Part 2. 40 hot photos of CK as Eliot Spencer
And part 4! 40 hot photos of Christian Kane as Eliot
leverage meme: 1/5 characters
"Anybody wanna do my job? Huh? I get punched and kicked." -Eliot Spencer
Eliot heals - those two words make me wanna cry.
Me tooooo, but they’re my favorite thing, as well. I was thinking about how Eliot changed and it didn’t really seem like he did, much. He’s still angry, he still thinks the same, he’s still fighty. His character doesn’t change. But what does, is his emotional state.
It’s so under stated, too. Like, you have to look for it, in little lines he says and does.
Like, this is season 1, episode 7:
This is in s3, e16:
Despite all the yelling and threats of violence and “Damn it, Hardison!”, Eliot still looks at Hardison this way:
Or when he thought Hardison was about to die?
The way he puts up with happy pill Parker hugs with a smile:
How bout the fact that he prefers Parker and Hardison to crutches when he’s been shot twice saving them (and the world):
But like, who Eliot was before?
"You have no idea who I was before all this started. That guy — kid — he had God in his heart, and he had a flag on his shoulder… Clean hands. And I ain’t seen him in the mirror in over 10 years. And believe me, I get up every morning looking for him. So you can trust me when I tell you, you pull that trigger, and two men die — the guy you kill… and the guy you used to be."
“Want to know why I know these things?…Because I can’t forget. So there’s nothing you can do, no punishment you can hand out that’s worse than what I live with every day. So to answer your question, no, I never counted. I don’t need to.”
"I did things that I didn’t want to do because they counted on me — bad things for good reasons. And you know what I learned? Bad choices are bad choices. Doesn’t matter why you made them. And they tear you apart from the inside out. And you don’t even notice."
“You think you know what I’ve done? The worst thing I ever did in my entire life I did for Damien Moreau. And I … I’ll never be clean of that.”
Sophie: Look, you told me that it’s about control, about knowing that you’re never gonna be the victim. And that’s what keeps you going, right?
Eliot: You think I’m upset ‘cause I got to let this guy kick my ass? I learned a long time ago, you can’t control the violence. I can take the punishment. That’s what I do. What I need to control is not out there. (touches his chest) It’s here. Always.
He says this to Nate in s5 e04:
"I met Toby. We were reconning this restaurant in Belgium. And I should have closed him out. I should have been in and out in under 90 seconds. But I ended up talking to him for three hours. He showed me that I could use my knife to create instead of destroy. I stuck around for a couple of months. He taught me everything there was about the art of food, and I… He’s one of the guys that kept me from falling all the way down. So now, I’m asking the other guy to understand why I’m gonna help him.”
Nate says to Eliot in the series finale, “You know, Eliot. I’d say call if you need anything, but you never…never need anything.”
And Eliot says, “Yeah, I did.” Looks at Hardison and Parker, then back to Nate, says, “And thanks to you…I don’t have to search anymore.”
Then Sophie says to Eliot, re: Parker and Hardison “Promise me you’ll keep them safe.”
"Til my dying day."
I JUST. Okay, Eliot has come so, so far emotionally speaking. He found a family. Nate showed him a family, primarily in Parker and Hardison. And he would do anything to protect them. Anything to keep them safe. And anything to keep them near him.
In the season 1 finale, he says, “As annoying as you people are, I quit this crew when *I* quit this crew. Nobody makes me leave.”
In The Big Bang Job (3.15) when he says the worst thing he did, he did for Damien Moreau, Parker asks what he did. He says:
“Don’t ask me that, Parker. Because if you ask me, I’m gonna tell you. So please don’t ask me.”
Because he will, he really will tell her if she really wants to know, but he knows that she’ll never look at him the same way again, probably none of them would. And he couldn’t handle that, because they mean to much to him.
So yeah, Eliot’s character growth isn’t a change in his character, he’s already smart and strong and already understands the world around him. He doesn’t overcome substance abuse, like Nate, or learn to function in the world, because he knows that already, too.
What Eliot needs in the beginning of the show is a family. He needs to move on from his old life, stop being a retrieval expert, stop being a goon for hire. He needed purpose and direction and family. He needed to heal and be a man proud of who he is and proud of the people he stands beside.
From 5x09, The Rundown Job
[Eliot walks in, Riley sees him]
Riley: A lot of guys, this is the last thing they ever see.
Eliot: I already told you I ain’t in the game anymore. But I can’t let this go down, so I’m gonna need to see that file.
Riley: Why’d you quit, anyway?
Eliot: Started running with some different people… Like a hacker. And a thief.
Then, later, when the job they’re about to pull is too big and too overwhelming:
Eliot: You scared?
Hardison: You’re damn right.
Eliot: I’m not. I got the best thief and the smartest guy I know chasing this guy. Hey, listen to me. You’re smartest man I’ve ever known, Hardison. I need that brain to get me to him.
So yeah. YEAH. Eliot Heals. That’s my choice in character growth. And now you, too, can be overburdened with an abundance of Eliot feels, just like me.