Spoilers for part one of the two-part "Leverage" season finale just as soon as I figure out what Fienberg would do in this situation...
That was fun, wasn't it?
"The First David Job" is the sort of thing any good genre show should be capable of doing by the end of its first season if it has any kind of ambition and/or learning curve. It builds on what we know about the characters and the way they work, sometimes by undercutting that knowledge (Elliot runs into a guy almost as tough as he is), sometimes by flipping it around (Sophie temporarily becomes Parker, Elliot becomes Hardison), and it raises the stakes significantly. We have the return of Mark Sheppard as Sterling, the introduction of both Kari Matchett as Nate's ex and the great Kevin Tighe (who can play a role like this in his sleep) as the man Nate holds responsible for his son's death, the team taking its first real beating, and even the destruction of Leverage Consulting & Associates headquarters (though not before Hardison was able to salvage the wonderful painting of Harlan Leverage III).
A very well-executed episode, and next week's "The Second David Job" is just as entertaining. I think "Leverage" as a whole has been uneven this season, but if this is a sign of the level they're aiming for going into year two, then I'm definitely on board.
What did everybody else think?