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

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Two local farmers are targeted by a hate group, but something more poisonous on the farm leads Team Leverage to a crooked green energy innovator and an old-fashioned Train Heist.

Tropes stolen in this job:

  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Royal Canadian Mountain Police are just as polite as one would assume of a stereotypical Canadian...and they are the one law enforcement unit the team absolutely refuse to even risk running into, as they're all wanted for serious crimes in Canada.
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  • Call-Back: Eliot takes Parker's fork at the closing dinner.
  • Car Fu: Eliot's facing a group of heavily armed neo-Nazis. Harry comes in and hits one with his car. Well... nudges him with the car.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Breanna has serious trouble keeping her mind on the job around Emily. Emily also starts to babble like an idiot when she gets alone with Breanna.
  • The Dreaded: It turns out the team never runs a job in Canada because they are stone-cold terrified of what they call "the most feared law enforcement agency in the world": The Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
    • Sophie, Parker, and Breanna also run the hell away from the front of the train... bachelorettes. (Who are actually mounties.)
  • Fantasy Sequence: Breanna noted how cute Whitcomb's tech expert Emily was, then starts to freak out at the possibility having to con someone she thought of as cute. When Emily walks into Breanna's traincar, Breanna immediately falls into a daydream in which Emily is Shaking Her Hair Loose.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Emily asks Blake for permission to show Breanna some tech. He comments, "I just wish I'd put cameras in the car!" Not played for laughs or titillation, but to show Whitcombe as a sleaze; everyone just freezes awkwardly. Emily notes how gross that was as soon as the two are out of earshot.
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  • The Needs of the Many: Emily really, really cares about helping the world with her battery technology. She's aware that Whitcombe's collection is of Nazi memorabilia, but he has to work with him because he's the only one giving her the opportunity to build an electric plane.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Whitcomb's bodyguard, who leads the hate crime that opens the episode, is modeled off of two hate group leaders: Richard Spencer ("the dapper Nazi") and Gavin McInnis. Spencer gives us the haircut, McInnis the mustache, and they both dress like that. Whitcomb is essentially Elon Musk, if Musk were an avid Nazi.
  • Non-Action Guy: Harry gets in on the fight with the Nazis at the farm. He doesn't do that well. Not even with Car Fu.
  • Noodle Incident: Henry's "redemption list", a record of all the wrongs he needs to right from his days as a corporate defense attorney, includes such entries as "Perkins Case", "Paparazzi Yacht Debacle", and "Twenty frivoulous lawsuits in one week - a state record." It's also implied that the rest of the team has their own redemption lists.
  • Oh, Crap!: After Harry tests the soil, he tells Eliot they have to get into full hazmat suits immediately.
    • A rare dual example when Whitcombe interrupts Breanna and Emily. He's shocked that someone has exposed his batteries, they're shocked that he walked in and... saw that they'd exposed his batteries.
  • Gratuitous German: Sophie poses as German royalty. Whitcomb immediately shows off his knowledge of German to impress her (as a neo-Nazi obsessed with Nazi Germany, it makes sense) and Sophie responds in kind.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: During Breanna's Fantasy Sequence.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Whitcomb's bodyguard has a white supremacist tattoo on his neck.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: See No Celebrities Were Harmed above. The bad guys of this episode, in addition to being serious eco-criminals, are also dedicated neo-nazis.
  • Thriller on the Express: In case the Spoiler Title didn't tip you off: Yes, most of this episode takes place aboard a moving train.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Well, kicked off a train. Whitcombe's neo-Nazi bodyguard gets kicked off the moving train by Parker.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Blake Whitcomb is introduced as a charming and forward-thinking green energy CEO who is so respected that the team initially wonders if he's merely being used as The Fall Guy by untrustworthy subordinates. It turns out that he’s an elitist Neo-Nazi who is willing to dump incredibly toxic car batteries on farmland to cover up how his supposed new invention is a fraud designed to bilk investors — and then hire other Neo-Nazis to beat up the farmers to drive them away.