Great article about Parker & Beth. I wanted to include the part about Parker & Hardison. Please go read the rest of the article though because its really good!
Beth Riesgraf: ‘A lot of surprises’ in fifth season of ‘Leverage’
Perhaps nothing on “Leverage” has been more unforeseen than the relationship between Parker and Hardison. He is an outgoing, romantic computer whiz. She is (or was when we first met her) an introverted, slightly off-center master thief.
As the two characters grew closer in seasons three and four, fans wondered if Parker and Hardison would actually become a legit couple.
In an amusing turn, the two matter-of-factly told the team they’re dating in the season five premiere.
“We were all on the same page with that – the writers and Aldis and I,” Riesgraf says. “We wanted it to be something that didn’t affect the dynamic of the team, because part of why people love the show so much is because of the chemistry and the rhythm that we all have in scenes together. And, you know, messing with that would also mess with the feel of the group entirely.
“We didn’t want to cause any sort of dysfunction. But at the same time we know it’s going to be a little bit unique. The moments you do see them together talking about dating or the fun, intimate moments that they have, they’re usually private and usually they’re quirky, but they’re also really sweet.
“It’s unexpected a bit because, I think, in a way, people expect it to just be full-on a relationship. And some fans I’ve heard talk about it online are like, ‘Oh, man, does it change the way that they are together?’ And, you know what? It doesn’t, because they are who they are, and they’re never going to be like every other couple. They’re not going to be going to the park and having a picnic.”
Riesgraf says her hope is that fans will appreciate the new Parker-Hardison dynamic.
Source: WNY Papers