Season 4 Episode 2

The 10 Li'l Grifters Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 03, 2011 on TNT
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Episode Summary

The Leverage team goes after a mark, except someone kills him before they can finish the con. To finish the case, they have to find the murderer and pull off the sting anyway.

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  • Disregarding cannon

    In my opinion one of the worst episodes of Leverage. Parker seemed to be the only one who unequivocally believed Nate when he said he didn't murder the mark. The rest of the team were kind of jerks about it. I guess it was supposed to be funny, but to me it fell flat. I mean you trust this guy with your life but you don't trust him when he says he didn't kill someone. It's not like he despised the guy. He had no real reason to kill him so why is the team so adamant that he did. You know what else didn't make sense. Its season 4 and Eliot suddenly doesn't know how to grift? Weak, weak, weak. Its like whoever wrote this saw the first few episodes of the series and then stopped. It is cannon that Eliot can grift and quite well when needed. This episode was a mess which was a shame because the premise was so good.moreless
  • 402

    If TV episodes could somehow make ESPN SportsCenter's "Not Top 10" this would do it.

    I was intrigued when we started to see what the episode was going to be about: a murder mystery party, but it just got out of hand way too fast. Not that twists and turns are bad, when used correctly they can be an excellent storytelling device, but this episode was just horribly scripted. It was awkward, there was no comedy, and the story was just really weak, and that's ignoring the fact that they convinced a room of adults that a dead body was a dummy.

    Leverage's fourth season is not off to a great start. Weak story, just a throwaway episode tonight.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Nate: Okay, okay, it's not what it looks like.
      Hammett: Looks like Morris Beck's been murdered. You're left holding the bag for it.
      Nate: Maybe it is what it looks like.

    • Parker: I've never been to a costume party.
      Sophie: Now that is just heartbreaking.

    • Beck: Only two kinds in the world, only two. Cattle... and the people who like a really good steak.

    • Parker: No safe. Just a giant pantry with a switch box and Beck's sweaty daughter in it. Next.

    • Hardison: Wait, wait, what the hell's going on down there? Nate killed somebody.
      Eliot: No, Nate didn't kill somebody. You didn't, did you?
      Nate: Of course not.
      Parker: You'd tell us, though, wouldn't you?
      Nate: Yes, Parker, I'd tell you if I'd murdered the mark.
      Parker: Umm.

    • Hardison: Damn blackout, prehistoric wiring, Nate killing people. I did not sign up for this.
      Parker: Nate didn't kill anyone. He said.

    • Sophie: All right, it's your bar. Think. It's what you do.
      Nate: Yeah, thanks, yeah.
      Sophie: But while you're thinking, think about this. Are you climbing into that bottle because of what you think we see when we look at you, or because of what you see in the mirror?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Title:
      "Ten Little Indians" is a children's rhyme that was the basis for Agatha Christie's mystery novel And Then There Were None, in which ten people are trapped on an island and killed off one by one. Various movies have been made based on Agatha Christie's book, usually with the title Ten Little Indians.

    • Potter: I'm, uh, Mannix.
      Referencing the CBS detective series Mannix (1967-1975), with Joe Mannix as a former soldier and mercenary, and current-day private eye. Considered the most violent show of its time, the series often featured Mannix being shot or beaten, although typically he gave as good as he got.

    • Case: Bucket. Inspector Bucket.
      Referencing Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House (serial published March 1852 to September 1853). Bucket is one of the first detectives in English fiction, and arguably the most famous. He is commissioned to find Lady Dedlock as part of the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case, only to discover that she has died of exposure, unaware that she has been cleared of the murder of which she was accused.

    • Eliot: Why'd you have to dress me up like Howdy Doody?
      Referencing the children's TV series (1947-1960) featuring a freckle-faced boy marionette dressed as a cowboy and his "owner," Buffalo Bob Smith. Other human characters on the show included Clarabelle the Clown, J. Corny Cobb, and Chief Thunderthud. The show also introduced the Peanut Gallery and the catch-phrase "Say kids, what time is it? It's Howdy Doody time!"

    • Hardison: Why in the world would I pick Encyclopedia Brown as my character?
      Referencing the classic children's mystery series by Donald J. Sobol. Each book contains several short stories ending with a mystery for the reader to solve along with Boy Detective Encyclopedia Brown and his partner Sally Kimball.

    • Sophie: You're the Hardy Boys and Parker is Nancy Drew.
      Referencing Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys (Frank and Joe), teenage detectives in popular detective novels, which have been updated occasionally for modern audiences. Nancy Drew was created by Mildred Wirt Benson under the pen name "Carolyn Keene" and the Hardy Boys by Leslie McFarlane under the pen name of "Franklin W. Dixon." The characters are probably known best under their TV incarnations in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries from 1977.

    • Sophie: Irene Adler. Only woman smarter than Sherlock Holmes.
      Referencing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "A Scandal in Bohemia" (July 1891). Irene is an American adventurer who becomes romantically involved with the married King of Bohemia, Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein. She outwits Holmes, who is hired to retrieve an incriminating photo from her, but turns the photo over to him anyway. She is mentioned briefly in other Holmes stories, typically when the Great Detective acknowledges her superior talents. Irene has appeared in many derivative works, and featured in a series of mystery novels written by Carole Nelson Douglas.

    • Nate: Ellery Queen. World's greatest detective.
      Referencing the fictional detective as well as the pseudonym of Daniel Nathan and Manford Lepofsky, who created the detective. Ellery Queen is a mystery writer who also solves crimes, often aiding his father Inspector Richard Queen of the NYPD. The character, at one time America's most famous detective, has appeared in radio, TV, comic books, and movies. The novels are perhaps best known for their "Challenge to the Reader," when either the writer or character himself in the TV series and elsewhere, challenges the reader to solve the mystery based on the clues presented.