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Season 1 Episode 4

The Miracle Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Dec 23, 2008 on TNT
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Episode Summary

Nate decides to use the Leverage team to help Father Paul, his old friend, prevent the demolition of his church...by faking a miracle.

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  • This was just to good on so many levels.

    One of the things I loved about what Father Paul brought to this episode is his in depth knowledge in regards to Nate. The episode starts with Nate trying to help an old friend, Fr. Paul, save his church from a seedy business man. The team's all on board because of the connection. But things go south when they try and pull off a fake miracle, which ultimately causes more problems for everyone, than expected. I really appreciated how Fr. Paul held Nate accountable for his choices and decision, like a good priest and good friend should. But as the team is more than capable of dealing with getting out of trouble, they ended up saving the church and maybe saving face.moreless
  • The best episode so far.

    This is not an admission of TNT's Leverage being a good show but this week's episode was a step in the right direction.

    A simple plot with a story that could've been used as a case for Law and Order is instead given to Leverage Headquarters where the five thieves devise a plan to thault a greedy businessman's attempt to build a mall over a church. Before this we got a simple, harmless, yet funny scene with the crew mocking Sophie's performance in Death of a Salesman. This is the kind of humor Leverage needs on a regular basis, not the outrageous and over the top material that has plagued the previous three episodes.

    The episode certainly dragged at points, but the writing made you care about the characters and was able to suspend your belief into rooting for their victory, despite knowing in the back of your mind that that result was imminent. Overall a positive step for Leverage but the show still needs some fine-tuning.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Eliot, Hardison and the gangbangers meet in the center of a tunnel. In the first closeup of the injured banger, he's leaning against the tunnel wall. Then in the next scene when Hardison punches him, he's back in the center.

    • At the end of the episode when Alec says, "Look at that, saved a church" and Parker responds, "It's like Christmas", the closed captioning lists the full comment as "Look at that, saved a church. This one's for you, Nana", but it is not heard in the spoken dialog.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Nate: Publicists are like priests. You got to tell them all your secrets.

    • (Parker has "medicated" Grant to help shake him up)
      Eliot: You gave him speed?
      Hardison: He beat up a priest. (Elliot shrugs)

    • Father Paul: Nate, no more lies! The Vatican's here! You and I both know what that means.
      Nate: Yeah, break out the grappa.
      Father Paul: Does my getting defrocked amuse you?
      Nate: No. Listen, listen, I just...let me explain this to you, okay? I just, this is...in here. (Nate moves toward the Confessional booth)
      Father Paul: Oh, there's always a loophole with you. (Nate enters the booth) That's my side!

    • Nate: I am trying to save your damn church.
      Father Paul: Save my church? You faked a miracle! And my parishioners, my flock, my church...they...they believed in that miracle. And now you are ripping out that faith and replacing it with a lie. Maybe, maybe I'm not here to save this church, Nate. Maybe I need to lose this church to save you.

    • Father Paul: I'll count myself blessed and take my miracle.
      Nate: Ah, but there was no miracle.
      Father Paul: Nate, five thieves saved my church.

    • (Watching the inspectors from Vatican show up to check out the alleged miracle)
      Nate: Apostolic visitation...
      Hardison: Come again?
      Nate: It's the Vatican.
      (Parker, Eliot and Hardison run off)
      Sophie: What?
      Nathan: Apostolic visitation; it's like the Pope's CSI.

    • (nurse reading the fake test results of Father Paul)
      Nurse: All right, father, I have your test results right here; high cholesterol, elevated sed rate...and it looks like you're pregnant. I'm gonna need you to stick around and re-test.

    • (while discussing how to "steal a miracle")
      Hardison: Long as I don't have to do anything immoral.
      Nate: No not at all. I just need you to figure out how to, you know... fake a miracle. (Eliot chuckles)
      Hardison: (long pause) We're all going to Hell.

    • Eliot: (talking about Sophie's play) That was the worst night of my life.
      Hardison: Come on man, you've been in worse situations.
      (Flashback to a scene where Eliot was playing Russian Roulette)
      Eliot: Nope...no, that was the worst.

    • Eliot: I gotta be honest with you. We're gonna need a miracle to save this church.
      Nate: So let's go steal ourselves a miracle.

    • Parker: It's like Christmas. See, I told you St. Nicholas is Santa Claus.
      Sophie: No, he's not, Parker.
      Parker: Well, who is he then?
      Sophie: Saint Nicholas? He's the patron saint of thieves.

    • Nate: Okay, Hardison, could you just make the statue cry without melting St. Nick's head?
      Parker: Don't melt Santa.
      Eliot & Hardison: (in unison) It's not Santa.

    • Sophie: Thank you so much for coming to my play last night.

      Parker: Last night was awesome.

      Sophie: Thanks, Parker.

      Parker: Yeah, it was like a horror movie. (in deep scary voice) "Attention must be paid!"

    • Nate: (sarcastically to Hardison who didn't get the directions correct) I said bleeding tears, not bleeding ears!
      Hardison: Look, look, man, you're lucky on this deadline, I didn't give you a baking soda volcano.

    • Eliot: (to Nate) So you dropped out of priest school to become a...an insurance cop? And now you're the leader of a band of thieves. Nice.
      Hardison: (to Nate) You...you're a Catholic who wants to fake a miracle. I'm pretty sure that puts us in mortal-sin territory.
      Eliot: So what... now you're religious, too?
      Hardison: No, I'm not denominational. It's just, I never do anything my Nana said "don't do".

    • (Slogan for bible-topia)
      Andrew Grant: Come to pray, stay to shop.

    • Alec: How 'bout that, baby! You--you see me?
      Eliot: He was injured.
      Alec: Well, somebody got to fight the injured. Shoot, that's my niche.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: October 4, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Germany: August 30, 2010 on RTL Crime
      Czech Republic: January 19, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: April 9, 2012 on JOJ Plus


    • Hardison: You're not the first person I would think of to play Willy Loman.

      Referencing the 1949 play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, which tells the tale of Willy Loman, an aging salesman who aspires to greatness with no idea of his limitations or the depths of his mediocrity.

    • Sophie: Willy Wonka's here.

      Referencing the fictional candy manufacturer created by Roald Dahl in 1964 in the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The eccentric candymaker has since been the subject of a sequel novel and two movies, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971, starring Gene Wilder) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, starring Johnny Depp). The book and movies contain a great glass elevator, which explains Sophie's reference here as they trap Grant in an elevator.