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Albert identifies their next mark, Kulvinder Samar, a businessman with a love of Bollywood movies. Their play is quite simple: convince him to invest in their Bollywood movie and even offer him a part in the film. Samar is arrogant and runs a sweatshop so as far as they are concerned, he's an ideal target. The con is just a little too perfect however and he's soon on to them. Fate intervenes in the form of a car accident resulting in Samar losing his short-term memory. The con artists decide to just run the con over again - a little less perfect this time - but Samar has undergone a serious personality change and is no longer the smug SOB they set out to get. Written by
Guest Silas Carson plays "Kulvinder Samar," a ruthless businessman with a penchant for Bollywood films and a perfectionist in everything. At the behest of an old friend, Albert (Robert Vaughn) gets his fellow grifters to chose Samar as their next mark, with the intent on taking him down. However, an unexpected turn of events transforms the disreputable cad into a virtuous man, unaware of his previous activities. Thus, the group has to deal with the moral dilemma of continuing the con or abandoning their plans.
Not only does this episode present an interesting premise in regards to the "redemption" of a morally corrupt individual, it allows the viewer to see the con artists as having to determine when the con is "not the thing." Each of the cast members gets a chance to shine: Vaughn is his usual reserved self as he must weigh the pros and cons of their actions; Adrian Lester is his cool and calculating best as he spearheads the two scenarios that develop; Jaime Murray is alluring as she plays the "star" of the film being made (as part of the con); Robert Glenister continues as the technological and logistical "wizard, but also dealing with what is "right" or "wrong"; and Marc Warren gets to show a "softer" side as he, in a subplot, becomes enamored of some house plants.
There is the usual visual "explanation" of the con but it is played in an elaborate and quite satisfying dance sequence, featuring all the principals and the guest star.
In all, like the character played by Carson, this episode is as close to perfection as series television can get.
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