The Riches

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 12, 2007 on FX
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Episode Summary

Through a set of unusual circumstances, the Malloy family assumes the identities of a wealthy family, the Riches, only to find that a glamorous life entails more than they expected.

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  • A great opening episode, it throws all the main characters at you, but in a truely Eddie Izzard comical fashion, bless one of latest exports to the States. Like a few pilot episodes, after watching this one you will fall into the must watch category.moreless

    There is so much going on in this episode that you truely don't understand all the happenings, until much later on when you can recap or rewatch it.

    Dahlia is released from doing a 2 year stretch in prison and happily waits for her family to pick her up, as promised, but as usual they are late. Then of course, you see Wayne and the kids, in their RV, trying their hardest to get to the prison in time for picking up Dahlia. When Dahlia and Wayne do meet up, this is so special and so well done it was watching just for this.

    Then we are off to travellers camp, where Dahlia gets a great welcome and they party along, there is a little underlying tension between Wayne and the son of the travellers leader. Things slowly start to go sour and it results in Wayne stealing the travellers bank money ($40,000) and leaving the site.

    They are leaving a dinner, trying to decide on which way to travel and what to do, when the are spotted by some fellow travellers, who give chase of the Malloys. This leads to an RV chase, which has got to be a first, well it was for me. The result of which leads to a car being driven off of the road.

    The Malloys, rather than fleeing the scene, such as the others did, go to investigate, find that the women is dead and the man is on his last legs and dies in his arms. But rather than trying to revive him, start going through their belongings looking for good things, this showed me that the series was going to be full of dark humour and is a must to watch.

    The decide at this point to become the riches!!!moreless
  • The Malloy's is a family of con-artists, druggies, and lowlifes whose life is about to change when they take the identity of another family.

    Gotta commend FX for being different. "The Riches" is certainly unlike a lot of the other shows that have premiered in the fall and spring. A dark comedy of sorts about a down and out family of con-artists who by bad luck (or is it?) assume the identities of another family of whom they accidently run of the road.

    What a group of whackos this family is. In a way this might be an accurage description of the dysfunctional American family today. You get a father whose a con man, a mother whose a druggie, a son whose gay and the daughter who has trouble making friends. Eddie Izzard is great as Wayne Malloy. As how he tries to find a better life for his family, he can't deliver anything more than mediocrity. Dahlie (Driver) isn't much better as she's a useless druggie. The family of Dahlia is violent, rude and crude.

    When Wayne fights with one of the family members, they pull a gun on him and the two have a fight on the road with unpredictable circumstances.

    Another family, the Riches, is on their way home when they get sidewipe by the two trailers. Wayne feels initially as does Dahlie but that guilty is removed within second as they decide to take assume the identities of the victims and "steal the American Dream".

    One of those shows that you will either love or hate. This is very realistic though with the characters and as offended as people will react to this show they can't deny the fact that they might do what the Malloy's do.

    As the series goes on, it's itneresting to see how the Maolly's see what the Riches's life is like and see that perhaps being in their shoes isn't much better.moreless
  • The end of the innocence

    The Malloys, conning and stealing family gang choose to take new challenge and live in the suburban community. They do not know that most of the citizens there are even more reckless and rotten than they have believed. In the end the world they have left was brutal but had very strict code and order (which they broke).

    Disturbing for me at first was to see Izzard in a dramatic role. Later he will show some of his standard stand up routines in the office he will work for, but in the pilot it was like a phase shift for me to see him act (good indeed) in a drama. Of course no makeup, well not for him at last.moreless
  • I don't know quite what to make of this show about a family of gypsy grifters (the Malloys), running away from camp life who providentially walk into the life of the man their relatives run off the road while they're on their way to 'somewhere else.'moreless

    I really thought this show was going to be a straight-up comedy, mostly because of Eddie Izzard in the lead role. But this show is much darker and while there are amusing moments throughout, this is very much a dramatic show, so far. I am pleased to see that the writers didn't just dump the family into their new digs without consequences: there's deep intra-and inter-familial turmoil, as newly paroled wife, Dahlia (nicely played by Minnie Driver), balks at the idea of taking on the persona of a "buffer" (their word for the upper middle-class/landed gentry.) It goes against everything she knows. But husband, Wayne (Eddie Izzard), wants something more than life on the bottom rung, and having stolen the camp-family money, they really can't go back home again. So, he decides to become Doug Rich, the fellow who was run off the road by fellow travelers, the Malloys. Doug/Wayne (as well as the rest of the family) begin to learn that life as a buffer has its own structure and if they're not careful, they'll very easily find themselves outcasts again, or in jail!

    Now that I've wrapped my head around the reality of what this show *isn't*, I can get on board to find out what it *is*. I'd like to see what else it has to offer.moreless
  • So far it's all Minnie Driver.

    ... which is not all bad, of course. I was actually surprised when most people put Izzard at the front of the show; well, he was fine, but real power definitely came from Driver. She was amazing in her movie roles so far and I can only see her becoming absolutely huge. Therefore, savour her in the series before she's back on the big screen. As for the premise - I like it. A gipsy-like family enjoying the good but guilt-ridden life... It has all the makings of a good dramedy - and they could really excell at both. We'll see how the actors settle into their roles and in three episodes I'll settle on whether I'll continue watching - but the potential is more than obvious.moreless
Red West

Red West

Earl Malone

Guest Star

Christopher May

Christopher May

State Trooper

Guest Star

John McConnell

John McConnell

Mick O'Malley

Guest Star

Ann Pierce

Ann Pierce

Susan Malloy

Recurring Role

Stephen Sowan

Stephen Sowan


Recurring Role

Nate Mooney

Nate Mooney

Ken Dannegan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (About the money)
      Wayne: (To Dale) You gonna put it in the safe or whipe your ass with it?
      Dahlia: Be nice, boys.
      Wayne: Something tells me your daddy never told you the combination.
      Dale: He told me how to open it Wayne.
      Wayne: What's the combination Dale? Does it have a two in it? Is it one of those numbers you can count up to?
      Dale: Outside, outside!

    • Dale: Enough with the damn bell daddy! Let's get something straight. He is the old boss, I am the new boss. That man doesn't take a piss without my help! You look at me when I am talking to you.
      Wayne: What the hell did you promise Jenny Danngian?
      Dale: That marriage is good for the whole family. If we can get in bed with the Dannigans, we are in serious kush. It is good for all of us.
      Wayne: It is not good for me.
      Dale: I say, she marries him.
      Wayne: I say you marry him.
      Dale: I had her Wayne! All up in the ass!
      Wayne: Who's this Jenny Dannigan?
      Dale: Your wife!
      Wayne: Oh? And where did all of this ass-having take place?
      Dale: In my room.
      Wayne: Oh, your mama's room? Hey I'll tell ya' where you had it Dale. In your dreams. You lost. I won. Get over it.

    • Hugh: What do you do when you're not pissing on my golf course, Doug?
      Wayne: I'm a lawyer Hugh.
      Hugh: Liar, huh?
      Wayne: Lawyer.
      Hugh: Isn't that what I just said? (chuckles)

    • Wayne: Life is a river, kid. You gotta go where it takes you.

    • Wayne: (goes up to the microphone) Uh, I just wanted to say something. It hasn't been easy for us wildcats. You know. Some have cried, some have died, some fought the battle, some the spike, broken promises, ungrateful children, a bypass surgery, and a bad dose of a clap.

    • Wayne: Oh, my God. Shannon Farmington. Remember...
      Shannon: Jimmy.
      Wayne: Where's Billy Burke?
      Shannon: Billy and I don't talk anymore. Restraining order.
      Wayne: Shame.
      Shannon: It was against me.
      Wayne: Oh.

    • Dehliah: Who's most likely to get married?
      Wayne: Uh, Billy Burke and Shannon Firmington.
      Dehliah: Farmington!
      Wayne: And Shannon Farmington. It was a three-some.

    • Dahlia: We're going home.
      Dehliah: Home?
      Cael: She means camp.
      Dehliah: What about Dad?
      Dahlia: Your dad's staying here.
      Dehliah: Well fine, then I'm staying here too.
      Wayne: Don't be stupid go with your mother.
      Dehliah: She doesn't give a sh*t about me. I'm staying here. If we run into any more trouble, we'll just find ourselves some more dead buffers.
      Wayne: Stop it Deedee.
      Dahlia: (reaching for her arm) Come one baby.
      Dehliah: No, I said I'm staying. Don't push me – I know more than you think.

    • Wayne: This life we're living, we cant live it anymore.
      Dahlia: What kind do you want to live Wayne?
      Wayne: I don't know.
      Dahlia: You should have thought of that before you took the money Wayne.
      Wayne: Maybe.

    • Dahlia: What y'all think about my hair?
      Dehliah: It's different.
      Dahlia: Wow, you've grown up girl… beautiful
      Cael: That's some real bad hair, Ma.

    • Wayne: (to Ginny) Your brother here is a chromosomal retard.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: October 1, 2007 on Virgin 1
      Australia: December 3, 2007 on Showcase
      Denmark: February 27, 2008 on TV3+
      Israel: March 6, 2008 on YES Stars 2
      Czech Republic: June 9, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Featured Music:

      "How We Operate" by Gomez
      "Shelter From The Storm" by Bob Dylan
      "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
      "Whip It" by Devo
      "Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield

    • The youngest Malloy, Sam, likes to wear dresses. Thought to be a nod to Eddie Izzard, who is a cross dresser in real life, show-creator Dmitry Lipkin states, "The idea really came even before Eddie came on board." Izzard has confirmed this, though he says that Sam being a straight transvestite was his suggestion.

    • The show was originally titled Low Life, though the name was changed due to creative reasons.