Katy Keene always knows how to provide an escape from reality.
From the costumes and fashion to the romance drama to the musical numbers, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” was exceptional and managed to deal with real issues while never dulling its sparkle.
Jorge wowed as both Molina and the Spider Woman but the stark reality was that while he may have been ready to take on both characters, the public, and most importantly, the investors, weren’t.
In order to get the Cabot’s to hand over their probably-not-hard-earned money, Pepper had to do what I’m going to call “schmooze-manipulation.” She’s incredibly savvy at getting what she wants and findings ways to convince people to see her way or no way.
Of course, it’s going to become an issue as she over-promised to Xandra, Alex, Josie, and even Jorge to get the show off the ground and eventually, people are going to expect her to keep her end of the bargain.
Overpromising seems to be how Pepper has gotten into most of her “situations.”
Seeing her work the investors gave us a little more insight into how Pepper operates, and honestly, color me impressed. Despite finding herself back into multiple corners, Pepper’s confidence in her ability to get what she needs never wavers.
Imagine how much we could all get accomplished it we had her confidence.
Jorge wasn’t pleased with sharing the stage with Josie at first as it meant he had to give up playing the part of the Spider Woman as Ginger Lopez. It was a bummer for his as he wanted this musical to be what pushed him to become his trues self and finally show his father Ginger.
While Josie remained in the role, there was a compromise that ensured she’d be able to perform in front of talent scouts and he’d be able to have his big moment — they could both be Spider-Woman.
The ending was a powerful demonstration of how two people can play the exact same character and not only own it but make it their own and true to themselves.
Jorge’s father was taken aback but was proud, surprisingly, and even said that his “son was a star.”
Unfortunately, his pride couldn’t overcome his prejudice. Jorge’s father was proud of his son, but he wasn’t accepting of him, and that’s a real problem. Jorge’s boyfriend stood up for him immediately and told Jorge “never to change,” which you could see affected his father.
Truthfully, it was a lot to spring on his father. I’m not saying his actions were right, but Jorge and his mother kept from him because they didn’t think he would be accepting of it.
His reception was better than expected, and while Jorge was slightly disappointed, he understood that even getting a compliment from his father was a huge accomplishment. I mean, this is the same father who stopped talking to Jorge after he found out he was gay. They’re huge strides.
Realistically, there are many parents just like Jorge’s father, and Katy Keene has a huge opportunity to open the conversation and show all sides — Jorge who just wants his parents to love him for him, his accepting mother, and his hesitant father.
We can all come out of this better.
Josie got what she wanted from the night as an agent came by to field her an offer to perform a gig at The Apollo.
Francois is the fairy god queen that dreams are made of. He didn’t just help Jorge find his voice and get the production successfully off the ground, but he also stepped in when Katy was struggling with her Prince Erroll dilemma.
Though I try not to like Erroll, I really can’t help myself. What he’s doing to both Katy and Patricia is complete trash, but I wish that he was a better person cause I love the dynamic between him and Katy.
A part of me also feels terrible for him because he’s forced into a marriage he doesn’t want because it would embarrass the royal family.
Though, he told Katy he’d call it off if she admitted to wanting to be with him, which is bold because it means his feelings are so real, he’s willing to get shunned by his family.
He also gets a few brownie points because he wasn’t lying to Katy about breaking off the engagement and thus, when they slept together, neither of them was betraying anyone, but his actions going forward have been problematic.
He either didn’t tell Patricia or he did tell Patricia and she simply didn’t care. If it’s the latter, well, that’s a completely different issue and that means she’s only in it for the claim to fame, but I don’t think that’s the case cause when we met her, she was completely thrown off by the idea of being a royal.
So, it seems that Erroll is keeping his rendezvous a secret and putting Katy in a very awkward position. Patricia trusts Katy, but Katy couldn’t in good faith make that wedding dress.
It wouldn’t be a good start to her career, and it would haunt her forever. Gloria tried to argue that Katy shouldn’t give up the opportunity of a lifetime because of a man, and while that may be true, her motivations were selfish. She wanted the win for Lacy’s and she didn’t care how it made Katy feel. However, had that kind of scandal gotten out — Patricia is new to the royal family so she could have publicly attacked Katy and not cared — it would’ve ruined her brand before it even got off the ground.
Erroll also isn’t helping the situation by still pursuing Katy, telling her he’ll call the wedding off, and sending her “I miss you” notes. Does anyone else think Patricia is going to find them and call off the wedding herself because of the betrayal?
Katy found a perfect compromise that pleased both Gloria (and Lacy’s) and Patricia while sparing her from designing the dress.
The fact that Katy understands what Patricia likes so well is because they’re so similar.
Erroll, you have a type, my man!
Gloria found out about Erroll and Katy’s affair, but she was hardly surprised because she saw the way Erroll “looked at her.”
It seems everyone saw it — Gloria, K.O. Guy — except for Katy and Patricia.
While Katy turned down Erroll, there’s definitely some chemistry between her and Guy. It’s always a good sign when you can be completely honest with a guy, and Katy has been honest with Guy — she even told him about her romp with Erroll. Or more like he figured it out, but still, the honesty was there.
Guy proposed an apprenticeship for Katy, who expressed interest, and while they usually say it’s not wise to mix business and pleasure, that seems to be the way of the world in Katy Keene’s New York City.
If Alex and Josie can make it work, so can Katy and Guy.
However, I have a hunch that we haven’t seen the last of Erroll just yet.
Other Dazzling Musings
- As someone who has arachnophobia, the number of spiders in this episode was revolting. I can still feel them crawling on my skin. Katy’s reaction is 100% what I look like when anyone tells me “not to move.”
- Can Amanda just stop?
- Xandra also needs to stop moving in on K.O. and preying on his heartbreak and also cluelessness. He can have anyone, anyone but Xandra.
- The musical number with Katy, Francois, and Jorge was hands-down my favorite part of the episode.
Despite the uplifting vibe of the episode, it ended on a rather upsetting note as Jorge and Bernardo got attacked in a string of LGBTQ attacks. The moment was foreshadowed when Jorge’s mother warned him to be vigilant after learning of the attacks, but it didn’t make the moment less upsetting. Especially since Jorge was on a high and feeling like he could finally be himself.
Again, Katy Keene finds a way to bring the glamour aesthetic pizzazz of shows such as Sex and the City and Gossip Girl while also providing poignant commentary about our society.
What did you think of the episode, Cravers? Let us know in our comments section below! And chat with us on Twitter at @CraveYouTV!
‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home
After weeks of waiting, The CW has decided against renewing Katy Keene after just one season.
The network announced that the Lucy Hale-led Riverdale spinoff will not be picked up for season 2.
Katy Keene was the only series awaiting a decision after the network’s bulk renewal back in January, which saw all of its scripted shows get renewed including freshman dramas Batwoman and Nancy Drew. All shows are scheduled to return in January due to the coronavirus production delays.
Show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Instagram to share the news with fans alongside a photo of the cast, writing, “From the first #katykeene table read. It seems like a dream. So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.💔.”
Hale commented writing: “I am …devastated. But love you all so much.”
Julia Chan (Pepper Smith) chimed in expressing her gratitude: “Love you, Roberto and Michael and my beloved @cw_katykeene family. Eternally grateful. ♥️”
Hale also addressed the fans directly on Instagram Live. “Sad to deliver this news ! But I love the show. I love what it stands for. And mostly I love YOU. To the cast, crew and all involved. I adore you,” she captioned the clip.
Katy Keene May Be Part of the Riverdale Universe, But It’s Far Removed From the Dark Murder Series
When you first heard about a Riverdale spinoff, I’m willing to bet you didn’t think it would be a series revolving around the fashion and music industry, but that’s exactly what you get when you tune into The CW’s Katy Keene.
Devoid of murders and darkness, the series (based on the Archie Comics), spearheaded by Lucy Hale in the role of the titular character, shines bright amidst the supernatural vibes of its sister shows, Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and the oftentimes supernatural lineup embraced on The CW.
In place of those murder mysteries that tend to envelop the residents of Riverdale, Katy Keene sets the stage for a coming-of-age tale that propels themes of hopefulness, following your destiny, and chasing every opportunity.
Some of us might say — the ones that were old enough to have watched Gossip Girl and Sex and the City when it aired live, anyway — that the series is the younger sister of those fashion-centric show, and fills the void they left behind quite nicely with its bubbly depiction of New York’s elite, always-on-the-go, and hook-up heavy aesthetic.
But don’t be fooled — the show’s optimistic outlook doesn’t mean it’s without its fair share of drama.
Like Riverdale, Katy Keene relies on a formula of convoluted mysteries and twists, and it thrives on throwing its characters into unpredictable and messy situations, albeit, with less murder and serial killers.
And New York, much like Riverdale, can make or break you in a minute; it can snuff out that very hope it evokes and destroy the opportunities it’s made possible until you’re left feeling more alone than ever.
Katy Keene focuses heavily on its ensemble cast — heavier than Riverdale at times — giving each of its characters a storyline to dig into.
The circumstances of the Big Apple — rent as tall as the skyscrapers and the competitiveness of its inhabitants — brings Katy, an aspiring fashion designer, closer to Jorge/Ginger Lopez (Johhny Beauchamp), an aspiring Broadway star, Pepper Smith (Julia Chan), an aspiring business owner, and Riverdale’s finest, Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), an aspiring singer.
Much like Riverdale’s core four, this unit relies on each other to navigates life’s up-and-downs.
For Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, these trials and tribulations tend to consist of dark forces and mysteries such as figuring the identity of the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and how to escape and stop an organ harvesting cult, among others.
Katy Keene, however, offers up a dreamlike vibe while showcasing real and more relatable issues of navigating your upper 20s with the focus being on every millennial’s struggle to juggle the pursuit of a dream career in an overpriced city alongside a romantic life.
Alex says it best — you’re no one in this city without money — and thus, a lot of the drama revolves around financial situations.
QUIZ: Which ‘Katy Keene’ Character Are You?
The characters in Katy Keene’s world are bold, beautiful, and living the dream… or, at least, trying to.
Their supportive of each other even through all of life’s up-and-downs because they know there’s nothing more valuable than friendship. And in New York, you don’t get very far without friends.
Find out which Katy Keene character you are by taking our quiz below!
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