Dirty Sexy Money

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When attorney Nick George's father dies, Nick takes over his law practice and must take care of the Darlings and their problems, including human trafficking, illegitimate children, and illicit affairs.

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  • good episode

    A friend of mine told me to watch this show so I finally decided to give it a shot. This is the Pilot episode and it introduced the stories and characters. I loved how everything was introduced. The (excuse me because I don't remember any names) main character's past in introduced and then it flashes to the present. I like how we first meet the rich family and get to see their various personalities. This episode was great in introducing everyone and also the plot. At the end of the episode we learn that the main character is going to look for his father's killer. Overall, great character development episode. It was also fresh, different, and funny.moreless
  • Wow, I've watched the episode for the second time now and I have to say: I LOVE IT. How opinions can change...

    In my first review I couldn't stop complaining about how this show lacked substance... Now I can only think: was I really saying that? Beside the fabulous acting of fan favorite Peter Krause and the marvelous Donald Sutherland, this show has it all - quirky humor, irony, satire and most of all: edge. Looks like the first time around I wasn't that particularly impressed by Krause's acting but maybe all I needed was a good dose of Six Feet Under (I finished the series only a few days ago) before I could fully appreciate it. Anyway, he's amazing in this pilot. Seeing him on-screen never ceases to bring a smile to my face. (Love it how his wife's name is Lisa here too, I almost thought I was watching SFU during the scene in which "Nick", stripped to his underwear, tries to persuade his hesitant wife that this new job will be good for them.)

    A very energetic pilot. Can't wait to watch how things unfold!moreless
  • We meet the Darling Family

    Just watched this episode and thought it was O.K, nothing special.

    In the Pilot episode we get meet the characters and see what the show is about.

    This episode starts off with Nick a attorney who's father who also was an attorney worked for the Darling Family, but suddendly dies in a plane crash. The head of the Darling led by Patrick Darling gives him a propersition in leading the Family's Affiar's in offering 10 Million in which he eventually takes, though he insisted he would not work for them (who the hell is gonna turned that amount of cash down).

    Every member of the family soon come to him for his help, Reverend Brian has an illegitimate son, who was dropped off by his mother without warning soon ran off, leaving Brian with a son he never knew he had. However, the school will only accept the child if he formally accepts the child as his own.

    Patrick Darling is Involved in a relantionship with a trannie, we also find that Letitia was said to have an 40 year affair with Nick's father, all in all every member in the family have a secret in which it has to be kept apart from the Public.

    Nick also finds out that his father might have been Killed and his determined to find out the truth, I might just stick around and see where this is going.moreless
  • Surprisingly v good

    This episode start in cleverly by incorporating the backstory of the protaganist in flashbacks. It then launches into the first chaotic scene in buccaneering fashion where immediately I was struck by the mannerisms of each of the main cast, I suspect I will grow to love and hate over the course of the season. Already there are some very interesting and diverse characters. They will provide some very good foils for conflict in future. Howver in this episode their sparks of confrontation were kept to a minimum to allow for the other parts of teh story that needed telling.

    We also see the adhesive factor that will have our protaganist stay until he has discovered the cause of his dads plane crash.

    This looks like its going to be as great as Studio 60. Hope it doesnt share its fate.moreless
  • Surprisingly good!

    Donald Sutherland. ...

    The only reason I checked out this show. But it appears that there's much more to it!

    Modern day soap opera? Perhaps. At least I got that vibe from the pilot.

    Let me start off by saying that Peter Krause and Donald Sutherland completetly steal the show. They are amazing.

    Also, the music choices. Perfect.

    Now, as for the episode itself. Interesting concept, and definitely convinced me to watch the rest of the season.

    The first 20 minutes were 10/10 easily! Incredible pacing, witty dialouge, amazing music choices(come on, the introduction of the Darling family... priceless!) Easily the most memorable moment of the pilot.

    But then, it slowed down to regular pilot pacing. That means lot of exposition and barely any development. Still, it was enjoyable, and I'm already liking most of the characters which is good. All in all, perfect first half, 7/10 second half makes this a 8.5 pilot - impressive.moreless
Joseph Adams

Joseph Adams


Guest Star

Laz Alonso

Laz Alonso

Colin Davidson

Guest Star

Ashley Botnick

Ashley Botnick

Lacey Darling

Guest Star

Candis Cayne

Candis Cayne


Recurring Role

Daniel Cosgrove

Daniel Cosgrove

Freddy Mason

Recurring Role

Tamara Feldman

Tamara Feldman

Natalie Kimpton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • CBS Evening News former anchor Dan Rather appears in the pilot as a reporter.

    • Nick's Ringtones:
      Karen - "Pretty Woman"
      Juliet - "Rich Girl"
      Jeremy - "Born To Be Wild"
      Brian - "Hallelujah Chorus"

    • Peter Krause's character, Nick George, has to take his father's clients after his death. The same happened in Six Feet Under, where Peter's character Nate Fisher had to run his father's funeral business after he died.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Karen Darling: (to Freddy) Nick used to read me poetry out loud. It was so sweet. Do you remember, Nick? Remember?
      Nick George: Karen...
      Karen Darling: I always thought we'd be married, didn't you?
      Nick George: Karen, I think Freddy...
      Karen Darling: I did. Instead I married three, well, it's gonna be four other people. It's weird. Weird, isn't it? Life's so weird...

    • Jeremy Darling (about Tripp): He thinks I'm a loser, and he's right. I mean, look at me. I can't even win a yacht without getting arrested. I have the worst life in the world.
      Nick George: Jeremy.
      Jeremy Darling: What? I do, Nick...
      Nick George: Jeremy, shut up.
      Jeremy Darling: What?
      Nick George: You have all the money you're ever gonna need. You're never gonna have to work a day in your life. 30,000 people die of starvation every day. Did you know that? Every day.
      Jeremy Darling: Yeah, but out of 7 billion people...
      Nick Geroge: Look, the point is that life for most people is a living hell. So your life is not the worst life in the world by any stretch of the imagination, any.

    • Juliet Darling: If am so terrible, Duncan Mcdoorknob, then why did you cast me?
      Producer: Because your dad's financing the whole production.
      Juliet Darling: Daddy paid for this?
      Producer: Of course. You don't think you can act, do you? Haven't you seen the looks on everyone's mugs when you squeak and squawk your way through your lines, you dodgy wee twig? Or are you blind as well? You're a nightmare!
      Juliet Darling: But daddy said he wasn't gonna do that anymore. I thought I earned this part!
      Nick George: Juliet, there are lots of ways...
      Juliet Darling: Oh, I wish I was dead!
      Nick Geroge: ...to earn the part. What, uh, exactly went wrong here?
      Producer: She stepped on the stage, that's what went wrong. She couldn't act her way out of a paper bag, mate, let alone a play.

    • Brian Darling: But there are better lawyers than Nick George, who would do a lot more for us for a lot less money, and who wouldn't bring this massive attitude of entitlement to the table.
      Karen Darling: Nick has never felt entitled to anything.
      Brian Darling: Karen, you're drunk and in love with him, so shut the hell up.

    • Letitia Darling: Brian, if your father feels that...
      Brian Darling: We all know how dad feels. He loves Nick George, but he's wrong.
      Patrick Darling: Since when is loving someone ever wrong?
      Jeremy Darling: Nick's wet. He's the brother I always wanted.
      Patrick Darling: Hey... Ignatz!
      Jeremy Darling: Other brother... Other brother...

    • Letitia Darling (describing one of her children's birthday parties): There were hot air balloon rides, ponies, you know... Typical birthday party.

    • Journalist: (to Jeremy) Are you getting back together with Kylie Minogue?!

    • Nick: You asked Bill Clinton if he wanted to represent the family?
      Tripp: Took my shot.

    • Nick George: Tripp, certainly there are better equipped lawyers than me to deal with the family affairs.
      Tripp Darling: Yeah, I know, and I contemplated bringing some hotshot in to take the reins. No one seems right. Considered Johnnie Cochran...
      Nick George: He's dead, Tripp.
      Tripp Darling: (laughs) Yeah, I know, I found out. He was a bit of a grandstander anyway, loudmouth.

    • Juliet Darling: I want to be a human being!
      Letitia Darling: And someday you'll be one.

    • Juliet Darling: Oh! When did you get back from Tahiti?
      Jeremy Darling: Uh... Thirty minutes and six double espressos ago.

    • Nick George: (Voiceover) Money makes everything go wrong.

    • Jeremy Darling: (He presents a dollar bill origami sailboat to Nick) Give that to Kiki. Tell her I'm sorry I made you late.
      Nick George: Where'd you learn how to do that?
      Jeremy Darling: My coke dealer.

    • Nick George: All right listen, this has been a massive misunderstanding, and I can assure you my client is going to be found innocent of all charges brought against him, so there's no story here. Please excuse us.
      Female Reporter: Is it true you won the Yacht in a poker game, Jeremy?
      Male Reporter: Jeremy, how long have you been smuggling people into the country?
      Jeremy Darling: I don't know...
      Nick George: Don't answer that.
      Female Reporter: Is it true you were planning to harvest their organs?
      Nick George: You know, that is just dumb. Why say things like that?!

    • Nick: Look, he doesn't even know these guys.
      Jeremy: It's true I've never met those guys before in my life! Right, guys?
      The crew of Illegal Immigrants: Okay Captain Jeremy, Captain Jeremy okay!
      Nick: Did you teach 'em how to do that?
      Jeremy: Just havin' a little fun.

    • Male Reporter: Well the rumor is you can't act at all?!
      Juliet Darling: (Scoffs at Reporter) Well you're poor!

  • NOTES (9)

    • In the funeral sequence, Ellen Darling (the wife of William Baldwin's character) is portrayed by Kiersten Warren. Later on in the party scene (and subsequent episodes), the part is played by Bellamy Young.

    • Brooke Smith appears briefly as Brian Darling's ex-lover Andrea to pass his son over to him. Smith and Glenn Fitzgerald (who plays Brian) previously starred together in the 2001 film Series 7: The Contenders as ex-lovers.

    • This is the first and the last time Elle Fanning will play the role of Kiki George. Starting episode two, Chloe Moretz will play the character.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Italy: January 15, 2008 on FOX
      Australian: February 11, 2008 on Seven
      United Kingdom: March 21, 2008 on Channel 4
      The Netherlands: March 25, 2008 on NET 5
      Denmark: March 29, 2008 on SBS Net
      Sweden: April 10, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Slovakia: July 5, 2009 on JOJ

    • Music From This Episode:
      Wake Up by Rage Against the Machine
      Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John
      Rich Girl by Hall and Oates

    • This episode reunites Elle Fanning with Peter Krause, last seen together in The Lost Room.

    • The pilot was filmed in New York from 3/14/07 through 3/30/07.

    • The original title for this project was The Darlings.

    • Dirty Sexy Money received the pilot order from ABC on January 15, 2007.


    • Tripp: I considered Johnnie Cochran.

      Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. was born on October 2, 1937 and died on March 29, 2005. He was an African-American lawyer, perhaps best known for his leadership in the legal defense of O. J. Simpson, charged with murder of his former wife Nicole Simpson.

    • Six Feet Under
      An indirect reference is made to Six Feet Under when Nick George walks into the church. The minister tells him that he is sorry for his father's passing, which draws a small pause and head tilt from Peter Krause, who played a Funeral Director on Six Feet Under