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Title The Radio Job
Season 4
Episode 17
Airdate January 8, 2012
Written by Chris Downey & Paul Guyot
Directed by Dean Devlin
Guests Michael Paré
Tom Skerritt
Leon Rippy
Previous episode The Gold Job
Next episode The Last Dam Job
Episode list Season 4
Tell 'em how much Jimmy Ford loves his son.

— Jimmy Ford


Season finale, Part 1. From TNT: When Latimer hires Nate’s father to pull off a heist in an ultra-secure government office, the Leverage team must stage a fake hostage stand-off when they’re trapped inside and the feds lay siege to the building.

The ClientEdit

The MarkEdit

The ConEdit

  • Radio Play

Guest CastEdit

Leon Rippy returns as Jack Latimer.

  • FBI Special Agent Dennis Powell (Michael Paré):
  • Jimmy Ford (Tom Skerrit):

Episode NotesEdit

This episode is loaded with film and television references. They include:

  • Eliot's phone calls to Agent Powell, and his activity creating a diversion are taken from the 1988 film Die Hard. In the film, Bruce Willis' character John McClane finds himself working with the FBI from the inside when a group of terrorists attempt to rob a Japanese corporation. This premise is simplified, with Eliot pretending to be a Boston PD officer caught in the building as Nate and the team attempt to rob the U.S. Patent Office.
  • Parker and Eliot talk about the patent office having a time machine or time portal that Parker plans to find. The time portal may refer to the film Stargate, which was produced by Leverage producer Dean Devlin. In The Last Dam Job, we see pieces of the film portal on the walls in Latimer's vault.
  • Hardison makes his way to a warehouse he calls "The island of misfit inventions", a name adapted from "The island of misfit toys" featured in the 1964 Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He soon finds himself amid a plethora of failed inventions, reminiscent of the inventions featured on the SyFy series Warehouse 13, starring Saul Rubinek (Victor Dubenich). The series also features a character named Latimer, which John Rogers indicates is a coincidence.
  • The episode also features multiple references to the BBC series
    Bowtie
    Doctor Who, and in particular, Matt Smith's eleventh Doctor and his iconic bow tie. As with each Doctor, the eleventh Doctor has a highly individual costume; Smith's includes either a navy blue or deep red bow tie. He is often teased about the tie, to which he replies, as Hardison did, that "bow ties are cool!" Other Doctor Who references include the music and hand-held device used in the scene where Jimmy eludes the others coming out of the patent office. The year set on said device is 1962, one year before the series first aired.

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