“Leverage” is the show where we find ourselves rooting for (and wanting more of) a group of thieves, and everyone’s favorite mastermind, grifter, hitter, hacker, and thief are back. “The Low Low Price Job,” episode 11 of season 5, aired Tuesday, Nov. 27, and saw Eliot (Christian Kane) reveal something about his past and the team work to save a small town from a mega-store.
After Eliot found Tabatha (guest star Willa Ford) upset that she could lose her store, he became determined to take down Value More. However, with the store opening the next day and helping many with jobs and affordable food, that wasn’t going to be easy. Nate (Timothy Hutton) had had Value More on his radar for a while, but it was too big, even for the “Leverage” team that had overthrown a government in a foreign country. What they could do was take down the one store, and they had to work fast. Only three Value More stores had been closed in the past, and the first had been over a land dispute. And so Sophie (Gina Bellman) approached Ms. Cowan (Brigid Brannagh), the regional team leader, as an environmental activist with a warning of the cadmium blues, which had the symptoms of a fever, stuffy nose, rash, and loss of taste, after she tested the dirt on the property. However, Ms. Cowan kicked her off the property and, at the town meeting, labeled her a wanted eco-terrorist.
The second store closed because of a union scare, and Eliot went in as a store worker. He hung up flyers for a “pick-up game,” but Cowan knew it was for a union meeting and followed the trap they set out to an RV Nate had parked in the lot. She not so subtly listened as Nate loudly asked about Eliot’s recruitment. Cowan then confronted Nate and told him to stay away from her employees. She then interrupted the meeting and offered the works 30 percent off in the store for the next month and a barbeque for the entire town. She won the second round as well.
The last store that closed was due to bad luck that brought down profits. And so they had to steal bad luck. Hardison (Aldis Hodge) modified a coupon so that TVs were $99.99 instead of $999.99, while Sophie had her theater group dress like employees and give terrible customer service. However, at the end of the day, Eliot ended up getting fired after pinning the manager to a soda machine after Martin, whom he had befriended, collapsed since he wasn’t getting breaks and was clearly doing work someone his age shouldn’t have been, and the store had had record sales. They couldn’t destroy the store, but Cowan could when the CEO stopped by.
After a very rough night, courtesy of some modifications Eliot and Hardison had made to her hotel room, including a constant beeping, faulty light bulb, broken shower, and tampered-with makeup, eye-mask, and drink, and Parker (Beth Riesgraf) coming in, sneezing, with complaints of a rash, Cowan began experiencing the symptoms Sophie had listed of the cadmium blues. She sabotaged the store herself when she told the CEO that it wasn’t safe once he told her he wanted her to stay there for six months before joining them at corporate. That was it for the store, and Eliot got a date with Tabatha in the end.
We said in our preview that this wasn’t our favorite out of the upcoming episodes, and it wasn’t, but it was a still a great episode and a good one to air to get back into the swing of things. And while the job of the episode may not have been our favorite and we’re giving it four, maybe four and a half stars, we’re giving five stars to “Leverage” revealing more about Eliot. As we learned in this episode, his father owned a hole-in-the-wall hardware store and wanted Eliot to run it. Eliot just wanted to get out, and the night before he left after joining the service, they had a fight. “The Low Low Price Job” ended with Eliot going to see his father, only for his knock to go unanswered.
“Leverage” is very much a team show, but each member gets a chance to stand out, and in this episode, that was Eliot. While we’ve seen the softer side to Eliot a few times in the past, we’re used to him being the hitter, the tough guy who doesn’t really need guns, knives, or anything past his fists to get the job done. However, this episode showed a vulnerable side to him as he talked about his father and then took a major step and went to his house. We’re used to seeing Kane play the hitter oh-so-well, and while we, of course, do love that, we like seeing what else he brings to the role, and he was absolutely excellent in this episode.
And while this is a team show, as we just said, that team also consists of two relationships, but sometimes, it’s the friendship between Eliot and Hardison that is the most entertaining to watch, and that was once again true with this episode. Yes, they are often the source of some of the more amusing moments of an episode, and this one did start off with just that as Eliot argued against Hardison’s idea to compost in the brewpub. But it was the scene with Eliot telling Hardison about his father that may have been the best of the entire episode and one of the best of the series. We’re so used to seeing those two argue and Eliot’s “Damn it, Hardison!” but just like brothers, they have their moments, and this was a perfect time for that.
Finally, here are a few moments we loved (hit the comments with yours!):
- Parker: “If they’re so bad, why haven’t we hit them yet?” Nate: “Because they’re too big.” Eliot: “Too big. We overthrew a government in a foreign country.” Nate: “A small foreign country.”
- Sophie: “People study for like years to learn this stuff, and you want me to do it in like 20 minutes? …It’s probably not even real—it’s like names of dinosaurs or something.” Hardison: “Dinosaurs were real.”
- Hardison: “It’s driven many a college roommate to insanity.”
- The team betting on when Cowan would fall apart and Parker winning
- Eliot befriending Martin
- Learning more about Eliot and his relationship with his father
“Leverage” continues Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on TNT. What did you think of “The Low Low Price Job”?
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