Frisky Review: “Secret Diary Of A Call Girl,” Season 3

Secret Diary of a Call Girl” is back on the air tonight at 10 p.m. and lucky me, some angel at Showtime mailed The Frisky offices a screener of Season 3. Woo-hoo!

When we last left off, Belle ditched her lame boyfriend, who wasn’t supportive of her career, and published her first book about life as a high-class hooker. And because no good series goes without a tease, Belle and her best friend, Ben, kept jerking us around with their will-they-or-won’t-they? thing. On season three, Belle is at work on her second book and we finally get the Ben/Belle relationship. Well, almost …The first two seasons of “Call Girl” were so naughty and fun — aspirational sex for the sexually liberated urban girl. But it’s refreshing how this season handles some more serious issues, like Bambi’s discovery that Stephanie charges clients less for her because she’s mixed-race. (There’s this really funny scene where when Bambi appears at Belle’s apartment after her sister has stopped by unannounced, Belle shoos her off. “Is it because I’m common? Is it because I’m black?” Bambi demands. “No!” Belle whispers loudly. “It’s because you’re a whore!”) We also learn more about how making lots of money as a prostitute affects Belle’s relationship with Ben, who still works a more blue-collar job at a bar.

But don’t let me scare you: “Call Girl” is never too, too serious. There’s plenty of whorin’ and love affairs to go around. Bambi finally gets her own relationship with an unlikely fellow; Belle carries on with her book editor, Duncan, though I never liked the guy from the start. I don’t know about you, but I pretty much spend every season waiting for Belle to end up with Ben. Find out for yourself what happens tonight at 10 p.m. [Showtime]

We’re also giving away season one and two DVDs, the book, and a monthly planner — find out more here.