Because well-intentioned criminals celebrate July 4 like the rest of us, Leverage was off last week.
But it returned last night with a new episode ("The Double Blind Job") and it was a great example of why I really enjoy this show. You had a mix of heart, romance, comedy and drama. All wrapped up in a nice fourty-two minute package!
I love that the episode featured Parker exploring the feeling of jealousy. Hardison flirting and working with Ashley was clearly driving Parker crazy, but she had no idea why. Further, at the end, Hardison clearly figured out that she was jealous, but warmly gave her space to come to terms with her feelings for him.
The only part of the episode that really made me raise an eyebrow was the argument between Sophie and Nate over her calling him out.
Her threatening that she would walk out if he went overboard and then saying she was the only one that liked him seemed a bit like forced drama, as if they wanted tension but were not sure how to get it.
And again, we got to see a little more of Eliot’s softer side. However, it was to play up to someone so they would be in the right place, as I was really hoping when she confessed what she wanted and he smiled that it would work its way back into the story by her seeing him in action for real. Sadly for me, it did not.
Did anyone else see the correlation between the huge Pharmaceutical Company and their willingness to kill people to make billions and the tragedy going on in the Gulf of Mexico with BP?
I certainly saw it. Then again, “big company making billions while killing X” is not an uncommon story idea and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would fall in that theme... if only it was a movie instead of real lifeLastly, my review would not be complete without a quick mention of Michael O'Keefe, who played the sleazy CEO of Pallagen so very well. He has come a long way since he was Danny Noonan in Caddyshack and I am glad to see his skills have only gotten sharper with the years. There was at least two points in the show that I really wanted to reach in and strangle the character. Well done, Mikey! (Can I call you Mikey?)
What did you think of the episode? Did you like Parker’s trouble with understanding she was Jealous? How long till she comes clean to Hardison? Browse through Leverage quotes from it now and sound off!
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.