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Cashmere Mafia Recap: Episode 4, "The Deciders"

Cashmere Mafia Rundown: Episode 4, "The Deciders"

OK, Cashmere Mafia, you got me. This week's fourth episode was pretty fun to watch — mostly thanks to Caitlin, who gets all the best lines. Mia, not so much; the show is supposedly built around Lucy Liu's character, but I find her stories dull. Juliet and Zoe got some good stuff last night, though, so that helped fill the giant void that Mia has become for me. Read on for my thoughts:

  • I continue to be amazed/impressed/intrigued by Caitlin's blase attitude about discovering she might be gay. I'm not sure how believable it is, but I did get a kick out of her proclamation that her lesbian relationship has lasted "twice as long as the last five guys and 29 days longer than Tae Bo, cognitive therapy, and carb-busters."
  • Zoe and Juliet are the only characters who seem to be getting equal screen time on both their home and their work stories. That's a good and a bad thing: I like Zoe's work stories much more than her home stories, and I feel exactly the opposite about Juliet. Her suspicion of Davis is much more interesting to me than her failure to properly send a group e-mail.
  • Speaking of which, these women don't particularly strike me as tech-savvy. Still, I do like a good automated phone system joke. "I think you said Lake Placid." "Screw you." "I think you said . . . "

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  • We learned, I think for the first time, that Zoe's last name is Burden. Man, I hate "clever" character names.
  • That said, I do like the focus on the conflict between her job and her family, even if the family parts seem tied up a little too neatly. Between getting to play laser tag in this episode and hiring the tour bus for the field trip a few weeks back, she really does seem to be Supermom every time. The office angle has a lot more drama, though. We get to see Zoe be brilliant, and we get to see her screw up (on a speakerphone, no less), and we get to see her deal with feeling pushed out by her coworkers. She's the only character whose story comes close to what I thought the show was going to be.

  • Juliet's work stories, on the other hand, leave something to be desired — but to my surprise, I actually like what's going on with Davis. He's not just a playboy; he's a playboy with money issues who's been using their fortune to cover his butt. I'm still seeing quite a bit of Bree Hodge in Juliet, especially that "No, please stay! I brought braised short ribs and roasted beets!" line. But the ruthless way she kicked Davis out was the most sizzle we've seen from her yet. "We've been posing for years." Nice.
  • While it was nice to see Jack back in the picture last night, I didn't love Mia's story with the brain surgeon. I shared Mia's confusion, actually: Did the guy like her? Was he just appeasing his parents? I don't know that there was enough chemistry between them at the brunch to make Jack jealous, though I did like the surgeon's pointed remark that he asked her out when he learned about her promotion. Take that, Jack.
  • Unrelated: Just looking at Mia's earrings gave me a headache.
  • Meanwhile, Caitlin at the lesbian shower was the night's comic relief, but she's actually going to have an interesting choice to make. I loved her babbling in the bathroom ("I get a spray-on tan") more than anything else in the episode.
  • What did you think? Is there any chemistry whatsoever between Caitlin and Alicia? Do any of the characters stand out to you? And if there were more things on TV right now, do you think you'd be watching?

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