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Lipstick Jungle Recap: Episode 2, "Nothing Sacred"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 2, "Nothing Sacred"

Two episodes in, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about Lipstick Jungle. On the one hand, it seems more serious and more realistic than Cashmere Mafia; even the colors are more muted and the music less peppy. But on the other hand, I thought this second episode could have used a little dash of Cashmere's cheeriness just to keep it from getting dull. It's not a good sign when I find my attention drifting to magazines or online shopping in just the second week, is it?

Still, there are some things I liked about the episode, and the show actually seems capable of sustaining a plot line week to week, so maybe there will be more to enjoy next week. For my take, and to share yours, just


  • One of my main problems with the show is also one of my main draws: Wendy. I like Wendy. I actually feel sympathy for Wendy; Wendy does not seem to be the kind of person who deserves to have a nanny expose written about her. And . . . that's the problem. We're told that Wendy is a heartless ice queen, but boy, we never see it. We see her as a loving mother, a hugging executive, and a tough negotiator, but not somebody cutthroat or utterly self-absorbed the way the book made her out to be. It's hard not to be on Wendy's side, to the point that it's hard to understand why anybody wouldn't like her (Wendy's daughter: "You have enemies? Sweet!"), and that's a problem.
  • I suppose I expected Wendy's character to be a little more like Janice, though Janice probably swings too far toward the unsympathetic side to ever be the focus of a show. Even when it seemed like Wendy would get her to back down, Janice had another trick — the good ol' paparazzi photo — up her sleeve. "Tsunami for bad mommy" would be a lame caption, though. (Also, Wendy saying "I love my son" after we've just seen her daughter: continuity error? Did I just miss something?)
  • Also: Shane leaked the nanny info? I mean, I'm sure that wasn't what he thought he was doing at the time — he thought he was just having a conversation — but still, wouldn't he have been a little more careful?
  • While we're in the "be a little more careful" department: Nico and those photos? Yeah, like those aren't going to get leaked everywhere. I can't be the only person who watched that scene thinking, "Haven't you ever seen a movie? You know how this ends!" So, two of our main three ladies are now tabloid fodder.
  • The third one is running around New York searching for a hat. Ugh, I really hated Victory's storyline, and I resent that Joe had to come sweeping in to save the day. (It did give us the "Well, I'm Vera Fang" line, though, so I can't say it was all bad.)
  • More interesting, though, was Victory's lying, stealing cheat of an ex-assistant. That story should have some good payoff eventually, once Victory finds out. I wonder if the show will be around long enough for us to see that happen.
  • Nico's royals storyline? Yawn. The best part, though, was watching her half-embarrassed, half-smitten face as the photographer prattled on about "legs, nipples, lips" while Kirby stared at her.
  • Whatever my other issues with the show, the music is really, really good.

Still on board? How screwed is Wendy? Will Victory stop being annoying?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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rubiene rubiene 9 years
eventually they will be shown more of the the characters...there role might be changed a bit but it will brought back eventaully...just like from the is interesting though. keep watching and supporting this;s a great women show.
Taadie Taadie 9 years
I like that the show has a more serious tone but they ruined the character of Victory Ford from the book. In the book she is more independent and there was a progression when her business was in jeopardy. She didnt just lose it in a week. If they would have kept that then her portion of the show would at least still be interesting. Also there was more of a struggle between her and Joe and his wealth. She didnt let him dominate her the way he seems to do on the show. She was much more independent and motivated and savvy. I wish they would give that back to her.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I think Shane definitely pulled a Jude Law with the nanny. Men only bare their souls as foreplay. Also, I think it's VERY believable that Wendy would be disliked, because I don't think most women that are painted as "ice queens" really are. I think they, like Wendy, are women who are just quiet, serious, content, and self-contained. In fact, (SOAPBOX ALERT) it's one of my pet peeves how women who are confident with who they are can't have friends or be appreciated by the public, and that it seems like women have to behave so neurotically to be "lovable" and how mutual self-deprecation is the modern pick-up line of female friendships. I have an entire article about this on my blog Bridezilla, if you want to read it, (or if you want me to just stop ranting :). Other thoughts on Lipstick? Loves it! I thought the scene with Nico and boy toy romping on the photo shoot was the stuff career girl's kinky fantasies are made of-me likee! Also thought the Victory-Assistant story line added some nice suspense (although I agree the hat storyline was the lameness) This show is better than Cashmere Mafia! The female leads are stronger, more unique, and more inspiring.
Girrly007 Girrly007 9 years
I'd like to start out by saying that these shows were being compared to Sex and the City before they even aired, and to be honest, were doomed from the start. These shows were really hyped, especially since the writers strike was going on, and they were fresh episodes. I feel like if that hadn't been going on, and there were other shows on tv, their ratings certainly wouldn't be as high as they are. If I had to pick one of the two, I'd go with Cashmere Mafia. The first episode of Lipstick Jungle was okay... but I just finished watching the second, and I'm just at a loss. "Let's make a show like Sex And The City... all we need is really high fashion, gratuitous sex scenes, base it in Manhattan, show lots of skin, have terrible acting, bad writing, throw in an affair or two, and we should have a big hit!" I just don't get it. The reason we all loved Sex And The City so much was because it was a smart show that had excellent writers. What happened? It's a shame that these shows will probably stay on TV and they'll take good shows like Friday Night Lights and October Road off the air.
juiceejuice juiceejuice 9 years
i like lindsay price - although i wish her story was better and whatnot. but i like lindsay and andrew. the others not so much.
ponyluv ponyluv 9 years
CM is a treat! LJ makes you work...and the payoff isn't good enough. CM was confusing at first, but now really works for me.
bridget0621 bridget0621 9 years
I think both shows could use a lot of work (but many successful series have started rocky). I am just happy that i have 2 new shows to watch featuring female characters/relationships with awesome wardrobes. Fashion is my #1 draw to both shows, so CM wins there. I think LD is taking a more serious slant so is a bit more mature and CM is more removed from reality (which can be great. i love a good excape!) Hmm.... Jury's still out over here. Bottom line: I'll keep watchin 'em both til they're cancelled!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Lipstick Jungle may have millions of viewers who love the show, but it's also down 20% in viewership from last week. Not a good sign.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I like Lipstick Jungle way better than I like Cashmere Mafia. I think that the story is more engaging and realistic in Lipstick Jungle. I'll give it a while longer to establish itself before I make up my mind permanently.
EnticinHipHop EnticinHipHop 9 years
You know I really enjoy this show a lot more than Cashmere Mafia. I mean Cashmere Mafia has it moments, but it has yet to keep me from changing the channel during the first commercial break and forgetting its on...but Lipstick Jungle so far has been able to keep my attention because I think the characters are much more likable than the ones of Cashmere Mafia.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I didn't like episode 1 but I was feeling this episode more. I can't wait to see more of the story develope; so I'll be waiting for that.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I watched the pilot on USA the other day in the afternoon, a benefit of the writers strike i guess. Overall I feel like criticisms on this show can be boiled down to "they are trying too hard" cuz they are. That being said, I'd prolly watch it if there was nothing else on, but it def. hasn't become a must see yet. Then again, there were probably a lot of people who said that after seeing the first ep of SATC. So who knows!
rubiene rubiene 9 years
gosh it's getting interesting more and more...see peoepl wants something right's like a movie...and this show is not sex and the city. that SATC is history yet it was good. but this show is simple and has a you think a show like this won't spend millions without thinking a strong solid story? the satc. has a different story line that ends right every episode...i meant the topic subject. but this one is really has more surprises. but i am sure...millions of viewers love this kind of show. it's a mature audience. not some twenty something fun show. love it...
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Off my list. If I watch something at that time, I'll watch Eli Stone.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Still on my DVR, but I love reading your reviews and the comments. I *will* watch this weekend.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
I know people keep comparing this to SATC but I really don't think they are alike at all. Other than the clothes I guess. SATC was funny, and that is definately not the focus of this show. Everyone is sad all the time. I give up on it.
patrice0x0x patrice0x0x 9 years
I don't know why, but i'm strangely drawn to this show. I definitely think it has potential. Is is the next sex in the city? Well, no- but that doesn't mean its not good! Nico's affair, Victory's lying assistant, Wendy's book struggle- it's all GOOD!! i LOVE drama- a good afair, a good scandal- what's not to love? I don't watch Cashmere Mafia, so I can't compare, but maybe i'll start for comparison purposes. I really hope this show makes it, It's shockingly good!
Tami715 Tami715 9 years
I gave up on Lipstick Jungle after the first episode... it just couldn't keep my attention. I do love Cashmere Mafia, though!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm sooo torn about this show. see i couldn't wait for it to start - LOVED the first episode - but last night - i was watching and i was into it - but i'm not sure. Cashmere really has grabbed my attention more. i was so confused the first few episodes but now i'm into it. we'll have to see i guess - but you know that both won't survive...:(
oh-lady-e oh-lady-e 9 years
I'm disappointed with Cashmere Mafia and Lipstick Jungle. They are both trying too hard to be the new Sex and the City, and well... there's only one Sex and the City. As much as I love seeing the great shoes and bags and clothes, I'm kind of tired of the power-women streak. I'd be much more interested seeing a show about these women at the beginning of their careers, struggling to make a name for themselves and looking fashionable in something that isn't straight from Henri Bendel.
MDF20 MDF20 9 years
Wendy mentioned something about the book having a whole chapter about her canceling her son's birthday party. I think that's why she said she loved her son. (I'm still not a fan but I guess I was paying more attention to the show than I thought lol)
ktacce ktacce 9 years
OH I GET IT. yeah that is weird.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
ktacce — right, I do remember seeing her son. But it was just weird that she'd say "I love my son" instead of "I love my kids" ... right?
ktacce ktacce 9 years
we've seen her son, buzz! remember? he brought her the fax at the beginning of this episode, but also was on last episode cause his hamster had died or something.
demeter demeter 9 years
I was confused about Shane too because didn't Wendy say he wanted to fire the nanny after the first week? So why talk to her about Wendy? Anyway I think the most endearing part of the show is Victory/Joe. I loved when he got the hat for her and he's like "What makes you think I'm saving you?" So cute!!! I love them.
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