The Client List Season 2 Review “What Part of No?”

Hell hath no fury like a Riley scorned! On the latest episode of “The Client List”, aptly-entitled “What Part of No?”, we discovered Riley’s tipping point, and it essentially came down to: you mess with my friends, you mess with me. Someone did just that, and paid the price by getting a ticket straight to jail, do not pass go. But was the underlying intention to put the fear of God into Riley in hopes of making her do something stupid? Given the ending, I would say mission accomplished.

Though whoever sent the guy to rifle through Riley’s house was almost certainly looking for the client list, Kyle laid the blame at his own feet for his own troubles with the law, going out half-cocked his own damn self, which is likely to have repercussions on down the line as well, given his threats to Vandermeyer, who already is gunning for him as it is.

More likely, it was the nefarious Carlyle that’s seeking the dirt on Riley, which is somewhat ironic, given that she buried what he was likely looking for- and now he either knows where it is if she reburied it, or knows that she has it again in her possession. Since the episode ended, it’s hard to say, but I should hope she would take it with her and hide it elsewhere, even though she doesn’t know what we do- that someone is following her closely. Otherwise, God only knows what the person who gets the list will do with it.

Of course, Riley’s behavior isn’t always the most logical thing in the world. For instance, if anyone was justified in needed a gun, it’s her, given all the crap that’s been going on in her life as of late. Between Carlyle and Vandermeyer, things are bound to get worse before they get better, so if I were her, just to be on the safe side, I’d have taken Georgia up on her offer.

I mean, I get that kids are involved, and we know from real life (especially lately) that that sort of thing can end very badly, but so can having a bunch of gangster-types after you. I say get a safe and lock that sucker up just to be safe, but take that firearm nevertheless. Better to have a gun and not need it than need a gun and not have it. Isn’t this show set in Texas, for God’s sake? C’mon, Riley, get with the program.

I mean, this whole sordid affair has essentially already cost a life- as in Lacey’s unborn child. Could well have resulted in Lacey’s untimely demise to boot, and neither will do, thank you very much. Maybe Georgia will put these yahoos in their rightful place, or maybe Kyle, now that he’s on sofa duty. Or even Evan, who’s on official police duty as of this episode. Although I suspect that getting Evan involved may not end well, given what Riley’s up to.

Beyond that, we had a lot of relationship drama: Riley and Kyle reconnecting over horses; Evan and Shelby edging towards DTR; and the whole Derek, Selena, and Nikki (with a hickey) sex-triangle insanity. (“For the record,” said fellow “fun buddy” Derek, “This has stopped being fun.”) Soap opera city, in other words.

Kinda reminiscent of a certain show within a show, in fact: “Brothers and Lovers”, which in turn reminded me of another soap from back in the day: “Twin Peaks”. Remember Invitation to Love? This one and that show-within-a-show both had chintzy production values and intentionally over-baked acting and plot-lines that reflected what was going on in the show proper. Might be a coincidence, but I couldn’t help but think of it, “Peaks” being one of my all-time faves.

That was about it, but that’s a pretty fair amount of drama for one episode, all things considered. Especially given that we’re in the home stretch, with only two more episodes to go. How do you think it will all end? Will Riley get caught? Will the bad guys get the client list? Will Riley and Kyle get back together in earnest? Will Lacey flip out when she figures out the attack that cost her the baby was related to Riley’s given profession?

Let me know what you thought of “The Client List” in the comments!