Finally, after a two-year wait, Lip Service is winging its way back to our screens. Still no confirmation on a date, though. UPDATE – 9pm on 20th of April. What is the Beeb’s problem? They have a fab show with great acting and have no idea what the hell to do with it.
Let’s get down to the issue at hand though, we’re back pondering the conundrum: Team Sam or Team Frankie? When season one ended, we were deadlocked on our poll. Here’s hoping season two gives us more (coughteamfrankiecough) to think about; hot passion or mature relationship?
According to Ruta Gedmintas, this season Frankie is trying to get her shit together for the woman she loves:
Frankie is making a conscious effort to be mature, to learn from her mistakes and to try and be less selfish. She may not always succeed but she’s definitely trying. Frankie is in love…head over heels. She just wants to protect that now
There’s a problem though, how can you protect a relationship based on infidelity?
Frankie isn’t a bad person. She is continuously remorseful and battles with herself daily. She is incredibly sensitive but it is coupled with defensiveness, which gets her into trouble.
Sam is pretty much the perfect girlfriend but Frankie just needs the right girl, with enough love and patience.
Is Cat the right girl? Well, if things are tough for Frankie, poor ould Cat is having an awful time of it. If shagging two gorgeous women who adore her could be considered a problem. Laura Fraser, who plays Cat, agrees, “historically, affairs tend to lead to heartbreak and I don’t think Cat will escape unscathed”.
Because she’s lying to Sam it is muddying her relationship. She loves Sam but she is full of fear and is terrified of losing both of them. The lies and the shame are clouding Cat’s judgement and messing with her head.
Hmmm, all of this sounds very good for Team Sam. Heather Peace, singer/songwriter and the lady behind Sam offers home hints:
Sam totally thinks that Cat is ‘The One’. Her whole thinking is about their future together from this point on. That’s what makes the betrayal on Cat’s part difficult to watch.
Cat also is confused. It would be so much clearer if she didn’t love Sam but she does. It’s the unfinished business with Frankie that confuses Cat. She was the love of her life that walked out on her without an explanation.
There’s more to Sam, though, than just one point in the love triangle. This “a much darker second series for Sam,” says Heather:
There are things going on in her life that have an effect on how she deals with the pressures of her job. Sam has always been the strong one, but this series we start to see chinks in her armour.
The second series sees her having to come to terms with the fact that she cannot always be so strong or deal with things alone. It was interesting, after her strength in series one, to look at her vulnerabilities in this series. It’s quite a journey for Sam.
It’s all so exciting! I’m sorry people but I just have to stay on the good ship Frankie, not just because she’s so incredibly hot. Ahem. It’s love innit?