Picking up where "The Big Bang Job" left off (two-hour season finales are in vogue this week!), "The San Lorenzo Job" opens with Nate and Damian Moreau exchanging blows.
Two weeks earlier, the team's talking about all the things they've gotten Moreau blamed for, but Nate still isn't happy. He asks the team to help him wipe Moreau off the board for good. Eliot has a friend in San Lorenzo, however, and they're able to lean on him for help; he reveals that the country's president is bankrolled by Moreau, which is why he's running against President Rivera. As they watch, though, Moreau's people abduct Eliot's friend General Flores, and Moreau is there to gloat. It's election time, and he's not going to let anything get in the way of his friend's reelection.
So all Team Leverage has to do is win a rigged election, then rescue Flores and his people from prison. Must be Tuesday.
Cut to our team arriving in San Lorenzo, storming into the opposition's campaign office. With Eliot's friend and about everyone else in jail, the opposition needs a new candidate (that isn't an embezzler, drug dealer or drug addict according to Hardison's records), and Nate randomly selects the first guy he walks into. He gives a rousing speech and re-galvanizes the troops, while Moreau gets snippy with President Rivera. They watch as Nate's new candidate gives an awkward first speech. This involves Sophie being spotted and confused for a hooker; slightly offended, she gets onstage and introduces herself as his fiancee. One can see from Nate's face that it was not in the plan. Not even close. He's not afraid to voice his displeasure, even as their new candidate is up ten points in the polls.
Hardison takes control of the campaign, and delights in messing with the President, whether it's saying that he likes child labor or having Eliot drop a dime about dogfighting (while holding a puppy no less). This is all runup to a debate, where Nate reveals to Sophie that they put nicotine cream on Rivera's wristwatch, and the nicotine in his bloodstream causing him to look as if he's drunk. Things could not go more perfectly, which only reinforces Nate's belief that Moreau will have them killed as soon as he possibly can. Once they deliver the election, their time is running out.
The soon-to-be-deposed Rivera has Nate brought to his office, where a fistfight ensues (the same one we saw earlier). Sophie rescues the candidate from the same fate, but ends up taking two bullets to protect him. Everyone believes that she's just died on television, and Nate does a great job of selling it. He tells Moreau and Rivera in no uncertain terms that he stole the election, at the same time that a big unruly mob forms outside. He delights in telling them how Hardison used his technological aptitude to deceive them ("I have a 24-year-old genius with a smartphone and a problem with authority") while Parker freed General Flores. As for Sophie? She's obviously not dead, as those fake bullets were courtesy of Eliot.
All that explained, Nate convinces Rivera to not only concede the election, but turn on Moreau, seizing his assets by signing an arrest warrant and making him a political prisoner. He begs the Italian to free him, but she'd rather just laugh and remind him that the country doesn't have an extradition treaty. Even then, he still doesn't know who's beaten him. Job done, Sophie remarks to Nate that Team Leverage has finally become a team. The next day, Hardison and Parker want to see what souvenirs they can abscond with, while Eliot finds a massively hungover Nate...in bed with Sophie. Well, that's going to be awkward.
It's not Burn Notice, but Leverage delivers an impressive season finale of its own, suited to its own unique style and tone. It doesn't leave a lot of unanswered questions (well, except for the "what just happened?" at the end there), because that's not what Leverage does, and it ends on a fairly lighthearted note, because it's a fun, lighthearted show. The bad guys lose big, the good guys win, and all is tied up neatly. It'll be interesting to see where the team goes next season, as there aren't really any hints here as to what we might see in season four. Whatever does happen, though, the show maintains its ability to deliver an hour of engaging fun every single week without fail, and there's something to be said for dependable television. (Especially when it's got an explosion or two along the way.)
There's only one problem: now what am I supposed to do on Sunday nights?
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