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Dirty Sexy Money: The Star Witness

by Erin Martell, posted Oct 23rd 2008 9:25AM
Dirty Sexy Money, The Star Witness
(S02E03)
We already know what it's like to be a Darling: lavish parties, vast conspiracies, and emotional outbursts. This week's episode gave us some insight into what it's like to be a George: same psychological problems, less money. Letitia's upcoming trial brought Nick face-to-face with someone from his past, and this person had quite a story to tell.

Reunions - Families and couples came together this week, and the results were mixed. While Nick had a tense and emotional encounter with his mother, Clare (more on that below), Patrick and Brian reconnected with their respective loved ones. I never tire of watching Brian's relationship with his son. Thankfully, Will Shadley's cuteness didn't diminish while the show was on hiatus.

Is Nick becoming Tripp? - Our favorite ethical lawyer is acting more like a Darling than he might want to admit. That new title sure went to his head rather quickly! Lisa and Karen both worried that the old Nick was gone forever, and Nick's latest tactics confirmed those fears. I was surprised that, instead of reasoning with Patrick, Nick handed him off to Tripp with the empty promise of looking into Patrick's desired meet-up with the police. Both Nick and Tripp manipulated others' emotions to get what they wanted. While Tripp brought Carmelita out of hiding to keep Patrick's mouth shut, Nick paraded his happy family life in front of Clare to get some answers out of her. In the first season, Nick appeared to be working with the Darlings out of necessity. Now it seems like he's following in his boss' footsteps.

Darling Romance - Karen and Simon's relationship isn't fooling anyone, but Jeremy and Nola came close to winning me over. Nola's attitude got on my nerves during most of the episode, mainly due to her license plate (JUSTISSS) and her dialogue ("You tell moi."). Once she let her guard down and danced with Jeremy, I decided to give her a second chance. Those two make a cute couple. Well played, Lucy Liu.

Other thoughts:

  • Brian was on a roll this week--shouting into his laptop during a video chat with Brian Jr., stealing a cab from an old woman with a neck brace, etc. His best line of the night has to be the following: "I hate to interrupt your takeover of Darling Enterprises, but I need some legal advice."
  • While Lisa has some legitimate concerns about Nick's role in the Darling goings-on, she was a bit out of line to complain that he reconnected with his Mom because of the trial, and not because of her suggestions. I would have had more sympathy for Lisa this week if that scene had been cut. Her talk with Karen was right on, though.
  • I've seen enough Simon-is-secretly-evil scenes. Put up or shut up, Simon. Let's put the villainy out in the open; it's more fun that way. The show is part soap, after all.

Next week--It's election night in NYC, Ellen's brother has questions about her death, and Tripp collapses.

Has Nick fallen under Tripp's spell?
No; he's playing him.41 (21.1%)
Yes. Power has corrupted him.42 (21.6%)
It's too soon to tell.106 (54.6%)
Other.5 (2.6%)

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Peter\\\\\\\'s Next Wife

Totally, No1Dad! I was wondering the same thing! Where are those other kids, and that first wife was kind of a be-otch too... but how did that little cutie sneak onto a private plane in an international airport? There is no way that could have happened... just sayin'...
I wouldn't care if they just got rid of Lucy Liu entirely-she is SO boring... plays the same character show after show... anyone remember Ally McBeal? Same lawyer-

October 23 2008 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

The need more 'Sexy' in Dirty Sexy Money. This season is a little boring in that regard. Even though this is one of the few shows I purposely make sure I watch each week.

October 23 2008 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
No1Dad

Nick's trip to France just seemed out of place. The actress who played his mother could not have been more boring. Hopefully she takes Nick's advice, stays in France to enjoy her life, and we never have to revisit her story again.

One question: Whatever happened to Brian's first family? Remember his first wife and kids? They have completely disappeared from his life which is particularly odd considering his love for Brian Jr. is so strong. He doesn't appear to give a hoot about his other kids.

The ending montage with The Weepies was really good. More Lucy Liu please!

October 23 2008 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristen

No mention of Dan Rather? For shame

October 23 2008 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robyn

Where's the "more on that below" about Nick's meeting with Clare?

October 23 2008 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Erin Martell

RobynS8971--By "more," I was referring to the part about Nick's manipulation of Clare to get her to open up, as well as his fight with Lisa about his reasons for going. What did you think of the scenes between Nick and his mother?

October 23 2008 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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