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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Wil Wheaton's hacker character calls himself "Chaos", which may be a nod to the Axis of Anarchy, and is nicknamed "Kobayashi Maru" by the government.
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    • In "The Studio Job" Eliot (Christian Kane) becomes a minor country music star (playing "Thinking of You" a song from Kane's album The House Rules), basically a Captain Ersatz of his younger self called "Kenneth Crane" (The actor's initials reversed with a rhyming last name). There's even a fan site set up called "Craniak." Fans of Christian Kane's music career are often called "Kaniacs". Most Kaniacs are female, and Eliot as Crane garners mostly female fans. Borders on Celebrity Paradox or perhaps No Celebrities Were Harmed.
    • Nate spends the majority of "The 10 Lil Grifters Job" trapped in an office while the rest of the team plays detective for him, just like Nero Wolfe. The episode passes up the opportunity to have Nate dress as Archie Goodwin for the costume party, but makes up for it by instead having him go as Ellery Queen, one of the best-known TV roles played by Timothy Hutton's father Jim Hutton.
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    • In that same episode, one of The Mark's employees calls him a vampire, and says he wants to put a literal stake through his heart. While talking to Eliot, i.e. Lindsey from Angel, who has some experience with vampires.
    • In "The Reunion Job", Hardison guesses that Eliot was the quarterback in high school. Ironic that it is Aldis Hodge who plays star high school QB Ray "Voodoo" Tatum in Friday Night Lights.
    • Saul Rubinek plays an executive at Bering Aerospace, likely accidental given that "The Nigerian Job" aired a year before Warehouse 13. However, in season four, he gets a minion named Latimer. Word of God says it was unintentional, though.
    • Jonathan Frakes directed "The First Contact Job" (and plenty of other episodes). Eliot's alias in that episode is "Willie Riker," though Word of God says that this one was unintentional, since the Riker reference was written into the episode before Frakes was brought on to direct.
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    • Nate's backstory of getting divorced after his son's death brings to mind Timothy Hutton's most famous role in Ordinary People.
      • Also, Tom Skerritt was chosen to play Nate's father due to his having been the first choice to play Hutton's father in that film, which he turned down.
    • In "The Order 23 Job", Hardison mentions the Mark's social interactions with "the guys from Enron", prompting Eliot to say "I hate those guys". Christian Kane played an Enron employee in the CBS television movie "The Crooked E".
  • California Doubling: Portland doubled as Boston from Season 2 until Season 4. Subverted come the final season, where Portland is portrayed as itself.
  • Cast the Expert: Apollo Robbins is the show's consultant on theft and sleight-of-hand tricks, and plays Parker's opposite number on Starke's team in "The Two Live Crew Job."
  • The Danza: Apollo Robbins's character in "The Two Live Crew Job" is also named Apollo.
  • Dueling Shows: With White Collar. Skilled and rather flamboyant thief/thieves are recruited by the good guys to create some Asshole Victims.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: The Grifters.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Done on Gina Bellman in "The 2 Live Crew Job" by holding a bomb to her belly. And later stuffing her in a coffin. Take that, How I Met Your Mother!
    • At the end of the episode, she goes on a journey to "find herself"; the next episode, she's only present in phone calls from the main team, usually shot from the chest up behind a bar or in the back seat of a cab. Of course she came back for "The Maltese Falcon Job" and was running around on a freighter while seven-and-a-half months pregnant (mostly by wearing a very long, thick coat and being shot from the stomach up).
  • Line to God: John Rogers has a blog.
  • Name's the Same: Jim Fucking Sterling, (Son), anyone?
  • Postscript Season: Season 4 had been originally slated as the last season, hence the multiple instances of The Bus Came Back and the title of the last episode being "The Last Dam Job". And then TNT decided to renew it one more time for season five. Admirably, the writers managed to make it feel less like one than other examples of this trope.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Nate's laughter upon realizing the warehouse is a trap in "The Nigerian Job." This scene was actually the first time the show's stars had met, and Timothy Hutton asked the director if he could do something "a little crazy" to see how they all responded.
    • Eliot's sliding kick while he and Parker are running around the building in "The Inside Job" has a similar story, according to the DVD commentary. It was not in the episode's script; Christian Kane came up with it after discovering how easily he could slide around on the hallway floor.
      "He is a madman."
    • John Rogers explained on his blog that the stunt seen in "The Rundown Job" where Parker climbs onto Hardison and hangs upside down to defuse the claymore was entirely done by Beth Riesgraf, Christian Kane and Aldis Hodge. According to Rogers, he, the director and the stunt coordinator had been discussing how to handle it and the actors just went ahead and did it on their own while they were talking.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: John Rogers acknowledges several times in the commentaries that the show came along at the exact right time, with America reeling from its economic meltdown and having a ton of resentment toward the big corporations that let it happen. So it was able to become a quite pertinent revenge fantasy.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Had Psych not explicitly named Leverage as a show within its own universe, Eliot would have occasionally mentioned having an uncle and cousin in Santa Barbara.
    • Hardison was intended to be utterly hopeless at running cons, necessitating his usually staying behind the scenes. Then Aldis Hodge's natural charisma made this impossible to believe, so he got to play the occasional character.
    • Had Leverage received a sixth season, the season would have introduced Nate's sister, who was also in the original draft of "The Double-Blind Job."
    • Had the set not been torn down by the time they started filming past season 1, there would have been a flashback of Eliot on a team and going through the Stargate at some point, but both Stargate series had been cancelled by that point and the opportunity was lost.
  • The Wiki Rule: Leverage Wiki: One of two Leverage wikis.
  • Word of God: The commentary reveals that Parker didn't kill her foster parents in the flashback from the pilot, but simply blew up the house while they were both at work.
    • This mildly contridicts a deleted scene, where the father runs out on fire, but clearly survives.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Christian Kane's insistence on doing as many of his own stunts as possible (and his apparent lack of fear of bodily injury in general) mean that several episodes show Eliot sporting his actor's real injuries. Sometimes it's given an on-screen explanation — the briefing scene at the beginning of "The Stork Job" throws in a line about "How was I supposed to know it was a lesbian bar?" to explain his bruised and scraped cheek, and "The Two Live Crew Job" has him get his face bashed into some metal piping to explain a cut on his forehead that occurred while filming a previous episode. Other episodes, such as "The Inside Job," leave it to the audience's imagination why the team's fighter has a band-aid on the bridge of his nose.


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