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The number 42 is often used - a nod to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" franchise.
The episodes Leverage: The Boys' Night Out Job (2011) and Leverage: The Girls' Night Out Job (2011) were shot simultaneously.
Hardison always uses the name Lucille for his vans as an homage to blues great B.B. King, who always called his guitars Lucille.
There are multiple references to Doctor Who through the whole series. Nathan Ford's aliases are all names of actors who portrayed The Doctor. Additionally, Hardison wears a bow tie during Season 5, and when questioned, says "Bow ties are cool." During The Frame Up Job Sophie and Nathan introduce themselves as agents Tennant and Smith.
The same gold colored Buick Sedan can be seen throughout the series. It's missing the front passenger side hubcap.
The first season was aired out of chronological order. The correct order, as presented on the DVD set, is as follows: Leverage: The Nigerian Job (2008), Leverage: The Homecoming Job (2008), Leverage: The Wedding Job (2009), Leverage: The Snow Job (2009), Leverage: The Mile High Job (2009), Leverage: The Miracle Job (2008), Leverage: The Two-Horse Job (2008), Leverage: The Bank Shot Job (2008), Leverage: The Stork Job (2009), Leverage: The Juror #6 Job (2009), Leverage: The 12-Step Job (2009), Leverage: The First David Job (2009), Leverage: The Second David Job (2009).
Though seasons 2 through 4 were set in Boston, filming was actually done in Portland, Oregon. In The Three Strikes Job when Eliot is impersonating a baseball player he makes a reference to having played in Portland. Moreover, the ballpark they are stealing, PGE Park, and the Beavers are in fact Portland's baseball team. In season five, the Leverage team finally makes their move to Portland in the show as they film there anyway.
Parker is named after the famous fictional conman Parker, created by Donald E. Westlake under the pen name Richard Stark. Just as in the novels, Parker is only ever referred to as "Parker". No first (or possibly last) name is ever given, though both the Leverage character and the one from the novels is known by many aliases.
Elliot continually says "it's a very distinctive__" when explaining why he knows something. i.e. It's a very distinctive haircut, boot print, etc
In "The 10 li'l Grifters Job", Nate (Timothy Hutton) dresses up as Ellery Queen, and says he was "the world's greatest detective". Timothy Hutton's real-life father, the late actor Jim Hutton, played the titular character in the "who done it" show Ellery Queen.
Both Aldis Hodge and Christian Kane played roles in versions of Friday Night Lights. Christian Kane played Brian in the movie, while Aldis had a small role in the TV series for six episodes as Ray "Voodoo" Tatum.
Both Aldis Hodge (Alec Hardison) and Mark Sheppard (recurring character Jim Sterling) have appeared in the show Supernatural (2005), Hodge as Jake Talley and Sheppard as the recurring demon Crowley.
Richard Chamberlain is in two episodes as the character Archie Leach. That is also the name of the character played by John Cleese in "A Fish Called Wanda." Cary Grant's birth name was Archibald Alexander Leach.
Mark Sheppard, who plays Jim Sterling, has also starred in two episodes of Dr. Who ("The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon").
Sophie performs as Lady Macbeth in the first episode of series 1 and the last episode of season 5
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While the Parker in Leverage is a tribute to the Donald Westlake character, somewhat more faithful versions of Parker have been played by Lee Marvin (Walker in Point Blank), Mel Gibson (Porter in Payback) and Jason Statham (Parker in Parker), among others.
Kari Matchett, who plays Nate's ex-wife in several episodes, Saul Rubinek, who played Victor Dubenich in The Nigerian Job and The Last Dam Job, and James Tolkan (The Cross My Heart Job) also had roles in the TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000), for which Timothy Hutton was an executive producer and in which he was a co-star. Kari played the girlfriend (Lily Rowan) of Timothy Hutton's character Archie Goodwin, along with some other roles in this repertory-company type series. James Tolkan was also part of this company and appeared in many episodes. Saul had a recurring role (as Lon Cohen), and also appeared with Hutton in the TV movie The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000) (as Saul Panzer).
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186-KVE is a license plate that reappears multiple times on multiple vehicles. There is no given explanation for this. Nor is there a stated significance.
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The shows story editors were Glenn and Reider. One of the security systems the crew faced often was a Glenn Reider.
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The Leverage team often encounters a specific safe, The Glenn-Reider. In the show The Librarians, which is also produced by Dean Devlin, in episode "And The Point Of Salvation" the same safe company is mentioned.
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The 4th of four appearances of Timothy Hutton playing a character fighting the system. The first three were Taps (1981), Turk 182! (1985), & The Falcon and the Snowman (1985).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sophie Devereaux's "soul-searching" absence from the team for the second half of season two was written in to give Gina Bellman maternity leave, as she was pregnant with her daughter at that time.
In the "Two Live Crew" episode, Sophie was buried by one of her aliases, "Katherine". At the end the headstone shows " Sophie Devereaux"

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