Leverage (2008–2012)

The Bottle Job 

To save the bar in Nathan's building from being lost to an avaricious loan shark, the team tries an old-school con.


Jonathan Frakes


John Rogers (creator), Chris Downey (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Timothy Hutton ... Nathan Ford
Gina Bellman ... Sophie Devereaux (credit only)
Christian Kane ... Eliot Spencer
Beth Riesgraf ... Parker
Aldis Hodge ... Alec Hardison
Jeri Ryan ... Tara Cole
Alan Smyth ... Mark Doyle
Odessa Rae ... Cora McRory
Bradford Farwell Bradford Farwell ... Liam
George Burich George Burich ... Liam's Brother
Ted Rooney ... Capt. Danny McCann
Joe Ivy Joe Ivy ... Det. Mickey Donnelly
Hank Cartwright Hank Cartwright ... Lt. Johnny Cabella
Diego Velazquez ... Young Nathan Ford


Nathan accepts the case of Cora McRory, who inherited the bar where Nate's dad taught him everything about (criminal) life. It's about to be seized by loan shark Mark Doyle, from Belfast. The team sets up a 'wire' sting to win the $15,000 she needs to save the inheritance, then decides to get rid of Doyle more permanently. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

20 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Johnworld See more »
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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title "The Bottle Job" is a reference to the industry term "bottle episode", which refers to an episode that is shot on a limited budget, using preexisting sets. In this case, most of the episode is set in the bar where the Leverage team meets their clients, and Nate's apartment upstairs (which the team uses as their office). See more »


When Nate approaches the card players in the back room, he says "Gentleman, I have a proposal for you" and there is a commercial break. When the break ends, the line is repeated-- but with completely different inflection. See more »


Parker: Why don't we just send her to the police? I mean, I don't use them, but this is what they're for, right?
Nathan Ford: No, if Cora says to the police that she owes Doyle money, Doyle denies it. Six months later, he comes and burns down the bar. And that's assuming that he doesn't have a couple of local police on the arm.
Alec Hardison: That's what sucks about the credit crunch. Honest people can't get loans, sharks move in. Twelve points on the interest every month... there's no way to get out from under that.
Eliot Spencer: I don't care...
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