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Dirty Sexy Money is so full of just that, dirt, sex and money just oozing all over the place. And I admit, I couldn’t get enough of it!
The Darling family, headed by patriarch Donald Sutherland, whose name is Patrick “Tripp” Darling III, gets whatever it wants and then some, pulling no punches, and most times leaving no evidence.
It’s the typical “Dallas and J.R. Ewing” fare: one son is married, with a promising political career, only to be sleeping with someone else. In the first episode of The Complete and Final Second Season, the son named Patrick Darling IV, played by William Baldwin, has to cover up his wife’s death, even though it was an accident.
Tripp gets another son to agree to an alibi for Patrick the IV, and he even enlists the family driver to take a luxury car to another location and set it afire, of course, with the wife’s body in the trunk.
He’s advised to deliver a eulogy at her funeral that’s part sentiment and part campaign speech. All is going well at the funeral, until the special prosecutor, played by Lucy Liu, shows up to arrest Mama Darling, played by Jill Clayburgh. She’s accused of murdering the father of the Darling’s family attorney, Nick George, played by Peter Krause.
So how can the attorney continue to represent the Darling family, even though one of their own is accused of murdering his father? Well, it’s not as tidy as that, since the mother allegedly had been having an affair with the murdered man, and one or both had been paying off his wife for years, while she lived in Paris.
Another son’s wife and child is conveniently sent to Brazil, where the wife is discovered working nights, while leaving the child alone at home. She’s too stubborn to cash the checks that her husband is sending her.
Along with a “stellar cast, lush interiors, fancy cars, catfights, parties and jewels,” there are many more extra-marital affairs going on. The attorney catches his wife tongue kissing another Darling son named Jeremy, but the wife swears it just happened, even as Jeremy is caught up in a one-night stand that turns into many more nights with Lucy Liu, all the while she’s bringing a murder case against his mother.
Sound confusing? Well it is a bit, but then Blair Underwood, who plays Simon Elder, shows up, has an affair with the Darling daughter, even though she suspects he’s just with her to learn the family secrets.
There’s much dirt to go around, as well as dirty, sexy secrets about money or sex that the Darling family may try to hide. But in the end, will the family’s stash be enough to bail them out of a whole, new world of trouble? And will the lure of riches and power pull Nick toward the dark side of the Darling Empire.
For more dirt on the “deliciously scandalous second season of Dirty Sexy Money,” pick up a copy of the 3-DVD set, which includes all 13 episodes, outtakes, deleted scenes and much more. It’s available Tuesday, August 18.
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.
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