The old adage says that all good things come to an end. But TV fans know that shows often come to an abrupt halt rather than a bow-wrapped finale. Fortunately for us, who have followed the five-year adventure of Leverage Consulting and Associates, the show got the ending it deserved. The finale featured several allusions to the "Nigerian Job," like Parker ripping off her shirt in an elevator and Elliot commenting that she was "twenty pounds of crazy in a five-pound
Indeed, "The Long Goodbye Job" was the final Lego brick in the masterpiece that the writers had been building all season. Nate's decision isn't shocking or tear-inducing because it's something that the writers had been building towards since the season's first episode. Like Sophie's neurolinguistic programming, they manipulated fans into expecting this outcome. And, after showing us the bloodier version of how Leverage could have ended (and many a series has ended with the deaths of beloved characters), we welcome and approve of Nate's decision.
It's satisfying to see how much the characters, particularly Nate and Parker, have grown over the course of five years. While Parker's slightly nefarious version of Nate's "We provide leverage" speech was arguably the best scene in the entire series, it will be loved not only for its comic effect but for its openness. The series has ended. The voyeurs' window has closed. But, as that final scene makes clear, Leverage Consulting and Associates lives on.