Leverage: The Homecoming Job   Rewatch 
December 3, 2019 2:25 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Young Corp. Robert Perry contacts the crew when he is denied surgery and other assistance by the company guilty of his injury during his tour in Iraq, Castleman Security. When the crew learns Perry is due to be assassinated, they mix with dirty DC politicians and paramilitary contractors to keep Perry safe. (IMDB)

Episode transcription

snerson's nomination for best line of the episode: [Eliot makes a face] "I actually hurt people, so..."

"It's a very distinctive..." 2 in the episode / 2 so far in the series.

KFMonkey for Homecoming Job

Please note that the next episode is The Wedding Job, which is not listed as 1x03 on IMDBTV.
posted by snerson (15 comments total)
 
Okay, so maybe leaving a truckload of cash in the hands of some randoms on the sidewalk is not the best plan? I'm sure it turned out for the best, but I can all too easily imagine a bloodbath and someone driving the truck off into the sunset.

Yeah, ok, I'm not a big optimist, why do you ask?
posted by ODiV at 2:30 PM on December 3, 2019 [1 favorite]


I have a vague memory of Rogers addressing (in the DVD commentary) the logistics of how the hospital could handle that insane an amount of cash, but I don't remember it being particularly convincing. I'm fine with believing in the altruism and honesty of the VA hospital staff and patients in not being overcome with personal money-lust for the cash, but it's harder for me to imagine them being able to drive that truck to a bank and deposit all that cash without getting investigated as money launderers or something.

But, whatever. I loved Nate & Sophie as the bickering married couple. And check out the Season 1 deleted scenes for 3 & 1/2 minutes of alternate takes of Hardison vamping at the mercenaries
posted by oh yeah! at 8:10 PM on December 3, 2019


Somehow I missed that the painting was of Old Nate and for the longest time I thought there was some inside joke about a portrait of John Larroquette!
posted by Naanwhal at 11:04 PM on December 3, 2019 [2 favorites]


HAI, I'M OLD NATE. I LIVE HERE TOO. I unreservedly love that painting. Perhaps Hardison's finest work.

My main memory from this episode is Parker embracing the stack of cash. Such pure affection. You love to see it.

I like the little scene with them getting all the sounds for the safe -- poor Eliot, having to push the greasy duck.
posted by rewil at 8:08 AM on December 4, 2019 [1 favorite]


There are often questions I would have about how the legalities work if I thought anyone thought about it at all.
posted by jeather at 9:01 AM on December 5, 2019


In one interview, John Rogers freely admitted that they'd make stuff up if it moved the story along (the example given was the width of a bank's night-deposit slot, which needed to be large enough for Parker to climb through).
posted by Mogur at 9:07 AM on December 5, 2019


That wasn't a complaint. I'm not watching this show because I believe it is accurate about how you could legally give your truck full of stolen cash to a VA hospital.
posted by jeather at 9:27 AM on December 5, 2019 [1 favorite]


What’s the slang the Leverage writers use for ‘actual thing vs thing we made up because the real thing doesn’t sound plausible’? I know we’ll get to it in one of John Rogers’ blog posts eventually — black box vs something else?
posted by oh yeah! at 11:22 AM on December 5, 2019


That wasn't a complaint. I'm not watching this show because I believe it is accurate about how you could legally give your truck full of stolen cash to a VA hospital.

Ride the fun train!

This is one of my least favorite episodes of the entire series, because it is one of the few that feels explicitly preachy (see also: Beantown Bailout, some of the Eliot-centric eps). The writing doesn't feel strong here and I think the con is one of the least interesting, probably because our grifter doesn't spend a lot of time with the marks.

Sophie's "look" takes a season to settle down, but the sparkly blue number she has for the meet and greet really feels like an outlier. Not just in the eyecatching/sparkly sense, but I believe it was floor length when she usually goes for outfits that show off her legs.
posted by snerson at 1:51 PM on December 5, 2019 [1 favorite]


another thing from this episode... it's really interesting to see how the tech side of Leverage has aged. Remember when the wall of TVs was the coolest thing? And Nate in a Tesla, lol! That didn't age well.
posted by snerson at 1:53 PM on December 5, 2019 [2 favorites]


Okay, so maybe leaving a truckload of cash in the hands of some randoms on the sidewalk is not the best plan?

In my head they show off the cash, then close the truck and drive away and send a series of anonymous donations to the clinic.

And Nate in a Tesla, lol! That didn't age well.

On rewatch I read that scene as "Old nerdy guy tries to buy an expensive car to be cool, ends up with something a bit weird and embarrassing," which was not the intention but works with my long-term impression of Nate as a character.

Not my favorite episode either but it held up to rewatch!
posted by mmoncur at 5:48 AM on December 6, 2019


The tech, yeah absolutely the bezels on that video wall.

Little bit surprised that the hairstyles wouldn't be completely out of place today, if a little longer on white dudes. Eliot probably would have it up in a manbun today, instead of a ponytail.

This ep starts establishing Nate's drinking (?) right?
posted by porpoise at 3:09 PM on December 8, 2019


I mean, Nate was drinking when Dubenich approached him in the first scene of the pilot, and presumably woken up with a hangover that morning when Dubenich called to dupe him out to the warehouse explosion, but I guess the 'functional alcoholic' was just implied rather than stated outright.
posted by oh yeah! at 3:29 PM on December 8, 2019 [2 favorites]


Eliot probably would have it up in a manbun today, instead of a ponytail.

I've always thought Eliot's hair was interesting, because as a person who deals with combat frequently, you don't want handles sticking out of your head. Could be a passive advertisement about how competent/dangerous he is. Personally, as an individual devastated by his s5 haircut, I like it down and around his face.

On rewatch I read that scene as "Old nerdy guy tries to buy an expensive car to be cool, ends up with something a bit weird and embarrassing," which was not the intention but works with my long-term impression of Nate as a character.

I snorted at that. I think they pull a similar gag in the Iceman Job, but with Hardison being the dork with a ridiculous car.

To be honest though, Elon Musk has always been one of those figures I daydream about the crew taking down. Not as, like, his own job, but as a bonus takedown on a con? I just feel like he would end up in play for an OT3 post-series grift and they would all hate him so intensely and for different reasons.
posted by snerson at 1:51 PM on December 9, 2019 [2 favorites]


you don't want handles sticking out of your head

Precisely. This is kind of sort of meta with Adrian Paul in 'Highlander' (1992-1998) - and his haircut in the post-TV movies. But yes, the long loose hair around his face works very well for him, and maybe calls out to ronin (masterless warrior) topknot-cutting/ loosening tropes (?).

Didn't Christian Kane grow it back out for his stint in 'The Librarians?' ... no, I guess he didn't, he went with a fauxhawk.
posted by porpoise at 6:35 PM on December 9, 2019


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