Wild Card (TV Series 2003–2005)


Wild Card (TV Series 2003–2005)

The somewhat flirtatious, ever charming Daniel 'Dan' Collins, who has criminal connections from his past, investigates as an insurance investigator (effectively as private detective) crimes which (can) cost the insurance company a fortune in extant and/or future damage claims it hopes to pass on to the criminals or avoid altogether as poisoned fruit. His less experienced partner, Zoe Busick, gave up her job in Las Vegas as blackjack dealer when her sister died in a car accident, so she could raise her teenage nieces Taylor and Hannah and nephew Clifford "Cliff" Woodall in Chicago.
IMDb  6.8 /10
Creator Lynn Marie Latham
Creator Bernard Lechowick
Release Date2003-08-02
GenreDrama, Mystery, Comedy, Crime
Content Rating
Awards2 nominations.
CompanyBusiek Productions, Fireworks Entertainment, Lifetime Television
Zoe Busiek 36 episodes, 2003-2005
Dan Lennox 36 episodes, 2003-2005
Taylor Woodall 36 episodes, 2003-2005
Clifford "Cliff" Woodall / ... 36 episodes, 2003-2005
Hannah Woodall 36 episodes, 2003-2005
M. Pearl McGuire 19 episodes, 2004-2005
Bronson Picket
Bronson Picket
Marcos Morales 18 episodes, 2003-2004
Sophie Mason 17 episodes, 2003-2004

Wild Card (TV series)

Wild Card (also known as Zoe Busiek: Wild Card) is a Canadian-American coproduced comedy-drama series starring Joely Fisher. It was broadcast in the United States on Lifetime, and on the Global Television Network in Canada from August 2003 to July 2005.


Zoe Busiek is a former Las Vegas blackjack dealer whose life takes an unexpected turn when her sister dies in a car accident and she has to take care of her sister's three children, teenaged Taylor, preteen Cliff, and little kid Hannah. When the insurance company denies the family a financial settlement Zoe takes matters into her own hands, which leads her to a new career as an insurance fraud investigator with handsome former criminal Dan Lennox and serious but sweet Sophia Mason becoming her partners.

Each episode is centered on a particular case as well as Zoe's family life.

Sophia later becomes the boss. She leaves the show in the second season, along with Marcos, and is replaced by M. Pearl McGuire, who becomes Zoe's and Dan's new boss.



  • Joely Fisher as Zoe Busiek
  • Chris Potter as Dan Lennox
  • Rae Dawn Chong as Sophia Mason (season 1)
  • Bronson Picket as Marcos Morales (season 1)
  • Jamie Johnston as Clifford "Cliff" Woodall
  • Vikki Krinsky as Taylor Woodall
  • Aislinn Paul as Hannah Woodall
  • Loretta Devine as M. (Matilda) Pearl McGuire (season 2)


  • Corey Sevier as Julian
  • Yani Gellman as Ryder
  • Joe Pingue as Leo Lombardi

Production notes

The series, which is set in Chicago, Illinois (filmed in Toronto), was created and executive produced by Lynn Marie Latham and Bernard Lechowick. The theme song for the first season is performed by Amy Sky, while the theme song for the second season, "I Believe In Me," is performed by Cherie.

Main crew

Lynn Marie Latham, Bernard Lechowick, Linda Gase, and Thania St. John. Latham and Lechowick were fired as showrunners by the end of the first season, replaced by Doug Steinberg (formerly a consultant on Dawson's Creek).


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
118August 2, 2003January 24, 2004
218July 11, 2004July 16, 2005

Season 1 (2003–04)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Pilot"Stephen SurjikLynn Marie Latham & Bernard LechowickAugust 2, 2003
22"The Learning Curve"TBATBAAugust 9, 2003
33"Con Artistry"TBATBAAugust 16, 2003
44"Hell Week"TBATBAAugust 23, 2003
55"Dearly Beloved"TBATBASeptember 6, 2003
66"Dead Again"TBATBASeptember 13, 2003
77"The Cheese Stands Alone"TBATBASeptember 27, 2003
88"No Bull"TBATBAOctober 4, 2003
99"Mimi's Assetts"TBATBAOctober 18, 2003
1010"Spooked"TBATBAOctober 25, 2003
1111"Sand Trap"TBATBANovember 8, 2003
1212"Black Sheep"TBATBANovember 15, 2003
1313"Bullet Proof"TBATBADecember 6, 2003
1414"Backstabbed"TBATBADecember 13, 2003
1515"Auntie Venom"TBATBAJanuary 3, 2004
1616"Block Party"TBATBAJanuary 10, 2004
1717"Candy Land"TBATBAJanuary 17, 2004
1818"Queen Bea"TBATBAJanuary 24, 2004

Season 2 (2004–05)

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
191"A Felony for Melanie"July 11, 2004
202"Dr. Sidney Loses a Kidney"July 18, 2004
213"Sniper Shot, Intern Hot"July 25, 2004
224"Roses Are Red, Violets Are Busiek"August 1, 2004
235"Bound and Gagged, Your Husband Was Snagged"August 8, 2004
246"Wham Bam, Thank You Dan"August 15, 2004
257"Slam Dunk Funk"August 22, 2004
268"Die, Die, Who Am I?"September 26, 2004
279"Premonition Mission"October 3, 2004
2810"Bada Bing, Bada Busiek"October 10, 2004
2911"Tick Tock, Writer's Block"October 17, 2004
3012"Blind in a Bind"October 24, 2004
3113"Russian Missus Gets No Kisses"June 11, 2005
3214"See Ya Later, Investigator!"June 18, 2005
3315"A Whisper from Zoe's Sister"June 25, 2005
3416"Multiple Personality Fatality"July 2, 2005
3517"My Boyfriend Is an Axe Murderer"July 9, 2005
3618"Zoe's Phony Matrimony"July 16, 2005


The series was aired in syndication on the Lifetime Real Women network.