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Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode Five, "Scary, Scary Night!"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode Five, "Scary, Scary Night!"

Questionable decisions abound on this week's Lipstick Jungle. Wendy's still struggling with how to be a stay-at-home mom (and not dealing with her frustrations in the most appropriate ways), Kirby goes to great lengths to prove to Nico he can pay for some stuff, and Victory . . . well, she starts thinking about Joe Bennett again. Ready to talk about this episode? Just


  • First of all: Wendy! What are you thinking? I said a while back that the writers didn't seem to know what to do with her because she's the only character in a stable marriage — but that was before they got her fired from her job, and anyway, it certainly doesn't mean I wanted her to go around kissing random guys!
  • That said, I wish we'd spent more time with Dennis earlier, to give the relationship a little more buildup than, "We're drunk, I'm bored, and my husband's away! Kissy!" I did think the two of them had chemistry — but Wendy has Shane! And she accidentally broke up Dennis's marriage even before the kissing!
  • Shane should have kissed her goodbye, though. Do you think Wendy will confess the kiss? If we've learned anything about her, it's that she's definitely an oversharer . . .
  • Meanwhile, Victory's dreams/hallucinations about Joe Bennett made me laugh, especially those shots of him repeatedly falling through the ice. And I love that those dreams became a little more urgent when she learns Joe really is planning to climb the Matterhorn. It actually leads to an interesting Joe moment: Since his father died at his age, and since Nico's husband died, Joe's starting to feel nervous about his own mortality and wants to do something big while he still can.
  • Um, remind me never to have Wendy and Nico analyze my dreams. Nico decided the Joe Bennett climbing dream was a metaphor for "the mountain of debt you owe him, the mountain of work you have to do, the mountain of pressure you're under," while Wendy just thought it was a sex dream.
  • Kirby, meanwhile, is starting to feel severely inferior to Nico since he can't afford their take-out, much less a trip to Aspen. Nico and Victory both tell him to let it go and let Nico pay, but he needs to save his masculinity, so he snaps a picture of a starlet drinking the dregs of the liquor at a ritzy Halloween party and sells it for paparazzi prices. Not exactly the artsy photographs he wants to be known for, I'm sure.
  • Also, if dude's so poor, why does he have an iPhone?
  • Back to Wendy for a second: She thought she had a way out of mommy hell, partnering up with Sal to start a production company together. But now, Sal's the new Wendy, and Wendy's still alone. I imagine this is going to be a long crawl back to professional satisfaction for her.
  • Speaking of professional satisfaction, Nico ends up getting drunk with the gross, sexist owner of a sports magazine Griffin's had his eyes on. Her bawdy language and copious shots eventually win him over, but Griffin backs away from the deal, saying that someone with those sorts of old-fashioned attitudes can't be good for business. You know, I actually kind of liked him there.

So, Wendy and Shane might be heading for trouble, Kirby's got a new career in the semi-illicit photo market, and Victory and Joe are going to try to make it as friends. Are any of these things good? Don't forget — the show moves to Fridays now, and you can find my recaps back here on Monday.

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