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.
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
How? How could you have possibly known this?
I knew enough. I knew you had a complicated con in the works.And I knew as long as we had those three things on the list, and that Barbara Madsen was distracted from all that gold piling up in that useless vault, that we had a shot at taking over the family business. You never count on the perfect plan. The perfect plan, it has too many moving parts, and it's... you got to expect the perfect plan to fail. I mean, that's what I do.
Then what do you ...