Just as they successfully conclude a con, the scammers find themselves under arrest. The DCI in charge likes to be seen making the big busts and he wants Mickey and the others to help him nab the expert thief Adam Rice, whom the press has labeled The Ghost. Rice makes a specialty of stealing high profiles works of art or manuscripts and the DCI wants to stay ahead of a rival policeman in the publicity game. The alternative for the con men is to refuse but the police have planted drugs on them and are quite prepared to charge them with drugs trafficking if that what they would prefer. As an extra incentive they also keeps Arthur in the lock-up, just to make sure they don't do anything funny. Of course, that doesn't stop them from trying to turn the tables on the publicity seeking copper. Written by
When Ash makes a presentation on Adam Rice there is a photo of a newspaper article on him by "Jo Portman". Jo Portman is a journalist-turned spy from the TV series MI-5 (2002), which Hustle's creators also produced. See more »
Another "trick the police" scheme, not the best writing...
As the series progressed, it became apparent that the writers could not provide yet another "con" of the same quality for each episode... The pressure to produce ultimately takes its toll on even best of the breed writers and producers.
This episode is an example of this syndrome. Our intrepid team is performing one of the famous "long cons" on a shadowy character from Australia. They escape with the money as usual, but following the con the team is arrested on a faked narcotics charges. Apparently a famed star police detective was watching them and was able to perform his own "con": Somehow he had an identical case available, filled it with kilograms of heroine and switched it miraculously at an unknown point of time. Our team is forced to help him to apprehend a slippery 'super brain' thieve.
So far so good, but there begins the part of the story in which the entire plot reduces itself to simplistic or not plausible events. While being held in prison hostage, Albert becomes an easy access to the evidence storage, can exchange many kilograms of bags with white powder, can open a police safe and remove money from it. The team lands nights... using parachutes on a lit lawn of a high security estate, with guards and dogs walking along the fence perimeter. Of course, the dogs do not hear or smell anything of the entire commotion... Really? Meanwhile Stacey appears at the gate to make a "my card broke" type of diversion, and the guard is stupid enough to leave the gate open for Ash to sneak in and to work his voodoo on finding out passwords for the alarm system. When the guard will back off, Stacey hits him into unconsciousness with a single blow of her Panzer Hand.
I think this says it all, its absurd all along. The finish is equally weak. This is not the "Hustle" as we know it otherwise. But considering the number of most stunning episodes, we shall forgive them for making one even so weak conceived!
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