Leverage Review: The Trouble With Classics

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 The Leverage team is not accustomed to missing its mark, but the show itself is another story - this week in particular.

"The Real Fake Car Job" felt more like an attempt at an episode as opposed to the real thing. Hardison was right: there were five things going on at once that no one could have seen coming. And, as a result, it only managed to earn about twenty percent of my attention and investment in terms of plot.

The Wall Street Job

The two things I enjoyed most about this episode were Matthew Lillard and the wide array of vintage cars. Neither of these things had anything, really, to do with the plot or content of the episode. The background could have been Mars and they still would have stuck out.

Drive-by Plots. I appreciated that the con had to be complicated so that this con wasn't a copycat of all their other cons, taking out corrupt Wall Street folks by stroking their egos and lulling them into a vulnerable place emotionally or otherwise. But did we have to put Jim Cole (or was it Gabe Erickson?) into WITSEC with the mob after him at the same time?

Add that a US Marshall who stood to gain millions of dollars off his testimony and it was a little too much. Like Hardison mentioned to Nate, there were too many moving pieces for anyone to have possibly known what the outcome was going to be. What he forgot to mention was that it compromised the integrity of the outcome as well.

Exchanging Insurance. Nate and the team pulled off a con that earned them $50 million to redistribute to Erickson's (Cole's?) victims, but why on earth did that require that Nate meet with a mob boss? I get he asked that Erickson (Cole?) not be harmed in prison, but what's the purpose?

Shifting Gears. Here they are in Portland. That's an obvious fact. But why are they there, and what do they plan on doing? I understand that they're taking cases like always, but I am still at a loss as to what the bigger picture is here. One-shot episodes are great, but arcs are always appreciated. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy fluff, but fluff only gets you so far for so long. I'd hate to get to the end of the season and wonder what it was about as a big picture.

I'll at least leave you with a few highlights:

  • Parker's "I Love Food Carts" T-shirt.
  • Hardison's refusal to dig through anymore trash.
  • Sophie and Eliot as a "married couple" trying to impersonate mobsters for the US Marshall's benefit.
  • Classsic cars with historical myths surrounding them.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (35 Votes)

C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I enjoyed the episode. needed more Eliot though..lol love antique cars myself..want more .. leverage.. hope it gets renewed

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I liked it. However, that photo of Nate and Sophie - I don't remember seeing that. Did I miss something?

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i likes last weeks episode do much better it was different and I love Parker an Eliot together they have way more chemistry and their personality make way more sense

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PARKER AND HARDISON NEED A PROPER LOVE SCENE!!! LOVE THIS SHOW! ITS THE BEST!

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I liked this week's episode a lot, but when I was watching it the episode seemed like it wasn't fit for the time frame. in previews we were shown an eliot sword fight and it seemed that got cut. Your picture to this article is that of next's week episode. Did you know that...I love leverage and I liked this episode. It had good twists and turns, I think they are trying to keep people in suspense about what nate is up to. Please keep watching, it will pay off soon. Yes next week's episode looks awesome

Marissa

It wasn't the best episode but I still liked it. There where so many things going on and stuff I didn't see coming. I think next weeks episode will be better just by what it seems like in the preview it looks like Parker kicks some but and I love when she takes out bad guys it's one of the reasons she's my favorite and makes her less normal.

Fortyseven

I agree with the review. I liked that they couldn't access the target's money at first because he only left a voice message. I haven't seen that before.

Leverage Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

I only knew three of the five.

Nate

Moving on with or without you. It matters. You matter.

Nate
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