Leverage (2008–2012)
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The Experimental Job 

When the team investigates the disappearance of homeless vets around Boston, they stumble across a sinister plot.

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Travis Zilgram
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CIA Interrogator
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Mr. Conrad
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Mac
Val Landrum ...
Detective Grayson
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Bradley (as Zach Sanchez)
Meredith Adelaide ...
Rachel Schaevel
Kevin Scott Martin ...
Grizzled POW (as Kevin Martin)
Jaime Langton ...
Justine Yang
Michelle Lummus ...
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The daughter of a homeless man, David Schaeval, hires the team when he dies as result of a college experiment gone awry and she cannot get law enforcement to investigate. Hardison goes to Harvard (it ain't Holyoke, brother) and Eliot joins the killer college PTSD experiment. Hardison is rushed by the Dustmen, Order of the 206, secret society and feeder fraternity of alphabet spooks. Mr. Conrad is a top CIA agent who insulates students like Travis Zilgram, who is running the Psych. PTSD experiment for CIA. Do they cure or cause PTSD by combining sleep deprivation, loud music and cold air? Nate is 'game' to teach Prisoner's Dilemma (PD); but Travis is a know-it-all. Eliot turns the tables on his professional interrogator. Sophie and a member of Boston's finest demonstrate a working model of PD with Travis as Conrad watches with Nate. Written by LA-Lawyer

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27 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The name "Travis Zilgram" is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Dr. Stanley Milgram, a social psychologist at Yale University. In the 1960s, Dr. Milgram conducted a series of famous experiments that have since been determined to be unethical. The actual purpose and procedures of the experiments are too complex to describe here in this forum, but the most famous and often-referenced experiment of the series bears a strong surface resemblance to the experiment that Parker "volunteers" for. Such an experiment, however, would never be sanctioned by an accredited university. See more »

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When Parker is volunteering in the Psychology Department, shocking a patient is described as "negative reinforcement." However, the practice of using painful or unpleasant stimuli in psychology is called "punishment." These two terms are often confused, but are quite distinct in the psych literature. In any event, the particular experiment shown is considered unethical and would never be sanctioned in an university. See more »

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Parker: Come on.
[pulls Hardison to his feet]
Alec Hardison: I don't - I don't want to get up. I don't - I-I don't - I don't want to get up.
Parker: No. I know. Remember the other night when you were playing with your pretend friends?
Alec Hardison: They're real. Look, they're - they're not pretend. They're just not in the same room with me.
Parker: They're an elf, a dwarf, and a thing with a tail. I'm pretty sure they're pretend. Remember when you took the thingy with the glowing thingy and then you used it to kill the guy who was on the shiny ...
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References Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000) See more »

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One of my favorite Eliot (Christian Kane) episodes
8 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The whole cast is great in this show. I Can never pick just one episode I like best. They are all so good, no matter how many times I watch them. There is not one episode that doesn't show all the actors ranges.

I have to say that Christian Kane ((Eliot Spencer) is great in this episode. It really shows just how far he'll go to save the people he loves. Leverage (all of the episodes) are a must see. If you haven't watched it yet, do yourselves a favor and check it out.


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