Leverage Review: A Fist Full of Truffles

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Apparently I should have saved the "savory" metaphor I used last week, as it would have fit well with the truffle shuffle con job Nate and the team pulled in "The French Connection Job" this week.

It’s safe to say that Eliot Spencer is the one member of the Leverage squad we know the least about. In fact, the last Eliot centered job I can remember was "The Studio Job" back in Season 3 when he posed as an up and coming country music star.

I’m thrilled that we got to learn where Eliot found his love of food and we got meet Toby, his cooking mentor. Eliot’s comment about Toby being one of the men who helped him realize that he had more to offer than his fighting skills and that Nate was the other was subtle yet powerful. 

Eliot: He's one of the guys that kept me from falling all the way down, and now I'm asking the other guy to understand why I'm gonna help him. | permalink

Christian Kane has done a great job of shaping Eliot into one of my favorite TV characters. Watching him barely break stride in cooking to knockout guys who were there to kidnap him was funny. Letting the last guy taste his garlic sauce before knocking him out? Pure awesomeness.  

We also saw some growth in Parker as she struggled to figure out what her “thing” is. Eliot showed the true measure of his evolution as he coached her on his cooking and how it made him feel something more. I can’t wait to see where Parker goes now that she knows what feeling she is looking for. Clearly it won’t be jazz, given her reaction to Sophie’s prompting. 

Nate Goes After a Restauranteur

The only confusing part of the episode for me was Hardison. First, he doesn’t want to tip a messenger... then he’s obsessed with cooking with a laser... finally he’s walking around randomly eating vegetables and barely participating on the job. 

I get that the cooking with laser was a nod to those extreme cooking shows that do crazy things with lasers, liquid nitrogen, etc. The rest of it is where I was totally lost. Why would he start eating a yellow pepper while bringing back onions? Why was he so against being the supply runner when it was clearly part of the job to give him mobility? 

It was almost as if they wanted to give Hardison a funnier or geekier part but couldn’t figure out how to work it into the episode because you don’t need a computer to cook. Oh well, sometimes you crush it, and sometimes you flop; I’m chalking his part up to the latter.  

What did you think? Do you feel like you know Eliot better now? What do you think Parker’s “thing” should really be? What hobby would fit well with her character and the show? Be sure and check out this week’s Leverage quote offerings to see if your favorite made the list. 


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I am a newbie to the show. My husband loves it and wanted me to watch, now I am hooked! Great characters,much action! My question is this...what was the artist/song that Parker was lisrening to near the end of the French Connection Job? Answers are appreciated! Thanks.


Eliot is one of my favorite TV characters as well.


I LOVED this episode. I didn't dislike the previous episodes this season. They were ok at times a bit boring. But this episode felt like Leverage again. I savoured the Eliot background. I love looking into his character because he's the most mysterious of them all. I love the familial bond amongst them being exhibited. How fraternal Eliot is with both Hardison and Parker. How fatherly nate was with Parker. It was great. And Christian Kane has a way of delivering the simplest of lines with this impact and power that gives words a whole deeper meaning. I loved it. I liked Hardison and his nerdy laser thing. I thought it worked. Hands down my favorite episode of the season do far.


I though this episode was one of the best. Eliot showing off his culinary expertise was amazing .. and 'cooking AND hitting' at the same time ... PRICELESS!


Alikat7, your memory of Eliot info episodes is impressive, I should specify that I was thinking of an "Eliot centered" story, where he is the primary person. :)


I liked this episode and I thought hardison was kinda funny. It was nice seeing Eliot as a chef and he was funny Somtimes we also learned some important things about him. I think Parker's thing is stealing.


The bike messenger was the 'fat cyclist' a blogger who is friend with the writer of this episode. I thought Hardison's scenes made sense and were funny. He's the geek, the laser was a geeky toy, he was upset he couldn't play with the geeky toy more - not that he had to take part of the con. Parker being sad totally changed the mood of the episode. It goes to show how much Parker brings to each episode. Eliot and Nate were good this episode. I like the fact that Nate treats Eliot more like an equal now. And the knife scene's ending was funny. I don't think its accurate to say we know nothing about Eliot because we learned alot about his history in The Two Horse Job, The Tap Out Job, The Big Bang Job, and The Experimental Job. Plus they sprinkle in tidbits throughout other episodes. Leverage is often subtle about the character's histories instead of pounding it in your head.


You are absolutely right RE Hardisons weird acts. I don't know why they went to such extremes that way,Many episodes focus on only one of the team members.It has been great that Eliot has been focused on,because sometimes he is not given alot to do. He did a terrific job in this episode & the one last week as well.Loved the show!!!


I hope we find out more about Hardison and Nate's scheme soon.

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Leverage Season 5 Episode 4 Quotes

He's one of the guys that kept me from falling all the way down, and now I'm asking the other guy to understand why I'm gonna help him.


He showed me I could use my knife to create instead of destroy.