The con artists have to deal with a bent copper when she arrests Mickey and Danny in Eddie's bar in the middle of scamming someone. The police Officer, DI Sam Phillips, makes it quite clear...
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The con artists have to deal with a bent copper when she arrests Mickey and Danny in Eddie's bar in the middle of scamming someone. The police Officer, DI Sam Phillips, makes it quite clear that she expects 50% of the proceeds but also half of their next scam, involving original artwork for a 1930's comic book. The idea is to put the original up for auction and then swap it for a forgery once the sale is complete. The real question however is how will the con artists get away with their scheme and get rid of the pesky police officer at the same time? Written by
This time our team is under a difficult test: A tipped off corrupt police officer identifies and arrests Danny and Mikey. They quickly understood that she wants them to perform the next con, but the proceeds should go to her. The mark is a collector of historic comic book drawings. In a typical Hustle manner, Mikey's team turns the table on the police officer, and the way how they did it is indeed quite elaborate and so twisted that viewer cannot really guess what will happen. Suspense at its best, I grant that.
However, in two cases the plot will be helped by very simple conceived events, and here the storyline disappoints. In one case they obtain a key to a storage locker in a bank by bumping into her and letting her drop the key. Would you be really losing such a key so easy? In another case, as she gets the 100 thousand pounds check, she is made to keep it in an external large pocket of her purse and walk so down the street with this pocket on the outside! This is quite naive. Everybody would have put such valuable check in an internal safe pocket, with zipper for example.
Obviously, the writer could not find a better, so to speak less naive way of accomplishing these two for the con vital elements in the puzzle. In fact, the team needed not the locker key, but merely the number of the locker. Maybe a mike placed in her purse would do the trick? They could have listened to her asking for the key. And later on, I expected rather a "hustle quality" purse switch, and not a "bump into her" trick with a 100 thousand pounds check sticking out for the world to be picked...
Its a pity, because other than that, the fine nuances of the con were very well conceived. She was indeed a sitting duck. She believed to be in control and she never saw what hit her. Her conduct was so bad, that viewer feels well when she gets a taste of her own medicine and will be arrested herself.
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