Dirty Sexy Money

Season 1 Episode 9

The Watch

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 28, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

This flashback episode reveals secrets about Dutch (Nick's father) and the relationships he had with Nick, Tripp, and Letitia. Karen's intimate view towards Nick is put on hold as she takes a liking to Simon Elder. Brian's attempt to get his son takes a turn he didn't expect and Jeremy continues to hide how much he is worth from Sofia.


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  • good episode

    I love the flashback format of this episode. We get to see the past from mainly Dutch's point of view. He was devastated when he found out that Brain was his son and went to try to talk to Nick, but Nick didn't want to talk. Finally, we figure out which of Tripp's kids is not his. I wasn't expecting it to be Brian, but it makes sense. Brian is definitely my favorite character on the show. Jeremy is still lying to his girlfriend - I don't really like this story lines. It's not original and not interesting. Karen is now taking a liking to Simon, so that'll be interesting later on. Overall, good episode with great character development.moreless
  • Best Episode of the Season

    Nick and Brian are at the courtroom they end up loosing the case after Brian the Ediot bribes arbitrator. Back at the house Nick, Tripp and Letita discuss in how to handle the situation.

    We Also see Dutch in flashback episode, we see him with Letita. She tells him devasating secret that he has father a child and that Brian is his son, Meaning Nick has a Brother. Karen pays a visit to Patrick in the hospital. As Karen is about to leave, Simon arrives to discuss business with Patrick. Simon invites Karen for dinner for a possible joint charity project.

    Jeremy continues to pretend hes someone else instead of a Darling, Ellen tells Paddy to end the Affair with Carmelita. He later tells Carmelita that he gonna give her up.moreless
  • Excellent, just excellent.

    This episode was pure gold. If only it was a little better paced in the beginning it would be a 10/10, but still, easily worthy of a 9.5.

    The fact that we finally see Nick's dad through flashbacks is great. I just think that the writers did an AMAZING job showing his tragedy. I have to admit I got really uncomfortable during the scene where Dutch begs Nick to accept his watch. That was really heartbreaking, very well. BRAVO.

    In general, the flashbacks were great. It's a bit too over the top for me to except a Tripp/Dutch scene, but I would like to see a few of those in the future! Tripp cannot stop repeating how much he loved Dutch for what he has done to Tripp, and that's great.. but I want to see. Anyway, this episode was a huge development for Dutch, despite him being dead, Brian, and Letitia. Letitia is a backround character, and this doesn't change that, but at least she got some depth. I still think that what she did to Tripp is VERY unfair and unethical, but this episode makes me understand her a bit more.

    Brian - where do i start? Amazing. The other key scene - Brian giving away the watch to Brian Jr. - that was just perfect. Shows how much his character changed during only 9 episodes.

    Nick's and Brian's dialouge in the church was very well executed too. I liked how subtle it was - you just expected Brian to eventually break down and accept Nick, but it was done in a very belivable way.

    All considered, an excellent episode of the show. Very memorable.moreless
  • Family secrets are revealed and lives are changed forever in this fast paced episode that evokes sympathy and even a bit of humor.

    In the beginning it was a guilty pleasure; then it was a morality play; now with the pivotal episode "The Watch" Dirty Sexy Money has become in my perspective a full-fledged drama to be reckoned with.

    Let's get the minor scenes out of the way first and move on to the meatier ones. The aftermath of Patrick's recovery from his wife shooting him and the scene of Karen's burgeoning affair with her father's hated arch-rival Simon were filler, plain and simple. The levity of the episode was found in Jeremy's obsessive pursuit of Sofia who doesn't know that he is a Darling so one lie leads to another and before you know it he is in so deep he turns to Lisa for help, which she so willingly provides. Their scenes are fresh and it looks like the two get very cozy in next week's Christmas episode.

    OK, the remaining scenes were electrifying thanks to the writing, the direction and the impeccable performances turned in by Glenn Fitzgerald (Brian), Jill Clayburgh (Latitia) and guest star Peter Strauss (the late Dutch George). Nick and Trip have their moments as well but Strauss' return to television in this role is a welcome sight after gripping performances 30 years ago in his breakout smash Rich Man Poor Man and then later on, Masada. For weeks the tease has been which of the children were not Trip's but rather the fruit of Latitia's on-going affair with Dutch? Flashbacks give texture and context to the mystery while allowing the audience to witness some poignant and painful moments for Latitia and Nick. What should have been to no one's surprise is that the one Darling which is Nick's half-brother turns out to be Brian. To date Brian has garnished little sympathy as he usually appears sullen and cynical. Now we understand. Even tho he didn't know the truth, in a riveting scene, he confesses to his mother that he has always felt estranged from the Darlings, a contention Latitia vehemently denied. That's why he went to seminary, Brian says, because he just never felt like he fit in.

    Nick finds Brian sitting alone in a pew with the scene opening up with Brian praying. Actually it's more of a statement than a prayer. "You have some sense of humor" he says wryly. After telling Nick that he still hates him and this newly revealed brethren status changes nothing, Brian softens a bit and asks him to stay. Then comes one of my favorite quotes that appeals to me as a minister. "That's what church is for; dragging a ruined past through a messy present to a perfect future…" And he's right! The last time Nick saw his dad alive, Dutch gave his son his father's watch, which then Nick gives to Brian which he initially refuses but then changes his mind and in the last heart wrenching scene we see why. Brian takes off the watch and gives it to Brian Jr. as the tyke is whisked off by his mother far away from anything smacking of the Darling dynasty. The tears flow freely between father and son and perhaps for the first time we the audience feel sorry for Brian. What some may feel is emotional manipulation I do not. I saw the scene as real and powerful. Why does this episode move me so? Combination of factors. One, I too am a minister who at times has resorted to marital and professional malfeasance. Secondly, my own family held secrets from me as to my own parentage. My birth father abandoned his wife and four children two weeks before I was born. When my mother re-married her new husband quickly adopted me and gave me his name before I was old enough to realize what was going on. It would be years later when I was 11 or 12 before I forced the family to fill in some gaps.moreless
  • so many layers in the episode for me.

    There was so many layers in the episode for me. Nick and Dutch - finally seeing their dynamic and the pain between them moved me; Dutch & Letitia - you know, she really is a piece of work. I feel like she is more shady than Trip; Nick & Bryan - from the first episode I always felt like they were like 2 brothers fighting; Bryan & Letitia - she has no idea how much she hurt him. Nick was so stunned and hurt as was Bryan. The church scene had me moved, but the end with Bryan Jr was too much for me - I was a weepy fool.moreless
Alan Blumenfeld

Alan Blumenfeld


Guest Star

Peter Strauss

Peter Strauss

Dutch George

Guest Star

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Sofía Montoya

Guest Star

Candis Cayne

Candis Cayne


Recurring Role

Sheryl Lee

Sheryl Lee

Andrea Smithson

Recurring Role

Will Shadley

Will Shadley

Brian Darling Jr.

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Jeremy: So can I use your place?
      Lisa: For what?
      Jeremy: Well, this girl I'm into doesn't know who I am. She thinks I'm poor.
      Lisa: What gave her that idea?
      Jeremy: I told her I was poor. So I need a place that looks like a poor guy would live there, you know?
      Lisa: Jeremy, we're not poor.
      Jeremy: Those ants look pretty low-budget.
      Lisa: Those ants cost 12,000 bucks.
      Jeremy: Proving my point.

    • Brian: So how long is it going to take you to wrap up this custody case?
      Nick: Brian, this is the fate of your child we're dealing with. Custody cases rarely turn out in favor of the father.
      Brian: Thanks. never knew that.
      Nick: Especially situations where the child is forced by the father to lie about being an orphan from Sweden.
      Brian: I did the best with what I was given situation-wise. Back off!

    • Patrick: So, you shot me in the leg.
      Ellen: I was aiming for higher.

    • Ellen: Patrick, I am not made to share you with another woman... or man.
      Patrick: But I thought we had like a... deal.
      Ellen: Well, I've had a change of heart. End things with Carmelita or I will end any shot you have at a seat in the Senate.
      Patrick: OK, I'll do it.

    • Letitia: What is the point of having power and money if we don't use them to help the children? What else are they for?
      Tripp: Oh good grief Letitia, the point... The money compels us to act impeccably. If we start to use our influence, our privilege to pervert justice, that conduct.. That is the beginning of the end of us as a family.
      Letitia: As a family?

    • Dutch: I know life is about the mistakes you make, but the mistakes you make with your kids, they never go away. They just grow. They keep growing and growing.

    • Dutch: What's the matter?
      Letitia: I made mistakes too.
      Dutch: What are you talking about?
      Letitia: Nick is not your only child.

    • Nick: (to reporters) A little privacy please. This is all a big misunderstanding.
      Brian: (to a reporter) Get a life, vulture! (to Nick) Please tell me you did something to get my son back. Something.
      Nick: Hey, I just got you out of jail, Brian. How about a thank you?
      Brian: Send yourself a gift basket. What are we gonna do?
      Nick: You got me, sunshine. We're screwed.

    • Simon: I wondered if you had any interest in merging some of our resources. For a good cause.
      Patrick: Hello, mama.
      Karen: I don't usually merge my resources with virtual strangers.
      Simon: Then maybe you'd be up for discussing charitable giving over dinner sometime.

    • Juliet: Well, I'm sure whatever happens, Nick will take care of it, won't he?
      Brian: No, actually it's all Nick's fault.
      Tripp: How can you blame Nick for your systemic maleficence?
      Brian: Not blaming him for my maleficence, but I lost my son because of his incompetence and his disregard.
      Tripp: I find your notion that Nick is incompetent absurd.
      Brian: Well, I know. But that's because he has you snowed just like Dutch did.

    • Dutch: It's fitting actually. All this time that I've been lying to Tripp and agonizing over it, you were lying to me. Which is exactly what I deserve. It makes perfect sense. Why should I expect to be treated any better than your husband?

    • Nick: Andrea, I don't think you wanna deprive your son of the father he's just getting to know.
      Andrea: He made him into a Swedish orphan. Look, I know this isn't going to be easy for Brian Jr. but it's also what's best.

    • Jeremy: I know it's not all Ritzy. But I'm just a valet, doll-face.
      Sofia: So you have no goals, no dreams, no hopes. Nothing.

    • Sofia: This is not going to work out.
      Jeremy: Hold on. Is it because I'm poor? Because you know what, that is like financial racism.
      Sofia: No, it's not because you're poor. It's because that you don't care you're poor. I need to be with someone who wants to go somewhere.

    • Nick George: What are you trying to hide, Letitia? What won't you tell me?
      Letitia Darling: It's uh, it's, it's difficult to explain.
      Nick George: Give it a shot.
      Letitia Darling: Uhm... information has recently come into light. Information that Tripp has had trouble coming to terms with. Not that I blame him at all.
      Nick George: You know, Letitia, the last time I saw my dad before he died. He said some things I didn't understand.
      Letitia Darling: And now you're starting to. Now, we all are. Everything is happening.

    • Carmelita: You're messed up. And I'm trying to be careful.
      Patrick: She's not going to shoot you too. The firearms chapter of my marriage is over. I hope.

    • Patrick Darling: (to Carmelita) Ellen can shoot me all she wants, but it's being away from you that's really killing me. Nothing is ever gonna change that.

    • Lisa: (talking about Sofia) You need to stop lying to this woman.
      Jeremy: No, I can't.
      Lisa: Why?
      Jeremy: Because I want her to love me for me.
      Lisa: Jeremy, you are not a struggling artist.
      Jeremy: Sure, I am! I am an artist of life. Can you just hook me up with like five paintings please?

    • Karen: So I thought we could start things off by talking about charitable giving.
      Simon: Really?
      Karen: Yeah, 'cause I just love giving.
      Simon: It's an art form.

    • Brian Darling: Is this why you always kept me at a distance? Is this why you always pushed me away?
      Letitia Darling: I've done no such thing.
      Brian Darling: Sure you have. Is this why? Because I could've blown your cover?
      Letitia Darling: I've never pushed you away.
      Brian Darling: You pushed me right out of this house and into the seminary. I never fit. I never belonged.
      Letitia Darling: Whatever I did, I did to protect you, not me.
      Brian Darling: You did it to save yourself! Just admit it. At least now I know why I feel such an alien.

    • Nick George: Yeah, you're right. No one says everything. You're right. But I lost my mother. I lost my father. I lost my whole childhood to your family. You owe me.
      Tripp Darling: I owe you?
      Nick George: Yes! You owe me the truth! That's all. You owe me the truth.

    • Dutch George: It's not been a very good birthday. God, I would do everything to go back to the beginning and start again. I would do everything differently. Only I'd, had fallen in love with your mom again. And I would be your father forever. Those things would not change.

    • Brian Darling: Nothing is changing, you know, between you and me.
      Nick George: I see.
      Brian Darling: Even if we're related, we're not family and we never will be. (as Nick stands up and starts to walk away) Wait!
      Nick George: What? What, Brian? How many more awful things do you want to say to me? I'm in the same boat you are. We both got a raw deal. We're brothers and our father's dead. So don't let that change anything. Just wrap yourself up in the comfort of your meanness and self-pity and just say it. Say you hate me. Get it over with.
      Brian Darling: Fine. I hate you. Sit down please. Come on. This is what church is for. Dragging the ruined past through the messy present into the perfect future and ruining it together. Come on, sit down please.

    • Brian Darling: I brought you something.
      Brian Darling Jr.: A watch.
      Brian Darling: It's from, from your grandfather who got it from his father who got it from his. It's been passed down for over a hundred years and now, it's yours. I want you to keep it on New York City time. That way, we're always in
      Andrea: (by the taxi) We have to go.
      Brian Darling Jr.: You don't have to say it, Daddy. I know.

    • Jeremy Darling: Let's nude it up!

    • Nick George: Go ahead.
      Letitia Darling: After I told him (Tripp) about my affair... Tripp blackmailed my ob-gyn. He was, he was sure that the twins weren't his.
      Nick George: But he was wrong.
      Letitia Darling: Yes.
      Nick George: And Brian is my brother?
      Letitia Darling: Brian is your brother.

    • Dutch George: I have to get away from you. From all of you. Before it's too late

    • Letitia Darling: You don't like it.
      Dutch George: No, it's beautiful. It's just... (showing his watch) You know, I've worn this watch for thirty years and it's a gift from my father. I just can't imagine replacing it. I'm really touched. I really am and you are the only one who remembered my birthday this year. It's lovely. Thank you.

    • Ellen Darling: Where are you on this pain chart?
      Patrick Darling: About a three. But that's the morphine talking.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 21, 2008 on Network 7
      United Kingdom: May 16, 2008 on Channel 4
      The Netherlands: May 20, 2008 on NET 5
      Sweden: November 19, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Slovakia: August 2, 2009 on JOJ

    • Music From This Episode:
      Nothing Left To Lose by Mat Kearney