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Lipstick Jungle Recap: Episode 7, "Let the Games Begin"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 7, "Let the Games Begin"

On this week's Lipstick Jungle, Kirby's mom (played by Rosanna Arquette) stops by to make things very, very awkward in Nico's cradle-robbing life. Wendy gets concerned that Shane wants to do some cradle-robbing of his own, and Joe Bennett is nowhere to be seen for a while after his big embarrassment last week, but his presence is very, very much felt. Want to talk about it? Just


  • So, Kirby's mom is basically Bizarro Nico. Nico's worried about wearing a tight dress; Tina shows up with some major cleavage. They've got similar tastes in shoes, and they even went to the same Annie Lennox concert back in the day. So, Nico starts to wonder: Does Kirby just want to date a woman who's exactly like his mom?
  • And you know, if I were Kirby, I probably would have been freaked out, but he seems to love it, even prompting Nico to tell his mom about their visit to that weird strip-and-switch-clothes club. Ew!
  • Meanwhile, Wendy's worried that Shane is stumbling into an age-inappropriate love affair of his own when he goes and gets a manager, who happens to be young and hot. She gets Shane a job scoring an Irish movie, and that brings out two sides of Wendy that apparently go hand-in-hand: the overly enthusiastic producer who wants Shane watching Irish movies at all hours, and the paranoid wife who, incidentally, happens to be the only one in that marriage who's dipped a toe into infidelity so far.
  • That incident rears its head when Dennis comes over with a bottle of wine, a peace offering after that awkward kiss. Shane, naturally, suspects nothing and even invites Dennis to dinner.
  • If there's one thing we know about Wendy, it's that she has to tell the truth eventually, so she admits the kiss to Shane (though she makes it seem like it was all Dennis's fault, which is maybe not entirely how it happened, but you know, close enough). And he's angry, not about the kiss but about the lying. Why, he wondered, did Wendy not tell him immediately so they could laugh about it?
  • Joe Bennett, meanwhile, has been avoiding Victory ever since her show, not even helping her learn about tennis so she can make a good pitch to a star athlete who wants to design a collection. (On that note: Hey, Vic? It's called Google.)
  • I get that Joe's hurt about the Rodrigo thing, but honestly, did anyone else think he was being way too much of a jerk? Especially when if he'd bothered to talk to Victory — or Nico, or anyone — he'd have known the Rodrigo thing was over. And setting Victory up to fail in front of the potential client made me want to punch him. Dude: You never asked her to marry you.
  • Which is basically what his assistant discovers when she shows up at Victory's and accidentally spills about the ring. Whoops.
  • Meanwhile, to one-up Tina, Nico asks Kirby to move in — but Kirby's not sure she means it and asks her if she would have gone back to him had Charles not died. I'm kind of with Nico that it's an unfair question, especially because Nico only discovered the extent of Charles's cheating after his death. But Kirby also wants to know that Nico chose him.

Are Nico and Kirby headed for some serious trouble? Are Wendy and Shane the most well-adjusted married couple ever? And is Joe actually going to try to get a refund on that Cartier ring?

Photos courtesy of NBC

ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i have to say that i'm sad that the show is now on Fridays since i feel like the network is losing faith in it - especially when there's so much that they can do with it. oh well. we'll have to see what the coming weeks bring, and hopefully we have more LJ for a while .
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
I wonder if James Lesure (Griffin) helped Vanessa Marcil (Josie) get the job seeing as they both are recently out of work! I think the issues Nico and Kirby are facing now are realistic and Kirby wondering if they'd be together if Charles was alive is an honest question. It's not necessarly fair to expect an answer, but I understand why he'd need to at least ask it. I hope they can make it. I love seeing me some half naked Kirby every week - HoT! Victory's storyline is only now getting interesting. Hopefully they don't mess it up and make her boring again. Wendy and Shane are great and I like seeing a solid on screen couple who are able to stick together and work things out. It's a nice change from the usual mess tv shows throw at us!
Mindbolt Mindbolt 8 years
Oh, i just noticed above that people mention the possibility of Nico and Griffin. Great minds...
Mindbolt Mindbolt 8 years
emms, you're funny. Tiki Barber is short, but then again the actor who play's Shane is very tall. Even on Dresden Files he towered over most people. Maybe that's why they chose him for Brooke Shields, since she's so tall. On to Joe what's-his-face. He was an awesome spectacle of jerk this week. Does he expect her to read his mind? You didn't ask her to marry you buddy, so knock off the sullen 5 year old act! And yes it was VERY creepy that Kirby's mom looked exactly like Nico. Very creepy indeed. I also agree with emms that one of them is going to cheat or at least flirt with someone else. I actually think it might be Nico with her new boss. Does anyone else notice that they seem to have chemistry in their scenes together? As always though, another excellent episode. I am really rooting for this show. They don't seem to be having the sophomore season blues other shows get.... (ahem, heroes and co.)
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
sad to say but nico and kirby are headed for trouble. i just hope they don't end up cheating on each other because that's how they got together to begin with? i thought joe was a bit harsh, but then again, he is an egotistic billionaire.
hope2be hope2be 8 years
GAAAH! I missed it :( Gotta remind meself on Friday night.
rubiene rubiene 8 years
i am hoping NBC will have more faith for this show. It's becoming popular and so far it's so wonderful!
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
Seriously! I think Nico and Griffin are going to hook up. There is major chemistry building there. Also, although, it seems like a dream for Victory marrying Joe, I feel like that would leave not enough material to keep the show running, therefore, keep the tension and distance between them. And I totally agree, I really hope they keep this show around, I love it. Its the almost next best thing to replace SATC.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
Kemma: I totally agree! This show rocks and the Friday switch has me seriously bummed. Buzz, can you work you media connections magic to make sure it stays on the air? I'll donate the lipsticks! I think I have a few Estee Lauder free gifts tinkering around here...
kemma kemma 8 years
I'm sensing trouble between Nico and Kirby... NO!!! I love them together. There seems to be a little chemistry between Nico and her boss (funny now that I realize it, wasn't he on Las Vegas, too?) She also is wondering if she wants a baby. Kirby's not ready for that. I think Kirby's self-worth is plummeting while he is with Nico, so I think he'll stray, while she has an affair with her boss. Eventually she'll decide she wants a kid. I really love this show and would be so bummed if it got cancelled! Has anyone heard anything about additional episodes being ordered?
Swen Swen 8 years
I like this show, but I hate Victory's part. I don't know what it is. I can't tell if I find her boring or annoying. I would love a show just about Nico.
ehadams ehadams 8 years
Next week's episode looks so good. Can't wait. Although, I think she will say no...
emms emms 8 years
Touche CYL, I've never seen her in Las Vegas, I will have to check it out. My opinion is mostly based on her 90210 role.
CYL CYL 8 years
emms Vanessa Marcil actually plays a very strong female, take no crap from the boys 'pit boss' in the series Las Vegas.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I missed it, I forgot they switched nights. I'll need to watch it online!
emms emms 8 years
"Bizarro Nico"- haha! That was great, Buzz! I too wondered why Victory was relying on Joe for help with the tennis player. In business, when you are trying to make a deal, don't you do some research- on your own? She could have at least had her previously homeless assistant google facts about tennis for her. Something is going to have to change for Nico and Kirby soon. Seeing as the issue is always Nico (married, husband dies, more successful, commitment phobe, etc) I'm waiting for Kirby to be the one to stray...maybe cheat with someone his own age? Shane is kind of starting to bore me. Hence, they bring in Vanessa Marcil or whatever her name is. Does this actress play any character besides the "other women temptress"? And lastly, how short if Tiki Barber? Shane could have eaten soup off his head!
mts3282 mts3282 8 years
I love this show, and I will be so sad if it gets canceled! The fashion alone makes the show worth watching.
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