This episode seemed to move entirely too fast into the con, in my opinion. It seemed like one minute we're hearing the plight of the Asian lady and the other sweatshop employees and then BAM! - the con is immediately in progress. There was an obvious lack of Hardison's comedic wit, and I always look forward to his hilarity. I did like Nate's getup and accent, and this was probably my favorite aspect of the episode. He plays eccentric, odd, fussy characters so well, and this was no exception. I do happen to like Tara, although I do see how her forwardness could rub some viewers the wrong way, especially in this episode which made her character seem just a bit cheesy. However, that could just be because I'm not a big fan of fashion/runway-focused anything.
Is is just me, or did the house explosion scene look way too fake? I wasn't expecting the scene to be footage of an *actual* explosion, but this looked so obviously fake and poor quality for a show of this standing. The explosion looked more like something you'd see on a very low budget SyFy channel movie.
Leverage is overall a terrific show and has that spark of greatness that is rare in programming anymore. I didn't start watching until long after the very last episode was shot when I happened to be in the room while a repeat was on. I don't know how this excellent show escaped my attention when it came out. So glad I finally found it, though!