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Leverage: The Gimme a K Street Job

The team take on the CEO of PEP Athletics, who uses minimal safety standards and non-existent insurance payouts to assure that she makes a profit. To get the cheerleaders protected, the Leverage team must take on their biggest challenge: getting Congress to pass a bill.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x5
Airdate: Sunday August 19th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Mar 05, 2013

Guest Stars
Danielle BisuttiDanielle Bisutti
As Wendy Baran
Steve RankinSteve Rankin
As Senator J.J. LeGrange

Co-Guest Stars
Chris DemariaChris Demaria
As Congressman Caballo (Juan Caballo)
Ann ReillyAnn Reilly
As Heather Cornell
Rich MorrisRich Morris
As Snyder
Camille CollardCamille Collard
As Madison
Jane GeesmanJane Geesman
As Congressman Berkus (Jane Berkus)
Ron OsborneRon Osborne
As Congressman Zahn (John Zahn)
Susan HessSusan Hess
As Congressman Greenhill (as Susan Hess Logeais)
Will HankesWill Hankes
As New York Congressman
Jordana ShulzaJordana Shulza
As Head Cheerleader
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 competitive cheerleading contest, Coach Heather Cornell is leading her squad, the Wolves, onstage. The CEO of PEP Athletics, Wendy Baran, comes in with her assistant, Snyder. Heather complains that the safety standards are poor. Wendy isn't impressed and tells her to take her team home if she doesn't like it, but reminds her that the entry fees are non-refundable. One of the cheerleaders, Marcy, is injured in a fall and Heather runs to her side...

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Episode Quotes
Parker: But they're teenage girls. What do I know about teenage girls?
Nate: You were a teenage girl.
Parker: Only sort of.

Sophie: Did you know about this? Girls being dropped from twenty feet? It's unbelievable.
Parker: I know, right? Twenty feet? Psh! Walk it off.
Sophie: Parker, you do know that normal people just don't walk off a twenty-foot fall, right?
Parker: So, all those times I pushed Hardison off a building and he was all "Ahhh!", he wasn't just being funny?
Eliot: I thought it was funny, Parker.
Alec: No way in hell it was funny, Parker.
Eliot: You're always upside down.
Alec: I fell off a building, I was...
Eliot: Like a Himalayan tree frog.
Alec: You call me a frog? You call me a damn frog. Say it to me again, say it to my face.
Nate: Guys, maybe focus, guys. Focus.
Alec: Damn frog.

Sophie: Ah, I love government. Shady deals, back-room meetings--it is grifter paradise.
Eliot: This is wrong. We work outside the law, not smack-down in the middle of it.
Nate: Relax, Eliot. Elected officials are the easier marks in the world. Between their ego, their greed, the politics... more hooks than a bait shop.

Nate: Okay, so what's your next play?
Eliot: Well, you're supposed to be the mastermind. He doesn't want power. He doesn't want money. Maybe he really is an honest man.
Nate: Everyone has a hook, Eliot. Everyone has a weakness you can exploit.
Eliot: Do you?
Nate: No. You?
Eliot: No.

Cultural References
Alec: It's also War and Peace with math.

War and Peace is an 1869 novel by Leo Tolstoy. It is on of the best known "longest" novels and considered one of the most important works of world literature, and deals with the French invasion of Russia.

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-ProducerGeoffrey Thorne  |  James Scura  |  Marc Franco  |  Jose Behar  |  M. Scott Veach
Associate ProducerBenjamin Raymond Jack  |  Kerry Glover
EditorSonny Baskin
CastingAngela Terry  |  Eryn Goodman  |  Barbara Stordahl  |  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 EditorLana Wolverton  |  Sarah C. Reeves
Re-Recording MixerPatrick Cyccone Jr.
GafferNeil Holcomb
Director of PhotographyDavid Connell (1)
Story EditorJenn Kao  |  Rebecca Kirsch  |  Jeremy Bernstein
Stunt CoordinatorKevin L. Jackson
Production SupervisorLiz Brandenburg
Post Production CoordinatorJessica Bayliss
Executive Story EditorJoe Hortua  |  Josh Schaer
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 ProducerKayla Rae Dettman  |  Kelly Crimmins
Special Effects CoordinatorWayne Eaton
Assistant Art DirectorWhit Vogel
Second 2nd Assistant DirectorAlexandra Hale
Assistant To The Co-producerCaitlin Hailburton  |  Paola Ferrari
Assistant To The StarTawny Early
Compositing SupervisorJennifer Law-Stump
Supervising Production Sound MixerPaul H. Maritsas
"A" Camera 1st AssistantKyril Cvetkov
Supervising Sound MixerHugh Waddell
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