Leverage Review: "The Boiler Room Job"

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This episode could've had a few different names - "The Chocolate Job," "The Moonwalking Bear Job," or "The Mako Job" - as it shifted from one story element to the next.

What was great about "The Boiler Room Job" was how well it did the shifts and still blended together in the end to make a truly well told story.

Did anyone else expect the civilian actors were actually Sherman’s other victims? I was as stunned as when I found out Darth Vader was Luke's father. I had not expected this heartfelt revelation in the plot to take down Sherman, but it was a nice surprise.

Dapper Nate

Of course, the episode was full of surprises as Nate and Sophie’s relationship was outed by Sherman as well. Shows you how good he really is, given than Parker, Hardison, and Eliot hadn’t suspected a thing.

It’s really hard to be attached to Sophie and Nate’s romance given that all of it has happened off camera and we only see the “day after.” Would it hurt to have an episode where we see them snuggling, or kissing, or how about a hug?

It was good to see our favorite thief hopped up on chocolate and caffeine. She rattled off the name of three episodes this year in her questioning of what the job was they were doing too, a nice touch! It was good to have happy Parker back after having seen somber Parker recently.

We also found out who the Mysterious man was that visited Nate earlier in the season - Jack Latimer - who appears to have been making a profit by betting against the companies and people that Nate and his team have been taking down. Latimer is being portrayed by Leon Rippy who was previously a regular on another TNT show Saving Grace. 

I am on the fence if he is a good guy or bad guy. He has actively avoided turning in Nate and his team as he sees the work they are doing righting the wrongs; but, at the same time he has been profiting well in the process so why would he want to turn them in. I am sure we will learn more about Latimer in the coming episodes. 

Question for the Eliot fans, was he hot in the Indiana Jones outfit or what? I watch Leverage with two women (one being my wife) and I swear one of them muttered “yummy” as he was swinging the hatchet in Ecuador; but, neither would fess up to it when asked.

Of course, Eliot also got to beat someone up again, so he seemed pretty happy when it was all said and done. 

With only two episodes left this fall it was great news to read Dean Devlin’s tweet that Leverage was renewed for Season 5. This season has offered us some of the best episodes so far, and I look forward to the seeing where we go from here!


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


i have to ask.. is it nate's name "diego messi" is a combination of diego maradona and lionel messi? both argentine soccer players..if that so its really nice touch for soccer fans


George, You bring up a good point, they didn't really explain why Sherman would know Hardison and not Sophie/Nate.. Or maybe he did, since he knew it was a con the whole time. Though I don't think he knew Hardison's name on sight, I think he took a little time to research him. Jim


The gefilte fish! When Sherman was being arrested , all those wrong nicknames blurted out by everyone was classic. Sophie undressed was freaking hot! Need more of that MILF.


Oh and I liked that parker wanted to know what the job was called especially because Nate didn't say anything.


Loved all of Parker's scenes. I liked Parker's references to other episodes from this season. It is strange that Marko didn't recognize the rest of them. Very interesting/surprising development with Latimer. I didn't suspect the actors were the victims.


Im sorry but I have to disagree with your opening remarks. I dont think the MANY aspects of this story shifted and/or blended together well. It was a little too all over the place for my taste. I thought the writing/story of this episode was kinda sloppy. For one I, personally, completely dont buy the idea that Sherman/Make... the "Living legend" that he is would pretty much instantly recognize Hardison, but NEVER recognize Sophie and/or Nate two people who i feel like he should have had an EVEN BETTER chance of recognizing because they are more or less in the same line of work.
other than that i just thought a few aspects felt forced and didnt feel natural
All in all i thought it was an average/slightly below average episode.


I love how this show manages to balance out the action and drama with humor and hilarity.As you said it made for a great episode that was well written and wrapped up nicely.Great story telling. Parker hopped up on chocolate and caffeine with Nate and Sophie acting like reluctant,weary parents and Hardison's teen-like 'I told you so' in response to her not being supervised was hilarious. Sophie walking Hardison through the interview process with his usual ad-libbing( he'd come back to steal the mark's grandmother's walker and depends?Damn!*g*) was fun to watch. As was Sophie's chocolate whisperer and how everyone deliberately butchered the mark's moniker(only jackasses nickname themselves). The revelation of who is bugging them was good.Definite 'bad' guy to me because he's still profiting!creepy. agree about sophie and nate's relationship I get the FWB but more seen on camera would be nice.Eliot is hot no matter what he's wearing. Yummy indeed!;-)


Okay, was I the only one who wanted to gag at the snake bit? Snakes freak me out anyway, but to chop one in half then eat it raw...eeewww!!
I have to admit, I liked Hardison's repartee with "The Mako" regarding the moniker of "Count Chockula" and a nickname given by others versus a nickname given by oneself. The wink was priceless.
By the way Jim G., it doesn't really matter what Eliot wears, he's yummy in almost anything...or little to nothing...just ask the women in your life. ;) But you will always be the one who turns your wife's key...just like my husband will always turn mine. Eliot is just a character. FYI, I love watching Eliot fight, man can he move.
I can't wait for next Sunday.

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Leverage Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

You can't con a con-artist, we are going to have to just steal from him.


Eliot: We waiting on Parker?
Hardison: No, she's at the chocolate festival. It's like sending a crack addict to a cocaine festival.