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.


Marc Roskin


John Rogers (creator), Chris Downey (creator) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Nathan Ford
Gina Bellman ... Sophie Devereaux
Christian Kane ... Eliot Spencer
Beth Riesgraf ... Parker
Aldis Hodge ... Alec Hardison
Jonathan Keltz ... Travis Zilgram
Stoney Westmoreland Stoney Westmoreland ... CIA Interrogator
Andy McCone ... Mr. Conrad
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Mac
Val Landrum ... Detective Grayson
Zach Sanchez-Vitale ... Bradley (as Zach Sanchez)
Meredith Adelaide ... Rachel Schaevel
Kevin Scott Martin Kevin Scott Martin ... Grizzled POW (as Kevin Martin)
Jaime Langton Jaime Langton ... Justine Yang
Michelle Lummus Michelle Lummus ... Co-Ed


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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Did You Know?


The "Sleep" or "PTSD" experiment being run on the homeless men in the episode is based on two famous pieces of psychological warfare/experimentation from the US's past: the Stanford Prisoner Experiment was run by Philip Zimbardo in 1971 and was funded by the Office of Naval Research. It arbitrarily split a group of students into prisoners and guards to observe the power dynamic of the group. Much like the Milgram experiment, the results were haunting. See more »


When Parker arrives in Hardison's apartment, his CIA file is open on the floor. When she picks up the file, it's closed and she reopens it. See more »


Alec Hardison: He's just a kid, Nate. How bad could it get?
Nathan Ford: How many grown men said that about you while you were raining digital fire down on their lives?
Alec Hardison: [laughs, then looks serious] Now I'm nervous.
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References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

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One of my favorite Eliot (Christian Kane) episodes
8 June 2017 | by ewalas3658See 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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27 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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