Leverage Review: "The Grave Danger Job"

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There aren't many times when a job doesn’t go exactly as Nate planned. This week, things went very sideways as the team had to race to save Hardison’s life in "The Grave Danger Job."

Five minutes into the episode when Parker and Nate were talking about faith, I knew this was going to be an emotional rollercoaster ride for Parker.  

I adored Beth Riesgraf's performance in showing Parker’s emotions that she hides so well normally. There were so many subtle body motions and facial expressions that spoke volumes if you were watching for them. 

Nate Goes Dark

To summarize what we learned about Parker on this ride: She lost someone close to her when she was young, which has resulted in a slight crisis of faith, she doesn’t want to let anyone close because she doesn’t want to lose them, and Hardison means more to her than she is ready to admit (yet).  

Did I forget any?

The anticipation and tension around Parker’s feelings for Hardison built at a perfect pace throughout the episode and crescendo with Parker shouting Hardison’s first name (Alec) when she was trying to say how much he means to her, (she at least got out that she needs him). Unfortunately, the music hit a sour note and all of us hanging by our fingernails the whole time were left high and dry in the final scene between Hardison and Parker, when nothing was said and Hardison giving her a kiss on the cheek returned them to “quirky awkward silence” with him walking away right afterward.

REALLY?!? He nearly died and they didn’t even hug or give him a kiss back??? I call shenanigans! 

This appears to be a case of the writers didn’t want to move them to the next stage in fear of ruining their chemistry. Anyone who watched Moonlighting can appreciate the delicate nature of this problem. But, come on, he nearly DIED and she is terrified of losing someone close to her, they would have had more of a reaction than a peck on the cheek! 

It would have been much more of a Parker reaction to have been constantly near him or touching him (hand on his arm, leaning against him, etc), just to reassure herself that she hadn’t lost him. It would have been cute to see her being protective of him in the bar unnecessarily, then it could have been worked back into the goofy-silly-relationship they have now.  

Okay, moving on. It was a refreshing episode given that we very rarely see any of the team members really in a life or death situation.

Nate did a fantastic job of keeping the team focused and using all of their skills to help find Hardison. Did anyone else catch Eliot’s reaction when he hugged Hardison? I love the way Eliot has grown to consider the team like a family and how protective he has become.

I hope that the growth can continue and at some point they allow Hardison and Parker to be a real couple and share real feelings. If we are going to be emotionally invested in the characters, they can spend forever stuck in neutral after showing some healthy growth!

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

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Parker lost a brother to a car-bicycle accident as revealed in "The Future Job", season 2 episode 13

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I loved this episode. I cried.

Realdiehl

LOL, Jim! Perfectly acceptable reaction.

Jimg

Realdiehl, I gave the show a good rating overall, and I think it was a good episode as we learned a lot about Parker. But, like you I was prepping for a huge emotional reunion. Ironically, I *did* know Hardison's first name and when she said "Do you hear me Alec" I gasped out loud and actually Squeee'ed a little (yes, I know it's girly but I am a romantic). Jim

Realdiehl

Totally unprepared for how things ended. From the moment they located Hardison's grave my mind began playing out the big, emotional, teary-eyed hug scene. What else could one expect? It was all set up perfectly with Parker's conversations with the "parents" as Blu mentioned. I feel foolish for admitting this but, I had no idea what Hardison's first name was. So when Parker said the name, Alec, I thought that maybe she accidentally said the name of someone from her past who may have abandoned her and this is what spoiled the big hug ending. Even though I was really disappointed with the way this episode ended I wouldn't say it was a bad episode. Too often I see people say an episode was bad or the writing was horrible just because there was no happy ending. I'm glad to see this isn't the case with any comments posted here thus far. Fantastic episode! Bittersweet ending. I agree with Jim. Parker's body language and expressions speak volumes. -I ordered him to have Santiago transferred immediately.
- Why?
- His life might be in danger.
- Grave danger?
- Is there another kind?

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If I remerber right on the episode where they were taking down a fake psychic, we learn that Parker lost a brother. I think this is the lost they were talking in the beginning

Fortyseven

Watching Hardison in the coffin was nerve-wracking.

Blu

Not since Nick was buried alive on CSI have I freaked out so much watching a living person in a coffin. The show is fabulous and the chemistry amongst the team and actors is what makes it all the better but Aldis Hodge should be getting Emmy buzz for his performances this season.It has undoubtedly been the season of the Geek. His fear was palpable as was Parker's and Beth deseves accolades as well. I loved her spiritual introspection and how those moments were bounced off of the 'parents' . I admit I wanted to see Hardison in peril because he's often one of the characters the others take for granted and it lived up to my expectations. Eliot's genuine concern,gruff hug, and coverup with a threat was so Eliot. I was expecting Parker to be more affectionate in her Parker way by keeping him close and not leaving his side, they dropped the ball on that. Hand holding, a brief hug before running away..something. She did it in the premiere.They could make them move forward w/o it screwing up the show.

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I agree Fortyseven, I watched the ending a second time, and while Parker was teary-eyed, I just can't believe she wouldn't reach out and hug Hardison for all she's worth.

Fortyseven

Parker or Hardison should have initiated a hug either right after or at the end.

Leverage Season 4 Episode 7 Quotes

Parker: Hardison, Hardison! He's losing it Sophie, he needs you.
Sophie: You have spent a disproportionate amount of your life in air ducts; you can control your breathing. He needs you.

Never plan a heist in a building with this many windows

Parker
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