Season 4 Episode 1

As One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew In

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 18, 2007 on BBC
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The Hustle crew are back, but they are short a man - Mickey Stone. Mickey is off in Australia to pull off a major con and Danny uses this opportunity to prove to everyone that he's capable of being the new boss. Of course Danny's never been shy about taking on a challenge and for his first time as leader, Danny and the gang are off to Los Angeles. The con? To sell the Hollywood sign to a Texan...moreless

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  • It's finally the start of a new series of this excellent programme but something's very different.

    This new series has changed in so much as Adrian Lester, the Team Leader has apparently gone off to Australia for a big con. Danny Blue trys to take over as the new Team Leader and comes up with a plan to sell the Hollywood sign to a very rich Texan, played by Robert Wagner. Good production idea to get a big name in the first episode!

    Through a series of twists and turns they get their money and their man!

    I'm still trying to decide it the programme works as well without Micky Stone (played by the terrific Adrian Lester) even though I really like Marc Warren (Danny) and his "rough diamond" character.

    I'll keep watching. Hope you do too!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the start of the episode the crew are at a movie theater. As they are leaving, Danny tells another movie-goer that in the end the five characters get blown up in a boat.
      This is what happens in the season 4 finale.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (7)

    • Hustle - Season 4 aired 7 months after the original UK release on the "Hallmark Channel". It was aired every Sunday at 11pm for six weeks.

    • Season 4 was promoted in the UK, using Isaac Hayes' 'Theme From Shaft' in the BBC ONE indents.

    • This episode aired in the UK on May 3rd 2007 on BBC1 and again on the Hallmark channel on December 30th 2007.

    • This episode was filmed in December, 2006 on location in Los Angeles, CA USA.

    • This episode marks the first time that a 'teaser reel' (for the upcoming episode) has been used at the end of the show.

    • This is the first episode of "Hustle" which doesn't feature it's leading man, Adrian Lester. He was unable to commit to Series/Season 4 due to scheduling conflicts. In addition to filming the 2007 summer blockbuster Spiderman 3, he also had several other projects in the works in the US including a pilot for Fox entitled Beyond.

    • Season 4 marked a departure from the usual airing of the series. Typically, the BBC would air the episode in the UK and then 6 to 9 months later they would air in the US on AMC. However, due to the additional funding that AMC provided for the production, Series 4 debuted in the US prior to airing in the UK.


    • When Danny and Ash are in their SUV discussing the fact that the French call a quarter pounder with cheese a Royal with cheese, this is an allusion to the famous opening scene to Pulp Fiction when John Travolta and Samual L. Jackson are discussing the same topic.

    • Danny mentions having acquired a pair of Dorothy's Red Ruby slippers from a private collector. These are the shoes worn by the character of Dorothy in the 1939 file The Wizard of Oz.

      There are actually 5 pairs of these shoes in existence. One pair is on display at the Smithsonian. Debbie Reynolds owns the test pair. The rest are owned by private collectors, except for one pair which was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005 and has yet to be recovered.