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The Playboy Club recap: For Blood or Bunny

Maureen and Nick try damage control while the Bunnies run for cover. The cover of ‘Playboy,’ that is!

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I hope I’m not alone in thinking that this week’s installment of The Playboy Club improved upon the last. No one was stabbed in the jugular by a stiletto, but the election plot moved along nicely and we learned a good deal about the mysterious ladies with the puffy tails. I’m filling in for Mandi Bierly this week, and she left us in good hands with this thought: “…It isn’t just trying to sell sex. It’s a story about secrets, and how even women wearing next to nothing can be hiding something.”

This week the Bunnies and their patrons struggled to keep their secrets secret, because that’s what secrets are for. Secrecy — it’s the tie that binds at The Playboy Club. Whether they were buried in rivers, disguised with wedding rings, or hidden in chests under the bed, all of the individual Bunny Problems were given ample airtime last night. With all of their diverse but equally soapy personal dramas, these women are like younger, hipper, and less clothed versions of the Desperate Housewives.

Let’s take a look at each lovely lady (plus one dashing debonair!) and the problems they dealt with last night.

BUNNY PROBLEM 1 — Maureen accidentally killed a ruthless mobster. Also, she has daddy issues.

Last week Maureen killed the infamous Chicago mob figure Bruno Bianchi in self defense, and threw his body in a river with the assistance of her handsome new friend Nick Dalton. Two men named Joe and Schmo found his Playboy Club key near the river, and decided to infiltrate the high society hangout for kicks. They dressed up in their Sunday best and were really sweet and nervous when they had to wait in line, so I honestly felt bad when Maureen told them she knew whose key they had and that she wouldn’t tell management if they left quietly.

So Maureen robbed these poor never-to-be-seen-agains of their night of escapism, but it’s a good thing she did. Bruno’s son John was in the house to see both Nick and Maureen, and he surely would have noticed his father’s name on the visitor’s board. John questioned Maureen and she nervously tried to cover her tracks with her “I went home with Nick” semi-lie, but he didn’t buy it.

Carol-Lynne was buying it before she found Maureen’s blood-soaked costume hiding under her bed. Maureen quickly made up a story about a homeless man attacking her in the alley, which Carol-Lynne hesitantly accepted. “Costumes are never to go home with bunnies, and bunnies are never to go home with keyholders,” she said. Nick was upset that Maureen didn’t tell him about their latest lie, but ultimately pretty happy that it got Carol-Lynne off their backs and onto his lap.

Carol-Lynne did warn her that bad things happen in Chicago, and by the end it looked like Maureen is going to learn that pretty quickly. The episode ended with John saying that he was going to “get to know” Maureen, and a TV “get to know” with a mobster often results in a broken face. And a broken face Maureen cannot have, because she just booked the elusive Chicago cover of Playboy! She felt bad for a whole second about winning the cover over her friend Brenda, but she needed to be a Playmate so her dad would see it and know she was somebody. Yes, you read that right. I can’t even go into the whole daddy issues and Playboy thing because I just want to blindly enjoy this show, but Maureen definitely seems to be set up as the show’s resident beautiful-yet-hopelessly-flawed Marilyn Monroe.

NEXT: Carol-Lynne gets her man back while Brenda flips through Better Homes and Gardens