The Client List Season 2 Review “My Main Trial is Yet to Come”

A bit of a transitional episode of “The Client List” this week, what with not much in the way of forward momentum over the course of the episode, which was entitled, appropriately enough, “My Main Trial is Yet to Come.” By and large, most of the episode revolved around the situation with Riley’s husband, Kyle, and all of the roadblocks on the way to his release. Ultimately, it appears that Kyle isn’t going anywhere in the short-term, which is good news for her and Evan, his brother, but not so much for her kids, who are becoming increasingly hard to manage in lieu of even getting to see their father.

As such, there was a lot of back and forth hemming and hawing on Riley’s part as to whether or not she should let them visit him or not. Understandably, she was hesitant to let them see him that way, but on the other hand, they thought he was coming home until things hit a snag, so you can understand where they would be frustrated by the situation as well. Ditto Kyle, who after all the legal wrangling on the part of himself and Riley, found himself denied bail when new charges that he was working with a drug cartel were brought to light at the last minute.

I’d say that this guy can’t catch a break to save his life, but to tell the truth, I’m not sure he deserves to get off so easy, either. The guy did abandon his wife and kids, after all. He’s lucky Riley’s fighting for him at all, if you ask me- and you sort of did if you’re reading this review, so there’s my two cents on the sitch. That said, he’s clearly being framed by his former employees, I’d say, and getting himself out of this mess is going to take some doing.

Personally, I think Riley’s gone above and beyond the call of duty on her end. I say help him however she can, but she should draw the line on sinking any more money into it, as she’s already invested way too much into it all already. At least she can say she tried, but if Kyle is a halfway decent human being, he’ll tell her enough is enough. Just because his actions put him into a crappy situation doesn’t mean he has to drag his family down with him, am I right?

As if that weren’t enough, Riley also has a new nemesis on her hands with the nefarious Carlyle (Johnathon Schaech), a strip club owner that new recruit Nikki used to work for. When Nikki is accused of stealing by Selena, she quits and goes back to work for the guy because she can no longer afford to pay for school. Riley gets wind of it and goes after her, getting back-up from her old pal in law enforcement. Though successful in the short-term, I expect that we haven’t heard the last from Carlyle, who did not look like a happy camper.

Thus far, this plotline was a bit underwhelming, and though I admire Riley for standing up to the guy, it seems like a bad idea to tick off someone when what you do for a living isn’t exactly legal. I suspect Riley is going to be finding that out the hard way. Also, though they determined that Nikki had “borrowed” some stuff from Selena, they didn’t quite determine that she was the one poking around people’s stuff to the extent Selena mentioned. Might it be someone trying to dig up dirt on Riley? I nominate that cop from “Pretty Little Liars”– he seemed pretty determined to bring Riley down. Either that or like Serena suggested, it’s an inside job.

Beyond that, not a lot else going on. There was the whole “sploshing” thing, which was more bizarre than sexy, as evidenced by the movie I first heard it mentioned in, John Waters’ campy cult classic “A Dirty Shame,” which dealt with it in even weirder terms. So I can’t say I was shocked by it here, though I was bemused by Riley getting so specific on what pies to bake. Does that really matter in the grand scheme of things? LOL.

There was also the bit with Lisa, played by Alabama’s own Sunny Mabrey, best known for her work on television, but also known to horror fans for being one of the “Species” girls and battling the fearsome “Snakes on a Plane.” Her plotline was interesting I thought, as it literally never occurred to me that a woman would want a “happy ending” in a massage parlor. (This is probably why I’m single and watching Lifetime.)

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I know the ladies like a good foot massage and a nice rubdown, to be sure, but a big finish? I wasn’t even aware that was a thing. Ah Lifetime, you truly are the great educator about the wily ways of women. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say most of the ones that do seek this sort of thing out don’t look like Mabrey, but I digress. It was, at the very least, something I can say I’ve never seen before.

So, yeah, not a whole lot going on this episode overall. Mostly it was about moving characters from point “A” to point “B,” you know? Like moving in Linette with Riley, introducing Carlyle, the drug cartel thing with Kyle, and getting Evan into the police academy and setting up a possible side love interest in Shelby (T.V. Carpio, who I haven’t seen since “Across the Universe”). A whole lot of set-up, but no real pay-off yet, in other words.

We’ll have to see how this all pans out, but for now, it was just a so-so episode, mostly highlighted by some sexy Riley moments (how about those outfits she was sporting in the parlor?) and the thing with Mabrey, which was more sad than steamy, but interesting nonetheless. I will say that, thus far, I’m a bit on Team Selena on Nikki- she is kind of annoying. Hopefully, they will develop her character better as the season rolls on.

What did you think of “The Client List” this week? Did you agree it was more set-up than forward momentum? Did you get the sense it was a necessary evil, or are they treading water somewhat? Do you think all the set-up will reap dividends on down the line, or is it much ado about nothing? What do you think of all the new characters so far? Any you’re particularly interested in getting to know better? Or do you think they should get rid of some of them and quit while they’re ahead? Let me know what you think in the comments!