Everyone has their price. So argues Wayne Malloy (Eddie Izzard) at the outset of the second season of the FX show, The Riches. As the audience quickly finds out, that "everyone" includes Wayne himself.
The Riches follows the Malloy family - Wayne, Dahlia (Minnie Driver), Di Di (Shannon Marie Woodward), Cael (Noel Fisher), and Sam (Aidan Mitchell) - a group of Irish Travellers who have taken over the lives of the recently deceased Doug and Cherien Rich and their nonexistent children. As season one progressed, the Malloys found it harder and harder to maintain the ruse, and at the close of the season they were forced to try and run.
The second season picks up right where the first one left off, with the Malloys about to make their escape from Eden Falls and the lives of the Riches. However, after successfully disappearing, Wayne convinces the family they need to return. If the family can keep the con running just a little bit longer, Wayne, working as Doug at a real estate development company, stands to make 13 million dollars in a huge deal. The money is more than he can possibly ever pass up. As Driver explained on a recent conference call:
...it's a really Machiavellian idea, it’s the first time you’ve seen… Wayne operating outside of the unit. He’s doing something for the good of the family, but it’s not a familial decision. It’s something that he’s decided. I think that is a huge turning point. I think it says a lot that we go along with it… It’s setting up the season, because you’re basically going to see that spiritual and moral compunction unit come under even more fire, or you’re going to see kind of the true expression of who these people are I think this season, and I think it begins with that $13 million.
The Malloys, as a family of con artists, are not above taking money from people, but that 13 million is, as Izzard said "just more than he’s [Wayne] ever fathomed." He's willing to do whatever it takes to get that cash and then get away, and he's willing to sacrifice his family in the present in order to get the cash with the hopes of piecing them back together later.