Leverage: The Bank Shot Job   Rewatch 
January 21, 2020 5:55 PM - Season 1, Episode 8 - Subscribe

While Nate and Sophie try to con a corrupt Judge, they are taken hostage during a botched bank robbery.
posted by jeather (8 comments total)
I think this is one of my favorite episodes. Or maybe that if I had to pick one non-pilot episode to show someone what Leverage is all about/why they should watch, this is probably the one I'd pick.

Though I do kind of hate Eliot's "what smells like crank and screams like a girl?" fight trash-talk. I wish it had been "little girl" or anything besides just "a girl"
posted by oh yeah! at 8:02 PM on January 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

An amazing episode - and wasn't it the second ep they ever shot? Astonishing how well the actors knew their characters and relationships, if so.

This has so many highpoints - time slowing down as Nate realizes that something's wrong but he doesn't know what it is yet, so he's scanning the bank frantically; Parker "downloading is wrong!"; that lonnnggg zoom as the camera shoots forward along the road to Eliot hiding in the bushes, which apparently took several camera moves to accomplish; the way they showed how horrible the judge was with just two lines of dialog... eh, the list just goes on.
posted by Mogur at 4:23 AM on January 22, 2020

This is one of my favourite episodes as well, though I have a lot of favourites (First/Second Davids, Rashomon, Broken Wing -- the usual ones).
posted by jeather at 8:17 AM on January 22, 2020

Parker in the chute! The FBI guys return! I always feel kinda bad about hating the judge because I liked that actor so much on The West Wing! Good times.
posted by rewil at 3:20 PM on January 22, 2020

There's a lot to like about this episode - the small town cops ("It was an online seminar!") and Virgil the sniper; Nate and Sophie having to rely on "the kids"; multiple changes of direction as we get a second set of bad guys who then become the new clients halfway through. The actor playing the teenager did a great job.

I only discovered the show a few months ago, and this was the ep that made me realise how fond I was of the characters - when the armed robbery started I had to pause it and get onto imdb to make sure everyone made it through all 5 seasons!

I love Eliot but his tropey trash talk sometimes makes me think of Harry Potter trying to be edgy before dueling with Malfoy
posted by Naanwhal at 4:49 PM on January 22, 2020

I liked the gag where Nathan is talking with Eliot over their earpieces and the cop thinks Eliot is talking to him - but also Nathan makes the judge think Nathan is talking to him.

Very mid '00s, I remember mix ups when bluetooth headsets start showing up.
posted by porpoise at 6:31 PM on January 22, 2020

One of my favorites too!

Three minutes in: Find someone who looks at you the way Parker looks at fire.
posted by mmoncur at 8:24 PM on January 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

I would be remiss as an obsessive fan if I did not point out that the title of this episode is almost certainly a nod to Donald Westlake's second Dortmunder novel, Bank Shot. Rogers is a huge Westlake fan (see: Parker being named Parker).
posted by phearlez at 9:48 AM on February 3, 2020

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