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Hustle: Episode 9

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 12th 2006 10:17AM
HustleWe're currently three episodes (including this one) into the new season and there have been a few changes... I've noticed some stylistic switch-ups, including more creative angles and a lot more of the characters winking or speaking directly to the camera/viewer. Plus, the stories have grown a little more far-fetched, which is really saying something because the first season had some material that was way too bizarre to believe.

This episode featured Lee Ingleby as Trevor, a new short con grifter that Danny met. I last saw Ingleby on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as Stan (the fellow on the Knight Bus) so I could barely recognize him... His face has filled out a little and his hair is scruffy. Anyway, Danny convinced the reluctant gang to allow Trevor to join in for their latest con (to forge the rare Yankee Green American banknote and sell it to a greedy African millionaire, McGube). However, we find out at the end that the entire episode has been a con and that McGube was only Mickey in heavy make-up and costume.

Yeah. "What the hell?" indeed. This was where I got lost. Why would Albert go through the slideshow and everything to explain this to the gang if Trevor wasn't even there? Couldn't they have just had the image running on the slideshow and then just sit around and chat about things until Danny brought Trevor in to "accidentally" stumble in on their presentation?

And the way that they worked the greedy bank manager into the story was really twisted as well. It sounded like they had too much on the line to even consider going into a con like this. I suppose, since Danny's grandmother was the first one to get conned, they would have been willing to do anything... But it was still remarkably far-fetched. There was no believable ground in this episode. At all. Although it was interesting, I didn't enjoy this episode as much as some of the other ones where I could smile and think, "Oh, those silly grifters. They're so clever" and not "Wait... Did I just miss something?".

In case you want to catch up on some of the craziness... There's a marathon next Saturday starting at 7 PM.

Edit (explanation of the last 15 minutes for reader Jamie): The last few minutes of this episode were more confusing than anything. They had this whole con planned from the start because it turned out that Trevor, who is quite keen on conning the elderly and weak (a big no-no to classy con artists like the gang), conned Danny's grandmother a few weeks back. So, in order to get back at him, Danny pretended to take Trevor under his wing and they developed that elaborate con to trick him. The greedy bank manager was also fooled by Albert to buy some of that land he was talking about. That land happened to hold Trevor's shitty little caravan, so the bank manager pays him big bucks for the useless land. This was the revenge against the bank manager. The big money then went to Trevor, who used it to buy the Yankee Green off Mrs. Frost. After the transaction with McGube, he runs out of the apartment, only to discover that the suitcase full of money has been swapped for a suitcase full of nothing. So, now he has nothing. He goes back to Frost's home, only to discover a family moving back in after going on holiday. There's never been a Mrs. Frost there.

Turns out that Frost is one of the old friends of the gang and she was just helping out. It turns out that McGube was just Mickey in heavy make-up. Oh, and then Danny and his grandmother did a little dance together and it was over. Crazy weird.

That's the best I can explain it. I hope you're not too confused... Trust me, watching the episode didn't help much either.

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Jamie K

Wow!! Thank you Annie for the ending and quick response!!
I think I got it--sounds pretty wild to me.
I'll still watch it and record it Thursday morning. This is my new favorite show.
I've posted on several boards, including ones on the BBC to help me with this and you're the first and only one to come through.
Thanks again.

March 13 2006 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Annie W.

Jamie, I've edited the post with an explanation. I hope that helps.

March 13 2006 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jamie K

Help--I misss the last 15 minutes of Episode #9, and am dying to know what happened.
I'm addressing this to Annie Wu or anyone else who saw Episode #9.
I set my VCR to only an hour, but Hustle is an hour and 15 minutes. I watched it up to the point where Trevor sold the bill to Mugabe, and Mugabe tested it and paid him, then the tape stopped. What happened after that, in detail, if anyone wants to spend the time writing it. I can't wait until this repeats Thursday morning.
You can explain it here or e-mail me at:

I will be so grateful for anyones time and help on this. I ove this show!

March 13 2006 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the plot is plenty of fun and though issues seem to be far fetched, I think if they ahd successful scores every time, that we'd start wondering what they are doing with the cash. we know that Albert throws away his cash on gambling, but the rest of the team still seen to be open for discussion.

My only comlaint is that we all guess right off the bat that it was a member of the team as the African dictator. I think to really throw viewers for a loop, they need to come up with some more clever disguises. Granted, though I knew within 5 mins that it was one of the team, I still didn;t know how they are going to come out on top so I'll give them a break.

March 13 2006 at 5:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, it is pretty far-fetched sometimes, but I'm willing to forgive the odd glitch as it's such a terrifically fun, light-hearted series. After the constant CSI:Everywhere, Law & Order:Parking Violations, Without A Cold Case, 24's "torture technique of the week", it's a wonderful relief.

March 12 2006 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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