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Leverage: The Mile High Job

The team tries to avenge the death of a young girl who was killed by a corporate business's toxic fertilizer. The trail takes them to a 777 going to the Cayman Islands, where they have to determine which passenger has the information they need to bring down the company.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Tuesday January 20th, 2009

Director: Rob Minkoff
Writer: Amy Berg

Alternate Airdates:

NL (RTL 5) May 21, 2009
UK (FOX) Mar 10, 2010

Guest Stars
Sara RueSara Rue
As Marissa Devins

Co-Guest Stars
Andrew J. LeeAndrew J. Lee
As Japanese Tourist
Angela OhAngela Oh
As Cheryl
Bob JesserBob Jesser
As Mark Jameson
Dave KuhrDave Kuhr
As Steve
Grace EboigbeGrace Eboigbe
As Flight Attendant
Heidi Shepherd (1)Heidi Shepherd (1)
As Confused Passenger
Jeremy RoenickJeremy Roenick
As Security Guard
Joel AckermanJoel Ackerman
As Co-Pilot
Julie RoyJulie Roy
As Flight Attendant
Lucia SullivanLucia Sullivan
As Stacey Jameson
Michael KaganMichael Kagan
As Allen Haldeman
Owen MartinOwen Martin
As Flight Attendant
Sandi McCreeSandi McCree
As Monica
Tom OhmerTom Ohmer
As Captain
Tony DonnoTony Donno
As Dan Erlick
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 Leverage HQ, a couple arrive and explain that their daughter Jennifer died with tumrous masses in her chest, but Genogrow Industries denied their fertilizer was responsible and claimed that Jenna had a pre-existing condition. They can't get access to the company's research report because their lawyers keep stalling. Nate figures that means there's a smoking gun, and they're going to find it...

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Episode Quotes
Sophie: How did you both know there would be an extra uniform in the bag?
Nate: Everyone knows flight attendants are required to carry extra uniforms in case they get called to work unexpectedly.
Eliot: Or if something happens to the one that they're already wearing.
Sophie: How does everyone know that?
Nate: Worked airport security.
Eliot: Slept with a flight attendant.

Alec: Let's see what we can learn about Nathan Ford today. Online poker. Online chess. Sodoku. Crossword. Damn, somebody needs to get laid.

Parker: (pretend to be a flight attendant) In the event of a water landing, your seat cushion can be used as a flotation device. But let's face it, if this thing goes down in the water, more than likely, the impact'll kill you. Please take a moment to locate the nearest emergency exits. Because if this plane's on fire. you're going to want to get out quick. Jet fuel burns at over a thousand degrees. That's hot, folks.

Parker: Look, flying isn't really all that scary when you think about it. I mean, there are a lot more likely ways to die than on a plane: car crash, house fire, electrocution, drowning, auto-erotic asphyxiation. I mean, fact is, death haunts us every day, no matter where we are.

Cheryl: I have been working my butt off on this account. But Steve? No, he's just sitting back, waiting for me to fail so he can swoop in and save the day. I swear, it's like he's a rogue and I'm a mage and we're part of the same guild, but secretly, he's at work with the Alliance to undermine us.
Alec: For the Horde!
Cheryl: For the Horde! You play World of Warcraft?
Alec: You kidding? Did you get the new expansion pack? Woman, I was up all night. Now, look, I mean, "Burning Crusade" was great, but this new one is mind-blowing.
Nate: (on the earbud) Hardison? You bailed on the job because you were up all night playing a game?
Alec: First off, "game" is hardly adequate, okay?

Alec: Genetically engineered tomatoes, that's one thing, but carrot on the cob? That's gonna scare some people, brother.

Parker: What are you doing?
Alec: Oh, I'm just remote accessing a plane's electrical system from 3,000 miles away. You know what? If you were a geek, you would be really turned on right now, I'm just saying.

Alec: Oh, ah, they tapped into the black box.
Parker: No, no, it's not black, it's orange.
Alec: Yeah, the black box is orange, it makes it easier to find in the debris.
Parker: Oh. Oh...

Cultural References
The fake IDs that Hardison has set Nate and Sophie up with are: Peter Davison, Tom Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Sarah Jane. These are references to actors who appeared on Doctor Who. Previously, Hardison has mentioned that he's a Doctor Who fan.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChris Downey  |  John Rogers (1)
Executive ProducerDean Devlin  |  John Rogers (1)  |  Chris Downey
Co-Executive ProducerKearie Peak  |  Marc Roskin
Co-ProducerRachel Olschan
Production DesignerLauren Crasco
EditorDavid Siegel
CastingApril Webster  |  Scott David
MusicJoseph Loduca
Music EditorJason Ruder
GripWilly Hewson
Key GripKevin Ball
Construction CoordinatorSteven Desantis
Supervising Sound EditorKenneth L. Johnson
LeadmanChuck Courrieu
Art DirectorBrian Harms
Sound EditorMark Hailstone
Key Makeup ArtistDebra Denson
Set DresserTim Woodruff
Graphic DesignerDerek Frederickson
Visual EffectsCarey Gosa
Assistant Property MasterKevin Hummel
ADR MixerAndrew Garrett Lange
Foley ArtistCatherine Harper
General ForemanBrian Feola
Lead ScenicMaureen Kropf
Music EngineerScott Davidson (2)  |  Joshua Mathews
FinancingStephen Hays
Product Placement CoordinatorAdam M. Stone  |  Cat Stone
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