After a fairly successful trip to Scotland, the Ladies of London are back home. Caroline Flaming visits the fishmonger. Sophie’s kids misbehave. Marissa and Julie discuss hats. And Caroline Stanbury visits her parents. They’re veddy, veddy British. Caroline tells us she can sit with her mother for hours and hours without speaking. Poor little rich girl
Juliet’s daughter does an amazing imitation of her mother. “I’m Juliet Angus. I need to go meet Caroline Stanbury. On the way I’ll get a Chanel handbag.” This girl should have her own show.
Caroline Fleming prepares her lobster tail salad for Marissa. She’s the kind of friend we all want. Caroline’s father is having surgery and it’s stressing her out. To make matters worse, her family is so private she doesn’t feel like she can talk to anyone about it, even production. Marissa tries to connect but Caroline is scared. They’ve had issues in the past where things Marissa said got back to Caroline’s parents and caused problems. When they hear good news about the surgery they hug deeply. Caroline Fleming wants to trust her.
Adela brings Julie to her favorite makeup shop for a makeover. Julie is upset that Sophie won’t dish about Caroline Stanbury anymore. Adela tries to point out the benefits of the arrangement but Julie just pouts. She needs someone to film with that will let her rant about Caroline Stanbury. It’s part of her brand. They end with some barbs about Juliet. Adela hasn’t forgotten how vile she was in Scotland. Juliet made a powerful enemy and I can’t wait to see Adela take her down.
The ladies and their hats go to the Henley Regatta on the River Thames. It’s adorable. Lots of Eton jackets and Pimms. Sophie and Juliet helicopter in. Caroline Fleming points out that it’s not the right weather for it. When you’re truly posh you don’t have to flaunt it (just saying). The ladies proceed to get absolutely pissed. There’s some kind of promotional event happening so they’re getting lots of tropical drinks. It’s not on theme and distracting. Adela finally confronts Juliet about being overly defensive. Juliet blames the other ladies. Awesome. A drunken Julie starts ranting about pacts and talking behind people’s backs. Sophie is as annoyed about it as I am. She makes it clear that she won’t talk behind Caroline Stanbury’s back, full stop. Julie pretends to put the issue to bed.
Marissa visits her doctor. She tells him about her deep sadness. He tells her he’s not surprised she feels that way, he’s just surprised it took her so long.
Caroline Fleming takes Juliet to the island where she plans to throw her Midsummer’s Eve party. She immediately freaks out her party planner with stories of wandering spirits. But never fear. She has holy water! Caroline and Juliet proceed to anoint each other while the party planner looks on skeptically. But they haven’t forgotten him. They both fling holy water on the poor man before they let him show them the location. Caroline is excited. Midsummer’s is a big deal in Denmark and this is the first time she’s throwing a party since her mother passed away. She cries and talks about how she never cries. “I’m ready to bring back a lost tradition, in my mum’s spirit.”
Sophie’s mum brings her oldest son home from school. They discuss when to tell the boys about the separation. Her mum points out that they’re not stupid. They notice something is going on. Sad.
After an almost entirely Caroline Stanbury-free episode, we’re back at her parents’ house. Caroline’s father had emergency heart surgery but they’re trying to just move past it. Stiff upper lip and all that. Even so, her mum sheds some tears and it makes Caroline uncomfortable. It’s always hard seeing your parents vulnerable, probably moreso when it’s an uncommon event.
Next week: We learn that Juliet’s first language is Polish and Caroline Stanbury is Jewish. Caroline Fleming throws a lovely Midsummer’s Eve party which is ruined by Caroline Stanbury making Adela cry.