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Recap / Leverage: Redemption S 1 E 14 "The Hurricane Job"

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Stuck together during a massive hurricane, Eliot and Parker must stop a band of corrupt cops who have taken over a small hotel, and find what the cops are searching for, before it’s too late.

Tropes stolen in this job:

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Parker again pokes Eliot even after she knows he is hurt. Bonus points for the fact that Eliot and Parker actually pose as siblings.
  • Actor Allusion: After Harry impersonates a doctor:
    Sophie: How do you know all that medical jargon, anyway?
    Harry: TV.
    • Parker refers to Eliot's US Marshal girlfriend Maria as "Miss Law & Order", on which portrayer Andrea Navedo had a recurring role.
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  • Battle Couple: Eliot and Maria make a rather effective one against Collins in the boathouse. And again in the parlor scene against everyone else.
  • Big Storm Episode: All of the action takes place during a hurricane on the island Eliot and Parker are stuck on.
  • Bullet Time: When Eliot dodges the harpoon.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Early in the episode, Parker reads an article in the paper about an unclaimed $230 million lottery ticket, which prompts a sardonic remark from Boggs. As it turns out, this ticket is what Abel is actually after.
  • Combat Cue Stick: Abel tries to attack Eliot with a pool cue. This being Eliot, he simply breaks the cue and knocks the guy out with ease.
  • Dirty Cop: The villains of the week are a group of corrupt cops searching for evidence of their collaboration with a drug ring that was hidden somewhere in a hotel. At least, that's what their leader Abel tells them...
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  • Disappointed by the Motive: Both the heroes and the corrupt cops are disgusted to discover that Abel's true purpose was an attempt to steal another man's winning lottery ticket just because he felt he was entitled to it more.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Eliot dodges a harpoon.
  • Entitled Bastard: The real reason Abel wants Omar's phone isn't because it contains evidence of his and his team's corruption. In actuality, the phone contains a $230 million lottery ticket which Omar won. Abel believes he deserves this ticket more than a "druggie" like Omar, despite having been a corrupt cop all his career while Omar has been trying to turn his life around and leave his criminal past behind.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    Abel: Why do you even care? Why are you protecting these people?
    Eliot: Because you're supposed to.
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  • Loyal Phlebotinum: Boggs has a smart gun which needs his fingerprint to fire.
  • Made of Iron: Eliot reacts with little more than annoyance to having his shoulder dislocated.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Just as Parker finds the lottery ticket in the lighthouse, she accidentally activates the lantern, letting Abel's men know where she is.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Appears out of nowhere behind Collins in the boathouse.
  • Token Good Teammate: Boggs is the only one of Abel's men who has some scruples. He calls an ambulance for Omar when Abel beats him brutally, and his tendency to question Abel's actions has become an issue between them. He also cooperates with the authorities when Abel and his team are arrested.