Leverage Review: Triple Play

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While I missed Sophie and Nate a little this week's first offering of Leverage, it was incredible to see Eliot, Hardison and Parker stepping up and doing what they do best to save lives. Watching all three use the full extent of their talent made "The Rundown Job" my favorite Leverage episodes this season.

How awesome was Eliot when he gave Hardison the pep-talk? I think this is the nicest thing Eliot has ever said to Hardison:

You're the smartest guy I've ever known Hardison. I need that brain to get me to him, cause if you know I lay my hands on him, it's done. | permalink

Between those words and fighting Udall after being shot in the shoulder, Eliot reminded us what he does best. It looked like the pep-talk was exactly what Hardison needed, too, as he stepped up right after that and got busy. 

While we are speaking of Hardison, I loved the visual styling the show used where it overlaid his hacking on the screen so we had a feel for what Hardison was doing. Of course, it was equally as cool when he intercepted the keys to the corvette and threw them to Eliot. I wonder how many takes that took to get right. 

Parker Tries to Stop an Attack

We also saw a more limber side of Parker, first when she worked her way across the laser guarded vault and then again when she disarmed the claymore mine. If you watch the latter again, look at Parker’s face as she climbs around on Hardison, there is genuine fun and affection in Beth Riesgraf's expression that makes the scene that much more fun. 

Parker was in excellent form all around, from getting out of her cuffs with Vance to taking the briefcase off of Udall during his monologue. I laughed so hard when Vance pointed out that she was already out of her cuffs. 

Did anyone else see her using the mini blowtorch to burn the gas as it vented from the brief case? I didn’t but realized how brilliant it was as she did it. Well done, Parker, you earned that spare diamond.

Of course, Angel fans out there would roast me alive if I didn’t mention the return visit of Christian Kane’s former co-star Adam Baldwin as Col. Vance. Given his insistence at the end that Eliot should consider working for him again, I suspect this will not be the last we have seen of Vance – and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The team could use more powerful contacts on their side, and I think Vance is at the top of a short list in that respect. 

Leverage takes a chance when it moves away from the “client of the week” episodes. Sometimes it missed the mark completely, but this episode took the very pieces of the show we love and put them on large doses of caffeine. The action was fast, the comedy was funny and the Leverage quotes were very enjoyable.  

Don’t forget to head over to the second half of this week’s double feature to see what Sophie and Nate were up to while Eliot, Parker and Hardison were in DC. 


Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


This show sucks.. They all are horrible actors.. That blonde is the worst.. She makes these stupid faces(they are not cute).. I hope they all get blown up if they make another episode..


My favorite episode of the season, hands-down! The characters of Eliot, Hardison, and Parker were all fleshed out far more than they have been in the past - they felt like real people - and their interactions were great. Hope to see more like this in the future (fine to have all members of the team, but with this level of depth, please)!


leverage is on top an d this was one of my favorite episodes


Thank you for the great review Jim! I simply loved this episode! It's my new favorite.


The whole episode was amazaing, start to finish. Arguably the best of the season in my eyes.


My favorite Leverage episode EVER! Loved the whole thing, from start to finish. The chemistry between these three is electric. Well written, beautifully acted and the direction from Dean Devlin was masterful (especially loved his use of color for this one). TNT must renew this show - its the best on tv, bar none.


Always a pleasure seeing Adam Baldwin delivering the goods. Not sure why the 'Leverage' Powers That Be slicked back his hair and gave him brown contacts, but never mind. I hope this isn't the last we've seen of Colonel Vance!


Who played Udall on this episode of the Rundown job?


What a great episode! Has to be on my top five of fave Leverage episodes. I enjoyed this one so much more than Nate and Sophie episode. It was so intense from start to end. The relationship these three have now and their on screen chemistry is so amazing. Loved the speech Eliot gave Hardison, it shows how much their friendship has grown and change since the beginning. Also loved the scenes where Hardison kept asking Parker for a kiss for luck and how she kept turning him down till the end. I love this couple and was happy to see a little more affection from these two. The episode had a lot of humor mixed in with how intense and serious the job they had to do. I already watched this episode more than once and I plan on watching it a whole lot more. By the end I felt bad because I really didn't miss Sophie and Nate.


Good but not great. It was too big to be a single episode.

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Leverage Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Hardison: We're thieves' man; we're good at what we do. But this is way, way out of our league.
You accept us to catch some psycho city killer, a country killer?
Eliot: You scared?
Hardison: You're damn right.
Eliot: I'm not, I've got the best thief and the smartest guy I know chasing this guy.

Eliot: I'm gonna keep her alive. You guys found a way to get her out of here.
Hardison: With what?
Eliot: You stole a Michelangelo with tinfoil and chewing gum, figure it out!