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Lipstick Jungle Recap: Season Two, Episode Three, "Let It Be"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode Three, "Let It Be"

Wow, Lipstick Jungle gets intense this week. There's another death — our second in three episodes! — and a hearty dose of workplace drama. Even Victory's storylines, which are usually the comic relief, get heavy. There's a lot going on, and a lot set up for the future, so to talk about it, just


  • When I occasionally complained last year that I wanted the show to be more focused on the women's work and how they got there, this is basically what I meant. This episode really shows how these characters' personal lives can have serious repercussions in their professional lives — and vice versa — whether it's Nico's hesitancy with Kirby or Victory's pressure to date the "right" kind of man.
  • And obviously nobody feels bigger repercussions than Wendy after Noah's death. I'm still surprised this storyline came up so fast, especially since we just met Noah and it seemed obvious that something big and tragic would happen — but that doesn't mean it's not working for me. Because, ultimately, it's not about Noah. It's about Wendy's compulsive need to meddle with everything and everyone around her, which we've seen since the show started. At first, I thought it was a problem that Wendy was so nice, but now her niceness is getting her into trouble in all kinds of major ways.
  • Major like "no longer head of a major studio" major. I mean, yikes. That shot of her standing on the street, clearly baffled by everything happening around her, is quite the cliffhanger.
  • Wendy and Nico both have drama with Gordon in this episode, and since Nico still has her job — for now — hers is admittedly more minor. But I see the two of them facing off in all kinds of ways in the upcoming episodes (probably with that squirrelly Mike character in the middle). To Gordon's credit, though, a "demented chic" fashion layout does sound heinous.
  • Nico's bigger problem is that she doesn't know how to handle Kirby in her professional life — considering that he, you know, sued for sexual harassment and it wasn't exactly a secret. He wants to go out (and not to weird clothing-switching clubs) and not be some sort of stashed-away dirty laundry. It'll be interesting to see how he emerges.
  • Victory's store is coming together, but that's about the only thing, since she gets two big relationship shockers this episode: first, her publicist is trying to control her dates, and second, Rodrigo has a daughter. (And third, Joe Bennett is going to great lengths to make her jealous — but that's just not working, as Victory tells him in no uncertain terms to " stop playing these little games and move on with your life.")
  • At least Victory got one light moment (someone had to this week!), draping her shirt over Joe's security camera so she and Rodrigo could do their nasty in peace (but not without giving Joe one last look at what he was missing).

Are you surprised the Noah fallout came so fast and so hard? Does Gordon have a point, or are you squarely on Wendy and Nico's side in their various disputes? And was anyone else happy to see Joe's sassy assistant back (and railing against dressing rooms that only have curtains — sing it, sister)?

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cibele cibele 8 years
I loved Rodrigo and i'm really glad Joe is out of the picture for now. It's sad because i know he'll come back, but i'll enjoy the show more without his boring ways.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
this season is definitely a lot better. i can't stand dahlia either, nor the new guy griffin. i'm also surprised that the noah thing ended so aruptly - at least 1-2 more episodes would've been nice. hoping that the nico/kirby thing will end well, but it probably won't. i didn't like nico at first but she grew on me. and can someone please give me victory ford's wardrobe?! DROOL.
bushra bushra 8 years
ilanac13: i'm quite impressed by the quick progression of stories, Noah's death in particular and Wendy's subsequent firing as a result. what i have come to hate is stories that drag out that impending doom for as long as possible. okay, now i really can't stand Dahlia. i can't imagine what she brings to this show. as far as assistants go, Ellen and Roy rule. also impressed with Wendy's bewildered reaction to her firing. can't wait for next week!
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
I can't believe they let Wendy go! And Hector wouldn't even talk to her. Man, that's rough. I know this was so last episode but I was hoping that Victory's assistant wasn't gay, but alas, he is. I was hoping on a designer + assistant flirting and all that. My storyline's ruined. Argh. I still can't believe they fired Wendy! I wonder what happens to her next, career-wise.
sushibananas sushibananas 8 years
Does anyone else see the possibility of a work-place romance with the new guy, Griffin and Nikko? I thought last night's episode was fantastic. Good mix of drama, romance and a touch of comedy. This show has me hooked this season.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i love that although i was following last season because of the book - this season is NOTHING like the book. i'm really shocked that the whole noah thing came and went so quickly - i thought that we would get a bit more of him alive before he got sick and then it would be more drawn out assuming that he had to have treatment or something. wow - i did NOT see that one coming. as for victory - you know that it's going to be her and joe in the end, but it's just a matter of time. i'm so happy that his assistant is back and i feel like she's going to be the one to bring v and j back together don't you think? as for nico - well there's just soo much to think about there - that i can't wait to see where she lands. i would love for her to stay at the magazine, but i guess she's not really thinking about that now huh? she's going to move onto bigger and better or mike will or someone else will, and then she'll be left to fight with the new guy to save her job.
rubiene rubiene 8 years
so intriguing how their stories gets even more complicated episode after episodes. i like the thought that they really put things accordingly and let you guessing. i am glad in a way that they don't let viewers to wait for three episode just to see the outcome of the story. i like it when it ends intriguing and wanting more yet they showed a lot of what happened per episode. i amsure BROOKES role will be more intruiging along the way. the marriage will end- her goody goody role will finally make her realised to be more tougher. What is nice about LIPSTICK JUNGLE they tell u it's about successful women and yet it shows that these women are very down to earth and not catty or not over the top -we have it all-type of success attitude. they do work hard and yet realistic that they are not perfect and knows hardship in life. IT'S NOT DYNASTY-IT'S NOT CASHMERE MAFIA-not SEX AND THE CITY but more realistic but fashionable! I LIKE IT A LOT!
ehadams ehadams 8 years
I feel like I missed some minutes...what happened to the former ceo???
Alli-Cat Alli-Cat 8 years
kemma - I am with you, girl. I always say that the show would be so much better if Brooke Sheilds wasn't in it. She is too nice, too sweet to be an executive of a movie studio. Those people are hard as nails assholes who are all business...not some soft hearted, busy body...and BS can't come off as anything but a soft hearted busy body. I just love Victory's storyline. I just want her with Joe, so I hope that Rodrigo screws something up. I really only watched this for Andrew McCarthy so I am afraid that if Vic doesn't want him, he will go away. I also love watching Nico. She is unlike BS where she can play a soft heart but can come off as a bitch. I really enjoy this show and look forward to next week!
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!! It gets better each week!
kemma kemma 8 years
Anyone think it's strange that Rodrigo had to leave their dinner date early so he could get home to his kid, but mentioned nothing of a kid when they met up for the midnight flea market and all night "date"? Who gets a babysitter at midnight? Love love love this how. I think it might be my favorite these days. Others shows sit in my DVR but I watch this right away. I think Wendy was poorly cast (Brooke Shields just doesn't seem right for the powerful exec part) but I can't get enough on Kirby and Nico. I couldn't stand Kim Raver on that bank hostage show with Tim Daly(can't think of the name?), but she is so great in this show.
emms emms 8 years
The sex scene was really hot!!!!!! And I love how Nico set up Mike Harness. He was such a brown noser, I'm glad he's gone!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I'm really liking this show more and more. I initially Tivo'd it last year for the fashion and started getting into the storyline as it went along in the season. This year it's gotten better and better. I liked last night's episode a lot, I thought it was well written and the little scene with Victory in her store was a light break from all of the intense stuff.
CheleBelle CheleBelle 8 years
I knew it was going to come back to bite her in the tail BUT I am still sadden to see Wendy going down for her rash soft hearted decision. As for Gordon, Mr. James Lesure is a pleasure to watch. Since I am not watching Blair Underwood over on ABC Lesure will have to do. And the finally 3 minutes...with Victory and Rodrigo getting busy...nice, clever, wicked AND the song by Melody Gardot WORRISOME HEART was a real nice touch. Kinda worried about Nico and Kirby...I just get the feeling this may not end very well.
kluster86 kluster86 8 years
that scene between Victory and Rodrigo was hot! Victory's make-up is always so nice. Thats all i have to say.. how shallow of me lol
gramercygirl84 gramercygirl84 8 years
I love how the show is baring its teeth now, moving beyond the pretty clothes and perfect every-hair-in-place hairstyles (though I do love those things of course). I enjoy seeing that their lives are not as perfect as their outfits--and not in the more cliched way that they showed last season. Last night's ep was intense but I think that's good. Sex and the City got intense as it got its leg and went deeper into the characters and their conflicts, if y'all recall, so I think that's going to help the show get traction. I'm not sure where they'll go with Wendy if she has lost her job and now won't be working for the same company in the same building with Nico (which makes me thing Victor will have to bring her back after that slick new mean guy screws up since he did say that he knows nothing about the film side), but it was satisfying to have her get punished swiftly for her do-gooder ways, though I agree the arc happened rather fast since we just met Noah last week. There could've been some close calls for an episode or two more. As for Andrew McCarthy: sometimes I love him, especially when he brings me back to those Pretty In Pink days, but sometimes--especially when he screws up his face in that weird way because he either really can't act or he's had too much work done on his face for real emotion to register in a more subtle way--he bugs the bejesus out of me. And sue me: I think that the Kirby & Nico thing can't really go anywhere but I SOOO enjoy seeing that man with his shirt off. Adorable and sexy. Lethal!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I've never watched this show but I caught the first few minutes and let me just say it made my heart skip a beat to see Andrew McCarthy! He's such a dream boat!
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