Katy Keene may have struggled with her decision about accepting K.O’s proposal, but the answer was right there in the title of the episode: you can’t hurry love.
Katy put off the decision for a good chunk of the episode as she dug deep to figure out why she couldn’t muster up those three letters when K.O got down on his knee, and the Alphabet City Bandit definitely bought her some time to get her feelings in order.
It’s pretty evident that Katy knew the answer to K.O’s question the whole time but chose to sit on it because facing the truth was too hard and painful.
However, her thought process showcased a level of maturity that The CW has been lacking in its shows particularly on Riverdale.
The characters on Riverdale jump headfirst without thinking of the consequences of their actions, and yet, on Katy Keene, all of the characters exhibit an enlightened and aware sense of self. It’s refreshing and proves that maybe this is the first CW show geared at a more mature “young adult” audience.
In my review of the Katy Keene pilot, I mentioned Josie’s comment about being in college and wondered if the series was taking place in a not-so-distant future. After all, if the timelines were parallel, Josie would still be in high school and Katy’s mom would still be alive. So, it’s possible that this maturity stems from Katy and her crew being out in the real world.
Not only are they out of high school and faced with that reality, but they’re also in New York, which is no Riverdale. Katy and her friends face real-life problems here like rent, which is $1,000 just to sleep on a pull-out couch.
Riverdale may be the murder capital of the world, but it’s also a sheltered, small-town where the teenagers don’t deal with regular life consequences the way characters based in a real city do.
NYC is the real jungle. It’s “do or die.” It will tear you down just as quickly as it’ll build you up. And that’s a fact.
It’s fast-paced and requires you to either keep up or get left behind.
And maybe the most important lesson of all is that your no one special until you prove that you are. Everyone is out there chasing a dream and trying to make a career. What separates you from the sea of other hopeful, young people is your passion, your level-headedness, your talent, and your hustle, baby.
And yes, that took us on quite a bit of a tangent, but it also brought us to exactly where we needed to be.
Katy Keene wasn’t ready for marriage, not with K.O, not with anyone, because she was still living her life, experimenting, finding herself, and trying to become something and someone.
Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean K.O cannot be a part of her life, but Katy is ignoring some cold-hard facts here.
I don’t want to be the person that says the cliched “high school sweethearts never last,” but the odds of that happening are unlikely, at least for now until she experiences some other firsts before settling down.
K.O. is Katy’s safety blanket. He’s someone who has been there for her since day one, he’s reliable, and he and his family filled a void when her mother died. It’s what makes this decision so difficult for Katy because, on the outside, he is the perfect man and should be an easy choice. Oftentimes, the easiest choice is the hardest to make.
There’s a problem when a relationship becomes more about convenience and comfort than genuine love, and it’s a realization Katy wasn’t ready for. Even when she suggested they insert a step in between engagement and move in together, it was just her way of deferring the inevitable. She wasn’t ready to accept that her chapter with K.O may be coming to a close and a new one may be opening.
However, the dead giveaway was that Katy’s answer to Josie’s “do you love him” was “we’ve been with each other since high school.” Katy, honey, that wasn’t the question.
That right there told Katy everything she needed to know, which is why we know this relationship is hanging on by its last thread.
And maybe it should be because as one door closes, another door opens. In this case, that could be applied to her career or her love life, which I feel will both be wrapped up in Prince Eroll in some way.
This is only the second episode of Katy Keene and Prince Eroll is two for two.
He came back to the Lacy’s after his successful first visit with his “pauper” girlfriend, only this time he was solo and looking for an engagement ring.
After firing her, Gloria was forced to call Katy back to her team because of Prince Errol’s request, and she wasn’t pleased when he suggested Katy design the ring because she “understood” his girlfriend.
And yes, they were planning for a proposal, but I can’t be the only one who felt some sparks between Katy and Eroll, right?
His comments about hoping the ring would convince Patricia to say ‘yes,’ seemed off base since Patricia nearly had a panic attack the last time she was in the store about dating a prince and fitting into his lifestyle.
My guess is that she’ll reject the proposal and Eroll will find himself in Katy’s arms and vice-versa. Wouldn’t it be so fitting if they both found comfort in each other after rejected/rejecting proposals?
Gloria saw how great Katy was with the customers and realized she’s a huge asset to the team but to that, I say, you snooze, you lose.
Katy needs to step back and forget about the proposal drama for a hot second and realize that she just designed a custom-made wedding ring for an actual prince.
That’s unheard of and impressive and means she’s way too talented to be working at a department store as “one of Gloria’s girls.”
She needs to take that untapped talent and let it flourish, baby!
Jorge’s dreams of getting onto Broadway have hit a bit of a snag as he got blacklisted for his outburst at one of the directors.
Broadway is a small community so Jorge should have seen this one coming, but also to hell with people not believing in you and wanting to stifle you.
This is just a small setback, but Jorge is destined for great things and the right Broadway role will become available for him.
Constantly getting told “no” builds character, and lord knows Jorge and Ginger have plenty of it.
Jorge’s decision to remain in New York City and keep fighting was for the best. It would have been great practice to join a roadshow, but only if his heart was in it, and clearly, it wasn’t. He felt more like he was running away than committing to a stepping stone towards his dream.
People always say it’s about the journey and not the destination, and that’s so fitting here. Jorge’s endgame is booking Broadway, and he’s been so preoccupied with realizing that dream that he failed to realize how much he appreciates the everyday things like auditions, hanging with friends, and the freedom to perform nightly shows as Ginger.
Pepper Smith is giving me Anna Sorokin aka Anna Delvey vibes. If you don’t recognize the name, Delvey is a German woman who posed as a wealthy heiress to scam New York hotels, fashionable friends and banks with fake documents, checks, and more before reality took its toll and she was arrested for fraud and countless other crimes.
She lived this glamorous life and convinced everyone that it was real, but meanwhile, she wasn’t paying tabs and was racking up debt left and right. It’s pretty fascinating and feels like the inspiration to Pepper’s character as she too pretends to stay at glitzy hotels and rocks designer outfits like it’s nobody’s business when, in reality, she owes 60k on hotel room that she’s gotten kicked out of and has essentially become the squatter she was worried about.
What’s her deal? Will she realize her dream of turning the dumpy place she negotiated an 18K a month rent deal on into the mecca of art, music, and fashion?
And then there’s sweet Josie who has gotten tangled up with the Cabot twins, who she says are less crazier than the Blossom’s, but I wouldn’t be too sure about that.
Alexander seems very on board with helping her singing career even if his sister doesn’t, but it’s pretty evident that she’s the one pulling all the strings and wielding all the power at Cabot Entertainment.
Even when Alexander saved Chubby’s Record Shop, Alexandra became the rightful owner. Josie, if you want the boy, you’re going to have to deal with the sis.
Then again, Josie will just remind us where she’s from and that she’s been through worse, which, in all fairness, she has. She’s made it out of Riverdale alive, and that’s not something Jughead can claim at this very moment.
What did you think of the second episode of Katy Keene?
Are you hooked yet? Is it making you nostalgic for Gossip Girl?
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!
Katy Keene Season Finale Review – Katy and Gloria Save Lacy’s, Hiram Lodge Comes to Town (1×13)
Everything can change in a New York minute. And it did on the season 1 finale of Katy Keene.
With the future of Lacy’s and Jorge’s block on Washington Heights threatened, Katy and her friends did everything in their power to fight for what they wanted.
With a little help from their fairy godmother, Pepper, they were able to successfully save both establishments that meant a great deal to them and felt like “home.”
The series always carries some lessons, and in the finale, it wasn’t just to fight for what you want but also to fight for yourself and your loved ones.
Jorge brought out Ginger Lopez to get enough signatures to save his block. The storyline is important because it highlights the cultural neighborhoods — often poverty-stricken — in the city.
These neighborhoods, or the barrio, should be celebrated and preserved. Jorge couldn’t watch some big corporation tear down the place he grew up in, one of the only affordable places to live for thriving artists, and a home the reminded not only him but others of their roots and the American dream.
It was important to feature, but obviously, it came with a twist. The buyer was none other than Hiram Lodge. Yes, the Hiram from Riverdale. Five-years into the future, which is when Katy Keene is set, Hiram hasn’t changed. And he’s still alive, so I guess that’s good!
He’s also upset that Jorge and the Lopez family prevented him from buying his “home.” Who knew Hiram was from the Heights? Now that this is personal, it’s bound to get even uglier.
There have been previous crossovers before, but this one is one of the more exciting ones because we get to see one of the baddest men from Riverdale come wreak havoc in the often picture-perfect world.
Jorge’s father finally accepted Ginger and explained the root of his issues with her — it wasn’t ever about pride or being embarrassed for his son, it came from a place of fear since his brother, Jorge’s uncles, died for AIDS and he couldn’t protect him or do anything about it.
Of course, it doesn’t excuse Luis’s behavior, and I feel like the moment was glossed over instead of really being dissected to understand the impact on both parties, but at least we now know it was always from a place of love and fear.
Pepper redeemed herself by going above and beyond for both Jorge and Katy. She allowed the to throw a fashion show that not only benefited the block but also helped Katy right Guy’s wrongs. Katy didn’t have to go to bat for the women that were blacklisted because of Guy, but she’s the kind of person that can’t stand by and watch injustice happen.
She saw herself in those women and wanted to give them a platform for their art to shine. It’s more than Guy offered to do to make amends.
Not only is Katy beyond talented, but to see women helping other women is unheard of in the fashion industry, which showed Parsons and the Dean of Parsons that Katy deserved a spot.
With a good word from Gloria, Katy got into her dream school.
She was able to show Guy that she’s willing to risk it all, even her budding fashion career, and invested in herself.
Guy never learned his lesson despite telling Katy he did; by offering her the position of Head Designer, he was putting a bandaid over the situation, hoping to keep her close, and still manipulating her by whispering sweet nothings.
He thought Katy would fall for it, but she trusted her gut and realized she couldn’t be hiding in anyone’s shadow. And with her skills, she shouldn’t be!
Guy would still be capitalizing off of her talents. He didn’t show any remorse for what he had done and the people he used and threw away, and it was hard to imagine it would be any different with Katy.
Similarly, Pepper invested in herself by realizing that conning was not a way of life.
Her friends love her because of who she was and how much she cares about them — it was never about that made-up life.
So, she cut ties with Mrs. Freesia, the toxic woman who was constantly egging her on and dragging her down a rabbit hole. Freesia’s behavior wasn’t coming from a place of love, but rather pushing towards an unhealthy dependency.
Pepper finally has her dream artist space, she has her friends, and she has the support of those who love her, so there’s no reason to keep walking down a path that will only destroy all the things she cares about.
It’s unclear if the money will be enough to shoo her away, but for Pepper’s sake, I hope that it is. If she is truly Pepper’s mom though, then it seems like we’re stuck with her.
And I truly hope Pepper is able to pay her father back and get him the penthouse because that man deserves it. What an angel!
Katy’s fashion show not only landed her a spot at Parsons, but it also helped Gloria save Lacy’s.
How, you ask? Prince Erroll, of course. Though he doesn’t go by Prine Erroll anymore. It’s just Erroll since he stepped away from the royal family and purchased the store that’s not only a mecca in New York, but that has always treated him well.
Now, it’s unclear if Prince Erroll is still engaged or married or whatever it is that he was supposed to be, but I don’t foresee Katy and Erroll working under the same roof and not exploring their feelings. Erroll didn’t do right by Katy, but there’s unresolved chemistry there.
Katy now has almost all of her men under one roof — Erroll, Guy (who still has a space at Lacy’s), and Leo Lacy, the man who may or may not be her father.
Upon meeting Mr. Lacy, Katy blurted out this iconic line: “I think you’re my dad.” One could argue that it’s a little too forward, but prior to her even staying that, when she introduced herself as a Keene, Leo’s face crunched up and seemed to contain his surprise.
The kind of surprise that might make one say, “Oh, I didn’t know I had a child.” So, take from that what you will.
We’ve also yet to figure out what Leo and Gloria’s connection is or Gloria’s relationship with Katy’s mother.
Though, it also seems that the reason Gloria agreed to help Katy save Lacy’s is because she mentioned how much it meant to her and her mother.
There’s definitely a major story there that I can’t wait to uncover if The CW ever signs off on season 2.
After kissing a bunch of rich, famous, and ego-driven frogs in New York, Katy stumbled upon the realization that there’s no better man than KO.
And with KO being newly single, it was her time to shine. Except that it was a little too late — KO finally took the job in Philly.
Their reunion at the station was cute — and the fact that he’s the first person she wants to tell about her Parsons acceptance is telling — Katy didn’t have the heart to stop him from pursuing his dreams.
She knows KO, and if she told him how she felt, he would’ve likely stayed behind and never went to Philly. Katy knows how important it is to follow a passion, and she can’t be the one to stop him. He was always so supportive of her career, and now, she had to let him go and be supportive of his
And maybe that’s for the better. Even Katy admitted that she lost herself for a little bit following her break-up with KO. She barely spent any time being single before jumping into two very complex relationships that mixed business with pleasure.
At this point, relationships aren’t doing her any favors. It’s time she focuses on herself, puts herself first, and follows her dreams.
Unlike Guy or Erroll, KO will always be there; and no matter how much time they spend apart, he’ll always have her back and support her.
Josie seems to have closed the chapter on Alex, which also seems for the better. Alex was trying to prove a lot, but he was also lost in himself and anytime something went wrong, he relapsed.
This time, he wasn’t just drinking, he was doing cocaine. (Also, how much cocaine can you carry in a jacket? I’m not a cocaine-expert by any means, but that seemed excessive).
Josie and Xandra put aside their differences to help Alex, which was sweet, but I personally don’t want the series to continue this storyline. There’s nothing tying Josie to Xandra, an opportunist and leech who has no problem stealing material and claiming it as her own, to each other.
Josie pretty much called her out for having no talent of her own. While it was a blow to hear her own material on the radio, Josie knows she can and will write new stuff. Xandra can’t say the same.
When Josie confronted Xandra about her petty theft, she couldn’t even own up to if and instead deflected to the topic of Alex.
There’s absolutely no place in my heart for Xandra or her antics. To be honest, the whole Cabot family can cease to exist.
Without them, I’m excited to see where Josie’s career will take her especially with a spitfire like Pepper, who believes in herself now more than ever.
What did you think of the season 1 finale of Katy Keene?
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