Hustle: Season 1, Episode 1

The Con Is On (24 Feb. 2004)

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In London, two teams are formed and prepare their operations, destined as adversaries. Michael 'Mickey Bricks' Stone is out of jail after two years for an unrelated offense; everybody knows... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
James Laurenson ...
Peter Williams
Tom Mannion ...
Neil Cooper / DePalma
DS Terri Hodges
Ken Bones ...
DCI Mullens
Sara Carver ...
Lucy O'Connell ...
Office Receptionist
Bryan Kennedy ...
Maitre D'
Michael Mawby ...
Real DePalma


In London, two teams are formed and prepare their operations, destined as adversaries. Michael 'Mickey Bricks' Stone is out of jail after two years for an unrelated offense; everybody knows he will do at least once more what he's good in, in fact the best in Britain: the intricate 'long con', always prepared by his American associate Albert Stroller, who finds and gains the confidence of a wealthy mark; their other known cahoots are Ash Morgan and Stacie Monroe. Meanwhile in the police force, a new man is stepping in as new head of the task force to catch them; his failed predecessor, DS Terri Hodges, fills him in on the findings, and Mickey's correctly presumed next target: businessman Peter Williams. The scam this time is to pretend a computer delay of under a second allows the 'investors' to earn a fortune on oil company Vestron's stock just before it rises as a consequence of its annual report, then pull the plug and run with the 'seed money'. A surprise element, however spotted ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The opening credits show a drawing of a D6 die floating down from top of screen. As the D6 die descends, all sides of the die are shown. The error is the fact we see the "1" pip and the "6" pip on adjacent sides next to each other when the "1" pip and "6" pip should be on opposite sides. On a D6 die opposite sides will always total "7". This error would apply to every episode using the same opening credits presentation. See more »


Danny Blue: [after Mickey punches him in the face for forcing his way into a con] So am I in?
Michael 'Mickey Bricks' Stone: You're in.
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References The Sting (1973) See more »

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Sweet entertainment inside the box
17 June 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Sawyer, the con artist who convinced me to check out Hustle. Indeed like Kate Austen he grew on Lost's fans for 6 seasons so a show featuring a team dedicated to his art seemed irresistible. Well received by the critics and praised for its creativity it still took me a while to watch its pilot. Entertaining but not interesting, it could sum things up. First I found the characters too stereotyped and even if Jaime Murray (Lila Tournay in Dexter) was charming as Stacie Monroe she and the other performers played way too much in their comfort zone, making the acting a little bland. Second it was refreshing to see the cons smiling at the camera while stealing or tricking someone but beside one bullet time sequence I didn't notice anything original enough to blow my happy neurons. Third there was nothing much exciting about the story. A greedy rich man who seduces younger woman with his money ? Déjà vu. Worst despite a skilled writing I was able to predict the end quite early. An other disappointing element was the format. Episodic ? I read something about a long arc but beside the hasty appearance of a wife and their inevitable chasing game with the cops I found nothing enough intriguing to convince me to give Hustle an other chance. Don't get me wrong it wasn't bad but I was definitely looking for something more special. In the end it tasted like candy and you won't think about once you have switched off your TV.

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