If you’re in love, Valentine’s Day is the best holiday, but if your relationship is really new, secret, or hanging on by a thread, the holiday is the stuff of nightmares.
On Katy Keene, hearts were breaking everywhere and it wasn’t anything Ginger’s Toni Braxton cover could fix… though, it did make the pain slightly more tolerable.
We all saw it coming from a mile away, but KO and Katy called it quits after attempting to be roomies for a half episode.
The whole roomie situation was birthed from Katy’s desire to still be with KO even though she recognized that she didn’t want to marry him.
Katy was only delaying the inevitable, and KO’s presence in the already crowded house simply underlined what she was already suspecting: he didn’t fit into her life anymore.
She kept holding onto this notion that they were soulmates because they’d been together for so long and KO was her “family,” but the truth is that they were growing apart.
While Katy was “trying” to make it work, she didn’t actually want it to work, so nothing she would have done would have been successful.
When Katy was forced to be brutally honest with herself and KO, she found the strength to let him go even though it hurt like hell.
That’s the toughest thing about life, sometimes, the right thing is also the hardest thing to do.
I have no doubt Katy will bounce back from this stronger than ever, and being single in New York will allow her to focus on her dreams of becoming a designer.
The series went out of its way to showcase that KO wasn’t just figuratively getting in the way of those dreams, he was quite literally in the way of them.
I’m not sure why they made him out to be such a klutz in this episode, but maybe it was to help the audience feel as annoyed by his presence as Katy did?
Everything KO did unintentionally made things worse — he didn’t stand a chance.
When his stuff was all over the apartment, Jorge and Josie were upset, when he cleaned the apartment, everyone said it ruined the ecosystem they’ve built, when he tried to make them lasagna, he inadvertently started a fire and burned George’s wigs, and when he showed up at Lacy’s, he interrupted Katy’s conversation with her favorite stylist and got blood on a silk blouse.
KO couldn’t win, and this made it easier for the audience — at least the few of us that got mildly attached to his character — to let him go.
Josie was also stuck between a rock and a hard place. There are so many puns about her situation, but the best one has to be that she wanted to have her cake and eat it too when it came to Alexander.
And we can’t blame her; he’s a snack!
Thankfully, Josie made the decision using her head and told him that she came to New York with the dream of writing music and snagging a record deal. Pursuing a relationship with him would only be a distraction.
Alexander seems to have understood that as he’s also trying to prove and make something of himself.
But I highly doubt these two will be able to keep things strictly professional.
Then again, Alexander did get his sister some kind of lingerie-type robe as a Valentine’s Day gift, which was just weird on so many levels, so maybe this is for the best.
Josie’s storyline is fun to watch for fans of Riverdale because she’s never forgotten where she came from. Literally, she reminds us that she’s from Riverdale, the murder capital of the world, on a daily basis. She also made a sweet nod to her ex-boyfriend Archie Andrews and offered to bury Buzz’s body in her hometown because “no one will ever find it.” Hilarious.
While many of you would probably pinpoint Amanda as the villain of the series (and I get it, she’s a piece of work), I have to say that there’s something odd about Alexandra.
I can’t tell if she signed Jimmy because she truly believes that he’s good, because she wanted to stick it to her brother, or because she wanted to help him win back Josie. I felt like the latter was the most likely because if she takes Jimmy out of the equation, Josie and Alex fall right back into each other’s arms… or so she hopes.
Josie needs to watch her back around that girl, but again, she’s from Riverdale so it’s fine.
Jorge found a new squeeze after putting Buzz in his place.
The two of them dated for nearly a year and yet, Buzz never even met Jorge’s friends because he was so in the closet. And that’s fine, if he’s not ready to come out, that’s his prerogative, but it’s also unfair to expect Jorge to put his life on hold.
And even then, Jorge did that and gave him a year before realizing that this relationship would never be what he wanted it to be — exclusive.
It didn’t take him/Ginger (I’m using the ‘he’ pronoun for now because I don’t think it has been specified yet) long to get back on the wagon and the firefighter was much more receptive and comfortable in his own skin and with his own sexuality.
And just like Riverdale, Katy Keene has some of the best names. I know the show is based on the Archie Comics, but it still evokes a chuckle with names like Buzz Brown and Bernardo, especially since Katy’s world is so normal compared to that of Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica’s.
Finally, we have Pepper Smith, a broke socialite who is taking the “fake it till you make it” slogan to heart and using it as her motto in life.
Delvey must have been incredibly savvy in convincing people to pay for her, give her money, and more, and Pepper seems to have that talent also.
Fortunately, I think Pepper’s story arc is going to have a happier ending. Pepper has what it takes to play with the big boys, she’s simply lacking the capital.
But when she needed twenty-thousand upfront in cash to get renovations on her space started and heat installed, she found a sugar daddy whom she then tricked into buying her 20K worth of belongings before threatening to sell him out to his wife, waltzing off with all the purchases, and then returning them for the cold hard cash.
It was pretty brilliant, not to mention, she even crafted the perfect sob story about needing tuition money after her parents cut her off.
Seeing her in action like that convinced me that she’ll be able to pull off this dream arts space without so much as lifting a finger.
Other Lacy’s Musings
- Gloria has such a soft spot for Katy and poor Amanda cannot compete.
- Does this mean they’ll slowly start phasing KO out?
- The fake names are the best. Vanity Flair is my favorite magazine from now on.
- Broadway legend Bernadette Peters as Mrs. Freesia, Pepper’s con mom was everything. I love that she has a black book of men with enormous bank accounts and nothing to do with them!
What did you think of episode 3 of Katy Keene?
Did she do the right thing by being honest with KO and breaking things off?
How are you enjoying the series so far?
‘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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