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The Riches: Trust Never Sleeps

by Brett Love, posted Apr 16th 2008 8:39AM

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(S02E05) Right about now, some of the Malloys should probably be having some second thoughts about returning to Eden Falls. The lure of big money is hard to resist, but it's certainly not going to be easy money. The dark turn to their adventure continues in episode five as we find Dahlia continuing to struggle with her new triple life, Pete causing more trouble for Wayne, and young Cael striking out and getting some story all his own.

Gallery: The Riches

Minne Driver as Dahlia MalloyEddie Izzard as Wayne MalloyMinnie Driver and Eddie IzzardTodd Stashwick as Dale MalloyNoel Fisher as Cael MalloyShannon Woodward as DiDi MalloyGregg Henry as Hugh PanettaAidan Mitchell as Sam MalloyMargo Martindale as NinaEddie Izzard as Wayne MalloyEddie Izzard as Wayne MalloyEpisode Gregg Henry in the episode Aidan Mitchell in the episode

Before we get to all that though, a little semi-off topic observation. Joel has mentioned over the past couple of weeks how the show has taken a much more dark and serious tone. I agree, of course, but the part of that I find interesting is the promotion. Every advert for the show that I see hints at a show that just doesn't exist. If you didn't know the show and tuned in based on those 30 second spots, I think you would be in for quite the shock. For whatever reason, FX has decided to give the impression that this is some kind of caper comedy. I think there could actually be a good show if things were taken in that direction, but it's not at all what the show is.

On a similar note, there was an interesting comment last week from egordon where he worried that the show could fall prey to "the spinning of untangle-able webs." That is actually something that I've considered before, but giving it more thought, I don't think it's going to be a problem for The Riches. The nature of who the Malloys are lends itself to being able to wrap things up quickly and get out of any sort of story jam. They already have a laundry list of hanging plots in their past. Were they to pack up and put Eden Falls in the rear view next week, it might not be the resolution we are all looking for, but it would fit right in with who these characters are.

Of course, I don't expect we are going to see that happen any time soon. As mentioned before, that Bayou Hills payday is a fat one, and it's going to help lessen the perception of many a threat. Something we saw to good effect as our new friend, P.I. Landry (Toby Huss), came calling. It did all play out as a throw-away story of the week, but then, that's only true if Landry doesn't come back. That's something I expect we will see at some point.

When he started going through the trash my first thought was that Wayne is much too careful to have anything incriminating in something so publicly accessible. The fact that Sam had tossed the towel, and was sharp enough to put two and two together and realize what could come of it, was a clever way to go. It also got us back to the always entertaining "partnership" between Wayne and Dale. It's a great dynamic because they both know there is no partnership, and they are both convinced that they have the upper hand.

Wayne also had his hands full with Hugh. I'm thrilled that the mojo transplant is taking. This Hugh is so much more fun. I love hearing him rattle off lines like how he doesn't want to spend his time with politicians, because they are liars and crooks. Right after he bitches because his crooked politician got fired. Hugh does see the world in a very particular way. Speaking of Hugh's go to zoning guy, Graham, I liked his replacement, Ulysses Gillard (Cullen Douglas). I suspect that Gillard has no idea the kind of mess he is getting himself into, but it's worth it for the simple fact that he has proven to be the catalyst for Hugh's mayoral campaign. That has all kinds of potential.

Meanwhile, Dahlia just continues to dig her hole deeper and deeper. It was pretty clear from her meeting at Devereaux's (Ntare Mwine) office that this just can't end well. He is just way too smart to get played for long. Add to that the fact that with everything else going on around Dahlia, she is really off of her game. The double life of being Dahlia with the family, and Cherien to the public was asking a lot. Add in another secret life of law abiding Dahlia and those dark clouds really start to roll in. I don't really have my finger on where Devereaux's heading with this. It sure seemed like he had taken just about all the crap he was going to take from Dahlia in that final scene in the squad car. But is there another angle for him to pursue? I'm curious to see where that goes.

The other thing I wasn't completely sure on was Di Di's little B&E adventure. Where did that come from? A little nostalgia for the old times, or did Cael get inside her head a little bit before he took off? With all of the tension between Wayne and Dahlia, which was so obvious to Di Di, is her curiosity for the buffer life finally being overshadowed by the reality of their surroundings?

And finally, saving the best for last, my favorite part of the episode was Cael. I was a little concerned with his story when his latest tent adventure started. It seemed like it was a path we had been down a couple times already. Making the move to have him set out on the road was a good choice. And it didn't go down at all like I thought. We've seen it so many times, when he started in with his pool hustle, I was sure there was a beating coming, to show him that life on the road has it's own particular set of bumps.

The escape into the waiting Cassidy RV was a pleasant surprise. That first conversation with Decklin was particularly good as there was a very nice tension between the two of them as they both tried to get a feel for what each others intentions really were. Cael might have misjudged a bit, or had his judgment clouded by Rosaline. Understandable I suppose, as it wouldn't be the first time he has made that mistake. There wasn't much to his meeting with Eamon, although you could tell that Cael had a whole history of who he had been in the past by his reaction. Still, that little "Welcome home." carried some weight for where things will be heading in the next couple weeks.

Overall, a nice solid episode, and I think they have things lining up for an exciting finish to what is probably going to end up being looked at as an all too brief season.

Would you rather the show had more of the lighter feel of the advertisements?
Nope. The dark and dramatic is where it's at.37 (37.0%)
Yeah. A couple good capers with some yucks wouldn't hurt things.32 (32.0%)
It's 2008, who watches the commercials?31 (31.0%)

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Thanks for the mention in the post. I hope you're right. However, after watching next week's episode (Dead Caelm), I'm not sure where this is all going, especially without a guaranteed third season.

April 23 2008 at 3:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was a little thrown by Di Di's B&E adventure as well - not so much that it happened but because the story was just dropped mid-episode. I know some of the shows were cut short due to the writers strike so maybe that had something to do with it?

I would have thought that Cael would have been a little smarter in regards to hitching a ride on the RV. Yes, in a pinch, if someone is offering to help you out, you take it. But I kinda thought that he would have at least had an inkling that wasn't it a little convenient that some folks that knew him just happened to be at the same bar? On the other hand, as a guy, girls make you do dumb stuff and sometimes a girl just holding your hand throws all logic out the window.

I'm trying to figure out where Wayne is going with Hugh as mayor. A) That's major media exposure (more than I think he'd want given his situation) and B) running for mayor would take, I would think, a much longer time frame than "3 months" - especially when Hugh was used to 24 hr turn-around time for zoning permits. Wayne probably just blurted it out and ran with it.

Oh and I really think they (the writers) need to expand/develop Sam's character. He's not in there all that much, but when he is, his scenes are always good. That kid is a great actor.

April 17 2008 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Uugh, I wish they would post the episodes on hulu faster.... I has been an interesting so far, but judging from the end of the episode last night (I caught the last 5 minutes) I don't think its coming back next season...

April 16 2008 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Love

Hey MPC, that is off topic, but that's ok by me. The best answer I can give you is that unfortunately, the harsh reality of it is that we can't cover every tv show. The list of what we do cover is fluid and changes based on interest, traffic, and other things. After last season NCIS was dropped from the list. If you want to know more, hit up the feedback link and that will get your questions to the folks in charge.

And continuing to go off topic, I am still watching the show, and still being frustrated by the fact that Col Mann hasn't replaced Jenny yet. I was really hoping that the frog storyline was paving the way for her exit. Other than that, it's been a pretty solid season so far, I think.

April 16 2008 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Okay last nights episode had me on the edge of my seat but that happens with every episode. My favorite parts of the show this week and last were parts with Dahlia and her parole officer. I am just not sure about that guy and feel like Dahlia needs to really be careful in this situation. Also I really think Cael needs to pay close attention to everyone around him. I am not sure these people want to be his friends!

April 16 2008 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matthew P. Christensen

Bret, this is off topic, but why aren't you doing NCIS reviews anymore? Matt

April 16 2008 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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