Lip Service Episode 203 Recap: Shagathon

The next morning, Tess is not amused.

Bea: (surveying the mess that is the kitchen) Wow.
Tess: Wow?
Bea: Big night, eh?
Tess: Um…
Bea: (looking at some circular jelly-and-Nutella splotches on the counter) Are those boob prints? C-cups, I reckon.
Tess: This is funny to you?
Bea: Noo…
Tess: Because… there’s no smoking in the communal areas. And definitely no fucking.


Bea explains that she wasn’t the condiment bandit, and Lexy comes in with a shirt for Bea to wear. Tess gets more and more appalled by the whole thing, especially when Sadie makes an appearance and says she’ll clean it up later.

Tess: (screaming) No, you’ll clean it up now! This was my breakfast! I was supposed to go back to work today like you told me to, but I couldn’t get any sleep because clearly I didn’t get the memo about the house shagathon.

Tess’s highly offended face — see above — is becoming her signature look, and it is one of my favorite funny faces of all time. Don’t ever ever ever leave the show, Fiona Button!


In counseling, Sam is trying to say all the right things that will get her back to work.


She acknowledges that she did have some suspicions about Cat, but she tries to explain it away as part of her training.

Sam: I was wrong. Cat told me she loved me, and I believe her. That’s how I’m going to remember her.

You can try, but resolving away the doubt might be about as effective as praying away the gay. Also, grief is totally uncontrollable, in terms of how you’ll remember someone. Little moments and images pop up unbidden — things you didn’t even know you remembered — and all you can do is let them wash over you. Now I’m all sad again.

Meanwhile, at the hospital, Declan is using a barium enema diluted in water to write his phone number on a guy’s broken leg, because that way “sex-ray” will see it when he does the X-ray. Yep. I couldn’t make that up. The inanity of this, especially in juxtaposition with the Sam scene, is offensive. I wish Tess were here to make a face at it.


Ed and Tess are at a pub, waiting for Sam so they can all have a drink. Tess tells Ed about Frankie’s sudden departure.

Ed: She wasn’t even going to say goodbye?
Tess: That’s Frankie for you.

Maybe we can get a couple of catch phrases out of the recent events. Every time someone tidies up, someone can say “Oh, your inner Cat is showing,” and every time someone is selfish or mopey, someone can say, “That’s Frankie for you.” Add a laugh track and a couple of sound effects, and it’ll be hilarious!

Ed says he won’t miss Frankie. Tess understands this, but she also feels like she doesn’t have many friends left. Actually, yeah… other than Ed, who’s left for Tess to hang out with? Jay’s gone too; nobody’s even mentioning him in this episode. Maybe it’s the curse of your name, Tess: have you read that Thomas Hardy book? Because that shit is bleak.

Ed is in a pretty bad place. His agent “mentioned a film deal” for his book, but Ed isn’t excited about it. If this storyline weren’t surrounded by the death and loss stuff, maybe it would be more like Roman’s “hard sci-fi” storyline on Party Down. I miss that show.

Sam arrives. For a moment it’s just three friends having a drink, and it’s nice. They talk about Tess’s “adventures in the sex house” and joke about whether Nutella is a condiment.


Tess: Who even does that, anyway? Marlon Brando for bum sex?

Ed and Sam aren’t sure what to say about that. I guess they haven’t seen Last Tango in Paris, which is probably for the best. Oh, Tess: you and your quirky bum sex references!

And then Ed spills the beans about Frankie’s departure. Tess tries to pretend Frankie got a job in NYC or something, but Sam knows it’s all about heartbreak and is a sign that things between Frankie and Cat weren’t resolved in the least.

I kinda love it when Sam goes into pensive, defensive cop mode. Even though it probably isn’t good for her at the moment.

Tess can’t really take any more of the tension and excuses herself. I’m right behind you, Tess.


Well, whaddya know! Sadie has totally cleaned up the kitchen. And she’s even apologetic:

Sadie: She was Italian. I didn’t realize she’d be that loud. I’ll, er, try and pull mutes from now on.

That made me snort. And yay! Let’s all be friends!


Lexy and Sadie try to comfort Tess about Frankie and Cat, but Tess agrees that it’s time she “gets on with stuff.” ALREADY? OK, yeah, I’m with you.

Tess tries to find out more about the Lexy-Bea thing. Lexy explains that she’s not seeing Bea; they’re just, erm…

Sadie: Fuck buddies?
Tess: I didn’t think that actually existed.

Lexy explains that Bea has a long-term girlfriend and an open relationship, and says she’d just call it off if she were to meet Ms. Right. Tess tries to pretend that she doesn’t want to be Lexy’s Ms. Right.


Look at Sadie’s face! So perfect. I wonder if she was even going to be on the show this season, before the whole Cat thing happened? That’s one positive result, at least.

As they all prepare to eat dinner together, Sam is alone and is tidying up. She lifts a pillow, and there’s one of Cat’s shirts.

She steadies herself, but everything gets blurry and she can’t quite breathe. It’s sort of like an anxiety attack, and completely just like grief. As Autostraddler Anni said in a comment last week, this is a very tricky balance: these characters can’t grieve all season long, but they can’t just move on and be happy either. I guess all of the grief is going to be concentrated in Sam and Ed? Sigh.


Tess is finally back at rehearsal. They’re doing trust falls. Really? That’s still a thing people do?

Nora is not very trustworthy, of course, and is worried she’s going to catch whatever illness has kept Tess out of rehearsals for a week. Don’t worry, Nora; you’re a two-dimensional character who doesn’t actually have to feel things.

Then they switch to the “hot seat,” which involves someone sitting in a chair, in character, answering questions. And it’s Tess’s/Sonya’s turn. She answers questions (as Sonya) about her deepest fears and the best moments of her life, but it gets too close for comfort when they start pressing Tess for a “guilty secret.”

Tess leaves in tears. Nora makes a snide remark, but Tess’s actor friend Hugh tells them all that Tess has just lost her best friend in an accident. Nora is not sufficiently shamed by this. They should make her do some trust falls too, just so everyone can drop her.

Tess and Hugh have a heart-to-heart about Tess’s guilty secret, which of course is the Frankie and Cat thing. Tess worries that if she hadn’t distracted Cat so much by catching them together, then maybe Cat would still be alive.

Hugh: If I’d forced you to come to the pub that day, then you wouldn’t have walked in in the first place, so … maybe it’s my fault. Everything has a knock-on. Doesn’t mean it’s anyone’s fault.

But Tess feels terrible for making Frankie feel guilty.

Tess: She loved Cat.
Hugh: So did you. And that’s what you’ll all remember when this all settles down.

He cheers Tess up by talking about his wife’s assy new boyfriend. He invites her to get “hideously drunk” and join him in committing “petty acts of vengeance.” Hugh is the best. Can we have more men like him on the show, and fewer or none like Declan?

(Somewhere in there, there was a brief Declan/Lexy scene, but those are really starting to get on my tits. The upshot is that Lexy is not going to pursue Sam right now. OK, fine, foreshadowing, blah blah, moving on.)


Lexy is running. She sees Sam and tries to just keep going — she really does, with a kind of determined morality — but Sam spots her and calls out to her.

Lexy: How’s things?
Sam: I’m all right. I started back at work today.
Lexy: Already?
Sam: I needed to.

At this rate, Lexy, Sam will probably soon be ready to jump back on other kinds of horses too. Not that you’re horsey or like to dress up as a horse or anything. That sounds more like one of Sadie’s games. Remember at the end of last season, when they all had that cowgirl party and Sam was dressed as a Western sheriff and Tess had the Botox incident? Simpler times.

Sam suggests that they run together. Lexy is far too delighted, against her own better judgment.


Speaking of poor judgment, Sadie is stalking the magazine editor, whose name is Lauren. Sadie invites Lauren for a drink.

Lauren: And what if I’m busy?
Sadie: Then you’d be missing out.


Lauren reminds me of the main character in this short film called 4 p.m. that I highly recommend.

Over brightly colored drinks at a mod club, Lauren and Sadie talk. It seems Lauren has a wife that she loves “very much.” This doesn’t deter Sadie one bit. I really like Lauren’s accent: can she please be on the show? I mean, why not? There’s no real requirement, in terms of connections or backstory or believable outcomes or whatever.

Lauren’s wife calls. Excuses are made.


But before we get to see the rest of that, we go back to Sam and Lexy, who are talking in a friendly, nice way.

Sam: How’s living with Tess? Cat used to say it was like living with a poltergeist, but messier.

WAIT. This is the perfect solution! Let’s bring Cat back as a poltergeist! I mean, initially as a poltergeist, but then she can reveal herself and we can have a gay remake of Truly Madly Deeply and the whole experience will free Sam up to move on.

Lexy and Sam talk about Frankie a little, but Lexy doesn’t really know much about that stuff. She knows enough to tread carefully, though.

Lexy: Look, I know you guys have a history…
Sam: No. No, nothing that’s not resolved. I’m just worried about her, that’s all. I think losing Cat will have hit her as hard as it hit anyone.

Yes. Sam is worried about Frankie. Yep. Also, don’t say “hit” and “Cat” in the same sentence, please.


There must be a full moon (a supermoon?) or something, because everyone’s being flirtatious: at the cast drinks, Nora has discovered that Ed has a film deal, and of course that makes him endlessly fascinating to her. Isn’t there a huge age difference here, or is Nora’s petty meanness aging her prematurely? Ed decides to go for it.


Nora leaves with a nod to Tess and Hugh (did she just call them “thesbians,” with a B, or did I mishear that?). Ed stops to explain himself a little to Tess.

Ed: I know you think she’s annoying, but I think she’s all right, and I think she’s up for it. So. Bye.

Eww. But OK, Ed. Misery does love company, and all that.

Hugh and Tess start to drown their sorrows, but Hugh has a better idea. As he and Tess entertain themselves by defacing pictures of Hugh’s wife’s new boyfriend, Lauren and Sadie have a little romp at the magazine offices.



There’s been a whole lotta sex in this episode! A sort of palate cleanser, perhaps. Sorry; that was a poor choice of words.


On her way home, Sam has another of those grief-anxiety attacks. For a minute I start to think she’s going to die too, so we can dispense with that pesky love triangle once and for all. More like the Bermuda Triangle, amirite?

But Sam’s OK. As OK as she can be. Which is not at all.

Heather Peace is breaking my heart, and I definitely mean that as a compliment.

I’m happy to see that I was both wrong and right last week. I think I was right to see this as an entirely different show, but I was wrong to think it was somehow damaged. This is no longer the Frankie and Cat show, but the world they’ve left behind just might prove to be worthy of them after all.

To paraphrase a British saying, Lip Service is dead. Long live Lip Service.

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  1. I can’t bring myself to hate Nora because the actress who plays her was a beautiful, awesome lady werewolf in Being Human and also her hair is kind of great.

    • This is troubling me; because now when I think of that actress in “Being Human” I find her annoying. I should rewatch Being Human, probably.

    • Yes, Sinead Keenan will always be Nina the werewolf to me so I have a hard time hating her as well.

    • And someone on the Lip Service Tumblr keeps posting pics of her. It doesn’t feel like a fan…more like her publicist or Keenan herself. It’s awkward when nothing is said, just these random pics. I’d fire the publicist.

    • Uuurgh it’s so rubbish that there are only six episodes each series.. Not to mention, it’ll be another two years before we get series 3..!

  2. WAIT is Frankie really leaving the show? I feel like I am watching somebody go out of business, like where the talent keeps dropping off and I wonder how they’re gonna keep going like this. Also I have strong feelings towards Frankie — I both hate her personality, and like looking at her face and posture. This episode she really annoyed me though, I feel like it makes sense w/in the context of the show, sorta, but i can’t imagine in real life anyone heartless enough to abandon one of their best friends after losing a mutual friend to a fatal car accident — and that being left by her mother would inspire her to leave tess, rather than perhaps inspiring her to become a better person than that, to stick around. So I sort of imagined she’d be back…

    Anyhow, I agree that Heather Peace killed it this episode. I don’t really like Sadie, but the way you write about Sadie makes me think I could like her, so I’m gonna try to like her. I’M REALLY OGNNA GIVE IT MY ALL.

    (Also that editor tumblr just changed my entire life, I don’t even know where to begin with that.)

    • Ruta Gedmintas (Frankie) said on twitter that we’ll have to wait and see as whether she’ll come back, but it was implied she does.

    • Riese, it makes sense to me that a person would leave if faced with what Frankie was faced with, leaving behind best friend or not.

    • I don’t see how Frankie would be able to go back to NYC anyway.

      If she can’t afford the rent when it’s shared between THREE people, how on Earth is she going to be able to afford that nice big New York apartment from the first ep?

      Sense : it makes none.

      • Since Frankie seems to never eat,she might be paying the rent by all she saves on groceries :)

  3. Frankie better be coming back or else what the fucking fuck?! I like her character, I want to see progress with her character. But I guess the highlight of this show for me will now be Sam getting over Cat enough for ‘stuff’ to happen with Lexy.

    Also can there be at least some representation of a fairly stable/faithful couple on this show? “I have a wife I really love but…” Why is there always a but?

    Also also I really loved Party Down too. I keep expecting that second season to happen.

  4. i really liked the hugh-and-tess fun time minutes in this episode. it was a nice break from the crying and the… weird.

  5. Is it just me, or is everyone in Glasgow a Lesbian?

    I mean, not that this would be a bad thing…

  6. i feel like the writers are taking us the lesbian community seriously the emotions feel real, the characters are being taken seriously. As much as this show has been a downer, i’m still hooked… as opposed to watching a glee episode…I don’t know how they softened Heather Peace’s jaw line (random observation) I don’t know if i’m upset about it or not, but her acting is just beyond delicious. I think there are 2 episodes remaining, if they are going to take two years between seasons then the last one had better be an hour long sex session between Lexy and Sam, something to tide us over.

  7. Cat and Frankie were my least favorite characters so I can’t say I’m going to miss them much though I’m probably the only one. I like that the show seems to be shifting to being about Lexy/Tess/Sadie with Tess as the new heart of the show. I’ve always really liked Tess so I’m okay with that. Sam still seems like an outsider, especially now Cat is gone. I really hope they work on integrating her better with the rest of the cast.

    Finally we get sexy times this week! I was wondering when we were going to see Lexy naked. I approve of her whole situation. And Sadie is really starting to grow on me too after hating her so much last season.

    Fun Fact: Lauren the editor also plays Madam Vastra(and a few other characters) on Doctor Who. Vastra was the kickass Silurian detective who was in a relationship with her female companion in “A Good Man Goes to War”(aka the episode that revealed who River Song really was).

  8. Is there only one jogging path in Glasgow? How do Sam and Lexy run into each other EVERY time they go running?

    • I got the impression from the last episode when Lexy fist ran into Sam on the jogging path that Lexy chose that path on purpose because she knew Sam jogged there and wanted an excuse to run into Sam.

  9. I LOVE Tess and hate that she’s always so unlucky. Her clumsiness and stuttery-ness is endearing. But there’s only so much unlucky Tess moments I can take before I start to cringe. But Fiona Button’s facial expressions deserve an award.

    I think it’s about time Tess got laid. Preferably with Lexy.

  10. I pretty much ONLY watched the show for Cat and Frankie.

    so now…. Tess is better this season then last, but her “actress” gig never really seam organic.

    Lexy is cute, so at least that is something. They really need to add better characters though if they want to survive.

  11. At this point, I’m just waiting for Sam and Lexy to hook up. Lexy has quickly become my favorite character on the show, besides Sam.

  12. ‘At this rate, Lexy, Sam will probably soon be ready to jump back on other kinds of horses too.’
    This reference reminded me of a comment Riese made in one of her SON recaps: ‘Obvs Nikki Stevens is busy riding Jenny’s strap-on hobby horse all weekend.’ #ReasonsWhyRieseIsHilarious

    Speaking of that, the parallel of the sex scenes in this episode reminded me of the first episode of Season 6 of The L Word – with Papi and some chick making ridiculous noises (with Alice and Tasha laughing at them in the next room saying ‘Who the hell makes noises like that?’) while Jenny meanwhile, was playing domfemme to Niki during rough sex. The scene with Bea and Lexy had a much sweeter vibe to it, though.

    This episode made me love Tess even more than I did before. She makes me miss England so much.
    I’m also starting to crush on Lexy. She’s cool.
    I really like the friendship between Tess and Ed. It’s nice.
    That was very ‘Frankie’ of Frankie to run away like that, I suppose.

    • sicksadworld, if Sadie is new Frankie and Tess is the new Cat (although I really don’t see Sadie as the new Frankie), the difference is of course that there’s no love or romantic/sexual attraction between Sadie and Tess.

  13. Great recap,pretty much exactly how i felt about the episode.

    And i am glad i am not the only one wondering if Frankie is on some sort of hunger strike.

    And i hope they get a season 3,but with more episodes,so they can get some more depth in the storylines.

    And allready in eager anticipation of a Sam Lexy hook up

  14. she DOES look like a sim. well spotted.
    I reckon Frankie will be back in the next couple of eps

  15. Lexy just cannot keep saying “I’m really out of shape” when she’s running all the time, can keep up with Sam and has a banging body. Whatevs Lexy, stop fishing for compliments

    • me too, she looks like a femmebot. But, I liked how they gave her some human emotions this time, before she just seemed like a robot in that she did not care about anything or anyone.

    • I originally hated Sadie for her complete lack of empathy… but now I hate her even more for bringing home that screamer and ruining the Lexy-Bea scene for me.

  16. I don’t understand how Sam hasn’t found the bracelet Frankie gave to Cat. Or did the car that hit her decimate the gold band/erase their fucking initials?

    • Or isn’t Sam looking for the necklace she gave Cat on their trip? Frankie still has that…

    • The cell phone text messages, or emails I don’t know what year is it. The initials bracelet in the bag. I guess we’re to go along and believe? Sam wants to think that Cat chose her, and wasn’t having sex with Frankie? Yeah! And where’s that necklace? Does Sadie have it?

  17. Ok firstly the screen caps in this recap were just superb! I also like that you mentioned the word tetchy as it is one of the best words ever, i’m sad you don’t have an equivalent.
    William Blake… Yes!
    Begonias now make me think of Cat when she was stoned. Now shes dead… too many feelings.
    Sadie would so have known how to spell En Suite she was a frigging estate agent! Come on now.
    I hate Nora so much, I want to rub salt and vinegar crisps in her eyes, Or make her eat them when she has a paper cut on her finger.

    Lastly, Every time I see a new crisp flavor it makes me sad that you Americans probably don’t get it.

  18. The woman playing Bea is now the second out lesbian actress on the show (along with Heather/Sam), so my guess is that’s why the sex scene with Lexy was realistic – a huge contrast to that horridly painful image of Frankie and the mortuary receptionist in last season that made me wonder how she got all these one-night-stand women wanting more.

    And the Mormon style guide link got me excited I was going to see some fashion tips on how to pull polyamorous women – sadly disappointed.

  19. It’s funny that you mentioned Lexy “deciding to do a guest spot on True Blood”

    Everytime Sadie and Lauren were on screen together, I thought I was watching a vampire movie. Lots of pale skin, red lips, black hair/clothes, emo energy…definitely twinning.

    I thought the “screamy condiment sex” was kinda hot in a don’t-put-that-on-me-I-don’t-like-being-sticky-and-hate-the-smell-of-ketchup kind of way.

    Hopefully Frankie returns. Tess is the only one left who I’m at least mildly attached to and she has the least interesting storyline at the moment.

    Lexy, keep being sexy…just not EVER with Sam.

    And Sadie, “you do you” – preferably NOT with Lauren again.

  20. So I’m probably the only one, but I’m kind of okay with just having Sadie replace all of Frankie’s screen time. She’s so much more entertaining.

  21. When reading through the comments on these recaps, somehow they all sound British. As in, I can’t stop imagining them being said in a British accent. It’s like going on vacation, but a lot, lot cheaper.

  22. Off topic, but is Lexy looking a little Joan Crawford? Grow in your brows a little! I love her but that side-eye in the second pic screamed NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!!! Tess too…she’s got Bette Davis eyes. Ok, back to reading the recap!

    • I totally agree! I dunno why it bothers me so much, but I’m fairly sure I would like Lexy 10X more if she had normal eyebrows.

  23. One word recap of your recap: Awesome. The opening bit with the tv theme lyrics: hilarious! The Shonda Rhimes stuff: Bril!

    “Sadie, I didn’t like you all that much last season but this season you’re a goddamn life preserver.” THIS FOREVER.

    lololol @ “tidy cat.”

    Frankie, stay gone forever. I cannot with your neverending walking-about-town/leaning-against-a-tree-smoking stick model misery-mugging.

    Thank goodness for Hugh. What Tess needs is fun, frivolity and friendship!

    As I watched this episode, I would periodically shout out “WHERE’S CAT!?” as though last week’s atrocities hadn’t occurred. I miss Cat like hell. And having her minutes filled by Lexy and Sam will not stand. Fiona Button is the star of this show now. I hope the writers and producers make proper use of their realest actor.

  24. It’s weird, because I honestly prefer the characters of Lexy and Sadie to Cat and Frankie… but I still miss Cat and Frankie! Well, mostly Frankie, to be honest. Maybe I just need some time to grieve. Sam, Tess , Lexy, Sadie and Ed are all awesome characters, and I’m excited for them as the show moves forward. I do hope Ed stays in the picture.

    I can handle Frankie being gone for good, but I’m not sure she is. The storyline feels unfinished. Also, Frankie got SO HOT in the past few episodes. Despite the emaciation, which is usually a no-go for me. Why did intense grief increase her hotness in my eyes? Also her hair had a lot to do with it.

    Sadie is pretty much my favorite character now. AW! I really feel for her and enjoy her complexity. Her moments of softness/sweetness really touch me. Great dialogue for her too. I do think she and Frankie could still make a good match at some point…

    I ship Lexy and Sam and really don’t want Tess to get hurt in this situation. I just feel like Lexy and Sam could be a realistic couple, and Lexy would be better for Sam than Cat was. She’s a great combination of empathetic/understanding and laid-back. I feel like Sam needs someone like her.

    Lexy is hot and that sex scene was hot. Hot.

    Tess is the dearest dear.

    Heather Peace is a beautiful being.

  25. Thanks for the link to 4 p.m. Great little short! I wish it was longer or a full-length. I’m surprised I didn’t hear about it on the festival circuit years ago.

  26. Recapping really is an art form and I don’t know of anyone better than you! great read as always.
    I really liked this episode, it was alternately melancholy and sexy. I don’t think Frankie’s gone for good. There wasn’t enough build up and even though I didn’t like her last series, she’s grown on me and I want her back.
    I love Lexy now. she’s compassionate, laid back and funny in a weird way and she and Sam really need to get it on. Nowadays like Butch-in-progress’s name for them Saxy. Also, Heather Peace is amazing.
    Poor Tess. Things have to start looking up for her soon or I’ll lose it.
    And finally, Sadie has become someone I really enjoy. Frankie’s rejection and her reaction made me see her in a new light. I could see through the armor she wears for the first time.

  27. I ship Tess and Lexy because Tess needs more luck in her life, and they would make a cute couple, and also their ship name can be Texy, which makes me think of Texas which is funny because NEITHER OF THEM ARE TEXAN.

  28. Okay so as for “tetchy”, I thought it was “touchy”. =P

    Though I was still shocked by Cat’s death & reluctant to watch an entirely new show (however loving Heather Peace), I was surprised to find myself so drawn to Sadie. Except for the melodramatic coke scene some literally 30 seconds after Frankie walked out the door, I enjoyed watching her hunt.

    Was I the only one who felt like she was shagging herself during the Lauren sex scene? Maybe it was the obvious aesthetics (dark hair which kinda reminded me of Cat’s bob of last season, pale skin, blue eyes, red lips) but also that extremely self-confident power play. Coy-successful-magazine-editor Lauren = aloof-ex-successful-estate-agent Sadie. Especially in contrast to lost yet enthusiastic Italia.

    As for Frankie leaving, I don’t think she’s actually leaving the show. That’d be too much shock at once, right? & I don’t know if the writing could keep up. I mean, it’s not Game of Thrones. Lezbehonest.

    • Oh gosh imagine if it was like Game of Thrones!
      Tess is recruited to be the hand of Frankie, much to her chagrin. Frankie buggers off to the states to drown her sorrows by “chasing boars and counting whores (or is it the other way around?)” and Tess is left in the rat’s nest they call the Shagaflat to fend for herself. Sam (poor girl, hugs to you bb) is on the verge of going Brienne of Tarth-postal on the guy who killed Cat.
      Sadie sees Tess pining in pained silence for Lexy and says to Tess,
      “When you play the game of lesbians, you get laid or you want to die. There is no middle ground.”

      A doctor has travelled from a far away land across the narrow sea and another continent, (I hear she does hair commercials… in Qarth.) She is known as Lexy Price Sexyborn of House Australian. She is the Mother of Hotness.
      O_O Lip Service could be Game of Lesbians. I did feel for Frankie.. Hope she comes back.

      • HAHA! This is excellent. Would totally pay to watch a tale of medieval/ancient lesbians, possibly switching to a Mediterranean locale. Island of Lesbos perhaps? Made my morning!…until I just read that Maurice Sendak died. Which has absolutely nothing to do with thread but still makes me sad.

      • “When you play the game of lesbians, you get laid or you want to die. There is no middle ground.”

        This is possibly the truest thing I’ve seen in 2012.

  29. Omfg I was paraphrased in a scribegrrrl recap! How awesome!

    I’m filled with dread every time Hugh shows up on my screen, because I expect he’ll put the moves on Tess at some point. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to repeat Tess’ storyline from last season, but… they might. So I’m not able to enjoy him.

  30. “Also, don’t say “hit” and “Cat” in the same sentence, please.”

    I giggled uncontrollably.

    In fact, your recaps make me alternately giggle, smile, cry and laugh.

    I was and am still not really a fan of Sadie’s. I prefer to wait and see before I pass judgment.

    I would prefer to see Sam and Lexy together rather than Lexy and Tess (even though I’d like for Tess to be luckier in love) and I’m anxiously hoping we’ll get a glimpse of Sam and Lexy getting it on before the end of the season (I feel guilty, Cat did just die).

  31. Was it just me or when both Tess and Frankie ran out of the flat and across the road without looking was anyone else mentally screaming
    were they not taught the green cross code as children?

  32. I was reading all these comments and I got all these nice warm feelings from the kind words and then I got a little scared of the Game of Thrones comparisons. I don’t *really* want to see Sam put someone’s head on a stake!

    But you know, I feel like the overall sentiment about Lip Service is that we like it and we want it to be good. Which is nice.

  33. Anyone else check to see if the lyrics fitted the theme tune? Nope..? Just me then..

  34. frankie leaving is a bridge too far. i hope this an extremely brief hiatus. i didn’t care about cat dying, in fact i was pretty happy that she was gone, but i really won’t be interested in watching anymore if she doesn’t come back.

    i don’t buy sadie and the editor. and i want sadie with frankie. sadie is still absolutely fabulous though and i love her one- liners.

    it seems like creepy, pervy declan has replaced creepy, pervy jay. can’t the show just be rid of all the male assholes?

    i think sam and lexy have a ton more chemistry then tess and lexy.

  35. Lexy is going to save Sam one day when they causually bump into one another running. Sam will be having a post traumatic stress attack/panic attack/premature ventricular contraction and Lexy the doctor will be there to save her. They’ll get down on it and it will be the last scene of the season-bumming my hopes for Lexy and Tess.

    That premature ventricular contraction line was me trying to impress Lexy the doc. If she was real.

  36. i thoroughly enjoyed this recap. the show certainly has its moments for me, and by moments i mean every time Lexy is on screen. i just don’t get why a fair amount of the characters are cheaters. actually i should restate that as “i don’t like that a fair amount…”

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