Air Date: Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Time Slot: 10:01 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#201) "The Birthday Present"
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The Darling Family Is Dealt a Blow When a Death Occurs Among Their Own and Someone is Arrested for Murder; Lucy Liu Joins the Cast as the Lovely and Mysterious Nola Lyons

The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York City continues to mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations. Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory -- on the Second-Season Premiere of "Dirty Sexy Money," WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. The mysterious and unsolved death of Nick's father, Dutch George � who'd been the Darlings' consigliere �initially made Nick reluctant to follow in his father's footsteps. Now he finds, as he strives to keep the Darling name scandal-free, that he's connected to the family in ways he'd never imagined.

In the season premiere, "The Birthday Present," Tripp and Letitia Darling throw Nick a lavish birthday party on a yacht, despite the fact that the day before, Nick and his wife, Lisa, had been planning to celebrate privately. That was before Tripp called Nick to broker a reconciliation between himself and his eldest son, senatorial candidate Patrick, who's going through a rough patch in his own marriage as he searches for his missing transgendered mistress. Meanwhile youngest son Jeremy reveals his feelings for Lisa to the lovely and mysterious Nola Lyons; the relationship between Karen and Tripp's nemesis, Simon Elder, enters a new level of intimacy; the de-frocked Brian is reunited with his illegitimate son; the whole Darling family is dealt a blow by the death of one of their own, and someone is arrested for murder.

"Dirty Sexy Money" stars Peter Krause as Nick George, Donald Sutherland as Tripp Darling, William Baldwin as Patrick Darling, Natalie Zea as Karen Darling, Glenn Fitzgerald as Brian Darling, Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling, Zoe McLellan as Lisa George, with Blair Underwood as Simon Elder, Jill Clayburgh as Letitia Darling and Lucy Liu as Nola Lyons.

Guest starring in "The Birthday Present" are Will Shadley as Brian, Jr., Shawn Michael Patrick as Clark, Sheryl Lee as Andrea Smithson, Laura Margolis as Daisy, Bellamy Young as Ellen Darling, Joseph Siravo as Detective Larrabee, John Bennett Perry as Hal Matheson, Ron Ostrow as reporter no. 1, Angela Martinez as reporter no. 2, Roxana Trusso as Maria the maid and John Kapelos as Cameron. The episode teleplay is by Craig Wright and story by Craig Wright & Jon Feldman.

"Dirty Sexy Money" was created by Craig Wright. Wright, Greg Berlanti, Matthew Gross, Bryan Singer and Jon Harmon Feldman are executive producers. The series is produced by ABC Studios. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

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