‘LEVERAGE’ BOSS TALKS GREAT PARKER AND HARDISON MOMENTS AHEAD
One of the cable couples I get asked about the most is easily Parker and Hardison on Leverage, and that thrills me because I find them totally fascinating. Parker, for her hesitation to let herself fall for Hardison, and Hardison, for his unwavering patience with the situation. And as executive producer Dean Devlin told me in our conversation about the last stretch of this season, these next few episodes will be big for the couple. “I think we’re going to continue what we’ve built on. The key is to not go backwards, and that’s challenging because we really progressed their relationship in the first half,” he said. “Parker is a uniquely damaged character and she’s only now coming out of that shell and dealing with her emotions. So, now that she’s accepting that she’s moving forward with Hardison, she’s really having a hard time trying to understand what that all means, because literally, she’s never had, in her entire life, a relationship like this.”
So what will the next few episode bring? For one, Devlin says there are a couple of episodes “where she gets challenged in dealing with how she’s feeling, and in some ways, she has to go through what everybody else went through when they were in jr. high and high school.” And in the season opener, he says, there’s a particularly fun moment “where Parker tries to encourage Hardison and it’s clearly a complete fake, and his chagrin at watching her do it is so touching and romantic…. It’s so lovely because it says so much about their relationship within the subtext.” Having screened the ep, I’m inclined to agree.