Apparently, this was the "people taking things that don't belong to them" episode of Lipstick Jungle, with each of our main characters messing around in someone else's business (or having someone else mess around in theirs). Wendy tried to jump-start her husband's music career, Victory's ex-assistant came back to make Victory's life miserable, and Nico and Kirby continued alternately embracing and stomping all over each other's hearts. And that was just the basics. To hear my thought on Thursday's Lipstick Jungle, just read more.
- Hey, Lipstick Jungle can carry a plot line through multiple episodes! Just when I was beginning to wonder whether anything would ever come of Victory's assistant stealing her sketches, it did — and in dramatic fashion. I loved that scene with her banging on the window of the store, yelling "Those are my dresses!" as a perfectly befuddled Joe Bennett tried to figure out what on earth was going on. "And they will be. Tomorrow. I'll even throw in a handbag!" No, Joe, it's not about shopping. It's about stealing!
- Also, nice PSA for the "fashion design isn't considered art, so it's not protected under copyright law" debate.
- I'm really glad Reese was lying in the scene where she apologized to Victory, because otherwise, she would be the worst actress on earth. Luckily, she was supposed to be a bad actress. Whew.
- I'm not sure I totally understood Victory's scheme at Nico's party, but either way, I don't think it worked as planned. Did she want to confront the designer? Reese? Both? Because I don't think the intent was to be out in the freezing cold, entrenched in a girlfight with her ex-assistant. Now, as for how Reese managed to rip one piece off Victory's dress during their catfight without leaving her naked, I can't explain that, either.
- I'm surprised we haven't seen Lipstick's Gawker-wannabe blog before now. Hello, "Gotham Gazer"!
- The montage of Shane playing piano in the club could have been about a minute shorter (he's good, OK? We get it!), but it gave us yet another opportunity to see what kind of bad decisions Wendy can make when she thinks she's doing the right thing. Her heart is always in the right place, but the follow-through doesn't quite work sometimes. There was just no way that director didn't feel pressured into giving Shane the job, and I can't imagine Wendy will be able to keep that secret for long.
- Nico and Kirby: still pulled together, then drawn apart, over and over and over again. Love that Kirby had a chalkboard mounted in his living room — so convenient when your illegitimate girlfriend needs to suddenly write the rules of your relationship. Good thing Kirby didn't bring the actress home, though; I bet that list would have been a hard thing to explain.
- Interesting, though, that they both broke the "no emotional attachment" rule within the same 45-minute episode. Come on, that was never going to last. Something (OK, the previews for next week) tells me that Wendy, at least, isn't going to be happy.
- From the mixed-metaphor department: Shane saying giving the director the CD was an executive decision like "buying mittens for our son." Yeah. Mittens. Big decision.
- Most hilarious movie poster in Wendy's office: Salty Tears.
- I give in. Nico and Kirby are hot.
Your thoughts? Does Shane have a legitimate beef with Wendy? How skeezy is Victory's investor? And, with only two episodes to go in this mini-season, how long before Nico and Kirby get caught?
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