Season 1 Episode 3

The Two-Horse Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Dec 16, 2008 on TNT
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After a Wall Street broker sets fire to his stable—killing his underachieving racehorses in the process—the team visits Kentucky to help the heartsick trainer, Eliot's high school love.

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  • A stable burns down.

    The show that plays it theme song more during the episode than any other returned tonight. Was it better than last week's?

    In a way, yes. There were actually a few funny Alec lines and an entertaining guest spot by Rick Hoffman (Samantha Who?). But the show also proved that it has to reuse storylines in only its third episode. The switching of the numbers was just done last week.

    It is difficult to discern when the show is attempting to be light-hearted and when the show is trying to be serious as the amateurish scripts make interpreting the actors dialogue a task in itself. Some is Timothy Hutton and the island of misfit toys worth watching? If cheesy, generic dramas are your cup of tea then absolutely.moreless
  • Background on Nate's rivalry with Sterling & Eliot's high school sweetheart

    We find out that Nate's got a past with a guy named Sterling. He now has Nate's old job catching bad guys but unlike Nate he isn't a real honest man. We see he is just as smart & cunning as Nate is.

    While this is happening things Eliot is heating things up with sexual tension with his old sweetheart. They have the fighting unresolved sexual tension but they take care of in an abandon stable stall.

    We also see Parker warps seeing a guy dressed up as a horse kill a clown when she was younger as being afraid of horses herself. But when he drops into a stall with a horse she figures out that she really isn't afraid of horses.moreless
  • Love it, simply love it

    This episode grew on me after I watched it a few more times. There are several parts that remind me of "The Sting", and a few that remind me of episodes of "Full Tilt". In this episode we learn about Nate's former nemesis from the insurance investigating business, and we learn some more background on Eliot. The basis of this episode is big money businessman burns down his barn full of horses to collect the insurance money. all horses but one die. The father of Eliot's former love asks Eliot for help. And Nates antagonist from his insurance days is the investigating officer. From the poker game to the game of musical horses in the barn this episode is non stop action and excitement. I particularly loved the part where Parker is talking to herself in the vent and they are all listening. A real must see!moreless
  • My favorite of the first four episodes.

    There were several things I liked about this episode. Sophie gets plenty of opportunities to showcase her "special" acting abilities, and what's not to like about race horses on screen (unless you are opposed to racing horses, I guess). Most interesting was the introduction of a nemesis for the main character, Nate; a former coworker/competitor with a mean streak. I liked the dynamic between the two, although he was nowhere to be seen the next week. I also liked the former-flame character from Eliot's past. That said, it has the usual (for this show) plot twists that rely more on luck than skill.moreless
  • The Past Returns

    I really enjoyed this episode. Our guys got some curve balls thrown at them and it was nice to see them flustered and still be able to come out on top. We have Elliot wanting to help an old friend, whom by the way is the father of a former flame. During the course of this "case" an old friend of Nate's appears to cause an uproar. Sterling is none to happy to see Nate and the feeling is mutual. I loved Parker's fear of horses. It was also interesting to see Hardison dance when caught in the van by Sterling. But as always in the end good or in this case Leverage wins again, but have we seen the last of Sterling?moreless
Jaime Ray Newman

Jaime Ray Newman

Aimee Martin

Guest Star

Jessica Jann

Jessica Jann

Young Chen

Guest Star

Kaylee Dodson

Kaylee Dodson

Young Parker

Guest Star

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

Jim Sterling

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the team is changing the name of the horse during the height of the con, the name is changed from "Fei Kuai" to "La Devlin Vita" which translates to "The Devlin Life". The name of one of the show's producers is Dean Devlin.

    • Featured Music:
      "More Than I Deserve" by Kane* (Eliot says goodbye to Aimee)

      * Leverage star Christian Kane is lead singer of the band Kane.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Willie: I don't want a dime of Foss' money.
      Nate: Well, w-what is it that you do want?
      Willie: They scream. In a fire, Mr. Ford, the horses scream.

    • Alec: O-okay. Hot. Yes. Everybody, y'all want to take over the briefings? Okay, I-I go to a lot of trouble to make these interesting--have a little something visual for the visual learners and the auditory learners.

    • Nate: Willie Martin's an innocent man.
      Sterling: We're insurance men, Nate. We don't care about who's guilty or who's innocent--just who pays.

    • Parker: Same thing with a zebra. They bite and they never let go.
      Alec: No, no, no, no. Hold up, wait, wait. What about Mister Ed?
      Parker: Yeah, a taking animal that no one else can hear. That never ends badly.
      Alec: It didn't turn out badly. Wilbur loved Mister Ed. He loved him like a second cousin twice removed.

    • Alec: So, you're not dead. Good.
      Parker: Don't be silly. Horses are much less murderous than I originally thought.

    • Aimee: So, I was wrong.
      Eliot: I don't think I've ever heard you say that before. Wrong about what exactly?
      Aimee: You're never gonna be the kind to settle down. But, I'm glad you found a family.
      Eliot: Those guys?
      Aimee: I'm just sorry it couldn't be me.

    • Aimee: You called him?
      Willie: We need him
      Aimee: Yeah, no, we don't.
      Eliot: I forgot how much I like these Southern welcomes.
      Aimee: Eight years, no phone calls, no letters. You don't earn a homecoming parade.
      Eliot: How's your husband, Aimee?
      Aimee: Gone. Seems I have a weakness for men with one foot out the door.

    • Nate: Now, listen, this thing--it's over. So we're gonna do the blow-off right now because...
      (Elliot rides in)
      Elliot: Whoa. Pony Express is never late, boss.
      Nate: Didn't I tell you I was gonna kill you? (Elliot rides off) Okay. We're back on.

    • Willie: (to Nate) Next horse I get, I'm gonna name it "Mr. Ford".

    • (Buying time to steal the horse Kentucky Thunder)
      Sophie: So listen...the reporter will be here any second now. Please wait for him, maybe half an hour, maybe an hour - or two. Have a snack.

    • (To the team in regards to taking down the mark)
      Nathan: We are going to sell this guy the greatest horse that never lived.

    • Sterling: (condescendingly) You just think you're above the law.
      Nate: Oh no. I like to think of it as I pick up where the law leaves off.

    • Sterling: You crossed the line. Nathan Ford is a common criminal.
      Nate: Oh. Common? Well, that's just hurtful.

    • Parker: (about Sterling) He's like Nate. Evil Nate!

    • Parker: (Crawling through the air duct) Looks like Parker's gonna have to crawl through the air duct again. God forbid anyone else would have to learn how to frickin' crawl on their stomach through a tiny space. It's not rocket science, people.
      Eliot: (On comm) Parker, you realize that we can still hear you?

    • Parker: (explaining her fear of horses) I once saw a horse kill a clown.

    • Nate: We need to find a horse that can run like a champion.
      Alec: What about that horse from the other day. Err, Kentucky Fried Chicken?
      Eliot: Kentucky Thunder.
      Alec: That's what I said.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: September 27, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Germany: August 23, 2010 on RTL Crime
      Czech Republic: January 12, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: April 2, 2012 on JOJ Plus


    • The Sting
      The two final hands in the poker game (Four nines, four Jacks) are the same as in the 1973 film The Sting, in a famous scene where Paul Newman and Robert Shaw try to out-cheat each other to a winning hand, with Newman emerging victorious.