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Recap / Leverage S 01 E 11 The Twelve Step Job

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Jack Hurley, a big man drives down the road eating and bouncing to a song in a good mood until he gets to his office, where he finds investigators going through his files, and runs out in a panic. At the Leverage office, Michelle, the manager of a food bank is telling them about donation money she’d given Hurley to manage, but they went missing.

Looking into him, Nate figures that he’s an addict and he’s under pressure, which means he won’t have gone too far.

Eliot and Hardison track him down at a bar but a group of thugs arrive and start beating up on him until Eliot intervenes. Hurley bolts. He doesn’t get too far before he gets into an accident. He’s asleep and they need to decide what to do with him.

Hurley wakes up to find himself in a rehab center. Sophie gets in posing as a rehab consultant. In a group session, Jack introduces himself as being addicted to alcohol, nicotine (patches), porn (internet and non-internet), gambling, eating…tacos… In talking Jack admits he doesn’t even know where he parked his car, the one he crashed wasn’t his, and he seems really concerned about it.


Eliot and Hardison track down his car, which is a mess. Eliot determines that the seat is set wrong for someone Jack’s size. Someone’s been in it, and set a bomb. Fortunately, it’s tied to the computer, so Hardison is able to disable it.

As soon as they do, the Mexican thugs from before show up, followed by Korean thugs they’ve never seen before. They both begin demanding their money from the pair, the Koreans pointing their guns at them, the Mexicans aiming at the Koreans…and Eliot threatening to blow everyone up with the bomb. The gangs back down, muttering about not messing with Chileans.

Hurley has been ripping off more than charities, and since their current leads have turned up dead ends, they need to check his acquaintances. In another group session, Sophie has Jack make a list of all the people he’s hurt with his habits. Meanwhile, Eliot and Hardison talk to a girl from the bar that Jack seemed to have been harassing, but it turns out he’d bought her a car.


Jack calls his assistant who is at his office where the Koreans are looking for him. They overhear where he is.

Nate is getting fed up with being cooped up in the center and tries to go over the wall to get a drink. Sophie talks to him about it, even though he insists he doesn’t have a problem or need help. After she leaves, he hears Sterling talking about how the company would cover his treatment, with a small deductible. Nate swing at him…and puts a hole in the wall. Sterling was never there.

The hallucination continues to taunt him, putting a drink in front of him. Nate continues to brood on it, watching Jack get along with the others, until he takes him and starts forcing information out of him. He admits that he did take money from a charity, but he was thinking that with what he knows, he could quadruple it.

Parker comes in with a gun she lifted from one of the Koreans. They need to get out of there now. Nate shoots the lock on the window and off they go. After they leave, Nate takes him to a taco stand, and they form a plan.

The next day, Jack and the gangs meet so he can show them where the money is. When he gets in his car, he sets off another bomb. The gangs figure either the Chileans or Jamaicans must have done it and decide to get out of dodge.

Jack comes out, not quite sure what happened. The team had pulled him out just before the explosion. He in turn shows them where the money is, in the tires.

With the money returned, Jack is given a new identity since he is technically dead now. Once they get Parker out, they call all get on to their next case.

Tropes stolen in this job:

  • Accidental Aiming Skills: Hardison shows this in fine fashion. He fires a shot and kills the Mexicans' engine block. After Elliot congratulates him on this tactic, Hardison admits he meant to hit the guy in the leg.
  • Berserk Button: Eliot does not appreciate Hardison spilling slushee in his car.
  • Brick Joke: Jack mentions, among his other addictions, he is addicted to tacos. When he escapes with Nate, Nate gives him tacos for information.
  • The Charmer: Elliot shows his skills once more with the receptionist at the facility. Hardison cools his work off by claiming to be Elliot's boyfriend. Elliot isn't amused.
  • External Combustion: A bomb is planted on Jack's car, twice.
  • Functional Addict: Nate tries to portray himself as this in rehab. He fails.
  • Gangsta Style: The lead Korean holds his gun this way.
  • Generic Ethnic Crime Gang: The Mexicans, Koreans, Jamaicans (Hardison) and Chileans. Don't mess with the Chileans.
  • Hallucinations: Nate starts having one of Sterling.
  • Mexican Standoff: When Eliot and Hardison are confronted by the two gangs.
  • Mistaken for Gay: The Second Act facility only permits relatives of their patients to visit them. Elliot passes himself as Nate's "brother". To get in, Hardison invokes this by saying he's Elliot's boyfriend.
  • Nice Guy: Jack actually comes across as this when he's not being a jerk.
  • That Man Is Dead: At the end of the episode Jack Hurley is dead and the team gives him a new identity.
  • The Unintelligible: Sam barely can be understood.

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