Leverage

Season 2 Episode 2

The Tap-Out Job

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 22, 2009 on TNT
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When the father of a hospitalized martial arts fighter asks Nate for help, the Leverage team tries to con the corrupt fight promoter.

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  • The team ends up in Omaha, Nebraska dealing with a mixed martial arts con against a local promoter who had setup a fighter to lose and never fight again. Eliot's skill comes front and center in this con about the UFC type of fight game.moreless

    9.0
    I probably would rate this a few points lower than the nine I gave the season premiere last week, but there were a few things about it I liked more than a lot of the other episodes of Leverage. I would give this an 8.8 or so.



    The con runs into a snag as it always could but in this case it built the con to an even bigger pot in the end. Instead of just fleecing the guy for his money they really needed to remove him from the scene entirely. Whether they meant to get caught or not the blow up of their original scheme allows then to take the mark all the way.



    As we all know it's hard for a jaguar to get rid of its spots. This guy had drugged fighters before and obviously he would be above doing it again. I think the one thing the mark Rucker missed was that his ring doctor was a cousin of the Howarth's. While he was busy counting his winnings he missed the most important things he needed to cover.



    Eliot played by Christian Kane really gets to take a step forward in this episode and showcase some of his skills. Sophie was somewhat funny this episode with her aversion to the food they eat in that area. Her liking pork rinds at the end was a hoot. Do you think she really read how they're made? Of course she is French and they are known to eat some strange things.



    Fun episode but you never got the feeling of a threat with these guys they were dealing with in this episode. That's another reason I would drop it a few decimal points below last weeks episode. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Really good episode of Leverage.

    8.2
    Leverage surprised many of us, or at the very least myself, with a strong season premiere, but I think their efforts were topped by tonight's episode. The show has definitely found its groove as the characters are all so well-written that the transition from comedy to drama effortless. This group is definitely one of television's most underrated ensembles as it really is a group effort that is making Leverage such a breakout show. I also enjoyed this because I am an avid fan of Mixed Martial Arts and I liked how they did not completely bury the sport, but rather put over just how grueling and legitimate it is. They brought in one of the sport's best middleweights in Matt Lindland as "Tank" to fight Eliot so the writer for this episode clearly respects MMA.



    Good episode of Leverage. Hopefully the show can keep it up.moreless
Matt Lindland

Matt Lindland

Tank Conklin

Guest Star

Brian Goodman

Brian Goodman

Jed Rucker

Guest Star

Tony Doupe

Tony Doupe

Jack Howorth

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sophie: You call this a sport?
      Eliot: Yeah, this is a sport. These are some of the best-conditioned athletes in the world. Are you kidding me? It's about precision, technique, skill.
      Sophie: Like cockfighting?
      Eliot: It's not a cockfight. All right?

    • Room Service Operator: Room service. Can I help you?
      Sophie: Yeah. No, I can't eat this.
      Room Service Operator: I'm sorry?
      Sophie: Everything on my plate is yellow.
      Room Service Operator: It's chicken-fried steak.
      Sophie: It's what? Chicken-fried steak?
      Room Service Operator: Yeah.
      Sophie: Let me just tell you, meat should never be used as an adjective.

    • Sophie: I'm starving.
      Parker: Mm. I found these in the minibar.
      Sophie: "Pork rinds"? How do you peel a pig?

    • Nate: To hook this guy, we have to convince him Sophie is the real deal.
      Sophie: How are we gonna do that?
      Nate: Let's go steal a concert.

    • Alec: Look, you know what I can do? I can re-task a satellite. I can get a level-three NSA clearance. But I can't hack a hick.

    • Eliot: I learned a long time ago, you can't control the violence. I can take the punishment. That's what I do. What I need to control is not out there. It's here. Always.

    • Sophie: Oh, this guy, he just... he gives me the creeps.
      Eliot: We've been up against rougher dudes than this before.
      Sophie: I know! But it's this whole treating people as commodities, this whole barbaric sport.
      Eliot: Hey, don't lump these guys in with Rucker. All right, he's not what this sport's about.
      Sophie: Eliot, this "sport" is about two guys beating the crap out of each other.
      Eliot: MMA fighters act with more respect than any other athlete I've ever seen.
      Sophie: Yeah, they're Braveheart, I get it.
      Eliot: No, you don't. These guys don't fight because they like hurting other people, alright. They fight to gain some sort of... control. Over their opponents, over their environment, over their lives. Have you seen this town?! Huh? The farms are drying up! The only stores are bail bonds and pawn shops and there's nothing they can do about it. So yeah, they get into the ring and.. .try not to let it all suffocate them. And it's about two guys beating the crap out of each other.
      (Eliot and Sophie smile)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Injoke: The rock star Trianna is named after Trianna Orpheus from The Venture Brothers. The producers tried to find a one-word name that they could use for their fictional pop star, but discovered that every name they could come up belonged to a real singer. They finally went with Trianna, being fans of the show and knowing that it was fictional.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: August 4, 2010 on Bravo
      Turkey: September 26, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: April 6, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: June 25, 2012 on JOJ Plus

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Alec: Baby, I can bend it like Beckham!

      Referencing the 2002 movie Bend It Like Beckham, starring Parminder Nagra as Jessminder, the daughter of traditional Punjabi Sikh parents, who wants to play football (American soccer) against the wishes of her parents. The title refers to David Beckham, the football player famed for curving his free kicks around defenders, a skill that Jessminder shares.

    • Todd Laurence: Hey, Hee-Haw. Move the car!

      Referencing what was originally the CBS series syndicated TV series Hee Haw. It ran for two years on CBS and then moved into syndication where it proved popular for another 21 years. The show was essentially a country western version of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in, featuring a series of vaudeville blackout skits scattered with musical performances by many popular country & western singers.

    • Sophie: Yeah, they're Braveheart, I get it.

      Referencing the 1995 movie starring Mel Gibson as William Wallace, who fought the English in the First War of Scottish Independence from 1296 to 1314. The movie won five Academy Awards at the 68th annual ceremony, including Best Picture and Best Director (for Gibson). The term "Braveheart" has become synonymous with warriors fighting for a cause.

    • Eliot: Forget the fact that we got beat by Barney Fife.
      Referencing the bumbling but good-hearted deputy played by Don Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show from 1960-1968.

    • At one point when Parker is caddying for Nate, she takes a gopher puppet and rubs it in the other caddy's face.

      The gopher was a iconic character from the 1981 golf/comedy classic Caddyshack.

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