Leverage

Season 1 Episode 8

The Mile High Job

5
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 20, 2009 on TNT
8.9
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The Leverage team attempt to avenge the death of a young girl, who was killed by a conglomerate's toxic fertilizer, and whose CEO will go to any lengths to protect his company's interests.

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  • Not my favorite, but not unwatchable

    8.5
    Well this was not my favorite of episodes. Although we had the normal Leverage members breaking and entering, and the excitement and drama of the plan almost not coming together. And of course the thrill of the plane almost crashing, this episode really lacked any believability on almost any level. From the run up 30 flights of steps in thehigh rise, all while Sophie is keeping the guards busy with her GPS, to the final sequence where the plane is plummeting to the ground while Alec is trying to talk Parker through the steps necesary for him to reboot the auto pilot computer, all while the plane is dropping at 1000 feet per second (how did she manage to stay standing by the way), and then the landing of the jumbo jet on a bridge full of cars. This just had a little too much comic book action for my tastes. Althoguh I love the show, the drama and the action, this particular episode was just a bit too far out there.moreless
  • Dean, baby, get a tripod - tone down the jerky cam.

    5.5
    This episode was a real disappointment. The excessive amount of shaky cam, jerky camera movement, and "Star Trek" style motion fake out all combined to ruin it.



    Story line was okay. Nice amount of twists. But visually, it was awful. I had to avert my eyes, or just shut them, and wait for the image to stabilize.



    Please, Mr Devlin, STOP THE SHAKE. It's a fad, it doesn't work, and in this day and age of HDTV, it doesn't help the story to nauseate the audience with degraded imagery.



    I really want to be a fan of this series, but sometimes it just becomes more pain than entertainment.



    Perhaps someone will strap a massive vibrator to the camera man's head and let him 'see' what the audience is forced to see. After his eyeballs click around for a minute or two, he'll swap a tripod into his repertoire.moreless
  • great episode - show keeps improving

    9.0
    this was a great episode. The cast was very energized and the standout performance was Aldis Hodge who plays Alec Hardison. He so smooth and yet outrageously funny at the same time when conning people. He goes into an office and pretends he works there - and everyone buys it. He even calls a meeting and gives a presentation on productivity. The way he's able to blend right in shows you how generic office life can be. I love his character and can't imagine the show without it. The rest of the plot is pretty good, up in the air plane, some tense moments and not completely predictible. The show keeps getting bettermoreless
  • Hardison steals the show once again! Nate needs to get laid, and Parker is the best flight attendant ever!

    8.5
    This episode was well rounded, and really entertaining. Yet again Hardison got the best lines 'If you were a geek, you would be really turned on right now' (hehe). Only silly thing is that putting the entire team in danger on a plane is anti-climactic, we know that they're not going to die. More Thoughts on 'The Mile High Job':

    - 'Made me want to cry and call my momma' – Hardison

    - It was nice to see Less Than Perfect's Sara Rue in the role of the accountant

    - Nice development with Sophie and Nate – It wasn't too irritating

    Bottom Line: Fun episode, 'tis truly the age of the geek! Go Hardison!



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  • Road Trip....

    8.5
    Our team head out to take down a company that knowingly used harmful chemicals that ultimately hurt children. They learn that the companies, in efforts to cover their tracks, are liquidating their assets by sending them to the Cayman Islands via personal carrier. The team, less Hardison, hop the same flight. Hardison is sent back to the company to find the needed hard evidence to take them down. While the team is in flight learns that what they are looking for is not money or bonds, it's actually the company accountant. CEO plans to eliminate any chance of getting caught by erasing any evidence by taking down the entire plane. Our team scrambles to find out how and stop it, which of course they do.



    Nate is a definite romantic. Love Parker as a flight attendant.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • During the flight, Marissa Devins wears a pearl necklace. Hhowever, after the plane lands and she's talking to Nate and Eliot on the ground, the necklace is gone.

    • After the plane lands on the road and Hardison is dancing around the office, he says "I'm gonna call my mama" which is odd since we learned in "The Stork Job" that he was really an orphan raised by a foster mother he referred to as Nana. He should have said something like "I'm gonna call Nana".

    • When the team first breaks into the corporation's headquarters the time is listed as 4:10am. While in the CEO's office they overhear the CEO comment that the flight takes off in an hour. Even if an hour had passed, probably less since Sophie is distracting the guards by pretending to look for a rave, between the start of the break in to the comment from the CEO that means that the flight takes off at the latest around 6am yet when we see the airport it is in broad daylight probably well into the day.

    • The in-flight movie is The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, a TNT original movie.

    • When the airplane is sabotaged and the co-pilot shouts "we're losing altitude", the artificial horizon actually shows a climb.

    • When Eliot leaves the restroom with an unconscious Dan Erlick in it, the ceramic knife that previously was lying in the sink is gone. However, the next time they enter the restroom, the knife is there again, ready for Eliot to pick it up.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Eliot: Hardison, I don't need a ticket. I got an air marshal badge.
      Sophie: What if there's already an air marshal on the plane?
      Eliot: There's only one air marshal for every hundred flights.
      Sophie: Oh, I know that's good for us, but I so wish I didn't know that.

    • (checking aliases)
      Nate: Let's see. We have Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, and I have a Tom Baker.
      Sophie: Ooh yeah, I have a Baker, Sarah Jane.
      Hardison: Perfect. I now pronounce you man and wife. Now go on and kiss that bride.

    • Cheryl: I have been working my butt off on this account. But Steve? No, he's just sitting back, waiting for me to fail so he can swoop in and save the day. I swear, it's like he's a rogue and I'm a mage and we're part of the same guild, but secretly, he's at work with the Alliance to undermine us.
      Hardison: For the Horde!
      Cheryl: For the Horde! You play "World of Warcraft"?
      Hardison: You kidding? Did you get the new expansion pack? Woman, I was up all night. Now, look, I mean, "Burning Crusade" was great, but this new one is mind-blowing.
      Nate: (over comm) Hardison? You bailed on the job because you were up all night playing a game?
      (Hardison opens a cupboard to hide himself and talk back)
      Hardison: (quietly) First off, "game" is hardly adequate, okay?

    • Parker: (reciting to Nate things she has found searching the luggage for a bomb) ...hatbox full of Euros, pouch of blood diamonds, a stolen Stradivarius. (musing) I've never lifted one of those.

    • Hardison: Oh, ah, they tapped into the black box.
      Parker: No, no, it's not black, it's orange.
      Hardison: Yeah, the black box is orange, it makes it easier to find in the debris.
      Parker. Oh. Oh...

    • Hardison: Genetically engineered tomatoes, that's one thing, but carrot on the cob? That's gonna scare some people, brother.

    • Sophie: How did you both know there would be an extra uniform in the bag?
      Nate: Everyone knows flight attendants are required to carry extra uniforms in case they get called to work unexpectedly.
      Eliot: Or if something happens to the one that they're already wearing.
      Sophie: How does everyone know that?
      Nate: Worked airport security.
      Eliot: Slept with a flight attendant.

    • Parker: What are you doing?
      Hardison: Oh, I'm just remote accessing a plane's electrical system from 3,000 miles away. You know what? If you were a geek, you would be really turned on right now, I'm just saying.

    • Eliot: (after unsuccessfully trying to wake up the hitman) When I knock people out they tend to stay knocked out.

    • Parker: Look, flying isn't really all that scary when you think about it. I mean, there are a lot more likely ways to die than on a plane: car crash, house fire, electrocution, drowning, auto-erotic asphyxiation. I mean, fact is, death haunts us every day, no matter where we are.

    • Parker: (posing as a flight attendant) In the event of a water landing, your seat cushion can be used as a flotation device. But let's face it, if this thing goes down in the water, more than likely, the impact'll kill you. Please take a moment to locate the nearest emergency exits. Because if this plane's on fire. you're going to want to get out quick. Jet fuel burns at over a thousand degrees. That's hot, folks.

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