In “The Experimental Job,” tech wizard Alec Hardison (Hodge) and rest of the team — grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman); retrieval specialist Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) and reformed thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), led by former insurance investigator Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton) — return to continue fighting for the little guy against giant corporations and overbearing government officials.
When homeless veterans start disappearing in Boston, the team must go back to college and infiltrate secret societies. And that’s where things start getting dodgy for Hardison.
“Fans might get a little leg action,” Hodge tells Zap2it, “because, my character, there’s a scene where he’s … actually, I don’t want to give it away.”
Urged to share a little bit, Hodge says, “My character, he goes to college, and there’s a hazing that goes on where he has to jog around in his underwear. The ladies may be getting a little leg action, a little man-cake.
“We know the girls care, and we’re trying to give the girls a little something.”
Since the show shoots in Oregon, it wasn’t exactly toasty warm while the scene was being filmed.
“We were shooting, of course, in Portland,” says Hodge, “so it’s cold even throughout the summer. Every now and then, you’ll get a nice day, but not on that day. We were shooting at a college that was open. We sectioned off part of the property, but still everybody was going to school, doing their thing, and me and a bunch of dudes are running around in our underwear.
“We had to streak. It was weird because, not so much for the part where I’m streaking in front of strangers, but I was streaking in front of my work people, who I’ve been with for the last three, four years, and I’ve gotta see them again next week, next year, you know what I mean.
“It’s like, ‘Oh, dang, I don’t want them to see this much of me.'”
Asked who made him suffer the most afterward, Hodge says, “Um, well, actually, I shot the scene with just a few other extras in the scene, so it wasn’t with my fellow co-stars. I think they have yet to see it. I’m pretty sure the suffering will come right after the episode on Sunday.”
As to which cast member he expects to give him the most grief in the future, Hodge says, “Christian. Yeah, Christian, definitely.”
Since Kane is a musician, perhaps he will immortalize the moment in song.
Hodge says, “He probably will.”
“Leverage” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT / 8 p.m. Central.