Hustle 5.04 (2009, TV) – 7/10

Adrian Lester: Mickey Stone
Robert Glenister: Ash Morgan
Matt Di Angelo: Sean Kennedy
Kelly Adams: Emma Kennedy
Robert Vaughn: Albert Stroller
Writer: Chris Hurford
Writer: Tom Butterworth
Producer: Kerry Appleyard
Director: Julian Simpson
Writer (Series’ Creator): Tony Jordan
Writer (Original Idea): Bharat Nalluri

Hustle 5.04 Series 5 Episode 4 of 6 (2009)

Mickey and the gang mistakenly wind up with a valuable love diamond and the ruthless collector Toby Baxter, who arranged it’s original theft, wants it back. Emma and Sean are happy just to pop it in an envelope and get rid of it, but Mickey insists that they extract grifting vengeance from Baxter on behalf of Frank Rice, a swindler who took a beating instead of giving up Mickey.

7/10

Fun episode though, as usual, the plot shenanigans come as no surprise. Patrick Bergin makes a good baddie-of-the-week and the mixture of the tangible (diamonds) and the intangible (love and stories) provides an interesting dichotomy. The makers only just keep the oft-mentioned "Grifter’s Code" from blowing the concept wide apart because if they keep telling us that these are honourable criminals – an oxymoron – it won’t take long for us to start being offended at our manipulation.

This Hustle episode contains unpleasant scenes, brief violence.

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