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The Riches: Been There, Done That

by Brett Love, posted Apr 3rd 2007 8:00AM
Minnie Driver, Eddie Izzard(S01E04) With episode four we were treated to a nice balance of the season long arc and the single episode story. I'm really looking forward to seeing Dale come knocking on the Riches front door, hopefully looking like Nicholson in The Shining, but we all know we are going to have to wait for that. That's fine though, because there are plenty of other tales to tell.

Jolinda, for instance. This was good, although it didn't go down at all how I expected. Having seen it hinted at in the promos for weeks, I was pretty sure that she was going to show up to meet Doug in person. And almost convinced of it when Hugh pointed out to Wayne that ex-wives always find you. Having Wayne and Dahlia head that one off at the pass actually worked out even better though.

The con aspect of the story was good, and well crafted. Not only was Dwayne able to solve the Jolinda problem, he also managed to ingratiate himself with Jim by unloading his bum alpaca. And by my calculations, he even managed to make 20 grand in the process. As good a result as they could have hoped for. What sold me on the whole caper though, was the phone call.

Wayne and Dahlia have an unconventional relationship. The vast majority of us manage to make it through without having to worry about meth addictions, traveler families bent on revenge, or the threat of someone discovering we are living in a dead guys house. That's a lot of extra baggage to stack on top of the normal relationship trials. It's asking for drama. I thought they handled it beautifully here when Wayne called Dahlia, making the fake phone call to Doug.

There's a moment in there where the conversation turns, and they aren't talking about Doug and Jolinda anymore. They are finally having a long overdue conversation about Wayne and Dahlia. It's never going to be easy for them, it's just not who they are. The revelations about just what kind of a person the real Doug was were also interesting. That could certainly lead to more surprises popping up.

A couple other Wayne and Dahlia bits from the episode. I really like Dahlia with Nina. She is just such a crazy character. Her little rundown of the neighbors and their obsessions was the funniest scene of the night. I was left a little confused by the scene with Hugh feeling up Dahlia in the bathroom. A little creepy, and kind of came out of nowhere. There has to be more coming from that later.

The one scene that I felt didn't work was Wayne at work. Doug meeting with Homeowners against Panco certainly had its moments. "We're completely against anyone blowing up... we take those grenades and we turn them into lemonade." There was just no end to it. Why would that make an angry mob of homeowners just leave? It's a case of things being a little too easy for the fake Doug. Wayne should have had to struggle more with that one.

Meanwhile, DiDi is off blending in. I suspect that we are going to see more of Eric as time goes by. For now, I think her time with him, as well as seeing her excel in the classroom, continue to hint that DiDi is warming up to the buffer life much quicker than her brother or her mother. She is her father's daughter. It gets right back to the scene last week where she argued with Cael over the phone calls to Tammy, suggesting that they might finish school and go to college.

Cael, on the other hand, isn't really conforming to this new life. He did manage to make a couple friends, but doing so by reverting back to what he knows, says as much about him as the classroom scene says about where DiDi is headed. We also got some resolution on those Tammy phone calls. I really liked that scene. They did a nice job of making Tammy suspicious without making it obvious, so Cael's reaction was just right. He also showed that he has been paying attention to his father. The call to the police was a nice call back to Wayne explaining that cops are the buffer's friends.

And finally, a great ending. Cael managed to thwart Dale's attempt to flush them out, but they've now set up the next chapter of the ongoing story because the family knows where they are. I would have happily sat through the next episode right after this one. As it is, I'll bide my time for another week and look forward to seeing where we go next.

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Russ

The show is great to watch just seems like they keep digging themselves in deeper and deeper with everything they do, I'm wondering if anyone else heard that little piece of a song when Dahlia is laying on the couch with a beer just after smoking a joint with Nina, it has me searching all my remaining
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April 04 2007 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MorseMoose

Is it just me, or has Aubrey figured it out (or in the process of figuring it out). I think she knows something is up...

April 03 2007 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amy

Love, love, LOVE this show!!!

They have the perfect balance of drama and dark humor, and both aspects are so well written. The scene with Wayne & Dahlia on the phone in particular was so gut-wrenchingly real, as was Wayne finally confronting her about her drug use.

I agree that Wayne at his work is awkward, and it never quite feels like it comes off right, but then maybe that's intended. I get the impression that Wayne feels like he's in WAY over his head in the office environment, and maybe he lost some of his confidence after his credit card scheme bombed. Maybe Eddie is playing him more nervous & anxious in the office than when he was, for example, conning the high school reunion attendees where he was at the top of his game. He's only managing to confuse people in the office, not really conning them, so he's just scraping by. Just a thought, and a rushed one at that! ;)

My favorite Dahlia line was after she shuts the door on the Jewish Welcoming Committee: "We're Jewish!?! Oh, Jesus!!"

April 03 2007 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amelia

I LOVE this show. I can not wait till next week! There are so many great parts to each episode! I love the relationship between Dahlia and Nina. All the charaters make for very interesting television! I also loved when Nina said she had not had sex in 5 years, then she started to 'rub' her eggplant coffee cup!!!

April 03 2007 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BobbyBuz

Dahlia says to Wayne as the episode ends "Oh, by the way, we're Jewish." The look on Wayne was classic.

I'm just lovin' this show.

April 03 2007 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillS

I thought Wayne's speech to the homeowners was hilarious ("We are completely against anyone blowing up. Even a little bit."), but I agree that it makes no sense that that would calm anyone down. The show seems to walk a fine line with that. I think their aiming for his improvised speeches to be kind of ridiculous, but for him to be so charismatic that people jump on board anyway. That sort of worked last week with the rock speech, but not so much here.

My favorite part actually was when he was talking to Aubrey and slipped out of character, then covered it with "When I'm nervous, I refer to myself in the third person."

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April 03 2007 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rogphi

This Episode was great. My favorite moment was when
Dahlia Realized why the three women were paying her a visit " WE ARE Jewish" Brilliant. Is It me or Did Eddies accent seem better too?

April 03 2007 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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