This week's episode of Leverage offered a return to the quality we have come to expect, as Nate and the team went after a crooked mine owner.
Overall, "The Underground Job" did a great job showing all the tricks they used along the way, leaving us with no lingering questions on how the quintet pulled off another a great con.
I especially liked that Parker got training on how to be a grifter. Sophie telling her to view people like a bank job was inspiring. Now that Parker has discovered a new talent, I wonder what kind of trouble having that genie out of the bottle is going to create for the team. I really hope the show continues to have fun with growing her character.
I am slightly curious about the portrayal of her being so naïve that she thought Pierce and Blackwell were “working out” instead of realizing they were having sex. However, that is minor and was a bit of fun, so I can let it pass.
We were also treated to see some more growth with Eliot. His dedication to the miners and not wanting to leave them short a man, mixed with his big brother concern for Corey, showed that Eliot is thinking more about others and how his actions affect them.
Lastly, I really liked the nod they had to “The Studio Job" when Parker asked if Eliot was going to be the fiddle again when Nate and Sophie said that a “skyway shuffle” is like a “fiddle job." That aside, now that we are ten episodes in to this season and a large portion has been stand alone episodes, it begs a few questions:
- What happened to Sophie’s “real name” bit? In the first two episodes they made a huge deal about the fact that Sophie wasn’t really her name and everyone but Nate knew it. It’s now been eight more episodes without even the tiniest mention.
- Didn’t the Italian chick want results? When they introduced the woman in the first two episodes, I thought we would see a bit more of her through the season. I am surprised that they have gone this many episodes without even a phone call or surprise visit from her. This seems a bit odd given the conversation she had with Nate initially.
- What about Damian Moreau? The team is supposedly being blackmailed to take down Moreau, yet we have not heard one mention of his name. Nate had said at the end of the first episode they would continue to take jobs, but they would be jobs that helped them get close to Moreau.
- What about Hardison and Sophie? Several episodes have focused on Parker and Eliot’s personal growth. I know we had the one episode where Hardison played the violin, but at the end we found out that Nate had hypnotized him more than him having personal growth. Last week, get got a pretty good glimpse into Nate’s life and I think we saw some growth with Nate and his dad, so I think Sophie and Hardison are due.
What did you think of the installment?
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