Adrian Lester: Mickey Stone
Hustle 5.02 Series 5 Episode 2 of 6 (2009)
Mickey targets an odious couple of businessmen who promise to register patents but instead steal them and trouser the profits. New team members Sean and Emma see how he works first hand but Sean is concerned that he’s just not cut out for the long-con game. Especially when he ends up drunk and unconscious after his first two assignments.
With a central plot idea from 2006 movie SPOILER Inside Man END SPOILER, this episode of Hustle proves to be typically predictable as far as the con goes. However, it’s still a great idea and it’s all nicely played, light-hearted and looks great. Adam James provides a fun bonus this week as a great raging baddie and we are reminded of how Mickey Stone differentiates himself from those he targets: for him, it isn’t about the money. Is it enough to prevent him and the show from being hypocritical? Remarkably, yes, just about.
This Hustle episode contains mild swear words and alcohol abuse and suicide.