Season 4 Episode 17

The Radio Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 08, 2012 on TNT
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Episode Summary


The team's nemesis, Latimer, hires Nate's father Jimmy to rip off a high-security government office, and Nate has to go up against his father while engineering a fake hostage stand-off to get his team out of the building. However, Nate soon realizes that an old enemy is using Latimer as a front man to get revenge on the Leverage team.


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  • the radio job

    An interesting episode that had me wondering how they would get out of this one, but why even question at this point? They were able to pull it off, except Nate lost his father in the process. An entertaining episode for sure, but the ending with the explosion it felt a little bit out of place. Not really what this show is about, but if it sets up the season finale then I am all for it.

    Strong show tonight, despite the absurdity of their escape.moreless
Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt

Jimmy Ford

Guest Star

Robert McKeehen

Robert McKeehen

Head Thug

Guest Star

Jennifer Lanier

Jennifer Lanier

Special Agent Elaine Delacourt

Guest Star

Leon Rippy

Leon Rippy

Jack Latimer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sophie: (to Nate) This is a new low, even for you. We both know, you're cold, you're distant, you're emotionally unavailable, but you're always punctual.

    • Parker: Is there a time machine?
      Eliot: There is.
      Parker: Yeah.
      Eliot: Yeah, not so much a machine though, as probably a portal. You don't really sit down as much as...
      Parker: I am gonna go get that portal and I am going to go--I am going to take...

    • Sophie: Fine. Off to the U.S. Patent Office, then. Let's go steal a...
      Parker: Let's go steal a time machine.

    • Delacourt: In Homeland (Security) we're not paid to think. We're paid to act.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Alec: It's like the game Operation, except I'm the tweezers.
      Referencing the Milton-Bradley board game (now manufactured by Hasbro) where players attempt to remove small plastic pieces from a picture of a patient, Cavity Sam, using a pair of metal tweezers. The edges of the holes are lined with metal, and grazing them with the metal tweezers sets off Cavity Sam's red light-bulb and a buzzer noise. The game has spawned numerous variants, including patients such as Buzz Lightyear, Iron Man, and a Dalek.

    • Hardison: Hello, and welcome to the Island of Misfit Inventions.
      Referencing the Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Rudolph and his friends eventually find themselves on the Island of Misfit Toys, which is occupied by unloved toys which are defective or unwanted in some way. A sequel was made in 2001.

    • Eliot: Who am I? I'm just a fly in the ointment, pal.
      This and most of Eliot's other dialogue to Powell, as well as Nate's scheme to have Eliot pose as an off-duty cop stuck on the inside in a hostage situation, are taken directly from the movie Die Hard (1988), which starred Bruce Willis as John McClane, an off-duty New York cop trapped in a building when supposed terrorists take over. As of this episode's premiere, the movie spawned three sequels. Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995) marked the screen premiere of a young Aldis Hodge (Hardison).

    • Hardison: That's a bow-tie. Bow-ties are cool.
      Referencing a line commonly attributes to the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) in the British TV series Doctor Who. Since his last regeneration, the Doctor has worn bow-ties and insists that they are cool. He commonly uses the phrase to describe anything else he likes, such as fezzes.