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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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.