Minx season 1, episode 9 recap – “a scintillating conversation about a lethal pesticide”

By Ricky Valero
Published: April 14, 2022 (Last updated: February 17, 2024)
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HBO Max series Minx season 1, episode 9 - a scintillating conversation about a lethal pesticide


We are witnessing the downfall of Minx in a massive way. Some strong moments by our principal cast raise the stakes as we head to the finale.

This recap of the HBO Max series Minx season 1, episode 9, “a scintillating conversation about a lethal pesticide,” contains spoilers.

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We have reached the home stretch for the first season of Minx, and it will be interesting to see how the dominos fall over the final two episodes. The last episode saw Joyce finally get tired of being the butt of the joke and Doug’s nonsense in staking claim of Minx and quit. How will things move forward? Will Doug get her to come back?

Minx season 1, episode 9 recap

The show starts with Shelly fantasizing about a futuristic porn dream scenario, and we transition into the real life of her husband trying to please her. It isn’t working, which sets him off now that the whole world has come to find out that she isn’t happy with what’s going on in the bedroom. The entire scene is hilarious, and what a grand opening.

Joyce is gone, and the team at Bottom Dollar is trying to figure out how to make this next issue of Minx without her. Bambi isn’t having it and walks out of the meeting. I’ll be intrigued by this dynamic because Bambi grew more of a backbone while Joyce was around. Doug is trying to find his way around the entire thing by attracting more models to pose with his next playmate.

Doug and Tina have a little romantic dinner at the house together. After dinner, Doug gives Tina the managing editor to Minx because she is the only person he trusts. Joyce is getting glammed up to meet with the bosses for a new company to work for.

Billy Brunson has arrived (in more ways than one) at the shoot. The models are typically not at full staff when they shoot, and Doug is freaking out over it. However, Brunson is not budging and plans to do what he wants.

The fancy dinner with Joyce and the new people from the magazine is not going as planned. They are calling out the industry she worked in with Minx, but she isn’t having the trash talk. I love the spin here because the industry gets a tone of bad vibes which are unjust.

Doug is having trouble with Brunson on the set. We see Richie calling him out, which leads to Richie walking off the set of the shoot. He calls him out on the way out the door to Tina, saying, “have fun with your boyfriend.” Like Bambi, Richie loved the freedom that Joyce gave him while shooting the models and now that she is gone, Doug is forcing everyone out.

As we head towards the episode’s final moments, Bambi talks Shelly into taking some risque photos, Doug struggles with the shoot, and Joyce leaves the dinner.

The ending

As Bambi begins to set Shelly up with tips on how to pose for the photos, this vulnerable moment takes a turn I wasn’t expecting. The moment leads to the two of them making out. I can’t imagine this will end well for Shelly with her husband or with Bambi.

Joyce leaves mid-dinner and follows a man to a bar. The pair have a good night at the bar. However, upon returning to the house, the lady who got her the interview isn’t happy. She wants her to apologize to the team for leaving, and Joyce refuses to do it. Maybe Joyce misses Minx as a whole more than she realizes.

Tina walks in and asks, “Is this what you wanted?” and Doug replies, “it’ll move magazines.” Minx is taking a nosedive without Joyce in a HUGE way. But unfortunately, we know Doug’s ego won’t allow him to realize it. Tina lets him know that she will begin the search for new photographers.

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