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Leverage: The Blue Line Job

A minor-league hockey player's son asks the Leverage team to keep his father from getting killed on the rink. However, they quickly discover that the team's owner is planning to cut the team loose and declare bankruptcy... and that he's paying opposing teams bounties to take out his own players so he doesn't have to pay them bonuses.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x2
Airdate: Sunday July 22nd, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Feb 12, 2013


Special Guest Stars
Treat WilliamsTreat Williams
As Pete Rising

Guest Stars
Graham ShielsGraham Shiels
As Craig Marko
Chase OfferleChase Offerle
As Danny Marko
Thure RiefensteinThure Riefenstein
As Vlad Basiak

Co-Guest Stars
Daniel LiuDaniel Liu
As Dr. Matsuda
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


Nate and Eliot meet with Danny Marko, who shows them video of a hockey game fight and explains that it’s typical. His dad, one of the players, punches the other players. Danny’s father Craig was recruited to fight, but comes home after the games and is confused and rambles, and has forgotten that his wife is dead. Danny believes he has concussion syndrome, and tells Nate that the team doctor, Dr. Matsuda, is giving him a clean bill of health. There are two games left in the season, but Danny says that his father thinks he’s indestructible and won’t see a specialist after the end of the season. He wants the team to save his dad from himself...

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Episode Quotes
Nate: It's sort of like the fear of having to fight one of them is what keeps everything cool.
Parker: Oh! Schelling's Theory of Rational Deterrence. (everyone stares) The Cold War?
Nate: That’s actually, terrifying, exactly right.

Craig Marko: But until you have a family, I would never expect you to understand.
Eliot: Yeah, you're right. I got no family. Not like you mean. But I had brothers. I had a lot of 'em. I didn't know all their names--not all of 'em--but I knew their faces and I knew their rank. And I did things that I didn't want to do because they counted on me--bad things for good reasons. And you know what I learned? Bad choices are bad choices. Didn't matter why you made them. And they tear you apart from the inside out. And you don't even notice.

Sophie: You having a staring contest with a turtle?
Nate: No, I just won a staring contest with a turtle.
Sophie: Is it weird that I find that oddly attractive?

Cultural References
Alec: Soylent Green is people.

The 1973 s.f. movie Soylent Green is set in a dystopian future of 2022 suffering from overpopulation and depletion of natural resources. The people are fed by what is supposedly a plankton derivative, Soylent Green, which turns out to be made out of people.

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-ProducerM. Scott Veach  |  James Scura  |  Marc Franco  |  Jose Behar  |  Geoffrey Thorne
Associate ProducerBenjamin Raymond Jack  |  Kerry Glover
EditorDavid Siegel
CastingBarbara Stordahl  |  Eryn Goodman  |  Angela Terry  |  Lana Veenker
Unit Production ManagerJames Scura  |  Gary M. Strangis
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
Production CoordinatorLiz Brandenburg
Assistant EditorLana Wolverton  |  Dan Wilken
Re-Recording MixerPatrick Cyccone Jr.
GafferNeil Holcomb
Director of PhotographyDavid Connell (1)
Story EditorJeremy Bernstein  |  Jenn Kao  |  Rebecca Kirsch
Stunt CoordinatorKevin L. Jackson
Art DirectorRandal Groves
Post Production CoordinatorJessica Bayliss
Executive Story EditorJosh Schaer  |  Joe Hortua
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 ProducerKelly Crimmins  |  Kayla Rae Dettman
Special Effects CoordinatorWayne Eaton
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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