Leverage Review: Too Big To Con

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Our favorite team returned tonight, taking on the mega-store to try and save the mom-and-pop businesses in "The Low Low Price Job."

You had to love Brigid Brannagh as the tough as nails executive who only wants to climb the company ladder. She did a great job of holding her own against Nate and the squad for a couple of rounds, but in the end we knew that Nate would figure out a way to beat her, didn't we?

Of course, Nate just did what he does best: he let her beat herself, really. Given how clever and quick she was, I wondered if Nate was going to try and recruit her to Team Leverage. It certainly seems that if she could be shown how to use her powers for good instead of evil, she would be a powerful ally. 

The Big Box Caper

Even when he wasn't sure if they could beat the company, I really liked that Nate stepped up and took the job to beat at least one store because it was important to Eliot. I can count on one hand the number of cases Eliot has brought to the table, so it didn't take much to know it was going to be good. 

And we weren't disappointed, given how much information we learned about Eliot, when we finally got to meet Tabitha (Willa Ford), who was previously revealed by TNT back in June as a possible love interest for the member.

I adored how Eliot took Martin under his protection as a surrogate father and tried to help him and protect him as a way to make amends for the falling out he had with his own dad. I wish we could have gotten a little more at the end of the episode with Eliot going to find his own father, it just felt so incomplete. 

Of course, Eliot wouldn't be the Hitter we know and love if he didn't have at least one person to hit. For this job, that became Bryan, the manager who was a bully. I don’t know about you, but I was ready to feed Bryan to the soda machine if Eliot didn't. 

Ironically, I had a boss just like Bryan when I was in my late teens working at a super-chain store that promised the lowest prices. Does that environment just attract ass-hat bullies, or do you think they are everywhere and I've gotten better at avoiding them?

I’m really looking forward to next week to see if Tabitha is back and to see what effect she has on Eliot. I think it’s going to be an interesting winter season! I’m giving this episode 4.3 mega-size pretzel packs for a fun return episode. How about you?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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This episode was great as a Wal-Mart employee I found this episode so funny, and some of the aspect were so true the chanting and the could you do this while you’re on your break stuff is so true. I get that it’s not realistic for all the employees to get a new job after the super store closed but that’s why I watch leverage for the happy endings whether that’s how it would be in real life or not.

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As Walmart is really evil, I applaud TNT for putting out this episode. The premise of the show is punishing bad rich guys and the Waltons fit that description perfectly, why should not they be fair game?
The North Korea remark was appropriately placed, as chanting words together is a well known brain washing technique, it creates attachment and unity and can be used both for good and for sinister purposes. With Walmart employees strikes this month the episode is actually quite well timed. That said, I thought it was very well made, having both relevance and emotional side. It is decidedly less glamorous than smuggling of expensive trinkets, but the quality of the show benefits from such versatility.
It was great to see Bridged Brannagh, another Angel alumnae, just like Christian Kane.

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I thought it was a little heavy handed with the "Walmart is evil" theme. When Eliot said, "This reminds me of North Korea", I cringed. Seriously?? And of course, all the employees that they put out of work by closing the store miraculously found jobs immediately at the wonderful 'Mom and Pop' stores. The same jobs that they presumably left to go to work at the chain store? I wouldn't have been surprised to see a unicorn running down Main Street. The only thing that saved the episode was the little bit of back story that we got about Eliot. But even that seemed contrived and a bit manipulative. I think this show is running out of steam and it makes me sad. I used to really love it.

Dreamrose

I actually found myself feeling rather frustrated by this episode. It was fairly obvious that the cadmium poisoning was going to come up again as soon as Sophie started listing off all those very specific symptoms. Furthermore, I found it highly dubious that the town was able to put through a zoning change without a public hearing. Bribes or no bribes, zoning changes are big deals, especially in small towns. Even my suburban city of 50,000 saw a huge controversy when a Costco moved in, so I cannot see their City Council managing to shuffle it through like they did and not cause a riot among residents.

Marissa

Great episode as usual. I'm so glad it's back I've missed it so much. There were some pretty funny parts in this episode as usual. Leverage never disappoints. Glad to learn a little more about Elliot. Can't wait till next weeks episode.

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