Have you ever won a lottery? If not, then at least you have wished about it. What would you do if you knew exactly which ticket was going to get you the prize? How far would you go to secure it? Netflix’s Lebanon-based series ‘Dollar’ follows a similar premise. After a bank decides to give a million dollars to whoever has a particular one-dollar bill, a man and a woman embark on a series of misadventures to get it before anyone comes to know about it. With two polar opposite characters as protagonists, the show weaves an entertaining tale that keeps both the protagonists and the audience on their toes. If you haven’t yet seen it, head over to Netflix. SPOILERS AHEAD
Summary of the Plot
There is a new bank opening in Beirut and the CEO wants his team to come up with an idea that can help them reach out to common people. Tarek works for an advertising company and is providing services to the bank where Zeina works as the office manager. He comes up with the idea of circulating a one-dollar bill into the public and revealing the serial number of it on Christmas Eve. The one who has the bill will win a huge prize from the bank. The CEO fixes that prize to be a million dollars. Tarek decides to get a head start on the chase and get the prize for himself. In the meantime, Zeina discovers the plan and embarks on a pursuit of her own. They decide to join forces to make the task easier and agree on splitting the money. But that one dollar is more elusive than they think.
The Real Motives of Tarek and Zeina
It is often quoted that money is not everything, but for the protagonists of this show, it is more than most things. It is definitely worth all the trouble they encounter along the way. And honestly, for a million dollars, who wouldn’t want to take such risks. When we first meet Tarek and Zeina, their lives are pretty normal. Tarek has recently separated from his wife but hasn’t been able to get a divorce yet. He clearly doesn’t want to stay in the marriage, and the efforts to get out of it are draining the life out of him. He works in an advertising company and the creativity that he displays with the idea of “your dollar is worth a million”, we can assume that he is good at what he does.
However, a rocky personal life has induced problems in his professional life as well. His wife isn’t making anything easier for him either. In the first episode, his landlord asks him for the rent. Tarek hasn’t paid a pound in the last couple of months. When the man shares his concern with another neighbour, he mentions that Tarek had never run out of money before, which could be because he had been supported by a rich wife. But problems surfaced when her lavish lifestyle became too much for him. From their conversations, we can also deduce that her family never welcomed their relationship.
Tarek tells Zeina that they have been separated for a while, but every time she watches a romantic movie, she comes back to haunt him. This helps bring the whole picture into perspective. What could have happened is this. Gihan was born in a rich family and never lacked anything. She is clearly a spoilt brat and is also a romantic. She has seen a lot of romcoms and is especially influenced by the ones where two people fall in love despite their financial, religious or any other difference in background.