Season 3 Episode 2

Albert's Challenge

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 2006 on BBC
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Episode Summary

After two seasons of clashes of methods, Mickey and Danny finally put it all on the line. In a head-to-head competition, the two men are dropped naked in the middle of London and must use all of their skills as con men to make it through the day - whomever has acquired the highest monetary value of goods wins. The rub is that if Mickey loses, he declares that he'll hand over the role of leader to Danny. Are big changes a foot? Will Danny's moxie ultimately win him control of the crew?moreless

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  • Great episode

    It is one the most cleverly written episodes because it doesn't in fact have a big con at the end which we have been led up to. Tony Jordan admitted that he came up with the Hendersons challenge after not being able to think of a big con to play. I think that it is an extremely entertaining episode because it shows so many great short cons. The ending at first I thought was too obvious with it coming down to only 50p but the final twist at the end was fantastic. FYI the episode is actually called 'The Henderson Challenge' so shouldn't be listed as 'Albert's Challenge'moreless
  • brilliant

    one of the best episodes of the series ,very different to all the others , you see them doing more cons out on the street which i loved and alot of laughs , the scenes with eddie n albert were very funny . The story tho , danny n mickey are challenged to go out on the street NAKED {very funny) to see whos the better grifter , danny is the better short con player so mickey does 1 big con you could tell yea it probally was gona be danny but stil good viewing , but they got me at the end , you could never see it comin down 2 that fifty p .But it aint over no , they get you again when you find out albert placed a wager on them .Fantastic ,hope this show never ends most enjoyable show aroundmoreless
  • As Danny and Mickey keep bickering, the bored group sets them on the Henderson challenge. They both are dropped into the middle of London completely naked at noon and then are supposed to meet back at 6:00.moreless

    The person with the most money wins. This challenge is fun and funny, although I have to say that I didn't really enjoy much of Danny's hoodwinking of honest people. I really only enjoy the cons when they are taking on someone despicable, when they are conning tourists and regular people, I find it less likely to be on their side. Part of the show is the asides directly to the camera that make you a part of the group and in on the con, so when the con is kind of mean, it takes away a bit.

    Other than that, this episode was really great. I certainly don't feel that Danny is mature enough or level headed enough to run his own crew, but he certainly can grift his way through a day.

    Also, watching the different approaches of Danny and Mickey was great fun, although Albert proves to be the better grifter at the end of the day.moreless
  • The writers got the best out of the show for this one.

    If you've got a show like hustle which thrives on the inventiveness of the characters having an episode like this one where of the most important characters who have completely different styles have to go almost the entire episode surviving on their tremendous cunning alone is a top idea. Clever schemes abound in this episode like never before. The competitors trying to trip each other up (well if you gloat at having got a limo ride then you can expect your rival to call the police and get you arrested to teach you a lesson) and decieve each other. And of course the fact that the idea was a con in itself by the old master and that one piece of arrogant donation made all the difference was the brilliant icing on a first class cake.moreless
  • A gem in the basket of sparklers - TERRIFIC EPISODE!

    I love this series! It's slick and smart with characters who are great fun to root for, despite their grifting ways.

    The previous review puzzled me somewhat, since I feel this episode was furthest from any of the previous in the last 2 series, deviating from the usual plotline of 'find the mark, pull off the con'. It gets well and truly personal between the leader Mickey and his protege Danny, with both battling for the honour of 'top con'. The premise of getting the two of them naked in the middle of Trafalgar Square (in the middle of the busiest part of London!!! How the heck did they pull that off?!) and watching the differing styles of two professional grifters was great fun to watch, and everyone got to play a part.

    Note that the final total of money & goods lifted by our two heroes totalled over US$12,000, in less than 6hrs work! Makes me almost consider a career change!moreless
Peter Ferdinando

Peter Ferdinando

Flash Git

Guest Star

Joseph Long

Joseph Long

Restaurant Manager

Guest Star

Blair Plant

Blair Plant

Limo Driver

Guest Star

Rob Jarvis

Rob Jarvis


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The pub which Mickey and Ash walk past 'Pillars of Hercules' is a real pub located at No.7, Greek St, Soho, London, W1D 4DJ. Most of what exists now was built around 1910, but the pub dates back to 1733.

    • 'The Crown Tavern' (where Mickey hooks the supposed mark, Nigella) is a real pub in London, found at 43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0EG. The hotel (known as the 'Brasingham Hotel' in the episode) across the road however, is not real.

    • In the scene where Danny is pretending to be an Irish builder outside the restaurant, you can clearly see large groups of people watching the filming of the scene. This was due to the locale in Central London, and was overcome by rapidly following Danny with the camera, forcing the viewers to follow Danny, and not look at the scenery.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ash: So, whatcha think?
      Mickey: I think that putting all our eggs in one basket may have been a bad idea.
      Ash: Oh, now he tells me.

    • Eddie: So, this griftin' thing. Do you think you could teach anyone?
      Albert: Like who?
      Eddie: Well, you know, someone like... uh... well, someone like me, for instance.
      Albert: You?
      Eddie: Yeah.
      Albert: Okay. Lesson one: give me twenty bucks.
      (Eddie surrenders the money)
      Albert: Good. Lesson two tomorrow.

    • Danny: Can I ask you something?
      Mickey: No.
      Danny: Only, unless I'm missing something, you don't seem to get much in the way of female company.
      Mickey: I do all right.
      Danny: When?
      Mickey: When I'm as far away from you as possible.
      Danny: Well, that makes sense. I mean, they ain't gonna want to shag you once they've seen me, are they?
      Mickey: Shut up, Danny.

    • Towards the end of a long and drawn out discissuion between Danny and Mickey
      Danny: I bet I've got a bigger willy than you!

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode aired in the US on the AMC network on July 5th, 2006 at 10PM EST/EDT.

    • This is the third show of Hustle not to have a cold open. The first is the pilot, the second is the series 2 finale.

    • According to the Broadcaster's Audience Research Board, LTD (BARB), this episode of "Hustle" garnered 5.90 million viewers. This episode was ranked 13th on BBC1 and 29rd for all 5 networks for the week ending 03/19/2006.

    • Crew for this episode with a different title:
      " Jamie Parsons (Unit Manager)
      " Roger Tooley (Steadicam Operator)
      " Llewellyn Harrison (Grip)
      " Ray Holt (Props Master)
      " Claire Moorsom (Script Editor)
      " Rudi Buckle (Sound Recordist)
      " Jan Sewell (Make-up & Hair Designer)

    • Crew for this episode with a missing title:
      " Anna Kemp (3rd Assistant Director)
      " Celine Goetz (Assistant Co-ordinator)
      " Steven Edwicker (Production Accountant)
      " Jacqueline O'Sullivan (Assistant Accountant)
      " Lindsay Grant (Continuity)
      " Patrick Stewart (Location Manager)
      " Matthew Clarke (Locations Assistant)
      " Ciro Candia (Clapper Loader)
      " Richard Potter (Best Boy)
      " James Bain (Sound Maintenance)
      " Sam Clark-Hall (Standby Art Director)
      " Quinn Robinson (Art Department Assistant)
      " Dale Manning (Art Department Assistant)
      " Alice Norris (Set Dresser)
      " Paul Michel (Props Storeman)
      " Steven Westley (Dressing Props)
      " Paul Bovington (Standby Props)
      " Liam Collins (Standby Props)
      " Laurie Griffiths (Standby Carpenter)
      " Derek Docksey (Standby Rigger)
      " Jane Hamnett (Wardrobe Supervisor)
      " Harriet Lyons (Standby Costume)
      " Berger & Wyse (Opening Titles)
      " Amanda Searle (Stills Photographer)
      " Kate Lawson (Picture Publicity)
      " Emma Oxley (Assistant Editor)
      " Andrew Mitchell (On-line Editor)
      " Aidian Farrell (Colourist)
      " Darren Banks (FX Editor)
      " James Feltham (Dubbing Mixer)
      " Ben Scott (Loft Design)
      " Simon Rogers (Title Music)
      " Beatguru (Original Music)


    • The scene where Danny is checking out possible marks in front of the 'Alfred Dunhill' store has importance to men's fashion.

      Alfred Dunhill, Ltd is a British-based company, specializing in men's luxury leather goods, writing implements, lighters, timepieces, fragrances and clothing. The business was developed by Alfred Dunhill after he inherited his father's saddlery business on London's 'Euston Road' (where the scene was shot, on location).

    • Danny: It's like getting Robbie Williams to warm up a crowd for that little fat one on the piano.
      Stacey: Elton John?
      Danny: Nah, Gary wotsits-bananas, you know, the one who wrote all the songs.

      Danny is referring to Take That, a popular band during the early '90's, where the two main singers, Gary Barlow (Mickey) and Robbie Williams (Danny), hated one another and (apparently) often argued. Robbie Williams is now a singer in his own right, while Gary Barlow has faded into the background (a hint at what Danny may feel the future holds).