Wild Card

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 18

    Zoe's Phony Matrimony

    Aired 7/16/05

  • S 2 : Ep 17

    My Boyfriend is an Axe Murderer

    Aired 7/9/05

  • S 2 : Ep 16

    Multiple Personality Fatality

    Aired 7/2/05

  • S 2 : Ep 15

    A Whisper From Zoe's Sister

    Aired 6/25/05

  • S 2 : Ep 14

    See Ya Later, Investigator

    Aired 6/18/05

  • Cast & Crew
  • Loretta Devine

    M. (Matilda) Pearl McGuire (Season 2)

  • Rae Dawn Chong

    Sophia Mason (Season 1)

  • Chris Potter

    Dan Lennox

  • Joely Fisher

    Zoe Busiek

  • Jamie Johnston

    Clifford "Cliff" Woodall

  • show Description
  • Joely Fisher stars in this one hour comedy/drama as Zoe Busiek, a blackjack dealer whose life takes an unexpected turn when she has to take care of her sister's children, teenaged Taylor (Vikki Krinsky), pre-teen Cliff (Jamie Johnston), & pre-teen Hannah (Aislinn Paul), after their mother dies in a car accident. But when the insurance company denies them the family financial settlement, Zoe takes matters into her own hands, which leads her to a new career as a insurance fraud investigator with handsome former criminal Dan Lennox (Chris Potter) and serious but sweet Sophia Mason (Rae Dawn Chong) becoming her partners (and Sophia later becomes their boss). In season two, Rae Dawn Chong (Sophia) leaves the show (along with Bronson Picket (Marcos)) and is replaced by Loretta Devine (M. Pearl McGuire: Zoe and Dan's sassy new boss). The season one theme song is sung by Amy Sky and the season two theme song is "I Believe in Me" sung by Cherie. The show was officially cancelled in February 2005 and the final episode aired in July 2005. Air Times- Sunday nights at midnight. (season 2 repeats) Lifetime Broadcast History August 2003-February 2004-Saturday 9P.M. July 2004-October 2004-Sunday 10P.M June 2005-July 2005-Saturday 11P.M. Help bring Wild Card to DVD by voting at http://tvshowsondvd.com/showinfo.cfm?showID=7118 You must register at the website before voting. If you want Lifetime to show season one reruns, go to http://www.lifetimetv.com, click on Write to Us on the very bottom of the page and tell Lifetime how you feel. Please discuss Wild Card and the latest episodes and play a fun Wild Card Survivor game in our Forum. Upcoming Repeat Episodes (Sunday nights @ midnight) http://www.lifetimetv.com/cgi/scripts/tv_byshow.pl?show=wildcardmoreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (51)

    • Zoe: What matters most is how these children remember their mother; I don't want them to think it was her fault if it wasn't. They're gonna have enough to overcome just living with me. Jeannie: Don't ever let them hear you talk like that. Zoe: Believe me, they know it already. Jeannie: They know their mother admired you. Zoe: Since when? Jeannie: Since forever. Do you remember this? (Shows Zoe a figurine that Zoe and her sister broke then fixed as children) Zoe: Why did she keep that? Jeannie: She said it reminded her of you. No matter what happens, you pick up the pieces and go on with your life.

    • Marcos: Cliff, I said 7:00; you have to sit out the first half. Cliff: (Sighs)Yes, Coach. Zoe: Uh, it wasn't his fault, sir, Coach. Uh, Cliff was late because of me. Marcos: If I make an exception for Clifford it won't be fair to the rest of the team. Zoe: Then how about making an exception for me? 'Cause somebody has got to cut me some slack; just once in my life it has got to be my turn, somewhere, somehow. I can't find a job, or a car. Cliff and his sisters didn't just lose their mother, but now they are stuck with me screwing up their lives. Of course you can make an exception, because life isn't fair anyway, so why not be consistent with life and be kind at the same time and let him play? Please? Marcos: Zoe Busiek? It's me, Marcos Morales. Zoe: (Laughing) Marcos. Marcos: I'm sorry about your sister. Zoe: Me too. Marcos: Hey, uh, Cliff? Why didn't you tell me about the doctor's appointment? You know we make exceptions for medical emergencies.

    • Zoë gives Hannah some dice that only throw 7s or 11s no matter how many times you throw them. Hannah asks why you would need them: Zoe: It’s for Craps! Hannah: Crap is a bad word! Zoe: Yes it is, but Crapsss isn’t!

    • Taylor: I'm going to orchestra. Zoe: Do you need a ride? Taylor: A friend's driving me. Zoe: What time are you coming home? Taylor has left. Zoe: Hannah! Do you know what time Taylor gets home from orchestra? Hannah: No, but I know another secret. Zoe: What's that? Hannah: Taylor isn't in orchestra.

    • Zoe:I know my sister didn't have life insurance, but she had car insurance so there must be something (interrupted by the insurance lady) Lady:Her policy had fifteen thousand for bodily injury but (interrupted by Zoe) Zoe:...Bodily injury, including death, there must be something coming to these kids... Lady:Your sister was at fault, so we had to deny the claim. Zoe:She was at fault?How can you prove that? My sister was the most responsible person you have ever met, she never had a ticket her whole life,i t wasn't in her to be a reckless driver. (At home eating dinner) Taylor:My mother never grounded me,so it shows how much you know. (Cliff talking to Taylor upstairs) Cliff:Idiot you wanna go to a foster home. (Taylor slams door) Hannah: May I please be excused? Zoe:You know what I'm really looking forward to? Hero's day, I cannot wait to see your classroom. Hannah:It's for parents you're not my parent.

      (Zoe at the school dance talking to Ted)

      Zoe:Somebody told you your date went home? Ted:Somebody said. Zoe:Ted, listen carefully. You don't want the grief I will cause you if you don't give me a straight answer right now! Where is Taylor? Ted:She's at a frat party.

      (In the car after Zoe gets Taylor from frat party)

      Taylor:You're the authority on stupid.

      (Zoe and Taylor at home after coming back from hospital)

      Zoe:Okay from now on you will never drink anything you haven't poured yourself, you will never walk away from a beverage and then come back to it and drink it, and you'll never drink out of a can or a bottle unless you've opened it or seen it opened right in front of you. Taylor:Never

    • Zoe: Shame on you for fooling me once, shame on me if you're gonna fool me twice.

    • Zoe: (Reading "Obtaining Investigative Statements" manual) In dealing with a potentially hostile witness, don't misrepresent yourself. This tactic is potentially embarrassing at trial. Duh.

    • Zoe: Speaking of grades...(Taylor hands Zoe her Spanish test) Oh! Taylor, you got a B! That is awesome! Felicidades! Taylor: Thank you. I need you to sign it. (Hands Zoe a pen) Zoe: Oh, I never had to sign your test before. Taylor: It's a new rule. Zoe: That's a lot of red ink for a B. Taylor: Mr. Pine grades on a curve. Zoe: (Suspecting that Taylor changed her test grade) Uh huh. Taylor, if you did what I think you did, you better tell me right now. Because if I'm right about what you did and you don't tell me, I'm gonna be way madder. Hannah: What'd you do? Taylor: Nothing. Zoe: I'm going to count to three. Uno, dos... Taylor: Ok! Ok, I changed it from a D to a B 'cause I thought you'd be mad at me and see? You are.

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    Notes (23)

    • Devin Douglas Drewitz plays Cliff in this episode only; Jamie Johnston takes over in episode 2.

    • First episode for Jamie Johnston (Cliff)

    • First appearance of Corey Sevier (Julian)

    • First appearance of Yani Gellman (Ryder)

    • Aislinn Paul (Hannah) does not appear in this episode

    • Jamie Johnston (Cliff) does not appear in this episode

    • Aislinn Paul (Hannah) and Jamie Johnston (Cliff) do not appear in this episode. Bronson Picket (Marcos) appears only briefly at the end of it.

    • Aislinn Paul (Hannah) & Jamie Johnston (Cliff) do not appear in this episode. Bronson Picket (Marcos) appears only briefly in the middle of this episode.

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    Trivia (7)

    • In Canada, the show is aired as Zoe Busiek: Wild Card

    • In this episode, Sophia becomes Zoe & Dan's boss.

    • We learn Marcos broke up with his new girlfriend.

    • While Zoe and Taylor are driving, look at the houses they are going by. One of the homes have a Canadian flag out front. This show is supposed to take place in Chigaco, but parts are filmed in Toronto, Ontario.

    • M confides to Zoey that the "M" stands for Matilda.

    • Goof: In her flashback, when Zoe comes down and finds her father has died, you can clearly see his chest rise and fall as he takes a deep breath just before Zoe puts her arms around him.

    • The character name Sally Bowles is taken from the film Cabaret (1972) where Liza Minnelli plays the English nightclub singer of the same name, who sings in the Kit Kat Klub in Berlin. Both Sally Bowles come to a tragic end.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Mr. Von Riet: You did a Mitzva; a good thing.
      Mr. Von Riet showed his gratitude to Zoe and Dan for finding his family's stolen painting by calling it a Mitzva. In Judaism, Mitzva means a good deed. It is important to Jewish people to do as many Mitzvas as possible in a lifetime.

    • Zoe: You must watch a lot of survelliance tapes. Dan: We prefer it to CSI: Miami CSI:Miami is a popular television show that focuses on the forensics of police work.

    • Title: Roses are Red, Violets are Busiek This is an allusion to the poems which begin: "Roses are red, violets are blue."

    • Zoe(about Dan's comment of the movie "The Fugitive") "Harrison Ford's character was innocent!"
      Harrison Ford's character, Dr. Richard Kimble, is falsly accused of mudering his wife. He does some research and finds his wife's killer.

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • A very funny show.

    By skokeloor, Jun 03, 2007

  • Although I found this series in the UK after it had been canned in the US, for me, it is one of the best series, of its type, I have seen in a long time!

    By pinklavender, Jan 07, 2007

  • A unique detective show that has a blackjack dealer from Las Vegas become an insurance fraud investigator in her hometown, Chicago.

    By CelestialTime93, Sep 02, 2006

  • A nice detective show.

    By sfviewer, Aug 13, 2006

  • This show is (oops - was) awesome. The story line was original. And the plots were interesting.

    By da_DnA_dude, Mar 29, 2006