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Leverage: The First Contact Job

To restore the reputation of a scientist whose boss stole his work and discredited him, the team set up an alien first contact situation.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x3
Airdate: Sunday August 05th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Feb 19, 2013


Guest Stars
Neil HopkinsNeil Hopkins
As James Kanack
Sean OSean O'Bryan
As Kip Bryden
Oren RehanyOren Rehany
As Oren Metz

Co-Guest Stars
June EislerJune Eisler
As Female Co-Worker
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


Scientist Oren Metz enters his office and confronts his partner, James Kanack, who is talking about the Kanack Hybrid Engine to his investors with Braddock Aeronautics. Oren pounds on the conference room door and accuses Kanack of being a thief, and the guards take him away while Kanack’s head of legal, Kip Bryden, says that they had to fire Oren because he was mentally disturbed. The head investor, Forrest, agrees to purchase the hybrid jet engine at the agreed upon price and Kanack says they’ll have the contract ready in two weeks...

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Episode Quotes
Sophie: Braddock Aeronautics is top-shelf.
Eliot: Military aircraft contractors. They used to stamp their logo on the engine cowls of our chopper and we'd have to file them off before we... went fishing. For... fish.

Alec: I’d like to actually enjoy the rest of my Sunday.
Parker: He wants to get back to his online orc battle.
Alec: Is that so wrong?

Eliot: Who got the military satellite intercept? You’re not supposed to... it’s a very distinctive static.

Alec: You know, Fermi's Paradox says that it's improbable for other lifeforms to exist.
Eliot: Yeah? Well, Drake's Equations show that orbiting and around the hundred billion stars in our galaxy, there's up to 10,000 planets with technological civilizations. (Alec stares) You never know when you might have to fight an alien.
Alec: Okay.

Sophie: Just so you know, I really, really hate you.
Nate: Hmm. Don't worry. It's perfectly safe. Ish.

Cultural References
Parker: Eliot...

In the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial , Eliot is the young boy who befriends a stranded alien.

Willy Riker is Eliot's alias in this episode. It is the name of director Jonathan Frake's character in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Alec: We make this look good.

In the movie Men in Black (1997), Agent J is a Man in Black who says, "You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good" when putting on a Man in Black suit.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJohn Rogers (1)  |  Chris Downey
Executive ProducerDean Devlin  |  John Rogers (1)  |  Chris Downey  |  Marc Roskin
Co-Executive ProducerRachel Olschan
Supervising ProducerPaul Guyot
ProducerPaul F. Bernard
Co-ProducerJames Scura  |  Marc Franco  |  Jose Behar  |  M. Scott Veach  |  Geoffrey Thorne
Associate ProducerBenjamin Raymond Jack  |  Kerry Glover
Production DesignerRandal Groves
EditorSonny Baskin
CastingEryn Goodman  |  Angela Terry  |  Barbara Stordahl  |  Lana Veenker
Unit Production ManagerJames Scura  |  Paul F. Bernard
First Assistant DirectorCourtney Rowe
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 ManagerDoug Hobart
Transportation CoordinatorGlen Enzen
Property MasterJohn Pearson-Denning
Construction CoordinatorDean Roberts
Production Sound MixerPaul H. Maritsas
Script SupervisorSuzanne Bingham
Assistant EditorSarah C. Reeves  |  Elaine Walrath
Re-Recording MixerPatrick Cyccone Jr.
GafferNeil Holcomb
Director of PhotographyDavid Connell (1)
Story EditorJenn Kao  |  Jeremy Bernstein  |  Rebecca Kirsch
Stunt CoordinatorKevin L. Jackson
Production SupervisorLiz Brandenburg
Post Production CoordinatorJessica Bayliss
Executive Story EditorJosh Schaer  |  Joe Hortua
Costume SupervisorNicole Capasso
Production AccountantDenise Rosen
Extras CastingSally Gates  |  Danny Stoltz
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 ProducerKelly Crimmins  |  Kayla Rae Dettman
Special Effects CoordinatorGlenn Sabin
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
"A" Camera 1st AssistantKyril Cvetkov
Supervising Sound MixerHugh Waddell
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