Leverage focused less on a con and more on retrieval in this episode guest starring Lethal Weapon’s Danny Glover.
Glover depicted Charlie Lawson, a World War II veteran suspected of bringing a missing Van Gogh painting back to the United States after the war. The team is looking for the painting, while Lawson relays a story to Parker (Beth Reisgraf) about a forbidden love between himself and an upperclass white woman.
The show took on a story mode where the characters from the story were depicted by the Leverage team. At the forefront was Hardison (Aldis Hodge) as a young Charlie Lawson and Parker as his lady love, Dorothy Ross. One thing that is good about a story within a story like this is that the audience gets to see the cast play different roles. It could have been cheesy, but it was done well for this episode.
But suspense in “The Van Gogh Job” just wasn’t there. Perhaps it was intentional, maybe a break from the norm, but with all the running around the team did to try to find the painting, it was pretty obvious the painting was at the roller rink from the beginning.
While it was also a little disappointing that most of the acting Danny Glover did in Leverage was sit on the set of a hospital room, he, nonetheless, will always be a phenomenal actor.
As for Hardison and Parker, who knows?