EDIT 11.20.08/ Dirty Sexy Money Officially Canceled
"Readers have heard plenty about the grim prospects for Pushing Daisies, but fans of Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone should start worrying in earnest. They’ve both dropped into the extreme danger zone of our Renew / Cancel Index."
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC
"The Silence" - As Election Day nears, senatorial candidate Patrick insists to a disapproving Tripp that he wants to take his relationship public with his transgendered mistress, Carmelita. Meanwhile Ellen's brother, Chase, shows up and demands from Patrick the truth about his sister's death. In other developments, Nick and Lisa are in couples therapy; Jeremy asks Nola to ease Letitia's house arrest so she can go to Patrick's election night party; Brian Jr. goes missing, and, at Karen's request, Nick talks to Simon about his real motive for wanting to marry her.
This episode,"The Silence" was a train wreck.
not one single moment* I could pick from it that I liked.
I can tell you a number of things I didn't like, however.
First, lets talk about what they are doing to the character of Nick George (Peter Krause).
Who the hell is this guy? I know the showrunners said that this season Nick George would be more tempted by the nefarious influences of the Darlings--but he's turned into a complete ass monkey.
That scene at lunch where he was to have "special time," with Lisa (Zoe McLellan) as recommended by their couples counselor? I ask again, Who Was That?! Was that Hypocritical Nick George? Controlling Bastard Husband Nick George? Trying to act Like His Brother Brian, Nick George?
Lisa had asked Nick for his permission for her to have Jeremy Darling's (Seth Gabel) name on the lease for a chi-chi art gallery which she couldn't get without out a "name" partner. The scene was almost surreal in that she explained quite clearly what was her heart's desire and Nick did not even listen. He put on his stony face and refused to budge--and it was so far removed from the Nick we used to know they may have been writing for a different character. In fact, they seem to have written both Darling nemesis Simon Elder (Blair Underwood) and Nick as the same character in separate bodies. UGH.
Letita Darling (Jill Clayburgh) now walks around cocktail glass in hand, in a constant state of inebriation. Are we supposed to be getting that she is frail because that's all we know about her essentially. She's fragile and she cheated on her husband for nearly forty years with Nick George's dad.
BTW, the driving premise of the show in S1 was Nick trying to find out who killed his father. That seems to only be a peripheral concern at best, now.
Patriarch Tripp Darling (Donald Sutherland) is simply becoming a one-note character. He's spewing forth the same set routine no matter to whom he's addressing it. *The one thing he said that resonated with me was when Sutherland, a Canadian by birth, pronounced "about" as "aboot."
Carmelita. I was really looking forward to Candis Cayne returning because she gives the show a shot of vitality but they barely used her and by episode's end she was leaving again because she found out the truth about "Paddy's" (William Baldwin as Patrick Darling) dead wife's "burial." <shakes head>
To wrap up I am so, so sick of Brian Darling's (Glenn Fitzgerald) woes with his ex-girlfriend (Sheryl Lee), the mother of his son. It's as if everything out of their mouth's is on a loop. It's the same ol', same ol' every week.
Too bad about this show. They had a great start this season but Dirty Sexy Money has, at almost blinding speed, gone to complete crap.
Cast: Peter Krause as Nick George, Donald Sutherland as Tripp Darling, William Baldwin as Patrick Darling, Natalie Zea as Karen Darling, Blair Underwood as Simon Elder, Glenn Fitzgerald as Brian Darling, Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling, Zoe McLellan as Lisa George, with Jill Clayburgh as Letitia Darling.
Guest cast: Sheryl Lee as Andrea Smithson, Laura Margolis as Daisy, Candis Cayne as Carmelita, Elaine Kagan as Dr. Amy Wallace, Jim Moret as anchor, Michael FitzGibbon as Tripp's assistant, Scott Hlroyed as Chase Alexander, Ron Butler as Severin