Wayne Malloy has to convince upper management at a swank real-estate firm that he's Doug Rich, their new in-house counsel. A con man by trade, he doesn't have a law degree, or any formal education beyond the seventh grade. What he has is a big rock in his briefcase.
Wayne's wife Dahlia put it there to make the case seem full, but when he starts to lose his new audience, he pulls the rock out and lets the crowd decide for themselves what it means. Within moments, they're so stirred up that several would probably die for Wayne. Big rock 1, Harvard Law 0.
It's a funny, electric moment, and one that "The Riches" needs a lot more of. Despite two fine leading performances by Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver and a premise that's not like anything else on television, there's something missing in the execution.
To read the full thing, click here. We can also use this as a place to comment for anyone who watches it tonight.
Also, my account of the tension-filled Antonella Barba conference call on Friday, and hopefully this is the last time I will need to type the words "Antonella Barba" in any context in the future.