First of all, the last name is so ironic. Bernie Madoff with a lot of people’s money. Secondly, I just LOVE me some Richard Dreyfuss and he does not disappoint in this role. If he doesn’t win something for this it will be backlash over the #WhiteOut at the Oscars. I’m calling it now. And when I try to pull photos for this recap, I am having trouble deciding which pictures are really Madoff and which are Dreyfuss. The opening is delicious when Madoff says ““Nothing on earth makes people want something more than telling people they can’t have it.” when talking about his “exclusive” Ponzi scam that sucked so many people in. I am much less familiar with this than I am with the OJ trial which I knew inside and out 25 years ago. And because most of are less familiar, this show takes more poetic license (as in the “inspired by true events but we’ve made up some shit” disclaimer) and we are all okay with it.
I have adored Peter Scolari ever since he did Bosom Buddies with Tom Hanks. That was a brilliant sitcom and if it was before your time, you should try and find it on YouTube. I got to meet him once after a Broadway show. I was starstruck. He made me feel like I was the most important person ever to see him perform. I’m sure I was crying. A lot. I really love this guy. Maybe that’s why Peter is on the TIPPY TOP of my guy name list. Some names reel me in, some names make me run. Peters, in my experience, are always a good thing. SWIDT? He’s only 60 though and they make him look so old in this movie. Oh! He is the one that died of cancer. Peter plays Bernie’s brother in the movie, Bernie buys his a villa in Provence…. probably to get him out of the eye of the storm.
Blythe Danner is amazing. This is an awesome, cast of acting’s finest.
This is not a recap. These are things I would tell you if we were watching the show together. So if you didn’t watch, You should turn it on using your On Demand feature now, if possible. If you aren’t this might make less sense than I usually do. Which granted, is not much sense at all.
I’m not sure if I am falling in love with Bernie or Richard. BTW, Richard is on the REALLY BAD guy name list. Always has been. Peters are GREAT, Dicks are bad. Still following? Good. The young’uns here need to be taking notes. What’s in a name? A LOT in my experience.
OOOH the thing between Mark Madoff and Frank….
Dick Madoff is no fool. This is an incredibly smart man. It took over two decades for him to be caught.
Robert is also high on the bad name list, excluding my numerous family members who bear the name. This is about dating. Don’t date a Bob. That should be self-explanatory.
Sidenote: I need a JDate profile, stat!
Who knew there was even a “Chairman of NASDAQ’?
“After that, you could not stop them from giving them your money if you tried.”
Single people giving BILLIONS to Bernie.
What is this “poor Jewish kid from Queens” stuff. Is there such a thing? I know a really cute “poor Jewish kid from Beverly Hills…” #ShoutOut to a particular “mayor.” Though I can’t seem to find her on Twitter. Maybe she bought a Powerball ticket in Chino Hills?
Who is that who is on to him? Ah, the mathematician at the opposing firm. He exposed him as the fraud.
“Is growth a good thing? Sure, unless it is cancer, and then it can kill you.”
At some point, well before he was arrested, he knew he would go down. He starts distancing people from his business. He starts giving money to people who he liked, family, employees and pushing them away from him.
I’m officially an hour behind. Because I’m really focused on this show, and two hours is a lot to ask of me for that. Considering I’m commenting, I have a dog that needs attention, and other shit that happens. I am back to being mesmerized.
I am having a hard time focusing on NOW and THEN. I am loving this meeting of Eleanor (the secretary) and Ruth (the wife.) And how Eleanor slips up and calls Mrs Madoff, “Ruth.” Ruth catches it.
Flash to Dick, with one of his mistresses.
Meanwhile, Harry Markopolos is onto him! Greek guys are very good with money. Not Greek governments, Greek men.
Why is Peter crying? Roger has leukemia and I have been AFK so long I am not sure who that is.
Oh my! A big time journalist knows Harry has the goods on Bernie! This is all so exciting! IT’s in Barron’s! But Bernie escapes it because his son spins it and he supposedly has no idea what is really happening.
But Ruth starts drinking a lot.
Frank who was Bernie’s right hand man was arrested in 2009 and died while awaiting trial in 2015 of lung cancer.
Harry continues to expose Bernie. No one is listening to him. Until they don’t. They’re getting audited. FINALLY.
I love how much they have dumbed this down for all of us. Because frankly, I can’t deal with all of the details.
Like a DTC account. Whatever that is.
And that could be the downfall.
I love that ABC is playing on our “reality” obsession by giving us REAL reality, not of the Bravo kind, in commercials that I stupidly watched through much of this 2 hours.
Poor Mark really wants to be more involved. And Bernie keeps distancing him. Mark doesn’t get it.
Bernie’s son Andrew has cancer and eventually dies at age 48. Bernie vows to fund every agency and study when he finds out.
Off they are to Bernie’s niece Shauna’s wedding to a lawyer who was investing Bernie.
Where it all went down.