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Giveaway: The Free Stuff Job

We have a winner! Many thanks to everyone who entered our TNT-sponsored giveaway of the first season of Leverage, plus a Dark Blue poster signed by the mouthwatering cast. We asked you to tell us what the last thing you stole was, and to our sadness, none of you said “an election,” “the Mona Lisa,” or “Taylor Kitsch’s pants.” Bad readers. Try harder next time.

Hardison is busy stealing ONE HUNDRED BEEEELLION DOLLARS.

Hardison is busy stealing ONE HUNDRED BEEEELLION DOLLARS.

But several of you did send us some appealing tales of theft. Here are a few of my favorites:

“The last thing I stole was a glance at the very cute guy who likes to go running in my neighborhood. mmmm… tasty.” Get it, Faith.

“The last time I stole something I was 7 years old, and was at my 9-year-old cousin’s house coveting her sparkly tiara. I stole it and took it home with me, and when she came over to my house a few months later, I forgot and wore it in front of her. Oops.” Oh, amateur.

And I particularly liked university instructor Eric (if you are a professor, sir, I apologize), who inadvertently swiped a whole stack of lovely books from his department. “The next day, I realized that the books weren’t free—someone was just in the midst of moving offices. I still haven’t figured out how to discreetly return them.” Points for proper use of “discreetly,” Eric.

But our winner is Dhawal Parekh of Maple Grove, Minnesota, who has a produce-loving son and a casual relationship with The Law.

The last thing I stole was a tomato.

Let me explain. I have a two-and-a-half-year-old son. He loves to eat his vegetables, which is bizarre, but I am not complaining. One day while shopping for groceries with him in tow, we came across a heap of nice red beefsteak tomatoes. And he just had to have them right there and then. So I took one when no one was looking and gave it to him and he finished it off completely.

I did not pay for it and my son enjoyed the tomato.

This is how and why I stole the tomato.

We hope your son also enjoys the quips and heists on Leverage, and grows up to be a thoroughly law-abiding, fruit-and-vegetable-eating citizen.

August 26th, 2009

Giveaway: Leverage Season One

Hello, friends! We have things to give away! The nice folks at TNT are offering a box set of the first season of Leverage, which, as I have told you, is quippy and fun.

Nope, nothing, just hanging out in this dark alley.

Nope, nothing, just hanging out in this dark alley.

TNT is also throwing in a poster of the cast of their new show, Dark Blue. It’s autographed by the cast, which includes pretty, pretty Dermot Mulroney Dylan McDermott and this guy who was Ryan Atwood’s thiefy brother on The OCk and also dates Marisa Tomei.

So if you’d like to win these lovely prizes (and I think it’s worth entering just for the horse heist episode of Leverage. It was AWESOME), send an email to tifaux – at – gmail – dot – com with the subject line “The Free Stuff Job” and describe the last time you stole something—a heart, a lipstick, $90 billion from the government, whatever. Your emails can and will be used against you in a court of law.

August 5th, 2009

Leverage: They’re back! They’re still quippy!

Hey, remember Leverage? Yeah, it’s fun. The ensemble heist show on TNT begins its second season this evening, and you should check it out. Come on, there’s nothing else on.

We get paid more this year!

We get paid more this year!

So Leverage really grew on me last season. Timothy Hutton is a whole lot of actor for basic cable, and he plays a dissolute, depressed man very well. He’s surrounded by a pretty amusing ensemble, which got even stronger as the season went on, even though the episodes were aired out of the order in which they were written and shot, so some references were choppy and nonsensical (same thing is happening over on Royal Pains; Mark Feuerstein went on a date with the hospital administrator lady in the second episode, and then in the third introduced himself to her as if they’d only met once), but hopefully that won’t happen this time around.

The problem character for me, at the beginning, was bendy thief Parker, played by Beth Riesgraf. They gave her some sort of troubled childhood involving explosives and orphanages, and at the beginning I found her performance shallow and unimpressive. But she got a lot better as the season went on. And the unheralded genius in all this is Aldis Hodge, who plays the team’s computer guru, Hardison. Hodge played the Hurricane Katrina transplant quarterback Ray “Voodoo” Tatum on the first season of Friday Night Lights, and he spent that entire stint glowering menacingly at Matt Saracen. Which he was good at. Here, he’s sprightly and funny and deftly deadpan. He’s a much hipper version of Marshall from Alias, with the ability to go in the field when needed. Basically, he’s my favorite character going into the new season.

When we left our ingenious team at the end of season 1, they had conned Ford’s former employers, the villainous insurance company IYS, and then the five went their separate ways. So this season has to start with some sort of putting the crew back together motif. Then, I’m not sure where they’ll go. But it’ll be quippy. And fun.

Also, if you’re bored this week, make sure to catch the rerun of No Reservations, the season premiere with Tony in Chile. It’s awesome. It’ll make you ravenous.

ETA: If you’re the type who likes a little behind the scenes with your quips and heists, check out creator John Rogers’s blog, Kung Fu Monkey.

1 comment July 15th, 2009

Hey, it’s a new show!: Leverage

Sunday night, Roommate and I watched the series premiere of TNT’s new Ocean’s 11 ripoff, Leverage. And it was a delight. I do like a good heist, even better when there are quippy, handsome men involved in said heist. And gadgets. Gadgets are fun.

You guys, The Right Stuff was like 25 years ago. Can we stop reenacting it?

You guys, The Right Stuff was like 25 years ago. Can we stop reenacting it?

Here’s the deal: Timothy Hutton is Nathan Ford, a former insurance investigator with a massive grudge, because the insurance company for which he recovered bazillions of dollars’ worth of art and other valuables refused to pay for his ill son’s experimental treatment, and the kid died. Which is terrible, and I think we can agree that insurance companies suck goat balls. So when some random in an airport lounge, whom we shall from hereon out call The Airpostor a380 approaches Ford to ask him to steal back some aircraft blueprints that a competitor stole from him (and that are insured by Ford’s stingy former employer so he can get a little revenge on them) he’s all, where do I steal?

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3 comments December 8th, 2008


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