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Best of 'Leverage' Moments: Seasons One and Two

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 20th 2010 12:00AM
timothy_hutton_leverage_tntWith the third season of TNT's 'Leverage' starting on Sun., June 20, at 9PM ET -- a two-hour premiere -- we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the best moments and character bits from episodes gone by.

For those of you who may not be familiar with 'Leverage,' here's some reasons to tune in ... before you watch the clips.

'Leverage' has the style and wit and zip of caper movies like 'The Sting' or 'Ocean 11' (the George Clooney-Brad Pitt and a cast of hundreds version). If you like the action and Robin Hood quality of 'Burn Notice,' you'll love it on 'Leverage,' too.

Nathan Ford, played by Timothy Hutton, is a former insurance investigator who knows all the tricks and cons that criminals have at the arsenal.

When his son died because his insurance company wouldn't approve of an operation, Nate became a broken man. He came back, however, when the opportunity to take down 'the man' presented itself. He built a team of experts -- a grifter, Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman); a computer hacker, Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge); a fearless thief, Parker (Beth Riesgraf); and a muscle man with superior physical skills, Eliot (Christian Kane).

In season one, the group were in it for the money ... and if they righted a few wrongs along the way, that was gravy. Over time, providing 'leverage' in the name of justice became their mission.

Here's a scene from the pilot, 'The Nigerian Job,' with Hardison getting a chance to see Eliot's special skills:

In another season one episode, 'The Bank Job,' while Sophie and Nate are caught in a bank when two novice, desperate characters try to rob the place, Parker, Hardison and Eliot improvise how to get them out by feigning that they're FBI. Check it out:

A lot of the best of 'Leverage' is not the serious stuff. In this episode, 'The Wedding Job,' the team crash a wedding with Nate conducting the ceremony -- Father Nate -- and Eliot uses his knife skills as the caterer. Here's his take on the use of a blade:

In 'The Juror #6 Job,' Parker shows a side of herself usually hidden. Nate doesn't get it, but Sophie and Hardison do:

One of the best from season one was 'The First David Job,' with Nate and the team doing what they do best:

The penultimate episode of season two, 'The Three Strikes Job,' featured guest star Richard Kind as a corrupt mayor with a penchant for baseball. To get inside a minor league team, Hardison created a back story for Eliot to present himself as a catcher. Watch their interplay as they sent up the scam:

What are your favorite moments from 'Leverage' so far?

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This series reminds me of a very old series starring Brian Keith, Barry Morse, Lilli Palmer and John Mills. The Series was "The Zoo Gang". Various episodes would re-trap criminals that had escaped the courts on a technicality. The thing was that you might have thought you knew what they were doing but weren't prepared for the 'knock out' from left field at the end. Wish I could see it again. Only six episodes though.

July 05 2014 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I believe one of the best moments in Leverage is in the episode "The First David Job" when Nathan explains their plan to his ex-wife and she says something like "you can't make people do things they don't want to", and everybody starts laughing and Parker turns around to her and says: "You're so adorable".

Those little details are what make the series special.

June 20 2010 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yes, I completely agree with you. That was such a nice and funny scene.
I also really loved the episode "The Two Live Crew Job". You know, when they have to go up against another crew, and you realize they're the best.

June 24 2010 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about the last scene from the first season finale "The Second David Job"? When they part ways and say good bye. That was a pretty moving moment. Especially when Hardison asks Parker where she is going and she responds "Let's see how hard you look."

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