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Season 3 Episode 6

Law and Corruption

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 14, 2006 on BBC
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Episode Summary


The Hustle crew find themselves under the thumb of DCI York, an unconventional cop set on catching "The Ghost" - the legendary thief Adam Rice.

DCI York blackmails the gang into helping him, so they make contact with Rice and talk their way into his latest scam. While stealing from a country-house, they try to arrange for Rice to get caught red-handed. Can the Hustle gang escape this dodgy copper, or will York nick them all?


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  • What a crap ending.... it was exactly the same as last season. Legging it because they got caught out.

    This episode was below par from start to finish. From an uncharacteristic, all too predictable opening scene to a repetitive closing, this episode was an embarrassing flop. They've even had a bent copper as a mark before, which leads me to believe that they've run out of ideas. I even find myself saying "OH YEAH RIGHT" on a few occasions.

    What surprised me the most about this episode was that the story required far too many improbable events to even make the con work. They did say that the con was near impossible, and it was, they should never have succeeded. How did Albert convince the lock-up officer to let him out of his cell in one sentences and even if we do accept that Albert is just that talented, why would he be taken to the evidence room. AND, why on earth was the £90,000 in the evidence room. They weren't busted for having the money so obviously the bend copper would have pocketed it not left it in a paper bag. Also, I'm not even sure that lost property would go in the evidence store.

    A sky dive in to what appeared to be quite a small estate, oh please, especially since Danny has only ever jumped once before. And, how the hell did they get out? I'm pretty sure that was never explained, and with the ghost having a twisted ankle scaling walls and fences would be pretty difficult.

    When I say this I'm not in anyway doubting the strength of a woman, but how did Stacie knock out the security guard for what appeared to be over 5 minutes.

    I don't know if the writers were hoping we wouldn't consider this when we watched it, but no-one can seriously have believed all of this was possible. The writers really need to get some new ideas before they start filming the fourth season and they can't just rely on the little moments of comedy the get from Danny that's not what Hustle should be about.

  • rubbish.

    complete anti climax to a series, i was expecting a great episode to end the series but they tried to go to far and ended up turning into what looks like a terrible attempt of a thriller movie. the halloween style music thats used far far too much throughtout the episode is unneccary and annoying. it also takes away the relism of the whole thing. storyline was useless and tired..same old same old. only saving grace was the few funny scenes all focusing on danny. in conclusion not a good episode, branches too far away from the simple clever believable storylines that wer used to from hustle. with the disaster of a fourth season being a huge disapointment im very much looking forward to the return of mickey in the 5th even though its a shame wer loosing danny and stacey. lets hope the writers can bring back the quality of the first two series and make this show as good as it can be again!moreless
  • great!

    i can say hustle is truly an original series, unless the creators got the idea from america. i think the concept of the show is really good, i mean who would have thought up a show about 5 con experts.the show does hit the wrong notes at some times but it usually is a good show. its also very funny when it wants to be. season 3 had a lot of promotion so it brought in a lot of viewers. its a shame its only 6 episodes a season but im sure a lot of people are looking forward to season 4moreless
Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls

Adam Rice

Guest Star

Ian Puleston-Davies

Ian Puleston-Davies

DCI Matthew York

Guest Star

Richard Dillane

Richard Dillane

Graham Poole

Guest Star

Rob Jarvis

Rob Jarvis


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Danny's grandmother also has the last name Rice, as shown last season when Trevor, a prospective new member, cons her.

    • Goof: The flashlights Mickey, Danny and "The Ghost" use during the heist are way too big. Professional thieves use very small penlights that focus the narrowest of beams. With the flashlights Mickey and the gang use would be too bright and would clearly be visible from outside. Three huge beams jumping around inside of the estate would be a dead giveaway.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Mickey and Danny are about to skydive with thief Adam Rice)
      Adam Rice: Last one to the bottom buys the drinks. (Rice jumps)
      Danny: Okay okay all right... I resign! I don't want to be a grifter anymore! I want to be a postman!
      Mickey: Okay! Think about Albert.
      Danny: I hate you!
      Mickey: I hate you, too.

    • Danny: (concerned about skydiving for a con) What if the - you know - parachute thing don't open?
      Ash: Well, then you pull your reserve.
      Danny: Well, what if the reserve don't open?
      Ash: All right, okay, look. If the reserve doesn't open, there's a standard procedure, all right?
      Danny: Tell me that.
      Ash: All right. Now, you grab the knees of your jumpsuit and you lean forward. Go on.
      Danny: (doing as Ash says) Like that?
      Ash: Yeah. Further, that's it. Stick your head between your legs...
      Stacie: And kiss your ass goodbye.
      Danny: Yeah. Thanks for the support.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode aired in the US on the AMC network on August 2nd, 2006 at 10PM EST/EDT.

    • Music: The song playing during the end credits is 'Little Less Conversation'. It's a remix of Elvis Presley's hit by Junkie XL. In the UK DVD release of Season 3 this music has been replaced by Hustle's standard 'end credits' theme, probably because of licensing issues.