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Dirty Sexy Money: The Verdict

by Erin Martell, posted Nov 6th 2008 12:40AM
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(S02E05)
That was more like it! Just as I was about to write off this week's episode as another bland installment of Dirty Sexy Money, down came an embarrassment of primetime soap riches. Letitia's trial was resolved with the kind of speed only possible in TV-land, and we got a cliffhanger and three major shocks to boot! Read on for the details.

The Cliffhanger - Am I the only one who wouldn't be devastated if Nick and Lisa made their separation permanent? Lisa dug her own grave this time, partnering with Jeremy and getting caught lying to Nick about it (way to spill the beans, Madden). If she can't keep secrets, perhaps Lisa wouldn't have lasted in the Darlings' world anyway. I'd love it if the show explored the Karen-Nick relationship further; they have amazing chemistry and a far more interesting history. Still, I'm not sure it's in Karen's best interest to hook up with the man who suggested that Tripp cut her out of the Darling empire. Nick has become a dark, cold-hearted person this season, and I doubt that an affair with Karen would change anything. We'll have to wait at least a couple of weeks to see if he "steps up."

The Bad News - The scene between Andrea and Brian (when she discussed having cancer) was touching, and I'm close to becoming a fan of this couple. I hoped for Andrea's quick exit last week, but her illness brought out Brian's tender side. Brian's snarky personality is more enjoyable when he's given a chance to be a human being as well. Plus, those father-son scenes are the cutest part of the show.

Two Surprising Partnerships - I'll admit that I was caught off guard by Letitia and Jeremy's secret plot to take down Nola and make the murder trial go away. It's about time they gave Letitia more to do this season, and I loved that the revelation followed Nick's toast to Letitia's innocence. At least Letitia had more compassion for her child when he admitted he's fallen for their target; Tripp was less sympathetic to Karen's love for Simon. It appears that Nola won't be suffering from heartbreak anytime soon, though. Her partnership with Simon Elder was less shocking, but has far more potential than the simple romantic entanglement storyline. I'm eager to learn Nola's motivation for hurting the Darling family. Does she have a past with them, or is she acting out of loyalty to Simon? Will she start an affair with a second Darling brother to get what she wants? Simon told Nola that she had a chance to be part of something remarkable. I can't even venture a guess as to what that means.

Other thoughts:

  • In his gallery scene with Lisa, Jeremy was wearing a scarf that closely resembled the J. Press silk number worn by Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass. Those two would make a great team.
  • Tripp can really kill the mood of a party. It was a pleasure to watch him crash the engagement party and intimidate Simon, Karen, and the Darling brothers in one short moment.
  • Patrick's fitting nickname for Karen is "tipsy." Love it.
  • With the trial out of the picture, how will we learn the truth about Dutch's murder? I expected this storyline to last way longer than it did.

In two weeks--Simon repays Nick for his interference with Karen, Letitia celebrates her freedom by hitting someone with her car, and...CATFIGHT!

Which moment shocked you the most?
Andrea has cancer.18 (5.2%)
Letitia and Jeremy's manipulation of Nola.164 (47.4%)
Nick separated from Lisa.55 (15.9%)
Simon and Nola are working together against the Darlings.103 (29.8%)
Other6 (1.7%)


Dirty Sexy Money' Photos

    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling stars in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Lucy Liu as Nola Lyons and Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling star in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling and Lucy Liu as Nola Lyons star in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Donald Sutherland as Patrick (Tripp) Darling and Jill Clayburgh as Letitia Darling star in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Peter Krause as Nick George, Zoe McLellan as Lisa George and Donald Sutherland as Patrick (Tripp) Darling star in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Lucy Liu as Nola Lyons and Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling star in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling stars in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Lucy Liu as Nola Lyons and Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling star in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Lucy Liu as Nola Lyons and Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling star in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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    DIRTY SEXY MONEY Lucy Liu as Nola Lyons and Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling star in the episode "The Birthday Present" - The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. Airs Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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PORSCHE

Why no recap this week? What Simon is doing to Nola was big.. i didn't relize how evil he is.

Who is the new girl.. I 1st thought a reporter with all the questions..but the flirting with tripp and nick...is she a gold digger or a plant by simon to split trip and nick up.

Now that Letichia is not on trial is Nick still in place to take over or will Trip make a new pick?

November 23 2008 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tv junkie

the most delicious moment was the reveal of Letitia and Jeremy's plot, they should have reveal it after they reveal Simon and Nola because it was more juicy. love it.

they really should bring back Juliet for a couple episodes if they're going to refer to her in just about every episodes this season.
i love the father-son moment with Brian, but doesn't he have two other kids with his ex-wife? never saw him cared about them as much as he does with jr.

November 06 2008 at 3:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RevJonathan

Why isn't it funny anymore?

November 06 2008 at 3:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mb

I might be wrong, but I believe either some of the producers or the creator of this show were fired by the network due to creative differences or the direction of the show (I'm probably wrong).

But the entire tone of the show has changed this season as a result. One of the most noticeable things that went missing was the goofy portions of the show. If I remember last season, these goofy moments would pop up whenever the twins were onscreen and the background music would turn goofy and there'd be a Paris Hilton sort of scene going on and...

Thankfully, that's gone now. At least in my opinion.

What we have now is a show with some of the best acting on television (moments with Donald Sutherland, Peter Krause, Jill Clayburgh, Blair Underwood). Last season, there could have been a fantastic scene between Nick and Tripp that was amazing, only to have the momentum come crashing down with an appearance by Juliet (who I feel brought nothing good to the show). Thank God that's all changed.

Even Jeremy's character has been given more depth within the stories. Last night's moment with Leticia on the balcony was a clear indication of that.

I realize that a lot of people miss the light-hearted goofiness from last season but I think the show has changed for the better.

And Nick's wife, Lisa, is still the most beautiful woman on television.

November 06 2008 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aaron

Oh man I love this show Im really looking forward to the fight next week.

November 06 2008 at 1:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
plinstrot

Did anyone else notice that at 11 minutes and 9 seconds into the episode (not counting commercials) when the Lucy Lu is talking to Shepard Book, she says "sounds good to me" but her lips don't move. It was really weird.

November 06 2008 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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xnifex

She says "You think there's a connection" & you're right, her lips don't move at all. I just replayed it a few times to confirm. Good catch!

November 06 2008 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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