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The Playboy Club Review: "The Scarlet Bunny"

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The first thing that hit me as I started watching "The Scarlet Bunny" was that the attitude at The Playboy Club sure did change in one week's time! Maureen was full of smiles, Carol-Lynne was on the stage performing (something I thought she gave up) and Nick was aching to get her back.

The second thing that hit me? I need not worry. There was still an equal mix of politics, mob and the club in general and if the viewer comments regarding the premiere were any indication, that's exactly what the people want.

Playboy Bunnies

My favorite part of the show is undoubtedly the Bunnies and their inner-club activities. I could use some more, but we were treated to some interpersonal moments here between scantily-clad ladies, giving us more reasons to root for them.

Once Maureen gave her "confession" to Carol-Lynne, and Carol-Lynne accepted the apology, I had high hopes that they would become friends. Carol-Anne's demeanor might be prickly, but she really loves her job and Nick. There was no other way she and Maureen could have started out given the circumstances.

Giving up her red Bunny costume for Maureen's photo shoot and dying her shoes "blood" red were both really nice touches. Unfortunately, their budding friendship was short-lived. Why Nick continued to haunt Maureen in spite of the fact he knew it could blow their secret - as well as strip him of his relationship with Carol-Lynne - was befuddling. Until we discovered his previous role with the Bianchis.

From mob fixer to State's Attorney. That's quite a ride. It also explains why he thinks he can get away with anything. Apparently, he always has.

It wasn't a surprise when Maureen was chosen as one of the five finalists for the Chicago Bunny Playboy cover shoot. As she was talking about her past and aspirations, it appeared she was being modeled after Marilyn Monroe, including the need to be noticed by her father. Maureen came across as beautiful, flawed and greatly in need of the attention.

I was equally impressed by Brenda's passionate desire to own property, but happy not to hear the term "chocolate Bunny" during the hour. Max entered Janie into the shoot contest against her wishes, and she won. Much to his surprise, she was downright angry. Apparently her husband has a subscription to Playboy. Oops!

So, episode two was entertaining, but didn't match the intensity of the pilot. It seems the secrets will continue to drip out slowly, and the mob/political connection won't be going away any time soon. My desire would be for those affairs to gradually disappear because I find them poorly done and cliche. I don't want them to overshadow the real reason I am here, Playboy Bunnies. Have I mentioned that yet?

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I like The Playboy Club and has potential.Show should be more promoted and moved to the earlier hour. Series no impresses, but it has atmosphere and better many other series.
(I did not like any series after the first 2-3 episodes, only as rather later).

Fortyseven

Oh yeah, the subscription line was bad.

Fortyseven

Better than the premiere. Feels like a 60s remake rather than the 60s. I could watch Heard all day because she's hot AND can act. Carol-Lynne and Maureen have great scenes. I'm not sure about Nick. Don't care about the gay storyline apart from whatshername taking Maureen's photos that was awkward, funny, and hot. Mob storyline didn't advance at all. GET RID OF THE KEY DUMMY!

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Really needs stronger writers. "My husband has a subscription to playboy".. lol people don't talk like that. She would have said "my husband gets playboy". Even just a "my husband reads Playboy" would have sufficed. You can almost hear the gears turning in the writers heads. "But we want people to subscribe to playboy.. so we'll say that her husband has a SUBSCRIPTION to Playboy.. Cut... Print!!" And some of the stuff is just painful to watch like that lady for some reason keeping the key of the man she murdered around.. even AFTER she'd already been caught in the bathroom with it by one of her co-workers, this key that could directly tie her to the MURDER of another man, she WEARS IT IN PHOTOS and then STILL keeps it around in her drawer! How hard is it to dispose of a key permanently? If somehow, next week, that picture she took of herself with the key gets published in Playboy, i'll be done with this stupid show. I do like the musical numbers & mostly like the characters. But the plot are just assinine in its delivery. OH GOD, I forgot about the happy coincidence where the gay & lesbian fake couples parents just happen to have a Playboy Club Key & they all go out to the Playboy Club for dessert.. CRINGE CRINGE CRINGE.

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i love the whole idea of the playboy club, and enjoyed the shows - however, i realize this is petty, but i wish the hairstyles were truer to the time, and what would be really great is if they danced the actual dance moves from the 60's and not the 2011's version of them. 60's go-go girls were fab to watch! i just got mad when i saw the bunnies on the stage and dance floor slicking it forward with today's moves - the show is missing some bitchin adventures in 60's dance styles, and should have wiggled us back to those days.

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The actor playing Nick Dalton is just doing a Jon Hamm playing Don Draper impersonation. It is like he studied DVDs of Mad Men.

Farsia2010

@bulle88
i believe the word you are looking for is personal. i agree that there is something missing but i too can't figure out what.
i like the show, i like the plot lines and i love the casting they did for the bunnies but there is some sort of vacuum in the atmosphere that i can't put a finger on.
i believe the guy who is playing Nick Dalton is hot but he is not a very good actor, for me he doesn't add any dark layers to his character which should be there with a past like his, and Carolin is hot but is a bit old for him appearance wise. i mean it is a tv show after all, and we eat with our eyes, as for the dish she presents in the storyline that she has been put in-i just don't find it appetizing.
can anybody explain to me why in the god's name is she keeping that key? is she trying to get herself killed? oh and get Nick killed because he is knee deep in all this.

Bulle88

I can feel that something is missing but I don't know what. It's a great show which need to prove itself. Maureen is damned beautiful and the fact that she shares some of her past with others Bunnies make the whole things (sex, drug, murder, the 60's background) more ... I would say something like "intimate" but it's not exactly the word. I can't wait to see Maureen and Nick together ^^

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You may not be able to give it 1-2 more episodes as it is going to be cancelled pretty soon!

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it was indeed called The Scarlet Bunny-at least that's what my DVR says. Personally, I liked this episode a bit better than last week's. It didn't seem as all over the place as the pilot (which really isn't that hard to do). I'm going to give it 1 maybe 2 more episodes to see if it comes into its own, but unless it continues to improve there will be room for only one 60's era show on my DVR: Pan Am.

The Playboy Club Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

The new girl's on a roll!

Carol-Anne

John Bianchi: You are a thing of beauty.
Maureen: Actually, I'm not a thing.