Where did it all go wrong for ‘Dirty Sexy Money’? It had glitz, glamour, and impossibilities in every episode. Certainly, series one was brilliant, although the finale is, perhaps, the beginning of its downfall.
The Darlings are impossibly rich – talks of a $410 million hospital donation are passed off like they’re only giving them a glass of water. The Darling children and their inability to comprehend the value of money is seamlessly countered by Nick George’s inability to retain his old life once the money takes hold of him. Constantly under the illusion that the Darlings money will enable him to do the good he was attempting to do beforehand, the audience witness Nick’s transformation into another member of the Darling family, particularly highlighted when Tripp declares Nick will be the inheritor of Darling Enterprises, and Nick’s repressing a smile instead of running in fear of the corruption that comes with responsibility.
The cast is perfectly set, although Juliet’s role dwindles unexpectedly towards the end (I think Samaire Armstrong had to leave for personal reasons) and her character is compromised from holding out for her hero to finding it within a week, and there’s not really any follow-through on her relationship. Jeremy’s status as accidentally selfish is played perfectly by Seth Gabel, who shows the right intentions are mixed up with the wrong outward actions, particularly in his attempt to have a normal relationship with Sofia. Tripp, in my opinion, changes a bit too much depending on who’s talking of him. At one point, Tish says Tripp gets too competitive, yet we don’t really see this, even in the poker game: we see a father desperate to keep his children safe and provide them with the right pathways in life.
The finale was the weakest episode, with no particular cliffhanger except the hint of Nick and Karen’s future relationship. Brian didn’t race to Brazil for his son, Carmelita’s disappearance didn’t seem to faze Patrick extensively, Nick randomly decided more children was a good idea in his failing marriage, Simon Elder’s plans went no further than telling Ellen about Carmelita…In short, not enough happened to make people want more, and you should always leave them wanting more. However, the rest of the series was outstanding, so a weak end shouldn’t have lost too many loyal followers. After all, money is the root of all evil, and everyone loves the scandal that follows.