Leverage: Redemption is here! This is a long awaited comeback for both the fans and the entire cast and crew. After our exclusive interviews with the entire cast and our advanced reviews, it’s time to review Leverage: Redemption 1×04 “The Tower Job.” In this episode we see how the job touches Harry very closely and the consequence is that the fragile confidence of the team falters. Will they be able to keep it? Ready?
Here we go!
In Leverage: Redemption 1×04 “The Tower Job” the fragile bond that unites the new team is put to the test. This case touches Harry very closely because he helped bring down this family. He helped the bad guy get away with it and it’s something that he can’t forgive himself.
His remorse prompts him to do something to help this family, to do something to feel better … and that is the key. Harry desperately wants to help but the underlying reason here is the fact that by helping, he will feel better and be one step closer to redemption.
That makes him start to go more on his own, hide something as important from the team as that he is friends with the bad guy they have to scam and rushes into the scam… putting the team in danger.
He screwed up.
So much so that the job is endangered by his actions and everything seems lost … until it is not.
Harry screwed up big time in Leverage: Redemption 1×04 “The Tower Job.” What makes this family work, that jobs, no matter how crazy or dangerous, work is trust. They don’t hide things between them. Precisely for that. When a job is so personal, you run the risk of losing yourself in your own interests, in your own fears, goals and demons but when you don’t work alone, the team and the job is more important than that.
And the team can’t help you if they don’t know what’s going on. That’s why I liked that conversation between Sophie and Harry so much. Trust is a fragile bond that can easily be broken, especially when it is starting to build… and Sophie was losing trust in Harry.
In fact, I thought Sophie was going to cut him off from the job because, honestly, I would have. But there was something that made Sophie keep Harry at job, on the team: faith. Everyone has learned this lesson, the lesson of working as a team and trusting your team so that they don’t judge you, even when you confess the worst things you did, which you are most ashamed of.
This is what happens with Harry. He is ashamed of what he did. When you’re so ashamed of something, your first instinct is to hide it, sweep it under the rug so that it never appears again. But your past always rears the ugly head of it.
And now that the past has done that for Harry, in Leverage: Redemption 1×04 “The Tower Job” he desperately tries to fix it, to tip the balance to the right side, to correct what he did. And that need to do it blinds him, he only sees his goal but he doesn’t follow a strategy, he doesn’t see the team’s plan, he doesn’t even see the team. He feels like he should fix this just because he was the one who screwed up in the first place.
The thing is, Harry is no longer alone.
All team members had to come to that conclusion. What Harry did here… of course he cares about the well-being of the team, but there was something telling him that this had to be solved by him, that he could do it alone… but he couldn’t. And there is nothing wrong with it. Each member of the team had to take that leap of faith and realize this, each member of the team had to trust the rest to understand that they would not judge but help.
Why doesn’t Sophie take Harry away from the job? Because she understands this part. She understands that it is just one more step in Harry’s process of being part of the team, of adapting to them. It’s learning from him. And yes, in the midst of all that there will be gaffes, big emotional impacts … but everything is part of the same process.
And I’m proud of the way Harry learned from his mistakes. The way he understands everything he did wrong and for that he apologizes to Sophie, accepting his mistakes and showing that he learned from them, showing that he took advantage of that second chance that Sophie and the rest of the team gave him . Appreciating the fact that they wouldn’t give up on him even if he gave them reasons for it.
Thus, without realizing it, without expecting it, in Leverage: Redemption 1×04 “The Tower Job” Harry is one step closer to forgiving himself and his redemption. He was able to correct the wrong he did by helping this family. Harry regained a piece of his soul by speaking to that family and doing justice for them. And I loved that the whole team was there watching him, witnessing Harry start to put the pieces of him back together.
The way they are proud of everything he is doing, what he is accomplishing. Again, everyone went through that and they know what it feels like to regain a piece of yourself, of your soul, that you thought you could never get back. They know what it feels like to start piecing together the pieces that were shattered long ago to feel whole again. To look in the mirror again and stop feeling shame, guilt and fear.
It is not something that happens every day.
I’m proud of Harry. And I’m proud of the whole team.
Love them so much.
PS: I want Eliot to cook for me every day. But how good that dish looks! And Parker is still like the ray of the sun that lights up the show.