Leverage

Season 5 Episode 9

The Rundown Job

8
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 16, 2012 on TNT
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9.6
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  • Episode Summary

    The team joins forces with a colonel to stop a terrorist who plans to use a biological attack on the nation's capital.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • The Rundown Job

      8.0
      Just Parker, Hardison and Eliot today, and it worked better this way. A trio comparable to the originals from Burn Notice, and you really had a fast-paced, high-action season finale, the kinds of scenes these characters are usually in for the whole show, instead of just when Nate and Sophie were not on.



      A great premise, and some cool moments. Definitely a quality episode.
    • HARDISON AND PARKER SHOWING THERE LOVE

      10
      I LOVED HOW HARDISON AND PARKER FINELY SHOWING THERE LOVE FOR ONE OTHER THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST EPISODE. I LIKE ELIOT HE IS SO SEXY. LOVE THIS SHOW.
    • The Rundown Job

      10
      I loved this episode!!!
    • Eliot, Parker, and Hardison fight terrorism in the nation's capital for a thrilling season finale

      9.5
      This was a very different type of episode from rest of the season: It was entirely serious. It only had Eliot, Parker, and Hardison. It focused considerably on a guest who wasn't the villain, Firefly's Adam Baldwin as a government security agent Col. Vance who works outside the confining rules. And it really wasn't meant to trick or fool the villain, a frustrated scientist who wanted to prove that terrorism was a threat by committing an act of terror - just stop him before he killed everybody.



      I really was surprised by the episode, it worked very well, it looked great most of the way (only Parker on the subway didn't hold up for viz FX), had good pacing and editing, it was quite suspenseful. Characters were smart, afraid, clever, selfish, concerned, loyal and eventually selfless - it wasn't quite my favorite episode of Leverage since there wasn't a heist in the main storyline, but if more episodes were like it, I'd definitely enjoy them quite a bit - if there was more conning and Nate & Sophie, that would be the type of thing I'd like to see Nate be building, using bad guy tricks to take on more serious criminals, to help people on a bigger scale, to open up Leverage to a larger need than just 1 at a time.



      Ultimately, watching our heroes use their skills at a higher level for greater stakes made for a very compelling episode and gave a greater sense of risk to a show that too often feels like its heroes are invincible. Eliot, Parker, and Hardison got to show dramatic range beyond what was expected. So thumbs up on this one for me.moreless
    Adam Baldwin

    Adam Baldwin

    Colonel Michael Vance

    Guest Star

    Monte Markham

    Monte Markham

    Dr. Everett Udall

    Guest Star

    Dennis Adkins

    Dennis Adkins

    Congressman Jason Yount

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Trivia: Elliot's shirt when he and Hardison are stealing the government surveillance van, has the character for "wolf" in Kanji.  In "The Last Dam Job", Hardison and Elliot agree that a "wolf" symbol in the sky would be agreeable for the "Bat Cave." 狼 (Kanji for Wolf)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Senator Yount: These slow, giant agencies you mock were designed by very smart people.
        Vance: So was the Titanic.

      • Hardison: Look, you got a minute forty.
        Parker: Cool.
        Hardison: Kiss for luck?
        Parker: Who needs luck?

      • Eliot: I'll find a way to keep her alive, you guys find a way to get her out of here.
        Hardison: With what?
        Eliot: You stole a Michelangelo with tin foil and chewing gum, figure it out!

      • Hardison: Y--you're talking about stopping a terrorist attack in an afternoon. We need all your intel.
        Vance: That truck back at the crime scene. It's a NSA mobile-response intelligence unit.
        Hardison: With the Schneier cryptography and a J-dam satellite uplink? That... I know nothing about 'cause that would be treason and wrong.

      • Hardison: And you expect us to go kissing psycho with a city killer? A country killer?
        Eliot: You scared?
        Hardison: You damn right.
        Eliot: I'm not. I got the best thief and the smartest guy I know chasing this guy.

      • Hardison: Call up the NSA satellites.
        Computer: Calling up NSA satellites.
        Hardison: Thank you, creepy spy truck.

      • Vance: World can always use some more good guys.
        Eliot: Yeah, well, too bad we're the bad guys.

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