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:

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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. 


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

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


P.S. to my earlier comments: While I'm loving all these observations from different viewers, it's finally occurred to me that the fact that Parker's 'caper' was instrumental in saving Amy from being kidnapped, and possibly worse, then her family could feel some obligation to her in the future. This could set things up for some interesting alliances as needed in future jobs. Meanwhile, adding another aspect to the Parker/Amy chemistry, they were almost like mentor/teacher and protege/student. Fascinating to watch!


I loved t last nights episode. I missed the rest of the team, but Beth did so great that I got passed it. Thank you for the good review. Love this show and I can't wait to see where they take it. I also loved them bringing in outside people. I think Amy worked great with Parker.


Too much Parker. The strength of this show is its group dynamic. I found it boring and also not very credible. Bring back the team!


Agree with you completely. We could see some of Parker's potential in the "Juror #6 Job" and this proved it. Besides all the things you mentioned I also like the easy, affectionate relationship between Parker and Hardison. It's not overdone but it's so good to see them together as a couple, there's good chemistry between them.
This show had better be renewed. The Tea Party movement will be nothing compared to the outrage and rebellion of Leverage fans if the network tries to cancel this show.


Loved it.Thanks Jim for such a great review! Love this show and really hope that TNT renews it so we can see more of this wonderful show .... and it's excellent cast, crew, writers, producers, directors!! (any and everyone else on the show i missed too!) THANK YOU


Great review, Jim, especially since I agree with you, point by point! I watched the first showing, then made my husband catch the second run, specifically because I wanted him to watch the Amy character. To me, it wasn't only everything she did in this episode, but the fact that she has major global connections through her family's business interests. I can see her combining her desire to do good with her ability to control some serious resources and power to help the team once in a while. Lots of potential there. Besides, Aarti Mann his real screen presence and great chemistry with Beth Riesgraf as Parker when they were working in scenes together. The seemingly naive and shy Amy really helped bring out the softer side of Parker. Great episode!


A Top 5 episode.


I loved this episode it is deffinetly one of my favorites. I loved seeing Parker asking Amy for help and seeing Amy do all the stuff the team would normally do. I liked how when Amy to the information from the bad guys phone she got everyone else's an Parker had to see if Seth was really cheating and so she sent the picture she found to his girlfriend so she would no and they could stop the bad guys that day. I loved how they set Romeo and Juliet up with different people but they got together in the end. It was really nice of Parker to sit down with parm guy and help him find a new favorite dish. I agree Parker has really grown from the 1st season. I liked the ending when the team came back and found Parker and Amy watching the first zombie movie together. I really hope we see more Amy shes a cool character and I hope there's more of her. I can't wait fr the summer finale I think it will be awesome.

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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.