"Money is the root of all evil."A Prime Time Soap.Nick George grew up with the Darling family, the "first family of New York," because his dad Dutch was their family lawyer. As a teenager, he dated/proposed to Karen Darling, who apparently said no. Now as an adult, his dad's been murdered and he's been lured into being the Darling family lawyer himself. (And as it turns out, he's related to one of 'em.) He's the guy that gets to sit at the fancy table...and then gets sent out to clean up the mess when someone throws a plate. Screw the Rules, I Have Money! might as well be the family motto.Main characters include:
Tripp Darling: head of the family. Seems way, way too fond of Nick.
Nola Lyons: a lawyer who was originally prosecuting Leticia for Tripp's murder. Gets involved with Jeremy, which screws her law career (as Leticia intended), then talks Patrick into giving her a job as his chief of staff. Is being blackmailed by Simon Elder, who kidnapped her brother.
Anguished Declaration of Love: done by both Karen and Nick as their plane is about to crash. After it doesn't crash, Nick does his level best to pretend it never happened.
Inter-Class Romance: Ultra-rich Jeremey Darling meets a beautiful woman named Sofia while temporarily working as a valet in one of his family's business. He falls in love with her, then pretends to be a starving artist to prove to himself he can win her over without disclosing his real identity as (essentially) an Upper-Class Twit. The story doubles up on this trope because Jeremy was the poor boy going after the rich girl, when it was the girl who was the poor (well, okay, comparatively poorer) one all along.
Lady Drunk: Letitia, Letitia, Letitia. Take a drink every time you see her with a martini.
Law of Inverse Fertility: Karen wants a baby and Nick, the love of her life, agrees to be the baby daddy once they get back in a relationship. Just as they start dating she finds out that she's pregnant with ex-fiancÚ Simon. Nick's conflicted and Simon refuses to leave her alone now. And then it's all subverted due to an extremely Convenient Miscarriage.
The Main Characters Do Everything: Nick, constantly. For example, given that his boss's wife was being prosecuted for murder at the time, you'd think the family's only lawyer would have better things to do than plan the twins' separate birthday parties.
Stealth Pun: The shows initials are DSM. The "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual" is the standard-issue psychiatric textbook for mental disorders. Sounds about right.
Let's hope they get to make two more seasons, then they can package it as "DSM IV"
Unwanted Spouse: Patrick's wife, all of Karen's ex-husbands, and one presumes that Dutch's wife fell into this category. Brian's (ex-)wife, Mei Ling Hwa, is somewhat more complicated; initially she was presented as a frigid ballbreaker, but her scenes with Brian (and his breakdown after she leaves him) shows that there is at the very least a lot more mutual passion there than in any of the other examples. If anything this greater depth to their relationship might have backfired on the writers a little; more than a few fans have been frustrated that she was Put on a Bus so early.
Upper-Class Twit: Karen, and sometimes Jeremy and Juliet (who at least dabble in employment).
Wedding Day: Twice. The first season features the shortest marriage ''ever.'' The second season has the bride abandoned at the altar and her brother and his dying girlfriend stepping in to get married instead.
Whole Episode Flashback: "The Facts" is apparently made up of every single cut subplot from the show that never made it in earlier, aired at a point where the viewer would be all, "Hey, aren't Karen and Simon broken up by now? and things like that.