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!