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Leverage Review: Mockumentary Meets Mischief

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One thing I can say about "The Office Job" is that it set a new standard for Leverage team member, as they worked a caper into the format and style of the highly successful sitcom.

As a Leverage story went, this one was mildly entertaining and enjoyably quirky. Peter Stormare as Gunter the German filmmaker was a lot of fun. Nate pulling him into the caper and using him to help reveal the true villain was creative and would not have worked on many jobs they do.

As I don’t watch The Office, I'm betting many of the workers that Nate and his team met were similar to those in the namesake show. Additionally, I wasn’t sure what to make of the “confession” shots where they sat down with one team member and had them talk to the camera. While it did generate one of the funniest quotes this week, it did slow down the action each time we cut to it. 

Making Like The Office

These scenes likely work well in a sitcom, but in an action show like this it’s a bit tougher. Then again, I might be blurring the lines between the use of the confessions and Nate and Sophie’s passive aggressive antics this episode. Those two being snarky with each other really pulled me out of the story and I was thrilled at the end when they seem to make up.

I did, however, enjoy that the CEO turned out to be a hapless patsy and not the real bad guy. This was a surprise, as usually Hardison has good evidence to support the team going after someone before they actually do so. 

Who knew that Eliot was such the cook? The sandwich he described made me hungry enough that I had to get a snack! And bravo to Hardison for being brave enough to eat Eliot’s sandwich. Then again, does anyone really make a sandwich to eat “later” if you’re not packing a lunch? While I don’t support work-place grazing, I can see how Hardison might have gone trolling for a snack given Eliot's skills. 

I wasn’t surprise that there was no mention of Conrad this week. We have seen this pattern before where an episode seems to stand on its own and doesn’t play into the larger storyline. I’m guessing that we will see more of Conrad next year. 

Overall, it was a good Leverage episode and appeared to be even be a decent The Office episode. If you saw references or jokes that I missed in regards to the latter, please comment below and share them!

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Love this episode. Had me laughing so much. I love the way Leverage does a serious episode then throws a quirky one at you. Like the first season with the hapless, addicted stock broker who stole from a charity, and the boys and girls nights out episodes. Pure fun. And Peter Stormare is always a hoot when he's not playing bad guys - then he scares me!

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COME ON WHO COMES ON HERE AND POSTS HOW A SHOW IT'S UNBELIEVABLE? IT'S A DAMN TV SHOW ABOUT MODERN DAY ROBIN HOODS? IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE UNBELIEVABLE! ELLIOT WOULDN'T WIN EVERY FIGHT AND WOULD BE DEAD BY NOW IF IT WAS BELIEVABLE. IF IT WAS BELIEVABLE THEY'D ALL BE IN JAIL BY NOW. I LIKE THE SHOW BECAUSE IT IS UNBELIEVABLE.COME ON PEOPLE GET A LIFE!

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This was a real epic episode.
It has so much heartwarming fun, I can't count the occasions where I laughed. Gunter was so great overacted, let alone 'Sis girl has the nuclear winter inside', Bartley is such a nice incompetent CEO, and it's simply a genious example how to make good comedy even with a (not so) simple sandwich. The interview line is also a fine idea with dry humor ("I love foreplay").
I don't know "The Office", and watching this episode thrice, I see the office here only as an environment for screwball-like comedy. And after "Leverage" is sometimes more or less funny, I appreciate a pure funny episode. It's a long time since Timothy Hutton gave congenial an Austrian Teacher and I had a real good laugh with the series.

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This was not my favorite episode.. but for me any episode of Leverage is better than most of what else is on.. I kind of enjoyed the bits of comedy in the private interviews.. especially Nate correcting them to "functioning alcoholic" and Sophie screeching "Shrew" ...and really loved Hardison at the end admitting he ate the sandwich.. I was glad to see a mention of Elliots cooking skills as it was consisten with "The Wedding Job" where he showed an obvious love for the kitchen. Are the cons unbelievable? of course they are but if I wanted real life I would put on the news.. I watch tv to escape and enjoy and Leverage always promises to do just that...

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I have stopped watching Leverage...The scripts have become to unreal to be even somewhat believeable...Sophie is telling everyone to stick their finger in the person who is their partner for this....whatever. They were supposed to be quality control/time efficent company......PLEASE!
I love every one, although Tim is still a bit of a ham, Parker, She was much better when she was less "bubbly". Eliot, now there's a hottie!!, with talent even.
I am going to miss seeing all the cast, but the story lines are unbeliveable even for TV....

Realdiehl

Wow. I can't believe all the negative feedback. I absolutely loved this ep. It contained all the elements that make this show so wonderful. Hardison and Elliot's verbal fencing. Parker diving into her role with childish exuberance and reckless abandon, oblivious to the fact that the people around her think she's totally crazy. Sophie's inner actor coming out to work a crowd of people. Nate quickly and creatively coming up with new ideas to get the team out of a jam. Peter Stormare was great. I've seen him portray a Russian (Armageddon), a Sicilian (Prison Break), an Armenian (CSI), a Jew (Entourage), and a Byelorusian (sp?) (Covert Affairs). The guy is talented.

Jimg

allie701, I think the items you listed are the very reasons I don't watch The Office. hehe...

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I hated this episode. I have always enjoyed the clever caper aspect of Leverage but this obviously took a back seat to the group dynamics. I couldn't take all the screeching and the over-the-top silliness. I prefer my humor to be a little more tongue-in-cheek. The office workers were so bland; even the bad guy (girl) wasn't very bad. The greeting cards were dreadful and the humor of the fake designs got old fast. Overall the plot was lame and the relationships between the crew were not shown to good advantage.

Fortyseven

Good episode. I liked that it was original. I didn't like that the team didn't do much regular Leverage stuff or that the job was more of an afterthought in comparison to the character dynamics. "What's sandwhich code for?" "It's not code, it's an actual sandwhich." Gunther's interest in Parker was funny. The CEO not understanding anything unless it's a football analogy was funny. I liked Parker being super involved in card making.

Childish gambino

Also is it just or does anyone else feel like the show has shifted focus from "the job" to the funny bits and character/relationship developing bits.
(its kinda hard for me to explain) but i feel like in the past the two were intertwined, all the comedic bits etc happened "while they were conning" but now i guess the two feel more separate and more like "asides."
or is it all just in my mind

Leverage Season 4 Episode 12 Quotes

Hardison: High-five for morale.
Eliot: [raises hand]
Hardison: Gimme my damn soda! [grabs soda]

Nobody throws Hardison off a roof... except maybe me.

Eliot