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Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 5, "Dressed to Kill"

Lipstick Jungle Rundown: Episode 5, "Dressed to Kill"

Apparently, this was the "people taking things that don't belong to them" episode of Lipstick Jungle, with each of our main characters messing around in someone else's business (or having someone else mess around in theirs). Wendy tried to jump-start her husband's music career, Victory's ex-assistant came back to make Victory's life miserable, and Nico and Kirby continued alternately embracing and stomping all over each other's hearts. And that was just the basics. To hear my thought on Thursday's Lipstick Jungle, just


  • Hey, Lipstick Jungle can carry a plot line through multiple episodes! Just when I was beginning to wonder whether anything would ever come of Victory's assistant stealing her sketches, it did — and in dramatic fashion. I loved that scene with her banging on the window of the store, yelling "Those are my dresses!" as a perfectly befuddled Joe Bennett tried to figure out what on earth was going on. "And they will be. Tomorrow. I'll even throw in a handbag!" No, Joe, it's not about shopping. It's about stealing!
  • Also, nice PSA for the "fashion design isn't considered art, so it's not protected under copyright law" debate.
  • I'm really glad Reese was lying in the scene where she apologized to Victory, because otherwise, she would be the worst actress on earth. Luckily, she was supposed to be a bad actress. Whew.
  • I'm not sure I totally understood Victory's scheme at Nico's party, but either way, I don't think it worked as planned. Did she want to confront the designer? Reese? Both? Because I don't think the intent was to be out in the freezing cold, entrenched in a girlfight with her ex-assistant. Now, as for how Reese managed to rip one piece off Victory's dress during their catfight without leaving her naked, I can't explain that, either.
  • I'm surprised we haven't seen Lipstick's Gawker-wannabe blog before now. Hello, "Gotham Gazer"!
  • The montage of Shane playing piano in the club could have been about a minute shorter (he's good, OK? We get it!), but it gave us yet another opportunity to see what kind of bad decisions Wendy can make when she thinks she's doing the right thing. Her heart is always in the right place, but the follow-through doesn't quite work sometimes. There was just no way that director didn't feel pressured into giving Shane the job, and I can't imagine Wendy will be able to keep that secret for long.
  • Nico and Kirby: still pulled together, then drawn apart, over and over and over again. Love that Kirby had a chalkboard mounted in his living room — so convenient when your illegitimate girlfriend needs to suddenly write the rules of your relationship. Good thing Kirby didn't bring the actress home, though; I bet that list would have been a hard thing to explain.
  • Interesting, though, that they both broke the "no emotional attachment" rule within the same 45-minute episode. Come on, that was never going to last. Something (OK, the previews for next week) tells me that Wendy, at least, isn't going to be happy.
  • From the mixed-metaphor department: Shane saying giving the director the CD was an executive decision like "buying mittens for our son." Yeah. Mittens. Big decision.
  • Most hilarious movie poster in Wendy's office: Salty Tears.
  • I give in. Nico and Kirby are hot.

Your thoughts? Does Shane have a legitimate beef with Wendy? How skeezy is Victory's investor? And, with only two episodes to go in this mini-season, how long before Nico and Kirby get caught?

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rubiene rubiene 9 years
this week episode should be very interesting...tomorrow's episode...brooke and kim will have a friction happening to each other!
21nychic 21nychic 9 years
I love the show! Plz keep it on air!
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 9 years
i want nico to find out her husband is having an affair with one of his students before he finds out about kirby. not that i'm one for cheating, but for the sake of good tv. i'm so/so with victory & wendy - they both have their moments.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
In the first episode I didn't like Kirby much.... But now.... I left this episode on my Tivo and I've rewatched the first scene with Nico and Kirby (the chalkboard scene) like 10 times... and I'm sure I'll watch it many more times.....
rubiene rubiene 9 years
once the part two of season one of LIPSTICK JUNGLE comes on this early fall...everyone must watch it will go on...for march 20th season part one finale...everyone must watch it too...the rating will be a reason for not having it on longer if the rating is low. so march 20 and fall season premier must be in good standing when it comes to it's ratings. so support this show! thank you everyone...
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
The good news is, NBC has given the show an order for six more episodes. They probably won't air till the Fall -- but hey, they're six more episodes!
Rose-16 Rose-16 9 years
How can we make sure this show stays on the air? I LOVE it. I look forward to it each week and I'd be quite devastated if they didn't bring it back!
flowergirl flowergirl 9 years
Wendy was so dumb to ruin her own plan in this ep. And I'm really sick of Nico & Kirby...
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Oh I love this show!! I agree demeter, Victory and Joe are my favorites too :)
demeter demeter 9 years
haha This was the episode I finally gave in with Nico & Kirby too. The way they look at each other is totally adorable. I really like them now, but Victory and Joe are still my two favorite characters and couple. I just love them SO much!! This show is amazing!
rubiene rubiene 9 years
love it.....................! lindsay price deep red dress is so beautiful!
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I LOVE THIS SHOW! Grey's Anatomy is my favorite show but this season(of what it was) was not that great. I believe that Lipstick Jungle could possibly take over the #1 spot on my list. I can't get enough. I think Nico and Kirby are sooooooooo hot. Not that I am for cheating but seriously, I can't get enough of these two. I also love Victory. She makes me laugh. Wendy, well she is so so. My least favorite. But I can't wait until her husband finds out that he only did get the job because of her. I love all of it. Too bad it is a whole week until another episode!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
Victory's storyline bugged me last night, but at least, the 'stealing design' storyline is resolved! Thank goodness for that. I dread next week when Joe decides to 'buy' things for her to move in :sigh: Nico and Kirby: HOTNESS. Geez! I can't believe how hot they are together, it's SO WRONG, but it's so right too ;) I just keep wondering when she divorces her husband (which is inevitable) and the moment she will come forward with her relationship with Kirby: YIKES. He's the guy who tried to sue her for sexual harassment! How's that one going to work out?! Wendy and Shane: I agree w/ you, enough with the montage! I GOT IT, HE'S GREAT musician!! But yeah, this gig he's 'scored' probably will come and bite Wendy later on because if there's some disagreement with the director and Shane..uh oh WATCH OUT. I'm so happy that it's still on the air, don't take it off! It's my guilty pleasure Thursday!!! (I watch "New Amsterdam" before this show, and although the storyline is cheezy but I'm happy with all the good-looking men I get to see yesterday night--lucky hubby wasn't at home to see me DROOL)
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I think last week's episode finally hooked me in, because I went out and bought the book and was actually looking forward to this week's episode. I can sort of see where Shane is coming from. But really, who cares how you get your foot in the door? It's not like the entertainment industry welcomes in any and all great talent. You still have to prove yourself; people buy tickets to your concerts because they like your music, not because they are impressed by who you're married to. I wish I had an assistant (or even just a friend) in my life like Victory's assistant. He's adorable.
CheleBelle CheleBelle 9 years
That scene in Kirby's apartment and the blackboard and the tension AND the obvious lack of real self control...this couple is tres bon in deed. Loved the tension between them at the gala...he definitely has Nico's number in more ways than one...she needs to quit dipping her toe and just jump in head first AND do a few laps because Kirby is very much worth the risk. AND I was surprised by Victory...she actually quit whining and being passive agressive prissiness and just played her best power card with the former employee who was a crying lying thief. Either way Wendy's storyline is painful to watch...may be needed to keep the show from being too forthy and too out of touch BUT it's still very painful to watch. Yuck. Either way bring me more Kirby/Nico please
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
is it sad that i wait all day for this to come out? i'm really enjoying the show - i think that it's slow but good premier didn't even do it justice. i like the trailer for next week where they think something 'fishy' is going on w/ victory's investor - reminds me of the plot line of the book cause you know that things aren't always that easy. as for the wendy plot line - it's got to be hard to be her hubby and now she has a little guilt going on about his job. nico, nico, nico - gotta love the hot young boy...we'll see how that one works out since we all know (ok...assume) that her husband is having an affair with his students. that's how he met her isn't it?
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 9 years
This show is finally getting good...
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