Fridge / Leverage

Fridge Brilliance:

  • One episode has Eliot and Parker go to Fashion Week to sneak into famous hip-hop clothing designer Andre V.'s show. Upon their return:
    Hardison: (angry) Did no one think that I might like to meet Andre V.?
  • Parker mentions in "Ten Lil Grifters" that her first grab was a palace in the Philippines full of shoes. She robbed Imelda Marcos.
  • Hardison mentions offhand in "The Reunion Job," right at the beginning of Season 3, that he is capable of rigging an election. Nate apparently stored this tidbit somewhere in the back of his mind for six months in which it was completely irrelevant and then made it central to his plan in "The San Lorenzo Job."
  • Also recently with "The Blue Line Job", where Eliot becomes the enforcer for a hockey team. In an earlier season, he had mentioned watching hockey games for the fights because "You never know when you might have to fight on ice."
  • In the pilot episode, when Nate states that Hardison dies in Plan M, Eliot comments "I like Plan M." Fewer than twenty-four hours later, guess who helps Hardison to his feet when fleeing a bomb?.
  • One might wonder how an actress as bad as Sophie keeps getting cast as the lead in various productions. Simple enough: she's a grifter. She just cons her way through an audition until she gets the part. The problem begins when she actually has to play a part onstage.
    • Which then makes you wonder why she never tried "conning" the audience into "believing" she's a great actress (which would in the end be no different to actual good acting).
    • Because she doesn't do stage acting for the sake of the audience, she does it for herself. It's Sophie's attempt at "honest" self-expression.
    • Sophie gets cast as the lead because she's usually the producer and director of the play, too, as well as in charge of casting. She casts herself. We see her do an audition, and utterly fail at it. It actually foreshadows how she ends up directing rather than acting- she always makes good publicity and she has fans who attend her "funeral", but most likely not for how she acts (unless they all find her So Bad, It's Good). And you're right, it is because she's a grifter she can do this- a grifter's job is to direct someone to do what they want. They don't have to act, they just have to say the right things. Acting is just to conceal identity, but what good is that if they can't manipulate or direct someone? Acting and being an omniglot are just Required Secondary Powers for a grifter.
    • Even moreso...a grifter usually has to overplay the party, and a large, overthought backstory is rather essential. If you look at her audition in Episode 2...she thought WAY too much about the part, and tried to put far more depth then needed. It was a soap commercial, she didn't need some tragic backstroy. But, a lot of backstory is crucial for a Grifter, since random stuff will likely come up. Also, a grifter makes her OWN role...while an actor has to twist it to someone ELSE'S style.
  • Eliot at first seems like just the average Handsome Lech trope. He hooks up with a different girl every week, but besides one ex who appears in an early episode, none of them seem to stick around more than a night. Then I really thought of the Ironic Echo in "The Reunion Job" about knives
    Eliot/Girl: Knives are like people. Everything's in context
    • You know how Eliot always explains away knowing various things as "slept with a ____"? He really pays attention to the girls he picks up, and he learns from them. It's not much, but it certainly plays into the "big softie" theme they have going with him.
    • It comes up again in "The Lonely-Hearts Job", when Eliot tells Sophie that contrary to her assumptions, he does indeed remember the names of the women he's been with. Of course he does. He pays attention to them. It's how he learns the info associated with their various jobs. It's also why he's so successful with them.
  • The opening narration mentions that the Leverage team "steals back" things that have been taken. One of the recurring themes is people slighted or humiliated publicly. In addition to money, the team steals back their dignity.
  • Victor Dubenich says that all a man has in the world are his business, his possessions and his name. So to ruin Jack Latimer the Leverage team sets about stealing those three things, pretty simple. But remember the end of the speech, if you take away those three things "any man will kill" Nate wasn't just trying to bring Latimer down so that he would stop protecting Dubenich, no, Nate was systematically ruining Latimer to the degree that he would be willing to kill Dubenich himself!
  • In "The Boiler Room Job" it was stated that their mark was a fellow con man who knows everyone they could possibly go to for help. This leads to the obvious question of why he didn't realize who Sophie was given that she is an infamous grifter herself. However she had operated in Europe primarily and so he might not know her as a result. As for Nate and the rest of the team they weren't in his community as grifters as they were involved in theft whereas he was involved in straight cons.
  • In "The Stork Job", the team goes to rescue an abused Serbian orphan named Luka, who Parker finds with a bunch of other orphans in the upper floor of a warehouse. So, his name is Luka, and he lives on the second floor.
  • In "The Queen's Gambit Job" Olivia learned to win from her father. Once you know who he is, it becomes clear why she always wins.
  • In "The Grave Danger Job", Parker asks Nate how the client knows that their father in resting in peace, and Sophie notices her "off" behavior when she and Nate return to the apartment. She's thinking about her brother, whose death we learned about in "The Future Job."
  • Parker being more upset in the pilot about not being paid than an attempt on her life makes more sense if you remember that security guards would be prepared to kill her with some of the things she'd attempt to steal, which Parker would see as fair enough as they are both doing their job and it's nothing personal. But refusing to pay her is a personal thing as that insults her skills and the effort she put in. Parker isn't really seeing the difference between someone doing their job in trying to kill her and someone double-crossing her in trying to kill her like Eliot does. So she gets more angry about not getting her money.
  • Over the course of the series, Sophie has been teaching Parker social skills and acting. At first, it seemed that it was because Parker has no social skills. Then it became clear in "The Long Good-bye Job": she's training her successor.
  • Slightly more meta, but Sophie's accents run the gamut from "really good" to "atrocious." You'd think someone would wise up, but like she said, to an American, the subtleties of regional accents are lost. She's not going to authentic, she's going for what an American would expect. This also applies to Hardison.
  • In The Rundown Job, Eliot, Parker, and Hardison race against the clock to stop a terrorist from releasing an outbreak of... the Flu. Another troper pointed out that, while in 1910 the Spanish Flu killed 50 million people, it wouldn't be nearly as devastating now, because we have more and better ways to treat it. But that's kind of the point. The terrorist isn't anti-American; he's a bio-engineer who thinks that we're not ready for that kind of attack. The Spanish Flu is the perfect disease. It will cause the panic of a real bio attack-note Hardison's reaction-because of its history and the fairly recent H1N1 scares. People will die because the infrastructure is not equipped to handle the sheer number of patients, which is the point. The Spanish Flu is the perfect outbreak for this attack because it will cause the panic but not body count of a real terrorist attack. The bio-engineer wants the US to prepare for a devastating attack, not actually suffer one.
    • That would apply, if it wasn't made very clear that Dr Udall is using a mutated form of the virus specifically designed to kill. Otherwise, a lot of what he did doesn't make sense- he dressed up as "Ahmed" to make his plans clear, he spent weeks working on developing the virus, which you could argue was him trying to weaponise it if he hadn't tested it on the farmer to make sure it killed, and made himself totally immune to it, a well as arranging for the deaths of hospital directors and 911 operatives to leave DC totally exposed and unprotected. His goal WAS to generate an anti-American attack, to prove to the government that he was right all along, and that a foreign terrorist, such as the Iraqis, would try to kill massive amounts of Americans with biological warfare. If the attack didn't look anti-American, it wouldn't be convincing. He thinks that if the US didn't suffer from a devastating bio attack, they won't prepare for it. He became the thing he wanted to protect against, which Eliot points out.
    • Tying in "The Rundown Job" with the episode before it, "The Frame Up Job", these are the two episodes out of the entire series where the entire crew isn't featured together (Nate and Sophie are the only ones in "The Frame Up Job", and Parker, Hardison, and Elliot are the only ones in "The Rundown Job"). These episodes foreshadow the series finale.
      • Also, "The Rundown Job" gives Parker, Hardison, and Elliot the chance to see if they are able to run a job without Nate and Sophie watching over them. They are.
  • A lot of people give Dubenich a hard time for trying to kill the heroes when he could have just paid them. Except that wouldn't have worked. Nate would have found out that the plans weren't Dubenich's anyway. Nate, particularly at this stage, is still a hero, so will go after Dubenich for tricking him (and using his son to do it). So it's better to kill Nate than risk his revenge. Since he's killing Nate, he might as well kill everybody (because without Nate, they couldn't have stopped him anyway.)
  • Chaos has double-crossed his team before, so why wasn't Leverage worried about it in "The Last Dam Job"? There are actually several good reasons:
    • First of all, we already know he's afraid of Sophie, so betraying her might be on his big no list.
    • Secondly, he has Hardison - the only man he considers a rival - asking him for help, and he doesn't want to sully this.
    • But mostly, there's no profit in it. There's no mention of any money being made from this con, so the only way Chaos gets paid, is if Nate gives him his retainer once the job is done. If he betrays Nate, he doesn't get paid.
    • Word of God on the matter is that he also was treating the entire thing as a tryout. He recognizes the crew as the best around and wants to become a member of the crew. He's not going to betray people he wants to impress.
  • "The Long Goodbye Job" has an under-the-radar significance beyond just being the Series Finale. Nate won. He certainly would have won against Agent Casey, but even after Sterling comes in, Nate won. Sophie, Eliot, Parker, and Hardison made it out scot-free with their target, beaming at the Interpol agents searching the audience. Nate was planning to retire from crime anyway, whether he did so in a prison or in an apartment made little difference. Even if Sterling had pulled the plug on the rescue van, that left Eliot, Parker, and Hardison in their brewpub safehouse, all set to carry on the work.
  • Why is Hardison so good at bluffing, the Bavarian Fire Drill, and the occasional disguise? Any computer security expert will tell you it's the end user that's the weakest point in any system. Passing yourself off as the IT staff, a technician, a janitor, or someone who just looks like he belongs there (especially if he has authority and belongs there) is the easiest way to get into a server room or access any computer network, no high-end computer skills required. It's called a "social engineering attack," and it's probably the most common way for an unauthorized user (such as a thief like Hardison) to steal data.
  • In "The Three Strikes Job", Eliot mentions how he dislikes sports where you can't score on defense. If you pay attention to his fighting style, a big component of it is that he often lets opponents swing at him and either catches then counters the blow, or takes the blow and then retaliates. Eliot scores on defense.
  • The reason why everyone in "The Rashomon Job" views the security chief as a deadly, competent, Nate-level genius when he's actually a bumbling, nervous guy with a crush on Sophie is because to everyone but Nate, he's a threat. Everyone but Nate would automatically and instinctively elevate the perceived threat from the security chief, interpreting awkward questions as probing inquiries. Similarly, when the chief is walking down the stairs, Sophie and Hardison see him carrying a shotgun, because he's a serious threat, whereas Eliot sees him carrying a long, narrow box because he's both a professional soldier and views him as less of a threat.
    • Of course, we should also bear in mind that Nate's version of events is also subjective. His perception of the chief as a simpleton is just the way Nate views anyone who is only moderately intelligent and generally competent. Also, he was interested in Sophie. Nate would want to downplay the man to her.
    • Also from "The Rashomon Job": As the Mako reminded us in a different episode, you can't con a conman. So how did Sophie, grifter extraordinaire, not spot anything amiss when she interacted with Eliot that night? Simple—he wasn't trying to con her; he really was hitting on her. (Uh, no pun intended.)

Fridge Horror:

  • "The Order 23 Job" has Eliot knock out a mob assassin in a hospital morgue and stash him in an occupied drawer. Now, you imagine waking up in a cold, dark, confined place with a dead body.
  • Watch Eliot's flashbacks very closely and consider what they imply about his pre-Leverage body count. It's... disconcerting.
    • One of his most disturbing lines comes in "The Double Blind Job" where he talks about the nine places a professional can inject someone with poison to make it look like a natural death. There is a very strong implication that he knows this because he's done this himself.
    • In "The Big Bang Job" Eliot tells the team that he did indeed work for Damien Moreau. And he tells them straight-up that he did the worst things in his career while in his employ. When Parker is about to ask what Eliot did, he warns her that if she asks... he'll tell her what he did, and his tone makes it clear that he is flat-out begging for her to not ask what he did for Moreau.
    • In "The Experimental Job" Eliot has an utterly chilling counter to the interrogator's question of whether Eliot knows how many people he's killed. Eliot says he doesn't need to count, because he can remember faces, eyes, emotions, and which of them deserved to die and which didn't.
  • In "The Long Way Down Job" it is revealed that Nate remembers little if any of stealing a mountain resort in "The Snow Job." While that was one of his drunkest episodes, this sets up the distinct possibility that Nate was too drunk to remember large portions of season one.
  • "The Frame-Up Job" is played as a light, Agatha Christie-style mystery, which obscures that the villain is one of the most cold-hearted antagonists in the entire series. He's a rich ne'er-do-well who starts out by slowly poisoning his own father. Later, when Nate, Sophie and Sterling expose his partner and she runs to him in panic, he instantly kills her as casually as if he were swatting a fly.
  • The entire premise of Leverage becomes a source of Fridge Horror when you consider what would happen if the protagonists learned to work together, but were still bad guys. They'd be a con artist version of the Justice Lords. Thank God Nate made them realize that Good Feels Good...
  • If the Leverage team didn't do what they do then a lot of people would be dead if the team weren't around to save them.
    • How many similar crisis are out there that the Leverage team doesn't know about?
    • ...How many are ripped from real world headlines?
  • Chaos has almost definitely murdered people in cold blood.
  • In "The Ho, Ho, Ho Job", the mark is hiring toughs and cons as mall Santas in preparation for a crime. ...what are the odds that one or more of those toughs might be a sex offender or child abuser in addition to their violent crimes?
    • Oddly enough, I think that we can thank Chaos for this one. He had a really, really good plan, and he was determined to get the job done; he would have very thoroughly checked into the background and habits of his potential minions. Given that a key part of the plan involved them working with kids for a fairly lengthy period of time, Chaos would have made certain that he wasn't hiring anyone who might blow the job due to... distractions.
  • If Nate had started doing this sooner, he could have saved his son's life, and there's no way he isn't aware of that. No surprise he drinks so much.

Fridge Logic:

  • How is it they get to the roof in the pilot episode? It was stated that the roof was their way out but it never explained how they got there in the first place. This is actually a common occurence in several episodes that they simply appear there. Parker's Offscreen Teleportation is also used in a similar manner. Sometimes it would actually be an easier explanation if she could actually teleport.
  • One issue in the pilot is what happens to the overall economy when Bering Areospace tanks, especially since Hardison short sold stock against it. Similarly given that the company was under serious FBI investigation wouldn't the SEC investigate those trades heavily?
  • Why haven't they ever ran into a facility with air ducts that Parker was too large to crawl through? In reality there is actually a DOD standard for exactly this. In "The Inside Job" the firm was smart enough to put lasers inside a ventilation duct, why didn't they simply make it too small to crawl through?
    • Larger buildings require larger airducts in order to send more air through. Plus if there was something jammed, a blocked or broken duct they'd need to be able to have someone go in and fix it, since unlike with housing they can't just cut into the walls in order to do so.
    • Also, the vast majority of the places the team are breaking into... don't need to conform to Department of Defense standards for air ducts.
  • How do their clients find them? It's not like they can take out adds saying "Leverage Consulting & Associates, extra-legal aid".
    • Actually... they probably did take out ads, at least in the first season when they had a full office. Probably didn't phase it as "extra-legal aid" but they almost certainly phrased in a way to make it clear that they could offer recourse in extraordinary situations. After that, word likely just gets around, especially after certain powerful people got crushed and certain other powerful people began making lots of money on said crushed and had a strong interest in making sure Leverage Consulting and Associates got a good client base.
    • They function almost entirely via word-of-mouth. Leverage Consulting is officially a legal consulting agency, which means people often come to them looking for one time of help and finding something completely different.
    • Also, if anyone wants to search them online, they'll probably find LCA's (Read: Hardison's) finely-crafted website, complete with illustrious history of legal consultation. Also once they do an alert pops up on Hardison's computer, showing him where, how, and whether to contact whoever tripped the signal.
    • This is spelled out in the second episode, "The Homecoming Job" - Hardison has back doors into every electronic banking system in the world and is constantly monitoring every online news site looking for scandals and whatnot. It's rather like an epidemiological study; they don't look for victims, they look for rich criminals, then work backwards to find people who can benefit from their comeuppance. Clients find the team mostly by word of mouth or outright accident - most of the time, they're just a team of con artists looking for marks to run cons on. They just limit themselves to Acceptable Targets and Asshole Victims. It's stated at the end of the first episode;
      Sophie: ...go find some bad guys. Bad guys have money.