Much better. The Client List is slowly improving and I couldn’t be happier. They did a lot of things right in this one although there’s a still a few things I’d like to change.
First off, the positives. I love that the writers have pretty much decided to make Selena a full-on villain. She was obviously deceitful and sneaky from the beginning and having a vicious white trash psychopath at The Rub will undoubtedly cause some fireworks. I enjoyed her messing with Riley’s clients and especially her getting her comeuppance thanks to Riley & Jolene’s team up. Speaking of Jolene, she’s currently my favorite of Riley’s coworkers, probably because she actually has a personality.
Moreover, I’m fascinated watching Riley really live her role when she’s at work. Being a bad girl is obviously a release for her and a way to deal with her life’s troubles. It’s a compelling angle really and one that would do the show good to explore if they decide to dig deep into her psyche. I realize the word psyche is already too complex for a show that seemed a tad too superficial in the beginning but I have a feeling the writers might surprise us.
Now the flaws. First of all, they need to have Riley stop preaching to her clients and teaching them life lessons. This isn’t Ghost Whisperer and she’s not some saint with a purpose. I get what they’re going for; Riley can actually do good with her naughty job but it’s much too holier-than-thou for me.
Furthermore, I really really wish the Client List was on a cable network like HBO or Showtime. It just seems like they’re holding back way too much during the Client scenes and while I get this show airs on Lifetime, we need to have some degree of titillation to convey the message of the show. In the end, the show is about the dark side of life and it needs to be able to express that and not sugarcoat the dirty stuff. Lifetime just needs to go further.
Finally, Riley got a beautiful final scene with her kids as she told them the truth about their dad. Their relationship feels genuine which is a definite plus, and Jennifer Love Hewitt as always was phenomenal.
All in all, this was a welcome improvement after a somewhat weak second episode. I’m getting into the show’s groove and I’m starting to visualize how it could look like in the long-term. A very good effort.