LEVERAGE “The Double Blind Job” Review

Leverage - Timothy Hutton, Aldis Hodge

“The Double Blind Job” was the fifth episode of LEVERAGE. A drug company providing toxic medicine to its consumers finds itself target of the leverage team when a sister of one of the victims seeks help and of course Nate and his crew are more than happy to oblige.

Into its third season, Leverage has defined its characters well past their original place names of ‘grifter’, ‘hitter’, ‘thief’ and so on. The cast is uniformly excellent, though Aldis Hodge stands out as the most charismatic of a pretty charming bunch. This episode once again reminded us of Nathan’s inability to let go of his vendetta against big corporations who caused the death of his son. His determination to punish them is reminiscent of some sort of Robin Hood with hi-tech gadgets. It wasn’t overly dramatized, but a quick argument between him and Sophie (Hutton and Bellman have great chemistry together) was enough to ensure the continuity of his emotional turmoil. It was a fun episode for the most part, particularly due to some excellent comedy provided by Eliot who has to seduce a woman from the FDA to buy the rest of the team more time.

Parker became jealous of the girl seeking leverage, mainly because she was snuggling up to Hardison. I love the relationship between Parker and Hardison and although I could see it coming and was dreading the eventual confrontation since I thought it would be impossible to convincingly find a match for Parker, I was surprised and thrilled by the execution of the final scene, where Parker finally, sort of, kind of, admitted to having feelings for Hardison (she used pretzels as a metaphor for him). His response was unambiguous. He pushed the pretzel dish towards her and said, “Well they’re right here, when you want them.” Instead of overcoming her Asberger’s-like syndrome to declare her love, her lack of social skills was acknowledged and embraced. Two seasons of slowly and steadily building a core relationship between these two has led to this point and it was pretty flawless and lovely to watch.

The writing is fun, the directing makes the show look more expensive than it probably is which is great since they’re aiming for the stylish James Bond sort of look.
This show is not perfect; mainly the plotlines are way farfetched and personally, unless they’re on a kids station, I like my action served with a heaping of violence (not necessarily gore. Lack of that is understandable. But some cool action scenes wouldn’t go amiss.) The writers know how to keep their characters in check; there’s none of this Glee action where a character fancies one person one episode, then feels something completely different for that person the next. The show is pure entertainment with great characters, an enjoyable plot, very good dialogue and a fun cast and this episode has so far been the best of the season.