Season 2 Episode 5

The Three Days of the Hunter Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Aug 12, 2009 on TNT
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Episode Summary

The Leverage team get involved in fraudulent newscasts, when they try use fake government secrets to con newscaster Monica Hunter, who likes to demonize innocent people and then hide behind the network. The team uses the opportunity to get to know each others' roles by switching them.moreless

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  • Above average episode.

    After two lackluster episodes of Leverage we finally got a decent one here. In tonight's installment the heist involved stealing a "news story" and ruining the career for a Nancy Grace-type broadcaster. There were a lot of laughs, but per usual most of them came from Parker and Hardison who may be the best 1-2 punch on TV this summer. Unfortunately, Sophie, played by Gina Bellman who I enjoyed on Coupling, was featured heavily here, and she just is not that entertaining to put it mildly. Her accent just does not blend with the rest of the cast, her lines seem so unnatural and awkward to say the least.moreless
  • Hilarious! And nice to see "Aunt Zelda" too!

    This was a great episode. Leverage has become an even better show this season, and every installment has been highly entertaining. In this one, the team members 'switch jobs' with Sophie running the con, and Nate being one of the guys. Beth Broderick (Aunt Zelda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch) plays the mark - a hack journalist who slanders nice innocent folks on her show making them appear villainous. Her demise was very well-deserved and delicious to watch. To me the best part of the show though was when I first saw Hardison decked out as a nutty conspiracy theorist with a crazy hair style and facial expressions that made me laugh out loud. That actor (Aldis Hodge) makes this show - he is brilliant! They all play well off each other though - the cast has excellent chemistry that only grows as the serious goes forward. The recent ongoing theme of Sophie feeling a bit lost though is getting a bit old and whiney feeling but other than that no complaints - this episode kicked a**!moreless
  • A bus driver who served in the Gulf War is smeared on TV by Monica Hunter on her cable "news" show Hunt for the Truth. He's a bus driver and had an accident caused by mechanical failure. She slandered him and the team wants to save his reputation.moreless

    This was a very interesting episode basically playing up shows like that one with the woman on CNN where she plays on peoples guilt for ratings. If you vilify someone enough you can get peoples sentiment against them. The more sensational the better the ratings. In this case Monica Hunter in her Hunt for the Truth has been doing this to people obviously for years. I found it interesting that TNT used Nancy Grace to advertise their Raising the Bar program during this episode. I wonder if that was really planned beforehand.

    Sophie is running the con this time and Nate is playing a big part. By the end of the show Sophie realizes she's a grifter at heart and really didn't find the con that fulfilling from Nate's point of view. She thought it would be more fun.

    In a way everyone traded places in this episode. Eliot had to run the computer program, Parker had to play point on the con, Alec and Nate had to be players in the story. It was pretty humorous when Eliot runs down Parker and then after a few minutes she jumps up and walks away. The look on peoples faces was great.

    A nice entertaining episode. They basically made Monica look like she probably does to a great deal of her viewers. Crazy! They even supplied her with anti-psychotics. Priceless! Good acting and the story was nice. I am not sure if the ending at the base really works but they sort of paint themselves in a corner with the military thing and had to improvise to get out. That is why I gave it an 8.5 as the believability factor was a little lower than some of their cons in the past. Thanks for reading...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sophie: I want to take the lead on this one. I want to do what you do.
      Nate: Yeah, listen, I know breakups can be very difficult, Sophie...
      Sophie: Whoa. That's not what this is about.
      Nate: I know that you have this need to be in control right now.
      Sophie: I don't have any such need.
      Nate: But you can't project that onto the con.
      Sophie: Excuse me? This coming from the man who spent an entire year drunk, working on his obsessive vengeance on every single dimwit in a suit who happened to cross our line of vision.
      Nate: You put some thought into that one, didn't you?

    • Parker: I got the pass. Easy.
      Sophie: Parker, remember this. You're not supposed to take it, you're supposed to get caught with it.
      Parker: I don't know how to get caught.
      Sophie: Yeah, I know it's difficult to steal badly. Just, just try.

    • Sophie: Now for the hard part. We need to steal a General.
      Nate: No, it's "Let's go steal a General!" You know, it's a rallying cry.
      Eliot: Yeah.
      Nate: "We need to steal a General." It's a little naggy, it's kind of "We need eggs," you know. "We need eggs." "We need eggs!", you know.

    • Monica: I lost to the Discovery and History Channels. Sharks and Nazis. Now, granted, sharks and Nazis are cable TV's heavy hitters, but that's no excuse.

    • Monica: Wait! Why are you dressed like a mailman?
      Hardison: Invisible, man. Mailman, nobody notices the mailman. He blends right in, just like a, a circus clown.

    • Eliot: I don't mean to obsess about the last time Sophie ran a con, but I'm sorry, where we had to blow up the offices.
      Sophie: Really? Because I don't remember that.
      Hardison: I do.

    • Sophie: And then to protect themselves, they issue an apology to Mr. Pennington, and then they throw Monica Hunter into the jaws of the very media machine that she bent her own malicious will.
      Parker: Wow, I've gotta say, Sophie's briefings are much more dramatic!
      Eliot: And poetic.

    • Sophie: She has to have corroboration from her own sources, she has to craft the narrative. Monica Hunter has to be the author of her own personal nightmare!
      Nate: Do I sound that creepy when I...
      Eliot: Hell, yes!

    • Hardison: Get me out of here!
      Sophie: Yeah, I'm working on it.
      Parker: On it.
      Sophie: No, no, no, no! You cannot go. You're dead, Monica Hunter sees you and the whole con is blown.
      Parker: Right.
      Hardison: Damn the con. I'm a black man caught on an army base with a video camera, I am going to jail forever!

    • Eliot: Now the http thing comes before the www dot, right?
      Hardison: Eliot!
      Eliot: Which one's the forward slash?
      Hardison: Eliot, it ain't the time, it ain't-it ain't the time!
      Eliot: You see, it's not that much fun when you're hanging out there in the wind and there's a dude behind a laptop cracking jokes, is there?
      Parker: I like it when we switch jobs, it's exciting.

    • Sophie: I thought it would be really cool, you know, switching roles. But, no, I'm a grifter, for better or worse.
      Nate: You're searching for something.
      Sophie: Nate, I...ah, I feel like such an idiot, but I feel a little bit lost right now.
      Nate: Just take your time, trust me.
      Sophie: The irony of that...
      Nate: Trust me. Whatever you need, I'm here for you. Listen, you carried my drunk ass for over a year. You deserve some of the same latitude.
      Sophie: You make a good point.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: August 25, 2010 on Bravo
      Turkey: October 17, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: April 27, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: July 16, 2012 on JOJ Plus


    • The episode title and theme allude to the movie 3 Days of the Condor (1975), starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway, in which a CIA researcher discovers a government conspiracy.

    • Monica: Once I've got her sources, I'm kicking Strawberry Shortcake to the curb.

      Referencing the 1977 American Greetings mascot who went onto to become a popular fad in the 1980s, seeing appearances in posters, dolls, movies, video games, a TV show and annual specials. The young red-headed girl and her pet cat Custard were later updated in 2002 with an updated look.

    • Hardison: Do not adjust your sets. I control the horizontal, I control the vertical.

      Hardison is quoting part of the opening narration of the 1963 TV series The Outer Limits. The full opening narration, spoken by the Control Voice (Vic Perrin, is "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits."

    • The text Monica finds typed over every page of the red file reads: "All work and no play makes Monica a dull girl."

      This is a direct reference to the text written over and over on Jack Torrance's novel in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980): "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy".