Now that ABC has officially picked up Cashmere Mafia — a drama series about four successful 30-something friends climbing the ladder in their respective careers, starring Lucy Liu, Miranda Otto, Frances O’Connor and Bonnie Somerville — we’re finally going to get at least one lesbian/bi character on network TV next season. And I have the lowdown for you!
First, a disclaimer: this info is based on the initial casting calls for the pilot. Pilots often undergo re-writes, re-shoots and other changes along the way to airing on your television set, so it’s very likely that some details will change — names, dialogue, plot points. Whole story lines can be dropped, even, although usually only the minor ones, unless the pilot is completely re-done. It’s not very likely that the lesbian/bi character would suddenly become straight, for example. But Lucy Liu’s character Dylan was originally described in the casting sides as having “blonde good looks.” Obviously, that didn’t happen.
So what follows is just how the pilot started out — where it ended up, we’ll have to wait to find out. But it will at least give you an idea of the basic characters involved, the sensibility of the show and what kind of tone the writers are aiming for.
Now, on to the details!
Caitlin (Bonnie Somerville) is a cosmetics industry VP in her late 30s described in the initial scripts as “a Boston Irish working girl transformed into a saucily attractive Jil Sander suit.” This is what she looks like:
In the pilot, Caitlin finds herself inexplicably attracted to a woman she hires named Alicia, who is described as “37, British, with a striking physical beauty made all the more appealing by a disarmingly scattered, un-self-conscious air. Men want to be with her, women want to be like her.” (No word yet on who has been cast in this role.)
Caitlin finds herself flustered and nervous whenever she’s around Alicia, from the very first time she interviews her, and working with her becomes increasingly difficult.
Caitlin eventually brings it up with her three best friends over lunch, telling them, “It’s like someone waved a wand and the sun came out and my libido made a surprise guest appearance, and I wanted to book a week in Paris right then and there.” But Caitlin can’t quite bring herself to tell her friends she’s talking about a woman, so she lets them assume she has a crush on a male co-worker.
Finally, Caitlin asks Alicia to have dinner after work one night. The scene below is what follows:
[begin script excerpt]
EXT. TOWN BAR AND RESTAURANT–NIGHT
Music continues, over and under. Caitlin and Alicia walk out together, lit up with drinks and laughing. Caitlin’s Jaguar is waiting at the curb.
A shy, charged shuffle; Caitlin takes her gently by the elbows and brushes a kiss to both cheeks.
But as she steps back, Alicia catchers her eye with a challenging, mischievous, unmistakably erotic look and Caitlin’s breath catches–
–and Alicia steps up and kisses her full on the mouth. And they melt together in a shyly passionate little shuffle right there on the sidewalk–
–as Cilla Grey [an adversary] passes by on her way in, recognizing Caitlin with a look of surprise, quickly turning away and disappearing inside, unnoticed by Caitlin. The kiss ends.
Alicia silences her with another kiss.
And with a last peck, she runs off towards the avenue, hailing a cab. Caitlin leans against the wall, closing her eyes, thrilled and scared all at once.
[end script excerpt]
What happens next remains to be seen. Will Alicia and Caitlin work out? Will the friends’ arch-enemy Cilla use what she saw to blackmail Caitlin? Will Caitlin watch re-runs of Work Out on Bravo and realize how stupid it is to sleep with your employee? Stay tuned!
Here are some more photos of the Cashmere Mafia women to tide you over: