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Cops and Robbers
Series 01, Episode 04
Hustle Cops and Robbers
Air Date 16 March 2004
Mark(s) Jack Maher
Writer Tony Jordan
Previous Picture Perfect
Next A Touch of Class

Cops and Robbers was the fourth episode of the first series which aired on March 16th 2004.

Synopsis Edit

Mickey is blackmailed by Jack Maher, a former cop-turned-bank security manager, who threatens to send Danny to prison if Mickey doesn't help him catch an habitual bank robber.

Mickey soon realizes that the ex-cop is setting a trap for Mickey himself, while the bank robber is in fact simply seeking the return of a valuable family heirloom.

Full Plot Edit

Mickey's morning coffee is rudely interrupted by Albert's nemesis, Jack Maher (played by David Calder) - an ex-fraud squad officer, and the only man to have ever put Albert away. Maher 'has something' on Danny, which he'll hand over to the police unless Mickey helps him catch the bank robber who's been plaguing the bank for which he is now head of security."When the chance comes to lock horns with the great Mickey Bricks, it's too good an opportunity to miss.""Maher wants Mickey to befriend the robber, Sam Richards (played by Richard Harrington), then help catch him as he breaks into the London branch.

Albert advises Mickey not to get involved - "You can't outsmart him or out manoeuvre him, he knows every trick we do and more besides". But Mickey agrees to the deal. He thinks it best to tell the team it's just another job, not revealing exactly what's at stake, but asks Stacie to keep Danny out of the way for a while. Albert ropes Sam in, just like any other con and tells him how he knows a dodgy alarms man. Sam's hooked and before long, Albert arranges a meet - with Mickey.Ash plays the alarms expert and, before long, Sam is telling them how he plans to break into the bank. He explains how his father died while he was just a child, something that rings true for Mickey.

Moores Bank robbed his father blind in his hour of need and Sam wants to recover the money his father was owed, together with his priceless diamond. "I know it sounds stupid, but this isn't about the money." There's a problem though: Moores' security system needs two people to override it - Mickey agrees to go in with Sam. The second problem: there'll be no way out. Albert counsels Mickey that, in order to beat Maher, Mickey must tell the rest of the team what's at stake. He does. Danny can't believe that the job is all to save his skin. The team go at the bank job with a new vigour - they want to beat Maher (played by David Calder), save Danny and help Sam Richards, but can they do all three?

The night of the break-in: Mickey and Sam are in the bank and Albert arrives to collect the tape of Danny. Once Sam and Mickey make it into the vault, Maher rushes down to catch them both. But when he gets there - there's nobody in the vault, and no sign of a break-in. Maher spots a CCTV camera and, finally, he begins to think about the possibilities. Has he actually taken on something - or someone - bigger than he is? Is it possible that Mickey and his team have achieved the impossible and conned him right under his nose?Later, after Mickey and Sam have said their fond goodbyes, Mickey has one last surprise for Maher, the griftbuster...

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