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Dirty Sexy Money: The Watch

by Erin Martell, posted Nov 29th 2007 12:23PM

Glenn Fitzgerald

(S01E09) This week's Dirty Sexy Money featured a blast from the past: Dutch George. No, he didn't come back from the dead, but we did get to see what he was up to six months ago. In the present day, Brian had to face the music after his bribery attempt, Juliet returned, and Karen went on a big date. Oh, and a huge Darling secret was revealed! This show keeps getting better and better!

Let's start things off with the biggest moment in the show so far--Brian is Nick's half-brother! In an earlier poll, most of you had Brian pegged as the half-sibling (although some of you dirty-minded types picked Karen), so this probably wasn't a surprise for you. I was impressed that the writers pulled the trigger on this secret so soon, and halfway through the episode no less! They could have easily teased us with this storyline for the rest of the season, but I'm thrilled that they didn't. I also hate it when a major twist or revelation is introduced at the very end of an episode; it's much more fun to witness the fallout in the same week while it's still fresh. Nick has a more brotherly rapport with Patrick, but his arguments with Brian make the Rev a more realistic choice for a sibling.

In spite of the news about Brian, Tripp was the real bastard this week. It's disturbing that Tripp can suddenly turn on the man that he treated like a son for decades. He really seemed to hate Brian, but perhaps he was simply taking out his issues with Letitia on her son. Still, he treated Nick with more paternal compassion. Tripp and Nick were the ones having a heart-to-heart after the truth came out, not Tripp and Brian. Why was Tripp so eager to make Nick feel like a part of the Darling family?

The flashbacks with Dutch (played by the incredible Peter Strauss) gave us the opportunity to see a happier version of Letitia--at least at first. Letitia looked like she was truly in love with Dutch, almost more than she is with Tripp in the present. Why did she choose that moment to tell Dutch that he had another son, and why did she let Brian hate his father for so long? As Brian said, things would have been different between him and Dutch if he had known the truth. Letitia did everyone a disservice by keeping such an important secret. I have to agree with Brian's claim that Letitia acted out of self-interest by lying. What else could she be hiding?

Patrick spent the episode heavily medicated, but that didn't stop him from making some important decisions about his romantic life. I think he must be incapable of ending things with Carmelita; he's tried and failed several times now. The "firearms chapter" might not be over for Patrick, especially once Ellen discovers that Patrick lied to her. In other Darling goings-on, Juliet returned from her trip, but only made a brief appearance. Her twin brother continued his pretend life as Jeremy Babeson. Sadly, Clark the driver wasn't around to help Jeremy act poor. After last week's dinner, I wouldn't have expected Lisa to lift a finger for the Darlings, but she came through with some nude paintings for Jeremy's fake art career. I still think it's hilarious that he regards everyone as poor; he even called the expensive ants "low-budge"!

Simon made another move against the Darlings by asking Karen to discuss "merging resources" over dinner. What happened to Karen's big plan to destroy Nick's marriage? I guess there's nothing wrong with a little companionship during a long-term scheme, and we are talking about Blair Underwood here. I'm starting to believe that Karen is the smartest of the Darling siblings. She's the only one who realizes what Simon is capable of. Her warning to Simon about not doing to Tripp what he did to Darling Plaza was right on the money. Simon is proving to be a real menace. Why was he discussing business with Patrick while he was drugged? Sure, Karen did the same thing, but she's family. I can't wait to see this ex-wife and child that he mentioned. His comment about the Ghanaian princess being his "primary partner" made me wonder if she's involved with his plans somehow.

The flashbacks also made it clear why Dutch might have defected to Simon Elder's side. After learning of Letitia's deceit, Dutch was convinced that he needed to distance himself from the Darling family. It's a shame that Nick didn't hear his father out, though. It might have prevented him from taking a job from Tripp later on. Now it's doubtful that Nick will be resigning anytime soon. He admitted to Lisa that the money is too tempting to pass up. Being a small-time philanthropist isn't enough for Nick, now that he has access to the Darling Foundation funds. Finding his father's killer is no longer at the top of his list of priorities.

Dutch's watch changed hands several times in this episode, and it finally made its way to Brian Jr. There were a lot of sad and dramatic moments this week, but Brian's farewell to his son was my personal favorite. I hope we haven't seen the last of Will Shadley as Brian Jr. It isn't often that I find a child actor to be so genuine and adorable. Brian continues to lose family members at an alarming rate. His wife and daughters are gone, his biological father is dead, Tripp despises him, and his son is off to Brazil. Nick is all that Brian has left. Will loneliness and desperation bring Nick and Brian together? All in all, I thought this was the best episode yet. Glenn Fitzgerald gave his strongest performance of the season, and Peter Krause finally got a chance to be more than the straight man.

My favorite lines of the night:

  • Nick: "How about a thank you?" Brian: "Send yourself a gift basket."
  • "Hospitals freak me out anyway. It's like Death: 'I'm coming for you, Karen, here I come!' It's just the way they hit me sometimes." --Karen
  • "I got your charitable giving right here." --Patrick
  • "It could have been Karen." --Lisa, after Brian is revealed to be Nick's half-sibling
  • "The firearms chapter of my marriage is over. I hope." --Patrick
  • "She must really love you. You know, to shoot you like that." --Carmelita, on Ellen
  • "I think he's still a little stunned by the one-day turnaround, but he'll get over it." --Karen, on Freddy
  • "No one says everything." --Tripp
  • "They are my children to me, but like, the ones that I give away." --Jeremy, on his paintings

Next week--Nick finds out about Simon and Karen's relationship, Juliet gets a love interest, and Brian asks Tripp for a job.

How do you feel about Brian being Nick's half-sibling?
Great! I totally called it.227 (68.6%)
It should have been Patrick.14 (4.2%)
It should have been Karen (please, nobody pick this one!).52 (15.7%)
It should have been the twins.31 (9.4%)
Other (respond in the comments section).7 (2.1%)

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Mary

biiiiiig fan of the show!!! random question-- does anyone know who makes, or where i can find, the blue robe Letitia wore in the last episode? . . . its for a Christmas gift.Thanks.

December 05 2007 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CrazyJew

Great episode!

December 01 2007 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
natalia

That's it -- thanks!!

November 29 2007 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bailey

Jeff - Good call - that's totally Letitia and Karen's style!

The song is called "Nothing Left to Lose", and it's actually by a guy named Mat Kearney. Great song, you should check it out!!

November 29 2007 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WhizGidget

I really really wish it had been Karen. I'm sick of her trying to get Nick back. It just lends a desperate soap opera air to everything (even though the show is sorta soapy).

Don't get me wrong - I like that it was Brian, but I wish it had been Karen. I don't want Nick to hurt Lisa... I *like* both of their characters...

November 29 2007 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iamhoff

Khamel may be onto something with the Leticia killing Dutch idea. Let's face it, she obviously seems to be able to find a way to throw enough money at a problem to make it go away (Brian out of jail), and as jilted as she seemed when Dutch ended it, it doesn't seem like too much of a stretch. And as to Tripp treating Nick like more of a son than he does Brian, maybe that's a subtle way of him getting back at Leticia. Show favoritism to Dutch's "non-Leticia" son instead of Leticia's lie of an illegitimate son. Especially since Tripp probably sees that Leticia and Nick are at odds more and more frequently (see again Brian getting out of jail). I do love this show, and hope that the writers' strike gets resolved quickly so that we can keep going.

November 29 2007 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
natalia

Does anybody know the name of the song that was playing when Brian was saying goodbye to his son at the end? I feel like it might be a song from the Counting Crows but I'm not sure...Anybody here might know????

November 29 2007 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

Now I officially love this show. It is my favorite show of the season.

I like the fact that it is an unraveling mystery with a soap opera that moves very fast. Something is always happening and you don't have to wait 5 seasons to get answers. For example, the reveal of Brian as Nick's brother.

For an ADD person like me, I like this format. Can't wait until next week.

November 29 2007 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heroes Fan

Just a thought, but I was under the impression that Karen went to Patrick in the hospital to get a signature from him while he was under the medication. I had a sneaking suspicion the Letitia sent her there to get him to sign something dealing with Brian's arrest, and that was why he was released so suddenly. After what we've seen of her, I wouldn't put it past Letitia.

November 29 2007 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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khamel

thats interesting. never thought of it but it would make sense. i guess we'll find out when he gets out of the hospital, the 'media' is the greek chorus of this show so they should tell us soon enough.

i hope that nick's wife will realize the power of the darlings and after she kisses jeremy she will finally stop nagging her nick. although that same preview has her saying "i think im losing my husband" so maybe she will keep being a nagg. i like and hate lisa at the same time.

im also glad jeremy is getting his own stories minus his twin. im not a big fan of female twin, shes annoying.

November 29 2007 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Sadly, my DVR was being peevish and didn't pick up this episode. Thanks for the recap, Erin.

November 29 2007 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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