Friday, February 25, 2011

Dirty Sexy Money: The Silence (2.4)

Nick George is officially an asshole. Despite ignoring her for the last year, putting his work ahead of his family and failing to convince her that he isn't interested in another woman, Nick bars Lisa from getting financial and status-based help from Jeremy in her continued quest to run her own art gallery. Sure, Lisa and Jeremy have a history, but it's out of line to expect her to deal with his continued dealings with Karen while at the same time forcing her to not see Jeremy ever again. I hope that the show is writing Nick like this intentionally, in the hopes of conveying that he's being 'corrupted'. Otherwise it would just be ridiculous...

Tripp continues to be atypically evil this season. Having Patrick and Carmelita come out as a couple so soon after Ellen's death was never a good idea, but it's unfortunate that Tripp had to use such underhand tactics to get his way. Speaking of Patrick, however, he was actually intriguing this episode. He's not willing to merely follow his father's lead, and there's definitely a hint there that he'll take some of Tripp's initiative when it comes to manipulating and plotting, only with the outcome being a little more positive than whenever Tripp does it. At the same time, it was actually welcome to see the show write in a character (in this case, Chase) who throws a spanner in the works for this particular storyline. Then again, it would have been silly for Ellen's death to be left so easily covered-up.

Karen is another character who, like Tripp, is suffering this season. She's still a lot of fun, but she's being written as so insanely naïve that it's kind of wrecking her whole subplot. Simon's machinations aren't exactly masterful (his ruse to tell Nick who'd tell Karen who'd... etc. wasn't surprising), yet she falls for them every time. I wish she was still working with her dad to bring Simon down. But I'm assuming that story was dropped...

A lot of the show is still a little off this year, but the sadness of Nick and Lisa's failing marriage was evoked very well, so kudos, show. They're both lying to each other, yet Lisa's lies are completely understandable. For the first time in the series' history, I actually feel for her. B+

Guest stars Will Shadley (Brian Darling Jr.); Sheryl Lee (Andrea Smithson); Laura Margolis (Daisy); Candis Cayne (Carmelita Rainer); Elaine Kagan (Dr. Amy Wallace); Scott Holroyd (Chase Alexander); Ron Butler (Severin); Shawn Michael Patrick (Clark); Bruce French (Doctor)
Writer Jake Coburn Director Bob Berlinger

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