Leverage season 4 continued Sunday night at 9PM on TNT with “The Experimental Job.” The team ended up going undercover on a college campus to investigate the disappearances of homeless veterans linked to a secret society.
One such veteran broke out of his cell and into a party, where he had a heart attack. The society members dropped his body off a bridge and moved the others to the Psych building. The veteran’s daughter brought the team the job. Travis was the one in charge of the experiment, advertised as a sleep study for those with PTSD. He was also the president of 206, a secret society, and someone very important was protecting Travis. He was talking to a man in a suit about the subjects when he received a call from Sophie, posing as a cop about his reopened case. He hung up and called Mr. Conrad. Eliot and Sophie met with Detective Grayson about Travis’ sealed file, which she “accidentally” left behind. Nate and Hardison watched Travis waiting to meet someone, and when Hardison got weird feedback, Eliot told them to get out of there. CIA arrived in a helicopter.
In order to get Travis’ secrets, they put Hardison in undercover as a student while Nate posed as a professor. Eliot had gotten the regular professor drunk the night before—and was feeling the hangover. Parker also posed as a student volunteering in psychology experiments. Nate brought the prisoner’s dilemma to the classroom, with Travis helping to demonstrate. He said he wouldn’t betray his accomplice, but Nate told him it was in his accomplice’s best interest to do just that to him. He would end up in jail for a very long time. Nate was obviously already planting some seeds. Hardison brought up his own argument to Nate and left the class. Travis followed, impressed, and when Hardison erased a parking ticket from the system, invited him to a party.
Justine showed Parker one of the experiments, where the subject was shocked for getting a question wrong. While Justine was busy trying to stop her from shocking the subject, Parker took her badge and keys before getting kicked out. After a quick outfit change, Parker reentered the building and went downstairs. She flirted with a student as she picked up a paper. Nate and Eliot went over the manifest of volunteers, and they were all from a homeless shelter, which was Eliot’s undercover job. He found his way into the experiment while Hardison and Parker mingled at the party. Travis was obviously impressed by Parker after she kissed Hardison, who did get a pledge token.
Once inside a cell, Eliot had to endure loud music, while Hardison ended up participating in a hazing ritual: running across campus in boxers and memorizing a plaque until the pledges got it right. Eliot was brought to the man Travis met with earlier, and he gave him an envelope with a word inside. Eliot had to resist telling him the word as he tried to get it out of him. He would receive more money each day he kept it from him. The man wouldn’t physically harm him, but he would try everything to get it from him. Once back in the cell, Eliot told Nate they had a professional interrogator and were trying to find ways to cause PTSD.
Eliot had to let one of the student guards tase him for talking and helping another subject, and Eliot once again faced the interrogator, who this time asked for a count of those he killed. He thought Eliot thought he deserved to be there, but Eliot just asked what he wanted to know because he couldn’t forget any of the details. There was nothing he could do that would be worse. Meanwhile, Hardison was obviously having a much better time in his undercover role.
The team needed to convince Mr. Conrad it wasn’t worth protecting Travis. Hardison complained about rush week and no sleep, but Eliot, freezing, was doing much worse. While Hardison played a video game, Parker brought coats to the veterans. Eliot faced the interrogator, who tried to get his prints from a glass of water. He didn’t touch it, but Eliot had touched the taser from the guard.
The interrogator showed Travis the file on Eliot, and Hardison’s picture was one of his associates. Hardison took out his earbud to call Parker and talk about him blowing her off earlier, but Travis interrupted with the CIA file on him and gave him a black hood to put on. When Parker went to his room, Hardison was gone. She found the file. Nate told Eliot they made Hardison. Eliot just needed five minutes to get the answer of Hardison’s location from the interrogator. He easily got it, and Eliot let the others out of the cells.
The police showed up with a warrant for Travis’ arrest at a party, and though he tried to escape, Grayson and Sophie caught him going out the back. Meanwhile, Hardison was facing some trouble of his own, but Parker took out the guys punching him.
Grayson and Sophie showed Travis video of his experiment (the coats Parker brought had cameras), and he started to worry when he saw police leading Conrad down the hall. Travis was faced with the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and he quickly handed over Mr. Conrad. They left Travis in there to talk to their boss, and he left when he realized the door was open. Once outside, he found himself on the campus. They had turned a psychology lab into the interrogation room. The police found him standing on the quad and arrested him. Once Conrad heard Travis willing to give him up, he was willing to remove his protection.
Travis was found guilty on all counts, and Conrad asked Nate if it had been worth attracting his attention.
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