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Recap / Leverage: Redemption S 1 E 11 "The Jackal Job"

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The Leverage team explores the failing memory of a legendary grifter to try and find her greatest score before her abusive Elder Guardian gets his hands on it and takes over her life.

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  • Bittersweet Ending: Stella's Alzheimer's isn't going to get any better, but at least she'll spend the rest of her life being cared for by people who love her.
  • Cool Old Lady: Stella is one as long as her memory is working.
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  • Domestic Abuser: Jo's husband was one of these.
  • Elder Abuse: Phil is a frighteningly realistic case of this. He takes all of Stella’s stuff and sells it, while intending to sell her home and dump her in a nursing home. Even worse, he's already done the same thing to plenty of other victims.
  • Shout-Out: Stella's nickname, "the Jackal", and Beaumont-sur-Mer, the briefly-mentioned site of one of her cons, are a reference to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.