Dec. 07, 2008
60 min.
TNT TV Network

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Leverage - 02x11 The Bottle Job

2x11 The Bottle Job

4.4/5 (5 votes)
First Aired: Jan. 20, 2010 on TNT
Summary: The Leverage team runs a high-tech version of a classic con on a predatory loan shark in order to save McRory’s bar.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Nathan Ford played by Timothy Hutton
Mark Doyle played by Alan Smyth (II)
Cora McRory played by Odessa Rae
Liam played by Bradford Farwell
Liam's Brother played by George Burich
Capt. Danny McCann played by Ted Rooney
Det. Mickey Donnelly played by Joe Ivy
Lt. Johnny Cabella played by Hank Cartwright

Episode Quotes

Eliot Spencer: We can't just steal the note. It's only gonna tick this guy off.
Parker: Can we con him in two hours?
Tara Cole: More like an hour and a half. We can't pull something together this fast.
Nathan Ford: Fifty bucks. All right, I got fifty bucks. Hardison, I need you to tell me what live sports are being broadcast right now. Tara, set the hook. You guys, I need cash.
Tara Cole: No, it's impossible.
Parker: You want to run the wire in two hours.
Alec Hardison: One and a half.
Eliot Spencer: Wire's three weeks, minimum.
Nathan Ford: Well, look at it as the wire in a bottle, okay? And just because no one's ever done it before doesn't mean it's impossible.
Tara Cole: Yeah, it does. What are we supposed to do, steal the wake?
Nathan Ford: Whoa, have some respect. Borrow the wake, to save the bar.
Alec Hardison: Next time y'all call me, it better be for something easy, like faking a moon landing.
Parker: Why don't we just send her to the police? I mean, I don't use them, but this is what they're for, right?
Nathan Ford: No, if Cora says to the police that she owes Doyle money, Doyle denies it. Six months later, he comes and burns down the bar. And that's assuming that he doesn't have a couple of local police on the arm.
Alec Hardison: That's what sucks about the credit crunch. Honest people can't get loans, sharks move in. Twelve points on the interest every month... there's no way to get out from under that.
Eliot Spencer: I don't care. You don't collect debts at a wake. You just don't do it. Want me to go downstairs, break this guy's knees?


  • Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Doyle pulls his pistol on Nate at the poker table, you can hear the sound of the hammer being pulled back. Yet you never see Doyle touch the hammer, and when the camera moves to behind Doyle, the hammer is still up.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When Mark Doyle shows Tara Cole his bag of cash bundles, the 100s have Ulysses S. Grant pictured and the 20s have Ben Franklin and are printed in a style not used in the 21st century.


  • The announcer of the basketball game refers to one of the basketball players as Arnie Risen. There is a real Arnie Risen, who played for the Celtics in the 1950s. He was a center, and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • The con called "the wire" that Nate and the crew run on Doyle is the same con, just an abbreviated version, that Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker run on Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting.
  • The voice of Nate's father is provided by director Jonathan Frakes.
  • The title "The Bottle Job" is a reference to the industry term "bottle episode", which refers to an episode that is shot on a limited budget, using preexisting sets. In this case, most of the episode is set in the bar where the Leverage team meets their clients, and Nate's apartment upstairs (which the team uses as their office).
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