Downey, who said he’s become quite a fan of the Cooper case since he first learned of the legend, doesn’t agree with Elliot — although he does like the notion.
“I’d love to believe that he survived, but surely we would know by now,” Downey said.
“Leverage” has filmed a handful of scenes in Vancouver since it premiered in 2008, including one last May.
“We’ve had a great time filming over there,” Downey said.
One of the challenges of filming the 1970s look for “The D.B. Cooper Job” was trying to make the props, the haircuts and the outfits seem authentic to the time, he said.
“It was a challenge for every department on the show, wardrobe especially,” Downey said.
Costume designer Nadine Haders had to get creative when tracking down outfits for the re-creation of the Northwest Orient Airlines flight.
“She really dug in on the authenticity of the wardrobe — to the point where she found one of the flight attendants on the D.B. Cooper flight and re-created the outfit to be historically accurate,” Downey said.
As a writer, Downey had to make sure the lingo he used matched that of the time. Since he grew up watching ’70s cop shows such as “Mannix,” “The Rockford Files” and “The Streets of San Francisco,” he also wanted to pay homage to them.
“It was a lot of fun,” Downey said. “When we did the sound mix, I said I want to hear typewriters, I want to hear phones ringing. … There’s a gunshot in the episode, and I said I wanted it to sound like the gunshots in those old ’70s shows.”
Composer Joe LoDuca, who did the score for the episode, ended up writing a brand new D.B. Cooper song, which “Leverage” spokeswoman Cassie Bryan said will eventually be available from online music providers.
While he did spend many hours researching the D.B. Cooper story, Downey was also quick to add that the TV show isn’t meant to be a documentary.
“I took some liberties with the story,” Downey said. “I hope people that are fans of the Cooper case enjoy the episode. It was great fun to play with such an iconic figure from the Pacific Northwest.”
Ariel’s Elliot said she’s looking forward to watching it. She hopes to show the episode at her store’s next D.B. Cooper party, which is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 288 Merwin Village Road in Ariel.
“Sure, we’d like to show that episode,” Elliot said. “Why not? I bet that’d give people even more (conspiracy theories) to talk about.”