Leverage Review: The Ghost of Christmas Past

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Nate: Let’s go steal Christmas

In the third of three episodes leading up to the Christmas night Leverage Season 5 finale - as teased in our interview with Dean Devlin - we witnessed the team working to keep kids safe in the "The Toy Job."

Right off the bat, I have to mention that this is the first time in ages we've heard a reference to Nate's son. The heartwarming story at the end about the trumpet his dad gifted him and that he gave Sam was a sobering reminder that Nate has lost his father and his child in the last several years.

Nate, you are a stronger man than I. 

Attending the Toy Convention

On the flip side, we had Parker and Sophie, who love Christmas and were not fans of Nate’s imposed “no gifts this year” rule. Apparently Parker got a $100,000 motorcycle from Hardison in 2011. Way to set the bar for the rest of us, Hardison! 

Eliot was the wild card for me in this episode. Was anyone else surprised by his paternal leanings of being fair but strict? No? Yeah, me neither. However, the soft yet sensible side of him scolding Hardison for putting stuff in his fake blog that would look stupid did surprise me, and was worth a pretty good chuckle. 

I do wonder if Christmas has become to commercialized. Could we be sold on a creepy-looking-two-faced doll just because someone tells us that we want it? I know that products like the iPhone and iPad get a bad rap for people wanting them simply because other possess them. But, in reality, everyone has one because they are so damn useful and convenient. Maybe I'm over thinking the product and it was just a part of the con. 

As we close in on the Leverage season finale - yes, airing next week on Christmas - I’m still hoping for a holiday miracle and TNT decides to give Leverage a sixth season. While we won’t know for a little while the fate of our favorite team of would be Robin Hoods, we should all savor next week’s episode, as it may well turn out to be the series finale. 

Overall I'm giving it 4 creepy dolls for a fun holiday-themed episode that gave us a little more back story on Parker. 

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

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I am really going to miss leverage. If I could I would buy TNT just so I can watch leverage. I agree that we could have gotten alot more out of the characters.

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They just announced it. It's official.
Tuesday night's ep will be the last.
Damn you TNT!
But thank you Devlin for planning for this and making it an actual finale instead of leaving us hanging.
It will be missed.

Fortyseven

Better to end on a high note.

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Even though I enjoyed last night show, I'm kinda of sad that next week episode might be the last. I truly enjoyed Leverage and it is one of my fave shows on. I truly hope that they get renewed.

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It was a great episode. Dean did say that these last 3 episodes are one of their best and I have to agree it hasn't disappoint so far. I am really hoping for a Christmas miracle from TNT. There are still so much that we can explore into for these characters.

Snakethecritic

★★★☆☆TV Nate's story makes me think that Sophie is pregnant.
Anybody else think that?

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The only thing that makes me not totally upset about this being the end is that this show holds up really well in reruns...

Marissa

It was a great episode. I agree this is the first time in a long time that Nate has talked about his son. Next weeks episode should be great. I really hope next week isn't the end and they get renewed for a 6th season because I love this show so much.

Leverage Season 5 Episode 14 Quotes

Nate: What do you think parents are most afraid of?
Parker: Clowns?
Nate: No.
Parker: Evil Clowns?
Nate: No.
Parker: Crazy clowns named Gigi who whisper your name from under your bed?
Nate: [pauses] No.

Hardison: What's the problem with getting emotionally butt naked? I'm just trying to share my feelings.
Nate: We don't want to see that.

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