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Leverage Review: Close Con of The Leverage Kind

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Nate: Lets go steal us a close encounter. 

This season has really had a different flavor to it. I’m still putting my finger on it, but it seems to be a bit more savory and certainly seems to relay how close Nate and the team have grown. Much like a stew or soup left overnight to let the flavors merge and strengthen, Leverage Season 5 has enjoyed the benefit of time.

This week’s "The First Contact Job" was a prime example. Watching Eliot and Hardison singing a duet of Hardison’s improvised song “Two good ol’ boys” got it stuck my head and Parker and Hardison betting their next date on who could get to the server room first was awesome. 

Hodge & the Science Job

We even got to witness Eliot do something other than hit people. Okay, he hit some people too. But before that he got to play a fun character, I could not stop laughing at the near vacant stare Christian Kane kept doing as “Willy." I really enjoy Leverage the most when we get to see team members doing new things. 

The only fly in the ointment really was Nate and his jumping to the wrong conclusions about the client wanting money. Then again, the episode’s overall message was about listening, so I guess someone had to “not listen” for the story to really hit home. I’m willing to go with it. 

It was sweet at the end that Parker had listened to Hardison, and tried to give him a picnic under the stars. And, of course, Nate had come around and listened to the client... even more sweet was that Sophie waited for Nate to come around and had faith that he would. 

Is anyone else worried that the some of the con's “presentation” are escalating to a point where they will become to unbelievable? First, the team faked stealing the Spruce Goose and now it faked an alien encounter. Don’t get me wrong, I loved all the little touches at the end of this Con with Sophie appearing to be abducted and the flashing lights. I’m just worried that these “bigger effect” cons are going to end up crossing a line of realism.

Of course, that said, my inner geek wouldn't feel right without giving kudos to all the nods this episode made to other sci-fi shows and movies. I picked up on E.T., Men in Black, and Star Trek: Next Generation. Be sure and check out the Leverage quotes to read these nods. Did you see any others I missed?

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Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (45 Votes)

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This was awesome episode fun, funny loved it...hoping for Season 6 of this wonderful show #RenewLeverageTNT

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I love scifi, so I loved this episode! I loved it when Nate called the bad guy Kolchak - like Kolchak: The Night Stalker! I don't know if that was deliberate, but I loved it! I also loved seeing Parker and Hardison as Men in Black...or FBI agents (since they're played those before), and it was like The X-Files (and Mulder and Scully were mistaken for Men in Black in an eipsode)! I loved Parker and the ET references to ELIOT! Loved hearing Hardison say, "I make this look good." The whole close encounters/alien abduction scene at the end was great! I loved Eliot playing Willie Ryker and how he acted like a redneck UFO spotter! I had a lot of fun with this episode! Great job guys, and I can't wait for the next episode!

Marissa

I loved this episode it was really funny. I thought it was awesome seeing Parker and hardison bet on there next date an in the end hardison telling Parker she doesn't listen then her giving him his picnic under the stars proving she was listening. It was cool seeing Eliot play a fun character. Them creating an alien abduction was amazing I wonder what other crazy awesome stuff they'll do. I can't wait till the next episode.

Leverage Season 5 Episode 3 Quotes

Nate: We can have the research back in 2 hours. Right Hardison? Hardison?
Hardison: Less. I would actually like to enjoy the rest of my Sunday.
Parker: He wants to get to his online Orc battle.

Elliot: What kind of guy names a toilet after himself?
Sophie: Someone who cares more about fame and then respect, that's for sure.