Siblings, Tommy and Barbara Madsen, own "Gold to be Sold" where they buy, melt and refine gold for pennies on the dollar from gullible people all over the US. Bored and unappreciative of what he terms 18th Century cons, Hardison builds The Double-Promged Monkey Con. Using modern video gamer data, strategy and psychology, the con is a cross between Indiana Jones/archeology and Shanghai Tunnels of Doom/history. Nate knows a good plan must have 3 variables to work; he proves it in a letter. But 1003 variables are too unwieldy, causing Rage Quit. Nate shares his secret: many permutations to every plan; shoot for Plan A, settle for Plan J. Take the basics, dress it up to keep it fun and fresh and take down the mark. Finally, Hardison listens. Written by
Did You Know?
When Hardison is unlocking his computer with voice recognition his password starts with "Glados-Alpha...". This is a reference to the puzzle based video game series portal. Where Glados is the main antagonist. See more
This episode references "Cantonese" writing. Cantonese is a spoken dialect, but used the same characters as other Chinese dialects in the 19th century. The "Cantonese" characters shown are actually simplified Chinese, something that only became common in mainland China during the the mid-late 20th century. Anyone even remotely familiar with China - let alone a scholar, would consequently have known the 19th century gold watch using 20th century characters to be a forgery. See more
If you let me run the con from the beginning, you would have found out that the Madsens melt down their daily intake of gold and ship it out to their brokers at the end of every day. That vault is almost always empty.
So you knew it was empty. Hardison, I'm gonna tell you something; I want you to listen to me very carefully, okay? You ever pull this again, I am gonna personally make sure you're off this team, 'cause I'm gonna break every bone in your body!