When Du Plessis learns of Caroline's plans to buy them a retirement home he confesses to Olivia that he's spent all their money. Will they be able to resolve the situation before the family... See full summary »

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When Du Plessis learns of Caroline's plans to buy them a retirement home he confesses to Olivia that he's spent all their money. Will they be able to resolve the situation before the family find out? Meanwhile Danny and Alice's plan to re-home a rare animal backfires when they meet Vanessa's father. Written by Anonymous

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Unrealistic reactions begin to show themselves in the writing.
19 December 2014 | by (SF Bay Area) – See all my reviews

This could've been a really good season finale episode. Instead, it showcased Dup's inherent dishonest nature and the gullibility of the other members at the "den".

Dup essentially steals the company's money in order to lend it to his son, obviously without consulting anyone. A great opportunity arises to purchase another plot of land and of course the money is not available. Instead of informing his partner and so called family of his actions, Dup goes and attempts to cover up his actions enlisting the help of Liv as a co-conspirator after the fact. He lies to his new wife, partner, and everyone else there in an ever increasing web of deceit. Of course things don't work out for his cover-up and the web only becomes more intricate affecting more and more members of the family.

All in all, that doesn't sound so bad and it wouldn't be if the lesson being taught to the viewers was how to have absolutely no accountability for ones actions regardless of who it hurts. What was a great platform turns into a demonstration of how to corrupt the troubled teen, divert blame and then be forgiven as if nothing occurred at all.

Betrayal is an interesting platform as it occurs on so many levels. What made it unrealistic is the simplistic resolution, which was really just Dup admitting he lied and cheated as well as allowing Liv to take the blame for him regarding the engagement ring. All is forgiven where in reality no person could escape the accountability brought on by such blatant disregard for and disrespect cited upon to everyone. Could jut say "OK, no problem" if someone who was supposed to be your friend/mentor/family stole all of your money, lied repeatedly to your face, and used your already troubled teen daughter as an accomplice and pawn? I know I'd have at least some choice words, need for reform/change and require distance from my impressionable teen who only learned that deceit is OK if you're not caught.

Demonstrating true accountability would have endeared this show as a family friendly viewing experience instead of just a convoluted jumble of contradictions.


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