On this week's
ad for Natasha Bedingfield's music next-to-last episode of Lipstick Jungle, many of our characters go out on a limb for love — and none more so than Victory, who spends most of her time cooking up the perfect proposal for Joe. Wendy, meanwhile, drags Shane into counseling to talk about his desire to go on tour-slash-flee from his family, and Nico gets smooched in an elevator! Lots of stuff here with only one episode to go, so to talk about it, just
- First of all: Joe owns Victory's heart! Aw! While there's a part of me who just thinks he treats her like crap all the time and doesn't deserve to own her heart (case in point: stranding her alone with a bottle of champagne and the special proposal suit on a Friday night), I've started to find their love affair kind of sweet.
- And proposing with a "Will You Marry Me" suit is totally adorable — and so much better than the Times Square jumbotron and whatever else she considered.
- It's also interesting to see Joe so down on his luck and down on himself as a result. His whole identity is wrapped up in being Joe Bennett, Super Billionaire. But Victory just cares about the cupcake, and I think Joe finally realizes that.
- Also, does anyone else think Victory's assistant would be best friends with Kenneth from 30 Rock? I cracked up at his handkerchief comment: "That's vulgar. I always keep it in my outside pocket, especially during flu season."
- Meanwhile, Shane's still sneaking around and kind-of-maybe making plans to go on tour with Natasha Bedingfield. So of course Wendy finds out, flips because he kept it a secret, and drags him into an extremely ineffective marriage counseling session. Man, I've never seen two people who needed more to just sit down and talk to each other like adults.
- Which they finally do! Hallelujah! After some false starts (including Wendy suggesting the whole family go out on tour, which Shane is almost stupidly resistant to), she realizes she should let him go. While I still think Shane was being a jerk for a few weeks and I really didn't want him to win this one, it's pretty clear their marriage will be better for it — as evidenced by that scene with the two of them in bed setting "ground rules."
- Nico's whole plotline with the young firecracker of a web producer feels kind of silly, but it gets us to the real point: Griffin gets what he wants, and what he wants is to make out with Nico in an elevator!
- He also wants to protect her, though, and that's an interesting position for Nico, who — if nothing else — does not believe she needs to be taken care of.
- Which makes it all the more interesting when Kirby shows up and asks Nico to go to Aspen with him. As friends. Yeah, I bet they'll be "just friends" once they lay eyes on their romantic cabin in the snow.
So: One week to go! Will Nico choose Griffin or Kirby? Will Joe Bennett still find some way to ruin Victory's proposal? Will we ever get to see Shane in that ridiculous rockstar jacket? I guess it won't be long now till we know. NBC is billing the next episode as a "season finale" but in the event that Lipstick does go off the air for good, how do you hope it ends?
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