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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  • Not very good.

    Leverage is nothing more than boring trite. A shameless attempt to mimic USA Network's Burn Notice and using the TNT formula of throwing an irrelevant Academy Award winner in the mix.

    The dialogue is as outrageous as the writing. Are we really supposed to believe that five people are beating out the government and every other criminal in the world?

    Suspending disbelief aside this show is just not entertaining in the least. Playing the irritating theme song throughout the entire episode only makes things worse. I thought that this show may have been different than the usual TNT mold, but it clearly isn't.moreless
  • From Sunday to Tuesday, WOW. I was completely wrong about this show.

    Sunday's show didn't really get me all hyped up as i would have liked. But man after watching Tuesday's installment. I'm SOLD.

    This is a terrific series, I was worried with some of the cheesiness from the pilot (IMHO). But this show went above and beyond. I'm really starting to enjoy the characters development. Nate as all knowing big brother, Alec as the brains, Eliot the muscle, Sophie as the stability, and Parker the talent. The group takes on a job after meeting a glimpse of their possible future as a company, of which Nate has built (even offices). The were flabbergasted with a reservists return home is not greeted with the medical care all military men/women should have after injury. This reservists does not care about getting rich or even suing, all he wants is to get better and return to his work/life by being able to walk again. Nate without a second breathe takes on the job, which leads the group to uncertainty of the companies future as some of them have never been in harms way (only Eliot). They agree to complete this "1" job, with high hopes that none of them actually get hurt. Once back on the job they realize that the whole private war in Iraq has been nothing more for a corrupt Senator & business to launder money back to the states for their own personal gain. To sum up, the group bands together and successfully steal some of the money back, but more importantly see first hand how their good deed of returning the money to the VA Hospital itself to treat all our fighting men/women warms their hearts. This episode had me beyond cheering even more so at the end, the acting, writing, plot, directing - heck everything about this episode just made me a series long fan.moreless
  • The A-Team for 2008

    A routine patrol in Iraq is the setting for the beginning of this episode. As a group of soldiers unknowingly stumble across what turns out to be the private security forces stealing a 2 1/2 ton full of cash. The soldiers are gunned down and the survivor in need of help from the Leverage Team contacts Nate. Along the way we uncover how politics in DC is really run with the corrupt senator, and several commando killers from the private security company. It all plays out where they catch the bad guys, give the hopsital that treats the soldiers without any government help all the cash, and Nate drives off in one awesome car. This episode is a must watch.moreless
  • Nate loves a Challenge.

    I love the team only being a phone call away. Nate always the practical one establishing an actual company. After the tour of the office I'm LOVING this show. I can't wait. Let's get going.

    In this episode we have an injured reservist not looking for charity, just looking to go back to work, but needing some help. Our target is Castleman a private company working the profitable angle of the war, not exactly on the up and up. Our friends are definitely slick and have their talents. As always there is no honor among thieves or in this case a crooked politician and the company that owns him. But our thieves have got big hearts that are in the right place. Can't wait for next week.moreless
  • In the second episode of Leverage the crew tries to help out a soldier who was shot in Iraq by a private company that manages defense contracts. A lightweight episode may not have been heavy on the plot, but compensates with heart and humor.moreless

    The show is very much the American Hustle with capers and misdirection, which lets the audience in on some parts of their plan, but the final resolution is usually a surprise for us as well as those who they are one upping. The cast has great chemistry, and I'm really enjoying their interactions. This particular episode was pretty light on plot, but it was more like a recommitment of the characters to their new goals, and perhaps the same for the actors and writers to remind themselves of what the show is all about since the long ago shot pilot – their own 'homecoming job' so to speak.

    This show is definitely a fun diversion, I hope Timothy Hutton and crew can keep the momentum going!

    More Thoughts on 'The Homecoming Job':

    - I found the ending with the truck full of money a little silly, why not put it in a bank account, and give them access? It would eliminate the ability for people to track the cash.

    - The whole ending was a bit cheesy, but like I said it had heart.

    - Christian Kane needs to cut his hair, like yesterday.

    - The Tesla at the end was a nice touch, Nate isn't all self sacrificing.

    - My favourite character so far: Hardison

    Bottom Line: Definitely worth keeping an eye on, three episode verdict next week!

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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

Guest Star

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.