Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Leverage: "The 12-Step Job"

The proprietor of a soup kitchen hires the team to retrieve money missing after alcoholic lawyer Jack Hurley (Drew Powell) promised to invest it. When the team's attempt to snatch Jack fails, Nate decides to check him into fake rehab with Sophie as session leader and Nate and Parker playing fellow patients.

Jack turns out to be a well-intentioned soul who only borrowed the money, intending to pay it back until he got into hot water with other, more violent investors. A more compelling storyline is Nate's period of withdrawal from drinking, during which he feuds with Sophie and hallucinates archenemy Jim Sterling (Mark Sheppard). That said, I hope Nate's alcoholism has a real arc and isn't simply a convenient trope.

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