Dirty Sexy Money

Season 1 Episode 6

The Game

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 31, 2007 on ABC
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A high-stakes poker game pits Simon Elder against Tripp. Simon tells Nick he will help him find the man who killed his father if Tripp puts up something he wants very badly. Karen needs a favor from her irresistible ex-husband, and Jeremy gets a real job working as a parking valet.moreless

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  • above average

    Jeremy Darling decides he wants a job and Nick has to find the most suitable place for him to work. It was hilarious when he was going through all the prospective jobs and none of them worked. Meanwhile, Tripp and Simon Elder are going to a poker game and Simon wants to win Darling Plaza. I was surprised that Tripp just gave it to Nick. It shows that he really does want to find out who killed Dutch, or it's just a clever cover. . . . Overall, another solid episode filled with humor and more mysteries and secrets being revealed.moreless
  • The Game continues....

    The intrigue between Tripp Darling and his nemesis Simon Elder infensifies dragging Nick along. This time the point of combat is a high roller poker game where expensive things are played for.

    The situation between the three continues to develop well, though the Nicks investigation into his fathers death has gone cold.

    Karen's wedding plans hit a snag as she discovers she isnt divorced from her last hubby. Queue more sexual shennanagans. She has to be the most annoying character on the show and possibly on tv.

    Paddy Jr. issues between serving the public and getting into the top tier of politics hangs on his exmarital relationship. Photographed once more with his lover - but only at the behest of his father who is trying to prove a point, the pressure on him continues to grow.

    At least Jeremy character looks to be turning a corner - if only I believed he wouldnt relapse into his overwhelming personality.

    You can help escape the feeling that this show provides of juggling several balls at once, or sceral swinging pendulums representing each member of the family.

    While the overall story continues to build up very well and the picture of this little world grows, the individual episodic plotlines just do not do anything for me. They tend to remain pointless in their own context and dull - almost to the point of the showing becoming some fantasy soap-opera (ala dynasty) instead of a serial drama.

    Im still not convinced that the show has a long future ahead of it, for if it werent Fr. Brian and Tripp characters Id probably be switching off. Still the overall plot arc across the series is still intriguing enough to keep me watching.moreless
  • Much better episode that the previous one

    Theres a big Poker game at large, Nick meets Simon who's throwing it, Simon demands that Nick make sure Tripp brings one specific piece of land to the table During the game, it appears that Nick is able to convince Tripp to bet the property that Simon wants. Simon wins the hand.

    Karen learns that she's still married an has to tend to her previous husband to sign the papers, they end up sleeping together. Jeremy begins his new job as an parking attendant.

    Mean while Patrick is caught with his lover by a blackmailer who takes photos of them, Tripp later sees his lover and tells her to leave the city; Patrick later hears of this and is not best pleasedmoreless
  • A high stakes poker game, Marriage drama, Patrick Jnr. stands up to Tripp, Brian begins to bond with his son, Jeremy has his first day at work and a small secret is revealed at the end of the episode.moreless

    So I do not like the whole sex scandal, reletionship with a transvestite, 'leaving' thing of Patrick Jr. I think its because I don't like the girl. She is kind of whiny and I don't like how she wants Patrick to give everything up. I wanted her to take the money Tripp offered her!

    I love Brian and his son. I love their little interactions I think they are hilarious. Especially the first scenes. Jeremy's first day at work. That was also great I loved the scenes where him and Nick were trying to work out where in the company he could work.

    I also love Karen and all her marriages. I loved it when she went to get her marriage license and the guy knew who she was because she has been there so often. I really do not like her fiance though. I want her to get with Nick already. I really do not like Simon Elder. I was so glad that Tripp and Nick were working together almost against him in this episode. I can't wait to see what Patrick Jnr. was doing there. I still want Simon to go away though. I dont like him and I dont trust him. This was a good episode. My only criticism is Juliette didn't have enough scenes. She needs a major and good storyline already.moreless
  • The better script continues with this episode. Things has settled in terms of getting the audience to have a feel of who and what the characters are. The game of intrigue begins.moreless

    The better script continues with this episode. Things has settled in terms of getting the audience to have a feel of who and what the characters are. The game of intrigue begins. Nick's quest to resolve his father's demise may just turn him into a pawn in the game played by Tripp Darling and Simon Elder. His blind obsession may get the best of him, but perhaps he will learn from his lesson; after all, his promised, un-doctored NTSB report had led him to a dead end for the moment.

    Karen's ex, Sabastian, was dreamy. And if he was an anthropologist as he was mentioned to be, he would have made a dreamy, intelligent spouse. Somehow, the decor of his digs and too polished an appearance gave one the impression that he was perhaps indeed an anthropologist but the kind that posed more for TV shows than the one actually performing a ritual circumcision (or so, he said . . . ).

    Jeremy's venture into the family business was realistic. Despite his wanting to clean up his life, he still could not shake off his spoiled brat attitude, and that was realistic. What he did as a valet in the parking garage, swapping cars to avoid problems, was a typical jerky and bratty solution to people of his type. Somehow, one caught a glimmer of him that did not want to use the family name "to seal the deal," and that came at the end of his scene in this episode, when he refused to use his surname when he got flatly rejected by the woman who used the valet service. Brian, too, has settled down. It was a deft script that called his little boy to want the same brand-name watch his father wore, the Patek Philippe. And in a gesture that redeemed himself, Brian was seen to start a father-and-son bonding that was denied him when he himself was growing up, and he seemed to be doing so not grudgingly, as evidenced by his showing his son how to distribute the syrup equally in a stack of pancakes. Thank goodness for the absence of Nick's wife, whose character and portrayal have yet to convinced me. In her lieu, unfortunately, was his secretary who used to be fine the way she was, but in a scene where she was trying to cheer Nick up, she seemed to ham it up just a tad bit too much. What's with that?

    And Patrick? He has crossed to the other side by having a meeting with his father's supposed enemy, Simon Elder. It seems that Simon Elder has everyone on his payroll. But with the current Writers Guild of America strike, how many more episodes before we run into a rerun?moreless
Bianca Chiminello

Bianca Chiminello

Princess Astrid Esther Hazy [voice]

Guest Star

Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian

Sebastian Fleet

Guest Star

Andrew Friedman

Andrew Friedman

City Clerk

Guest Star

Candis Cayne

Candis Cayne


Recurring Role

Daniel Cosgrove

Daniel Cosgrove

Freddy Mason

Recurring Role

Laura Margolis

Laura Margolis


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Right when they cut to the scene with Karen and Sebastian talking. If you watch the table in the foreground you can see a clipboard being removed by an unseen hand.

      Correction: The clipboard is holding the divorce papers Karen came to get signed. The unseen hand is Sebastian's hand. We see the clipboard removed only to appear only to show up in Sebastian's hand. Which can be seen in the mirror where we see Karen and Sebastian.

    • The game played between Tripp Darling, Simon Elder, and company was Limit Poker with the limit set at $500,000,000.00.

    • The Darlings own 23 hotel properties in the US and 32 hotel properties in Europe and Asia. They also own 4 sports stadiums, 3 arenas, and 9 concert venues. They also have the largest organic produce company in the US and a research pharmaceuticals laboratory. Other properties include 23 office towers and 62 apartment buildings servicing 10,000 residents.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Tripp: (on Simon Elder) He had the time to accuse me of murdering my best friend but he didn't get around telling you what he and my best friend were actually up to.
      Nick: I think it was more than poker.
      Tripp: I do too.

    • Brian Jr.: (referring to Juliet) She talked about Natalie Kimpton for hours. What a slut.
      Brian: Hey, don't use that word.

    • Jeremy: What time do you want me at your office tomorrow? Six? Five?
      Nick: Nine's fine.
      Jeremy: Bankers' hours, okay.
      Nick: Are you ready for this?
      Jeremy: Ready? I am drooling. I'm gonna be a member of the working class. I'm gonna make Dad proud.

    • Patrick: What's the matter, baby?
      Carmelita: Sometimes it, sometimes it's kinda depressing. The only thing intimate that ever takes place between us happens in hotel rooms and limousines. Never in public.
      Patrick: Doing what we just did in public is illegal in most states.
      Carmelita: I hate being a secret.

    • Nick: I guess I'm trying to figure out what I'm supposed to do. Now that I don't have to find out who killed my dad.
      Daisy: Maybe you should just start missing him.

    • Nick: Jeremy, I'll tell you what. Why don't we start with what you're good at.
      Jeremy: Well, I've always had this uncanny ability to just chill. You know, like I could be sitting in a chair, it's two o'clock. Next thing I know, boom! Four o'clock.
      Nick: So zoning out, that's your special skill?
      Jeremy: I can drive a car.
      Nick: That's not a special skill.
      Jeremy: Oh it is the way I drive.

    • Tripp: (paying off Carmelita) There's a cashier's check in this envelope for considerably more money than you will require to relocate anywhere. And believe me, no one knows better than I do that money is cold comfort in the absence of love. So it is with the utmost compassion and goodwill that I appeal to whatever genuine feelings you have for my son and implore you to let him go. This liaison is impossible.
      Carmelita: Mr. Darling. Tripp?
      Tripp: Tripp.
      Carmelita: I am a living, breathing testament to the fact that nothing, and I mean nothing is impossible.

    • Jeremy: Hey Jules! You will not believe the girl whose car I'm driving.
      Juliet: Be careful.
      Jeremy: No need. I'm a vehicular ninja.
      Juliet: I'm talking about your heart. You are on the rebound.
      Jeremy: I'm just parking her car.

    • Nick: So Sebastian.
      Karen: Yes, Sebastian Fleet. World-renowned anthropologist?
      Daisy: People's Sexiest Man Alive?
      Karen: In the anthropology category.
      Daisy: He's got a pretty incredible hiney.
      Nick: Thank you for that, Daisy.

    • Nick: You're going to get married in three months. So exercise a little self-control.
      Karen: What if I can't? What if I cheat on Freddy? Oh God and he dumps me?
      Nick: Well, that sex tape you made with his caddy didn't seem to faze him.
      Karen: Oh I know. But Sebastian and I, we were married. He activates my yummy.

    • Patrick: Are you insane?
      Tripp: I want what's best for you.
      Patrick: Oh, so you want to buy off the woman that I love behind my back.
      Tripp: You don't know yourself well enough to manage...
      Patrick: I don't need to know myself, Dad. I know you. When are you gonna get it through your thick skull that you don't control me anymore?

    • Karen: You were showering?
      Sebastian Fleet: No.
      Karen: Can you sign these please? They put these sweet little stickies on here so you know just where to put your John Han... John Hancock.
      Sebastian Fleet: You look beautiful, as always.
      Karen: Sign please. Just sign these.

    • Letitia: Tell me you didn't.
      Karen: I didn't. I didn't!
      Letitia: You are unbelievable.
      Karen: He wasn't going to sign otherwise. I had to.
      Letitia: How do you expect to make a fresh start with Freddy if you're still sleeping with your ex-husband.
      Karen: He wasn't my ex-husband at the actual time of the coupling. We were technically still married.
      Letitia: Karen, your behavior...
      Karen: ...is what it is. Fine.

    • Nick: Tripp, I'm sorry.
      Tripp: You're sorry?
      Nick: I don't know what else to say.
      Tripp: Well, you can say to my wife that I've lost the building that we spent the first seven years of our marriage in. No, I'll say it to her. But I don't want to see you for a few days.

    • Jeremy: Can I buy you dinner sometime?
      Sofia: That's sweet. But you're not my type. Sorry.

    • Tripp: I love you, Nicky. I wanna find out who killed Dutch just as much as you do. Maybe more. (looking one last time at Darling Plaza) I told you I would do everything it took.

    • Brian: Things are gonna be changing around here, buddy.
      Brian Jr.: Like what?
      Brian: Like less time with Aunt Juliet and more time with me.
      Brian Jr.: Really?
      Brian: Yeah. But don't look so happy about it. No more watches. No more fancy clothes. Just some good old-fashioned father-son time.
      Brian Jr.: What happens during good old-fashioned father-son time?
      Brian: I don't know yet. I never had any.

    • Brian Darling Sr: Did you buy my son a thirty thousand dollar watch?
      Juliet Darling: It was fifteen percent off.
      Brian Darling Sr: Are you out of your mind?
      Juliet Darling: No!
      Brian Darling Sr: You're spoiling him rotten! Now all he does is walk around and mouth off and ask for expensive things. You turned a nice, fake, Swedish orphan into your own personal living doll. Now a watch?! He can't even tell time!

    • Karen Darling: Freddy and I have been so overwhelmed with wedding planning that we, um, we need you to go down the City Hall and get our marriage license. You know, do some of that lawyer magic?
      Nick George: You have to sign the license in person, Karen.
      Karen Darling: They haven't changed that law yet?
      Nick George: No, not yet.
      Karen Darling: Not even for regular customers?

    • Parking Valet: How'd you get it fixed in 30 minutes?
      Jeremy Darling: Bought her a new car, changed the plates. When's lunch break?

    • (Talking about if Karen slept with her ex husband or not when she went to see him)
      Letitia Darling: Tell me you didn't!
      Karen Darling: I didn't...pause... I didn't!
      Letitia Darling: Uh...you are unbelievable!
      Karen Darling: He wasn't going to sign otherwise!

    • Brian Darling: Everybody in this family gets away with everything but me.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 31, 2008 on Network 7
      Denmark: April 12, 2008 on SBS Net
      United Kingdom: April 25, 2008 on Channel 4
      The Netherlands: April 29, 2008 on NET 5
      Sweden: May 15, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Slovakia: July 19, 2009 on JOJ

    • Music From This Episode:
      Free Life by Dan Wilson