Leverage

Season 1 Episode 1

The Nigerian Job

7
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Dec 07, 2008 on TNT
9.0
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Episode Summary

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Nate Ford is a former insurance investigator who specialized in the recovery of high-value items. The CEO of an aerospace company asks Nate to lead a band of criminals to recover airplane blueprints that were stolen by a rival company. However, Nate later learns that he was deceived and must convince his "team" to steal the blueprints back.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Leverage

    10
    Love this show!!
  • Definately worth seeing

    8.0
    It has a fresh approach. Robin Hood with a James Bond approach to problem solving. Quite well written, there are some things that have a bit of a MacGyver rather then a Bondish feel to it but still...has me wanting more. Shows good promise. Of course I´m coming in late in the game, but it´s always refreshing to find a new series to follow, i´m quite sure i´m not the last to pick it up so if any of you are wondering if this show is worth an hour of your time (yes the pilot is that long) then the answer is absolutely.moreless
  • This is the pilot that sets up the series of a washed up insurance investigator and his 4 associates who band together to right the wrongs others have done.

    9.5
    I just started to watch this series after a friend showed interest in it. I got the DVDs and was not planning on getting into it, but boy was I wrong.

    The writing is great, the character interaction is wonderful and the one liners have me rolling on the floor. The crew is hired to retrieve stolen plans to a new aircraft, they get them, send them to the rightful owner and do not get paid. When they meet to get paid, they are set up to be killed. When they get out in time, they decide to get even.

    They find out that they did not steal them for the real owner but stole them for a major competitor, now they have to steal them back and make it right, and the way they get even is well done.moreless
  • In this first episode, we are introduced to who will make up the team. It focuses on Nathan Ford, an ex-insurance investigator that got back stolen goods. He leads a team who are very good at what they do.moreless

    8.5
    I'd seen the previews and was completely intrigued. Overall, I enjoyed the episode. It was nice seeing Christian Kane (Eliot) playing another kind of bad guy, but he wasn't another Lindsey (from Angel). It could be a bit slow moving in places, but it was well-plotted. It was a nice introduction to the characters and to the concept of the show. The storyline was quite intriguing, complete with twist towards the beginning. Most of the time, that kind of plot-advancing twist is either dumb or cheesy. This was actually well done. I'm looking forward to the rest of the first season and the development that should happen.moreless
  • I think I found another fav.

    8.5
    Okay, this exceeded my expectations. I was intrigued and excited from looking at the previews. But I was thrilled with the outcome. It's a perfect mix of crime, action, drama as well as a few one liners thrown in for good measure. With the premiere, you have a our new friends being hired to retrieve blueprints that were supposedly stolen from the it's rightful owner. However, as the team learns the hard way, they were being setup. Then Nate and the gang decide that payback is in order so they can collect their paychecks. But ultimately, they collect their pay and get their revenge, ten fold. Oh, I can't wait for The Homecoming Job. I'm really looking forward to this show....moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When the names of the actors and actresses are listed at the beginning of the episode, Beth Riesgraf's name is misspelled to Beth Reisgraf.

    • Parker enters the elevator and is topless. She ducks off camera, rises back up still topless, and the elevator door closes. A split second later in the next shot she is now wearing a black sports bra.

    • The payout from this job was $32,761,349 each.

    • When the team was stealing the plans in the beginning of the episode, Parker was watching the security room through a security camera, why would the security guards have an internal camera watching themselves monitoring other cameras.

    • When at the theater, Sophie is playing the role of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    • When Sophie is talking to Victor Dubenich (Saul Rubinek) outside his office building, in one camera angle her hair is blowing (windy), in the next angle, her hair isn't (no wind).

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Dubenich: What happened to your family was the kind of thing...
      Nate: You know this part of the conversation where I punch you in the neck nine or ten times? We're coming up on that pretty quick.

    • Hardison: Yeah, it's completely safe. It's just, you know, if you experience nausea, weakness in your right side, stroke, strokiness...
      Eliot: You're precisely why I work alone.

    • Nate: What we're going to do is get out of here together.
      Eliot: This was a one-time deal.
      Nate: Look, guys, here's your problem. You all know what you can do. I know what all of you can do. So that gives me the edge, which gives me the plan.
      Parker: I don't trust these guys.
      Nate: Do you trust me?
      Eliot: Of course. You're an honest man.

    • Hardison: You know, it was kinda cool being on the same side.
      Nate: No, we are not on the same side. I am not a thief.
      Parker: You are now. Come on, Nathan, tell the truth. Did you have a little bit of fun playing the Black King instead of the White Knight? Just this once?

    • Hardison: She's not awful.
      Nate: This is her stage. Sophie Devereaux is the finest actress you've ever seen...when she's breaking the law.

    • Parker: What is it with women and shoes?
      Sophie: There's something wrong with you.
      Eliot: That's what I said.

    • Sophie: I'm a citizen now - honest.
      Nate: I'm not.
      Sophie: You're playing my side? I always thought you had it in you.
      Nate: Are you in?
      Sophie: I wouldn't miss this.

    • (Flashing back to Parker as a child with father)
      Parker's Father: Be a good girl or, I don't know, a better thief.

    • Nate: Parker...you have Parker?
      Dubenich: Is there somebody better?
      Nate: No... (sarcastically) but Parker is insane!

    • (After taking out the four armed security guys)
      Eliot: That's what "I" do...

    • Nate: People like that, corporations like that, they have all the money, they have all the power and they use it to make people like you go away. Right now, you're suffering under an enormous weight. We provide...leverage...

    • Eliot: (referring to Parker) What are you gonna do when she finds out you live with your mom?
      Hardison: Age of the geek, baby. We run the world.

    • Hardison: Going to plan "B".
      Nate: Technically that would be plan "G.
      Hardison: How many plans do we have? Is there like a plan "M"?
      Nate: Yeah, Hardison dies in plan "M".
      Eliot: I like plan "M".

    • Eliot: What's in it for me?
      Nate: Payback. And if it goes right, a lot of money.
      Parker: What's in it for me?
      Nate: A lot of money. And if it goes right, payback. Hardison?
      Hardison: I was just going to send a thousand porno magazines to his office, but hell, yeah, man, let's kick him out.
      Eliot: What's in it for you?
      Nate: He used my son.

    • Hardison: Shouldn't I be playing a computer guy?
      Nate: No, I want you to actually be the computer guy.

    • Nate: All right, let's go break the law... just one more time.

    • (While watching Sophie performing on stage)
      Hardison: She's very awful.
      Parker: Is she injured...in the head?
      Eliot: Seriously, man, this is the worst actress I've ever seen.
      Nate: This is not her stage.

    • Parker: My money's not in my account. That makes me cry inside, in my special, angry place.

    • Eliot: (describing Parker) That's 20 pounds of crazy, five-pound bag.

    • Eliot: He tried to kill us.
      Parker: More importantly he didn't pay us.
      Eliot: How is that more important?
      Parker: I take that personally.
      Eliot: There's somethin' wrong with you.

    • Dubenich's Assistant: You are strong for a computer guy.
      Eliot: Thank you. I like to work out. I try to stay big. Because I love dressing up like a Klingon and going to all the conventions, you know.

    • Dubenich: Do you know anything about airplane design?.
      Nate: Yeah, I could give it a shot. You know, you give me a pencil and one of those little rulers.

    • Hardison: I'm just very good at what I do.
      Parker: This is the score! The score!
      Hardison: Age of the geek, baby.
      Eliot: Somebody kiss this man so I don't have to.

    • Pierson: Don't you want money?
      Nathan: This particular project has a different revenue stream.

    • Nathan: All right, let's go get Sophie.
      Eliot: What the hell is a Sophie?

  • NOTES (4)

    • TNT premiered this episode advert free.

    • Filming Location: Chicago, Illinois

    • The DVD copy has roughly 17 minutes of footage cut out of it, mostly from the scene where they escape for the hospital after almost being blown up at the warehouse in the DVD version Nate comes to almost immediately with the other three standing over him. In the original he wakes up handcuffed to a hospital bed

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: September 13, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Germany: August 9, 2010 on RTL Crime
      Czech Republic: December 29, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: March 19, 2012 on JOJ Plus

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • The name of the bank Hardison uses for the stock payouts, Credit Dauphine, is the bank that serves as a cover for the spy organization SD-6 in the TV series Alias.

    • Hardison: This equipment is total VH1, Bri. It's Best of the 80s.

      Referencing VH1, a music channel created in 1985 to focus on older pop music than its sister channel, MTV. Since then it has expanded from music videos to airing music-related "Movies That Rock," documentaries, "Making of" features, and several reality TV shows.

    • Hardison: This is not the room you're looking for.

      Referencing the Star Wars series and the Jedi Knights. The Jedi Knights are the "good" protectors of the galaxy, capable of tapping into the mystic Force to gain a variety of powers such as mind control and telekinesis. They avoid strong emotion, which can lead them to the Dark Side, the "evil" side of the Force. The Jedi and the Force are first mentioned in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). The women in gold bikinis refer to Princess Leia, who goes undercover as a slave, wearing a similar outfit, in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi, and they're wielding light sabers, the preferred weapon of Force users. Hardison's line refers to a similar line, "These are not the droids you're looking for," used to mind control stormtroopers in A New Hope.

    • A sign at the shareholder meeting reveals the company's name to be "Bering", which is a play on Boeing, the American aerospace corporation.

    • The numeric sequence 8675309764 is an homage to Tommy Tutone's song "Jenny/8675309".

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