Tube Watch: Leverage – The Gold Job

by Cap'n Carrot on January 3, 2012 · 2 comments

in Television

Feeling underappreciated and ready to run his own con, Hardison (Aldis Hodge) convinces Nate (Timothy Hutton) to let him run the show to take down an brother (Todd Stashwick) and sister (Sasha Barrese) team scamming customers by buying their gold at only a fraction of its actual worth.

Based on video game fundamentals, Hardison’s “Double-Pronged Monkey Con” treats all the marks in the con like players on a video game and sends them on a wild goose chase of a treasure hunt in a maze of tunnels below the city of Portland searching out a mythical treasure.

Of course, when Hardison’s over-complicated new millennium con goes wrong Nate and the rest of the team are there to step in with Plan-B. While Elliot (Christian Kane) growls at Hardison’s plan (and laughs at “Mr. Punchy”), everyone works well in their specific roles, but it’s Hardison who takes center stage.

There are some nice touches including Hardison’s pouting early on that gets him in control of the con, the evaluation forms for each member of the team, and Nate and Hardison’s interactions throughout the episode which begin antagonistic but end with a resolution that works well not only for the episode but both characters as well.

Given the fact that Hardison is in command, and the sheer audacity of the con, the episode turns out to be one of the season’s most memorable. Not only is the team successful in taking down the thieves, but Hardison gets his first chance as “the puppet master.” Although his con might not have gone exactly as planned, it still leads to a successful job in which he learns a little more about what Nate does as the team’s mastermind.

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  • CoosCoos

    This was the first episode I’ve ever seen. The premise didn’t interest me. But then there I was in front of the TV with “nothing on”. (Nothing on the TV, you perv, not me! Keep your mind out of the gutter.)

    So from your description it sounds like this was a good episode to see as a “first episode”. It was entertaining, though I did guess what Hutton was doing with his “letter” when the con was being setup. And the acting did come across as very scripted and much of the dialog was “let’s find a way to explain this to the watcher through our explaining it to one another”. But I’ll give it another go.

    • Cap’n Carrot

      It was one of the better episodes of the season, and quite a bit of fun, but it might not the best to start with as it focused on one of the characters doing much more than his usual job (and relied a bit on your knowledge of the characters and their regular interactions to work).

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