Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! This week the on the Ladies of London we join Marissa on her first real outing with some of the ladies. Adela, Sophie, and Julie meet for lunch and wine spritzers. Marissa wants to let the good times roll this Saturday for a party she’s planning so she can shame all new moms for not being as perfect as she is. The question is, will Caroline S attend? The ladies fill Marissa in on Caroline’s unhinged behavior over the fact that Sophie is becoming friends with the other ladies. Oh the horror! Time will tell if Caroline attends, in the meantime, Marissa needs to pump and dump.
Up next, Caroline F, is cooking in her home, working on her fourth cookbook. This proposal for her new cookbook is close to her heart because it’s from her Danish roots. Plus Caroline needs the money because she never got the reported $400 million from her divorce settlement like the British tabloids claimed she did.
Across town, Caroline S is meeting her husband Cem for sparkling water and dinner after his trip to Paris with their daughter. Caroline complains to her husband about Sophie’s lack of loyalty. Cem points out that his wife was witness to Sophie’s lowest moments and subconsciously this is what Sophie is dealing with. He says it’s not about Caroline (which is the problem) it’s about Sophie trying to please too many other ladies (which is the problem).
Next we join Lady Julie who is preparing dinner for the family in their London home. Her daughter Emma will soon be leaving to attend university in Scotland. Emma is now drinking coffee and this upsets Julie because that could lead to smoking marijuana. I’m convinced Julie is not happy unless she has something to fret about.
Over at Marissa’s place, she and Matt leave the kids behind with the nanny to go for a walk and discuss the rut he is in. He wants to leave England for California and she wants to stay. Marissa has had enough adventures this year, but Matt is bored out of his mind and wants to jump on a plane and live a little. Rich people problems.
Over at Caroline S’s house, Luke and Rania from Gift Library are looking through the old clippings. It’s taken a year for Caroline to clean up the mess of shutting down a business. Luke informs Caroline that all the ladies think she’s running from something and somehow this gets blamed on Marissa because she should know you can’t run from legal issues. Especially since her husband was dragged through the tabloid mud for his nightclub debacle and now wants to run to America. Next, Caroline tells Luke how stupid he sounds and thus her loyal friends begin to dwindle even more.
The Leavers Ball is coming and Emma needs help picking out a dress. It’s a combined graduation and prom dance with alcohol because the legal drinking age in England is 18. Can I get a woo-hoo! Emma picks a lovely silver, one-shoulder dress and when she grows up she wants to be clever and kind, like her dad, who isn’t actually her dad, but her stepdad. Yes, it seems Lady Julie was a divorcee with two kids with she met her Viscount. Julie cries (of course) over the thought of her only daughter leaving the nest.
Caroline F and her pal Ulrich are at Valdemars Slot, her family estate. Times have changed and the estate is no longer making money from agriculture so they are thinking about holding weddings. The estate boasts 2,100 acres, a 90,000 square foot house with 21 rooms that was built in 1639. Other people run this estate for Caroline because she does not want the bricks to become chains around her children’s ankles. Again, rich people problems.
Back in London, Sophie and Adela are window shopping whilst complaining about life with ex-husbands. But enough about them, let’s complain about Caroline S. Both ladies feel this temper tantrum has nothing to do with them and more to do with Caroline’s world caving in. But enough about her, we learn that Adela has had quite the colorful past filled with regretable decisions. She struggled with addiction for over twenty years, which required several rehab stays, and is now involved in two court cases with her ex-husband who is “using” her past against her over custody of her two teenaged children. Another questionable decision was to come on this reality show.
Back in Denmark, Caroline F and Ulrich tour the estate filled with stuffed, life-sized animals. They go to the chapel to say a prayer for her father. Growing up, Caroline longed for a father who would love her unconditionally. The good news is, over the last few years, father and daughter have grown closer. The bad news is, he is a very sick man right now.
Marissa is getting ready to throw her watermelon martini party and starts drinking them now, before anyone shows up. Julie arrives first to provide some covert judgment. She thinks that Marissa should not be throwing parties and drinking alcohol, she should be home in bed, taking care of Sadie. Of course, Julie only has the guts to say this behind Marissa’s back in her private testimonial.
Juliet makes a rare appearance with Caroline S as they ride together to the party. Caroline claims she’s not a complete cold-hearted bitch, though she has it out for Marissa right now, but decided to take the high road and attend this tacky cocktail party anyway. Just don’t ask her to where the stupid balloon headband party hat. Riding over in a separate car are Adela and Sophie who are equally terrified to see Caroline S. Let the good times roll, right?
At the party, Marissa hands Sophie a good luck pack of sage and Sophie is deeply disappointed it’s not weed. Caroline S and Juliet arrive and jointly ignore Sophie but Sophie doesn’t care, she’s got her sage and it’s obviously working. Marissa tells Caroline she’s heard things from the sidelines and Caroline says, so has she (insert evil laughter). Next Marissa tells anyone who will listen she wants to have sex but must wait another week to wanker off with her husband.
Adela goes over to Caroline and begins to mend the bridge. She apologizes “if she upset” Caroline. Caroline tells Adela she cannot talk to her anyway she wants. Know your place and watch your tone you, she says. Good luck making friends in Dubai. Caroline says she doesn’t know where this is all coming from and Adela explains she has just come from a meeting with her lawyers who have informed her she has a snowballs chance in hell of getting her kids back, which trumps Caroline’s pity-party.
Caroline S concedes she has no idea what it’s like to lose your children, but says it’s not right to take it out on other people, said the pot to the kettle. Adela breaks down and cries and can barely speak. The other ladies notice, and Sophie wants to go and give Adela a hug, but Juliet blocks her. Caroline advises Adela to find a nice man since her kids won’t be around, such great advice. The women hug it out and carry on and get their drink on. Cheers!
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