Leverage is getting ready to air its season 4 premiere on June 26 at 9PM on TNT. As one way for fans to get ready for it, recaps of the first three seasons’ worth of episodes will be going up leading up to the “The Long Way Down Job.” First up is the episode that introduced you to this group of thieves: “The Nigerian Job.”
Dubenich approached Nathan Ford, “ex-insurance investigator,” about stealing back his airplane designs, and right off the bat, viewers learned that his insurance company turned their backs on him and let his son die despite everything he did for them. Dubenich shows him the others he recruited and calls him the “honest man to watch” the thieves. He promised them each $300,000 and double that for Nate to get them to work together instead of alone like they prefer.
The first thief introduced was Alec Hardison, “internet and computer fraud,” who was once caught using Mick Jagger’s credit card. He gave them better earpieces, preaching “Age of the Geek.” Next up was Eliot Spencer, “retrieval specialist,” who showed right from the spot that he has no need for guns to take down those in his way. Then there’s Parker, “thief,” and she’s “insane,” using Nate’s word. This episode set up the banter these characters are known for, and they pulled the theft off, despite the guards doing a sweep an hour early. Eliot had them taken care of before Hardison’s bag hit the floor. After getting out of the building, they went their separate ways and Nate still insists he’s not a thief.
Dubenich called saying he never got the designs and told Nate to go to a warehouse, where he ran into the others. Nate realized they were set up and they just escaped before the explosion. They woke up in a hospital, cuffed to beds, and worked together to escape. Once out, they realized they stole plans from a rival company. Nate talked them into running a game on Dubenich, and they picked up the final member of their crew: Sophie Devereaux, “Grifter.” There were the first hints of something more between the two as he recruited her.
Hardison told them everything he found on Dubenich, including showing them copies of the plans he made that he shouldn’t have. They set Sophie up as from the African Commercial Transport and Trade Initiative, and she surprised everyone with how skilled she was at acting not on a stage. Once she got him out of his office, they sent Eliot in as an IT specialist to distract his secretary while Parker got to his computer. Sophie was able to get Dubenich on their side once she brought up what could result from a meeting with her office and suggested bringing it over to his competitor.
When Dubenich showed up for the meeting, of course they had to improvise because he was early. Thanks to Parker, Sophie arrived in the lobby just in time to greet him. She told him her people would expect some monetary compensation, and they thought the first meeting went off just like they hoped. However, back at his office, Dubenich revealed that he knew he was being scammed and called the FBI.
The following day, when the FBI arrived, they arrested him for soliciting a bribe, and when Dubenich turned to Sophie for help, she was gone. She told the Nigerians she worked for Dubenich. He realized he was played, and the FBI took everything from his offices.
Nate returned the plans to Pierson, who dropped all charges against the thieves who originally took them.
Hardison handed everyone their shares in the stock – quite a large sum of money. They all said they were done and went their separate ways, but each returned to Nate. And so started their crew.
The season 1 DVD featured a few deleted scenes. The first showed Nate at a job interview that didn’t exactly go so well. He was obviously drunk. He was hired after realizing they were being robbed until he threw up. The second showed Parker remembering her response to a man getting too close when she worked on stealing his briefcase. She broke his fingers and took the case before leaving. The third showed Nate outside his son’s hospital room as he died and his response. The next scene showed Dubenich setting up for the shareholders’ meeting when he thought he had figured everything out.
Leverage returns with its fourth season premiere, “The Long Way Down Job,” on June 26 at 9PM on TNT. Will you be watching?
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