Shell Game: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (8 Jan. 1987)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Drama
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On the run, a con artist chances upon her ex-husband and former partner, now working as a TV producer, and soon gets his consumer affairs show involved in a plea for help from a private mental hospital.


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Episode credited cast:
Riley / John Reid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Detective #one
Camilo Pavon
Nigel Howard


Con artist Dinah arrives in Santa Ana, CA with her latest mark, a Colombian drug dealer, hot on her trail. She is surprised to find her ex-husband and former partner-in-crime Riley, who's done the unthinkable: he's gone straight, working as television producer John Reid on a local consumer affairs show. Masquerading as reporter Jennie Jerome, she unwillingly gets him involved in a plea for help from an heiress unjustly confined to a private mental hospital while trying to elude her own pursuers. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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Comedy | Drama



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8 January 1987 (USA)  »

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Dinah: Okay, it wasn't the most brilliant con that we've ever pulled... but a 30 year mortgage, an office job, a Barbie-Doll-Joins-the-Country-Club girlfriend? I mean, aren't you overreacting a little bit?
Riley: The mortgage is fixed, the job is satisfying, and Natalie is an honest woman with whom I enjoy a mature relationship.
Dinah: [laughs] Do you know what I think we've got here? A new version of the old shell game... and the con man is conning himself.
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