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Lipstick Jungle Recap: Episode 4, "Bombay Highway"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 4, "Bombay Highway"

NBC gave Lipstick Jungle an additional six episodes this week, and this episode actually made me glad for it. Despite myself, I'm starting to get into Wendy and Nico's stories, even though some parts still grate on me (my pet frustration this week: virtually everything related to Wendy's career). Even Victory had her moments.

Mostly, I appreciated the way the women's three stories tied into each other this week. (Not to keep harping on poor Cashmere Mafia, but that's something that show never quite got down.) Nico confiding her affair set into motion several other threads for the rest of the characters: Wendy's concern about keeping her own marriage alive, Wendy and Nico's belief that Victory can't understand their lives because she's not married, and Wendy's frustrations with Nico spilling into a conflict with Victory. I think that's how real friends act, and it should be the core of the show. To read more of my take on the episode, just


  • It's a good thing that Kirby dropped the lawsuit, because Nico was clearly never going to be able to lie her way out of it. "There are a lot of people at a photo shoot"? You've got to do better than that! Of course, it's not like telling the truth was really an option.
  • Do you think Kirby really just wanted Nico (as opposed to any settlement money) all along? Or did he just want to see how she would react? I think he legitimately does want to be with her, but there's still something about him that puts me on edge. When he asked Nico how many other men she'd done this to, I found myself wondering how many other women he'd gotten involved with like this. Am I too pessimistic about him?
  • Meanwhile, the writers are giving Nico an easy — or, at least, easier — out by insinuating that Charles might be having an affair with one of his students. I suppose it's easier to feel sympathy for her if she's not the only one cheating. Also: Was it implied that Nico was one of Charles's students once upon a time, with that line about her still owing him a paper?
  • After a couple of weeks of Saint Wendy, I'm glad we've seen more complex sides of her in the last few episodes. She's a micromanager, which can annoy her friends and family, and she's not thrilled when things don't go according to plan. I'm glad she found a balance, letting both Victory and her star have their moments after things got really ugly. That said: Is anyone else wondering where the paparazzi photos of their red carpet fight will end up?
  • Also, given the drama of Wendy's reaction shot, I thought Victory's dress was going to be a true monstrosity. Instead, it was just a little low-cut.
  • Shane turning the washing machine on in the middle of spontaneous sex: nasty-hot or nasty-nasty?
  • Two funny alcohol-related moments: Victory's "Does this room have a minibar?" and its echo later with the starlet hunting for Victory's bourbon.
  • Does Lindsay Price as Victory Ford remind anyone else of Eva Longoria Parker as Gaby Solis?
  • Speaking of which, Victory and Joe are still the weak link for me. On the one hand, I'm glad he didn't try to fly her anywhere dramatic and, like, buy her her own personal Alp this week. On the other hand, they're kind of boring in New York.

Your thoughts? Happy about the additional episodes? Yay or nay on Kirby and Nico? And spring rolls with pizza: gross or awesome?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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reckupjd reckupjd 9 years
I love the earrings Victory Ford wore in the Bombay episode. Does anybody know anything about the designer or anything on where I can find them?
YMO YMO 9 years
Just from the opening credits, it's apparent that Nico's husband won't be around too long. He's the only significant other that doesn't appear.
ana-isabel ana-isabel 9 years
The washing machine thing was so hot :)
jennylens jennylens 9 years
I totally agree that Victory's work and date clothes are awesome, but that yellow silk thing with the hand-blown beads was beyond boring, with or without the jacket. Victory needs a kick in the pants to grow up. Instead of her friends coddling her, they could share survival tips with her. I don't know if she'd listen or take anything to heart cos she's so petulant. Victory acts like a spoiled child, full of self-pity and lacking self-awareness. Victory appears younger than the other two, so how do they all know each other? If she were my friend, she wouldn't be after awhile. She's an energy vampire -- sucks energy from other people. Sorry to be so harsh, but I love watching how the others deal with people at work with so much dignity and integrity. Except Nico was really stupid and foolish not to even try to fix the situation with Kirby and his work. Kirby has a big heart to forgive her for that betrayal. He seems to be the most mature of the three: Nico, her husband and him. Kirby is willing to go the extra mile to develop a relationship with Nico. Kirby is like a young Hugh Jackman, wowsa. I can't wait to see how that develops this week. If the writers/producers are smart, they will really develop that story! One interesting point is Nico is not going after him. I get so tired of older women being called cougars. We don't all pursue young men. Many come calling on us. There's a whole story line there they could develop, wherein people accuse Nico of robbing the cradle, yet she's the one who has tried to put up roadblocks. And how about Kirby's friends and associates giving him a hard time about it? And younger women flirting with him, in front of her? Plus how it's OK for an older professor to have an affair with a younger woman, but not an older woman and younger man. Or it's OK for the husband to step out, but not the wife. Plus building a new life when a long-time marriage breaks up or goes through a very serious transition. But I don't think this marriage can nor should be saved. Nico's husband is not worth it. He's left the marriage, whether or not he's having an affair, he's not acting like a husband and the sooner she dumps him, the better for her. There's a ton that could be written about the two of them and I hope they pursue it. I don't think any other show has this kind of story line, and it cuts close to the truth and reality of more people than many realize! Back to Andrew McCarthy aka Joe, sure he threw the coat in the assistant's face, but uber rich do that! I wonder how long he's gonna put up with nurturing exceptionally needy Victory. I'm not so hot for her assistant getting closer to her, except as friends first. But again, she doesn't give much to those around her. So why should she get the good guys? She needs a nasty man around her, one who gives to her what she gives to him. Give her a real reason to whine. and maybe that will really unleash some action in her! Andrew McCarthy is not that bad, people! He's sent a plane for her, stayed in with her, given her what she's needed and asked for nothing. He even came back after she broke up cos he wasn't ready yet to hang with her friends. Just maybe he thinks they are boring or it's just too soon? Well, I hope NBC has a clue they have a potentially HOT show. Let's pray they don't mess it up. Or else it's back to cable!
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
As soon as the first episode aired and they basically set up Nico's sex life with her husband as non-existent and that he's a professor, I was just waiting as to when they would drop the ball on him. That was too easy. I also don't think that Kirby wanted the money. It was that sleazy guy that Nico works with. He put Kirby up to the harassment lawsuit. I can't stand Kirby's name but he kinda reminds me of Scott Speedman. Cute. I'm not a big fan of Lindsay Price but she makes a cute Victory Ford. I love her clothes..not the ones she designs but the ones she wears.
rubiene rubiene 9 years
victory's assistant is quite charming and cute..i bet he will have more scene and who knows might like victory more not just being assistant...i think somehow he will protect victory from joe's aggressiveness and rudeness. seen the shot when he threw the coat and scarf on his face. wow...that really show somethinga bout joe bennet...the billiornaire...
mcmartusia mcmartusia 9 years
Well, I couldn't agree with you more skiwi. Victory is sooooo annoying, I can't stand her. I LOVE Nico(especially with Kirby- he's sooooo hot). I would like to see Victory's assistant more....
jennylens jennylens 9 years
I have very little time nor interest for 99% of what's on TV. I watched a couple of episodes of CM and almost threw up. I LOVE LIPSTICK JUNGLE. I LOVE the HEAT, the PASSION, the ENERGY between KIRBY (OMG, such a Hugh Jackman looker, OMG, what a man) and Nico. I love how age makes no dif and she is definitely not a cougar on the prowl. As far as her husband, I agree with Kirby, how does he keep his hands off her? Very obvious her huz is either having an affair with his student or he's clueless. In either case, she has NO obligation to him. (Gotta add, how can she be so clueless that something is going on with him??). As someone who can honestly say "been there, done that," she has every right to live her own life. I only WISH I left my marriage years before I did. There is no joy, no satisfaction, no point of beating a dead horse. And Nico and her husband are in a deader than dead relationship. How dare he treat her the way he does? If Nico and Kirby cool down, she is so entitled to whatever they can create for however it lasts. I rarely care this much about a TV couple. I can't wait to see what develops next! Also, I cannot stand Brooke Shields' hair color! It's waaaay too dark. I am not only a fan of hers, but photographed her as a teen. I was an entertainment photographer and had a shot of her published. She looks so much better with brown hair. I just caught "Less than Zero" with Andrew McCarthy. I truly feel he is like George Clooney, the older, the better. Let a bit of experience etch some character into their faces and their acting. That Victory is one stupid, foolish and stubborn woman willing to throw him away just cos he's not yet warmed up to her friends. She's one lucky woman to find a man like that! He's so willing to put up with her insecurities. For once in his life, he can do something for someone. She ought to just get into his groove. I don't know if that relationship is a keeper, but if I were her, just let it flow! Ok, here's hoping this show lasts awhile. I love it!!! from a cougar who has been there, done that. This show bloody well rocks!!
demeter demeter 9 years
I am in LOVE with this show!!! I just love it so much. It is SOOOOO much better than Cashmere Mafia, and Joe and Victory are my favorite part of the show. I look forward to Thursdays!
daniASHrich daniASHrich 9 years
i admit it. i love this show too. vic is definitely my favorite --- i hope it stays on for awhile!
CheleBelle CheleBelle 9 years
Like all the characters on some level...even Andrew McCarthy's 'billionaire playboy routine'. However, Nico and Kirby are the one's carrying the show right now. Kirby is sexy and Nico is in such a sticky BUT interesting you play it safe and stick with old, boring and reliable OR do ya give into the sensory overload and have an all out love affair with Kirby...who is very much a undefined quanity. Nico's husband is definitely having an affair AND yes the show did use that as a reason to allow Nico to pick back up with Kirby. Either way, I am praying he's just a single, straight stud muffin who has fallen for a older married woman AND not a nasty sneaky bonehead who will cause her even more trials and tribulations.
Elsa2 Elsa2 9 years
I've been suspecting the husband of having an affair since the first episode : he never pays attention to Nico (remember when she had Kirby's number written on her leg and he didn't notice ?!) and doesn't want to have sex. Hello !!! That's what led her to have an affair. I must say I kinda like Nico and Kirmy together. And I must be the only one, but I really like Victory, go figure why ?! :D But I still love Cashmere Mafia more (or loved... because it's probably over), if only for the clothes.
rubiene rubiene 9 years
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rubiene rubiene 9 years
and yes brooke is genetically athlectic ever since. she is a 4th generation part royal italian blood. her great grand father is a famous american tennis player married an italian princess. she have done works from ballet to lots of circus stunts, broadway star lots of dancing and gigs besides being the most photgraph young model in the 80's. the credits still goes on. some women has the athletic profile. she is getting foot surgery bec. of so much high hills and dancing from broadway. oh the last episode of lipstick was so much fun and great.
rubiene rubiene 9 years
the term PRETtY cn be identified as young and cute and simply irresistable... classic beauty is BROOKE SHIELDS in and out.
rubiene rubiene 9 years
brooke shields have lost her baby fat on her cheek.the cheek bones or putting blush on anyone cheeks will loose the feminie young look of women. but adds drama. if she has the baby fat cheek then it is more feminie look. but i think people always think her past look whcih is absolute beauty..and she is by far still one historical hollywood beauty and talent. brooke looks good for her age. her face have changed to a grown up model not the calvin klien model we used to know of her. if u look at audrey hepburn, olivia hussey of 1968 romeo and juliet jane seymore...we don't say things like that because they have gotten older. brooke has been a joke for many these days bec. we can't get passed through her young look. wishing we can somehow accept women as they grow older. well. what can i say brooke still around and can't bring down a hollywood star just like that. globally she has gazillions of fans for forty years. can't blame her for that.! love her for being strong and great all these years. not simple for any hollywood star to have this long career. she must be doing something great! well..not the way u think peace.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I like Victory and Nico but Brooke Shields bothers me. Is it wrong to like these other characters because they are prettier? And look better in their clothes?
indielove indielove 9 years
I can't stand Andrew McCarthy. NOT cute/hot...and the sarcasm and wit isn't working for me. I'll be blunt...he's NO Mr. Big. He's not even close to being as sexy as Chris Noth. And anyway, isn't he shorter than Victory? EW. And yeah, Kirby is sooo scrumptious! Mm.
skiwi skiwi 9 years
is it just me or is the only interesting story line on this show is the affair between Kirby and Nico?? Like I find myself looking at the clock when Wendy and ESPECIALLY Victory come out! I'm starting to get really annoyed by Victory's character. And why do people like ANDREW McCArthy?!!?!?!?!?! and wow I totally didn't see that the writers were hinting that Nico's husband might be having an affair. I feel kinda stupid for not seeing that now haha ;) I enjoy the show but I still like Cashemere Mafia more, its more inspirational for some reason. Kirby is HOT. I totally thought that Nico would end things w/ Kirby but I don't mind!
Rose-16 Rose-16 9 years
I'm so glad to see others are enjoying the show as much as I am. It's great!
bigjenn22 bigjenn22 9 years
Nico's husband is so cheating on her, in drawing the line of comparison with Nico being his student and his current student it makes me wonder about what skeletons he has in his closet. What's the history of their relationship, was he involved with someone while Nico was his student? I hope for Nico and Kirby's sake he is cheating. Ooooh the drama, I am really getting into this show.
sunshinedarling sunshinedarling 9 years
I was thisclose to ditching this show, but the last 2 episodes changed my mind. :) Lipstick's getting better each week! I absolutely love the earrings Victory wore to the premiere. Must have them!
kpatel1980 kpatel1980 9 years
I love this show. Much better than Cashmere Mafia by all means. I love Victory's character. Can't wait to see the rest of the season.
seryscarlett seryscarlett 9 years
Ack, that's it, give up. Can tolerate Cashmere Mafia, but last night I had to take this off the TiVo. I tried. I really wanted to like it, but the Choo just didn't fit.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm TOTALLY LOVING the show. i was sold during the first episode and it's just getting better and better - it's a shame that CM never got there. i think that what's even better is that the show doesn't really follow the book so closely so it's good. i don't feel like it's a movie that i'm trying to compare. i can't wait to see the remaining episodes and then see the show when it comes back in the fall.
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