-upMolly Craytor
Visual EffectsCarey Gosa
Assistant To The Executive ProducerKayla Westerboard-Dobson
Assistant To The ProducerKayla Rae Dettman  |  Kelly Crimmins
Assistant To The Co-executive ProducerJenn Russell  |  Justin Ruane
Assistant Art DirectorAdam Reamer
Second 2nd Assistant DirectorPatrick Mangan
Assistant To The Co-producerPaola Ferrari
Assistant To The StarBecky Holladay
Compositing SupervisorJennifer Law-Stump
"A" Camera 1st AssistantKyril Cvetkov
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