“Leverage” fans received a Christmas present on Tuesday, Dec. 25 in the form of a new season 5 episode-“The Long Goodbye Job”-but it was bittersweet because it was also the series finale, as revealed last week.
It may have been the last episode of the show, but it was quite the perfect series finale for “Leverage.” With numerous callbacks to the pilot, more Sterling (Mark Sheppard), a crafty con, and even a proposal, the series couldn’t have ended in a better way (though it was sad to see it end). It was easy to see why this was the series finale they had envisioned. While the first part of the episode had you on the edge of your seat-“How did your friends die?” Ellen Casey (Catherine Dent) asked Nate (Timothy Hutton) as she “evaluated his state of mind”-the pieces easily fell into place as the con played out. And like always, there was an escape plan, and while the episode ended with the team separated, they weren’t done.
“The Long Goodbye Job” began with Ellen Casey asking Nate what his mistake was and how it all started, and he took them back one month, to Dr. Gallow, his son’s pediatrician, bringing him a file and explaining a young boy would die without a new drug that wasn’t put into production because there was no market for it. The company was in the same building, High Point Tower, as the Internet hub server for federal law enforcement, and those files danced around, never in the same place for longer than a few hours.
In one of the many callbacks to cons of the past, after only being inside the building for a few moments, Parker (Beth Riesgraf) realized they were looking at the Steranko. All Hardison (Aldis Hodge) could do was control the calls coming in and going out. Nate explained their plan was to go in through the top, using the nearby Dolan Theater, which Sophie (Gina Bellman) took over for her theater group to put on “Macbeth.” Back in the present, Ellen asked Nate, “How did your friends die?”
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