Disclaimer : Neither Eliot nor Leverage are mine, I've borrowed them for a drabble!
It was a trap! Eliot had realized that about ten seconds too late, ten seconds after Nathan and Hardison were beyond reach and with not enough time to stop Parker and Sophie being caught.
The good thing, if there was one, was that he'd caught on before he'd been caught himself, so now all he had to do was keep himself free and get out long enough to come up with a plan to spring the rest of the team.
So not much to ask then . . . oh and one other thing to add to the list . . . to make Sterling pay!