Season 3 Episode 3

The Inside Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jun 27, 2010 on TNT
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Episode Summary

Parker goes missing during a personal mission she takes on for her mentor Archie Leach, and the team must find her before time runs out for their teammate.

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  • Parker backstory

    Finally we learn part of Parker's backstory. Richard Chamberlain is Parker's mentor/father figure which was a great choice. We see that Parker lives in a warehouse building with the tools of her trade, a bed, and a bunny.

    We see that Nate cares for Parker just as much as Archie does. And Parker cares for her team as much as for her mentor. Instead of running away she helps the team steal the wheat plaque & has the camera rolling when the bad girl spills about her murderious plot.

    I found it interesting that Archie was telling Nate that he ruined Parker that she was perfect & Nate was saying that Parker was broken that he should have treated her like family.moreless
  • Great episode

    After two mediocre episodes to kick off the season last week, TNT's latest two hour event of Leverage starts with a premise. Perhaps one of the freshest characters this program has in Parker, was trapped in a security system even she could not escape, so Team Leverage had to get her out.

    It was a good story of conspiracy, there were some good action scenes and most importantly it did not drag at any point. They jumped right into the story and never slowed down in this well-written installment of Leverage..

    This is what I know the show can be, the only problem is that I will now hold them to this higher standard every week.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Sophie opens Parker's place with the keypad, she says the code is her real name. She presses six buttons, the last two being "7" and "2", which equal "PRS" and "ABC".
      However, John Rogers stated in his blog that Gina Bellman did not really enter Sophie's real name.

    • When Hardison and Eliot arrive at Parker's place at the beginning of episode, there is flashback about the Central Square address. The man in the flashback wears a Sailor Moon costume, which is a well-known anime from Japan.

    • Nate was in jail for at least six months following the events of "The Maltese Falcon Job", based on what he said to Sophie in the beginning of this episode.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sophie: Someone explain to me, what the hell is a Steranko?
      Hardison: Steranko's the toughest security system in the world, in the universe, in the multiverse, whatever.
      Eliot: How do you not know this?
      Sophie: I am a grifter. If I'm doing my job right then the mark just, click, turns off the alarm for me.

    • Sophie: Well, quiet and sneaky is fine if you're thinking like a thief. Thieves find entrances, but grifters...mhm mhm...we make them.

    • Nate: Are we ever gonna talk about that kiss?
      Sophie: Kiss?
      Nate: Yeah.
      Sophie: Oh, I don't remember a kiss. I remember a slap.
      Nate: Mm.
      Sophie: You're still working off the slap.

    • Nate: Let's go steal a Parker.

    • Parker: What's "sexting"?
      Eliot: I'm not having this conversation with you, Parker.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The "Steranko" security system alludes to comic book writer and artist Jim Steranko, mostly notable for his 1960s works on Marvel's Captain America and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. His works are famous for their innovative use of the comics format and language back in the late '60s.

      In his youth Steranko worked as an escape artist, a fact that was homaged over the years by Jack Kirby in his creation of DC Comics' Mister Miracle and by Michael Chabon in his book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, featuring escape artist/superhero The Escapist.

    • When posing as auditors, Sophie and Alec use the names Emily Peel and Jonathan Steed, alluding to the 60s British TV series The Avengers. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) and John Steed (Patrick Macnee) starred as a pair of elegant, bantering spies.

    • The name of Parker's mentor, Archie Leach, alludes to the real name of actor Cary Grant. John Cleese's character in the movie A Fish Called Wanda (1988) was similarly named as an homage to Grant.

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