Dirty Sexy Money review. Episode 2.3—"The Star Witness"
"The Star Witness" saw the Darlings all split off into different storylines, at times seeming as if the writers were incapable of creating content for more than two people per scene. It was the soapiest episode of the season thus far and also one of the weakest. The introduction of Nick’s estranged mother should have been the core storyline, however, it played second fiddle to the completely absurd romantic entanglements of the Darling children.
Nick finally met Claire, the mother who abandoned him as a small child. He only meets her because she is a witness in Letitia's trial. Nick's reunion with his mother was one of the few thing about the episode that was truly compelling. The fractured relationship wasn't instantly repaired. There were no bold confessions of love and forgiveness. Nick was hurt and his mother felt guilty. However, both knew that a relationship could not exist between the two of them. Claire also realized that making Letitia suffer would not fix the broken relationship with Nick. Nick was also finally able to understand that Letitia always saw him as one of her children, for better or worse.