Once again, the show appears to be looking to the movies for inspiration with their A-plots in Season Three. The first episode channeled “Weekend at Bernie’s,” the second channeled “War of the Worlds,” and the third appears to be channeling “The Devil Wears Prada.” Mona Autumn’s frazzled assistant Phoebe comes into LPS looking for Blythe. She tells Blythe that she finally got a day off (for sake of health and emails from doctor and psychiatrist), but Mona would only agree to it if Blythe replaces her for the day. She also says that her photographer wanted Russell and Zoe for a shoot–which will be our B-plot.
Russell and Zoe meet another dog named Tangier. He seems nice and appears to be very helpful to Russell, but Zoe suspects not everything is on the up and up with him. First though, they have to get through what appears to be Russell messing up the shoot by sneezing. A negative result here might reflect negatively on Blythe, but Zoe’s suspicions are confirmed as Tangier put sneezing powder on Russell’s scarf. So they set off to expose Tangier.
Meanwhile, Blythe thinking she can handle any crisis after the cold open and thinking she can take whatever Mona throws at her quickly becomes overwhelmed. Thankfully, Cairo the cat, Mona’s pet, is there to help out. However, the work catches up to Blythe as not removing the asparagus from Mona’s lunch resulted in Mona getting an allergic reaction with her face swollen. Worse, she’s due to meet a reclusive designer named Clover Fields about featuring her line. Blythe manages to prevent an embarrassing meeting for Mona as her “creativity” (with help from Cairo) keeps Clover from seeing Mona in her swollen state. Mona commends her on that creativity, though says she makes a better designer (for which she will always take a look at her line) than an assistant. In the end, Blythe learns that there are some things she cannot handle by herself.
Back at the shoot, Tangier is seen putting hot sauce into Russell food. Indeed, it again disrupts the photo shoot, but that turns out to be part of the plan exposing Tangier as Zoe took photos of Tangier’s deed. His punishment is getting a “timeout” and then there’s a throwaway scene with the hot sauce for karma.
The episode ends with Blythe, Zoe, and Russell ending up on a day of “ups and downs.”
Another very good episode for LPS. We got a break from the LPS vs. LEPS arc and focus on just two of the pets instead of having all seven involved. It is a nice follow-up from the Season Two Finale, only this time Zoe is more supportive of Russell during the shoot. Another character who shone was Cairo. She does recall Blythe from her earlier visits to Tres Blase magazine and was very helpful when Blythe was getting overwhelmed. Really, the only thing I would take issue here is that the B-plot was very much by-the-book. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it really didn’t do anything really daring with it as opposed to the A-plot. Other than that, the scores keep going up for Littlest Pet Shop. One can only hope the viewership does in due time as well.
Pluses and Minuses:
- + Relatable A-plot for Blythe
- + Cairo
- + Interaction between Blythe and Mona after climax.
- + Zoe’s support of Russell
- – B-plot while still good, doesn’t stand out.