The Ladies of London are in the middle of their Mapperton trip and drama has already kicked off. When Julie laid down her manor rules, Caroline Stanbury lost her ever-loving mind. She took it out on Julie by refusing to join the group for fishing the following day. It turned into a wild row. Sides were taken. Minions yipped and yapped. Finally, my darling Adela suggested Caroline be excused from the activity so she could get the extra sleep she needed. Afterall, she had to be exhausted from being chauffeured and having her makeup done. Mic drop. Caroline, realizing that out-shouting everyone wasn’t winning this time, switched tactics and ran crying from the room. Which brings us to the “Caroline Stanbury, victim” episode. Get your hankies ready, ladies and gentlemen. A poor little rich girl wants our attention.
Julie chases after Caroline Stanbury. Even though she feels incredibly insulted by Caroline, as the hostess she also feels responsible for her guests. Caroline doesn’t want to talk. She’s upset that she was treated rudely, especially after all the trauma she has from growing up posh. She yells at Julie, loads up her lap-dog Juliet and gets driven away by her makeup artist. My heart is breaking for her. Julie returns to the table and basks in admiration from the other ladies. She’s not the one who showed her ass tonight. She comported herself like a real lady. And she didn’t even cry!
The next day the ladies meet to go fishing. Sophie decides she’s going to try one more time to get Caroline Stanbury to join them. Caroline Fleming wishes her good luck and they all laugh. There’s no way Caroline Stanbury is getting out of bed for this. Caroline is happy to see Sophie because now she gets to yell at her. Sophie keeps taking Adela’s side and that doesn’t work for Caroline. She’s very hurt by the whole situation. Very hurt.
On the veranda, the other ladies rehash the previous evening. Everyone feels a bit worn out from the drama but that doesn’t stop them from continuing it. Juliet tells Adela she annihilated Caroline Stanbury. Adela informs us, “The word annihilated is slightly extreme.” Slightly. They go back and forth. Juliet is a vicious little guard dog. Finally Sophie emerges from the Stanbury enclave. La Stanbury won’t be joining them. She refuses to spend time with Sophie or Adela. Sounds like the makings of a good trip.
Marissa is packing for a trip to the Hamptons. She promised each of her sons a weekend away with only mummy and daddy so she’s leaving the baby (and the other boy) at home. I guess it’s sweet? Rich people are weird.
On the fishing boat the group gets divided between ladies who can be mature around bait and those who think it’s cute to be grossed out. They travel the Dorset coastline and it’s simply gorgeous. This episode is a great advert for Mapperton. Caroline Fleming is an ace fisherwoman. Sophie thinks she’s on a booze cruise. Adela poses and lounges. And Juliet is loud. So loud. Julie is the first to catch a fish. “I catch a butt-ugly shark with big-ass lips. Does it remind me of somebody? Yes.”
Caroline Stanbury and her makeup artist take their drinks to the beach for a scenic walk camera time. Caroline feels traumatized. She has been an amazing friend to Sophie. She even took her side in the divorce against Caroline’s brother. And how does she repay her? By completely betraying her. Poor, poor Caroline. She claims she’s better with gay men than women and in the next breath says Dubai can’t come quick enough. I don’t know how much research she’s done but those two things don’t go so well together. Just saying.
As is the nature of these shows, the ladies rehash last night’s dinner debacle. As the first dinner she hosted at Mapperton, it was a big deal for Julie. Caroline Fleming is upset on her behalf that the lovely moment was ruined by Caroline’s drama. Juliet takes deep breaths and counts to ten in her head. Since Caroline Stanbury isn’t on the boat, Juliet actually apologizes for leaving early. Caroline isn’t going to like this. Yet another betrayal. Dubai is looking better and better.
No one thinks Caroline Stanbury is going to join them for pub lunch but she’s not done chastising them yet. As soon as she arrives, Juliet tries to hide behind her big hat and tattle on the other ladies. Sophie calls her on it. “Let’s just have the conversation rather than you recounting it.” You must be new here. Sophie assures Caroline they love her and want her to join them on activities but she needs to roll up her sleeves and join in. Juliet points out Caroline does roll up her sleeves, all the time. “With my true friends,” Caroline adds. Oh, alright then. Awkward. Caroline tells Sophie she needs to respect her time and stay away from her so Sophie leaves the table. Caroline Stanbury and Juliet snicker in the corner.
Caroline Stanbury claims she really came to thank Julie for a lovely evening (before it turned into a disaster) and say goodbye. Julie says she doesn’t want to have this conversation in front of everyone. It should be just between the two of them. But where’s the fun in that, Julie? They step aside. Julie acknowledges that while what Adela said was mean, Julie is going through her own stuff taking on Mapperton and trying to be the perfect English aristocrat. Caroline brings up The Rules and how they trigger her. Julie is kind and gentle. Caroline is getting the attention she so desperately craves so she mellows out. They leave things on a positive note and Caroline decides Julie is no longer her enemy. Sophie and Adela, on the other hand, aren’t so lucky. Julie sends them all off with a Mapperton swag bag.
Caroline Flaming has Juliet and Liz Hurley’s ex-husband’s fiancée over for a private yoga session. The non-Fleming child makes an appearance. They rehash the trip. Caroline Stanbury is still very upset at Sophie. They’re all shocked Marissa left her baby to galavant to New York for the weekend. Watching them be catty about it makes me feel bad for what I said.
Julie and her husband review Mapperton financials. Julie’s gift shop made 4,116 pounds versus the 3,622 pounds it made the year before. Julie is very excited until she learns her expenses were around 5,000 pounds. Oops. At least her husband is nice about it. She tells him the highlights of their Mapperton trip (no one broke anything, no one burned the place down) except he’s heard all the staff stories. Even so, he compliments her on doing a great job. I can’t tell if this is all for show or not but they seem to genuinely like each other.
Sophie throws a birthday party for her three-year old. It’s the first time the extended families are getting together since the divorce. Caroline Stanbury refuses to attend which means the birthday boy’s cousins aren’t there. Adela is horrified. She thinks Caroline is trying to blackmail Sophie into towing the line by threatening to make the divorce more difficult. Caroline Fleming asks Caroline Stanbury’s brother (Sophie’s ex) for advice on fixing things. He doesn’t care. He can’t get away from the drama (and the party) fast enough. At least they have a Punch and Judy show!
Next week: Marissa is back with the ladies. She argues with her husband about moving to LA. Caroline Stanbury is still upset. She thinks Adela is taking her personal issues out on her.