Season 1 Episode 2

The Homecoming Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Dec 09, 2008 on TNT
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The Leverage team investigate the wounding of a reservist by mercenaries in Iraq. First the team has to figure out who is hiding what, and to what extreme they will go to protect their high-profile positions. How far up do the corruption and cover-up go?

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Jake McLaughlin

Jake McLaughlin

Corporal Robert Perry

Guest Star

Inger Tudor

Inger Tudor

Dr. Laroque

Guest Star

Jonathan Kowalsky

Jonathan Kowalsky

PFC Dwight Caplan

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At the beginning of the episode, Parker is called while she is stealing a painting in a museum in Monaco. The painting she steals is Cypresses, and the other two paintings shown are The Night Cafe in the Place Lamartine in Arles and The Garden of Saint-Paul Hospital, all three by Vincent Van Gogh. The problem is, that those paintings are at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut and The Kröller-Müller Museum in The Netherlands, respectively. In fact, there is no museum in Monaco that holds any painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

    • Music: Winter (Joshua Radin)

    • When Eliot is called to the job, his current location is shown to be Berlin, Germany. A sign in the background reads in German: "Privatgrundstück - Parken Verboten" (Private property - no parking). However, the "V" in "Verboten" is incorrectly capitalized.

    • The electric car that Nate drives off in at the end of the episode is a 2008 Tesla Roadster.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Nate: Ah, yes, but enough blackmail to pay for Perry's rehab. Maybe a couple of million more, damages.
      Eliot: Never hold up in court.
      Nate: Ah, but that's why Corporal Perry's lucky. He doesn't have lawyers, he has thieves.

    • Sophie: It's got to be counterfeit.
      Parker: (rubbing it on her face) Umm, it's real. It feels real.
      Eliot: Hey. What you got going on, you and Hardison, is it like a creepy contest?

    • (soldiers playing to video camera to send home)
      Corporal Perry: Hey Dwight, say hello to Jenny.
      Corporal Dwight
      : He's cheating on you!
      Corporal Perry: Nice.
      Corporal Dwight: (jokingly) With a camel, a drunk slutty camel...
      Corporal Perry: All right, it was one time, okay. And the camel's been texting me, but it's over, I promise...

    • (after the team finishes their mission and gives the money to the hospital)
      Nate: Anyone who wants to walk away can go right now. (dramatic pause)
      Eliot: One more...
      Hardison: Maybe two...

    • Sophie: When men are telling the truth, they're not looking me in the eye. A man only ever looks a woman in the eye when he's making the effort to lie to her.
      Eliot: Well, you can't argue with that.
      Hardison: Noted and filed.

    • Nate: (climbing into his new Tesla roadster) Just because you're the good guys now, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun along the way.

    • Sophie: I never thought I'd say this. Ever. But that is too much money to steal!

    • Parker: I bought a plant.
      Hardison: Nice, team spirit!
      Parker: What does it do?

    • Parker: The eagle has landed.
      Nate: It's in!
      Hardison: Ah! Go ahead, girl! Sexiness, ah... rrowr.
      Nate: You might want to ease up on that a little bit.
      Hardison: I'm just saying...
      Nate: Yeah.
      Hardison: Between me and you, between me and you.
      Nate: Never leaves the room.

    • Nate: Hardison, Hardison, what's this bill they're talking about?
      Hardison: You know what, I'd like to give you the schoolhouse rock, but this man has an RFID security card reader on his power supply... so a little busy!

    • Hardison: I got to get back to the office. I just remembered something.
      Parker: What?
      Hardison: I just remembered gravity... and the squishiness of all my manly bits.
      Parker: I designed this rig myself. The line is carbon-fiber, five-point harness, weight support here, here, and here, auto-breaking resistance on the main pulley back here.
      Hardison: Okay, okay, cool, so it's tested?
      Parker: Not yet.
      Hardison: Not ye..? When the hell were you going to test it?
      Parker: (pushes Hardison off the roof) Big baby.

    • Dr. Laroque: Pardon me, Mr. uh...
      Nate: Oh, uh, Nathan Ford. You are Dr. Laroque?
      Dr. Laroque: Can I talk to you outside?
      Corporal Robert Perry: Doc, he's cool, I found him on the Internet.
      Dr. Laroque: Yes, that never goes badly.

    • Hardison: (about Parker) I mean, break a law, everybody's done that. My mama's done that that, but steal a law? Oh, she's gonna be a legend, baby.

    • Dr. Laroque: Run your scam on somebody with money.
      Nate: It's not a scam. I'm here to help.
      Dr. Laroque: People don't just show up to help. That's not the way the world works.

    • Parker: They changed the lock.
      Hardison: Just do what you do. I mean, whatever, what do you need? (Parker produces a plastic explosive)
      Hardison: No. Mm-mm. Stop all that playin'. Mm-mm. Hell, no. (Runs for cover)

    • Hardison: It's a webcam. I'm picking up its broadcast on the phone.
      Parker: I see it, up on that pole.
      Hardison: I just have to spook the IP address and overlay a digital duplicate on the wi-fi...
      (Eliot throws a rock at the webcam, destroying it)
      Hardison: Or that.
      Eliot: Let's go.
      Hardison: I'm sorry it was too far away for you to punch. I'm sure that really frustrates you.

    • Hardison: I didn't sign up for any of this. What I did before, nobody got hurt.
      Sophie: I stole paintings for a living.
      Parker: I never hurt anybody.
      Eliot: I actually hurt people, so... (shrugs)
      Sophie: Nate, if anything happened to this kid...
      Nate: (interrupting) You know, you guys called on me, do you remember? You begged me to run the crew, agreed to play by my rules. Now walk out if you have a problem with that. Walk out any day if you have a problem with that. It's simple.
      Eliot: We finish this one.
      Parker: Just one.
      Hardison: How do we hit 'em?

    • Eliot: The tall one, the way he used a knife, ex-Marine, probably Force Recon.
      Hardison: You IDed the guy off his knife-fighting
      Eliot: It's a very distinctive

    • Eliot: 5.56 NATO rounds, mixed in with some 9-mils from the submachine guns. Insurgents would have used AK-47 with 7.62 ammo. Has more of a crack. Contractor shot 'em up all right.
      Parker: (impressed) You IDed the weapon from the gunshot sound?
      Eliot: It has a very distinctive sound.

    • (on their money from their first job)
      Parker: I put all that money in a Swiss bank account.
      Eliot: Millions of dollars, you didn't buy anything?
      Parker: I don't like stuff. I like money.
      Sophie: I bought a little retirement home in Ireland...
      Eliot: Nice.
      Sophie: and Dubai... and Tokyo.
      Parker: What about you?
      Eliot: Yeah, I'm not about to tell two known thieves what I did with a multi-million dollar payout.
      Sophie: Don't you trust us? (laughs)

    • Nate: How was Washington?
      Sophie: Villains, con men, wolves in sheep's clothing. Felt right at home.

    • Charles Dufort: You know the great thing about Congressmen? 50, 100 grand well spent will get one elected. But then, once they're in, the incumbency rate is over 95%! So you can get on an average 18, 20 years use out of one of them. In these uncertain times, buying a United States Congressman is one of the best investments a corporation can make!
      Hardison: (listening in on the radio) Oh, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. I'm a professional criminal, and I find that disturbing.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Hardison: You know, I'd like to give you the Schoolhouse Rock...

      Referencing a series of short cartoons that aired on ABC on Saturday mornings starting in 1973. Each one presented a brief animated sequence set to music that taught something about history, government, math, language, etc.

    • Parker: The Eagle has landed.

      Referencing astronaut Neil Armstrong's dramatic announcement when the Apollo 11 lunar module touched down, putting men on the Moon for the first time. Eagle was the lunar landing craft. Subsequently, author Jack Higgins used the statement as the title of his World War II novel in 1975, which was turned into a movie in 1976.

    • Hardison: Hold up, Rambo.

      Hardison is calling tough-guy hitter Eliot "Rambo". John Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) was an ex-Vietnam vet that the Rambo film series revolved around.

    • When Eliot identifies the gunfire in the video they are watching, he says that the AK-47 has a distinctive sound.

      The line was used in the Clint Eastwood movie Heartbreak Ridge where Clint Eastwood's character Gunny Highway fires an AK-47 at his platoon and tells them to remember it as it has a distinctive sound.