Katy Keene “Turns” the Page to the Met(a) Gala

The Pussycats - three women dressed in leopard-print leotards with black hose and cat ears upon their heads; play a song in a warehouse-like blank white walled setting. Josie - the lead singer - is a slim african American woman with red hair. The two backing members are a plus-sized keyboard player with dark hair and dark makeup and a brunette drummer with same. They play with visible confidence.

In Katy Keene chapter eleven, It’s Met(a) Gala Time, Kiddies!  As Katy struggles to balance her new Lacy’s job with life designing for Guy, she takes a risk with her client’s dress that might backfire. Add some drama with K.O. onto the pile, her latent feelings for Guy, and a revelation about the result of her Parson’s application and you have maximum drama. Pepper, meanwhile, tries to use the gala to promote the Pussycats and the upcoming opening of the Pepper Plant, but it might backfire when her Hannah spills her secrets to Alex. A depressed Jorge, elsewhere and in the wake of his break-up, does some soul searching that leads to new info about his folks.

Katy Keene
“Chapter Eleven: Who Can I Turn To?'”

Sara Saedi (writer), Lea Thompson (director)
Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Camille Hyde, Jonny Beauchamp, Julia Chan, Lucien Laviscount, Zane Holtz, Katherine LaNasa, Nathan Lee Graham (cast); Casey Wilson (Guest Star)
Based on Archie Comics
April 30th, 2020

Every fashion-centered show must have at least one trip to the ball in its back pocket. In Katy Keene‘s case, naturally, they have a variation on the Met Gala — and do not bother to fictionalize it too heavily, calling it the Meta Gala.

All of Lacy’s is, naturally, atwitter over the Gala, looking to dress the best of the best to get the store’s name out there. For her, it’s both hard work, but Guy has begun to respect her opinion, and her work as a personal shopper continues to keep her busy. Amanda continues to battle Katy for the role as head shopper in Gloria’s absence, and actress Casey Wilson (stream Daddio y’all) hates what Guy’s created for her. As the gala approaches, she both has to balance K.O.’s request for a favor (and a conflict between Guy and K.O.) and her self-loathing. Will Guy do the right thing and admit that Katy designed Wilson’s showstopper?

Jorge, meanwhile, has disappeared into a deep funk, refusing to change his clothing or shower (or stop eating, or visit his parents) until his brother comes down to nudge him into action. This leads to yet another estrangement between Jorge and his parents when his father demands he stop dressing in daytime drag, and he finally confronts his dad for kicking him out for coming out.

Hannah Melvy, in her continuing quest to make Pepper pay for the amount of time she spent in jail (two whole days!), keeps hovering around Pepper in spite of Pepper’s attempts at paying her off.  Thus she’s threatened to take the Pepper Plant and remake it in her own name. Choosing to accelerate the launch to beat Hannah at her own game, Pepper asks Alex for more money and asks Josie to make the Pussycats the Plant’s house band.  And what does Pepper do with that advance in the hope of viral fame? Become a parody of the Fiji Water Girl. Feigning defeat, she tries to talk Hannah into signing the divorce papers, but Hannah has one more card up her sleeve. Josie uses the gala, meanwhile, to outgame Xandra in a viral moment.

Katy keene, a brunette woman, wears a dramatic red dress as she stands beside her dear friend, Pepper Smith, an Asian-American woman with blonde hair wearing a fuscia off-the-shoulder dress. Both women stand at a red carpet in front of a velvet rope and a phalanx of extras. They stare in amazement at an event happening offscreen.

“Who Can I Turn To?” does a lot of things right. Like a dramatic entrance at a red carpet, it manages not to trip over its own feet. But some of its facets are rhinestone-encrusted — not cheap, but definitely an imitation of the real thing.

Katy’s plot, once again, hinges on her lack of self-confidence. Predictably, she’s the only one who can fathom how to un-bone Guy’s boneheaded stubborn mistake, and produce a dress worthy of attention. Also predictable is that Katy saves Guy’s bacon and finally makes a bold move to demand credit for it, leading to his melodious whining and him eventually realizing that oh yeah, this woman is The Future. On the other hand, Guy and Katy’s romance is pretty thrilling in of itself, with great actor chemistry, and fraught by an mentee-mentor relationship. Check this space next week as we run out the end of the season and see how this develops. Also I’m very, very here for Amanda and Katy finally carving a friendship out of their endless rivalry.

I admit I groaned when Pepper karma-Houdini’d her way out of yet another problem, but it seems that Hannah might instead have told Alex some uncomfortable truths. Again: can her plot please have some consequences that last for more than two episodes in a row on the overarching storyline of the show? Hannah remains an amusing character, and I hope we don’t lose her.

Josie’s plot is rather less central to the story, but it’s nice seeing her get a little revenge on Xandra at last. She and Alex are closer than ever — and lovers again — and it will be interesting to see if and how it pays off if she takes Pepper’s side.

Finally, Jorge’s storyline has recovered from the mess of the Bernardo threesome. His conflict with his loving yet traditional family continues to be the best and most interesting part of his character.

A special hat tip to the costume department, though there’s no way they could have seen into the future and known how prescient the sight of someone with a jewel-encrusted face mask would hit. It’s not comfortable, but it’s perfectly current, which makes sense for the romantic — and recommended — swirl of “Who Can I Turn To?”