Why is this new show about Betty Broderick called Dirty John Season 2. I distinctly recall recapping Dirty John here for season one and I can’t find a recap anywhere. So weird. This will have to be our scripted show to take the place of Killing Eve now. I guess they will be oddly called Dirty John recaps. Also, I know this story, or I used to, but I’ve forgotten it all so this will all be brand new to me.
We begin with Betty and Dan Broderick divorcing in 1986. Betty and her divorce attorney head to Dan’s attorney’s office to sign some paperwork regarding the sale of her house. She refuses to get out of the car and then when her attorney brings the paperwork for her to sign, she refuses to sign it. What is wrong with Christian Slater’s face? It looks like it is made out of wax. Despite Betty not signing the consent to sell the house, Dan went to a judge and was able to sell the house out from under her. She’s furious. And a little bit psycho.
Burning Down The House
Okay, maybe a lot psycho. She goes to their old house. Oddly there is still stuff there like a giant gas can for one. Is she going to burn the house down? What good would that do? Just when you think she has come to her senses and is driving away, the turns the car around and floors it driving it straight into the house. Dayum, burning it down would have at least saved her from wrecking her car as well. Oh wait, she didn’t drive the car into their old house. She drove it into the house where Dan lives with the girls. The girls call the cops. Dan tries to get her placed on a psychiatric hold for observation rather than jail. There seems to be sufficient evidence to support that plan of action. So into a straight jacket she goes.
After 72 hours in the looney bin, Betty returns home to her crappy, empty house. Her parents who were visiting have gone back home to the east coast. Her mother has taken to her bed and isn’t speaking to anyone. Her dad lectures her for shaming herself and shaming the family. And of course all the town busybodies are talking about her. Is this show going to always be on Bravo or will be on USA? I’m confused. And a little bored.
Dan Seems To Send Mixed Signals
Betty’s attorney calls to inquire about a bill from Dan for structural damage to his home. And also, Dan is not paying her $10,000 retainer for his services and she is going to need to pay that himself. She basically hangs up on him. Her kids then arrive for a visit. She has two older teen girls and two young elementary school aged boys. Is the actress playing Betty wearing fake teeth? Betty’s lawyer withdraws as her council because she won’t listen to him or pay his retainer.
Dan is kind of giving Betty mixed signals. She is convinced they will not be getting a divorce. The two meet at a restaurant to discuss the divorce, but Betty is treating it like a date. Dan only stays a few minutes. He says he should talk to her until she has representation. Betty tells him about her new job at an art gallery. She promises to get a new lawyer. It seems no lawyers will take her call. When my brother got divorce, he met with every decent lawyer in town to insure that his wife could not have decent representation. Because, petty. Perhaps that is what is going on?
Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap
I miss Izods and Ralph Lauren polos. And going to clubs and getting picked up. Ah, the 80s. After Betty has a miserable time at the bar with a widowed girlfriend, she comes home and calls Dan. They laugh over some inside jokes about some guy as if they are best friends. These are the types of thing that make women go insane. Also, why are the kids with him? She really needs a divorce attorney. She finds out that the boys are missing most of their soccer games to go to a therapist. The inference was that the boys are afraid of Betty. Betty calls Dan and leaves a scathing message on his answering machine. I’m sure that will show up in court. And the three kids that showed up for visitation heard the whole thing. Nice.
Next we see Dan and his lawyers yucking it up with the judge. Apparently, Betty thinks the hearing has been postponed. But it hasn’t been. So they have the hearing without her. Also, for some reason Dan is wearing a red rose boutonnière. WTF? The divorce was bifurcated from the other issues surrounding property and support The judge granted the divorce in Betty’s absence. He also got full custody of all four kids.
So did you watch? What to do you think? I’m not sure there will be enough interest in this to make it worth recapping. It moves kind of slow for me.