Leverage: The Wedding Job   Rewatch 
December 10, 2019 1:41 PM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

The team poses as wedding planners to get close to a Mafia boss and must pull off a wedding while pulling off the heist.

Episode transcription

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snerson's nomination for best line this episode: "There sure are a lot Millers at this wedding."

Next episode: The Snow Job
posted by snerson (13 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I think this is the episode where I really fell in love with the show.
posted by dinty_moore at 6:18 PM on December 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

There were so many good comedy bits -- like every second of Hardison & Parker with Taggart & McSweeten, but Hardison's "Have you ever been to Kiev? The cake-maker of Kiev would whup all our ass. This is the butcher." may be my favorite line of the episode.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:30 PM on December 10, 2019 [2 favorites]

My favourite throwaway line: "The Butcher is here" "Did he bring the baby lamp chops?"
posted by Naanwhal at 2:29 AM on December 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

Other than the random fat-shaming I rather enjoy this episode. But I always like Eliot food episodes.
posted by jeather at 8:04 AM on December 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

I totally thought that the incongruous son-inlaw to-be would be the snake, but the step(?)-mother was totally obvious.

Been binging this, actually, but I think that Nate = asshole is pretty well established already by this point?

iirc, random fat-shaming is a total 90's thing; I'm pretty sure there's going to be a bunch more of it.

Elliot being a food guy on top of being a tough guy made him a favourite character of mine.

Hardison also pronounces Kiev similar to how the high-level professional diplomats involved with Ukraine at the (2019) impeachment hearings have been pronouncing it.
posted by porpoise at 12:38 AM on December 12, 2019

I have to wonder if every single comment of mine on these episodes is going to be a pointless nitpick, but let's just say I do it with love. If it's annoying please let me know and I'll stop.

Okay so what the hell is the double cross here? The bad (worse) guy steals the money he was going to get anyway and then uses the missing money as a justification to kill the guy who was going to pay him off? How is this at all functionally different than just taking the payment and killing him? I wonder if an earlier draft had a third party take the money themselves, maybe the wife?

But yes Eliot is *chef's kiss* in this episode.
posted by ODiV at 6:06 AM on December 12, 2019

Been binging this, actually, but I think that Nate = asshole is pretty well established already by this point?

To be fair to Nate's character, his bastardy goes a long way down, and comes in a large variety of flavors and colors (Scheherazade Job comes to mind immediately).

iirc, random fat-shaming is a total 90's thing; I'm pretty sure there's going to be a bunch more of it.

I don't actually think so? I think Sophie might have a few lines over the whole series, but that kind of comment is out of character for everybody except early-in-the-series, still-bad-at-people!Parker.

Speaking of whom, I've been keeping an eye out for her "displays mastermind potential" moments and I think the "oh I came up here to meet the DJ to make out" move qualifies. I also just realized that a lot of her ruses involve making out with Hardison, which #yesgirl, but more basically than that, relies on making the mark feel uncomfortable (definitely a Nate-style move, instead of Sophie (Sophie grifts by attracting people)).
posted by snerson at 2:04 PM on December 12, 2019 [3 favorites]

Parker can use a bit of all of the moves. Nate annoys, Sophie attracts, Hardison overwhelms and Elliot underwhelms.
posted by jeather at 2:12 PM on December 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

What's up with the episode ordering?

Season one aired in this order:
  • S01E01 (2008-12-07) — “The Nigerian Job”
  • S01E02 (2008-12-09) — “The Homecoming Job”
  • S01E03 (2008-12-16) — “The Two-Horse Job”
  • S01E04 (2008-12-23) — “The Miracle Job”
  • S01E05 (2008-12-30) — “The Bank Shot Job”
  • S01E06 (2009-01-06) — “The Stork Job”
  • S01E07 (2009-01-13) — “The Wedding Job”
  • S01E08 (2009-01-20) — “The Mile High Job”
  • S01E09 (2009-01-27) — “The Snow Job”
  • S01E10 (2009-02-03) — “The 12-Step Job”
  • S01E11 (2009-02-10) — “The Juror #6 Job”
  • S01E12 (2009-02-17) — “The First David Job”
  • S01E13 (2009-02-24) — “The Second David Job”
Are we using the DVD ordering or something?
posted by thedward at 9:25 PM on December 12, 2019

It's the intended/DVD ordering, as the episodes aired out of order. This makes sense re: meeting the FBI agents for the first time, and Eliot liberating Croatia after he broke up with his fiancee - we meet her later in the horse episode. However it does seem pretty early in the season for Sophie to be so pushy about Nate committing to her!
posted by Naanwhal at 3:48 AM on December 13, 2019

I think Sophie's behavior in this episode makes more sense at #3 than it did when it broadcast as #7 though. I didn't feel like she was asking Nate for a commitment, just his intentions. Also, there's the question of how much of what she's doing at any time is a deliberate manipulation tactic. We know she hasn't learned the 'you don't run a con on your own team' lesson yet, so I think she's playing up a bit to get a reaction out of Nate.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:54 PM on December 13, 2019 [2 favorites]

Whenever I catch a rerun of this ep, it makes me glad my chances of having to throw another wedding approach zero.

And yes, "This is THE BUTCHER" is pure gold.
posted by humbug at 6:04 PM on December 16, 2019

Having mistakenly watched in the broadcast order up until now, it really is impressive how many little things that seemed "wrong" in this episode are due, I now know, to it being out of order. Like, every single character seemed to have some wrong moments. Nate's priest costume makes much more sense coming before the Miracle Job, as do the FBI outfits before Bank Shot, Sophie's pushiness re Nate, the oblique references to Eliot's past and previous engagement, bickering with Hardison when expecting magic hacking from him, Parker's rudeness in the (still undermotivated) fat shaming, even the initial resistance to taking on the mob when, in broadcast order, they had long departed corporate/contract stuff at that point. It just goes to show how the character development is both so mild as to allow out-of-order watching, and yet very tightly constructed.
posted by chortly at 10:37 PM on February 12, 2020 [1 favorite]

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