Season 4 Episode 10

The Queen's Gambit Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Aug 28, 2011 on TNT
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Episode Summary


James Sterling convinces the team to help him steal a nuclear-reactor component from a skyscraper during a chess tournament, but they soon realize he has an ulterior goal.

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  • Another "average" episode plotwise, but quite a bit of lovely character interaction that brings it up several notches.NB! Spoilers below!

    Ok, so the whole chesstournament and nuclear terrorist-arch was not the most interesting plot we've seen. But that was not what this episode was all about.Oh no. This episode was all about the snarkiness that is Sterling - the bastard we all love to hate, and the sweet-and-cuteness that is Hardison and Parker, and the super-competent-alpha that is Nate.
  • 8/28

    I like Leverage, I like chess, but I cannot believe that this was the final episode of the season as there was nothing that special about it. Remember the way that the show ended last year? Yeah, not exactly replicating it this year, with a fairly mediocre and all too familiar storyline throughout the show. They tried to tease trouble for the gang too, but at this point, we know they're going to solve the case. It's not like one week they will not pull off the heist.moreless
Ayla Kell

Ayla Kell

Olivia Livingston

Guest Star

Andrea White

Andrea White


Guest Star

Matthew DiBiasio

Matthew DiBiasio


Guest Star

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

Jim Sterling

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Hardison: This thing is like the nuclear equivalent of the One Ring.
      Sophie: Ring? What ring?
      Nate: Oh, please. Don't get him started.

    • Eliot: I'm not letting Sterling slide on this.
      Parker: Well, at least I got to jump off a building that was like eight other buildings on top of each other.
      Eliot: Good for you. I ain't letting him slide.

    • Sophie: So, what, the salt was Plan B?
      Nate: No, no, that was Plan M.
      Hardison: Don't I die in Plan M?
      Nate: Yeah, usually. Yeah.
      Hardison: What you mean, "usually? How many plans do I die in?
      Nate: C, F, and M through Q.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Hardison: This thing is like the nuclear equivalent of the One Ring.
      Referencing J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sauron forged the One Ring in the Second Age of Middle Earth, using it to gain power over the Rings of Power. It can only be destroyed in the flames of Mount Doom where it was forged.

    • Parker: It's like I'm the human Hulk. Parker smash!
      Referencing the Marvel comic book character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appearing in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). Scientist Bruce Banner is exposed to gamma radiation and under emotional stress transforms into a super-strong green behemoth known as the Hulk. The character has gone through various incarnations over the years, spawned a live-action TV show and various animated shows, and feature movies.