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Lipstick Jungle Recap: Season Two, Episode Two, "Help"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode Two, "Help"

After a season premiere that brought the three main characters together over a tragedy, Lipstick Jungle sent them out in very different directions this week. Victory's story was sweet, Nico's was hot, and Wendy's was heavy (though also a little bizarre), and I was surprised by which of the three I liked the most. Want to chat about it? Just


  • I don't know what's come over me, but I'm kind of loving Victory right now. And I'm really liking this flirtation with Carlos Ponce's character, the environmentally friendly contractor of her dreams. They eat hot dogs together! She spies on him via closed-circuit security cameras! They go shopping at flea markets at midnight and buy crystal doorknobs together! It must be love.
  • Also, her reverie about the history of the crystal doorknob is pretty sweet — and kept from being too cheesy when she snaps out of it and demands a chandelier.
  • While Victory's off being all McFlirterson with Rodrigo, Nico's working on moving on, which is a little hard when the subject of her late husband's affair pops up demanding his sweater. Ultimately, I thought Nico's offer to help out was classy and generous — right down to giving her the name of the best OB/GYN in New York. But my favorite part was the way she responded to the request for his sweater: "You already have something to remember him by."
  • Nico's also searching for an outlet for her grief and recovery (at Victory's jewelry sale: "I'm ready to bargain!"). Luckily for her, it doesn't take long for Kirby to show up at Nico's door, and it takes even less time for "we're making soup together" to progress to "we're swapping clothes with strangers and, as Usher might say, makin' love in this club."
  • Also, it's hard to take Kirby seriously when he's wearing rainbow suspenders.
  • Meanwhile, Wendy seemed to be on some other show altogether, dealing with Noah, an old friend (had we heard about him before?), actor, and ex-drug addict who was key to her John Lennon movie. Turns out, Noah's erratic and unreliable behavior is all due to an inoperable brain tumor, but Wendy can't let him die without playing Lennon and forges some paperwork so he doesn't have to pass the studio physical. Now, it looks from the previews that her decision will have serious consequences in the coming weeks, but it really seemed to come out of nowhere.
  • Brief aside: Wendy's storylines seem to jump around the most on the show (last week: mother and daughter issues; this week: big professional decisions), and I wonder if it's because the writers don't know how to handle writing for a relatively happily married person? Without a Kirby or Joe Bennett, what is there to drive Wendy's story forward?
  • When Victory's assistant first turned up nearly naked, I was too confused to figure out that he might have been evicted. It's good of Victory to offer him the top floor of her new building — to take another step toward getting her way with Joe.
  • Where were Mary Tyler Moore and Rosie Perez? I assume they'll both be back, but it was a jolt to lose them so soon.

Overall, I didn't like this episode as much as the premiere, but it still set up some interesting things for the future. What did you think? Surprised by where any of the stories are going? And do you prefer things hot, fast, or cheap?

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rubiene rubiene 8 years
i guess it's not really easy to do more with Brookes married life in the show. BUT i am sure one of these days they will focus more heavily with her marriage just like in the book. i love the romantic conversation with lindsay and carlos. thought that was a great sweet with kim raver i thought the ending was great where they really show how hard to let go but the show did a fast take-did not waste anytime to show how she feels-which i think was great-letting go of the sweater and clothes of her beloved husband was quite powerful. HEY YOU NEVER KNOW IF THE SHOW WILL GO MORE SEASON- so it's good that they have really add more story lines right away!- i think it's becaause of the short FIRST SEASON- they add more story of them and straight to the point-no running around the bush episodes. lol OH MY ROY! i was imagining him with VICTORY and yet they have to let us really guessing about his sexuality. HE IS GOODLOOKING!
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 8 years
OMG ... . CARLOS PONCE has a job again!!! . I think he's awesome (I heart him!). He's so charming. I've been following his career sing he was a Spanish singer.
McSquish McSquish 8 years
Tishis: I totally agree with you on the belt. I hope it's me being paranoid, but I got a fishy feeling about *how* he got the belt back too . . . I agree with the Wendy storyline. I too think the writers don't know what to do with happily married characters. They need to develop her more, or give the audience an understanding of her job and responsibilities. Nikko is in magazine, Wendy is in movies. Those are quite different, but to the naked eye, they're just in the "media" industry. But all in all, I'm pretty pleased with this second season so far.
bushra bushra 8 years
i'm with rielycantina, glad not to have put up with MTM's wildenstein impersonation, and i'm not a fan of dahlia either. it's like she brings the show down. i am curious about her history with joe bennett (anyone else notice he's a left hander? woot!) though, as their scenes in ep 1 implied a history...
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I thought it was a good episode, although agree the premiere was a teeny bit better. I also agree they don't know what to do with Wendy, but Brooke Shields is such a great actress she seems to handle whatever they throw at her. Victory and the midnight doorknob date was the highlight for me, chandelier-demanding and all:) Felt like the symbolism music montage at the end of the episode was a little too heavy. I wish after Nico took her rings off, she would have snapped on the belt that Kirby retrieved for her. Would have given the episode a little extra pep because it continues to border on Lifetime (no offense, Army Wives.)
rubiene rubiene 8 years
this episode does show some compassions and understanding and that women can really show they care inspite of heartaches, work issues, and life and relationships. women are shown catty all the time when it comes to shows like this one and it was a change of a scene that these three characters have gone through it and somehow have learned to simply approach problem in fair manners. I SALUTE their roles. I WAS IMPRESSED. a lot of women are really thoughtful and caring to help others and forgetting themselves to make matters better for others. This show has a heart. loved it. the epsiode shows women are fair and loving creatures. lol.
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
Love this show!!! Kirby is so hot and we can see him as much as possible!
Tishls Tishls 8 years
I think it is funny how every episode that Kirby is in, he has to take is shirt off. Not a bad look tho. :) All in all, I liked the episode.
ioet ioet 8 years
Did anyone else get a little weirded out when Kirby got back Nico's belt? It almost seemed like he'd gone off with that slutty blonde girl in order to get it..... He was looking at her when they were in the club. Hmm.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i can certainly say that it's not following the book even remotely so that's a good thing - but other than that - i had trouble following it last night. with rodrigo - it took me about 15 minutes to realize that he was on 7th Heaven and then i was ok with him cause he's adorable. i like that victory's flirting with him, but i still have a spot in my heart for her and joe - so we'll keep our fingers crossed. i think that nico really was the bigger woman here, and i think that she did a great thing - but i think that her plot is going a bit all over the place too - with the clothes swapping thing - i've lived in NYC and i'm tapped into the fun things to do , yet i've NEVER heard of that.
YMO YMO 8 years
It was nice that Nico was classy about it, but I almost wished she weren't - just an episode longer. I know Megan's pregnant, but she was pretty b*tchy to Nico, and apparently started *ahem* distracting Charles a long time before Nico got with Kirby. Don't ask me what she's going to do with it, but I'm suspicious of her motives for wanting the sweater. @graylen, I think since he was trying to stick Nico with the alimony checks he probably wouldn't leave a clue such as a will change. Not if he were planning to make it seem like she was the reason for the divorce. I do feel like the writers don't know how to give Wendy a storyline. First it was Maddie acting out, then her mom, now the dying friend. Just doesn't seem to connect.
hil34 hil34 8 years
I liked this episode overall, but Kirby's outfit when he and Nico were walking home was kind of ridiculous!
rileycantina rileycantina 8 years
i espesh liked victory's imaginary quip to joe about the hot dogs: "see? good, fast AND cheap. ha!" she says as she stuffs said dog into her mouth. she's too cute for words and i liked how she's helping her assistant out. i was expecting him to be uber sketchy what with the messing up her liv tyler appointment and whatnot. but then was pleasantly surprised. i also wasn't sure how nico was going to deal with the preggo megan. but was (again!) pleasantly surprised by her class and composure. and cute that she ended up sending the sweater to her anyway. i also thought it weird that MTM and rosie perez were awol this episode. though granted, was relieved to not have to sit through a full hour of the botoxed monstrosity that is MTM's face (and apparently rosie's character's guilty pleasure). dodged an epic bullet this week!
graylen graylen 8 years
I really liked this episode. What a hottie contractor! I hope he stays for a while. It will be interesting because I actually like Victory with both men. I think Nico is moving a little fast (though they were both having affairs). She was married and living with that man for a really long time... I don't think it's as easy as packing up some clothes. Curious as to whether he'd already changed his will since he was trying to divorce her anyways. Wendy's storyline is sporadic. I always feel like her and Nico have the same job- at least from what it shows. I don't feel like you get the real idea of their work.
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