The Playboy Club Review: A Matter of Simple Duplicity

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I will hand it to The Playboy Club. For the majority of this episode, I really did think Bruno Bianchi's murder was the subject of this week's complication. Alas, it was A Matter of Simple Duplicity and, somehow, this less-than-stellar show pulled the wool over my eyes. Or did it?

We know at least two Bunnies have fallen to the dark side, but they left it open as to who Nick really protected in the end, as his interest really lies in defending the Club.

The Life of a Bunny

New Bunny auditions
Things don't always go as planned in Bunnyland. Carol-Lynne unwittingly hired an undercover reporter as the newest Bunny, but her tenure was thankfully short-lived and there was little damage in her wake. Narrowly escaping the big expose, we discovered murdering Bunnies are all the rage in Chicago and that Janie's secrets run much deeper than she let Max know.

Oh what tangled webs we weave
When Sean introduced Nick to a well-bred woman and daughter of a wealthy Chicagoan, it was obvious not all was as it seemed. I knew she was in it for something other than prancing around on his arm, but it wasn't until the last moment of the show that we discovered she was a lesbian. A lesbian that found Alice to be pretty darn cute.

So, Nick is dating Bunny Mother Carol-Lynne, while pretending to woo Frances Dunhill. Carol-Lynne is pretending to be just fine with the situation while dragging his opponent Jimmy Wallace (guest star Joel Gretsch) to dinner to show just how well she is taking it all, while truly hoping to hurt Nick in the process. But Nick, Jimmy and Carol-Lynn are all in the dark about the truth behind Sean and Frances and their hidden agenda. There is a lot of lying going on in and around The Playboy Club!

Other points of interest:

  • Max looks hot in a wife-beater. He should get more scenes. Partially unclothed scenes, preferably.
  • Every week I look at the wall in the club and think "Partridge Family!"
  • Seriously, I'm totally lost regarding Nick's family. Is Nick really Bruno Bianchi's son? They keep alluding to it, but I don't know if it's the mob's definition of family and son or reality.
  • It's kind of limiting with most of the story taking place inside the Club. I enjoyed the Dunhill party, even if it was brief.
  • Classic singer Leslie Gore was portrayed singing the classic "It's My Party." That was fun, but oh my goodness, Nick looked like an idiot dancing.
  • Watching the Bunnies dancing to Little Eva's "The Locomotion" reminded me of second grade, when our class did the same thing every day at lunch, but to the version put out by Grand Funk Railroad.

I expect The Playboy Club to be squashed in the ratings again by its competition, but at the very least, tonight's episode had the strongest writing yet. Everything explored wasn't an easy reveal, and it had gotcha moments. If given time, the possibility is there for The Playboy Club to improve. I just think time may be running out.


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Cancelled! I hope they post the rest online or show them in the spring/summer.


I tried last night, for the second time, to watch this show. Couldn't do it. Eddie Cibrian was so ridiculous I actually laughed out loud when I saw his one eyebrow up acting. So silly and terrible. This show is laugably bad. The storyline is not much better. I'm not giving it anymore notice. It sucks.


@Carissa Pavlica
when i am wrong i say i am wrong and i was wrong. i am still not a fan of Pan Am but i can't give any more chances to this show, yes, this ep was better than others but this show isn't growing the way i though it would. it's consistently missing sth, the actor who plays Nick is not very good, he is very one layered. the dynamics is off and for sth reason i stopped caring for any of those characters. i prefer darker shows but this one caught me on first ep with it's potential but it's just not living up to it.


I knew Doris was undercover as soon as she started working though I was guessing cop/fbi/mob. I like Frances. I like Frances and Nick together. Frances and Alice should be a fun storyline. Sean/Alice/Frances/Nick- stories are meshing. Carol-Lynne seems to be either singing, suspicious of Maureen or full of veiled anger. I knew certain viewers would enjoy Max in his wife-beater. I wonder if Maureen will put Bianchi's murder on Janie. I liked Nick's speech at the Dunhill house. I liked Carol-Lynne's speech to Reporter Doris. Please don't write anymore dancing scenes for Cibrian!

Ronald simkins

I do like the show and watched it in real time. But is up against the hoohay of Five OHHHHH and Nathan and the boys of Castle. So bad placement rather than bad show. Thank God I could watch the finale of Warehouse 13 at 11. Maybe Steve will come back?

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The Playboy Club Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

This is not exactly a bumper crop. Is there another word for disaster?


You were the last person to see my father alive. One way or another, Maureen, you're going to tell me what you know.

John Bianchi