Are you ready to steal some cars? That’s what our beloved Leverage team is doing this Sunday in “The Boost Job.” And who’s the only one you know who’s a real match for some master car thieves? Parker! With a little help, of course. The team works to end the reign of a car dealer who doesn’t work on the up and up.
The car dealer is played by Bill Engvall, who you might recognize from Blue Collar Comedy or The Bill Engvall Show. I actually couldn’t place him until I looked up the name. But I think this is because they have him dressed in a very perfect “car dealer” outfit. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all. They all desperately need style advice, but you know they wouldn’t take it. (There should be an entire reality TV series based on ambush makeover-ing used car dealer’s/salesmen. They tend to dress remarkably inside of Dwight Schrute’s color palette – but also with fake gold chain necklaces over mock turtlenecks. This? Is a good look on no one.)
This episode has a focus on Parker, but still doesn’t live up to “The Inside Job” in my estimation. We do get to know a tiny bit more about Parker’s past, and you’ll see her be – gasp – empathetic!
My favorite moment is when Parker enlists Hardison to steal an unstealable car.
Watch this episode if only to catch the clever Betty/Veronica (Archie Comics) reference and the unapologetically-delivered Parker quote, “And they might shoot you a little.”
Leverage “The Boost Job” airs Sunday, August 1, at 9 pm ET/PT on TNT.
Breaking News: TNT’S HIT SHOW ‘LEVERAGE’ RENEWED FOR A FOURTH SEASON ON TNT
The heist show starring Timothy Hutton has been growing its audience this summer by 60%
By CARL CORTEZ, Contributing Editor
THE SKINNY: It’s good news for fans of the TNT series’ LEVERAGE – it’s been renewed for another season set to air in 2011.
That means 15 more episodes of the hit heist show which airs Sunday nights at 9/8c.
“TNT has enjoyed tremendous success on Sunday and Monday nights with LEVERAGE, THE CLOSER and RIZZOLI & ISLES,” says Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “All three shows feature terrific casts, sharp writing and top-notch production teams. We look forward to continued success with new seasons in 2011.”
LEVERAGE stars Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton (ORDINARY PEOPLE), Gina Bellman (COUPLING), Christian Kane (TNT’s INTO THE WEST), Beth Riesgraf (ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS) and Aldis Hodge (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) and follows the adventures of a highly skilled team out to settle scores against those who use power and wealth to victimize others.
LEVERAGE is currently averaging 4.1 million viewers in its third season, showing growth among young adult demos when compared to the second season. The series boasts a loyal following, as indicated by its strong performance in time-shifted viewing. For the first five episodes this summer, LEVERAGE has grown its total audience by 60% when compared to live viewing (33% compared to Live + Same Day). The growth is particularly strong among key demos, with adults 18-34 rising 101% vs. Live (45% vs. Live + Same Day); adults 18-49 up 77% vs. Live (41% vs. Live + Same Day); and adults 25-54 rising 72% vs. Live (39% vs. Live + Same Day).
LEVERAGE is executive-produced by Dean Devlin (INDEPENDENCE DAY, TNT’s THE LIBRARIAN trilogy) and creators John Rogers (TRANSFORMERS) and Chris Downey (THE KING OF QUEENS). The series is produced for TNT by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.
Eliot, Hardison Need “Deliverance” When Leverage Sting Turns Sour
Television Review: Leverage, “The Gone Fishin’ Job”
by R.J. Carter
Published: July 23, 2010
Clancy Brown guests on this week’s Leverage as a sly dog who’s gained clandestine access to lists of people who are behind on paying their taxes. They’re on payment plans, but they’re vulnerable to being scammed by his credit collections expertise, and he’s draining their credit cards dry. It’s just the sort of thing one turns to the Leverage team to get help with. Splitting up, Eliot and Hardison head toward a small town bank where the fellow hides his funds, to scare him into thinking the funds are no longer safe there. Meanwhile, Sophie and Parker enter his corporate offices to set up the sting.
Eliot (Christian Kane) thinks he’s got the easy end, and has hauled Hardison out into the sticks along with him because he wants to enjoy the rest of the trip as a fishing expedition — with dirt, and worms, and hooks, all things Hardison (Aldis Hodge) has had no hands-on experience with, nor wants to. But before they get very far, they discover the true purpose behind the collections scam when they are captured by a survivalist militia group building bombs financed by the stolen funds. Picture “Deliverance” recast with Kane and Hodge, and you’re on the right track to visualizing this.
This gives team leader Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton) two goals — rescue the guys from the middle of nowhere, and assist Sophie (Gina Bellman) and Parker (Beth Riesgraf) to avoid detection as their cover becomes more and more tenuous. I particularly liked Parker’s actions when posing as a telephone debt collector, although I did have a hard time believing she would forget about being on an open phone line at one point in the plot. It was also fun to see the usually at-odds Hardison and Eliot get an opportunity to do a bit of a “buddy adventure” in a setting that tests their relationship as much as it reveals its true nature to the audience.
Gone Fishin’. (l-r) Aldis Hodge and Christian Kane
as Alec Hardison and Eliot Spencer in Leverage.
photo credit: Erik Heinila/TNT
As a side note, the Leverage cast and crew will be at the San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, July 24, before heading back to finish filming the season three finale. Fans at the SDCC will be able to sit in on discussion panels, and I’m betting that someone somewhere will be setting aside a room just to view this particular episode.
Leverage, “The Gone Fishin’ Job,” debuts Sunday at 9pm
You guys know the drill, we’ve already seen the upcoming episode of Leverage and we’re here to talk!
This Sunday’s episode of Leverage is “The Gone Fishin’ Job,” wherin a greedy, lying debt collector is targeted by our team.
Instead of focusing on any one team member, this episode highlights Eliot (Christian Kane) and Hardison (Aldis Hodge) – and their unlikely bromance.
In the process of getting back the stolen money:
Hardison and Eliot decide to have a little vacation day in the woods. Turns out that Hardison hates nature. You can probably figure that out when he says, “Did you see that mosquito? That thing had a beak, man!”
Things won’t go smoothly. “Smell that?” – Eliot / “Smell death? Yes I do.” – Hardison.
Hardison’s Rock, Paper, Scissors tell comes back into the conversation!
“I say we whoop some hillbilly ass.”
Make sure to look for:
Parker and her pinata.
Guest star Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption)
The perfect, final scene. Oh, technology.
Leverage “The Gone Fishin Job” premieres Sunday, July 25 at 9 pm ET/PT only on TNT. Stay up to date on all of the Small Screen Scoop Leverage coverage. || Stop by the official Leverage website.
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