On this episode of “Ladies of London,” we join Juliet, Caroline, Marissa and Noelle back at the hotel near Mapperton, the following morning. The ladies are just learning that Caprice has left. They deduce that Caprice is jealous that Caroline is getting along so well with the Americans and basically start trash-talking Caprice. Except for Marissa. She is the only one that defends Caprice, reminding the ladies that she’s seven months preggers. Juliet is not willing to cut Caprice any slack. Juliet and Marissa argue about Caprice and Marissa’s sunny disposition. Juliet announces that when she was pregnant, she was the nicest person. To which Marissa replies, “I wish I had known you then.” Boom!
Annabelle is on her way to the stables. The horse racing event is in three weeks and she needs to get used to her horse, Mr. Fickle. (His name should have been the first clue.) She thinks that Alex McQueen would have been conflicted over her horse racing hobby. Her trainer says the most difficult part is getting the horse to the starting gate.
Back at brunch with the ladies, Luke asks if they are missing someone. Juliet and Marissa get into a tiff again over the tiff from ten minutes earlier. Marissa refuses to say cheers to Juliet. Marissa then gets up from the table, knocking over her chair, and runs outside. Noelle runs after her. In tears Marissa explains that she suffers from being overly-empathetic. I’m sure it’s a real syndrome listed in the New England Journal of Medicine. Back inside, Juliet says that Marissa suffers from over-sugar-coating syndrome. Which I’m sure is also in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The camera cuts back outside to Noelle who is explaining to Marissa that Juliet suffers from not-understanding-that-people-can-be-nice syndrome. Okay, that one’s probably not in the NEJM. Caroline decides to go outside and diagnose the problem herself. Tears come again from Marissa. She says that she does not want to be called Mother Teresa anymore. Funny, Marissa doesn’t remind me of Mother Teresa at all. If anyone, she reminds me of a blond Katie Holmes. Caroline assures her that no one thinks she’s Mother Teresa.
Back inside with everyone, the Juliet/Marissa tiff reignites yet again. Marissa says ‘you can’t be mean then be my friend’. Juliet says ‘you need to get real.’ This time it’s Juliet who runs from the room in tears. Caroline is befuddled that women can behave like this over brunch and champagne. So are we Caroline. Everyone knows that champagne makes the world a better place.
We are back in London with Scot and Noelle moving into the new flat. I would have bet several pounds that the flat was going to fall flat on its butt, but happily, I was wrong. They toast with champagne. Noelle calls her mentor, Caprice to gossip see how she’s feeling. Caprice says that she’s tired. She met with some buyers today who loved her collection and blah, blah, blah. Exact words. Glad she’s humble.
The day has finally arrived for Marissa to receive her British citizenship. She and her husband Matt are on their way to court, reciting how she will obey the Queen of England, or something like that. Afterwards they go to Claridges Hotel to celebrate with…you guessed it…champagne. Matt gives her a present to mark the day. The bag says: Faberge. So of course, I’m thinking: Egg. Nope, pink diamond earrings. Too bad they weren’t British flag earrings. That look would have been priceless. Marissa ruins the moment by telling her husband about the tiff at brunch.
Juliet visits Caroline at her office. They play with jewelry totaling over $575K. Caroline brings up brunch and says once again, that Juliet needs to learn when to quit. This issue has come up almost every episode. It’s what Juliet does. Deal with it. Juliet reminds Caroline of the charity event that Noelle is hosting. Caroline flaps her arms like a chicken, re-enacting Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz when she wants to go home. Umm, ruby slippers don’t ring any bells? Somehow I thought they would with Caroline. In fact, I’m surprised Caroline doesn’t sell the slippers in her luxury gift business.
Caprice and Lady Julie are in the car on their way to Noelle’s charity event. Caprice is complaining how hot it is. Lady Julie says the difference between America and England is America has air-conditioning everywhere. England does not. God Bless America! The charity event is outside and everyone looks hot, and not hot in a good way. Hot in the melting way. The charity, Chasing Zero, is a foundation that provides access to HIV treatment and care in sub-Saharan Africa. Plus, Noelle wants to build a positive image in the press. She said that…out loud. Kind of diminishes the altruism a bit.
All the ladies attend the event. Caprice and Caroline keep their distance. Juliet phones Marissa and asks her to come out front so they can talk. Breaking news: Juliet apologizes! Caroline and Noelle are inside chatting about charities when Caprice asks for Lady Julie’s help to lure Noelle away. She wants to speak to her puppet protégé. Caprice asks Noelle if she was annoyed with her for leaving Mapperton early. To which Noelle responds, “No, not at all.” This is Noelle’s problem. Why didn’t she just say, “I was disappointed that you left early.” Instead, Noelle tells Caprice that it’s hard being stuck in the middle. And, why didn’t Caprice just say? “Then stop putting yourself in the middle, girl.”
Scot and Noelle are at the flat again, setting up house. She tells him that they won’t be entertaining much because this place is just temporary. Scot gets a confused/annoyed look on his face. The phone rings and it’s Marissa calling to say that Caprice called her to ask about hosting a baby shower at one of her many restaurants. The reason Marissa is calling Noelle is to ask if she’d like to help. And since Noelle suffers from brown-nose syndrome, she said yes.
Caroline, Noelle, and Juliet are shopping and drinking water. Just kidding. They’re drinking champagne and Noelle tells them about co-hosting the baby shower for Caprice. Caroline rehashes the rude behavior she received from Caprice first with the request, then with the resignation to host the baby shower. In a TH Juliet accuses Noelle of being Caprice’s minion. And in a different TH Noelle accuses Juliet of being Caroline’s minion. Had these ladies all just watched Despicable Me?
In the last scene, Annabelle is on her way to practice racing Mr. Fickle. She says he is getting fidgety. Annabelle lets the horse run full speed, up to 45 miles per hour. The scene fades to black as we hear Annabelle’s worried voice call out.
After the commercial, Annabelle is in a room, sitting on a couch, wearing a hospital gown. Lady Julie arrives with kisses and sympathy. She advises Annabelle to go ahead a cry. But Annabelle is such a tough cookie, only a few tears are shed. She has broken her pelvis. Her last remark is, “What have I done?”
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