Drinking tea and listening to the rain on my roof puts me in the perfect mood for Ladies of London. It may be summer in their world but isn’t it always raining in England? Or is that just an ugly American stereotype? What evs. Bring on the accents!
Marissa is getting bossed around by her nanny and she loves it. She asks Matt about the rumor he started that they’re moving to California. It’s always been his dream. Marissa loves her life in London. She can’t imagine leaving. But she is looking forward to letting her hair down and hanging with the girls. She’s had a stressful year and she’s ready to party. Unfortunately, she seems to have forgotten how stressful this group of girls can be.
Caroline Fleming is meeting with the therapist she never lets speak. She really blew it in Denmark by telling the press about her father. Her stepmother hung up on her when she tried to apologize. They’re pissed. She’s tortured by her relationship with her family. She chose not to live the life they expected and they’ve never forgiven her. Nothing she does is good enough. They even took her husband’s side in the divorce. She cries actual tears.
The girls are excited to see Marissa. She has to cancel last minute when little Sadie has to go back to hospital. Everyone worries. Sophie goes to Julie’s so they can rehash their storylines. They check in with Marissa. Sadie is already doing better but she won’t be out of hospital in time to go to Mapperton with the other ladies. Julie is understanding but nervous. The last time Marissa wasn’t at an event (Sophie’s divorce party) Caroline Stanbury raked Jules over the coals. Now she’s superstitious that it’ll happen again.
Marissa is relieved that Sadie is alright but she breaks down from the stress of it all. It’s heartbreaking.
The Ladies (minus Marissa) head out to Mapperton. Sophie drives with my beloved Adela. Caroline Stanbury brings her makeup artist Luke (of course) and Caroline Fleming brings Liz Hurley’s ex-husband’s fiancée (I refuse to call her anything else). They drink the entire way there. Julie is all aflutter. She brings in an “Executive Butler” as her secret weapon. She hopes to out-butler Caroline Stanbury.
The troublemakers show up three hours late so Julie is already on edge. The fabulous Anthea gives them a tour of the house. Caroline Stanbury complains. She yawns. She’s much too fabulous for this stodgy, aristocratic hoohaw. Julie shares the house rules for everyone but Caroline Fleming (since she knows how to behave). I can already tell this isn’t going to go over well. #1: No complaining about the food or passing food around the table (Juliet). #2: No lying about going to the loo so you can smoke on the front lawn (Caroline). #3: Be back for dinner by 8pm (the troublemakers). “You’re in my manor house. You have to have manners.” Caroline Stanbury and Juliet are beside themselves. Julie just ensured break each and every one.
Sophie and Adela are the only ones staying at the house with Julie (#DreamTeam) so the troublemakers leave to freshen up at their inn. It’s gorgeous. I’m getting the travel bug again. Caroline Stanbury lies in bed complaining about Julie while everyone else gets ready for dinner. She has no interest in being on time. The other troublemakers are actually annoyed with her for making them wait. She doesn’t care.
They arrive over two hours late. Caroline Fleming is extremely apologetic. Caroline Stanbury isn’t. Julie seats Caroline Stanbury and Juliet on either side of her. They feel like they’re being punished (they are). Julie assures them she put them there because she wants to work it out with them. She’s an eternal optimist. Caroline Stanbury sees it as a power trip. “I’m not here for your amusement. You’re here for mine.”
Julie shares that they’re going fishing tomorrow. Guess who’s annoyed about it? Everyone’s sick of her attitude. Julie feels disrespected as a host and turns to Caroline Fleming to back her up (she does). Then Adela jumps in. She calls Caroline Stanbury spoiled. She calls her rude. She says if Caroline comes with them she’ll just have a nasty attitude the whole time. Caroline’s guarddog Juliet calls Adela out for picking on her. Caroline Stanbury threatens to shove her fist down Adela’s throat. Friendship. It turns into Caroline Stanbury and Juliet against Julie, Adela and Caroline Fleming. Sophie wants to be the peacemaker and Liz Hurley’s ex-husband’s fiancée is pretty much cut from the scene entirely.
Caroline rants that she feels strangled by Julie’s rules. She grew up in this kind of lifestyle and she won’t live this way any longer. After saying her piece, and getting ample attention, she calms down. Adela decides they should just let her sleep. “She’s exhausted because, you know, she’s been driven down here and had her makeup done.” Liz Hurley’s ex-husband’s fiancée laughs and points. She almost earned a name for that. Caroline yells at Adela and storms away from the table. The truth hurts.
Next week: Caroline Stanbury is still pissed. Sophie tries to reason with her but Caroline won’t listen. The rest of the ladies have a great time fishing. Caroline Stanbury refuses to bring her children to their cousin’s birthday party because she’s mad at Sophie.