I think this will remain my favorite in-joke for the entire year. It's definitely the sweetest.....
In "The 10 Li'l Grifters Job", the 'Leverage' episode that aired over the Fourth of July weekend, everybody had to dress up as a "fictional" detective.
Sophie was Irene Adler from "A Scandal In Bohemia", a Sherlock Holmes story.
Parker was Nancy Drew.
Harrison was one of the Hardy Boys. (Update: Originally I had him listed as Encyclopedia Brown, because that's who he thought he was. But I've just watched that scene again and Sophie corrects him over the comm-link: he's one of the Hardy Boys. The big "H" on his sweater should have been a give-away.)
Elliott was real-life Pinkerton agent Charlie Siringo.
But best of all?
Nate Ford (played by Timothy Hutton) was Ellery Queen.....
Timothy Hutton's father, the late Jim Hutton, played Ellery Queen in a 1970's series by the creators of 'Columbo' and 'Murder, She Wrote'.
And seeing Nate Ford in that floppy hat, the tweedy jacket, and the red sweater, it was like seeing Jim Hutton in the role once more.
So when Nate declared Ellery Queen as the greatest detective ever, I think there was more than one voice speaking......