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July 5, 2015

The Riches: Waiting for Dogot (season finale)

by Brett Love, posted Jun 5th 2007 7:08AM
Eddie Izzard, Minnie Driver
(S01E13) Well, there you have it. The big finale for the first season of The Riches. The thing that strikes me about the season is how much it was not what I was expecting. What we ended up seeing was very different than what the promotion FX tossed out all those months ago led one to expect. And I think that was a good thing.

This was a much darker show than those voiced over commercials with Wayne and Dahlia walking down the staircase hinted at. The Malloy family has some serious issues. But at the end of the day, they are a family, and that drives everything they do.

Another surprise came in the form of just who was, or more accurately, who wasn't, the big threat to the family in the finale. From early on, all signs pointed to Dale. When we saw him strutting around the camp and making it clear that he had no love for Wayne, I thought surely that is the showdown we were waiting for. They managed to keep me following that train right up until Wayne's squirt gun malfunction. I thought he was actually going to get away with conning Pete and we would end up dealing with Dale.

Eddie IzzardThe whole Pete debacle was interesting for a couple of things. It once again made it clear just where everyone sits with the new life. Cael and Dahlia are ready to cut and run while Wayne, Di Di, and conscientious objector Sam want to exhaust every last hope to keep their new life. Pete also provided another opportunity to watch Wayne do his thing. Sure, the story about Doug hiring him as a mechanic ("...a trained killer. It's my job.") because he was on the run from dirty cops was a little far out there. I was willing to roll with that one though, because Pete clearly has a screw loose.

I was glad that Nina figured the whole thing out and was let in on the story. She's a good character and the relationship she shares with Dahlia has been fun to watch develop. The scenes with Nina and Di Di were especially good as we saw her fall back to her training. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, lie, lie, lie.

We'll have to wait for season two to be sure, but it would appear that the Malloys are going to get to keep their life as the Riches, thanks to Dale. It mirrors the situation with Doug that got them into this whole thing. They will once again be benefiting from someone else's bad deed. The ending did feel rather abrupt though. It left me checking the clock to be sure that it was actually over. A nice final end to the story would have been good, but I thought there was just enough information there to give a good idea what was going to happen, but leave some mystery for the season two premiere. And really, as fun as it might be to see them traveling in the RV again, the show is called The Riches, so it's a pretty safe bet.

5 out of 7Overall, it was a very enjoyable season. I thought Minnie Driver would be good in this, and she was. So good in fact that I expect to see her getting an Emmy nomination. Although, the statue really should go to Connie Britton. While her performance was par for the course, Eddie Izzard shocked me with how good he was as Wayne. Previous to this the entirety of my Eddie Izzard knowledge amounted to Ocean's 12 and his stand-up work as seen on BBC America. He's always a lot of fun, but I had no idea he would be able to do this. I'm giving this episode a 5, out of 7.

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