Hardison has a conning song, oh my GOD
~Feel like stealin',
Feel like connin',
Feel like taking some stuff today~
Fucking love how specific the Leverage family dynamic is like Eliot is very clearly the oldest child who simultaneously clashes with his dad but is completely willing to step up and take his place if need be
Things from my leverage rematch I would like to see in redemption
Old nate painting
Amy from the two-horse job/pre-military Elliot stuff
Also maybe just more southern in Elliot's character
Either a hilarious ending or an actually nice end for the character of Nate. Fuck Timothy Hutton tho
Mikel Dayan from the two live crew job. (If they could say she's a hitter because she got disillusioned from Mossad I would appreciate it) I just think she was kinda neat
Trevor from the hot potato job should be in his twenties now, btw
Gunter from the office job, just in case they're in Hollywood
Latimer or Dubenich just because I really want to know what happened there. Actually no, it’s probably better left as is
Elliot's kid thing
Plan M. Not the actual plan but a x happens in plan y would be nice
This just turned into a list of people from random episodes it would be fun to see again I guess
the way Hardison says, "I would never wanna replace you..." he is so heartfelt
and then Parker's just. "I love it. I'm gonna call her Hardy."
they love each other so much.
concussion or no, Eliot's not fuckin' around today
STOP MAKING ME CRYYYYYY
shit, I take back my sympathy for the nanny!!!!
the music in this scene is so cool
Russian Sniper: "I go again."
Ferris Wheel Attendant: "Alright, c'mon dude, it's like the tenth time in a row."
Russian Sniper: "I go. Again."
Molly: "Eliot, I'm scared."
Eliot: "Alright, listen, you're gonna be fine, okay? This is... this is just a drill. It's like a fire drill. You have those at your school, right?"
Molly: "I promise not to cry, will you just tell me the truth?"
Eliot: "Alright, this is not a drill. These guys are very bad guys, the guys that took you. Okay? But I'm comin' 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?
the way he emphasizes Me.
Nate: "No, this can't be an abduction. This is KNR. The Russian buyers, they want the chip. We are on a reset. Our main objective is the girl: we find her, bring her back safe, we lose the chip if we have to, we burn Connell if we have to. Anyone have a problem, speak now."
Eliot: "Nate, if I'm engaged-"
Nate: "Do your worst."
It's the immediate shuffling of priorities to take care of Molly first and foremost that gets to me. It's the blessing for Eliot to kill again if he has to, anything to keep her safe.
so... goddamn... cute...
Molly: "Can Eliot come? ...If I have to go to some lame carnival, then why can't Eliot come?"
Eliot used Mentor!
It's super effective!
(Nate is Confused.)
Eliot: "Alright, well, the mistake that most people make is throwing at the balloon. Alright? The way these darts are weighted, they don't generate enough energy and momentum to go through the balloon. Boom!" [throws a dart at a balloon; it bounces off]
Eliot, immediately: "No, not rigged, okay? House advantage. But you throw in an arc -" [throws a dart which pops a balloon] "-gravity. It creates enough momentum; you try." [Molly misses badly]
Molly: "You forgot to mention the need for talent."
Eliot: "No, hard work beats talent every time, you're not puttin' an arc on it."
Molly: "Do you subscribe to some motivational website or something?"
Eliot: "Try again."
Okay, so, this scene...........
Eliot's perspective is so interesting. I mean, on the one hand he is in Life Lesson mode. He wants her to learn appropriate values, to put forth honest effort, and he isn't taking no for an answer. (Tough, but fair.) But also, the whole debate of things being rigged vs. house advantage is interesting. Eliot insists these games aren't rigged, not because they aren't exactly - but because Molly has been using that as an excuse not to try. Either you cheat or you don't bother. Eliot takes offense to that, as much as he does to her giving up at her first failure because of a 'lack of talent'. He values hard work much more than talent any day.
But his definition of hard work here includes understanding the ways the system has been set up against you (weighted darts), and then figuring out how to counter that (an arc to use gravity), then practicing until you can do so every time. It's just a nice little look into his perspective, especially in context of what Leverage does. They step in where people who have been trying to honestly fight back against a system oppressing them fall short, either because they don't know how to beat it or lack the resources to do so. And then Leverage breaks the unfair rules the system has set. By any normal definition, they're cheating their way to a win. But the thing is, Leverage steps in where others have honestly tried and failed - because there is no honest way to win anymore. Leverage acts in situations where throwing in an arc is against the rules and the dart is dull and the balloons are extra thick. Where they come in, cheating is already the name of the game, and what they do is manipulate the system to make it winnable despite all the carnie's best efforts otherwise.
In this situation, Molly's game isn't unwinnable. She's quitting too soon, and using "gotta cheat to get ahead" as a paltry excuse. So yeah, Eliot calls bullshit and makes her try again. And as soon as he does she gets that little smile in the second picture. That's what she wants. Someone who cares enough, will take the time, who won't let her cynicism wear them down. Someone who respects her but also doesn't let her mockery push them away. (Tough, but fair!)
It's the reason she's humoring him this far. She was eagerly blowing up the balloon, she laughed when he kept talking to her in the last scene. He listens to her harsh words, and then counters them with a lethal combination of cheesy motivational speeches and determination to make her listen to him as well. He doesn't stay in the background, he engages her and cares enough about what she thinks to try to change her mind. It's everything she's been craving.
(She pops the balloon.)
Parker: "Are you kidding me? What, you think I wouldn't notice?!" [throws Parker 2000 down on the table, knocking a wheel loose]
Hardison: "Wh- hey, ey, girl, this thing is hypersensitive!"
Parker: "I'm hypersensitive when people are building robots to replace me!"
Hardison: "It's not a robot!"
Parker: "I am not stupid Hardison okay, I know how smart you are, and how capable you are of doing things. Parker 2000?!"
Hardison: "No, what, nah, see like - um. Okay. Yeah, I used your name, right, but it's not, it's not what you think at all. It's an ASCD, an automated safe-cracking device."
Parker: "I'm a safe-cracking device!"
I love this whole bit, but especially the part where Parker furiously compliments Hardison's abilities. She's no idiot, she knows he could make a robot!
The love in his eyes. It is the sweetest, quietest little moment that she doesn't even know is happening. He just adores her so much, she makes him... so happy.