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Lipstick Jungle Recap: Episode 13, "La Vie en Pose"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 13, "La Vie en Pose"

Aw, you guys! I was doing OK with the (probably) final episode of Lipstick Jungle — until they went and hit me with a montage! Seeing the ladies in all their stages of friendship (happily toasting and tearfully consoling each other) made me realize just how much I'll miss this show.

But if it's gone, it went out with an episode that answered many of the questions I've had: Will Joe and Victory actually get married? Is Shane gone for good? To talk about it, just


  • First of all, Victory's parents are adorable. And very Midwestern. And not used to Joe at all. At the same time, Joe isn't used to people being put off by his grand gestures. So he just keeps trying to wine and dine them with private visits to museums ("they're burning all these lights just for us?") and fancy dinners (but Victory's mom would rather eat her leftovers from the plane).
  • So it's all pretty much a disaster, to the point that Victory's dad won't give a toast at the engagement party and Joe suggests maybe just not getting married at all.
  • Nico, meanwhile, apparently spent New Year's Eve with Griffin — and, in typical Griffin fashion, he immediately wants her to sign a letter saying they have a relationship outside the office. I know he's a by-the-books guy, but that still seems a little sudden.
  • Shane's gone, and it seems to have made things better between him and Wendy. Maddie isn't seeing that, however, and so she acts out big time — even sneaking out to see that college guy she met at Victory's urging. Hee! Love Maddie.
  • This week's silly work plotline (Wendy wants the rights to a story, but Parador wants them too, and Griffin assumes Nico tipped Wendy off) mostly just serves as a way to get Nico over to Wendy's for one of the most honest conversations I've heard in the whole series: She admits she's been in free fall since Charles died.
  • It cracks me up that Dahlia and Sal are still together. I imagine the two just going around and stirring up trouble all over town.
  • The trouble she stirs up for Nico is that appearance on the Today show where the hosts just want to talk about her cougar tendencies. But Nico handles it with grace and says some sweet things about Kirby, including that the age gap that was supposed to divide them "gave us room to breathe." I loved the reaction shots of Griffin and Kirby both watching.
  • I did not, however, love Griffin's actual reaction. I mean, of course Nico could talk openly about Kirby — she'd had months to process the rise and fall of that relationship! She's been with Griffin what, a week?
  • Nothing like a toast to make me teary even before the montage.
  • Drunk Maddie's back! And she's mad because Wendy isn't being honest with her about splitting up with Shane. Except Wendy's totally not splitting up with Shane, a fact Maddie can only realize after puking into a trash can and then talking to her dad.
  • The second Victory told Wendy that Joe was in financial trouble, I knew that would come back to haunt her, and sure enough, Joe's silently livid and tells Victory some things have to be just between them.
  • But then! He tells Victory's mom to see if their hometown church can host their wedding!
  • Then Kirby shows up at Nico's, and he wants her, and they're maybe going to kiss, until Nico's cell phone rings — and it's Griffin. But she doesn't answer, either; we're just left with that moment.
  • And then: montage!

So, that's (most likely) it. Are you happy with the way things wrapped up? Which guy do you think Nico chooses? And which of the series' greatest moments did you wish had been in the montage?

Photos courtesy of NBC

CheleBelle CheleBelle 8 years
Well according to they are still planning to jerk us LJ fans around...probably till late spring...jeez!
xopiperxo xopiperxo 8 years
aww, i'm sad the show is over. i hope victory/joe work out but i'm not so sure.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
the montage made me cry. i must know what happens with shane & wendy! it almost looked as if shane was regretting going on tour.... and i almost expected that whore of a manager to walk in the hotel room (SO glad she didn't, i would have been *livid*) as much as i love kirby, would love to see the griffin/nico story pan out - talk about a power couple!!!! maddie, oh maddie. and oh joe.
DCStar DCStar 8 years
Sad, sad, sad!!!
makiwacky makiwacky 8 years
why is this ending?? why??
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I just signed it! I really hope that they do not cancel this show but with the montage i am guessing it is done. If it is the last show then it was a good episode to end on.
laurel9894 laurel9894 8 years
this better not be the ennnddddddddd. i will be sooo sad. i love LJ!!!!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Petition signed!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I so don't want this show to be over. I want to see what happens! And I totally hope that Nico chooses Griffin. He's totally sexier, and Kirby is just a child. They'll end up having the same problems over and over again. Honestly, I thought the montage was cheesy. It was forced and weird and sudden to me, and I wish they'd just left the ending alone.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Just signed the petition, I totally don't want this show to end.
jwang_77 jwang_77 8 years
while i do not think the show has reached its full potential (cheap set dressing, sometimes cheesy scripts, and who creates the "fashion" for victory's line? ugh), there is nothing filling this void in tv right now. everything else is reality, medical, teen or murder shows. desperate housewives never got me interested in their characters like lipstick jungle does. there is an online petition:
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Does anyone know it it's coming back or not?
TxRdRaider TxRdRaider 8 years
I was so upset to see the montage (not only cheese) but made me think this has to be the end. But we'll see. I would be really anxious to see what happens with Nico. I was so sad when her and Kirby ended, but then when Griffen took care of her so well I instantly feel for them being together.
Ayla Ayla 8 years
I am sad to see to show go. I admit it was not the best show I have ever seen, but it had something that made me like it and care for the characters, Wendy in particular. I was not too crazy about Victory though. I like show that centers around a group of women, their life, their ups and downs.
angelaminx angelaminx 8 years
Please tell me this was not the end. I'll be watching and hoping for more.I can't get enough of the three ladies story lines. While they are all different I find something I relate to with each character in the show.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I love this show! It's amazingly sexy and stylish for an NBC show (love those opening credits) and I'd love to see how far that could go if Showtime or HBO would pick it up. Lipstick was the perfect "next step" Sex and the City, a little more serious, a little more grown up, but still glamorous and heart-pounding. My favorite part of this episode was the final shot of Victory and Joe in the fairy lights. To die for.
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
...people watch this?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
see - without the montage, i think that we could have said that there's a chance that there will be more, but with most shows, they only do those when it's the LAST episode. anyway, back to the show... nico - i don't know if any of us were surprised with how her relationship with Griffin was going to evolve - and's hard when you're someone's employee and the fact that there was such a short time from when she broke up with kirby. if the show goes on, i'd love to see more of what would happen. victory - well..i like that she really does love joe for who he is rather than what he is- that's one of the most important things in a relationship - and she's strong for him. i DID like that he wants to do it the right way though and made the comment about having the wedding in Ohio. Wendy - well - she has her hands full doesn't she? i like that she and her daughter are getting things back on track - and it's actually kind of REAL seeing that her teen was getting drunk and being difficult.
CheleBelle CheleBelle 8 years
so another one bites the this just sucks scissors...but hey at least we got some closure. i like kirby have always dug the older woman/younger man concept....but man o' man i like griffin. oh's all just memories fading through time...:sniffle:
emms emms 8 years
MONTAGE=DUNZO Nico chose Kirby. They are happy until wait! Nico still wants to have a baby and Kirby is still alot younger than her. They break up again and Nico ends up adopting a kid from a third world country.
graylen graylen 8 years
No, Lipstick Jungle! Don't leave me alone on Friday's! :(
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
I feel the show was very rushed due to the cancelation of the show. Victory & Joe story line reminded me of SATC's Carrie and Big, didn't care for how Wendy & Shane ended and Nico/Griffin/Kirby was an obvious triangle. Loved Nico on Today Show and that they included Dahlia. Sad to see the show go.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
I thought Victory's mom was a horrible actress, she was way overdoing it.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Yeah, it made me think it was over too. I did appreciate the loose ends tied up though.
McSquish McSquish 8 years
I could have done without the montage because that *really* made me think it was over and I have hope that it's not. I actually liked the second to last episode better than this one. This one felt a bit rushed to tie up all lose ends. Aaaand I think montages are cheesy. But man, I'm going to miss this show if they don't bring it back. I love these women! And their hot men of course ; )
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