Season 3 Episode 4

The Scheherazade Job

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

Reporter Jane Akinyemi turns to the Leverage team for help, after she barely escapes a hit and run. She reveals her story about the Moto brothers involved in child labor and diamond smuggling, who are running for election in Africa.

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  • 304

    After a good first hour to TNT's 2 hour Leverage event, the second episode is more of the same. It was not the worst cable show on Sunday night (that awful Hung takes that award) but this was far from great. I think the problem is that the writers just cannot come up with any interesting scenarios for these characters. The formula of them breaking in, getting caught, but still saving the day works, but when you don't have a meaningful storyline to go along with it, you are setting yourself up for disaster. Leverage has built up five unique and entertaining characters, but they can only entertain so much when the writing is weak.moreless
  • Had the same humor and far-fetched plotlines we all love

    This episode proved to be a solid follow-up to the very entertaining "Inside Job." It had the same humor and far-fetched plotlines we all love. While the whole "foreign country corruption" thing has been done often, Leverage put a spin on it by having Hardison become the hero, playing a violin solo.

    I also liked the episode for continuing the "Damien Moreau" season-long storyline by having the Italian lady from the first episode of this season reappear. Nate's new hypnosis ability should be interesting, and also should come in handy in future jobs. All in all, good episode. Can't wait or the next!moreless
  • Hardison save the day...kinda

    This episode was great because it had a very first season feel (which was my favorite season) because it gave one of the team members a chance to shine. The hallucination bit was a little odd, but that is what I have come to expect from the team. Hardisons solo was great, but at the time I was fooled like Parker into thinking he somehow used technology to play the song. The expressions on the rest of the teams faces during the solo was great. Especially Eliot who was straight shocked and Sophie was playing mama bear as usual which was great.

    For overall plot development, the presence of the Italian woman added to the drama but I was not sure if they were going for that sexual tension between her and Nate because that would be way too much drama for Sophie/Nate which they touched upon in this episode. The last scene between the two was nice, but continued the perpetual stall they seem to have on their relationship.moreless
Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito

Alexander Moto

Guest Star

Nnamdi Asomugha

Nnamdi Asomugha


Guest Star

Ryan Tresser

Ryan Tresser

Secret Service Agent Kelly

Guest Star

Elisabetta Canalis

Elisabetta Canalis

The Italian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Eliot: I wish we could do more.
      Jane: What is it your friend said to Moto? Help a single child, you are a hero. Small acts can have ripple effects.

    • Hardison: I am the Super-Skrull. Okay, I have all of y'all's skills. I hack, I grift, I thieve.
      Eliot: Do you fight?
      Hardison: I have a dog for that. Name's Megabite.

    • (As Hardison alters Moto's photo)
      Eliot: That's nice, make him--make him look drunker. And then richer.
      Hardison: What you want me to do, give the man a pet tiger?
      Eliot: Can you do that?

    • Hardison: You know I played violin until I was 14? I was pretty good, too. I never thought it'd help me in a con.
      Nate: Well, why'd you give it up?
      Hardison: I discovered computers, man. Turns out you can't see naked pictures of girls on a violin.

    • Hardison: Nate, you know, I was serious about what I said--about running my own crew some day. So, what's this thing that you think I'm missing? What, is it, like, uh, uh, thriftiness, or, like, friendliness or big-picture thinking, or...aloofne...what? (Nate ignores him) Rudeness?

    • Hardison: Y-you know what you've done? You asked me to play the violin in front of people.
      Nate: Yes, well, you said you were good.
      Hardison: As a child. That was 10 years ago.
      Nate: Oh, come on, come on, Hardison. Listen, you know, told me you could do anything. You told me you were Super-Skull!
      Hardison: "Skrull." "Skrull." Get it right. Super... Super... Super-Skrull. who has the combined powers of the Fantastic Four. One of whom is not Itzhak Perlman.

    • The Italian: Mr. Ford, in the service of good, sometimes we have to deal with bad people and do bad things.
      Nate: Really? 'Cause I work with a bunch of bad guys who are more honorable than you'll ever be.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Hardison: I am the Super-Skrull. Okay, I have all of y'all's skills. I hack, I grift, I thieve.

      Hardison refers to the Super-Skrull, a super-villain from Marvel's Fantastic Four comic books. The Skrulls are alien species that can shape-shift, and the Super-Skrull is their über-soldier, given all four superpowers (elasticity, invisibility, fire control and rocky exterior) of the Fantastic Four members.

    • Guy Hamilton:
      The name of Eliot's fictional reporter references Guy Hamilton, the Australian reporter played by Mel Gibson in the 1982 movie The Year of Living Dangerously.