The Playboy Club: Season 1, Episode 2

The Scarlet Bunny (26 Sep. 2011)

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The bunnies are excited to learn there will be a contest to be a Playboy magazine covergirl, but for some it means revealing their past. As new Bunny Mother Carol-Lynne begins training the ... See full summary »

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The bunnies are excited to learn there will be a contest to be a Playboy magazine covergirl, but for some it means revealing their past. As new Bunny Mother Carol-Lynne begins training the women, especially new Bunny Maureen to be the perfect bunny, she discovers a dark secret Maureen has been hiding. Meanwhile, Nick gets Mayor Daley's support to run for District Attorney with a little help from an unlikely source. Written by NBC Publicity

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Addictive production leaded by Laura Benanti but the Garden of Eden has many dry flowers
28 September 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Chicago, Chicago ! It's only when I realized that I kept intoning the song from time to time during the whole week that I realized the positive impact Laura Benanti's dazzling performance had on me. Even if it wasn't live she succeeded in transmitting the audience her contagious passion for Broadway theater. The second episode beginning was similar to the pilot's one as it featured a musical act with the most sophisticated Bunny of all, Mother Carol-Lynne ! Its artistic direction was cinematographic and filming her from behind resulted in divine crepuscular rays cast all around her gracious curves. In the business we have nicknamed them Bunny Rays™ but I'm not supposed to tell you that. So once it was over I was instantly hooked but sadly the rest of the episode wasn't as visually creative as the pilot. There were a few other acts but not the wowing moments I was expecting. Still the show production is award-winning even if the competition is though these days. The Playboy Club has a unique identity that can only excite the senses.

Now the main arc had been opened my only wish was that the inevitable episodic format wouldn't lead to a slow pace and endless short stories. The Raving Bunnies of Olympus™ granted it because they fear my absolutely killing wordplays. This time a Playboy driven story was intertwined to the mob boss one. The adult magazine promotion didn't really annoy me but they could have made it less obvious and biased because in the end the message was direct : Posing for Playboy is the opportunity of a life time and a girl's dream. A competition was announced by the Mother and all the bunnies were thrilled by the news. The only one reluctant to become a cover girl had a reason pulled straight from psychological thrillers or Scream XIII, your call. Moreover even if you can't help caring for these girls their profiles are stereotyped and none of them really surprised me. Still racism was covered again thanks to the tasty chocolate Bunny. Her dream is everything but a cliché considering back then women had less rights than nowadays and it was even worst for black ones. How a client insulted her is a reminder of these dark days and the only time it made me laugh was in Jackie Chan's Rush Hour. « What's up my nigga ? », now that was really killing.

As for Maureen her goal doesn't really make sense. Why would you have to be a Playmate to be found by anyone ? Just go to your police station ! Otherwise this wise advice has triggered my memory and now I remember that a few girls pointed out that Playmates weren't Bunnies as the last wear outfits. Still I have already spotted that Laura Benanti will be featured in the upcoming issue of Playboy so it seems their Machiavellian plan to turn innocent young women into Rabbids is working. Please applause if you understood the joke, bug me otherwise. But I'll resist as long as I can not to buy the issue, at least until the end of September. It leads us to the lesbian bunny because she was featured in the funniest scene so far. Her photoshoot with Maureen was hilarious and the actress sweating acting was cute. Still I'm not convinced by the homosexuality arc for the moment because I worry that covering sham marriage won't lead us anywhere. I doubt they will be able to properly link it to present issues, regarding the marriage between two individuals of the same sex. In France it's forbidden for instance.

Last but not least the mob elements. Most of them disappointed me and only a few made sense. I question the intelligence of Maureen despite the fact that Playmates are defined as beautiful and smart women apparently, something like that. I doubt most keyholders cared about their mind back then or even respecter these poor creatures. And a survey among Playboy subscribers would definitely reveal that 99% of them read it because they find the models attractive. Feminists read magazines like Causette. But to go back to Maureen she made the dumbest mistakes and the last scene proved that The Playboy Club won't meet the exceptions of cop show fanatics. Still in her slippers I'm not sure I would better handle things. Moreover she was the one who did what Nick was supposed to do at some point so in the end she's not that stupid. As for the womanizer he also did his part even if it took him a while to move his piece on the chessboard. An other approximate element is their lack of communication. It seems the writers have chosen the easiest escape so many sequences aren't believable. At least some of them are intense enough to make things entertaining. Moreover let's not forget Nick's political ambitions and of course his relationship with Carol-Lynn. She's actually the one character that stands above the others. I really like her wicked attitude toward Maureen for example. One minute she supports her, the next she wittily insults her or warns her to stay away from her man. To sum things up the show has it flaws but it also has some addictive flavors and Benanti's talent is definitely the most succulent one.


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