After another gripping episode, Leverage goes on a short hiatus while all the new and returning shows make their 2009-2010 television debut. Sad, isn’t it? But don’t worry. New episode could air as early as November, so we don’t have long to wait. In “The Lost Heir Job,” the team tried to stop a corrupt lawyer from taking control of his wealthy client’s estate by convincing him that Parker is the man’s long lost daughter!
The episode opens with a girl named Ruth Walton infiltrating the hospital room of a dying old man named Bennett Kimball. Before the young woman could do more than assess the man’s weakened condition, she is forcibly ejected from the room by Kimball’s lawyer named Blanchard and his cop ally before she can even speak to the patient.
On other fronts, Nate has finally tracked down Sophie in London. He begs her to come back, but equivocates as to whether her return is for the team’s benefit or his own. Things don’t go well between them, and later we see Nathan meeting with the team’s new client alone. The client is, of course, Ruth Walton. She tells Nate that Kimball was a generous donor to a charity that she runs, one that finds homes from children in need of adoption. Though she wasn’t able to talk with him at the end – Kimball has since passed away – she tells Nate that he had planned to leave his fortune to her kids. But with no will found, she can’t prove his intent. Thus she turns to Nate to see if he can help her prove Kimball’s intentions.
Nate accepts the case, and immediately encounters a little quirk in the con when a certain Tara Carlisle (Voyager and Boston Legal’s Jeri Ryan) announces that, as Ruth’s lawyer, she is going to work closely with team. Awkward much?
After a lot of research, Nate uncovers the fact that Kimball had an illegitimate daughter who would be heir to his fortune, and launches a plan to convince Blanchard, the estate lawyer, that Parker is the long lost daughter. Blanchard falls for this con hook-line-and-sinker and tries to ensure that Parker never collects on the money. He even tried to eliminate Nate, who is saved by Eliot’s quick thinking and even quicker reflexes. In fact, Blanchard is so convinced that she is Kimball’s daughter that he angrily shoots his cop ally in the leg when the cop proves unable to stop Parker! Talk about having a temper tantrum!
In the end, Nate reveals that Kimball’s daughter is actually Ruth, to everyone’s surprise. She was the reason Kimball was so generous to her, the reason he wanted to leave everything to her charity— he knew she was his daughter before he died. Nice happy bow ending, huh?
Not yet; Team Leverage gets a surprise of their own when they return home. Apparently there is no such person as Tara Carlisle. Her actual name is Tara Cole, and she is a friend of Sophie’s. Sophie sent her to help the team. She admits to wanting to see how the team works, which was why she didn’t reveal herself right off, and that she wanted her cut of the client’s inheritance. Things should get interesting when Leverage returns!
On a personal note:
Leverage writers win my respect even more by showing that they don’t think Star Trek is just Kirk and Picard. As someone who loved all five live-action Trek series, that attitude is one of my pet Trek-related peeves (its right up there with my dislike of the reboot) and I am glad to see that one of Voyager’s most important cast members is getting the respect she deserves. (And yes, I am very sure that, given the vast number of Trek references made throughout the episode and Trek actors they’ve used in the past, they were definitely evoking Voyager by using her…)
Is Tara’s mercenary attitude going to be a problem, or does she have a heart of gold beneath the attitude?
Loved twitchy prison guard Hardison!
Since Sophie’s Gina Bellman is on maternity leave, I wonder exactly where the writers are going to take her character?
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