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?
Pepper Smith on ‘Katy Keene’ Draws Inspiration from Faux Heiress Anna Delvey
If you found yourself watching the second episode of Katy Keene and wondering why Pepper’s characters seemed so familiar, it’s because she seems to be The CW’s take on Anna Delvey, a real-life faux heiress that swindled the one-percent and intrigued the masses for several months before getting caught in one of the most fascinating scandal’s in history.
To back it up a little bit, Pepper Smith, played by Julia Chan, is Katy Keene’s New York City friend.
She’s introduced in the pilot as a socialite and gossip columnist who knows all the right people, can get into the right places, and lives lavishly bouncing from hotel to hotel while rocking the hottest designer brands and some wicked glasses. (Pepper has them too!)
However, the cracks begin to appear by the second episode as it’s revealed Pepper is in some financial trouble.
It isn’t even minor financial trouble – homegirl owes a whopping $60,000 to the hotel that she can’t pay off because, as it turns out, she’s not as rich as she’s led people to believe.
In fact, she cannot even afford a stay anywhere and refuses to come clean to her friends about her real identity.
Instead, she retreats to a deteriorating warehouse space that she just tricked an investor into funding in hopes of helping her realize her vision of opening her idea of “Andy Warhol’s Factory,” or, a mecca for creatives and artists alike to gather, showcase, perform, and more.
After blackmailing the real-estate agent to rent it out to her at a discounted price, Pepper is forced to shack up in the murky warehouse for the time being essentially becoming the squatter she was so worried in the first place.
Upon getting to know Pepper’s character on a deeper level, I immediately made the connection to Delvey in the Katy Keene Season 1 Episode 2 review.
For those unfamiliar with Delvey’s fascinating story, she was a German woman (real name Anna Sorokin), who posed as a wealthy heiress and fooled anyone that was anyone in New York. She lived a lavish lifestyle at the expense of others, defrauding friends, financial institutions, hotels, and more.
Her story almost seems like it would be something out of a Riverdale spinoff, and yet, it’s completely true and seems to inspire, at least slightly (for now), the character of Pepper.
Much like Delvey, who also wanted to open her dream arts club and attempted to secure a massive loan using fraudulent documents, Pepper meets with an investor and attempts to sell her dream to him, a moment that proves undoubtedly that Pepper can sell a lie to anyone as long as she believes in it.
Pepper has moxie as she seems to be manipulating the hotel concierge and her lover, Didi, to cover for her, which can also be compared to Delvey’s female friends that funded her lavish trips and footed the bills.
However, it’s unclear how much of Delvey has inspired Pepper, or if her swan song will be anything like Delvey’s, whose lies caught up with her after 10 months and landed her on trial where the jury in Manhattan found her guilty of second-degree grand larceny, theft of services and one count of first-degree attempted grand larceny. She was sentenced to 4 to 12 years imprisonment.
For Peppe’s sake, she better hope her character is only “loosely” based on Delvey, but for now, she remains one of the most enticing parts of the series in contrast to doe-eyed Katy Keene and her optimistic tribe of dreamers taking on the Big Apple.
As I mentioned before, Delvey’s story was so fascinating and unbelievable, plenty of people, including Shonda Rhimes, has expressed interest in telling her story. The CW may the first to draw its inspiration from the pathological liar, but it isn’t the last.
Katy Keene Review – Welcome to New York, the Land of Dreams (1×01)
On this week’s Riverdale, Jughead dueled with Brett, Betty teamed up with her mother, Alice, to expose Brett for illegally recording people having sex, and Archie thwarted yet another murderer in town, but Riverdale’s spin-off, Katy Keene, which debuted tonight, had no outrageous storylines.
Compared to its sister show, Katy Keene was almost too normal with its hard-to-pronounce fashion designers, glitz, glamour, dreams, and drag.
For those tuning into the series because you wanted it to resemble Riverdale, you– may have been turned off, but those who came for some delightful escapism about following your dreams were likely sold on the message.
It’s hard to believe the series exists under the Archie Comics umbrella because this series exuded “The Devil Wears Prada” mixed with “Gossip Girl” vibes but without all the cattiness and well, gossip.
Katy Keene has arrived at the perfect time when society needs to be reminded that it’s okay to have a dream and even better to follow through on one.
Lucy Hale’s Keene is an optimistic, doe-eyed, aspiring designer who has been selling herself short by trying to fit into a personal shopper position at Lacy’s (you know, like Macy’s)!
Despite being exceptionally good at her job, her Miranda Priestly/ evil-step-mother-like-boss isn’t impressed with the enthusiasm or that she has other interests outside of the department store.
Katy is devasted that she’s passed up for a promotion at first, but it turns out to be a blessing in disguise because she would be accepting a position that doesn’t prioritize helping her tap into her greatness.
Her position with Francois, her fairy-god-mother is a saving grace proving that sometimes, we all need a little push in the right direction and the courage to take a chance.
Most of the characters start off seemingly getting their heart’s desire and quickly learning that a dream isn’t a destination, it’s a journey.
Josie arrives in New York from Riverdale, the murder capital of the world that she somehow survived and escaped, to pursue a music career.
Less than 24 hours after her arrival, she’s met a hunky guy from a record label who thinks she what it takes and wants to sign her. Furthermore, we find out that he’s basically royalty in NYC (think: Rockefeller).
It’s enough to make you say “yeah right” and roll your eyes until they risk popping out of your head, so it’s a good thing that Katy Keene establishes early on that this is too good to be true… sort of.
Alexander was honest about who he was, and he does truly believe in Josie, but the label his family owns isn’t convinced and they “pass” on giving her a record deal.
As they should. This is a city crawling with talent — everyone here has a dream, talent, and ambition to boot, so what makes Josie stand out?
The fact that she made it out of Riverdale alive is impressive, but she needs to get a little dirty; she’s too green now, she’s naive, optimistic, impressionable, and she needs more edge to make it as an artist.
Every success story has humble beginnings and struggles for a reason, and Josie needs that.
Then there’s Jorge aka Ginger Lopez who was told he’s “too gay for Broadway” as if that’s a thing.
Jorge teaches a lesson of perseverance and picking yourself back up after your pushed down over and over (and over) again.
People don’t like things that are different — it’s scary to them because they can’t understand it, and sadly, that’s the world we live in.
People like Jorge don’t get opportunities because of the way they look, speak, or move, but this show is also proof that our landscape is changing and the new generations are welcoming, loving, accepting, and encouraging.
Jorge is equally as great as himself and as Ginger, and we know they will eventually find their place in Broadway, it’ll just take some time.
Pepper is big-time and knows everyone whose anyone, but for now, it’s only talk as we’ve seen her hanging out with Katy, Josie, and Jorge for most of the episode. It’s not unbelievable that someone who does a handful of gigs would have friends who are just scratching the surface of their dreams, but it’s unlikely she’d be spending all her time with them.
There’s also an aura that reminds me of Tahani in The Good Place with all the name-dropping.
For a pilot episode, Katy Keene was chock-full of wisdom, character introduction, and major moments with the biggest coming on towards the end of the episode as KO proposes to Katy.
While all signs pointed to Katy being head-over-heels for KO, it doesn’t look like she’s sure of whether or not she wants to marry him.
There was a look of shock and excitement on her face, sure, but there was also uncertainty, and it’s a little worrisome.
However, the moment may have come too soon in the episode because the outcome bears no emotional weight for the audience.
We just met Katy and KO, and we only know what Katy has told us about their relationship, which isn’t much.
We like KO, but if he wasn’t around, we wouldn’t miss him because we’re not invested in his character yet.
It’s almost strange that the series decided to pull out the big guns so quickly, but maybe it’s purposeful.
Maybe the series wants us to know that we’ll never expect what’s coming next. If they can’t bring in all the craziness of Riverdale, at least they can bring in shocking twists that we never see coming.
In that regard, it’s established its tone and its purpose effectively.
- Josie made a comment that made it seem like they weren’t in high school anymore. Is the series set in the future?
- And if so, why isn’t Veronica a part of it since she said she was accepted to Bradford College in New York.
- Another indication that the show is set in the future is the death of Katy’s mother. On the Riverdale episode, she said her mom was gravely ill, but in the pilot, it seems like she’s passed.
- Considering Riverdale does flash-forwards, maybe the shows will catch up to each other by the end of the season?
- Errol the Prince and his “commoner” girlfriend are totally going to be Katy’s first clients, right?
The most exciting part about Katy Keene is that it allows for Riverdale crossovers. I’m always excited to see characters from Riverdale function in the real world.
What did you think of the Katy Keene premiere?
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