Season 1 Episode 12

The First David Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 17, 2009 on TNT
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The Leverage team plots to steal Nate's former employer's CEO's prized Michelangelo maquette and sell it back to him as its twin. However, the team does not bank on a reappearance by Sterling.

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  • Best episode yet.

    Nate jumps at the chance to screw his old boss Ian Blackpool for his role in the death of Nate's son. Blackpool has and extensive art collection which includes the 1st David by Michelangelo. The goal of the leverage team is to sell him a fake as the 2nd David, and put it on display and uncovered as the fake it is ruining his credibility, but a wrinkle develops. Sophie is posing a an Italian art expert and Elliot is posing as an art authenticator. Elliot would be doing the authentication of the fake, but Blackpool insists on his authenticator and Nate's ex-wife Maggie authenticating the David. They decide they have to steal the 1st David from Blackpool and sell it back to him as the 2nd David. Parker devises a plan to get into the vault and steal the David within minutes. She and Hardison get into the vault and replace the real David with a fake one and get out undetected. The sell to Blackpool goes down and they sell the 1st David back to Blackpool as the 2nd David. Right after the sell Sterling puts a plan of his own into action. It is learned that Sophie has the real 2nd David in storage, infuriating Nate. They take Carter hostage who was trying to steal back the real 1st David. A deal is made to trade the 2nd Davide for Carter on the roof of the Leverage building. Elliot just about meets his match in Mr. Quinn, but he prevails in the end. Sophie meets Sterling on the roof to trade the 2nd David for Carter. Knowing the Sterling has no intention of letting them go Sophie thinks like Carter and develops a plan. After Sterling gets the 2nd David, they start going after Sophie and Carter, but it is to late. Sophie is attached to a long cord ready for Carter to hold on to her and jump off of the building. They get away. Back at Leverage headquarters Hardison is being held captive and Nate comes in. There are four men guarding them. Elliot walks in and assesses the situation when two more men come up behind him. Elliot takes a page out of Hardisons book and uses a cellphone to scramble their earpieces. Nate, Elliot and Hardison take advantage of the situation and take them all down, tying them up face down on the table. Sterling and the rest of his team arrive at the Leverage headquarters and Hardison's face and a count down start on the big screens. Sterling yells to get out. The get out just in time for the top floor of the building to blow up. The Leverage team all get away and meet look at each other and go into the winds like they did in the first episodesmoreless
  • Leverage HQ must steal a David statue.

    I do not think this episode is deserving of the 9.6 score it has as of this writing, but it certainly was a decent installment and set the stage for us to get excited about the season finale of TNT's best original drama.

    The fight scenes were good as usual, and seeing Nathan actually slam a villain's head against the desk was unexpected, but a nice change to his tautological "good-guy" persona. Hardison's response to Parker pretending to make out with him was funny as well.

    Hopefully the show goes out with a bang, but I am glad they are getting a second season because there are a lot of stories to tell with this cast.moreless
  • An otherwise interesting story is ruined by the intervention of Sterling, a character designed probably to act as a foil against the Leverage crew. It doesn't work.

    The WORST episode of the series thus far. The plot is decent enough, and the complications added by a third-party add a certain Mission Impossible (TV series) flavor to this--something goes wrong! But the character of Sterling as a smarmy foil is the death-nell of the quality of this heartofore excellent series. There is no need for a character of this type, it's a hackneyed device that shows the lack of creativity of the writers. Recurring foils should be abandoned at the time editors start paying you for your work. But, alas, it's the Fugitive all over again. The Leverage team is on the run...what city will they turn up next in? Will the team recover? Tune in next time...moreless
  • part one of season finale - best episode yet!

    The excitement keeps increasing as the episode progresses - culminating in a huge shake up, to be continued next time. It starts with the team taking an unconventional approach to helping Nate with his drinking issues - i.e., by getting helping him get revenge on his evil former employer who refused to pay for Nate's son's medical treatments. The goal is to con Blackpoole into buying a fake model of the statue David by Michelangelo, so that he'll be discredited later when it's inevitably discovered to be a fake. The con hits a speed bump when Nate's ex-wife, a highly skilled art expert, shows up and Blackpoole wants her to authenticate the statue. The team does a work-around, but then Nate's nemesis Sterling and his goons swoop in and catch them in the middle of the theft. Sterling's figured out how the team thinks and operates - and so he's now able to anticipate their moves and always be a few steps ahead. When Nate realizes this, he says the team needs change their game immediately. They take some extreme and unexpected measures to get out of Sterling's clutches. But although they escape the immediate danger, the team members are divided and on the run at the end of the episode, and Sterling is still in the position of power. Wow. This was episode was AMAZING - can't wait for the finale, and eventually.... season two!moreless
  • This episode had everything!

    The First David Job had a one con, built on another con, and even the conners were conned!

    How's it going to end?

    So from the start, I knew that Nate had to be acting when he pulled his gun on Mr Blackpoole, it's not in Nates nature to pull a gun on someone. Then when they introduced Sophie, I knew that something was going on. The text on the screen appears and you see the team planning their attack. Well actually they were having an 'intervention' for Nate. But Nate doesn't need rehab, he needs cold revenge.

    At the very end of the episode, everyone was using everyone else's talent. Sophie was thinking like Parker

    Eliot was thinking like Hardison

    It was fantastic! They had all picked up each other's traits and specialties. The high frequency on the bad guy's ear pieces was a stroke of genius.

    We are left with the crew splitting at the end. Whatever happens in the next episode, I know they will be on top and two steps ahead of Sterling.

    I cannot wait to see what is in store for The Second David Jobmoreless
Kari Matchett

Kari Matchett

Maggie Collins

Guest Star

Kevin Tighe

Kevin Tighe

Ian Blackpoole

Guest Star

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Mr. Geary

Guest Star

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

Jim Sterling

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Parker: Give me three days of prop, it'd be like taking diamonds from the French National Bank. That's like taking candy from a baby.
      Alec: Got it.
      Parker: A very easy thing to do.
      Alec: Got. It.
      Parker: (to the David maquette) Oh, look, little buddy. That's your new home!
      Alec: Can you please not play with the little naked man? Please.
      Parker: I'm not.

    • Parker: No, no, no, we can't let your ex-wife anywhere near our little naked man.

    • Sophie: You're an honest man, Nate. It's the rest of the world that's gone crooked.

    • Gary: Maybe they were bluffing.
      (Building blows)
      Sterling: That's the funny thing about conmen. They don't bluff.

    • Eliot: I'm sorry, your wife gave me her phone number.
      Nate: Not wanna talk about it.
      Eliot: It was only to coordinate where we're gonna go...
      Nate: Not talking about it.

    • Parker: Chew some gum.
      Hardison: Why? Is my breath funky?

    • Eliot: Hey, Sterling, I got some dental work with your name on it. What do you say me and you hook up so I can give it to you?

    • (Nate walks into briefing room, all four members of team standing in front of him)
      Parker: Ian Blackpoole. CEO of IYS Insurance.
      Hardison: Millionaire, famous art collector.
      Sophie: Who two years ago refused the claim for your son's treatment, leading to his--
      Nate: (yelling) ENOUGH!
      Sophie: Drunk again?
      Nate: I'm sorry, are we still unclear? I'm a functioning alcoholic, you know. Trick is to not get hung up on the "alcoholic" and really celebrate the "functioning" part of the sentence.

    • (After being confronted by the team about his drinking)
      Nate: Is this my intervention? Are my bags packed and in the car, ready to take me to rehab?
      Sophie: You don't need rehab, Nate.
      (Pause as Eliot steps towards them)
      Eliot: You need revenge.

    • (After Nate crashed the party and is pointing a gun at Blackpoole)
      Blackpoole: Are you here to kill me, Nate?
      Nate: Not tonight.
      Blackpoole: Well, in that case, come in. There's shrimp.
      Nate: I do love shrimp.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: November 29, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Germany: October 25, 2010 on RTL Crime
      Czech Republic: March 16, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: June 4, 2012 on JOJ Plus