I can admit it, I’m not the target audience for Cashmere Mafia. Maybe that’s why I don’t quite understand the show, its characters, or their predicaments. Let’s take a close look the plots tonight and exactly where I can’t possibly fathom what takes place. Maybe you’ll be able to point out to me exactly where the sanity that I can’t find actually lies.

First up tonight, Juliet’s storyline. How is it that Davis doesn’t understand why he’s been booted out of his "happy" home? So far he’s cheated on his wife repeatedly, lied about stopping cheating on her, and then hid the fact that his hedge fund was going broke and that he was going to take his family down with the company. Those actions are completely the actions of someone who wants to stay with their spouse.

Sure, his wanting to move to Westchester in order to stop his teenage daughter from drinking and smoking pot and to help prop up his floundering bank account and marriage could work. He lives in Bizarro World, right? I assume he must if he actually believed that such a nonsensical plan had a snowball’s chance in Hell of succeeding. Most of the reasons why it wouldn’t work are obvious and I’ll not delve into those, but in case the last one isn’t — high school kids in Westchester (and I here I speak from first hand experience) do in fact have access to alcohol (not that I partook, but it was there if I wanted it).

To be fair, that’s all her husband that I didn’t understand. Her reluctance to call a divorce attorney though was all her. Yes, she grudgingly started down the road, but I can’t imagine why she would want to stay with her slime-ball of a husband. I get that she wouldn’t want to send her kid to boarding school, the daughter seems nice enough, and boarding school is for problem kids, but that was completely overshadowed by her reluctance to take Davis to the cleaners. Thank goodness she may finally have seen the light on that score.

Moving on, why would Zoe tell this man, Nicholas, whom she works with via videoconferencing, he is referred to as the "work husband" among Zoe’s friends? Wasn’t it just a couple of episodes ago that she yelled at Eric, her actual husband, for daring to want to redesign the kitchen of someone who had a crush on him? She wasn’t necessarily wrong about that, that’s something I figure has to be decided on a couple by couple basis, but she can’t get angry about that and then flirt with Nicholas. And, she was flirting with Nicholas.

Zoe was even dumb enough to broach the subject, without getting angry, about whether or not Nicholas had engineered for them to be in the same hotel for the night (her anniversary). I’m of a mind that such things aren’t brought up. Especially sitting in the same hotel room with the colleague in question on your tenth anniversary. Zoe had the good sense to leave, but I don’t believe Nicholas’s protestations that it was the client and not him that sent them out to South Hampton. Plus, the fact that there’s "a rumor" that he’ll soon be back in New York permanently meant the storyline isn’t over.

I’d get started on Caitlin, who is not quite sure of her sexual orientation, having her current girlfriend, Alicia, inform Caitlin about her pregnancy, but I can’t really even fathom how to begin that discussion. The real question that has to be answered in that storyline is if Alicia did this after starting to date Caitlin or before. If it was before I think it’s completely excusable, if it was after, well, maybe not.

Sam, the somewhat famous, name-dropping, playwright going after Caitlin I do understand, and I even understand her liking Alicia, but I absolutely would have gone to the party for Tom Stoppard hosted by Diane and Mike with Sam. What I wouldn’t have done is smooch with the playwright just outside of the restaurant where the playwright’s producer and Alicia were eating dinner. It just seemed like tempting fate. As it turned out she’d already been seen by Alicia, but it was still asking for trouble.

Then there’s Mia. Mia I understand best of all, but that’s quite possibly because she is the most clichéd. Not being able to get over the "one who got away," having a family that desperately wants her to date someone from of her own ethnicity, and having an overbearing boss. (I don’t necessarily have those things, but I totally understand them) are well-used storytelling tropes. Then, tonight, she fell for an incredibly younger man, who just happened to be a nanny (or "manny" if you prefer). That too is a cliché (and it is if it happens with a guy or girl dating a much younger person). Her feeling totally better and more calm after having sex with the half her age manny is also a cliché. I don’t approve of clichés, but I understand them (perhaps because I’ve seen them so many times before).

A quote and a question:

  • Caitlin’s remark about Mia’s brain surgeon – "Maybe he’s a cunning linguist," was a great line. I totally loved it the first time I heard it in Tomorrow Never Dies when Moneypenny said it to James when he was sleeping with the Danish woman.
  • So, is it me? Does this just not speak to me because I’m a man, or does it not work for others too?

What is me, definitely, is everything that’s written over at The TV and Film Guy’s Reviews.

Posted by:Josh Lasser