Synopsis and upcoming storiesEdit
Season five ushered in a new setting as the team relocated to Portland, Oregon. The season explored the trust among the characters, and a new optimism in Nate as he looked to the future instead of the past. The team also moved into new headquarters. The season premiere began with a series of flashbacks updating us on the team since the Season Four finale, and we learned about a new, and very secret, alliance.
In their first case, the team took on a global aviation executive whom they lead to believe can steal the Spruce Goose (The (Very) Big Bird Job). The team entered the hard-hitting world of professional hockey to protect a team from its owner (The Blue Line Job), took on the culinary world (The French Connection Job), and pulled off the toughest con of them all (The White Rabbit Job), an episode that went deeply into the mark's mind.
Executive Producer John Rogers hinted that the stories would include a cheerleading competition (The Gimme a K Street Job), and another pair of episodes where the team splits, this time with Nate and Sophie working together when she is framed for art theft (The Frame-Up Job), while Eliot, Hardison and Parker team up to foil a terrorist plot (The Rundown Job).
Guest stars included Cary Elwes (The (Very) Big Bird Job), Treat Williams (The Blue Line Job), Matthew Lilliard (The Real Fake Car Job), Steve Valentine, Neil Hopkins, Monte Markham, Marshall Teague, Adam Baldwin (The Rundown Job) and Willa Ford (The Low Low Price Job). Actors Ronnie Cox and Fred Ward were featured in The D. B. Cooper Job, which will took the team back to 1971 and the hijacking of a Boeing 727 over Portland, OR. Hapless FBI agents Taggart and McSweeten put in an appearance during the season, and of course, James Sterling was back.
Episode List: 2012 Edit
|The (Very) Big Bird Job||John Rogers||John Rogers||July 15, 2012||#501|
|Season five premiere. As the team adjust to their new home of Portland, they must take down a corrupt businessman whose obsession with Howard Hughes is bringing his company by selling him the legendary Spruse Goose.
|The Blue Line Job||M. Scott Veach & Paul Guyot||Marc Roskin||July 22, 2012||#502|
|While trying to save a stubborn hockey enforcer from sustaining permanent injury in the playoffs, the Leverage crew discovers that someone has nefarious designs on the team.
|The First Contact Job||Aaron Denius Garcia||Jonathan Frakes||August 5, 2012||#503|
|The team cons a thieving scientist by convincing him that he's made contact with aliens from another planet.
|The French Connection Job||Paul Guyot||Tawnia McTiernan||August 12, 2012||#504|
|Eliot goes undercover at a culinary arts school to take down a crooked restaurateur.
|The Gimme a K Street Job||Jeremy Bernstein||Jonathan Frakes||August 19, 2012||#505|
|The team must go up against Congress to stop a competitive cheerleading company that puts its students at risk.
|The D. B. Cooper Job||Chris Downey||Marc Roskin||August 26, 2012||#506|
|Nate becomes obsessed with the legendary D.B. Cooper when a dying FBI agent's request puts him on the trail.
|The Real Fake Car Job||Josh Schaer||John Harrison||September 2, 2012||#507|
|The team must convince a Wall Street con artist to break an immunity deal by luring him in using a fake antique car.
|The Broken Wing Job||M. Scott Veach & Rebecca Kirsch||John Harrison||September 9, 2012||#508|
|Parker is sidelined with a knee injury while the rest of the gang is in Japan on a job. Left behind, and going stir crazy, she discovers the surveillance cameras in the downstairs brewpub. When a couple of odd customers attract her attention, she finds herself preventing what she believes is the robbery of a nearby jewelry store with the help of an unlikely assistant.
|The Rundown Job||Chris Downey & Josh Schaer||Dean Devlin||September 16, 2012||#509|
|Eliot, Parker and Hardison are in Washington, D.C. for a job, when Eliot gets a call from a former comrade-in-arms. Eliot, Parker, and Hardison soon find themselves working to thwart a biological terrorist attack of epidemic proportions.
|The Frame-Up Job||John Rogers & Geoffrey Thorne & Jeremy Bernstein||Marc Roskin||September 16, 2012||#510|
|Sophie and Nate are at an estate sale for a wealthy art collector, when the most valuable painting turns up missing.
|The Low Low Price Job||Rebecca Kirsch||Tawnia McKiernan||November 27, 2012||#511|
|Eliot takes a personal interest in the threat posed to a small town by a new mega-store. The crew tries a variety to approaches to foil the plans of an ambitious corporate representative and keep the store from opening.
|The White Rabbit Job||Geoffrey Thorne||P.J. Pesce||December 4, 2012||#512|
|A young industrialist seems bent on destroying the company his grandfather built, and the town it supports. To find out why, the team attempts the rarely-if-ever achieved "White Rabbit" con, which puts the mark through a series of simulated dreams.
|The Corkscrew Job||Jenn Kao||Marc Roskin||December 11, 2012||#513|
|To investigate a suspicious death at a winery, the team tries to get at the new owner through his wine collection.
|The Toy Job||Joe Hortua||Jonathan Frakes||December 18, 2012||#514|
|To prevent a CEO from placing an unsafe toy on the market, the team creates a craze for a competing toy.
|The Long Goodbye Job||John Rogers & Chris Downey||Dean Devlin||December 25, 2012||#515|
|Series finale. The team embarks on their riskiest con yet when Nate takes a case linked to his son's death. Ellen Casey questions Nate as he retells the job that supposedly got his entire team killed. The job was to steal "the Black Book," a record of all illegal transactions made by bankers and wealthy people that led to the financial crisis of 2007–08. However, it is revealed that the job was successful, the team is very much alive and Sterling, who had been assigned to look into the break-in, allows Nate to walk away from possible imprisonment. Nate retires to marry Sophie and the team plans to start "Leverage International" with their newly obtained information. The series ends with a scene reminiscent to the closing scene of the pilot, with the team (now consisting of only Parker, Eliot, and Hardison) taking on a new case, but with Parker having replaced Nate as the leader of the Leverage team.
- Cary Elwes as Scott Roemer, an aviation executive the team cons.
- Treat Williams as Pete Rising, a former hockey star turned team owner.
- Matthew Lilliard as Gabe Erickson, a corrupt businessman in Witness Protection.
- Ronny Cox and Fred Ward as a dying FBI agent and the one who got away: D.B. Cooper.
- Adam Baldwin as Col. Michael Vance, the head of an anti-terrorism unit known for his unconventional methods.
- And of course, Sterling is back!
- Each season has an overall theme. At the end of the Q&A for "The D. B. Cooper Job" on his blog, John Rogers re-stated that the theme for Season Five is "Redemption". TNT has been marketing Season Five with a motif of Tarot cards and a theme of "Revenge is in the future", as shown by the insert that came with the Season Four DVD.
- In previous years, TNT announced the renewal of the series fairly early in the season. As Season Five neared completion, the absence of a renewal announcement became noticable. On December 16, 2012, Dean Devlin posted an open letter to the Leverage fans to let them know that due to the uncertainty of renewal, he and John Rogers had decided to end the season with the episode they had planned for a series finale when the pilot was filmed. TNT hinted at the end of the series in the promo for "The Long Goodbye Job" on December 18, 2012 and issued a press release on December 21, 2012 confirming that Leverage would end with that episode on Christmas. A few minutes prior to the press release becoming public, John Rogers added a "Goodbye Chat post" on his blog where fans of the show could discuss it coming to an end.
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