The Client List Season 2 Review “I Miss Back When”

On the penultimate episode of “The Client List”, we got some unexpected developments, to say the least, right off the bat, in “I Miss Back When”. Picking up where the previous episode left off, we saw Riley digging up the titular list, with someone watching over. I don’t know about you, but I assumed it was likely Carlyle, but I did not expect it to be, of all people, Nikki! I don’t know about you, but I bought into her line of naivety every bit as much as Riley and Co.

Of course, the clues were there all along. We knew that she was a math whiz, and was supposedly going to college for the same, and of course, we knew about her connection to Carlyle. But I definitely didn’t guess that it was all an act to hide her true duplicitous nature, what with Nikki being involved with Carlyle romantically, and there as a spy on his behalf at The Rub. Of course, there is one glimmer of hope: she didn’t tell Carlyle she had the List, although he asked her if she’d made any headway on that end. Maybe she hasn’t entirely gone rogue on Riley and the gang. I guess we’ll find out in the finale.

We also got a bit of drama on the Selena-Derek front, as she continued to give him grief about his ongoing flirtation with client Lisa. “She probably booked two first-class tickets to Cougar Island,” Selena chided. “Don’t forget to pack your floaties!” LOL. I also liked the line: “You are easier than me in high school.” Gotta love Selena.

Personally, I was thinking- um, and the problem with that would be? I mean, she’s a rich divorcee with money to burn, she’s smoking hot and hardly that old, she enjoys a good happy ending and she likes to travel to exotic locales. Where’s the downside here? Derek eventually realized the same, and was prepared to accept her offer to take things to the next level when Lisa dropped the bomb: she’d already fallen for someone else and was headed off to “Cougar Island” with him instead. Wah-wah. You snooze, you lose, dude. Should have struck while the iron was hot, you know?

Meanwhile, on the Riley front, we had a bit of fallout from her actions last week, when she went after the guy who attacked Lacey. Evan wants her to testify, and she’s got no problem with doing so, even though he stresses that they will have to lie a bit, since she got some information about him illegally at the police station. Riley lie? Imagine that.

Meanwhile, Georgia advises against it, telling Riley it will only open up her life to even more scrutiny., which will inevitably lead to The Rub getting busted. I hate to say it, and I get why Riley wants to get justice served on the guy who hurt her friend and caused her to lose her baby, but Georgia’s right: people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Lastly, there was a bit of light-hearted drama at the big high school reunion for Riley, Lacey and so on. Taylor was determined to win Prom Queen or whatever, and was willing to do whatever she had to do to make it happen. This led to a lot of snarky commentary, like when she told Riley: “I think you did a wonderful job with your “peek-a-boob” dress.” LOL.

Lacey had a touching scene with Riley in their old high school bathroom, where she broke down about losing the baby, which had to have gotten to Riley, as it was somewhat her fault it happened in the first place. She was also none too pleased that Kyle was a no-show, though she calmed down when he explained that he’d been with her mother, helping her with rehab.

Before that, we got a great scene like something out of a Carrie Underwood song, with Taylor and Riley going all…well, I’ll let Riley explain it: “I especially loved the part where we went all Tiger Woods’ ex-wife on Beau’s car.” Not that he didn’t somewhat deserve it, bringing a rando chick to the reunion, when Taylor thought he was going to try and reconcile.

I like that they didn’t just make her a typical “mean girl”-caricature, and instead gave her some back-story to explain why she is the way she is, including an admission that she’d always been jealous of Riley’s popularity, leading her to fix the competition back in the day to be Class President.

Speaking of which, I also got a kick out of the showdown between the late-arriving Kyle and a fellow classmate who, like brother Evan, had become a cop. “Well, lookie there. If it isn’t ‘Most likely to become a felon’.” After Kyle traded barbs with the guy for a bit, Dale chimed in “Officer down, needs assistance,” like he was on a police radio! That was pretty priceless all around.

Speaking of cops, we also got the bit where Riley got busted and Kyle had to bail her out. That was an unexpected turn of events! I’m sure Kyle was laughing all the way to the jail cell. On the plus side, the experience bonded them a bit, and he let Riley know he wanted to move back in asap, so we’ll see how that goes. He’s starting to realize he came home to a different sort of wife, though, I think, between the jail thing and finding the high heel collection. What will he think when the truth inevitably comes out? He already flipped out about the fact that Riley slept with someone else.

So, all in all, a decent episode of “The Client List”, and a nice bit of mostly light-hearted fun to lead into the big finale, where it looks like any number of things might go down. Will Nikki give Carlyle the Client List or try to finagle her way into Riley’s good graces by siding with her? Will Derek and Selena get over themselves and finally get together for real? Will Riley and Kyle reconcile? And, of course, how long can Riley keep the truth at bay?

Let me know what you think in the comments!