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Recap - Leverage 3.12: ''The King George Job'' Season 3, Episode 12

We’re already just two episodes away from the end of Leverage‘s summer run. After tonight, only one more episode remains before our crew ends season three. (At least if you believe TNT’s marketing. There’s a back half coming.) How the time flies by, huh? Sophie and Nate are at the airport, trying to get close enough to get near the infamous Damien Moreau, who’s been blackmailing them all season. Hardison is doing his best customs officer impression, while Eliot looks smashing in the pilot’s outfit. Their plan is to get their hands on a guy named Keller, who works for Moreau and is using refugee kids to smuggle valuable artifacts into the country. I get excited because Keller is played by James Frain, who gave a really great performance as Paul Raines on 24 before he got killed off. He’s probably not going to die here, but it’s still not going to be fun for him. However, he slips right through their fingers…for the time being. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Leverage Review- The King George Job S3E12

Its nice to see the team working together again, after last weeks exciting Rashomon Job, which reminded us why Five heads are better than One. The King George Job opens on almost a tear-jerking story: Nate and the team wait at the customs gate for a smuggler, only to discover he's using innocent little girls to traffic artifacts. The bad guy is, none other than James Frain, yes Franklin from True Blood. This week we're in London where Sophie reunites with her alter-ego Charlotte, a douchess, and Hartison "hacks history" by creating a beautiful forgery of King George's wife's diary. In the end, the team saves the little girl from Customs lockup, returning her to her family, and head off to their next adventure and to find Damien Moreau. I really enjoy episodes where the team's previous characters return, (like Sophie's "Duchess Charlotte" in this episode or the FBI agents the Parker and Hardison play in previous episodes). This confirms the shows writers understanding that when you place con-artists/thieves in the same locations they will be recognized as who they were before. I also appreciated seeing the bad guy "outsmarting" them- for one knowing that Nate was a liar, early on in the episode, and again when he tells Sophie that he doesn't want her help acquiring his royal title. The show gets really redundant when the bad guys always follows their plan without questioning. They're supposed to be bad guys, why wouldn't they be a bit smarter and realize they're being played. As for Frain's acting, every time he smelled something I couldn't help by remember his creepy portrayal of Franklin. Luckily the team uncreepified (yes, thats now a word) the artifact smelling when Sophie explained what it all meant- leading the team to smell, touch and even taste the statue. Sophie's archeology of a criminal was really fascinating, especially when you watch as much television revolving around crime as I do. Cant wait for next week, but I'm sad that the season's almost over. What are your hopes for the season Finale? Just like this episode, season had great Guest appearances- who do you want to stop by the Leverage gang?

LEVERAGE ''The King George Job'' Review Season 3, Episode 12

Nate and company head to London to take down one of Moreau’s top lieutenants by stealing an auction in the “King George Job” episode of LEVERAGE. The team is at Logan Airport, watching Keller because they know he is moving stolen goods. Unfortunately, it’s a child, not Logan who is caught with the merchandise, so the team heads to London to take down the operation and hopefully get another step closer to Moreau. In London, they try a simple auction scam, but Keller is on to them, so Sophie swoops in and offers Keller a lost barony via the diary of King George III’s mistress. He initially bites, but after the auction where he buys Hardison’s masterpiece forgery opts to cut Sophie out of the deal. Instead he’s arrested by Scotland Yard for possession of stolen antiquities the team planted on him and Hardison traces the money Keller used at the auction back to a shell company and federally protected hockey player that seem to have promising connections to Moreau. We learn that the team is four months into their six month deadline to nab Moreau and this is the first time they’ve had an opportunity to get anywhere near him. Talk about cutting it close. While I wish more Moreau threads had been woven into the season, we get some good build-up to what should be the final confrontation next week. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Leverage Review: ''The Rashomon Job'' Season 3, Episode 11

Simply put, The Rashomon Job made for one of the most entertaining episodes of Leverage season, as we got a look into how each of the team members worked solo when they were all after the same item, prior to when they recruited by Nate. I was very happy that Nate and the team finally mentioned Monroe again. While it was in passing, at least it they are starting to drift back onto the larger storyline. I am not sure if the Monroe plot can be completed in the next two episodes before the show takes a break and I wonder if we are going to go into the next season with them still after Monroe. However, the true beauty of this episode was the "Rashomon Effect" concept. While it was a simple concept of five perspectives on a single event from five years earlier, the delivery of those perspectives made this my favorite episode this season. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap & Review - Leverage 3.11: ''The Rashomon Job''

An episode with multiple points of view is a tricky thing to do. It can either go really well (does anyone remember NBC's Boomtown?), or it can get repetitive and muddled (like, well, the bad episodes of Boomtown). This week, Leverage employs the device in order to shed more light on our protagonists backstory, by showing us what happened when they were all after the same artifact. Everyone is hanging out at McRory's, talking about the Dagger of Aquabi, now on display at a local museum. All of them want to take credit for stealing it five years ago, and all of them think the others are lying. Sophie's idea is to tell Nate their individual stories and let him decide who's telling the truth. Each of them relate their different versions of what happened that night. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

LEVERAGE ''The Rashomon Job'' Review Season 3, Episode 11

The team reminisces about a night they each tried to steal the Dagger of Aqu Abi in the change-of-pace The Rashomon Job episode of LEVERAGE. Watching news coverage of a present-day exhibition of the dagger reminds the team of a night five years before when the dagger was also on display and when each team member claims to have stolen it, they decide to each describe their adventure and have Nate judge which one is the true thief. Their stories intersect and build on each other's until Nate's version gives the most complete picture of both the theft and the team members as they were before they started working together. In the end, there is no theft because the dagger the team had lusted after was actually a fake, planted by the owner who was running an insurance scam. Pulling off a multiple point of view story is as hard as stealing a priceless dagger, but the Leverage team is more than up to the task. Each version of the tale fits perfectly with its storyteller and there is remarkably little repetition, so the pacing is brisk. Best of all, we see each team member's first impression of the others, and while it's not pretty, it is hilarious. Hardison saw Eliot as a psychotic nutcase since he, while impersonating a doctor, was going to use a carving knife to open Hardison's airway. Parker viewed the rest of the team as blathering idiots because that's how Parker sees everyone. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Recap - Leverage 3.10 "The Underground Job"

Tonight's Leverage is a little more topical than some: it focuses on dangers in a West Virginia mine that have gotten people killed. Sound familiar to anyone? Thought so. Yet if there's a show that could turn that tragedy into something that's both compelling and respectful, it's the Leverage creative team. Add in a corrupt CEO played by Bruce Davison - you know, that guy who's been in just about everything, ever – and you have a new con. Two years after a horrible mine explosion, a guy comes to Nate and Eliot to talk about the people that died and how the mine had substandard ventilation. Now the miners are out of work and mourning the loss of their dead. The CEO, Blackwell, has taken the money he was given from the government to fix the problem and run off with it, because some of Bruce Davison's best known roles are when he's playing a bad guy (unless you go back to Harry and the Hendersons). He's even bought off the local Attorney General. Nate decides he can take down both of them at the same time, because of course he can. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

LEVERAGE ''The Underground Job'' Review Season 3, Episode 10

The LEVERAGE team takes down a greedy and corrupt mine CEO and the attorney general in his pocket in The Underground Job episode. Two years after a mine explosion, one of the miner supervisors asks Nate for help because none of the $500,000 the government gave mine CEO Dan Blackwell for safety measures has actually gone to the mine. Blackwell used it to buy an attorney general instead. The team decides to sell Blackwell his own mine by making him think it contains valuable coltan, but the plan goes off track when the attorney general, Debra Pierce, won’t let Blackwell use her PAC money and he must use the mine’s payroll instead. Since he has to shut down the mine, he might as well blow it up, too, so the team has to hustle to save the mine and get Blackwell’s confession. This is a solid episode with a good, well-explained con, and unlike recent episodes, the only mistake the team makes is to underestimate Blackwell and Pierce`s greed. Nate and Sophie work especially well together in this episode, especially when they need to ad lib. We’re going to convince him you’re a lying, greedy bitch. Love Nate’s sneering at Blackwell as he plays Bob Gibson, big city would-be mine owner and Sophie’s barely concealed disgust at Blackwell’s contempt for his workers. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Leverage Review: "The Three-Card Monte Job" Season 3, Episode 9

This week's episode of Leverage offered us a glimpse into the workings of the Ford family, as Nate went up against his dad Jimmy. Overall, "The Three-Card Monte Job" was better than the last couple installment have been. While we yet again did not get any progress on the Italian lady or her blackmail, we did get a unique episode with the team having no real overall con and instead, actually working to figure out and break a con. It was a refreshing change of pace from the normal way it works a job. Of course, the job was not supposed to be typical from the moment it was clear that Nate’s father was the mark they were working to stop. I know the writers wanted this to have tension from it being family, but something didn’t click with that idea. There was something very subtle early in the episode that felt out of sync: Nate was too casual about the job being one to stop his father and/or send him to jail. I know there we should expect some false bravado, but until Nate sat down at the police station after letting his dad go, I never felt he was having any kind of difficulty with the prospect of sending his dad back to prison. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

LEVERAGE, ''The Three-Card Monte'' Review Season 3, Episode 9

Nate has to take down his father in the Three-Card Monte Job episode of LEVERAGE. Jimmy Ford is out of jail and wants “his piece,” so he teams up with the Russian mafia to steal $20 million worth of merchandise the police had seized, using bank alarms as a distraction. Nate infiltrates the crew and he and his father con each other up until the day of the heist when Nate and the team shut down the Russians and Nate catches Jimmy stealing a ledger invaluable to Boston’s crime families. Dysfunctional doesn’t even begin to describe Nate’s relationship with his dad. The interspersed flashbacks of a frustrated Jimmy teaching young Nate three-card monte anchor the action and give clues into both the con at hand and Nate’s demons. Jimmy really is a total bastard and Nate can be a chip off that old block. They both have to win and they both give as little as possible. The pill scam is a mirror into what could have been if Nate and Jimmy had ever really bonded, but the sadder reflection comes when Jimmy tells Nate, You’re more ruthless than me, crueler than me. Maybe you really are better than me. I’m so proud of you, son. Tom Skerritt is excellent as Jimmy. He and Timothy Hutton play perfectly off each other and are more than believable with their complicated relationship. In fact, Hutton has never been better on Leverage than he is here. From Nate’s astonishment when he realizes his dad conned him to his resigned “I had to” when Parker says, You let him go, or his bitter satisfaction in beating his dad at his own game, he runs the full gamut of emotion. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now