- While it was incredibly foolish and dangerous in the end, Nate staying in "The Bank Shot Job" because Sophie was still inside and could've been hurt.
- There are also at least two incidents ("The Tap Out Job" and "The Boost Job") where Sophie is being physically threatened by a mark who discovered they were being conned, and Nate's immediate response is to head in there to get her, even if it confirms that they've been running a con. Especially notable in "The Boost Job" because the mark had pulled a gun and Nate still headed straight in despite the fact that Parker and Hardison were unable to get there to help and Eliot was missing and out of contact.
- Say it with me now: "HÄAGEN DAZS!" If you don't think that's cute, you have no soul.
Parker: No. You put these kids in the system and odds are they're gonna... they're gonna turn out like me.(a pause, then Hardison smiles)Hardison: I like how you turned out.
- Luka, who's looked utterly miserable (and with good reason) every single time he's appeared, sees the parents who've been trying so hard to adopt him, and smiles.
- The entirety of "The Stork Job" is packed with heartwarming moments, but the Parker and Hardison scene in which Parker defends her position to not rescue the Serbian orphans, and we see her actually cry, is an absolute classic.
- "The Homecoming Job" has a few. One of the better moments comes at the end of the episode after delivering a shipping pallet of cash to a strapped veterans hospital, as the main characters really solidify into a force for good,Nate: "Anyone who wants to walk away can do it right now."(Beat)Eliot: "One more."Parker: "Maybe two."
Doctor Leroque: The world doesn't work this way!Nate: So change the world.
- Also, the doctor of the local hospital, convinced Nate was just another guy running a con on the patients, is stunned at how they've helped.
- Before that, this exchange:Cpl. Perry: "Thank you."Eliot: (shakes his hand) "No. Thank you."
- A quick one in "The Wedding Job": Nicky Moscone tells Nate (as the priest) that he offered his daughter's fiancé $200,000 to "disappear" before the wedding, and he said no.
- In "The 12-Step Job", Hardison gets into a car and then Eliot almost immediately finds a bomb under the car, wired to a pressure sensitive trigger. To disarm it, Hardison needs to reboot the car's system at the same time Eliot yanks out some wires. Literally at the same time - if they happen more than a half-second apart the bomb goes off. The heartwarming part is that in a blink-and-you-miss-it frame, as he reaches for the wires Eliot's hands are shaking. This is the guy who is so damned stoic that we never get direct evidence of him being afraid.
- Overlaps with Tear Jerker, but at the end of the first season, when the team's forced to split up, and they all stop as they're walking away, because no matter what they say, they don't want to go.
- Don't forget, Eliot was the first one to stop.
- Sophie has several of these with Widmark in "The Fairy Godparents Job".
- When Maggie is rescued from Ukrainian jail in "The Zanzibar Marketplace", Parker makes Maggie a "first-time fugitive kit" complete with toothpaste, explosives, and a diamond file disguised as gum. Despite being obviously unnerved— mostly due to the Funny Moment of being warned not to mix up the toothpaste and explosives— Maggie takes the kit and thanks Parker because she understands this is Parker's way of showing affection.
- It's a bit dark, but in "The Future Job" when Parker asks if they can kill Phony Psychic Dalton Rand - who has just used cold-reading techniques to reveal a painful secret from her past and caused her to run away crying - Eliot hesitantly notes that he could.
- Hardison himself says "He should be shot".
- In addition, the fact that the team took the time to explain to her exactly how the fake psychic managed to read her using visual aids and slow motion enhancement. It wasn't about getting Parker's head together so they could get back on the con. It was about making her feel better. Even Sixth Ranger Tara helps.
- Parker having found the money the criminal who kidnapped the fake psychic was looking for gives some of it to the client claiming it was all the money his pregnant widowed sister was bilked out of in order to take care of the baby.
- Nate's words to the team at the end of "The Maltese Falcon Job," after having traded his freedom for theirs: "You guys are the most honorable people I have ever met in my life. You have become my family, my only family. I won't forget that."
- Nate to Sterling and a bunch of FBI agents: " My name is Nate Ford and I'm a thief."
- When The Italian threatens Nate's team near the end of "The Jailhouse Job", he tells her, very quietly, "Now that, you should not have said."
- Nate and Sophie in "The Reunion Job" at the end, dancing together.
- Also, Parker and Hardison's "floaty dance" at the end of the same episode.
- In a flashback, Hardison missed his high school prom because he was paying for Nana's medical bills. Well, hacking the national bank of Iceland to pay her bills.
- The client for the episode, Cyrus, mentions he can't even contact his family thanks to the mark. Once the gang's con is successful, we see Cyrus finally doing that.
- When Parker's trapped in a high-security building during "The Inside Job". Her happiness when Hardison tells her that the entire team is there, as well as how quickly everyone banded together to save her were so adorable. Finally, she has a chance to escape, but doesn't, because people might get hurt if she doesn't stop the villain she's uncovered. "This is what I do now." And Eliot running into the building after her could make anyone smile.
Nate: Parker, last time you went to the vault-Parker: No, I couldn't, but I was alone then. I'm not alone now, OK? Hardison, just clear me a path to the vault, I know what I did wrong before, I can do it!
- Hardison breaking into a security system the Pentagon calls overkill with a laptop he found in the back of his van, because Parker needed him.
- Not to mention the reason why she's able to go back and defeat a security system that's already beaten her once. The Power of Friendship.
- Parker and Archie's moment at the end. After the Give Me Back My Wallet, you can just see the "That's my girl" in his grin.
- Hardison's violin solo in "The Scheherazade Job". Not just the music, but the fact that his teammates all stop in the middle of the job to listen. Parker even sheds a Single Tear.
- During "The Double Blind Job" as Parker is jealous of the client being close to Hardison, Sophie finally convinces her to confess her feelings. And even though Parker can't yet express herself clearly, Hardison gets it and is willing to wait until she's ready.Parker: So the thing is, I think I might be having feelings, like weird weird feelings for....pretzels.Hardison: Well, they are right here when you want them.
- This is later repeated by Parker during "The Big Bang Job" with her stating that she was in the mood for pretzels.
- Parker bonding with Josie, the teenaged girl who's involved with the car-theft ring, in "The Boost Job." She clearly sees some of herself in Josie, first helping her hone her car-stealing skills and later trying to warn her off of the upcoming job so that she won't go down with the rest of the crime ring. While this nearly blows the entire con and puts the entire team in danger, Sophie points out afterwards that Parker was trying to do the right thing - which means that she's thinking about what the right thing is, and that's huge for Parker.
- Eliot finally relaxing and returning Corey's impromptu man-hug at the end of "The Underground Job."
Eliot: That'll give us enough time to find the bombHardison: Oh, yeah. Plenty of time. Meanwhile, I'll be here. In the van. As far away as possible. My dude, go with God. (high fives and hugs Eliot)Eliot: What are you doing, man?Hardison: For morale, man!
- Hell, that entire scene, where Eliot was acting like a father figure to the kid.
- And Eliot's grin at Hardison's Gone Fishin' Job shout out...
- The little girl in "The King George Job". Eliot giving her a high five, Sophie worrying that her thieving may have hurt an innocent like her, Nate telling Sophie (repeatedly, sometimes at random intervals) that she never hurt anyone.
- The little boy in "The Ho Ho Ho Job" asking Eliot, who's dressed up as Santa but with his customary gruffness, if he's mean or if he's nice. Eliot passes him the present he'd asked "Santa" for - mentioned as being this Christmas's hot item - then puts a finger to his lips, indicating that he is nice, but he doesn't want anyone to know.
- The "family gift exchange" at the end. It would have been incredibly cheesy if the gifts hadn't been so thoughtful and grown-up.
- And stolen, don't forget stolen. That was heartwarming and a little Fridge Brilliance as well. They are all so rich from previous and current exploits that they can buy anything they want, (and they spend plenty of time stealing money from evil marks who do just that) but to acquire the perfect gift is a true test of worth to a group of thieves.
- Parker spends most of the episode wanting nothing more than to help Santa. As well as this, at the end of the episode, telling the police to "wait for the kids to leave, we don't want ruin Christmas" before arresting the "fake" Santas. It shows how far she has come since the beginning episodes that she wants the children to be happy on Christmas Eve, especially considering her own childhood.
- Eliot finally calls Hardison his friend after giving Chaos a Death Glare. "You killed my friend's van."
- The Reveal that Eliot used to work for Moreau is this. Hardison is pissed that Eliot put him in danger, but Nate is pissed that Eliot didn't say this earlier, and starts to chew him out for it.Nate: We've been chasing Moreau for six months, and you didn't tell us?Eliot: Because I was trying-Nate: Because WHAT?Eliot: -to figure out a way around this, alright? Maybe take my shot before-Nate: Because you're protecting him? Is that what you'reEliot: I'm protecting YOU! Alright? Last time I checked, that's my job.
- Sophie does a lot of work to help Vittori prepare to be the next president and is genuinely proud to see him so confident.
Moreau:I have the media, I have the guns, I-I have the government.Nate: You know what I have? I have a 24-year-old genius with a smartphone and a problem with authority. You really never stood a chance.
- Fairly understated, but this exchange:
- Parker hugging Hardison at the end of "The Long Way Down Job."
Parker: No!Eliot: Parker-Parker: No!Eliot: IT'S DONE!Parker: NO! This is what we're supposed to do! We're supposed to get him back to his wife! Nate would do it, Sophie would do it, Hardison would do it... they would do the right thing! I want to do the right thing!
- Also in "The Long Way Down Job", Parker and Eliot are trapped in a chasm where they found Alan's body. When figuring a way out, Parker is very insistent on taking the body with them, to Tear Jerker levels.
Eliot: "It's what makes us... us."
- Related, Eliot's reassuring of the obviously upset Parker is equal parts tearjerking and heartwarming, especially since Eliot himself is clearly feeling down about being forced to leave the body behind.
- And while they aren't able to retrieve Alan's body, Parker is able to slip his cell phone into the pocket of The Dragon, which starts transmitting the frozen hiker's final message for everyone, including his widow, to hear once it gets in range. His last words to his wife are incredibly sweet, made all the better when Eliot tells Parker, "You did it. You brought him back to her."
- Every. Single. Moment. that Charlie!Hardison and Dorothy!Parker are on-screen together during "The Van Gogh Job," except for their last moment, which is a real Tear Jerker.
- Actually, just that ENTIRE EPISODE, barring bits where Eliot is beating people up and the Tearjerker bits. From Real!Hardison and Real!Parker's handholding cuteness and Sheriff!Nate's dedication to the right thing and also his warbride (Sophie, who else?) and of course, "Don't waste time."
- In "The Carnival Job," the instant that it's revealed the mark's daughter was kidnapped, they immediately drop the con and devote everything to rescuing her. It isn't even a question.
- Also, Eliot bonding with the mark's daughter throughout the episode, demonstrating his particular brand of gruff affection while teaching her how to win at the carnival games. When she's kidnapped he initially tries to keep her calm by telling her it's a security drill, but she sees through it and promises not to cry if he tells her the truth.Eliot: All right, this is not a drill. These guys are very bad guys, the guys that took you, okay? But I'm coming for you, me, and I'm gonna find you, and I'm gonna bring you home. Now, you tell me, does that sound like the truth?
- Earlier in the episode while the con was still going on, Parker switches out the mark's glasses with ones that Hardison modified with a webcam. When the mark first puts them on, Hardison has a clear view of Parker and you can almost see the hearts forming in his eyes.
- Also, Eliot bonding with the mark's daughter throughout the episode, demonstrating his particular brand of gruff affection while teaching her how to win at the carnival games. When she's kidnapped he initially tries to keep her calm by telling her it's a security drill, but she sees through it and promises not to cry if he tells her the truth.
- The last thirty minutes of "The Grave Danger Job" Everyone is hell-bent on getting Hardison out of that coffin. They don't care about the con anymore. The phone call from Parker to Hardison, the hug the he and Eliot have...all of it just...damn.
- It's a small moment, but as time starts to run out, Parker calls Hardison "Alec" while begging him not to leave her. Because he's her friend, and she needs him.
- Jim Frakkin' Sterling of all people gets one in "The Queen's Gambit Job" when he reunites with his daughter, explaining that he knew Nate could pull off the job he asked of him, even though that job was a secondary objective to distract from the real goal of re-obtaining his daughter. He tells Nate as much.
Parker: Hardison! This limp, and these boots, I don't like them. They're weighing me down. Quick and light. That's how I survive. You slow me down, you kill me.Hardison: Hey, hey, hey. Parker. Listen. You had to be quick cause you were alone. If you get caught that's it. I get it. But you're not alone anymore. Look. Look at me. You're not alone. You're not. You have a team. You have me. And I got you - I got you girl.
- Specifically, in a nice reference back to the season two finale, he calls Nate the best thief he's ever known.
- Also in that episode, Parker has to wear weighted boots to mimic the gait of the mark to access his vault. She has a breakdown when she gets frustrated practicing on Hardison's DDR pads with the voice taunting her:
Parker: (deep breath) Um, Do you think maybe you could, uh - Well it was just easier before when there was, um, music.
- Then he goes through the steps with her humming the song that played during their first dance.
- Later in the episode, there is a Call-Back to that scene. When Parker is feeling nervous about entering the vault:
(Parker steels herself to make her attempt. Hardison's humming is heard over the coms. Parker gains renewed confidence and starts walking, Nate looks confused, and Sophie looks delighted.)
Parker: Hardison! I'm on the roof with no way down.
- When Parker is on the roof at the end, with no available escape options:
Hardison: Stairway and elevator?
Parker: No they're both blocked. I think I'm trapped up here.
Hardison: There's a third way down.
Parker: No, I don't have a chute
Hardison: Uh, check again.
Parker: (Checks her backpack, finds a chute.) Did you do this?
(Flashback to the earlier scene of Hardison telling Parker she's not alone)
- In "The Experimental Job": When Parker rescues Hardison from the Secret Society by beating up the entire group, normally Elliot's job.Member: You'll never be one of us! You're a geek!Parker: Should I tell him it's the age of the geek?Hardison: He'll figure it out eventually.
Parker: Remember the other night when you were playing with your pretend friends?Hardison: They're real peo... Look, they're, they're not pretend. They're just not in the same room with me.Parker: They're an elf, a dwarf, and a thing with a tail...pretty sure they're pretend. Remember when you took the thingy with the glowing thingy and then you used it to kill the guy who was on the shiny stuff and then also there was all this magic?Hardison: I, I think so...Parker: That was so cool. I mean, how many people here are cool enough to kill the guy with the thing?Hardison: You know what, you're right, that was pretty cool.
- Also in "The Experimental Job": Parker's hilariously horrible pep talk and Hardison's surprising reaction to the entire speech is so sweet and it shows how far they've actually come as a couple. The kiss wasn't bad either.
Sophie (on comms): That actually worked?!?!Hardison: No, but the fact that she thought it would work? That worked.
- Parker breaking into each of the homeless "volunteers'" cells to give them warm clothes when the experimenters turned the temperature down to below freezing.
- In "The Boys Night Out Job", Hardison's reason for telling Hurley (the addict from The 12-Step Job) how to find Nate.Hardison: It seemed like you've been focusing so much on the part of the job where we wreck people, I wanted you to see we've done some good in the world.
- "The Lonely Hearts Job": Eliot delivering gifts to Sophie and Parker in Nate's and Hardison's names.
- Also from "The Lonely Hearts Job", Nate and Sophie's "date." To gain the trust of the mark, a grifter running a ring that specializes in Black Widow, Nate has to woo a woman of the mark's choosing. This turns out to be Sophie under the guise of a duchess. Since the mark knows all the tricks, Nate and Sophie could not plan ahead - and since she's listening in via earpiece they can't say anything that would give either of them away. What starts out as Nate's character romancing Sophie's character turns into Nate romancing Sophie herself.
- And then the mark pulls out because she's disgusted that Nate's clearly falling in love with the mark. I mean, just look at him!
- The reason why the client's wife disappeared after clearing out his accounts. She was a grifter like the others in the ring, but she actually fell in love with him and was on the verge of admitting the entire con to him. She only left when the mark threatened to have him killed if the ring was exposed. She breaks down crying when Eliot and Sophie come to her and tell her they're here to help, so she finally has a way to reunite with her husband.
- Heck, the entire premise of the episode is a meta example. The client is the only millionaire on the show who isn't a corrupt and heartless scumbag, a reminder that being rich doesn't automatically make you evil in this world. That's an uplifting story.
- Jimmy Ford finally admitting that he loves his son and is proud of him. Too bad it happens right before he gets blown up right in front of Nate.
- Either even more of a Tearjerker, or even more Heartwarming...when you realize he possibly knew it would stop Nate in his tracks...long enough to keep Nate from dying too.
- The moment when Archie introduced Parker as his daughter to his biological daughter, who was trying to get him to go to assisted living at that moment, and then promptly left with her. Parker's face just sells it.
- There's a bit where Eliot holds a Dubenich at gunpoint, ready to shoot, all so that Nate won't be able to. Yes, it's a bit terrifying, but it really shows what Eliot is willing to do for the sake of his friend. More, watch closely - his hand is shaking. Not because he's afraid to kill - which we know he can do without flinching - but because he's been trying hard for most of the series to not be that man any more. A line he is willing to cross again for the sake of making sure Nate doesn't.
- Watching Hardison get all respectful and polite around Archie is kind of precious.
- And Archie does mention to Parker that he "approves of her young man".
- Hardison and Parker's "picnic under the stars" from "The First Contact Job".
- In a friendship sense, Hardison and Eliot happily singing along to Hardison's "chase music".
- The entire plot of "The D.B. Cooper Job". Over Nate's objections, the team helps McSweeten's dying father, an FBI agent, with the one case he could never solve—the Real Life D.B. Cooper skyjacking. It turns out that Cooper was actually Steve Reynolds—McSweeten's own partner, whom he himself recruited into the FBI. While McSweeten never caught "Cooper", he did something even better by turning him into a good person.
- One of the sideplots for "The Broken Wing Job" was Parker solving the personal problems of customers who frequent the team's restaurant. She manages to pair the lonely singles "Romeo" and "Juliet" together. There is also a surgeon who orders a chicken parmesan every day but always stops after the first bite because it's not the same as the one his deceased wife used to cook for him. Parker goes out of her way to cure his depression by telling him his wife would be proud of him, and she lets him try every dish the restaurant offers so can he can find a new favorite dish.
- For extra heartwarming, compare this Parker to Parker from, say, any episode in the first season. It's astounding how far she's come, especially since she and Hardison started dating.
- And Parker makes a friend. Not Alice, Parker.
- Watching Nate and Sophie working together, without any of the rest of the team, in The Frame-Up Job.
- While talking with Hardison during "The Low Low Price Job", Eliot reminisces fondly about his father, but they both left on bad terms and have not talked to each other in years. At the end of the episode, Eliot goes back to his hometown in an attempt to make amends.
- A Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that the six-pack of beer he takes with him is the brew pub's beer. Eliot brought Hardison's beer with him to share with his father.
- In a slightly weird way, the warehouse scene of The Big Bang Job. Eliot, who has spent three seasons repeatedly saying that he doesn't like guns and who has been the most dubious about going up against Moreau, takes up a weapon he doesn't like to do something he's been trying to get away from (he beats people up but we don't see him kill that many people in one setting until this episode) in order to save Nate (and the Italian) and bring down Moreau.
- "The White Rabbit Job" stands out because the team is actually trying to help the guy they're conning, since his guilt over the death of his cousin is sending him in a self destructive spiral. However, the mark is nearly Driven to Suicide, but Parker managed to talk him down by actually opening up about how she dealt with the death of her little brother, something she had never told anybody outside of the team.
- There is something heartwarming about what kind of dad Eliot wants to express himself as during "The Toy Job". The dad he plays to the blogger moms is absolutely adorable.
- On a meta-level, this, from John Rogers' Kung-Fu Monkey site."We've got one more to go, but I thought I'd put a spot here, where all you obsessive, cranky, persistent little bastards I love so much come to harass me. I'll do a proper wrap up later this week. Talk amongst yourselves. Thanks. For everything."
- The FINALE! Oh God, the finale. The proposal. The good-bye scene. The callbacks. It's all so warm and fuzzy—when it's not all dark and depressing, that is.
- Especially the way Nate passed on leadership of Leverage - not to Hardison, but to Parker. It's a wonderful acknowledgement of how far she's come from the barely socially adjusted thief in Season One.
- Hell that's impressive considering that in the pilot he was as all right with just about everyone as Nate could be at the time EXCEPT Parker. He called Parker insane while criticising the choice of her, even if there's nobody better than her.
- In the "The 15 Minutes Job", the team meets a woman whose high school boyfriend has been in jail for the last 14 years. he was framed as the drunk driver in an accident caused by the mark. She's spent the 14 years fighting on his behalf, with nearly nothing to show for it. At the end of the episode when the truth comes out, the innocent man is freed, and she is seen happily hugging her boyfriend and smiling. Hardison mentions that he left the happy couple a surprise at her home.
- Admit, there's something sweet about seeing the payoff of the cons and the happy looks on the clients' faces.
- A subtle, but effective moment from "The French Connection Job", where Eliot calls Nate "one of guys that kept him from falling all the way down".
Heartwarming / Leverage