Synopsis: In The Work Study Job. When a college professor steals a discovery from his grad student, the Leverage team has to take him down, returning the credit and reputation to the brilliant young woman in the process.
When a friend of Brianna has her academic thesis stolen by her lecturer at a University. The Leverage Team sets about trying to prove it. However, given that the young woman who is called Emma struggles with anxiety. It proves a little more difficult for them as usual as they can only involve her in certain parts of the con. Added to this is the fact that Emma’s lecturer has very good standing with the university and the US media. Meaning that the team has to think outside the box in order to bring him down and get Emma the credit that she deserves.
Rob Benedict is great as the cheating Dr. Gray, Erin Ruth Walker who played Emma deserves pretty high kudos for giving a convincing performance of what it is like to live with anxiety. Especially when it comes to social anxiety, which is something that I have personally struggled with myself over the years. Obviously, on this blog, we like to give actors credit for their work. So we are thankful to the reader that left Erin Ruth Walker’s name in our comments. As she was not credited for the role on the episodes page.
We also get great performances from both Gina Bellman and Christian Kane in their respective roles of Sophie and Elliot. I loved the persona that Sophie adopts when trying to sell that she is an academic physicist to Dr. Gray. But for me, the best part was seeing Eliott get a scene where he refuses to play the heavy because he understands that the campus security chief is perhaps one of the few honest men on the campus.
The Work Study Job is a somewhat timely episode in that the academic paper that Emma has written is to do with the potential for zero-point energy in the future via the means of cold fusion. This is timely because just three weeks ago we got news about the first-ever live tests to give us a net gain in energy using cold fusion. The successful experiment occurred at the federal Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and was reported by the Financial Times.
Overall. This was a really fun episode and proves how much Leverage: Redemption is on the ball when it comes to current events in the world.
- CGI & Stunts9.5
- Incidental Music9.0