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Cashmere Mafia: The Deciders

by Kristin Sample, posted Jan 24th 2008 7:31AM
Mia, Caitlin, Zoe, and Juliet toast to being the deciders.
(S01E04) "I am the worst lesbian ever."

Yes, Bonnie Somerville, you are the worst lesbian ever. And I am so glad that this pretending you're doing with Alicia will soon be over. Or at least I hope it will. I can't take the I-don't-know-if-I'm-really-gay storyline anymore. I fear Cashmere Mafia will drag it out for the entire season and dare I say, have Caitlin end up with Alicia. Ugh.Lucy Liu

I do really like Bonnie Somerville though. She had some of the funniest lines of the night (and best delivery for that matter). How classic was "I have a spray on tan"? I nearly laughed out loud. I must say I am liking Cashmere Mafia much better. Some of you readers have commented that CM is light and easy to watch. I agree and I'm enjoying it more now that I don't expect much from it.

Of course Juliet's story was anything but light last night, especially that last conversation with Davis. I was happy when she kicked him out. I could've waited till next episode but nevertheless I enjoyed the way she broke the news to her soon-to-be ex-husband. I loved when she said that the bags in the back of the Aston Martin were not just props for the shoot. Hey, at least he got the car...for now. Can you imagine what kind of vengeance Juliet will exact on the cheating Davis through her divorce lawyers?

And as one character was breaking off a relationship, another character was beginning a new one. Last night was the first episode I actually gave a shh..., umm, cared about Mia's story. The brunch was a bit disappointing. They agreed to this plan where the surgeon would pretend to be in love with Mia to make Jack jealous but it just wasn't happening for me. What did you think of those scenes? They could've used a rewrite or two.

And then there's my favorite. Zoe Burden has been consistently reliable for good storylines and funny moments. Nothing was different last night. I love seeing Zoe get into a sticky situation and then untangle herself. I loved the conversation on speaker phone in the big meeting. After making herself look like a complete ass in front of the whole meeting, she explains the confusing debt management in one sentence and closes the deal. Nice!

Just a little more about Zoe (if you'll indulge me)...She's the one character on the show who comes across as truly intelligent and humorous and quirky (well, Caitlin does a good job with quirky too). As far as the other three women, I feel like we are just told to think that they are smart and deserving of their high positions. But with Zoe, Cashmere Mafia doesn't just tell you what to think, it actually shows you why you should think it.

Cashmere Quotables:

"Would it be okay with you if I peed before I head back into the conference room?" --Katherine to Zoe

"We've got big problems with Katie's nipples!" --Worker at the publishing house to Mia as she burst into Mia's office.

"It's just that you don't meet brain surgeons unless there's something scary inside your head...other than the voice of your boss or your mother." --Mia to the brain surgeon

"I would have rather it have been a goat than Cilla Gray. At least it would have saved me the STD screenings." --Juliet on who Davis cheated with

"Listen. Do you want to go to that party alone with that talking head of a slut throwing you shade?" --Caitlin to MIa

*I couldn't think of a really good poll question tonight so I apologize for this one if it's kind of lame. Please leave any questions you have about the show in the comments. I'm interested to see what you're thinking.

Do you think the relationship with Mia and the brain surgeon will last?
Yes24 (18.5%)
No35 (26.9%)
Only for 2 more episodes71 (54.6%)

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I LOVED Mia's story line this episode. It's so rare to see an Asian woman finally date an Asian man on TV - it's always an Asian woman dating someone who's NOT Asian (btw, you hardly ever see an Asian man dating someone who's not Asian in the media). As an Asian American, I really enjoyed hearing them talk about cultural pressures from parents, and I felt I could relate to their discussions about racial preferences in the Asian community.

The dinner scene where Mia and the Brain Surgeon pretended to be a couple felt a little forced, but I felt that the awkwardness came from Mia's need to get back at Jack (you can argue that this was childish, but I think it's pretty natural and the best of us can't help but do it). On top of that, the brain surgeon is hot!

January 25 2008 at 4:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've read all of the reviews. And you always take potshots at the lesbian storyline, and you say you want Caitlin turned into a straight character.

To quote the review above : "And I am so glad that this pretending you're doing with Alicia will soon be over. Or at least I hope it will. I can't take the I-don't-know-if-I'm-really-gay storyline anymore. I fear Cashmere Mafia will drag it out for the entire season and dare I say, have Caitlin end up with Alicia. Ugh. "

January 24 2008 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristin Sample

@ gooby: I agree with you about the lack of lesbian representation on television. And I like your point about Cashmere Mafia not just doing it for ratings and having a character from the get-go question her sexuality. It's a great concept and certainly filling a gap in network TV. However, the execution is just not there. Whether it's the writing, the not giving Caitlin's story enough time within each episode or the acting, it's just not working in my opinion. I think if you are going to give voice to a topic, then do it well. Bonnie Somerville, who is fantastic (I loved her on Kitchen Confidential) just isn't pulling it off. There is no chemistry between Caitlin and Alicia. Very good points on your part though.

@ christi: Sounds to me like you only read the review before the jump. But nevertheless, I'll answer your accusation. I have absolutely nothing against lesbians or their presence on network TV (read the above so I don't have to repeat myself). Oh, and by the way, reviewing a storyline, i.e. how writers/producers are developing Caitlin's character and how said character is acted by the actress IS REVIEWING THE SHOW. And my name is spelled Kristin, not Kristen.

January 24 2008 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please stop taking blatant potshots at the lesbian storylines in all your reviews. You are supposed to be reviewing the story. Your reviews are not called "What Kristen Sample thinks about lesbians". They are called Cashmere Mafia reviews. I really don't care whether the only lesbian character on TV annoys you and you want her gone.

Please review the SHOW.


January 24 2008 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hot Chick

considering the next epi had Mia making out with the "man-ny" I dont think the relationship will be for long. :)
-Did anyone think Mia's clothes were just TOO over the top even for her? It just seemed silly. And I LOVE clothes, but come on.

January 24 2008 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like this show and I hope that it sticks around. I am so tired of every show having to be heavy and serious and edgy in order to stay on. I like the dumb shows like this, they are fun and easy and if you miss an episode here and there, you don't have to spend an hour on the Internet catching up. The other light show I like is Big Shots, but that is getting panned too. I vote: more tv viewing for the shallow amoung us!

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January 24 2008 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If for nothing else ... just for gay visibility alone, I wish they WOULD have Caitlin end up with Alicia. There's so little representation for lesbians on prime time television and a main character that hopefully the won't have her "straightened out" in episodes to come. And especially characters that aren't making babies or having some kind of custody battle or something. That's all I'm saying. This is a great opportunity to have a lesbian main character that's not there just as a ratings ploy for one episode or some PSA crap.

January 24 2008 at 9:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gooby's comment

I would agree except that Bonnie can't pull it off. She seems awkward in her scenes with the lesbian girlfriend and there is no chemistry when they kiss. Unfortunately, this will be just an experiment for her and she'll probably fall head over heels with the bathroom guy and live happily ever after...

January 24 2008 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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