Leverage "The Broken Wing Job" Review: Sick Day

Leverage S05E08: "The Broken Wing Job"

I liked this episode of Leverage a lot, but I have to say, do not show Eliot about to have a sword fight if you do not intend to show the sword fight! That's just mean!

"The Broken Wing Job" was all about Parker. Nate, Sophie, Eliot, and Hardison were doing a job in Japan. Parker couldn't come because she had a torn ACL and six weeks of doctor-ordered bed rest. Parker and bed rest, those are two things that do not go together well. She had a hard time staying still and refused to take her pain meds since they made her feel "wibbly wobbly." Hardison had assigned Amy, a waitress at the restaurant downstairs, to bring Parker meals. Amy was a sweet, smart, well-adjusted girl, so obviously she and Parker didn't get along so well at first. Parker-centric episodes are always best when she has to interact with a normal person, like in "The Juror #6 Job," where she was called for jury duty and had to befriend her fellow jurors.

In this case, Parker had to get Amy to help her take down the thieves she spotted on Hardison's cameras in the restaurant. Having no other entertainment, Parker had been watching the customers for entertainment. She noticed that two suspicious men came in every day and sat in the same spot. Amy said they referred to each other as "V" and "K." Out of boredom, a sense of territorial pride, and some legitimate concern, Parker just had to dig deeper. Because of her injured knee she needed Amy to do things like plant microphones. At first Amy simply didn't know what was going on, but as she learned more she insisted they go to the police rather than try to solve things themselves.

That's where we got a nice piece of Parker's character that we hadn't seen before. She told Amy that Amy seemed to be someone like her, someone who wanted to help. Parker doesn't talk about morality a lot, or feelings, or anything else like that. She often gives them impression that she only cares about shiny things and jumping off of buildings. Parker actually has a very strict code of ethics, it's just not the same as most people's. As she told Amy, she doesn't really care that they're thieves. She cares that they came into where she lives, and brought guns.

From their location, Parker inferred that V and K intended to rob the armored truck coming to the jewelry store across the street. She and Amy discovered that they had a getaway van waiting, and that they were timing how long it took them to do the job. Over the course of the investigation, Parker got access to the cell phones of everyone in the restaurant. When she learned that V and K were just about to pull the robbery she texted pictures of a man cheating on his girlfriend to make the two fight, which made V and K lose their window of opportunity.

Parker knew they would strike the next day. So she used the online dating profiles of two single people—who Amy referred to as "Romeo" and "Juliet," because she thought they should just date each other—to set up both of them with police officers. Her plan was for the officers to stop the robbery. However, V and K weren't after the jewelry store after all. They were trying to kidnap Amy. What a good twist! I didn't see it coming at all, but it made perfect sense.

Parker hobbled down the stairs to save Amy and got her out of the van just in time, and it was all very exciting. V followed them into the restaurant and up to the gang's HQ. Silly man. Parker on crutches is still enough to beat you senseless.

"The Broken Wing Job" was a really well-constructed episode. Information about V and K's plot was revealed at an excellent pace, and I was on the edge of my seat to find out what happened next. Amy was also a really interesting character—an heiress to an international business who waitressed while pursuing her dream of being an artist and who was also game for taking down thieves. I hope she shows up in future episodes. And I really liked the way the customers in the restaurant played in to Parker's schemes.

Since this episode worked so well, I hope they do more episodes featuring one character. Also more Eliot sword fights, because that needs to happen!

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This was an amazing episode. I loved seeing a different side of Parker. It was nice to see her actually connect with someone outside of the Leverage crew.
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I loved the scene where Parker used her crutches to take down the idiots who were trying to kidnap her new friend. Obviously she's been taking lessons from the rest of the crew. Electronics from Hardison, the art of the con from Sophie, strategy, and, planning from Nate, and, as shown is this episode, fighting from Elliot.
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I really like the episode overall. More Parker = more fun, and there was quite a lot of humor that went with the plot. It was a really fun episode.



The only thing I'll really knock it for was all those other people in the pub. The guy playing the doctor who lost his wife was quite bad, and the resolution to that story was rather sloppily written. The same goes for Romeo and Juliet, and the bickering couple. There was potential for those stories to work REALLY well within the main plot, but it ended up being rather sloppy and lazy. The cops were really bad too. I know they're very small characters, but Leverage seems to hire more bad actors than any other show I watch.
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At first, I thought we were going to learn what happened in Japan in next week's episode (because they did something similar in a previous season). However, I see that next week's episode is the season finale. Man. I really wanted to know what led to Eliot having a samurai-showdown and why Hardison was decked out like a foreign dictator.
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Leverage is generally 15-16 episode seasons, and there are at least 3 more episodes



Sophie gets framed

White Rabbit

John Casey
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Hm, that's weird. I could have sworn I saw "Next Week: Leverage 2-hour Season Finale" in the bottom-right corner of my television. Conspiracy?



;p
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It's not the season finale. It's the finale of the first part of the season. It will be a few months break and come back for the second half. Although I don't think we'll find out what happened in Japan, only if it's related to some future con they'll pull off, like the the last episode or something.
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Yea. I know. I just thought CrazyAsian was saying that there was going to be more episodes "this season" (I refer to mid-season breaks and starts as finales and premiers). I actually like how TNT and USA do shortened seasons, and then bring their shows back relatively quick.



ps I also figured we wouldn't be hearing more about the Japan con. I mean, that's why I was lamenting the fact that we didn't know what led to those crazy situations. :)
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Loved this Parker-centric episode. Amy as the target was a good psych-out. Never saw it coming.
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I just want to know what happened in Japan and how Hardison got a monkey in a box? and also Eliot's sword fight! DAMN! but that would have been epic!
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I doubt it. Part of what made those scenes cool is that you sort of knew that they wouldn't make sense as a part of an episode story. When writers write the cool scenes first and then fill in the gaps, I think the result is usually something like Mission Impossible 2 (i.e. garbage).



(I read that that's actually how they wrote MI2).
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Female cop tells male cop "check the alley, I've got these guys". So he goes outside and leaves her alone with two suspects, one of which has a gun still in his hand. Great thinking there...



The other one starts walking towards her slowly, so she points the gun at him. He doesn't stop. Apparently she has completely forgotten about the guy with a gun in his hand, because when he lifts it and shoots her, she doesn't even react until the bullet hits her. Who gave that woman a gun in the first place?
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Yeah, I was bothered with that scene too. The "check the alley" command made no sense to me mainly because seeing two guys in the room with a gun doesn't really warrant a "check the alley" type of command. Also, as you said, leaving her alone with two 'bad guys' was pretty stupid.



Also, were they partners? Weren't they just two random cops that had online dating profiles? How did the woman know the man beside her was also a cop? I guess they could've recognized each other if they'd seen each other around working at the same precinct...
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"Check the alley" didn't make sense... at least not without securing the one 'bad' guy's gun first.



However the reason they might have just instantly worked together was because the lady cop pulled out her gun first and said "Portland PD..." so maybe bloke cop just went along with it? Still... occupation 'Law Enforcement' doesn't necessarily mean you are a detective or even carry your gun around with you 24/7. Beat cops can't carry their weapons with them outside of being on the job right?
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I love these kinds of episodes, (Buffy's The Zeppo, Supernatural's Weekend at Bobby's, probably a bunch of others) and this was no exception. But it did bring back a problem I used to have with the show in season 1-2.



Everyone in the team is brought in to do one task, Nate's the mastermind, Sophie's the primary actress in cons, Parker's the thief, Eliot's the enforces/bodyguard, and Hardison's the hacker/computer guy. Now, why do they not stick to anything close to that formula anymore? In this episode, Parker did a lot of Hardison-type work, and I just find it hard to believe that she knows how to do those things.
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The Zeppo is a great example of episodes "like this". Both this episode and the Zeppo made it so fun by having what the rest of the group is doing look soooo over the top. Monkey in a box, preparation for samurai sword fight, apocalypse. . . . Good times.
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She's had a long time to learn some of it, and he was helping her over the phone with the difficult stuff.
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Jeez, finally great ep! I love Parker, she is never boring! And it just returned my faith in Leverage! Same old great humour and loved it!
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Totally agree about the sword fight. That's just teasing. Good episode, but now next week has me dying to see the new haircut. Looks like there'll be some action as well, so I can't wait.
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All Parker all the time can never be bad. LOVED this episode. Actually, as I've said before, it's the character development and growth that makes the show, which is why D.B. Cooper sucked and this rocked. But of course, Parker's been a riot since Day 1, and you can't go wrong building an ep around her. I'd love to see Amy become a recurring character, even a part-time team member.



One unbelievable moment for me: Parker in a brace, going through the air ducts directly over the heads of V and K...SILENTLY?!?!??! Nope. Wouldn't happen. But I'll give it a pass since the rest of the episode was crafted so well.
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Loved this episode, we need another one of these all about Parker episodes. I will say that Amy being the actual target I did not see coming. And yes, if you show Elliot about to have a sword fight you show the damn sword fight..
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I saw Amy being the target a mile away... her vague "everything is my family's business" and the fact that her garbage-takeout was around 2:30. Add to that the number of seconds each part of a person's route was... I saw it coming.

I figured either her family was rich, or her family was rich criminals... and she was going to be ransomed. In either case, I always assumed Amy was a good-egg and was glad to be right.
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It's true. No one talks about taking out the trash that often unless there's some point to it. ;)
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PS - Nice review - but where's the photo of Parker? This episode was all about Parker...!
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Got to agree a review all about Parker should have a photo of two of Parker especially one with that bear with the crutch.
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I guess since the episode featured Parker, the review had to have pictures of everybody else so we wouldn't forget they are part of the show :)
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TNT didn't release a single photo of Parker from this episode!
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I really liked this episode also as it was an all Parker show that was well-written! Amy turned out to be the daughter of a Billionaire - the reason why she was the kidnappers' target. Loved the ending when Nate and all returned from Japan. As Nate stood in their lair, he noticed 2 (new) bullet holes in the ceiling, and neither Parker nor Amy talking about it. He put 1 & 1 together and leaned over Parker and whispered to her that she had done a good job (protecting the place) while they were gone. Parker just smiled. (Agree, they need to make Amy a regular - she was terrific)!
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We've heard Parker emote that she helps people, and that people that hurt the unfortunate / poor / kids / etc on a personal level need to be punished. ESPECIALLY kids. However she still admires very successful cons.

And little by little, Parker has been learning to be a more normal / social person. Compare Parker from the middle of S1 to now... big difference.
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