Season 5 Episode 1

The (Very) Big Bird Job

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 15, 2012 on TNT
out of 10
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    Leverage: Different Places, Same Old Faces

    This season has different window dressing, but the core of the show is still the same.

  • Episode Summary

    The Leverage team goes after a global aviation executive and as part of their con, must convince him that they can lay hands on Howard Hughes' vintage aircraft, the Spruce Goose.

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    • The (Very) Big Bird Job

      I echo the sentiments of my fellow TV.com users in being happy about this show returning, but I just cannot share their views on this episode. I thought it was very unproductive in advancing the storylines from last season and the show in general, and the case was about as dull as could be. Not creative enough, not enough action, very formulaic to me.

      Not the Leverage I have known for four years.moreless
    • Back to form

      I have loved this show from the first episode, but last season I just wasn't feeling it. The episodes were okay, but they just didn't seem as sparkling.

      This episode is exactly why I fell in love with Leverage in the beginning. It is sharp, witty, stylish, and has a satisfying con. I hope this is a sign that Leverage has got its mojo back.
    • YAY Leverage is back.

      I love this show. This episode was aweome. I wonder what the big lie is that Harridson and Nate were dicussing at the end!! Time will only tell. Welcome Back Leverage Team.

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • At the warehouse, just after Hardison yells "Move!" at Roemer, the bodyguard behind Cary Elwes tries and fails badly at repressing a grin.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Parker: I wish we had lasers.
        Hardison: Put it in the suggestion box.

      • Hardison: We brew our own beer now.
        Parker: Yeah, and we're calling it "Thief Juice. "Tastes like bad guys."
        Hardison: Hey, no, we're not. I told you... the suggestion...

      • Parker: "Thief Juice." "It's a Mouth Crime."
        Hardison: Suggestion box.

      • Nate: Portland is, uh, odd.
        Sophie: Very, very wet. We're gonna have to have a serious talk about moving to somewhere with less rain.
        Hardison: London has rain.
        Sophie: No, London has fog. Fog is mysterious. Rain just ruins my hair.

      • Eliot: Nine out of ten restaurants fail. Especially when you're... you can't put anchovies and pineapple on the same pizza.
        Hardison: Obviously, you do not have a refined taste palette.
        Eliot: Don't come crying to me when this thing goes bankrupt.

      • Sophie: You seem perfectly happy in this... town.
        Parker: We're here.
        Sophie: Yeah, I know, we're here, get used to it...
        Parker: No. We're here. Us.
        Sophie: Oh. That's sweet.
        Parker: Yeah, me and my money. Hardison and Eliot, Nate and you.
        Sophie: Yeah? Parker, why does the money always come before the people?

      • Eliot: (about Nate) To be honest, when you're not on the receiving end of it, watching him mess with somebody's head is pretty impressive.
        Hardison: Yeah. It's like one of those aliens that feeds off of people's fear.

      • Eliot: I'm only going to say this once, boys. Give me the... teddy bear.

    • NOTES (2)

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: November 12, 2012 on Super Channel 1
        UK: February 5, 2013 on FOX

      • Injoke: The main henchman is named "Busey." As noted on the DVD commentaries, the production crew nickname their henchmen "Buseys" in honor of actor Gary Busey in his role in the movie Lethal Weapon as a henchman.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Hardison: The Tony Stark of the 40s.

        Referencing the Iron Man character published by Marvel Comics. Tony Stark is the multimillionaire industrialist who is also the superhero Iron Man.