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Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 12, "Lovers' Leaps"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 12, "Lovers' Leaps"

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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lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
I love the Griffin-Nico relationship. Much more grown-up. Plus, they seem to be at similar places in their lives and I have to admit that Griffin is pretty hot.
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 8 years
NOOOOOOOOO!!! I thought they were still playing re-runs and didn't watch this one!! Hopefully someone I know TIVOed
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
Did anyone see the Today show when "kirby" (can't remember his real name) co-hosted....he made it sound like its entirely up in the air as to whether or not the show will continue. I was very surprised to hear that b/c I thought they were done, but who knows now! I'd love to see it come back
2eg 2eg 8 years
I hope Lipstick Jungle comes back for another season. Is there someone we should be writing to? Seriously, how can they keep switching schedules and throwing in game shows and presidential debates and not think the ratings will go down until everyone is comfortable with the schedule again? Love Brooke Shields but totally think Wendy is too controlling in the relationship. Not too many guys can be happy house husbands and let their wives bring in all the money. His ego and machismo were barely hanging on by a thread and that was before she got him that first gig. Of course he's going to turn into a butthead when his dreams are finally coming through and she doesn't seem supportive. The sad part is that when a guy gets that way, it's easier for him to have an affair with the beauty that comes along and makes him feel valuable again. Wendy needs to chill out or he's gone. Nico and Griffin. Period. Bye Kirby. I guess I like Victory and Joe. But I agree that he's been a little unworthy here and there. I think now he'll be a better.
mfern64 mfern64 8 years
Griffin is HOT
annalisa annalisa 8 years
I still don't get Shane's transformation in such a jerk.
jimpolandy jimpolandy 8 years
I want it to end up a happily ever after for everyone! I wish it wasn't going off the air. I really like Brooke Shields and I want her to be on TV. I also have enjoyed seeing Andrew McCarthy again. I grew up with the brat pack.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
Personally, I thought all along Wendy was being too controlling with Shane and I am happy that she will support him now rather than trying to steer everything her way. I think Victory and Joe will have a happen ending. And I hope that Kirby just disappears. He is wrong for Nico. Enough of the eye candy and let's just have a good story.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I kind of hope Joe realizes what he has in front of him, Nico and Kirby get back together, Shane goes away and Lipstick Jungle is NOT CANCELED!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that they had to some how tie in the fact that joe is an investor and all that - and the failing economy so i kind of like that plot line. i just hope that it works out for everyone. as for the love triangle - i kind of like the nico/griffin relationship a bit more now - i want to see the dynamic at work, rather than see kirby wanting her back. besides - who would nico have the baby with right? with shane and wendy, well DUH of course he didn't want his family on the road with him. just as long as his manager (vanessa marcil) doesn't go along for the ride things will be ok. i just loved the stumbling in drunk thing though. that was priceless.
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