I liked the commercial in the beginning and I really liked tonight's premise. Leverage did an excellent job of creating clever, evil villains for tonight's show that we really wanted to see get conned. They did get conned in one of the more elaborate scams this group has put together.
Why this specifically called for Hardison to be the lead I really do not know, but it made for some good comedic tension between Nate and he, which is all you can ask for. Good episode, with a nice payoff in the end.