Leverage Review: "The Carnvial Job"

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We got to see exactly how very good Nate and the team can be when a young girl was kidnapped in the middle of a gig during "The Carnvial Job."

Talk about an Eliot episode. While there was some great interaction between Hardison and Parker, we’ve not seen as much ass-kicking being done by (and to) Eliot in a single hour in a long time.

Was it just me or did anyone else adore the relationship that Eliot formed with Molly and how protective he felt of her?

We've seen Eliot's softer side before, but this time it was more paternal or big brotherly. It makes me think that Eliot might make a good father; a scary and deadly father, but good nonetheless.

The Carnvial Job Scene

It was also interesting how the team didn't hate the target of the con going into the job, which made it a bit easier to flip over to helping him when Molly was kidnapped. Sadly, it was not hard to figure out the master-mind behind it.

Apparently the “Russian nanny plant” has been used enough that the when she was mentioned, even before the kidnapping, my wife and I looked at each other and said, “She is in on it.” 

My favorite scene was the dramatic team entrance into the park with all five of them dramatically walking through the smoke. Don’t get me wrong, the “ridiculously needless factor” was pegged off the chart, but it still made for a awesomely heroic entrance! 

Does anyone remember the team dropping one job in the middle to help a mark before? I know they have shifted gears, changed targets, and even chanced cons in the middle. But I don’t remember them going from conning someone to helping someone right in the middle.

The only part of this episode that felt completely out of place was the whole ASCD (automated safe-cracking device) storyline.

Why would Hardison leave something that complicated for Parker to find without explaining what it was first? What prompted him to feel she needed an automated assistant? The whole thing reeked of silly slapstick humor; all we needed was the ASCD to make little sad noises when Parker rejected it. 

Part of what makes Leverage so much fun is that each character is the best as what they do. Watching Parker fumble with a safe she should have known by heart, and then reluctantly letting the ASCD do it, was a cheap laugh. Come on, Mr. Devlin, your team is better than that, we all know it.


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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Leverage Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

Molly: Not many people to talk to these days, except Daria
Eliot: Who's that?
Molly: Our Eastern European Housekeeper. Talk to her is like talking to a.... Eastern European housekeeper.

Eliot: I thought we were supposed to hate the guys we take down
Nate: Not a requirement. A perk..... usually.