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Leverage: The 15 Minutes Job

The team takes on Reed Rockwell, a crooked media consultant who refuses to reveal himself to the public and has nothing they can get him on. To bring him into the spotlight, the Leverage team sets Rockwell up as a hero so they can find out what he's hiding and bring him down.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x3
Airdate: Sunday July 10th, 2011

Director: Marc Roskin
Writer: Josh Schaer

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Jun 12, 2012
DE (Vox) Sep 24, 2012

Guest Stars
Val LandrumVal Landrum
As Lt. Grayson
Leon RippyLeon Rippy
As The Old Man
Michael GladisMichael Gladis
As Reed Rockwell (as Michael Gladis)
Jim IorioJim Iorio
As Ed Kelley
Enrique M. AriasEnrique M. Arias
As Kreese (as Enrique Arias)

Co-Guest Stars
Jan BrehmJan Brehm
As TV Newscaster
Ileana HerrinIleana Herrin
As Female Assistant
Mary RiesgrafMary Riesgraf
As Bodega Cashier
Trish EganTrish Egan
As Lilly
Gary CashGary Cash
As Detective #2
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


Media consultant Reed Rockwell is working in his Crisis Center office, Photoshopping a woman onto a photo of state attorney Ed Kelley. His assistant, Kreese, comes in and tells Rockwell that he has planted the evidence on Kelley. Kreese doesn’t think that they can frame Kelley, but Rockwell figures that the press will turn against Kelley and the people, upset that their lives aren’t good, will turn against Kelley...

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Episode Quotes
Eliot: Stop--stop with the Star Trek stuff again!
Alec: "Wars"! Damn it, it's Star Wars! And--and that CGI Yoda they used in the prequels, it was an insult to the puppet. You know--you know what, man? It's not even worth discussing.
Eliot: You're the only one discussing.
Parker: I kinda like CGI Yoda.
Alec: Ah!

Alec: Rockwell's brilliant, he's ruthless. Stone-cold solid. It’s a shame we got to take the man down. I’d almost consider making him a part of the team.
Nate: Yeah, uh, Rockwell has his boot on my friend's throat, Hardison.
Alec: I said, “almost.”

Nate: I mean, what we're really asking here is how would I destroy myself.
Parker: Yeah, and you can't say "booze."

Alec: Parker, I'm not going to be unable to unhear that CGI Yoda thing. Cut me deep, woman, that cut me deep.

Alec: Really? The slow clap?
Eliot: Yeah, yeah, man. I got 'em all the time in high school. You didn't get one of those in high school?

Parker: I think I'm getting better at this.
Alec: I'm cloning Rockwell's cell phone right now. Good work, girl.
Parker: I didn't even stab him.
Alec: Yeah--we--you--we are so proud of you. Uh, no-stabbing Wednesdays. New tradition.

Parker: This woman right here, she talks for two hours about all the things she misses doing with her children on an average day. Look.
Eliot: Why, did they die?
Parker: No, no. They just--they went to college.
Eliot: All right, stop, stop. Back away from the brochures. Back away from the brochures!

Nate: Illegitimate kid.
Parker: Or Reed used to be Rita. What? We were all thinking it.
Alec: Really? That's like the line right there, and you just cartwheel over it...
Parker: Could have been a woman.

(on the comms)
Sophie: Hey, I wonder if Nate still thinks he's got all the angles of this fame thing covered.
Nate: You know, Sophie, I can hear you.
Sophie: Really?

Reed Rockwell: What do you mean it didn't work? How the hell did you screw this up?
Kreese: There was somebody with her.
Reed Rockwell: Somebody?
Kreese: He--he beat me up with the screen door.

Sophie: You know, for a while you were an honest man. Then for a while you were a thief.
Nate: Well maybe I'm both.
Sophie: You can't be both. I'm just not sure at this point which one I want to win.

Cultural References
Parker: Or are you one of those big Internet company guys like the kids in that movie?

Parker is referring to the 2010 movie The Social Network, which chronicles the founding of Facebook.

Alec: Can you find the Ark of the Covenant back there?

The 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark ends with a shot of a vast warehouse filled with crates and boxes.

Nate: Calm down, Rockwell, use your words.

In the 1987 novel Sphere by Michael Crichton and the subsequent 1998 movie adaptation, psychologist Norman Johnson repeatedly tells the alien, "Jerry," to "Use your words, Jerry" when it starts to get out of control.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChris Downey  |  John Rogers (1)
Executive ProducerDean Devlin  |  John Rogers (1)  |  Chris Downey  |  Marc Roskin  |  Kearie Peak
ProducerPaul F. Bernard
Co-ProducerJames Scura  |  Paul Guyot  |  Rachel Olschan
Associate ProducerKerry Glover  |  Benjamin Raymond Jack
EditorDavid Siegel
CastingAngela Terry  |  Barbara Stordahl  |  Lana Veenker
Unit Production ManagerPaul F. Bernard
First Assistant DirectorMatthew J. Clark
Second Assistant DirectorPeter Dowd
MusicJoseph Loduca
Music EditorScott Francisco
Costume DesignerNadine Haders
Key GripBrian Fleskes
Camera OperatorRichard Merryman  |  Gary Camp
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 EditorLana Wolverton  |  Dan Wilken
Supervising Sound EditorKenneth L. Johnson
Re-Recording MixerPatrick Cyccone Jr.
GafferNeil Holcomb
Director of PhotographyDavid Connell (1)
Story EditorGeoffrey Thorne  |  M. Scott Veach  |  Josh Schaer
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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