I have been a critic of this show in the past, but after a strong finish to the first season and this great episode here the show has officially grown on me. Not only was this a great, Die Hard-esque story, but it proved that there could be some longevity to this show after all and we could be seeing Parker and Hardison for many years to come.
What is great about Leverage is how it is not like the rest of TNT's programming (some aging actress is superior to everybody else in their desired field) and is really a group effort, not just the one big name Academy Award winner. Plus, the show addressed one of my main gripes (Timothy Hutton always seeming drunk) by incorporating a struggle with booze for the Nathan Ford character.
The characters are all equally well-written, but Parker and Hardison stand above the rest as they provide laughs in addition to their dramatic moments.