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Dirty Sexy Money: The Game

by Erin Martell, posted Nov 1st 2007 10:55AM

Seth Gabel and Sofia Vergara

(S01E06) No, red vests aren't the newest fashion trend; Jeremy actually became a valet on this week's Dirty Sexy Money. While Jeremy was learning the complexities of parking cars, the rest of the Darlings were dealing with some serious drama. Dutch's death is officially a murder, and two of the most likely suspects, Tripp Darling and Simon Elder, faced off in an epic poker game.

After last week's party fiasco, Jeremy wanted to be liked and employed on his own merits. For Jeremy, this meant working as a valet and being shot down by an incredibly hot woman in a Prius. I was impressed that Jeremy could drive at all, since he's usually chauffeured from one party to the next. How long before Jeremy gets tired of working for his former doorman? I can probably take about one more week of this storyline. Jeremy needs to accept all of the advantages and drawbacks of being a Darling if he ever wants to grow up.

We got more of Brian Light this week. Brian Jr. spent a lot of time with his Aunt Juliet, but he really wanted to bond with his Dad. The more that Brian interacts with his son, the more I pity him. He doesn't even know that traditional father-son time is. Luckily, Brian still knows how to get along with his brothers. I don't remember seeing all the Darling brothers together before. The video game scene was enlightening--Patrick plans to leave the Darling Compound, and Brian thinks that his brothers get away with more bad behavior than he does. As much as I love the touching father-son scenes, I hope that Brian gets his edge back soon. His crankiness is one of the funniest things about him.

"Oops, I'm still married" is one of those problems that only exist on television. Since the plot led us to a half-naked Eddie Cibrian, I'm not inclined to complain. Just when I thought that "techno-philanthropist" was the coolest description ever, world-renowned anthropologist and People's Sexiest Man Alive Sebastian Fleet emerged (in a towel, no less). If husbands #1 and #2 are half as attractive as Sebastian, I hope we meet them soon.

Sebastian was pretty perceptive for someone who thought Dutch George was "some guy from the Netherlands." He knew that Karen always compares men to Nick, and that marriage #4 wouldn't be any different. Did Karen push up her wedding date because she knew that Sebastian and her mother were right, or is she really hoping for a fresh start? I'm starting to warm to Freddy; anyone who beatboxes while waiting in line for a marriage license is OK by me. I hope Karen doesn't break his heart.

Tripp proved his worth as a master of manipulation with the Patrick-Carmelita situation. Calling the paparazzi photo (which he commissioned) an "object lesson" was pretty cold. He even found a way to make Patrick question Carmelita's honesty when he was caught in his own lie. That guy is good. Tripp's dark side is horrifying and fascinating at the same time. It's also a bit bizarre that he views Patrick as a replacement for Kenneth. No wonder Patrick sought help from Simon Elder. Unfortunately for Patrick, I think he'll become another pawn in Simon and Tripp's game.

I was pleased that Nick appeared to pick a side and cooperated with Tripp in order to find Dutch's killer. He's up against people who are much smarter and have far more resources, and he needs an ally. Simon is definitely using Nick for his own purposes. The more that Simon talks about his "vision" for New York, the more he sounds like some super-villain. Even his laugh during the poker game sounded evil. It was great to see Blair Underwood and Donald Sutherland shoot menacing looks across the table at one another. Tripp needed an archenemy who could challenge him, and Simon fills that void nicely.

Tripp's intentions for Nick blew me away. I wonder if his desire to leave the empire to Nick (and his declaration of love) has anything to do with the mysterious DNA test results? Was it just another way to bind Nick to the family? Finally, who is behind the NTSB report cover-up and Norman Exley's murder?

My favorite lines of the episode:

  • "I've always had this uncanny ability to just chill." --Jeremy, on his special talents.
  • "Darling Pharmaceuticals...let's skip this one." --Nick, listing Jeremy's potential employers.
  • "I'm a vehicular ninja." --Jeremy, moments before he crashes a car.
  • "He activates my yoni." --Karen, on the gorgeous Sebastian Fleet.
  • "A watch? He can't even tell time." --Brian, on Juliet's $30,000 gift to Brian Jr.

Two weeks from now--Karen and Freddy get hitched, Tripp gets wasted, and the Darling siblings bet against Karen's marriage.

Who do you think killed Norman Exley?
Tripp20 (7.4%)
Simon95 (35.2%)
One of the other Darlings31 (11.5%)
Someone else entirely124 (45.9%)

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Jennifer

I love that Tripp was in on the Darling Plaza thing and that Nick is double-agenting.

I think Tripp actually likes Nick better than his own kids, at least on the heir level. Interesting...I still think Tripp must have knocked up Dutch's wife though! (Hey, if Karen's Dutch's kid, that would negate the incest...)

November 02 2007 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iamhoff

I dug so much in this episode.

-Totally agree on seeing how manipulative Tripp can be regarding Patrick and Carmelita.

-I'm with Jamie on the Jeremy storyline...trying to find his own way and actually grow up is a good thing. It will be interesting to see if he can actually make some progress, and what it will do to his relationship with his sister (or will she keep dragging him back into the million dollar party club).

-I'm trying to figure out what Simon's ultimate plan is. As you said, he presents on the surface as the great techno-philanthropist (love that term), but there's something devious going on beneath the surface.

-It was great to see Nick side with Tripp in the battle with Simon, and they played off their plans in the poker game brilliantly...catching the pregame planning strategy really brought the focus around to the idea that there's got to be something huge in the history of Tripp and Simon, even more than has been alluded to so far.

Definitely looking forward to the next episode.

November 01 2007 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Madame X

I think the person who thought up the name of this show is the same person who cast the supporting players. The supporting cast is not up to the standards of the established actors and the name is ridiculous. Why not Darling Money or Money Darling or Darling's Money.

November 01 2007 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jamie

I disagree with you on the Jeremy storyline. I happen to like it espicially when he was turned down by the woman and his co-worker said that he should have mentioned who he was because lets face it, you're a Darling, you get what you want. He realized that she didnt want him for him but only would for his last name. I think thats growing up. Putting him in the real world like that, trying to figure who he is and who is real friends and allies are, is very important. I for one, hope that storyline keeps going. Also the father son bonding with Brian and his son. Thats just as important.

November 01 2007 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chester

Another reason for the wedding to be pushed up....she's pregnant.

November 01 2007 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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