Unfortunately Lip service season 2 was short, very short, but it was far from sweet. Cat was run over while gushing over Frankie, who wallowed and weeped into pillows for weeks before running back to America. We saw Sam drown in sorrow, sipping solace from every spirit bottle she could find before falling to an epic low - using her police card to cut lines, snorting drug evidence off of pictures of Cat’s face in an effort to sweep her sadness away.
It wasn’t just Sam that suffered this season, poor Tess was challenged from every angle. Not only does she have to babysit her drunken ASBO cast mate Hugh who has her experiencing a bit of Déjà vu (remember what her breaking into her ex’s to get a red dress in season 1, towing Ed along for the ride?) This time it’s her that’s the side kick while Hugh’s unrequited love of his wife has them both acting the fool, scribbling on posters during the wee hours of the morning, smashing garden ornaments, and how can we forget the sight of them both hiding in Ronald’s dog kennel?
All giggling aside I was really rooting for Tess to finish with it ‘all’. Her and Lexy share a few ‘moments’, an accidental kiss and after showering her with compliments I was almost certain they’d be getting it on. When the opportunity arises however, Lexy chooses damaged, sullen Sam. I guess all good things really do come to those that wait. Lexi’s had her eye on Sam since the beginning and from Sam’s perspective the best way to get over someone really is to get under another.
While Tess strikes out in love, by the end of the second season her career is booming and not even evil Nora spiking her drink with vinegar and placing porn in her props could dampen her performance. I did wonder, would she have traded the roar of the audience’s clapping for some Lexy-lip-slapping? The writers of the show, keep us on our toes with all the love triangles, and lustings. While Tess is chasing Lexy, Sadie’s been chasing the magazine-editor-lady, who incidentally is far from a lady. These two got it on all over the gaff: in posh hotel rooms, kinkily clad in sex stores, and even aboard a barge!
Sadie with her don’t give a fuck attitude falls hard. So whenLauren stops playing ‘nice’ her vengeful side makes an appearance! She heads straight to Lauren’s wife’s gallery, guts the safe, smashes a vase and rides off into the sunset with her conveniently placed platinum sidekick! I loved her character, her unapologetic nature and despite her awful accent I will miss her if a third season is ever made. As usual there were dramatic goings on, love twists and tangles, but once again there simply wasn’t enough of it! Dearest BBC, next time please make at least 12 episodes.