Have you seen this show? I have, and I can’t decide if I like it or not. Here’s the premise if you’re not familiar with it. It’s about four working women who have been friends since they met in business school. Now they’re all living in New York City. Each of them have very high-powered, executive-type positions. Mia (Lucy Liu) has just become president of some publishing company. Juliet (Miranda Otto) is the COO of a major hotel chain. Zoe (Frances O’Connor) works as an investment banker. And Caitlin (Bonnie Somerville) is a top marketing executive for a cosmetics company.
Both Juliet and Zoe are married. Juliet has a 14-year old daughter with her husband, Davis. She chooses to ignore the fact that Davis has affairs while he’s away on business trips because, as she tells her Cashmere Mafia pack, “Look at what a man gives up to be with one of us. We make more money, we rise higher… blah, blah, blah…” She rather put up with it than become a single mother. However, when Juliet finds out Davis is sleeping with a woman she knows in NYC, it’s time to get even. And she decides to get revenge by having an affair herself. By the third episode, she decides not to go through with it.
Zoe has two younger, school-age children with her work-at-home architect husband, Eric. In the show’s premiere she needs to replace a nanny that was lured away by the neighbors. And in the second show they give her a “mommy war” type storyline. Zoe feels “the guilt” when a giddy SAHM in a velour tracksuit gets to go on the children’s fieldtrip, and she doesn’t. Oh, and the SAHM hits on Eric, Zoe’s husband. I guess since the SAHM’s hubby works all the time she’s lonely ya know. Anyway, Zoe gets back at the SAHM by renting a huge sightseeing tour bus so all the parents can go along. Must be nice to have that kind of money.
So when I first saw the show I was slightly annoyed. But, I’m not sure of the reason why? Maybe it’s because how likely all these women are so successful? That must have been some business school! Or maybe because I think the writers and producers are obviously feeding into the working women/mommy war controversy? Something that I rather not watch for myself, because we live it every day. As Sara mentioned to me before she doesn’t like to read or watch stories that parallel her life. Not that I’m some big-time executive living NYC, but I’m familiar with some of the issues they face. Like when I felt guilty when I couldn’t go on my son’s field trip.
Or maybe I’m slightly envious of these characters? They’re all beautiful, dressed to the chic, and somehow find time to meet for lunch and a cocktail often.
Anyway, we’ll see if the show grows on me. Unfortunately, there’s not much else on to watch. A new episode of Cashmere Mafia is on tonight. Tune in and lets discuss.