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Leverage: The (Very) Big Bird Job

While the Leverage team holes up in Portland, they take on the case of a mother whose husband was killed in a plane crash caused by CEO Scott Roemer's negligence. Now Nate decides to go after Roemer by playing on his obsession with Howard Hughes' 1947 wooden plane, Spruce Goose.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x1
Airdate: Sunday July 15th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Feb 05, 2013

Guest Stars
Cary ElwesCary Elwes
As Scott Roemer
Jay AcovoneJay Acovone
As Samuel Busey

Co-Guest Stars
Bret KieneBret Kiene
As Abel
Dana MillicanDana Millican
As Anne Sanders
Bella KingBella King
As Jenny Sanders
Linda MrazLinda Mraz
As Accountant
David HealthDavid Health
As Russian Appraiser
Matt Smith (8)Matt Smith (8)
As FBI Agent
Gordon SondlandGordon Sondland
As Museum Owner
Logan LoughmillerLogan Loughmiller
As Male Receptionist
Carlos Alexis CruzCarlos Alexis Cruz
As Mexican Guard

Adam BaldwinAdam Baldwin
As Eliot's CTU Friend
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


A girl, Jenny Sanders, makes a recording of herself and CEO Scott Roemer giving a press statement on behalf of his company, Global Transit, after the court clears him of charges. Jenny’s mother accuses him of murder but he dismisses her and Jenny runs after her mother... as Alec and Parker ask if they need help...

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Episode Quotes
Parker: I wish we had lasers.
Alec: Put it in the suggestion box.

Alec: We brew our own beer now.
Parker: Yeah, and we’re calling “Thief Juice. “Tastes like bad guys.”
Alec: Hey, no, we’re not. I told you... the suggestion...

Parker: “Thief Juice.” “It’s a Mouth Crime.”
Alec: Suggestion box.

Nate: Portland is, uh, odd.
Sophie: Very, very wet. We’re gonna have to have a serious talk about moving to somewhere with less rain.
Hardison: London has rain.
Sophie: No, London has fog. Fog is mysterious. Rain just ruins my hair.

Eliot: Nine out of ten restaurants fail. Especially when you’re... you can’t put anchovies and pineapple on the same pizza.
Alec: Obviously, you do not have a refined taste palette.
Eliot: Don’t come crying to me when this thing goes bankrupt.

Sophie: You seem perfectly happy in this... town.
Parker: We’re here.
Sophie: Yeah, I know, we’re here, get used to it...
Parker: No. We’re here. Us.
Sophie: Oh. That’s sweet.
Parker: Yeah, me and my money. Hardison and Eliot, Nate and you.
Sophie: Yeah? Parker, why does the money always come before the people?

(about Nate)
Eliot: To be honest, when you’re not on the receiving end of it, watching him mess with somebody’s head is pretty impressive.
Alec: Yeah. It’s like one of those aliens that feeds off of people’s fear.

Eliot: I’m only going to say this once, boys. Give me the... teddy bear.

Episode Goofs
At the warehouse, one of the guards behind Roemer tries and fails to hide a smile as Alec threatens him.

Cultural References
Alec: The Tony Stark of the 40s.

Tony Stark is the Marvel comic book superhero Iron Man, a technological genius and industrialist.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChris Downey  |  John Rogers (1)
Executive ProducerDean Devlin  |  Marc Roskin  |  Chris Downey  |  John Rogers (1)
Co-Executive ProducerRachel Olschan
Supervising ProducerPaul Guyot
ProducerPaul F. Bernard
Co-ProducerJames Scura  |  Marc Franco  |  Geoffrey Thorne  |  Jose Behar  |  M. Scott Veach
Associate ProducerBenjamin Raymond Jack  |  Kerry Glover
Production DesignerRandal Groves
EditorBrian Gonosey
CastingAngela Terry  |  Barbara Stordahl  |  Eryn Goodman  |  Lana Veenker
Unit Production ManagerJames Scura  |  Paul F. Bernard
First Assistant DirectorMatthew J. Clark
Second Assistant DirectorPeter Dowd
MusicJoseph Loduca
Music EditorScott Francisco
Costume DesignerNadine Haders
Key GripBrian Fleskes
Camera OperatorNorbert Kaluza  |  Gary Camp
Set DesignerAndrae Covington
Set DecoratorBenjamin Hayden
Location ManagerRobert Warberg
Transportation CoordinatorGlen Enzen
Property MasterJohn Pearson-Denning
Construction CoordinatorDean Roberts
Script SupervisorSuzanne Bingham
Assistant EditorRon Stanik  |  Lana Wolverton
Re-Recording MixerPatrick Cyccone Jr.
GafferNeil Holcomb
Director of PhotographyDavid Connell (1)
Story EditorJeremy Bernstein  |  Jenn Kao  |  Rebecca Kirsch
Stunt CoordinatorKevin L. Jackson
Production SupervisorLiz Brandenburg
Post Production CoordinatorJessica Bayliss
Executive Story EditorJoe Hortua  |  Josh Schaer
Costume SupervisorNicole Capasso
Production AccountantDenise Rosen
Extras CastingDanny Stoltz  |  Sally Gates
Department Head HairJeri Baker Sadler
Department Head Make-upEva Lohse
Visual EffectsCarey Gosa
Assistant To The Executive ProducerKayla Westerboard-Dobson  |  Rebecca Tinker
Assistant To The ProducerKayla Rae Dettman  |  Kelly Crimmins
Assistant Art DirectorWhit Vogel
Second 2nd Assistant DirectorAlexandra Hale
Assistant To The Co-producerCaitlin Hailburton  |  Paola Ferrari
Assistant To The StarRose Guess
Compositing SupervisorJennifer Law-Stump
Supervising Production Sound MixerPaul H. Maritsas
"A" Camera 1st AssistantKyril Cvetkov
Supervising Sound MixerHugh Waddell
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