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Leverage Review: Learning To Fly

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What a story Leverage fans were treated to on "The Broken Wing Job," easily the best Parker-based episode of the series to date.

The addition of Aarti Mann as Amy was an excellent choice to play off of Parker. Mann, having recently spent time on The Big Bang Theory, possessed just a hint of comic flair in the character, which made it even more fun. 

Nate Leaves Parker Behind

Did anyone else catch that Parker took on each of the team’s roles for a short bit? She was Hardison when she made the phone scanner, she was Eliot when she beat the guy with the crutch, she was Nate when she planned out where the tables go to block the thieves, and finally she was Sophie when she Conned Amy into helping her initially. Well done, Parker!

While I was sad we didn't learn what it was that Nate and Sophie were burning, I did really enjoy it that Nate could actually hear Parker and knew she was dealing with something - but simply trusted that she could do it. Parker really has come a long way since Leverage Season 1.

How awesome was her revelation that Amy was “one of them?!?" Parker doesn’t even think twice now about helping. The Parker from a couple years ago would have never taken an interest in “Romeo, “Juliet,” or “Chicken Parm” aside from what she could lift from their pockets. 

When she sat down with “Chicken Parm” to help him find a new favorite dish, I had tears in my eyes. In fact her comment was one of my favorite from tonight’s Leverage quotes:

She would have been very proud of how you stepped up yesterday and saved that police officer. | permalink

I hope we get to see more of Amy; she was a fun addition to this episode and would be really cool to see the team have some outside friends/support from time to time. 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (61 Votes)

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Jimg

@boco, I agree 100% that this episode nailed the use of Parker where the cheerleader episode missed...

Jimg

@Emma, no we haven't and Timothy Hutton said it was still an on-going gag for the show so it will come back up :)

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@Jerrie
Elliot did have a weird expression on his face, maybe theres more to it or maybe hes the head chef and shes a waitress and he was pointing that she wasn't working but watching a movie.

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I hope they let Parker keep her quirks while continuing to show her gaining more emotional maturity. Like the time she went to the chocolate fair and came back absolutely wired? Or the fact that she sleeps upside down while being suspended from a wire? Priceless! I thought the cheerleading episode was a lost opportunity when it came to showcasing Parker as a coach but this episode obviously delivered.
Off topic, Elliot is such a catch, I hope they give him a worthy love interest soon!

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Parker is one of my all-time favorite tv characters, so is Elliot. I was a bit worried about the writers diluting Parker's Parkerness this season, while I want her to have a more emotional connection with people and situations I still want Parker to be her money hugging, rigs using, chocolate eating, Christmas loving, super thieving quirky self.

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I always love the Parker eps. She is my favorite character. I wonder if we'll ever find out her other name. BTW, I don't remember ever hearing Sophie's "real" name and none of the characters are referring to it anymore. Did we ever find out what it is?

Deann

I LOVED this episode, and agree with everything the reviewer said about how Parker has grown. Amen to that! It was such an awesome ep and I thought the ending was just beautiful, when Parker helped the doctor find a new favorite dish...she's a great person, despite being a thief, or maybe because of it.
Oh, and I gotta say I loved that she took on each of the teams roles, and that she called each of them, too. I loved that Elliot was doing his Zen thing with the Kendo sword, and I love that Nate knew exactly what was going on, but he trusted her to set things right. And I thought it was hilarious that she looked at the bald kidnapper at the end and said "I'm gloating" LOL! I LOVE LEVERAGE!

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I love leverage,the chemistry of the characters, plots in the scrips,stays true to the name of the show. I am 69 yrs. old and so hooked on leverage after watching one time with me my 22yr. old grand dughter,called me to get
the weekly time and day of the show. Please keep it comming.

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Loved the ep. And I can see lots of potential for future resources in the group Parker was following. Not just Romeo and Juliet, but the cops they were set up with. Chicken Parm might come in handy for some of those wounds Eliot gets (or Nate since he does have a tendency to get shot). And Amy's family connections might also help. The only unfortunate item seemed to be Amy's name, which might be spelled different, but is still the same as Eliot's ex. Also, did anyone but me think Eliot's reaction to Amy being there was slightly strange. If she works as a waitress in the pub where he cooks, would he not have met her before, especially if she was there long enough for Hardison to trust her with Parker. Maybe a reaction to the name?

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What I didn't love about this episode. One of my faves of all times and I have a lot of faves from this show. I love how cute the episode started off with Parker and Hardison, how he kept reminding her to take her medicine and leaving his worker to take care of her. Parker talking to the bear Amy brought her and the robot Hardison made last season was adorable too to me. Even liked that she was drinking Hardison orange soda. Amy and Parker chemistry was great. I loved having this Amy character on the show, by the end I was thinking they should have her back a lot more. Parker had really grew from first season and the growth in last night episode was amazing. Seeing how much she cared and tried to help the man in the end. I would loved to have known what happened in Japan though with Hardison and the monkey and what Sophie and Nate burned, and what Eliot was about to get in to with the sword. Great episode. Leverage is the best show around.

Leverage Season 5 Episode 8 Quotes

Parker: How would you handle these thieves?
Nate: Sorry, Parker you're breaking up. Who's Jeeves?
Parker: Thieves!
Nate: Bees?
Parker: No, thieves.

Hardison: Baby, love, kisses, snuggles, and other romantic verbs. Take your pills, be nice to Amy, We will be fine without you.
Parker: That's what I am afraid off.