Friday, March 21, 2008

"Carpe Threesome" - Lipstick Jungle, episode 1.7


So this was the season finale. I'm not sure what made me think last week's Lipstick Jungle was the first season finale but I'm glad we got this episode, it followed up on the big plot points of last week and - in a way - brought things back to the beginning.

Last week's meltdown between Nico and Wendy over the former's affair with Kirby is still simmering. Nico has begun to realize her feelings for Kirby may be more than just physical, and she shows no sign of slowing things down. We get a montage of Nico and Kirby in the shower, in bed, etc. to let us know the affair is still going full-bore. But why does Nico's cell phone keep ringing?

Nico husband Charles has had a heart attack and she predictably leaves Kirby and rushes to his side. We don't much about the lives of Nico and her friends before the show started, but we have been told that Nico fell in love with Charles after being his student. We don't know enough about Charles to guess how he may have played Henry Higgins to her Eliza in the early days of her marriage, but it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume a certain dependence may have existed. As Nico grew older and more accomplished that naturally faded and may have sent Charles looking for something else, and that led to Nico's affair, etc. etc. Psychoanalysis aside, Nico's feelings for Charles are rekindled after his hospitalization. She guiltily confesses her affair with Kirby to Victory and then goes one step further by ending it. Is Charles having an affair with perky grad student Megan? We still don't know, but even if he is there's a desire on both sides to return to the passion and deeper feelings of his and Nico's early years together.

Wendy and Victory took second chair this week, but Wendy's storyline was one of the most interesting she has had. From the pilot, a centrai issue with Wendy has been balancing work, motherhood, and the needs of husband Shane. Now Shane is an in-demand film composer and Wendy is still as busy as ever. When a famous screenwriter (well played by Marsha Mason) is late with a Meryl Streep script Wendy must practically squat in the woman's apartment to produce a finished product. The writer tells Wendy she's terrified that if she finishes the script she'll never get another job due to ageism in the movie business. Wendy's response is to essentially write a blsnk check for a future script, and I couldn't help but wonder if she did so because she saw her own future to a degree.

This episode may have been the first time that I wished for more of Andrew McCarthy's Joe. Victory is mostly on her own this week, fending off Joe's attempt at reconciliation and almost getting caught up in a threesome. A stylish character played by Bobby Cannavale asks Victory to dress him and his wife for a magazine shoot; she quickly realizes that their interest isn't just professional. I think Cannavale's character is supposed to be a hockey player, and while Cannavale is a good actor he's entirely physically wrong if that's the case. This is one storyline that might have worked better on cable, sincde we aren't even allowed to know how Victory really feels about the idea of the three-way. Whole episodes of Sex and the City were constructed out of much less. Since this is a season finale we need one cliffhanger; when Victory finally does call Joe he has got someone else in bed.

So what do we make of Lipstick Jungle? The show is undoubtedly fluff, but watchable fluff. While the characters have few economic worries, there are enough professional challenges in their path to give things some kind of urgency. I'd argue the characters could actually have a bit more fun. Thanks, Lipstick Jungle, for giving me a new TV crush in Lindsay Price and a show good enough (but there's still work to do) to make watching a show about New York high society not seem like a waste of time. Until next season......

1 comment:

razew said...

i am huge fan to
Watch Lipstick Jungle
. recently i heard a good new that it starts again with new episodes.great...!!