Season 1 Episode 2

Faking It

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 2004 on BBC
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Danny makes a big mistake and blows a con, which makes Mickey question if Danny is right for his crew. Albert is viciously beaten after cheating in a card game and the team decide to wreak revenge the only way that they know how - by playing the long con.
The stakes are higher than normal with Albert out of the picture. Can they pull off the con, or will the Mark, a ruthless and violent person, cause even more harm?moreless

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • If a con is big enough, sometimes a crew will use Extras for small minor roles. This is very similar to how Extras are used in movies and television. Extras are typically made up of friends and unemployed con men and their role is to add small nuances to the con in order to make it more believable.

      For example, in this episode an Extra is used to ask Stacie/Jenny for her autograph and another Extra is used to hand off the money to Danny/Jason for the Convincer.

    • The laptop that Frank carries with him everywhere is running Windows XP.

    • The software Ash uses to copy Frank's hard drive is called "Copy Master". There is no commercial, shareware, or freeware program using this title. In other words, it was invented for the show.

    • Goof: When Ash is browsing the USB drive that contains the contents of Frank's Windows XP laptop, he's clearly viewing a Macintosh file system, not a Windows file system. If you compare the shot from Frank's laptop to Ash's you can tell that they don't match.

    • The magazine that Frank buys at the news stand is called "Movie News." There is no magazine in publication with that title. It's a fictitious magazine made up for the show.

    • According to the plaque on the exterior of Frank Gorley's hotel, it has a "4 stars" rating.

    • When Mickey and the gang put Frank on the send, they all choose names beginning in the letter "J". Danny is Jason, Mickey is Jeff, Ash is Joe and Stacie is Jenny.

    • When Frank does a search on the name "Jennifer Cole" to find more information on her, he does so on the web site Film Fanatics. There is no web site by that domain name, it was created just for the show.

    • Cackle-bladder is a device used to fake a Mark into thinking that someone has been shot. A conman uses a small pouch and fills it with chicken blood and breaks the pouch to simulate a gun shot and thus convincing the Mark that the conman is dead. This is what Ash tapes to Danny's chest near the end of the episode to try and fake Frank into thinking that he's killed Danny/Jason.

    • Goof: After Danny has been shot, Albert is with the rest of the crew in the waiting room fully dressed in his usual suit attire. Later, when the gang give him his "present," Albert is back in the hospital laid up in bed. There's no reason why Albert would get dressed up in a suit if he was already in the hospital, just to get the status of Danny's health.

    • Goof: As Danny, Mickey and Frank are driving away from the film set you can briefly see through the window, and there is clearly only one person in the car, not three.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Albert: First rule of cheating at cards, always cover the move. Misdirection. Big movement covers the small. Simple stuff. Oh, and if you can, always sit by the door.

    • Danny: OK, I screwed up, yeah.
      Mickey: What did you learn? In a sentence.
      Danny: Do it by the book.
      Mickey: Screw up again Danny and I'll have it tattooed on your ass.

    • Danny: OK, well I say we give him a taste of his own medicine. Listen, I know some people, all right, and I can personally vouch for how many places they can hurt ya.

    • Stacie: Aren't you a little too old to be cheating at poker Albie?
      Alfred: Oh, you're never too old to cheat my dear.

    • Mickey: (referring to Danny) He screwed up.
      Alfred: Well, we all screw up. It's what you do next that counts.

    • Ash: We could do a straight forward steal. You know with enough time I could find me way to the safe. It's high on return, but...
      Mickey: Low on joy.
      Danny: Joy?
      Ash: (laughs) With a steal he claims everything back on insurance. You know, we don't hurt 'em.

    • Mickey: (upon hearing that his wife want's a divorce) I've gone from soul mate to obstacle so fast I think I'm going to get a nosebleed.

    • Stacie: Well, this is a whole new side of you I haven't seen before.
      Mickey: What?
      Stacie: Suffering in silence.
      Mickey: And what makes you think I'm suffering.
      Stacie: Mr. Happy left town days ago.

    • Stacie: You've got all this talent. You can bend people to your will, make them do exactly what you want them to. If you set your mind to it, you could convince her in a week to take you back. So why don't you?
      Mickey: You think I should con Rachel back?
      Stacie: I mean that's what we do isn't it Mickey? Create a world the way we want it to be. You can convince her you can be the man she wants. The problem is, (kisses him on the cheek) you have to convince yourself first.

    • Eddie: No.
      Mickey: Come on Eddie, it's better than the banks. A 50% return in three days.
      Eddie: No.
      Mickey: It's for Albert.
      Eddie: No.
      Mickey: Will you stop saying no?
      Eddie: No.
      Stacie: (pleading) Eddie.
      Eddie: Albert told me that if I ever thought I was talkin' to a con man, just keep saying no.

    • Mickey: You've got to pick it up Dan. You're talking to this guy about money. He's surrounded by money, he's not phased by it. You're offering him something that he's already got. You've got to think about what's brought us this far. What can you give him that he can't get anywhere else? Don't talk to his head. Talk to his heart. Emotion, not reason. Come on Think!

    • Mickey: No one puts their hands on Albert.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode aired in the US on the AMC network on January 14th, 2006 at 11:15PM EST/EDT.

    • Crew for this episode with a missing name or unavailable credit:
         " Julian Stevens (3rd Assistand Director)
         " Jill Greenwood (Assistant Co-ordinator)
         " Kate Cobbold (Production Accountant)
         " Arno Seagrim (Assistant Accountant)
         " Maggie Lewty (Continuity)
         " Simon Crawford Collins (2nd Unit Director)
         " Patrick Schweitzer (Location Manager)
         " Katrina Fletcher (Location Manager)
         " Harriet Sutcliffe (Assistant Location Manager)
         " Simon Surtees (Clapper Loader)
         " Garry Owen (Best Boy)
         " James Bain (Sound Maintenance)
         " Ben Munro (Standby Art Director)
         " George Simons (Art Department Assistant)
         " Ben Barrington-Groves (Art Department Assistant)
         " Zoe Smith (Production Buyer)
         " Sarah Duncan (Assistant Buyer)
         " Ray Holt (Props Master)
         " Eddie Campbell (Props Storeman)
         " Malcolm Holt (Dressing Props)
         " Mike Booys (Standby Props)
         " Ian Cooper (Standby Props)
         " Laurie Griffiths (Standby Carpenter)
         " Mike Coveney (Standby Rigger)
         " Peter Halston (Assistant Costume Designer)
         " Pamela Stewart (Costume Assistant)
         " Sarah Brewerton (Assistant Editor)
         " Scott Hinchcliffe (Online)
         " Steffan Perry (Colourist)
         " David Humphries (Dubbing Mixer)
         " Amanda Searle (Stills Photographer)
         " Kate Lawson (Picture Publicity)
         " Nexus Visual (Visual Effects)
         " Berger & Wyse (Opening Titles)
         " Claire Parker (Development Executive)
         " Beatguru (Original Music)
         " Simon Rogers (Title Music)

    • Although the ratings dropped slightly from 6.7 Million to 6.6 Million viewers when this episode originally aired, it was still the highest rated new show on BBC1.

  • ALLUSIONS (15)

    • Ash: Punters lose their money and the tables, then curl up with Hilda from Hungry.

      Punter is a British term for a customer, but is somewhat derogatory. It is usually used to refer to someone that should be separated from their money.

    • Ash: I spoke to one of the croupiers at the casino. I mean the guy's a loner. He locks himself in his room night after night.

      A croupier is the British term for a dealer in gambling games like baccarat, roulette and craps. The term is originally of French orgin, but is widely used in the UK.

    • Mickey: Then we blow him out tonight.

      Blowing him out, or blowing him off is when you get the Mark out of the way as quickly as possible. This is the last phase of the con where the intent is to make it so that the Mark doesn't want to pursue getting his money back.

    • When Danny puts several drops of eye drops into Frank's drink he is doing an old bartender's trick called the Server's Revenge or Mickey Red Eyes. The idea is that a few drops of Visine, or similar product, will act as a powerful laxative. Unfortunately, this is an urban myth. In reality, the active ingredient is Tetrahydrozoline and it's actually very toxic and can cause a variety of ailments include seizures, coma and even death.

    • Danny: "Who is this Frank Gorely?
      Ash: Beelzebub.

      In Western culture, Beelzebub is most commonly used as an alternative name for the Devil, or Satan, but in many writings is also used to refer to a lesser devil. Technically speaking, Beelzebub is classified as the chief lieutenant of Lucifer, who is Emperor of Hell. Beelzebub rules the Order of the Fly.

    • Stacie/Morning: The thing is, we've been tipped off that the press is doing an investigation into NHS Trust Services and this hospital has been ear marked.

      NHS is the The National Health Service which is the publicly-funded healthcare system of the United Kingdom and provides the majority of the heathcare services ranging from Medical to Dentistry. The services that NHS provides are provided by NHS Trusts either through a Primary Care Trust, or a Hospital Trusts.

    • Mickey Ah, then Stacie needs to be classier than Diaz. Like... Hepburn.

      The first actress Mickey is refering to is Cameron Diaz, who has appeared in such films as: The Mask, There's Something About Mary and Charlie's Angels.

      The second actress is Katharine Hepburn, nicknamed the "First Lady of Cinema", whose career spanned from the late 1930's all the way to 1994. Some of her most famous roles were opposite other iconic legends Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart, just to name a few.

    • Ash: Danny thinks that we need at least 20 grand for the convincer.

      A convincer is a sum of money that the mark is allowed to "win" on the first scam in order to gain his trust. Typically a mark will receive a substansial profit from a small scam in order to convince him to give the con artists more money. The convincer is typically earned back in the second and primary con.

    • Danny/Jason: Frank, He's a personal friend of Sly Stallone.

      Danny is referring to Sylvester Stallone, who became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood after creating and staring in such film franchises as Rocky and Rambo. Although Stallone has attemped other genres, such as comedy and drama, most of his success has been in the action film genre.

    • Danny/Jason: You know what his favorite film is Frank? Rambo.

      Danny is referring to the film First Blood: Rambo starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. The movie tells the story of a former Green Beret Vietnam Vet, who after suffering the abuses of a local small town police force, starts a one man war against the town. The movie was the first big action movie hit for Stallone outside of the Rocky franchise and cemented his position as an action star.

    • Danny/Jason: How are you going to do business with a guy like that? Now Bogart, Cagney, now they made movies.

      Danny is referring to the actors Humphery Bogart and James Cagney. Bogart is considered one of the greatest actors that ever lived for his roles in High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and "The Africian Queen", among others. Cagney is also considered one of the greats as well. He is most remembered for being a tough guy in such films as Here Comes The Navy and White Heat.

    • Danny/Jason: Yeah, she's gonna be huge. They call her the new Audrey Hepburn.

      Danny is referring to the actress Audrey Hepburn who appeared in such great films as Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Breakfast At Tiffany's and My Fair Lady. She typically played the role of the delicate adolescent and is considered one of the Top-100 movie stars of all time.

    • Danny/Jason: Ahhh, he still wants in, but you know how these Mob guys are like, they're a liability.

      Danny is referring to The Mob, which is also known as The Mafia, or La Cosa Nostra. The Mob is typically a reference to the secret criminal organization that exists on the East Coast of the United States after Italians immigrated from Sicily, where the Mafia originated in the mid-19th century.

    • Frank: Top of the world.

      This is a reference to one of James Cagney's most famous lines in the 1949 movie, White Heat where he says, "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"

    • Frank: You dirty rat.

      This is a reference to a line in the 1931 James Cagney movie, Blond Crazy. Although it's a popular quote, James Cagney never actually said it verbatim. The actual quote was "Mmm, that dirty, double-crossin' rat."

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