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Lipstick Jungle Recap: Episode 6, "Take the High Road"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 6, "Take the High Road"

With just one more episode left in Lipstick Jungle's mini-season, it appears the writers are actually pushing us toward a fairly eventful conclusion. What that meant, for this next-to-last episode, was to set several of the show's most solid relationships on the road to turmoil. None of our ladies were in a particularly great place by the end of this episode, and I'm actually eager to see how everything comes crashing down next week. But I'm getting ahead of myself. To chat about this episode, just


  • First of all, I spent most of the episode with the creeps about Victory's mystery investor. I thought the man who stepped in to save her when she was "one chapter away from 11" was going to have some sort of seriously sinister motives. That scene when she asked for the feathers in the special shipping case was hilarious; I didn't know Victory could think on her feet like that.
  • At first, I didn't like the revelation that Joe Bennett was behind the investor, but the more I think about it, the more the idea grows on me. Victory clearly has a complex about getting ahead only because of her friends, and we saw from the early episodes that she has mixed feelings about accepting luxuries from Joe. This is the ultimate luxury — and it also means that she's completely beholden to Joe, the one thing she didn't want.
  • Speaking of which, I'm enjoying Joe Bennett more and more. Of course he wouldn't understand why Victory didn't want him mucking around in her business; to him, it's all business. Even the romance of moving in together is all about problem-solving — and who uses the word "mitigated" in a lovers' quarrel?
  • On that note, best Victory/Joe exchange: "Is there room for some spontaneity?" "I think that can be arranged."
  • I didn't realize until last night that Nico and Wendy actually worked for the same company. I thought there was some kind of drama because Nico's boss had once worked with Wendy and then she quit after having children? Did I completely misunderstand that?
  • So, Wendy feels betrayed by Nico because Nico is potentially destroying her marriage and the friendships of their whole circle. I get that. I also like how transparent she made her feelings about it, which seemed very true both to friend fights in general and to what we've learned so far about Wendy specifically. That scene in the bar, when both Kirby and Wendy stood up to greet Nico, was fine — but the following conversation, with all of them just struggling to be civil, was great. How awkward!
  • That said, Wendy definitely crossed a line — and she knew it — with her "Thank God you're not a mother." As we saw on Friday Night Lights earlier this year, that's the absolute worst thing you could say to someone who's not a mom.
  • I cringed a little when Kirby said "We're friends, right?" to Nico — I thought they were still trying to be all benefits, no friends. But that little moment with the cheeseburger order was adorable.
  • In the sad absence of Maddie in the past few episodes, Victory's assistant is quickly becoming my new favorite character. He's sort of a less overtly nerdy Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock.

Your thoughts? Whose side are you on: Nico's or Wendy's? And how annoying is it that they seem do be doing the whole "man has a heart attack while his wife is off sleeping with another man" cliche next week?

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CheleBelle CheleBelle 9 years
Due to the evil boy geniuses at WAVE3 in Louisville LIPJ was pre-empted for basketball...then when I finally saw it Monday night at 12:05 it was cut short by winds...either way...I am hanging around for the sheer joy of watching Kirby and Nico this pull and push dance with each other. Love the foot rubs...and the sweetness that Kirby showed when he 'had' to leave Scotland earlier than planned. The guy is almost too perfect BUT hey that's okay harm no foul. Figured Joe was the one saving Victory's dreams...Victory my suggestion to you is to take a page out of Carolyn Roehm's book and let your wealthy husband/boyfriend bank roll your designs...just make sure you don't end up closing the house when tragedy strikes. Here's hoping I don't get screwed over again this Thursday night. :-(
rubiene rubiene 9 years
i am not married so i don't really know how wendy really feels. i don't want to say i will be faithful but never say never. anything can happen when it comes down to emotions. i felt the scene of wendy and nico was well acted. they both said their point and you can see that both have unconciously said things that really hurts. but the truth did come out from each others point of view. it's hard to to somewhat side to wendy...for not understanding nico' feelings. but can't blame wendy's moral beliefs when it comes to relationships and marriage. it's hard to work things out when friends throw their own convictions on the table. each has their points. but we'll see how how the writers end this final episode this week.. relationship is really a hard thing to comprehend in real life. it is very complicated and i do tend to stay away from getting close to any guys. scared? maybe? getting hurt...yes...or hurting that person ...yes. so stay single for now... just lindsay price at the end was great. it seems so real how she broke it off with joe.
demeter demeter 9 years
And to lucy76, there will be more episodes! There is 13 total and they already got the order to finish the rest of them!
demeter demeter 9 years
I really hope Nico's husband isn't cheating on her because then all her cheating will be 'justified' and that's just horrible. No cheating is. I'm iffy on N/K together. If she wants to be with him, she can just get a divorce, k? I sided with Wendy in her argument against Nico's affair, and I saw nothing wrong with what Joe did. The only thing I don't like about Victory is that she's a bit of a whiner. She doesn't mind Joe taking care of her, yet she does. Make up your mind bb!!
lucy76 lucy76 9 years
I can see both Nico's and Wendy's side of things. Wendy feels betryed, but she never should have made the mommy comment. As for Nico's husband, I'm sure he's cheating too. Hopefully the mistress will show up at the hospital, and then Nico can go back to her hottie - Kirby. I love the Victory/Joe storyline. They're both adorable and endearing actors. I wish the season went on longer. It'll be a LONG time before we ever see a new episode - If at all...
chickpilot chickpilot 9 years
I'm torn between Nico and Wendy too... They are both in the wrong but a friend is always there, even if they don't agree with the choices of the other. I think Wendy has it so good with her marriage its hard for her to relate. Does anyone else fell like Kirby is bordering on stalker? He just shows up at Neko's apt... even when he knows he totally shouldn't. If he weren't so darn hot it might be weird. When is the last episode? I missed the previews, gah!
mgt mgt 9 years
Sorry, I wasn't paying attention. I was too busy skipping forward to the bits with Roy (Victory's assistant). You can keep your Kirby-ies; Roy's the hot guy on this show.
darkbeauty darkbeauty 9 years
I know I shouldn't be, but I'm with Nico. I love Kirby and I don't particularly like/trust her husband. She should be happy and her husband just doesn't seem to care about her anymore.
else411 else411 9 years
I'm on Wendy's, because I understand cheating happens I don't have to be OK with it. I'm surprised how much I'm starting to like Victory. I love Joe Bennett, and Wendy. I don't know why, but the Nico and Kirby scenes bore me. I fast-forward on them always. I wish CM had stayed around a while so I could make a more informed choice, but the red head was already grating my nerves.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
I can't side with either one right now (Nico or Wendy). While I think Nico's behavior is wrong, I actually don't think Wendy should give her such a low blow (Thank God you're not a mother?! Wow. Harsh). I have 2 good friends and both of them have cheated on their husbands, and although I totally disagree with their affairs, there's no way I'd berate them like that. They know I don't agree but it's not in my place to be their judge. The problem w/ Joe is that he's so controlling. He's got to have everything his own way, and he went so far to try to 'control' Victory by purchasing her business. I don't doubt that he wants to help too (partly), but partly because he wants her to not be able to leave (it seems very insecure in a way). Although I think he's going to do great being her 'boss' or 'investor,' but yeah, I can see why it's going to grate the nerve of a woman who's independent. Anyway, on a side note, Kirby is HOT :lol:
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Yeah, Hector is the CEO for a huge corporation that has a magazine division (Nico's magazine is under this division) and a movie division (of which Wendy is the head), among other divisions. At least they make that part pretty clear in the book right away. I side with Nico. Two of my greatest friends ever have had long-lasting affairs and cheated on their husbands and/or have been the "other woman." This REALLY makes me uncomfortable because I've been in the other shoes and it bothers me that my friends could be so selfish. Nevertheless, I am their FRIEND. I voice my concern but I don't stop being their friend and start tearing them down just because they're doing something I don't agree with. I think this show might produce a whole new wave of gold-diggers because omg, Joe Bennett is so awesome. Giving Victory her own little suite with that huge closet and new clothes, changing the room into a ballroom and hiring a piano player/singer just for the night, flying to Paris on a whim. Do only the rich do romantic things anymore or is it really dead to them too?? But Joe definitely seems to like having control of everything through his money. I'm sure that would grate away on Victory's nerves after a while, given how independent she can be. It's definitely a different thing to boost up your business with help by your friends than help by your lover. The latter wouldn't sit right with me either. Victory's assistant is adorable. I wish I had an assistant or a friend like him.
rubiene rubiene 9 years
i love drama's. and lipstick jungle does a great job showing what friends really are... REMEBER THE MOVIE OF BETTE MIDLLER AND BARBARA HERSHEY "beaches" great movie! best friends sometimes has somthing to say to one another. good and bad. but remember. friendship is the best guarantee one can think of if it means something to you. brookeshields, kim raver, lindsay price are really great! well done. you can feel that you are actually friend of theirs and wanting to take side who ever is that is what friends are all about. sometimes we say things that hurts the other. we do learn from that and it does sometimes make the friendship stronger. but afcourse. u would never forget what ur best friends say's about u..good or bad. don't you just hate that. but we love them anyways. I LOVE THIS SHOW. nothing ever ...well at least few shows like this that has really shown on tv about friendships in almost a real life situation!
ccwhite ccwhite 9 years
Wendy is having a lot of sex for a married woman! The whole Kirby/Nico relationship is heartbreaking. Especially when he sends her the picture of Scotland at the end and says from 'your friend.' I've flown to the UK several times and it is a LONG flight and it takes a while to adjust. I can't imagine flying ALL the way to Scotland just to fly back the next day. And who's paying for Kirby's flight? Nico? I agree with Goukas' comment - it should come out that Nico's husband was cheating too! I finally found some HUGE pearl earrings like Victory's at vintage store. I love those earrings. I love the clothes and the fashions too. I don't feel like there's enough tension with the Joe Bennet relationship, but it's fun to watch. Kirby is hot - he looks like a guy I'm currently crushing on, but without the 8 pack! Still cute though :-)
kaenai kaenai 9 years
i didn't like this show at all. i mean, it's okay for when nothing else is on, bu i wouldn't go looking to watch it or anything.
melyshka melyshka 9 years
this is slightly off topic, but as i was watching lost, a teeny bit of eli stone and then lipstick jungle, i couldn't help but notice all three shows had story lines where the wife cheats on her husband, but nothing of husbands cheating on wives. interesting...esp w/ all the spitzer stuff in the news, we all know this is very interesting timing. maybe it's easier to "empathize" w/ the ladies, but people are quick to say "he's in the wrong?" i dunno, just thinking while typing. also, to laneylaney, i def liked cashmere mafia more in the first couple of episodes, but i stuck out w/ LP and i ultimately like it more than CM. i think you should def save the DVR space since all the episodes are online. why not catch a couple on
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
Was I totally wrong to give up on this show after the 2nd episode?? Thursday's are so hectic, I think my DVR would explode! Convince me I was wrong!
Goukas Goukas 9 years
They have SOOO .. set it up that Nico's husband is having an affair with that student of his who called the house .. All the signs are there.. he will have a heart attack while he is with her and it will all come out that he had been cheating this whole time!!
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I just love the clothes and the jewelry and the bags. The storylines are okay. Victory is my favorite. And everytime I watch it I always think Wendy is having too much sex for a married lady! But it is television and they have to give us the fantasy.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
good, im glad her husband dies while shes having sex with another guy so she has to live with that guilt, FOREVER!!!!. i have no sympathy for infidelity, NONE!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
I may be in the minority, but I must say I'm glad this show is finally ending and ER is coming back.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
First off, Kirby is so hot. I am totally on Nico's side. I definately think cheating is wrong, but Wendy is her best friend not her husband. This has nothing to do with Wendy, so she should be supportive as a friend. And Wendy's comment about the whole mother thing was way out of line. I am glad Nico did not forgive her right away but I am sure she will. I just think Nico's husband seems so cold and I think Kriby is so sweet to her. I wish it would just come out though that the husband is with that student. I get why Victory is mad about Joe being the money behind the business but she should just accept it and move on. She is lucky to have him support her in her time of need. I love her assistant. He is so funny! I wish they would make Wendy's husband not as scruffy looking. He was on that show Big Shots and looked good being all cleaned up. Finally, unless Grey's steps it up when it comes back, Lipstick Jungle is my new favorite show and I am very sad that next week is the finale already!
sleeping-ugly sleeping-ugly 9 years
I'm with nico. of course infedelity is unforgivable and all that stuff, but I would expect that attitude from an husband not from a best friend. wendy should try to understand why nico is acting this way (beside the obvious kirby's hotness) and not simply say "I'm right, you're wrong, thank god you're not a mother". no surprise then when nico finds hard to forgive, also because I suspect she's fertile or stuff, having seen the reaction. by my point of view, joe bennet is cold as ice. and/or a psycho. and victory should try to resist his gifts a little harder, at least for proud. I knew from the beginning of the episode joe was paying for her, it was SO predictable! chapeaux to lindsay price, her final scene was great.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
well i side with wendy on the moral side of nico's infidelity but i know from experience you voice your disapproval and also emphasis that you support your friend. i am having to deal with a similar situation with my sister right now so its a catch twenty two. i don't really get why victory is so against joe helping her. i was thinking all along that he should buy her company. he seems to be good at removing the business/pleasure aspect of things. though he should have told her and proposed it as a partnership with her getting a percentage or something. the whole kirby/nico and husband in hospital card is very cliche and i wish that they could have done a scenario where nico finds out about her husband and the grad student instead. not that two wrongs make a right but it certainly would make it better than him ending up in the hospital.
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