On this week's Lipstick Jungle, Nico is loving her taste of motherhood, but Kirby is less convinced that he wants to be in a permanent state of child-rearing. Meanwhile, Victory has some tender moments with Maddie, and Shane keeps pressuring Wendy to consider having another kid. To chat about it, just
- So Nico is really loving her taste of motherhood ("I've never felt so necessary") and starts looking into what it would take to adopt Charlie permanently. But there are a couple of road blocks in the way: first, Kirby's less-than-thrilled response to being a temporary daddy, and second, the fact that Megan or her parents are way above Nico on the list of people with rights to Charlie, even though he was — as Nico points out — conceived during her marriage.
- Also: Nico had a miscarriage, around the same time Wendy was pregnant with Taylor. So sad — and maybe sadder that she convinced herself to feel relieved afterwards because she knew Charles didn't want a baby with her. I'm surprised that she never told Wendy or Victory, but she's right: They probably would have made a big deal out of it, and (as we saw earlier this season with her secret family drama), Nico's probably the most private of the three.
- So did I totally miss the part where Maddie goes to work for Victory? Cause I swear, the first I heard of it is when Maddie's suddenly assisting in the shop and flirting with the delivery boy.
- But about that: I do think it's very sweet that Victory wants to help Maddie with her self-esteem, especially because a) she's adorable, and b) she does have quite an intense and gorgeous mother to contend with. But I'm kind of on Wendy's side here: Does helping a 15-year-old to make out with a college student (even if he is a freshman) have to be the way to do it? Man, I feel so old right now!
- What was going on with Nico's boobs in this outfit?
- Wendy's non-Maddie-related subplot seems like kind of an odd tangent (why do they keep introducing new characters for Wendy to clash with at work?), but I did crack up at the Pepper Gleason/"Hannah Banana" references — and at the shoplifting setup.
- Also, I don't remember the copy shop girl looking so much like Claire Danes before.
- It's also a good chance for Shane to nudge Wendy more about having more children, pointing out that she could just take Steven's money, not work on the movie, and maybe raise another kid in the process. Wendy's not buying it so far, though, saying she doesn't want to be "a stay-at-home anything."
- Actually, I thought Shane was kind of a jerk all through this episode. Anyone else?
- I physically cringed when Kirby referred to Charlie as "a favor" — even though, you know, he is. I think that's when I knew Nico and Kirby were done.
- So sad to watch Megan's parents take Charlie away, while he's screaming and crying the whole time.
- I really liked the "secret room" reveal of Kirby's message to Nico: He's not happy anymore. They have a big talk right after, and that's when they decide to split. It's sad, but they're just at such different places in their lives. I'm not convinced they won't be back together before the series ends, though.
- And finally, I love Wendy's advice to Maddie: "Sweetheart, I promise you — you don't want to be the kind of person who peaks in the ninth grade."
Do you think Kirby and Nico are really through? And are you more annoyed with Shane or with Wendy? What will happen now with just three episodes to go?