Leverage Season 3, Episode 8: '' The Boost Job'' - Review

A girl who reminds Parker of herself as a young car thief gets too close and Parker almost gets the team killed in The Boost Job episode of LEVERAGE. Duke Penzer (a sleazily slick Bill Engvall) sells hot cars out of his dealership and a teacher gets caught with one of them, so the team infiltrates both the dealership and the chop shop/car theft ring. Their plan goes to hell when Parker tells Josie, who is so much like the young Parker we flash back to, to stay away from the sting they've set up and guns are pointed at the entire team, but it miraculously works anyway.

The overly simplistic plot has a few too many holes and contrivances and I`m starting to worry about the team`s recent sloppiness, but this is a fast and (mostly) furiously fun episode. We learn more about Parker's past-she stole cars starting at age twelve and was a bat poop crazy getaway driver before that, but her car thief mentor abandoned her when they boosted a bait car. Being confronted with her past makes her sad and empathetic, so she tries to save Josie, endangering and infuriating the team. Eliot's I'm gonna kill you, Parker leads to Hardison's Nobody's gonna kill anybody, but, seriously, Nate's gonna kill you. Heh. Actually, Nate helps her protect Josie by hooking her up as landscaping crew for the victim-i. e. getting her around the right people. Aww. Hardison and Parker team up in their usual awesome way. She has total faith in his abilities and keeps him focused-it must be love. Also, on the shallowest level, is it just me or has Aldis Hodge become exponentially hotter?

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