Leverage (2008–2012)
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The French Connection Job 

Eliot goes undercover at a culinary arts school to take down an avaricious restaurateur.



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Episode cast overview:
Sophie Devereaux
Alec Hardison
David Lampard
Rampone (as Marshall Teague)
Toby Heath
Mike Dunay ...
Whitney (as Sapphire Lichelle)
Patricia Ferguson ...
Matt Barnett ...
Agent Palmer (as Charissa Adams)
Elden Nelson ...
Bike Messenger


The team targets David Lampard, a failed chef turned businessman. Lampard fires Eliot's first mentor, Toby Heath, and turns Toby's culinary school into a tuition mill for celebrity TV chefs when Toby interrupts a shady deal at $12,000 per kilo. Eliot does double duty, cooking at Hardison's brew pub and as the new teaching chef at the culinary school and restaurant. Hardison plays with menus, lasers and safes while Sophie plays with her new theatre and Nate plays with minds and mushrooms. Parker feels left out and yearns to discover her passion. Eliot shares his philosophy: Food is Life with appreciative audiences. Written by LA-Lawyer

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12 August 2012 (USA)  »

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The episode's title and plot are homages to The French Connection (1971), in which a police detective searches for the source of heroin being smuggled into the United States from France. See more »


When Rampone encounters Eliot in the walk-in cooler, Eliot responds that he was looking for ice. In a restaurant, any extra ice would be in a separate walk-in freezer, which wouldn't contain boxes of produce, except when the walk-in freezer is built such that the only entry is within the walk-in cooler, keeping the risk of a door left ajar resulting in spoiled frozen stock to a minimum. See more »


Eliot Spencer: I know what you're gonna say, Nate, but I want to tell you something about Toby. He taught me how to use a knife.
Nathan Ford: Use a knife?
Eliot Spencer: No. Not like I use a knife. He taught me how to cook. I was out of the service, and I was working for my second PMC, and the jobs we were taking were way across the line... past extractions and security actions.
Nathan Ford: Wetwork.
Eliot Spencer: Yeah. Anyway, I met Toby. We were reconning this restaurant in Belgium. And I should have closed him out. I should have been in and out in under ninety...
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