The Client List Review: Not the Fairy Tale

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"Life of Riley" had our girl looking back at her marriage and realizing that life is not a fairy tale. Would Riley had done anything differently if she knew then what she knows now? No one will ever know for sure.

But Riley was able to give Kendra some good advice. If her fiance was completely dismissing what she wanted when it came to her wedding, what could she expect once they were married.  There were definite red flags there that they needed to work through. 

After Riley got pulled over by that smarmy cop in last week's episode, Georgia brought the girls together for a pow wow. I wish we had seen Georgia talking to her police contacts. Hearing about it after the fact made for little impact on this part of the story. We'll see if the incident comes back to haunt The Rub.

Lacy Tells Riley Her Secret

I couldn't figure out why Lacey felt so guilty about not telling Riley about Kyle's drunken comments. It made perfect sense that he was simply depressed, inebriated, and stressed. I didn't blame her for not taking him seriously at the time. You never expect one of your friends to ditch their family.

And as Linette told her in this classic The Client List quote

 What do you want me to say, darling? The pig's out of the barn. | permalink

Exactly. I know Lacey felt the need to come clean with her friend but in the end I didn't feel that the information made much difference.

However it did lead to some interesting flashbacks of Riley and Kyle's marriage. Apparently Kyle was unhappy for quite some time and walking out when he was stressed was a bit of a bad habit.  So much so that even when Kyle was around, Riley ended up calling Evan when she needed some one.

For some reason, prior to this episode I had assumed that Linette already owned the Curl Up & Dry but apparently I was wrong. There's no way she could handle Taylor as her boss. That kind of daily stress would kill her. Hopefully her loan comes through and she'll be able to buy the business but I'm sure running a small business won't be easy. I wonder if Riley will be dipping into the cash in her freezer to help her mom next.

The animosity between Riley and Selena continued to grow. I know Riley's upset because of the risks Selena's taking and how it could come back to haunt them all but was confronting her really worth it? She had to know Selena would only blow up at her and in the end it would change nothing.

When Selena told Riley…

 Stay as far away from me as possible. We give each other some space and hopefully we won't end up killing each other. | permalink

…it didn't seem like half bad advice.

Of course that was before she showed up as Evan's date.  Damn. Now that's going to be all sorts of trouble.

So do you think Evan will find out about Selena's extra curricular activities? Will Selena spill the beans on Riley? Absolutely no good comes from this scenario. How long can Riley keep The Client List her dirty little secret?


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Love this show! The two brothers are so hot.


This is a great show. I find myself watching it on demand, because of conflicts. Love the characters and the dynamics. Jennifer Love Hewitt has a winner here. My only gripe is that Sybil Shepard is so annoying on th show. It is such a waste of her talent. I wish they would develop her character into something of more substance. Loretta Divine is splendid in her role of Georgia. Great Casting... Hope to see more of this show next year. Only two episodes left before the season ends.


Those of you who miss "Desperate Housewives" should start watching this show
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!!!. Those little talk sessions that Georgia calls for the girls will more than make up for the card game the Wives of Wisteria played together. Personally,I would like to see JLove get an Emmy for this show. Juliana Marguiles needs some serious competition.


I like this show too. Better than what I expected it to be. I love Riley, her mother, and the girls that work at the spa. I really wanted to like Selena, but she insists on being the bad girl. Very interested to see where this little feud goes. Hope she sticks around either way. Can't wait for the next episode, and Hooray for Season 2!


I like this show. It's not heavy duty great but quite pleasant. I like most of the characters and love Riley. She has a good head on her shoulders and is doing what is necessary to take care of her family. Too bad she didn't know her husband was a creep. Love is blind I guess, cause his brother Evan is the bomb. Evan is always there when she needs him; he even fought for her honor and lost his job. She does take him for granted. When she finally realizes that he's the one, he'll be with someone else. Not Selena hopefully :-). PS when Selena showed up at dinner with Evan Riley should have gotten up stating that Selena was no friend of hers and left.

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The Client List Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

What do you want me to say, darling? The pig's out of the barn.


It's a big, bad world. Do I need to tell you that?