The Real Fake Car Job
Leverage season 5 continues Sunday night with episode 7, “The Real Fake Car Job.” Matthew Lillard guest starred as the mark of the episode, and the team delved into the world of vintage cars to take him down.
The two things I enjoyed most about this episode were Matthew Lillard and the wide array of vintage cars. Neither of these things had anything, really, to do with the plot or content of the episode. The background could have been Mars and they still would have stuck out.
Hardison got video footage from the golf course, and Eliot identified the guards as Marshalls. Gabe had been laundering money for the mafia; those mob ties were his get-out-of-jail-free card. He had $50 million stashed somewhere, and there were already transfer papers in place. Marshall Rose parked next to him when Gabe got to work, and Eliot watched him inside the store and charging five dollars for Wi-Fi. It was up to Parker and Hardison to find his hook, and while he went through his DVR, she got his garbage, which he had to go through in headquarters. He found boxes for model cars; his hook was vintage cars. They had to create a rare car competition in Portland, and they needed the Packard 1934 original 1101 Roadster Coupe.
I appreciated that the con had to be complicated so that this con wasn’t a copycat of all their other cons, taking out corrupt Wall Street folks by stroking their egos and lulling them into a vulnerable place emotionally or otherwise. But did we have to put Jim Cole (or was it Gabe Erickson?) into WITSEC with the mob after him at the same time?
At the car show, Rose was with Gabe, but Parker lured him away when he overheard her mention her grandfather leaving her the Packard. He approached her about it and said he could look at it. Once Hardison and Eliot made the car that looked new look old, she led him into the barn. Nate had Parker push the history, and when he kept giving her direction, Sophie told him to leave her. She said she hoped Nate could put the past behind him one day; because he hadn’t, he couldn’t look to the future. Gabe told Parker he’d research the car and then make her an offer on it.
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