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Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 3, "Pink Poison"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 3, "Pink Poison"

So, confession: I kind of like Lipstick Jungle. Yes, it's trying too hard. No, it's no Sex and the City. Yes, I caught myself online shopping in the middle of one of Victory's scenes again. But it's growing on me. I can't say I'd be heartbroken if it didn't get renewed for another season (and at fewer than 6 million viewers per episode, it's not exactly likely to). But I'm enjoying it a surprising amount while it lasts.

The biggest difference this week was that Victory's storyline didn't make me want to claw my eyes out, though I wouldn't call it thrilling. Wendy had some good moments, and Nico's affair took a nasty turn, so to chat about the episode, just


  • I'm still where I was last week with Wendy. I like her, but I don't understand her. She's so soft and warm and motherly, and I don't know how she gets from there to scrawling "b*tch" in lipstick on the back of Janice's coat.
  • As a result, I'm not sure whether she was conscious of how much she was using Maddie as a pawn in her fight over the nanny expose. She might have genuinely been wanting to give her some new clothes and a fun lunch out, but at the same time, she clearly wanted to parade her gorgeous, sweet daughter in front of Janice. But she pretty much dug her own grave there by screeching at Maddie; anyone who orders around an adolescent girl like that in public is going to pay.
  • Also, Maddie got all the best lines last night. "And the person who cuts my hair? Also cuts Sarah Michelle Gellar's."
  • Random, but funny, that they made Brooke Shields' feet into a plot point: Wendy doesn't try on shoes in public because "they marvel at how big they are." Hee.
  • Oh, Joe Bennett. One minute, you're so nice, whisking Victory away to Paris and setting her up in Coco Chanel's secret studio. The next, you're all antisocial and weird. Then you're sending over Coco's dress form. Then you're refusing to compromise again. Why do you make it so hard to like you?
  • That said, his shock at the fact that Victory would actually deign to ask him to hang out with her friends again was one of my favorite moments of the episode. Duh, Victory. Time is money, and Joe Bennett doesn't have time for friends unless they're green and papery and come from the bank.
  • Nico's really not so good at this affair thing, is she? Who gets her lusty bedfellow fired, then writes him a check, thus creating a paper trail that links them? (Speaking of which, what happened to the photos from their little salacious photo shoot last week? Did I miss it? Those have got to turn up again, right?)
  • What Nico is good at: getting her friends out of trouble. I just love Janice's new assistant: Sweater Boy! That was a nice addition.
  • Did anyone else get a kick out of Brooke "Pretty Baby" Shields delivering a speech about girls playing racy roles before they're ready?
  • So, sexual harassment lawsuit, huh? That's going to get ugly fast. The rest of the women ended up in a pretty good place (Wendy making up with Maddie, Victory at least telling Joe what she needs), so I suppose it's good that there's at least one salacious story held over for next week.

Your thoughts? Is Maddie anybody else's favorite character? How will Nico get out of this mess? And will Victory actually design some clothes sometime?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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CheleBelle CheleBelle 9 years
Well good news :-)'s growing on many of us and how--may I suggest you disregard the snarky comment at the end. Good news all around either way: NBC has ordered an additional six episodes (for a total of 13) of Lipstick Jungle, its frothy freshman drama based on the book by Candace Bushnell. After three airings, Lipstick is winning its Thursdays-at-10 slot among women 18-49, women 18-34 and men who like seeing Kim Raver fake sexual ecstasy with that whole biting-the-lower-lip thing. Oh yes. []
rubiene rubiene 9 years
check the nbc site for the lipstick jungle. more info there and check the message's a great site...they don't really post the fullepisode bec for now i think they are carefull with the exclisivity of the show and the rating. so support it for now...on tv. but there are few videos...
rubiene rubiene 9 years
it will be renewd.why it's becoming more popular than ever and now cashmere is of's not trying to be's really different from it. the three characters are going to be more interesting just like from the's a novel so keep watching and supporting it. it will be sad if women show will be cancelled again. give it a chance and it will be more a success. thanks to all. share them to friends so rating will be more interesting now! best scene was how kim raver's simple confident yet almost crying confuse facial expression...that was a moment when you will see the actor in "don't know what to say or how bad i did in the situation" i feel sorry for her yet it was kind of intruiging whose was a great act! loving the episode more. and i don't think it is really great idea just let the sotry unfolds right away...they want the story to go on slowly and interesting. that's how i see it from this show. this show has a class. i like how victory goes through her own situation and brooke' role...there is something about her role that seems that she may not really be all that nice...intriguing!
bronzebeauty719 bronzebeauty719 9 years
im loving this show! anyone that likes cashmere more id like to think what exactly is better? i mean i watch both but think this was is produced much better
jules_from_ohio jules_from_ohio 9 years
I'm really enjoying it! I would be sad if it didn't get renewed... I am getting attached to the characters.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I love this show. Yes, Kirby is HOT! Nico definately went the wrong way with this situation and it is going to get so ugly. I can't wait to see how it pans out. I just don't understand why she got him fired. What was she thinking? Victory is definately the most boring character on the show so hopefully she gets to do something soon. All in all though I LOVE IT!!!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
Kirby=Sexy! Yesssir. Also, I still really like this show. Yes, it's no Sex, but I did see a few glimmers of SATC for the first time tonight-for example, the cute little opening to the show has that candy-classy feeling ( a million times cuter than Cashmere, which is always bumping some Beyonce Cougar Track, not cool) and also the scene where Victory was in Paris looking out with the rain pouring over those gorgeous glass windows. Lastly, the characters seem a lot sweeter and more charismatic like the Sex crew, while the Cashmere girls have more of that ice queen thing going on. So yeah, I still vote Lipstick-despite the one major downer of this episode. "Grand Slam for Bad Ma'am?" If I were that URL, I'd kill myself.
jflutterjess jflutterjess 9 years
Yes Kirby is very hott! I really like this show
lilprisci lilprisci 9 years
I missed the first episode of this show but I've started to get into it. It's definitely better than Cashmere Mafia; I could barely get through one episode.
sophieinthecity sophieinthecity 9 years
I'm liking the show quite a bit too! Though I will say that if Kirby leaves I may shed a tear (anyone else think he's HOTTT?)
CheleBelle CheleBelle 9 years
Loved it when Victory said, "Yes well sometimes I am poor in a private plane."...yeah that sucks. Getting to like this show more and more...even like it better than CASHMERE MAFIA.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
I was browsing the Sugar network while the show was on, but I caught the gist of the show. :sigh: I dunno...dude..that's really quick turn for the affair, I'd have thought it lasts another 1 or 2 more episodes, then boom, sexual harassment suit :lol: Yikes.
lorenzo lorenzo 9 years
Nico DEF made a hot mess of things. i understand the affair jitters, but i mean, c'mon, she's not stupid but slowly she's becoming a disaster. Maddie reminds me of everyone i went to school with (i'm a nyc sister school alumni), and yes, she's prooving to be VERY entertaining. Brooke, well, I can't tell if it's her or her character that are all over the place. Hmmm, Joe, yeah, we like your money, not you. You're a little jene se a creepy way. I think your wealth has made you antisocial. Victory, baby girl, you're a designer, let's see why you were ever successful because the hat from 10 years ago is atrocious! Lipstick is trying to be Sex, but it never will be. Still, it's amusing as background while I'm on the phone...
lareina1717 lareina1717 9 years
Nico is pretty dumb for the way she has handled the affair situation.
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