Katy Keene season 1, episode 3 recap – “Chapter Three: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”

February 21, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps


“Chapter Three: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” keeps Katy the least interesting part of her own show in a relationship-centric episode with plenty of ups and downs.



“Chapter Three: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” keeps Katy the least interesting part of her own show in a relationship-centric episode with plenty of ups and downs.

This recap of Katy Keene Season 1, Episode 3, “Chapter Three: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.

Katy Keene (Lucy Hale) works in fashion, so it’s really no surprise that she believes all the problems in her life can be sorted out by keeping up appearances. The driving force of Katy Keene Episode 3, “Chapter Three: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”, is Katy’s on-the-rocks relationship with her seemingly perfect boyfriend KO (Zane Holtz); a plot undermined somewhat by the fact that I really can’t see what Katy’s problem is.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be anything explicit; we’ve all had relationships that just fizzle out for no reason, and since KO obviously wants to move faster than she does, it’s understandable that she’s put off. But we’ve gone from flawless fairytale romance to a pretty final breakup in just three episodes, and they’ve barely had an argument in-between. Her bright idea last week was to invite KO to move in with her as a compromise for not wanting to get married, and we see some of the repercussions of that here, but her insistence that it’s only temporary and her earnestness in wanting the relationship to work make their eventual parting ways – right outside a new apartment, no less – feel a bit forced. Katy and her love life remain the least interesting thing in her own show.

Jorge’s (Jonny Beauchamp) romantic travails are much better in Katy Keene Episode 3. He’s been seeing the same guy, Buzz (Eric Freeman), for about a year, but their relationship is confined to clandestine bedtime hook-ups since Buzz is a hot-shot lawyer and isn’t out at work. When KO’s attempts to pull his weight around the apartment result in him accidentally setting fire to Jorge’s wigs, a typically hot and unashamedly gay fireman catches Jorge’s eye, leading him to sever ties with Buzz after he fails to see him perform at Molly’s Crisis. Buzz is credited for multiple episodes, though, which doesn’t surprise me and strikes me as welcome since his relationship with Jorge seems quite genuine and is obviously predicated on what I presume is a very relatable issue in same-sex relationships.

Josie (Ashleigh Murray) continues a fruitless relationship with Alexander Cabot (Lucien Laviscount) in “Chapter Three: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”, though swiftly realizes that she needs a manager more than a boyfriend, especially a boyfriend who buys his meddling sister sexy eveningwear. This plot is also complicated by a new arrival, that of singer-songwriter Jimmy Dodger (Andrew Polec), whom Alexander catches Josie with in the midst of a duet after canceling Valentine’s Day plans with him. Alex is surprisingly willing to meet Josie halfway here, agreeing to cease their sexual relationship and keep things strictly professional, while also encouraging Josie to work with Jimmy, though Alexandra (Camille Hyde) puts paid to that by offering him an exclusive contract out of sheer weapons-grade pettiness.

And then there’s Pepper (Julia Chan), who shows some nous in Katy Keene Episode 3 by hustling $20,000 to grease the wheels of the construction company who’re sprucing up her swanky event space, where she’s currently sleeping with no heating. With help from Ms. Freesia (Bernadette Peters), a kind of mentor figure with a book of names of moneyed, easily-led men, she’s able to secure a mark and sweet-talk him into spending the requisite sum on high-priced items that she later returns for cash after bringing his wife uncomfortably close to his philandering. She works much better as this sneaky crook character than she did as a nebulous socialite, so that’s a plus in an episode that otherwise revolved entirely around not entirely convincing relationships.

But it was Valentine’s Day, I suppose, so we can forgive the show its romantic excesses. By the end of Katy Keene Season 1, Episode 3, everyone is better off. Katy is newly-single, Josie has a healthy working relationship, Jorge gives his number to the very willing firefighter, and Pepper has heating. Perhaps what they say about making it in New York isn’t too farfetched after all.

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