The Philanthropist

Season 1 Episode 8

Haiti

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 12, 2009 on NBC
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Food shortage leads Teddy and Philip to Haiti where they try to help, but Philip's estranged brother, a powerful island senator named Jean Beauvais, interferes.

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  • Teddy Rist helps two kids and a mother in Haiti. Back at home, the foundation holds a rather unusual (I admit I've never been to one) charity dinner with some rich and powerful people.moreless

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    Teddy Rist helps two kids and a mother in Haiti. Back at home, the foundation holds a rather unusual (I admit I've never been to one) charity dinner with some rich and powerful people. The setup of the story is the framing charity dinner, through which the main characters tell their story of Haiti. The series, in my opinion, manages to make charity look cool. A bit like Indiana Jones makes dusty and scientific archeology look like a giant adventurepark full of ultimate riddles *and* ultimate answers, "The Philanthropist" manages to inform about the "problem hotspots" around the globe and entertain on various levels. In a way, Rist is a perfect renegade billionaire, who'll manage to surprise viewers again and again with solutions to, or at least attitudes towards, problems. In my not so humble opinion, this series does a much better job than any melancholic story about dying children or dying rainforests or dying landscapes any third world help organisation or wildlife organisation or nature organisation can. It reminds the viewer of where solutions start - and that everything one does to help counts.



    The end of this episode is a tad cheesy, but perfect for the setup of the episode. You might expect Teddy (or one of his friends) to ask the rich and powerful for money at the end of the show. But of course they'd gladly pay a bit and the whole thing of the foundation would go ahead and move the money towards good causes. Energy wasted, because the rich and powerful people would simply live on thinking "now how a good boy/girl I've been today". Instead of asking for money, Teddy asks for ideas, when he's got them at the point where they would gladly open their checkbooks. He simply asks for ideas on how to make the world a better place. I found that perfect. And now I've spoiled it for you. ;)moreless

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