Leverage: Season 1, Episode 1

The Nigerian Job (7 Dec. 2008)

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When Nathan Ford, a former insurance company investigator, is approached by a man asking him to help retrieve some stolen property, he is dubious. When he finds out that the job requires ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adeoye Mabogunje ...
Nicky Margolis ...
Dubenich's Secretary
FBI Special Agent Higgins (as Philip Vanlear)
Victor Dubenich
Jamie Vann ...
Ed Helm
Bartender (as Andy John G. Kalkounos)
Cedric Young ...
Nigerian Businessman


When Nathan Ford, a former insurance company investigator, is approached by a man asking him to help retrieve some stolen property, he is dubious. When he finds out that the job requires him to supervise and maintain control of three known thieves that he himself caught in the course of his insurance investigations, he's more than dubious. However, the job offers him the opportunity to get some of his own back from the insurance company that allowed his son to die, so he takes it despite his misgivings. When his doubts prove to be well-founded, he persuades his reluctant colleagues to unite once more to reach a more "equitable" settlement. Written by Eideann

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[first lines]
Bartender: I checked. Airport's shuttle's in 15 minutes.
[Bartender gives man at bar a drink. Man adds a mini-bottle of additional alcohol to the drink]
Typed Caption: Nathan Ford: Ex-Insurance Investigator
Victor Dubenich: I-I'm sorry. Uh, Mr. Ford, sorry, I know who you are. I've, uh - excuse me. I read all about you. I know, for example, that- that when you found that stolen Monet painting in Florence you probably saved your insurance company, what, twenty, twenty-five million dollars? But I just, uh, know that when you ...
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Nathan Ford and his merry band of con artists
25 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nathan Ford was a star investigator for a large insurance company - a company that refused to pay for the "experimental" medical procedure that would have saved his son's life. He has become a bitter man who drinks too much. When an airplane factory owner (played by the marvelous Saul Rubinek) tells Nathan of a sure proof way to get back at the insurance company and at the same time correct an injustice, Nathan agrees to help by stealing back airplane design plans. To do this he recruits a team of con artists he had previously met when an insurance investigator. The team includes a mercenary, a brilliant computer geek, a scam artist who wants to be an actress but can't act worth beans unless she's pulling a con, and a psychotic thief who is oddly likable and even vulnerable. Each of these law breakers are used to working alone and a good part of this first episode involves Nathan convincing them that it's better - and more fun - to work as a team. We also get a brief look at the characters' background. This episode, as do future episodes relies on a "big twist." Quite frankly, I was fooled by the clever twist in this one. High tech shenanigans and clever surprises abound in this episode. But what makes all the criminal doings of this gang of misfits suitable for rooting for is that they exemplify the Robin Hood myth. This is a great pilot for an always entertaining series.

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