Leverage Review: "The Rashomon Job"

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Simply put, "The Rashomon Job" made for one of the most entertaining episodes of Leverage season, as we got a look into how each of the team members worked solo when they were all after the same item, prior to when they recruited by Nate.

I was very happy that Nate and the team finally mentioned Monroe again. While it was in passing, at least it they are starting to drift back onto the larger storyline. I am not sure if the Monroe plot can be completed in the next two episodes before the show takes a break and I wonder if we are going to go into the next season with them still after Monroe.

However, the true beauty of this episode was the "Rashomon Effect" concept. While it was a simple concept of five perspectives on a single event from five years earlier, the delivery of those perspectives made this my favorite episode this season.

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I knew this episode was going to be totally different when Sophie was narrating to Nate as he walked along side her “in” the flashback. He did this with each of the flashbacks and this was a great way to allow Nate to ask questions without needing to cut back to them at the bar every couple of minutes.

The overall effect of not being pulled out of the flashback was outstanding. Of course, it got even more fun when he actually helped unzip Sophie’s dress before she told him to leave so she could change clothes. There were so many small differences between the versions of the event.

There was Coswell leaving to get a shotgun in Sophie’s version to him actually bringing a box of flowers in Nate’s version. You also had the additional layers added each time one of the team told their version where they were added into the overall event. Not having the person revealed and added to the story until they told their version made each telling that much more fun to watch.

By far my favorite part of each of the retellings was the perception of Sophie’s accent. I was absolutely in tears laughing when she sounded Scottish in Hardison’s version and I was not sure I could even breathe when Sophie started talking in Parker’s version. I am amazed by the performance of Gina Bellman in each of those versions. Bellman absolutely made this episode for me (and I am sure many others). I am so glad that she has been back full time this season. 

I also want to tip my hat to John Billingsley who did a great job as the head of security Coswell. He covered a pretty good range from playing a hard-ass in Sophie’s version to a love struck fool in Nate’s version. Each one was right on the mark and believable. He was a great choice for the roll.

What did you think of the episode? Did you catch all the subtle changes? Did you like how the knife Eliot was handed seem to get bigger and bigger? Check out the following Leverage quotes from the hour:

Hardison: So we did all that work for nothing?
Nate: Not for nothing, you know you guys sometimes it's easy to forget why you stopped working along and became a team. | permalink
Eliot: I am going to sharpen this knife and then walk around the halls in the dark... Don't leave. | permalink
Sophie: You really can't tell? Americans! All accents sound the same. Please go on, I sound like one of the dwarves in Lord of the Rings, but continue. | permalink
Sophie: That's like stealing my mail.
Parker: Why, is stealing mail a crime?
Sophie: (glares)
Parker: Oops. | permalink
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PS for Jane, It appears techno-gremlins have stolen your post. While we could not recover it, we did banish them to the nearest Kinkos. Sorry, VW~


Jane, Thank you for the info on Dean Devlin tweets.. I will have to add him to my watch list so I can get questions answered.. knowing they have 5 more episodes to work on it is great news. IMDB is only listing 13 episodes for the season right now.


"prior to when they recruited by Nate.", Nate never recruited them, they were delivered to him and after that they all volunteerd to work with him.


I love how each person had their own story who took the it look like a long knife!!! BUT I KNEW WHO HAD IT END OF THE SHOW IT WAS NATE FORD (TIMOTHY HUTTON!!!)


Absolutely fantastic episode, but I had the characters figured out from Sophie's initial telling. It was easy to see Christian as Dr Abernathy, and the rest just fell into place. Still didn't dampen my enjoyment of the episode!

Leverage Season 3 Episode 11 Quotes

Sophie: Oh My God! Wait, what's that voice?
Eliot: It's your accent.
Sophie: That's what I sound like to you?

Eliot: Why are you sending second rate thugs to try and kill me?
Thug: Hmmmm? (looks sad).
Eliot: If I am not honest with you, you will never improve.
Thug: mmm hmmm (nod).