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Primetime Show Reviews
Review by Danielle 8/29/06
Windfall is a new show that premiered during the summer on NBC. It airs on
Thursday nights at 10PM ET. The pilot featured the young Schaefer family
(husband Peter played by a much older looking Luke Perry and his wife Nina
played by Lana Parilla) hosting their turn of the routine lottery parties where
friends and family gather and all contribute a dollar toward a lottery pool. The
host then goes out and buys tickets with the same numbers on the idea that if
those numbers won, everyone who contributed gets a share of the winnings. That
nightís ticket ends up winning and about 20-30 people in attendance that night
each end up taking home several million dollars from one of the biggest
The show now features on a core group of those in attendance that night, their
personal lives and how the money has affected them. Peter Schaefer invested his
and part of his best friend Cameronís winnings into his dream of a bike
business. Unknown to Peter until recently, Cameron and Nina have been cheating
on their spouses by having an affair. Cameronís wife Beth (Sarah Wynter) figured
out the affair but has decided to stay married in name only because of her
desires to adopt a child. A teenager, Damien, contributed his dollar that
fateful evening and to avoid having his parents control him and his money,
decides to marry a woman from Russia so he can be declared an adult. The
relationship does not work out after the woman is revealed to have been stealing
from Damien. Damien now dates fellow teenager Frankie whose mother won that
night but Frankie chose to run away rather than move to New York with her mom.
The Schaefers had pizza delivered to the party that night and the pizza delivery
woman, a single mom, contributed her dollar on a whim and now lives in a hotel
suite. Sunny, a woman who has coveted after Peter, filed a lawsuit lying about
having been the extra dollar truly left by the pizza delivery woman, and only
dropped the suit when everyone agreed to give over $1 million from their
winnings to Sunny. Sunny later admitted that she lied when she got her dream of
spending the night with Peter but still has a large monetary backing in Peterís
Another winner quit her job as a nurse and used the winnings to open her own
restaurant. Missing the joy she felt at helping people but not the stress of
working for a mean boss, she offers her services at a local clinic. The rest of
the main cast is rounded out by a shady guy with a past, Sean (D.J. Cotrona) who
asked a woman to collect his winnings because of his legal troubles. The woman,
Zoe, ends up running off with the money and making it look as if she was killed.
Sean sets out to find her killer and ends up falling for Zoeís sister, Tally.
Later, Sean finds out that Tally has known all along that Zoe was alive and has
now admitted to having killed Zoe the night Sean confronted them both. The cops
think, given Seanís shady past, that he killed Zoe so Sean tries to get Tally to
turn herself in.
The show delves so much into personal lives and has such a large ensemble cast
despite their often-intertwined lives and situations that it can be confusing.
The first few episodes left me desiring more by the end of the episode but even
with characters finding out about secret affairs and secret conspiracies, the
latter episodes have been less enticing.
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