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* AdrenalineJunkie: When Parker discovers the fire escape, she wants to "ride it" as fast as possible!


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* ThrillSeeker: When Parker discovers the fire escape, she treats it as a thrill ride and wants to ride it down the building as fast as possible!

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* AdrenalineJunkie: When Parker discovers the fire escape, she wants to "ride it" as fast as possible!


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* LadyMacbeth: Krista is significantly worse than Jason, always pushing him further when he's having second thoughts.


* GeniusBonus: Corbett argues that dictators would normally feel compelled to commit whatever massacres they felt were necessary to stay in power forever, and that his 'bank' allows those same dictators to escape into luxurious retirements without committing those atrocities, so his bank is really a good thing on the whole. Despite sounding like an absurd justification for helping monsters, this is an actual argument in the field of international relations. It's called the 'dictator's treadmill,' as seen [[https://twitter.com/RichardEngel/status/1187520692738240513 here]].

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* GeniusBonus: Corbett argues that dictators would normally feel compelled to commit whatever massacres they felt were necessary to stay in power forever, and that his 'bank' allows those same dictators to escape into luxurious retirements without committing those atrocities, so his bank is really a good thing on the whole. Despite sounding like an absurd justification for helping monsters, this is an actual argument in the field of international relations. It's called the 'dictator's treadmill,' as seen [[https://twitter.com/RichardEngel/status/1187520692738240513 here]].

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* InternalHomage: The meditational tape Jason is listening to in the car is the same one Alex (played by Creator/ChristianKane) is listening to in the first episode of ''Series/AlmostParadise'', another show produced by Dean Devlin.


* TheAtoner: This continuing aspect of Harry's character is spotlighted here. He helped the Crawleys escape justice after the Lantern Building collapse, which is why he gets his teammates involved in bringing them down; however, he guilt prevents him from telling them about it at first, causing friction in the process. Later, when Harry has to interact with Jason, he can't conceal his loathing of his former client and delivers a ReasonYouSuckSpeech that forces Sophie to take him off the case.

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* TheAtoner: This continuing aspect of Harry's character is spotlighted here. He helped the Crawleys escape justice after the Lantern Building collapse, collapsed, which is why he gets his teammates involved in bringing them down; however, he his guilt prevents him from telling them about it at first, causing friction in the process. Later, when Harry has to interact with Jason, he can't conceal his loathing of his former client and delivers a ReasonYouSuckSpeech that forces Sophie to take him off the case.


* AntiHero: A DiscussedTrope, revealing that Sophie doesn't see Team Leverage as heroes.

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* AntiHero: AntiHeroTeam: A DiscussedTrope, revealing that Sophie doesn't see Team Leverage as heroes.


* EyeScream: When Parker discovers Jason's safe has a retinal scanner, she says she needs Jason's eyeball and contemplates chopsticks. Breanna has her fool it with a hi-res photo of him instead.



* WhatTheHellHero: The team are ''not'' happy to discover that Harry neglected to tell them he took this case because ''he'' was the one who killed the lawsuit against Jason (especially because this almost gets them made). Sophie snaps at him that they're not his personal redemption squad, and seriously considers kicking him from the rest of the con.

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* WhatTheHellHero: The team are ''not'' happy to discover that Harry neglected to tell them he took this case because ''he'' was the one who killed the lawsuit against Jason (especially because this almost gets them made). Sophie snaps at him that they're not his personal redemption squad, and seriously considers kicking him from the rest of the con. When Harry loses his temper and gets himself kicked out of Jason's dinner party, she's incensed and says he's "officially out of second chances".

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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Krista believes she's an art expert and tastemaker because of her single year at the Royal College of Art (which she ''incessantly'' brings up), but is clearly not.


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* WhatTheHellHero: The team are ''not'' happy to discover that Harry neglected to tell them he took this case because ''he'' was the one who killed the lawsuit against Jason (especially because this almost gets them made). Sophie snaps at him that they're not his personal redemption squad, and seriously considers kicking him from the rest of the con.


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* SpannerInTheWorks: The team nearly get this when the elevator on the floor of their hideout opens to show Krista entering with her assistant, as they've been having an affair. She recognizes the team which nearly mars the con.


-->'''Breanna:''' Hey, look. We're gonna mess this guy up pretty hard. Are we the bad guys here?\\

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-->'''Breanna:''' Hey, look. We're gonna mess this guy [Jason] up pretty hard. Are we the bad guys here?\\



* TheAtoner: This continuing aspect of Harry's character is spotlighted here. He helped the Crawleys escape justice after the Lantern Building collapse, which is why he gets his teammates involved in bringing them down, but he doesn't tell them about it at first. Later, when Harry has to interact with Jason, he can't conceal his loathing of his former client and delivers a ReasonYouSuckSpeech that forces Sophie to take him off the case.

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* TheAtoner: This continuing aspect of Harry's character is spotlighted here. He helped the Crawleys escape justice after the Lantern Building collapse, which is why he gets his teammates involved in bringing them down, but down; however, he doesn't tell guilt prevents him from telling them about it at first.first, causing friction in the process. Later, when Harry has to interact with Jason, he can't conceal his loathing of his former client and delivers a ReasonYouSuckSpeech that forces Sophie to take him off the case.



* CatchPhrase: Krista loves to brag about "I did a year at the Royal College of Art in UsefulNotes/{{London}}!". Naturslly, Team Leverage takes advantage of this twice: Breanna and Sophie pose as an eccentric artist who's interested in moving into Axios Tower and her agent, while Eliot ingratiates himself to Krista by complementing her on her taste.
* DarkSecret: Mateo's brother Xavi has a rather sympathetic one. He and Mateo were both working on the Lantern Building when it collapsed, and Xavi overheard his brother warning Jason that the structure was dangerous. He never came forward because he's an IllegalAlien (as was Mateo), which the Crawleys took advantage of; they bought his silence in exchange for disability payments, and if he hadn't accepted they would have had him deported, forcing him to leave Mateo's daughter Isabella alone in America. Harry gets him to testify against the Crawleys and promises to protect him.

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* CatchPhrase: Krista loves to brag about how "I did a year at the Royal College of Art in UsefulNotes/{{London}}!". Naturslly, Naturally, Team Leverage takes advantage of this twice: this: Breanna and Sophie pose as an eccentric artist who's interested in moving into Axios Tower and her agent, while Eliot ingratiates himself to Krista by complementing her on her taste.
* DarkSecret: Mateo's brother Xavi has a rather sympathetic one. He and Mateo were both working on the Lantern Building when it collapsed, and Xavi overheard his brother warning Jason that the structure was dangerous. He never came forward because he's an IllegalAlien (as was Mateo), which the Crawleys took advantage of; exploited; they bought his silence in exchange for disability payments, and if he hadn't accepted they would have had him deported, forcing him to leave Mateo's daughter Isabella alone in America. Harry gets him to testify against the Crawleys and promises to protect him.


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* LackOfEmpathy: As noted, when Jason is in danger his first, last and only thoughts are for himself.


* DarkSecret: Mateo's brother Xavi has a rather sympathetic one. He and Mateo were both working on the Lantern Building when it collapsed, and Xavi overheard his brother warning Jason that the structure was dangerous. He never came forward because he's an IllegalAlien (as was Mateo), which the Crawleys took advantage of; they bought his silence in exchange for disability payments, and if he hadn't accepted they would have had him deported, forcing him to leave Mateo's widow Isabella alone in America. Harry gets him to testify against the Crawleys and promises to protect him.

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* DarkSecret: Mateo's brother Xavi has a rather sympathetic one. He and Mateo were both working on the Lantern Building when it collapsed, and Xavi overheard his brother warning Jason that the structure was dangerous. He never came forward because he's an IllegalAlien (as was Mateo), which the Crawleys took advantage of; they bought his silence in exchange for disability payments, and if he hadn't accepted they would have had him deported, forcing him to leave Mateo's widow daughter Isabella alone in America. Harry gets him to testify against the Crawleys and promises to protect him.



* IgnoredExpert: In the {{flashback}} that opens the episode, construction foreman Mateo Navarro warns Jason that he's cutting too many corners and the Lantern Building is unsafe, but Jason orders the crew to continue anyway -- mere moments before the collapse. Later, Mateo's widow and brother tell Harry that he spent the entire project vainly trying to convince Jason not to cut corners.

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* IgnoredExpert: In the {{flashback}} that opens the episode, construction foreman Mateo Navarro warns Jason that he's cutting too many corners and the Lantern Building is unsafe, but Jason orders the crew to continue anyway -- mere moments before the collapse. Later, Mateo's widow daughter and brother tell Harry that he spent the entire project vainly trying to convince Jason not to cut corners.


* DrivenToSuicide: At one point it looks like the team has pushed Jason too far and he is going to kill himself by jumping off Axios Tower. Subverted when it's revealed that he is a DirtyCoward and is running toward a spiraling chute
escape system, abandoning his wife and investors in a building he thinks will collapse.

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* DrivenToSuicide: At one point it looks like the team has pushed Jason too far and he is going to kill himself by jumping off Axios Tower. Subverted when it's revealed that he is a DirtyCoward and is running toward a spiraling chute
chute escape system, abandoning his wife and investors in a building he thinks will collapse.


* TheAtoner: This continuing aspect of Harry's character is spotlighted here. He helped the Crawleys escape justice after the Lantern Building collapse, which is why he gets his teammates involved in bringing them down, but he doesn't tell them about it at first. Later, when Harry has to interact with Jason, he can't conceal his loathing of his former client and delivers a ReasonYouSuckSpeech that forces Sophie to take him off the case.



* CatchPhrase: Krista loves to brag about "I did a year at the Royal College of Art in UsefulNotes/{{London}}!". Naturslly, Team Leverage takes advantage of this twice: Breanna and Sophie pose as an eccentric artist who's interested in moving into Axios Tower and her agent, while Eliot ingratiates himself to Krista by complementing her on her taste.
* DarkSecret: Mateo's brother Xavi has a rather sympathetic one. He and Mateo were both working on the Lantern Building when it collapsed, and Xavi overheard his brother warning Jason that the structure was dangerous. He never came forward because he's an IllegalAlien (as was Mateo), which the Crawleys took advantage of; they bought his silence in exchange for disability payments, and if he hadn't accepted they would have had him deported, forcing him to leave Mateo's widow Isabella alone in America. Harry gets him to testify against the Crawleys and promises to protect him.



* DrivenToSuicide: At one point it looks like the team has pushed Jason too far and he is going to kill himself by jumping off the building. Subverted when it's revealed that he is a DirtyCoward and is running toward an escape system, abandoning his wife and investors in a building he thinks will collapse.
* IgnoredExpert: The episode opens with construction foreman Matteo warning Jason that he's cutting too many corners and the building is unsafe but being ordered to continue anyway. Later, his family mentions that he spent the entire project vainly trying to convince Jason not to cut corners.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Interestingly, the ''villain'' of the episode has [=PTSD=] from the building collapse that has the team gunning for him. He's constantly listening to tapes to make himself relax. It's less about how he got four construction workers killed by CuttingCorners than it is about how he was inside the building when it collapsed and barely got out in time.

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* DrivenToSuicide: At one point it looks like the team has pushed Jason too far and he is going to kill himself by jumping off the building. Axios Tower. Subverted when it's revealed that he is a DirtyCoward and is running toward an a spiraling chute
escape system, abandoning his wife and investors in a building he thinks will collapse.
* IgnoredExpert: The episode In the {{flashback}} that opens with the episode, construction foreman Matteo warning Mateo Navarro warns Jason that he's cutting too many corners and the building Lantern Building is unsafe unsafe, but being ordered Jason orders the crew to continue anyway. anyway -- mere moments before the collapse. Later, his family mentions Mateo's widow and brother tell Harry that he spent the entire project vainly trying to convince Jason not to cut corners.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Interestingly, the ''villain'' of the episode has [=PTSD=] from the building collapse that has the team gunning for him. He's Jason is constantly listening to tapes to make himself relax. It's less about how he got four construction workers killed by CuttingCorners than it is about how he was inside the building when it collapsed and barely got out in time.

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