History Film / TheDistinguishedGentleman

3rd Feb '17 6:44:28 AM Fighteer
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* HoneyTrap: Johnson's basic scam, seen in the opening, is to bait a prominent man with illicit sex, then have the woman's "husband" or "lover" show up and blackmail him with exposure -- an old con known as the "badger game". Johnson takes it a step further by showing up in the guise of an FBI agent and arresting the "con artists". He'll hustle them right off to jail, but the mark is going to be subpoenaed as a witness. This, of course, is exactly what the mark doesn't want, so he "bribes" Johnson to keep his name out of the press.

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* HoneyTrap: Johnson's [[TheCon basic scam, scam]], seen in the opening, is to bait a prominent man with illicit sex, then have the woman's "husband" or "lover" show up and blackmail him with exposure -- an old con known as the "badger game". Johnson takes it a step further by showing up in the guise of an FBI agent and arresting the "con artists". He'll hustle them right off to jail, but the mark is going to be subpoenaed as a witness. This, of course, is exactly what the mark doesn't want, so he "bribes" Johnson to keep his name out of the press.
3rd Feb '17 6:44:03 AM Fighteer
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* GreenAesop: The cancer victim's mother who accosts Johnson believes that high-voltage power lines near their neighborhood are responsible and wants him to vote for an environmental bill regulating them.

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* GreenAesop: The cancer victim's mother who accosts Johnson believes that high-voltage power lines near their neighborhood are responsible and wants him to vote for an environmental bill regulating them. This triggers his long-dormant conscience and starts him down the path of redemption.
3rd Feb '17 6:42:08 AM Fighteer
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* TheCon: Johnson's basic scam, seen in the opening, is to bait a prominent man with illicit sex, then have the woman's "husband" or "lover" show up and blackmail him with exposure -- an old con known as the "badger game". Johnson takes it a step further by showing up in the guise of an FBI agent and arresting the "con artists". He'll hustle them right off to jail, but the mark is going to be subpoenaed as a witness. This, of course, is exactly what the mark doesn't want, so he "bribes" Johnson to keep his name out of the press.


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* HoneyTrap: Johnson's basic scam, seen in the opening, is to bait a prominent man with illicit sex, then have the woman's "husband" or "lover" show up and blackmail him with exposure -- an old con known as the "badger game". Johnson takes it a step further by showing up in the guise of an FBI agent and arresting the "con artists". He'll hustle them right off to jail, but the mark is going to be subpoenaed as a witness. This, of course, is exactly what the mark doesn't want, so he "bribes" Johnson to keep his name out of the press.
10th Sep '16 10:34:54 AM Mdumas43073
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9th Mar '15 10:12:56 AM starwolf
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* YouRemindMeOfX: When Elijah Hawkins calls Tom out on his con-artist ways, Tom is about to make typical snarky remark, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness but stops.]]
--> '''Tom:''' You know, just then you reminded me of my father. ... He used to say I was a scumbag, too.
7th Mar '14 1:24:33 PM Fighteer
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* AlterKocker: Johnson claims to have learned [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage his fluent Yiddish]] from old Jewish folks on the beaches of Miami, and pretends to be such a person while campaigning in a Jewish neighborhood. In one meet-and-greet, he flatters an old Jewish lady by talking to her in her native tongue.

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* AlterKocker: Johnson claims to have learned [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage his fluent Yiddish]] from old Jewish folks on the beaches of Miami, and pretends to be such a person while campaigning in a Jewish neighborhood. In one meet-and-greet, he flatters an old Jewish lady by talking to her in her native tongue.Yiddish.
7th Mar '14 11:20:40 AM Fighteer
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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: In a darkly satirical take on the trope, a lobbyist helps Johnson pick his positions by telling him about the money that various interest groups will offer him for espousing them.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney:
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In a darkly satirical take on the trope, a lobbyist helps Johnson pick his positions by telling him about the money that various interest groups will offer him for espousing them.them.
** The back-room deal that Johnson exposes involves influence peddling and bribery: a Congressman selling his vote against the environmental bill in exchange for illicit campaign donations.
7th Mar '14 11:17:52 AM Fighteer
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* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's JerkassFacade is when a cancer victim shows up in his office to demand that he vote on an environmental bill. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.

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* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's JerkassFacade is when a cancer victim shows cancer-stricken child and her mother show up in his office to demand that he vote on an environmental bill.office. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.
7th Mar '14 11:16:56 AM Fighteer
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* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's carefree facade is when a cancer victim shows up in his office to demand that he vote on an environmental bill. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.

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* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's carefree facade JerkassFacade is when a cancer victim shows up in his office to demand that he vote on an environmental bill. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.
7th Mar '14 11:16:33 AM Fighteer
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* GreenAesop: The cancer victim's mother who accosts Johnson believes that high-voltage power lines near their neighborhood are responsible and wants him to vote on an environmental bill regulating them.

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* GreenAesop: The cancer victim's mother who accosts Johnson believes that high-voltage power lines near their neighborhood are responsible and wants him to vote on for an environmental bill regulating them.
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