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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dirty Sexy Money: The Injured Party

Who isn't an injured party in the world of the Darlings? That's a much shorter list. Betrayals, lies, fighting, broken promises all play prominently here. Oh and Leticia is drunk behind the wheel of the car. How will this episode of Dirty Sexy Money turn out?

I was thinking how nice it is to see Tish out of the house driving and singing, until she runs over that young girl, Wren. It's never a good thing when a blond waif ends up under the front wheel of a Darling's car. Or is allowed to convalesce in their home. She wends herself into their lives, particularly Nick and Tripp's. The girl thinks Tripp is a saint, telling him there are a "million second chances," but she likes that he holds onto the first one. She may be more dangerous than Simon. And for all we know, she might be working for him.

When Nola speaks loudly at Tripp like he's deaf, it was simply hilarious. Tripp knows that Nola wants something from Patrick and yet Paddy is too stupid to see that. She wants to get Paddy into Agriculture — it isn't evident right away what for, but it becomes apparent that it's all about Simon having a political ally for his bio fuel. He is just using the Darlings to position himself to take over the world, or at least their world.

Not only is Simon a real jackdonkey, running/ruining Karen and Nola's lives, but now he slithers into Lisa's gallery and tries to give her some grist for the marriage mill. He offers her a look at that conversation between Nick and Karen, but Lisa whips out a scruple and refuses to watch. But curiosity being what it is, she calls him back to see it and is crushed. She shows up at the Darling party and goes medieval.

This leads to a knockdown drag-out fight between Karen and Lisa, which was perhaps one of the best scenes ever on DSM. There were so many juicy lines that it gets its own juicy line section, (mostly spoken by Karen):
"I smell trouble, or is that your perfume?"
"Sweetie, if I do that, he's just going to look at my ass."
"You and I have never been of the same class, but I'm not afraid to fight above my weight."

Jeremy: "Even an art chick has got limits."

Brian: "Now it's a family dinner."

Brian refers to the cancer doctor as "Quackenbush" and "Grim Reaper." But he's really irritated that he can't get Andrea into the treatment program. With only "a 10 percent chance of surviving one year," she prefers to live rather than take treatment that will make her sicker. The fight just gets them hot and bothered. She eventually agrees to the trial because after seeing the Darling and the George's in all their crazy glory realizes that her only hope of keeping Brian Jr. safe from them is sticking around, "I actually have to live."

Jeremy looks incredibly sexy in that hat; I don't know how Nola can turn him down. It must be taking all her will power to remain mad at him. He's too charming to shun for too long.

The Darling's host a family dinner and Tripp gives a toast about celebrating "perseverance and hard-earned second chances," with a nod to Wren, (even though she's probably younger than all of his children). Later when Tripp sees Nick with Wren, he fairly seethes with jealousy. Sadly, Leticia overhears Tripp's confession to Nick that perhaps she is not the only woman for him. Not sure he would have even made that leap if Wren hadn't suggested it to him. Again, I repeat, Wren is far more dangerous than Simon and I need to keep an eye on her. Little devil.

Tish gleefully lets Nola know that Jeremy wasn't her mistake and it cuts her to the quick. Nola was under the impression that he was just part of her getting into the family. But I think they both like each other — she's just too stubborn to admit it. Once Lisa tells Nick it's over she lets Jeremy take her back to his gallery and tangles her fingers around his cooing, "It's not about forever, it's just about tonight." Then they do it on the couch in the gallery. Nasty.

I have been wondering why Nola is working for Simon, and I finally find out that it's because he's got her little brother. "Who's my little soldier?" he asks her. Why he has her brother and what she owes him are still a mystery. After the big fight between Nick's rock and hard place, he goes to tell Simon, "No one has to pay me to destroy you. I'm more than happy to do it for free." Simon thinks he's being slick and powerful when he retorts, "If this is about Karen, don't worry, you can have her back when I'm done." Nick takes a slug. I don't think Simon had bargained for Nick coming after him. If Nick really has any ability to stop or slow Simon's evil ways down, this will play out interestingly.

Other non-fight related great lines:
"All these nozzles; they're very useful."
"My family's putting up half the jing for that wing."

This was a satisfying episode. And it only gets better.

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