'The Playboy Club' recap: Undercover Bunny

As talk that The Playboy Club may be one of the season's first casualties grows, it's time we make peace with the fact that we may never know if John Bianchi figures out what Maureen and Nick did to his father, or why everyone thinks Maureen must know what happened to Bruno Bianchi just because she danced with him. (She also danced with other men after she danced with him. Or did "dance" mean "bone in the back room" in 1961?) Regardless, let's play along while we still can.

Right now, the most interesting story line on this show is Nick's campaign scam. Sean, Alice's husband who wants to manage Nick's run for State's Attorney, knew Nick needed to tap into the business community for funding. In order to land a big fish, he invited Frances Dunhill, the daughter of tycoon Arthur Dunhill, to meet with Nick at the Club and become the Jackie to his JFK. Nick asked Carol-Lynne for her blessing -- it would just be for the papers, he'd continue to date her in private -- and not wanting to hold him back, she gave it. It's only for show, and she's a performer who understands that the show must go on. As the Club's seamstress (who needs more screen time) later told Carol-Lynne, Nick should know that she's just as upstanding as that "fancy little rich bitch." But he agreed with Sean that voters would respond better to Frances than a Bunny Mother with a quick wit ("The Lady is a Tramp" was a nice song selection for Carol-Lynne's performance this hour, don't you think?). Frances asked Nick to dance as Leslie Gore (guest star Colbie Caillat) sang "It's My Party," and he laughed -- Carol-Lynne didn't. She later paraded herself around with Nick's political opponent to make him jealous. Read More...



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