I hope it is better late than never on this week’s Southern Charm recap. I’m still trying to get my sleep back on track. Unfortunately, now I am falling asleep before prime time and waking up at five. Thanks for bearing with me! I have the weekend to try to get back on a normal schedule. I do suck at normal though, so….
Let’s see what is happening in Charleston this week.
It’s Not That Kind Of Corona, Y’all
We begin on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Most of us here did all of our hoarding and preparing for lockdown the week before and were at least five days into quarantine by then. And most of us remain in quarantine. Everything is shut down in Charleston. Craig goes to visit Whitney. He won’t let him in but he tosses him toilet paper.
Then, we back up a week. Sidenote. My grocery shopping went from all organic everything to “fuck it get whatever you want” this week. I’d been craving Chex Mix and snacks. So I bought a huge box of Check Mix individual snack to keep me from eating an entire box, and one of those boxes that moms buy to put a snack treat in their kids lunch box. I am have two bags of Funjuns for breakfast right now. I have better options, but dammit, the heart wants what the heart wants. Or the tummy in this case. Okay, carrying on…
Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop!
Danni and Leva are at Kathryn’s place. Does that mean they are in Monck’s Corner? I’m confused. Where the hell is she living now? Anyway, Kathryn is not home and they had plans. Leva says she had to get childcare and take time off from her businesses. It looks like she got her Monck’s Corner townhouse together quickly since Thomas got someone knocked up. And she’s having the girls over to help with finishing touches. They are drinking the same inexpensive prosecco that should be in my wine delivery today.
Back in Charleston, Craig and Austen are having a chat. Craig is looking for his own place finally. And Austen tells Craig about the night before where John Pringle was drunk and hitting on Madison all night. Austen, Madison, Kathryn and Pringle came to his house for an after party. Pringle was hitting on Madison and Austen aggressively threw him out of his house. Pringle came back after him. Madison is loving all of this attention. Craig and Austen both know that Patricia is encouraging this behavior.
Perhaps The Pandemic Is A Real Thing?
Pringle is trying to have his boys fly out to stay with him. He seems to think that the pandemic will blow over in a couple of weeks. Either the boys won’t make it at all, or he probably still has them. Meanwhile, Shep and Taylor go to play tennis. Shep plays a mean hard game. It seems that they are officially dating because Taylor reminds him of his mommy. And she would fit in at the country club. And you thought Shep didn’t have standards. Craig is still trying to get the asbestos out of his house and he is renting a furnished apartment for $3,900 a month! That’s a ton in Charleston. Is it on the ocean or something?
Kathryn seems to think Corona is a joke. She was asking the girl at Gwynn’s about a buyers trip to NYC. The girl was like, do you not watch the news? Ah, then we got the Republican Governor’s radio briefing. It was basically, “nothing to see here, folks.” Craig helps Pringle buy a suit. Patricia is having another “gentlemen’s dinner.” Madison is still styling hair. She calls Patricia. Patricia is really encouraging Madison to give Pringle a chance. Austen is going to be at the dinner knowing Patricia is encouraging Pringle to steal his girl.
Slowly, Reality Sets In
On March 13th, Leva and Lamar start to realize that the pandemic is going to affect their restaurants. Yet, the don’t quite get it yet. In fact, Leva has the managers of the restaurants over to her house to discuss things. Still no masks. They still haven’t absorbed the gravity of the situation. Craig doesn’t belief the virus exists. Patricia cancelled the dinner and goes into quarantine. So Craig is thinking of having a housewarming party. Austen, Madison and her kid go out for ice cream. No masks, full restaurant. Madison thinks she and Austen and the kid should go on vacation.
Four days later, everything is shut down. And Craig has a cough. Pringle’s kids can’t come. He’s trying to got to San Diego to quarantine with them. Leva has closed her businesses. Schools are closed. Danni doesn’t feel well. Kathryn has cabin fever after four days of quarantine. Madison and Austen have both cancelled their business plans. Shep is in Hilton Head with his parents. He visited on the weekend before the shutdown. Craig finally realizes the pandemic is real.
Next week, the city has opened partially, the guys don’t take things seriously. Kathryn’s monkey emoji debacle his aired out. People start getting sick.