RECAP: Ladies of London – My Thanksgiving is Better Than Your Thanksgiving [Episode 1]

Posted on Sep 8 2015 - 7:58am by Dani-K

Ladies of London

Oh, snap! We’re back. Autumn in London will be blustery and I’m not talking about the weather. The Ladies of London season 2 premiered Monday night showing us that social status is a completely different beast in England, compared to America. Your standing depends more about who your father’s, father’s, father was, and less about who you are. 

We begin with a quick snippets of the ladies in their lives. Caroline Stanbury’s gift library has grown and she’s acquired a wedding business as well. The Queen Bee’s worker bees are busy in the stockroom, filling orders. It’s good to be the queen.

Ladies of London

Annabelle Neilson and Lady Julie Montagu are bff’s now, driving to the Mapperton house that belongs to Julie’s husband’s family. Luke, Lady Julie’s husband, is 347th in line for the British throne. Something seriously will have to go wrong, like an apocalyptic zombie situation for this to occur. It’s been nine months since Annabelle broke her back and pelvis falling from her horse. She’s now dealing with chronic pain. On the upside, Annabelle seems cheerier this season so something’s working for her.

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Juliet Angus pops into Caroline’s office. The two have become open-door policy friends since last season, upgraded from Juliet’s minion status. When Caroline mentions Marissa Hermer’s name, Juliet gives a slight twitch and goes quiet. Their friendship is on a rocky road right now. Juliet says she’s tired of always apologizing to Marissa. Caroline suggests couples’ therapy might be in order.

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Speaking of Marissa, she is just doing amazing. Her life is amazing. Her restaurant is amazing. It’s just all so amazing. And that’s how she’s earned her spot on guests lists to all of London’s top events—she gives amazingly good guest. Her husband Matt drops by for camera time to play with their two little boys.

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Caroline is on her way to pick up Juliet so they can go to the supermarket with the other ladies, but she’s not happy about traveling there. Juliet has moved to South London and has downgraded to a five-million dollar home. Caroline compares Juliet’s move to leaving Manhattan for New Jersey. Ouch. Juliet complains to Caroline that taking the kids to school practically takes up all of her morning—something Caroline can’t even remotely relate to.

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Marissa and Annabelle meet up to go the supermarket. Marissa explains the typical Thanksgiving menu and Annabelle is horrified by the mention of mashed sweet potatoes and marshmallows. Just wait until she sees the traditional cranberry sauce from a can. She’s going to love that. Lady Julie pedals up to join the ladies for the super market trip.

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Back over to the car, Caroline is not happy that the Thanksgiving dinner is the night after her cocktail party. Juliet tries her best to explain the meaning of Thanksgiving: cooking and American football. Really, Julie? It’s so much more. Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for the year’s bountiful harvest. And to cook, eat, watch football and take a nap. In that order.

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Marissa has hosted Thanksgiving dinner for her friends for either 5, 6, or 7 years, because she listed them all, and has already placed the order with her butcher. But to Juliet, it’s not just Thanksgiving, it’s her birthday. Happy turbirthkey day, Juliet! When the ladies are all together in the market, and Marissa explains that Thanksgiving will be at their restaurant, Bumpkin, Juliet looks like she was just told all of the Hawaiian rolls are gone.

Juliet wants her birthday/Thanksgiving to be at someone’s home, though just not hers. Marissa has invited 30 people to this dinner at their private dining room and cannot disinvite people, then move it to her home to please one person. The rest of the girls stand around, staying out of it. Truth be told, they couldn’t give a rat’s ass. It’s just a Thursday night in London to them. No one really cares where the dry turkey is consumed. Annabelle tells Juliet and Marissa to work it out and let them know.

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Over at Lady Julie’s house, she is demonstrating how overwhelmed she is with four kids, no staff, no nanny, in a small house. You see, they don’t actually live at Mapperton. My image of a Viscountess is forever ruined. Her husband, Luke, is at Mapperton four days a week because he is the first born male in the family. Sucks to be the spare! Lady Julie, burns the kids’ hot chocolate after-school snack. Get this mom some help, please!

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In direct contrast, Caroline is being served tea and toast by an assistant while she gets the rundown on her children’s activities and accomplishments. Juliet arrives, tells Caroline she looks like crap, but the house looks great. You can see the hamster wheel turning. Juliet explains to Caroline that big, bad Marissa, always gets her way and all Juliet wants to do is start a tradition with her close friends who live in large estates. Caroline doesn’t give a damn about Thanksgiving, but in order to divert Juliet’s tears, offers to host Thanksgiving at her home. Caroline tells Juliet she must deal with Marissa.

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Juliet rushes off to spill the tea on Marissa at Bumpkin, and long story short, tells Marissa it was Caroline’s idea to have her birthday/Thanksgiving party at her 12,000 square foot house because it truly feels like home. Marissa recognizes this as just another power play by Julia to insert herself further up Caroline’s ass. After describing the birthday cake with a turkey on top, Marissa gives up and tells Juliet to go to Caroline’s if that’s what she wants to do.

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Meanwhile Caroline is complaining to her make-up artist, Matt, as he readies her for her cocktail party, about having to host an event the very next night. It’s so difficult being Caroline. Having to pick up the phone and place the call to the party planner to handle everything so Caroline only has to show up. Matt points out that Caroline and Marissa are both control freaks, risking his job security with this observation.

The fabulous women who arrive for a smashing good time on a rainy night apparently got the memorandum to wear black. Caroline greets her guests in a black romper with sheer stars around the edges, and we are briefly introduced to the two new castmates, Caroline Fleming, the Baroness, and Caroline’s sister-in-law, Sophie Stanbury, both who are gorgeous.

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Marissa, odd girl out, arrives wearing two shades of blue that don’t really compliment each other. She and Caroline S have a quick chat about Thanksgiving and how Caroline’s not trying to one-up her. Marissa hands over personalized turkey-hats and reveals that the  abdicated seats have been filled by those next in line. Aren’t they lucky.

Juliet arrives and tries to ignore Marissa, and the same for Marissa, but with only 16 other women in the room, it’s kind of impossible. They go off to argue. Juliet doesn’t understand why Marissa has to host 30 people. 

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Marissa is ready to get off the Juliet merry-go-round. (She said roller coaster, but cease and desist letters are probably being prepared by Ramona’s people as we speak.) And Caroline is rather enjoying two people fighting over her.

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Tell us what you think. Did you like the first episode? Was Julie out of line to insist that Thanksgiving be held in someone’s home? Or does she get a birthday pass?

 

 

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  • Livie1

    Ok now that the wedding night is over for me and LoL here I go!!

    DaniK you do such a great job of wading though all the nuances of these relationships – thank you!!! “Turbithkey” OMG that one was genius!!

    To answer your questions, I liked the first episode OK and will continue to watch. For me Juliet gets a b’day pass but I’m more about moving on than standing around and fighting over much ado about nothing.

    Random thoughts: Annebelle reminds me of a younger Margot Kidder. Looks-wise.

    Juliet definitely has a Doppelganger here in the states in Kristen D aka “Kritter” from VPR. Horrid, limp, borderline dirty looking hair. Who knew that was such a trend? Honestly, no snark here, but I’m stunned that she’s in fashion and advises others???????

    I want Caroline’s makeup artist for myself – Matt please call me and bring your brushes!! He’s so cute and listens too!! Dream man!

    Caroline is most interesting to me. While I might not admire the way she runs her household – farming out all the work to hired help, including child care, she is efficient and she owns it! I laughed when she had toast for B’fast and offered some to her visitor Juliet. You go girl!! Toast for breakfast?? Where are the carb police or I guess that would be the carb bobbies??

    • MidwestMiddie

      So glad you enjoyed the show, Livie. These women, minus Juliet, give Bravo’s American Housewives a run for sure.
      I would not give Juliet a Birthday pass. She didn’t offer to host the Thanksgiving
      Dinner herself and didn’t offer to help in anyway. She’s a social climber with zero skills. Her listed stylist profession must be an editor’s mistake…….she always looks
      so awful. She a non-stop embarrassment – a perfect Bravo hire.

      BTW -It was interesting that Caroline decided to host a Thanksgiving Dinner
      when she knew Marissa had already planned one. Last year Caroline went on
      a rampage when Caprice turned down Caroline’s offer to host her Baby Shower.
      Well, actually months earlier Caprice has accepted but then changed her mind.
      Anyway Caroline hated anyone changing lanes when the party was scheduled
      to be at her house/estate. Why is this Thanksgiving Dinner different? It isn’t.

      • Jennymckitty

        Exactly. And why did Caroline label Marissa a social climber for wanting to host an American holiday? Marissa may well be a social climber but no more than Juliet…who has been so dazzled at the prospect of having Caroline as a friend that she turned on all her former friends last season.

        • MidwestMiddie

          Deep Down – I wonder if Caroline dislikes all Americans, including
          those who marry into elite British families? Like you, I was surprised by Caroline’s comment. Marissa has lived in England for many years, has a British husband and became a British Citizen herself last year.
          What more does Caroline want from ex-pats before she will accept them and stop snarking?
          My Bet – by the end of Season 2 – Caroline will be dissing Juliet.
          I doubt Juliet is capable of having anyone like her for very long. She is such a user. We’ll see.
          I did enjoy the first episode. It was good to be back!!!

          • Jennymckitty

            Hosting these kind of affairs for Marissa is as much social as it is business. Im sure many on her guest list are friends she hosts at her restaurant.
            Caroline’s opinion of American’s social status in London seems on par with many in the upper crust. They will always be Americans.
            I don’t know if she will tire of Juliet this season. It will, in part, depend on if she needs an ally. It seems that Annabell isn’t close to her any longer. She and Julie seem to be closer to Marissa. I think Caroline’s biggest beef with Marissa is Marissa wouldn’t turn on Caprice and Noel last season and remained completely neutral.

          • Dani-K

            Last year the ladies broke into two groups by the end with Caroline switching to her American minions team. I fully expect that to happen this year. But Caroline has the two new women in her back pocket. We’ll see if that lasts.

      • Livie1

        Oh MM, I always give the birthday person a pass!! Life is too ugly, any occasion to be the bigger person, that’s what I try to do. But then I’m not on a Bravo show so….oh well, never mind!! lol!

        • MidwestMiddie

          : )
          That’s great Livie but if you were hosting the Thanksgiving Dinner
          which included a Birthday Cake for your guest, would you give
          her a pass when she shopped around for a better venue?
          Should Birthday girls get a pass for rudeness?

          • Livie1

            A pass is a pass!!

          • MidwestMiddie

            You’re truly sweet.
            : )

          • twifan2

            That right there would have ‘earned’ her a cupcake with a candle-& that’s all. :/

      • ohjeez

        ITA wow!! mwm we completely agree lol

        • MidwestMiddie

          : )

      • Elizabeth Fisher

        I’m going to disagree – there is a slight difference between last year’s baby shower and this year’s Thanksgiving Day dinner. By offering to host the baby shower, Caroline would have been responsible for everything. She told Juliet that if she wanted to have Thanksgiving at Caroline’s house, that Juliet would be responsible for everything. I don’t look at it that Caroline is “hosting” the T-Day dinner, but letting Juliet have it at her house. Caroline will gracefully come down the stairs and eat dinner, but other than that she is having nothing to do with it. I give Caroline a pass, not Juliet.

        • MidwestMiddie

          Good Catch, Elisabeth!
          I missed that ……….for some reason I thought the only thing Juliet
          was going to be responsible for was inviting the guests. If she is paying for the food and wine then I agree with you. Is she cooking as well? Thanks!!

        • ohjeez

          i think when caroline said “i’m not doing a thing’ she meant the party planner and staff would handle it all….not that juliet would do or pay anything

          • MidwestMiddie

            That was my assumption too but perhaps I nodded off and missed
            a bit of the discussion.

          • ohjeez

            i just watched it about 20 mins ago…there was nothing to lead us to believe juliet was doing anything…i mean this is caroline..in her home…it is going to be done by her peeps period the end she wouldn’t have it any other way imo

          • MidwestMiddie

            Can you picture Juliet instructing Caroline’s chef how to make an
            American Thanksgiving Dinner? Oh, my!!! lol

          • ohjeez

            she would end up in the pie…special rat pie

          • MidwestMiddie

            Then I didn’t nod off – whew!!! Thank goodness because I
            love this show.

          • ohjeez

            lol

    • YAY! Glad you watched. Thanksgiving in a restaurant is tacky BUT I really didn’t see the big deal since Juliet couldn’t host it herself. Seemed like a lot of made up drama for the cameras. Juliet seemed unusually emotional. I wonder if there was more going on with her than we saw. Maybe marriage on the rocks. Marissa reminds me of a stepford wife.

      • Jennymckitty

        I can see why the private dinning area would be the best option. None of the American women have a large enough flat in London to host a large dinner party.

        • That makes sense and if Juliet doesn’t like that she should stay home and host her own private Turkey day.

        • MidwestMiddie

          I’ll bet the restaurant’s private dining room is lovely and will be
          decorated to the top……looking very cozy and ready to host an American Thanksgiving with all of the trimmings.

      • Livie1

        Seuss since I’m a newbie to this show I don’t know backstories but Marissa was my least favorite on the show last night. That turkey hat scene at Caroline’s was cringe-worthy. I don’t like passive/aggressive BS like that. So she’s going to have to work hard to gain me as a fan.

        • MidwestMiddie

          Livie, you might want to check out past episodes on Bravo.
          Yesterday you mentioned Bravo using a difficult app but I believe
          things have changed. The last time I checked, all I had to do
          was check off which cable service I used to view Bravo’s old shows.
          Fingers crossed that it will work for you. You’d really enjoy Season One.

          • Sophia Z.

            I watched an old episode on YouTube yesterday. I’m not sure that most of the episodes are on there but at least you can see one or two.

        • Sounds like you nailed Marissa. She hasn’t changed much from season 1. Last season she was horrid.

          • Livie1

            Seuss I’m looking forward to watching this series so I can see how well my first impressions stack up to outcomes later!!!

          • Jennymckitty

            I liked Marissa last season. I liked that she didn’t turn on Caprice and Noel despite pressure from Caroline and Juliet to do so. She made an effort to remain friends with everyone and avoid getting in the middle of anyone’s fights.

          • ohjeez

            i agree I’m fine with marissa….juliet is clearly jealous of her and has basically stated as much many times considering her put downs tend to be things like “oh you’re soooo perfect”…and i think caroline may have been doing some tit for tat since the caprice baby shower debacle….and to call marissa a social climber?? lol she is married to a brit vip and is a citizen…if anyone is a social climber it’s juliet best friend of lindsay lohan and janice dickenson ahahahhahahhaaaa

          • Dani-K

            I liked Marissa last year too. We’ll see if she becomes more “real.” When you try to be the friend of everyone, you wind up being a friend to no one. I think I read that in a fortune cookie. Words to live by.

    • Sophia Z.

      You stayed awake! I’m so proud of you, Livie. I love your comment about Annabelle, she does look like Margot Kidder! Caroline can be a snooty person. But there is just something about her that I deeply admire. Perhaps that she has it all going on.

      • Livie1

        Why thank you Sophia!!! (Tiny secret however, I did fall asleep momentarily when the scene at the grocery took place, the one we saw the video clip of yesterday!! My brain must have recognized and said OK, let’s snooze through this: nothing new, move along!! LOL. Then it kicked back in for the rest of the show I *hadn’t* seen)

        Every time I saw Annabelle that’s what would come to mind…a younger Margot Kidder, back in her Lois Lane days. Hair style helps too.

        Me too on Caroline, I liked watching the wheels turning in her head as she managed her empire!!! I’d like to be her intern (as opposed to NY Sonja’s.) My only negative comment about here was her Roy Rodgers yarn fringed “jumper” – now that was unflattering and just plain odd looking!!

        • Sophia Z.

          I love reading your posts just as much as reading the recaps, Livie. You are a nut and I love that about you. Yeah, that fringed Roy Roger’s outfit was just about over the top and you know as well as I know that it cost a pretty pence. Caroline is a very smart woman indeed and I agree, it would be very cool to intern for her if it were not for the American cut downs.
          I like to watch Annabelle talk. Her lips move funny and I find it almost amusing to see something take on it’s own life like that.

          • Livie1

            Yeah for me, the way then to deal with people like Caroline is to smile, learn everything I can from them by observation but ignore stupid nationality bashing. I can still learn from them, just not copy their ignorance on that account 😉

            You too Sophia, you have such a great sense of humor and that makes coming here to AATT so much fun!!!

            Oh for sure that goofy sweater I’m sure was in the thousands. There’s a sucker born every minute 😉

          • Sophia Z.

            Thank you, Livie. You’re such a sweetie for your compliment. I don’t read up on these shows other than what I read on this website. So I feel I’m at a disadvantage sometimes when I read all of the comments from people who keep up on all of the latest and gossip. I never seem to have much “tea” to add other than my personal observations.
            You’re a much better person than I am with dealing with people like Caroline, I take that kind of stuff a little too personally and I seem to have a big mouth that can get me into trouble in situations like that. I would love to learn from Caroline but I’m afraid I couldn’t keep my mouth shut because to me the bashing is such a joke. Ok, so they have royalty, that gives them a reason to be snotty? Big deal. At least I don’t waste my taxpayer dollars on that regalia.

          • Livie1

            Well Sophia I like reading your take on the shows we enjoy in common. It’s fun to read other people’s takes on things. Often someone will pick up on something I totally missed. As long as it’s respectful, it’s fun and even thought-provoking!

            I do understand what you mean about someone bashing anyone for something like their nationality. Kidding around a little, life’s too short to be constantly bent out of shape. As a businesswoman I would hope Caroline ropes it in as that won’t fly well with a lot of her clients if she continues her bashing.

          • Sophia Z.

            I don’t get the feel that Caroline is bashing out of any other agenda other than it’s just the way it is with Brits and especially her. Sometimes she is condescending with it and sometimes she is thinking that she is coming from a place of compassion with it but it all comes across as she actually believes that American’s are less than her or any other Brit for that matter. She mostly says stuff about it on the one on one interviews. I don’t get it but then I’m not English.

          • Livie1

            Sophia I had a very good friend for several years that was from GB. She was lovely and I enjoyed hearing her stories of life over there. (Has since passed. Lovely Wendy.) But then another close friend of mine dated a guy from GB here in states studying and his family were just like you describe Caroline being…not just snobbish but downright condescending about *all* Americans.

            I suppose it depends on the individual. When I’ve been in London people were very nice but then I don’t hang with the Bravo crowd either – lol.

            I’m pretty much of the philosophy that manners transcend all cultures. And if that doesn’t work, then observing the Golden Rule does!

          • Sophia Z.

            I have many friends from England. All of them are like that. My neighbor is from Swansea and I hear it every single day. The problem is that he is not as witty as I so I get him every time. I think it is just part of the culture there. You would think they would be proud that their ancestors did such an amazing thing by going to a far away land and starting a new country but they just seem bitter to me about it. But @TKing on Twitter reminded me last night that Lisa Vanderpump does not bash. She seems respectful. It’s beyond manners, it’s a lack of respect. What they don’t realize is that it works two ways.

          • Livie1

            LVR is a perfect example.

  • Great recap, Dani-K. I loved the season 2 opener…lots of drama right out of the gate. Juliet was my fav last season but so far (and we’re only one episode down) she’s being a drama queen. She needs Xanax or something. Juliet needs to stay home to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family instead of forcing everyone else to conform to what she wants. And why force upon Caroline to celebrate a foreign holiday that doesn’t have any meaning to her?? Also, Marissa is doing all the cooking so Marissa gets to decide where to have the dinner.

    • Livie1

      I agree, have your own d*mned dinner – problem solved!!!!

      • Exactly! The whole argument is ridic.

    • Dani-K

      Exactly! It would be like having a (somewhat) friend from England asking me to host a party for the Queen of England’s birthday. Why do I care about that? Last year this was a thing over the 4th of July. Even more insulting because we are celebrating our freedom from British rule.

  • Jennymckitty

    Juliet would have a more valid argument had she wanted to host the event in her home. She can’t cook and she doesn’t have room for all the ladies so that is out. Instead, she wants Caroline to host and see that everything is prepared so she won’t have to eat in a private dining area of a restaurant. I don’t know why Caroline puts up with Juliet. I guess she amuses her. I’m team Marissa on this one.

    • MidwestMiddie

      X2

    • Caroline seemed annoyed with Juliet.

      Hey Jenny.

      • Jennymckitty

        Hey, Seuss. How is your day?

        • Sorry Jenny, it’s been a crazy busy day. I’m finally settling down now. Hope you had a good one. xo

    • Livie1

      Jenny I see some real cat-like qualities in Caroline! She comes across to me as a person who likes her amusement and once she’s done, bye girl!! Right now maybe Juliet is amusing, like a crumpled up ball of foil. She’s bat it around for awhile to see what it does, have a little fun, then once she’s tired of it, it will be left under the couch to grow dust bunnies…Juliet may fall out of favor with Caroline. But as I keep on saying: ONE episode does not make me any expert on these people 🙂

      • Dani-K

        Perfectly stated. It’s just a matter of time until Caroline discards Juliet.

      • ohjeez

        i hope that is the case because at this point caroline supporting the rat juliet is starting to dim my view of her

    • ohjeez

      juliet is an annoying twat

      • Sophia Z.

        ITA It was quite the manipulation job she did on Caroline to “get” her to host a Thanksgiving party.

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      Exactly… and if I remember correctly from last season, Caroline lives way on the outskirts of London. Didn’t they say last year it takes somewhere between 45 min. to an hour to get to Caroline’s house depending from where in London you are traveling from?

      • Jennymckitty

        Yes. That would be a lot of driving if one was going to her cocktail party and again for dinner the next night.

      • Dani-K

        Yes, last year there was a big deal about Caprice not wanting her baby shower at Caroline’s home because she practically lived on the moon. I think 45 min is more accurate.

        • ohjeez

          it was the exact same situation and why caroline doesn’t get that is beyond me…she really needs to unload that little rat juliet and stop supporting her so much…

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            No… Caroline is not “hosting” the Thanksgiving dinner at her house. She is merely letting Juliet hold her dinner at her house. Caroline said Juliet could have the dinner at her house, but Caroline was not responsible for anything – i.e. cooking or guests.

          • ohjeez

            i will rewatch as i do not recall those words ever being uttered

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            Why would Caroline be responsible for the food and the guests? They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in England.

          • ohjeez

            because she has a full staff and it is in her home…we are talking about caroline stansbury here…..she (her staff) will throw the party exactly to HER specifications….

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            Her staff has probably never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner. She told Juliet she was responsible for the food. Caroline wanted nothing to do with it since it was the day after her cocktail party.

          • ohjeez

            A trained chef doesn’t know how to cook TG dinner?? Lol not likely no matter what country you are in .

          • ohjeez

            i just rewatched the scene and there is no mention of juliet doing anything and she thanks caroline for throwing the party….

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      • ohjeez

        yes and caroline was soooooo offended over it yet she does the same to marissa….payback perhaps??

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      I don’t think Caroline is responsible for the food. I’m 99.99% sure she told Juliet she would be responsible for the food. Caroline has no idea what to serve at a Thanksgiving dinner. She is merely letting Juliet hold her Thanksgiving dinner at her house.

    • Lila

      Agree she would have a more valid argument if she were hosting at her own house. And she should if she wants a ‘home’ Thanksgiving so badly. Can’t cook, have it catered. Not a big house, make do! Some how! Nope, she wanted it at Caroline’s, and got what she wanted.

  • RealitytvJunkie

    I enjoy watching these ladies. There is stupid drama at times but it is handled with more dignity unlike the real housewives. One thing that I appreciate with this show is that they show you can be beautiful without dressing provocatively.

    • Livie1

      Yes, I agree!! Much better dressed while still looking interesting. Bonus for me was no table flipping, wine glass “I will cut you like a bitch” antics either – yay!!!!

      • MidwestMiddie

        LOL

      • RealitytvJunkie

        Yes. No ghetto antics of that nature, which makes me a happy camper.

    • Dani-K

      Such a great point about the clothes! I’m looking forward to seeing more of their personal styles. Last year Juliet was style-challenged, but we’ll see what happens this year.

      • MidwestMiddie

        What do you think of the dress/gown she is wearing in the top photo?
        She may be giving us clues to her wardrobe for Season 2.

        • Dani-K

          I think it’s awful. The top doesn’t go with the bottom. One of my fav shows is Project Runway, but a lot of the times I’m left scratching my head at the judges decisions. And that’s how I feel about Juliet’s ensemble – scratching my head.

          • MidwestMiddie

            I agree. The dress is awful and she is a “Stylist.” lol
            I love Project Runway…….never miss a minute of it and, also,
            am often puzzled by the Judges comments and decisions.

  • Livie1

    Oh before I forget, I liked the new ladies. Not much seen of them but what was shown did tweak my interest! The sister-in-law was so pretty!!

  • TartLemon

    Juliet seems very depressed. She moved to UK with her husband and is now having to navigate the ‘foreign’ land, virtually raising her children alone because his business takes him away 4 days a week. I understood her point about Marissa who tried to steamroll the whole Thanksgiving thing.

    On thing I didn’t get is why was it so hard to describe Thanksgiving as the harvest festival that it is?

  • TartLemon

    Instead of making such a huge deal out of it, Juliet should have gracefully declined. Marissa planned and organized the whole thing ASSUMING everyone else would just fall into line.

  • italiano bambino

    WHO NEEDS RHOC when you got Ladies of london

    • MidwestMiddie

      Spot On!!!!

    • ohjeez

      LOL and RHONY are the only two worth watching imo

      • italiano bambino

        OC is boring like noone is likeable

        • ohjeez

          i loathe them all stopped watching years ago and am reminded with every post and comment about it that i made the right decision

  • Dani-K

    So, last year the Ladies of London did not get a reunion show. I think that will be the determining force if they are to return for a 3rd season. Will Andy fly over to England? Inquiring minds…

    • MidwestMiddie

      Why didn’t they have a Reunion last season? Was it because Andy refused
      to go to London?

      • Dani-K

        He said it was because of conflicting schedules.

        • MidwestMiddie

          Thanks.

  • Sophia Z.

    Marissa’s wifely ways just really get on my nerves sometimes. The whole Thanksgiving scenario was about to make me sick last night. What a way to show the Brits the spirit of the occasion.

    • Livie1

      Sophia, Speaking of Marissa and her wifely ways, what do you think of her husband? I saw him (for the first and only time so far) briefly last night and I liked him!! He seemed very cool. Is this is a case of mistaken first impressions for me? Just curious. The Earl I didn’t find as fascinating.

      • Sophia Z.

        I think all of the husband’s are fascinating in their own way, Livie. But then they are not on the show much so we don’t get to see their weird idiosyncrasies to find anything to dislike them. Juliette’s husband seemed nice in the face time chat and yet you know he has to be some kind of weirdo to be married to her. She’s a very odd woman that I go from like to dislike like a yo yo on this show. She is very headstrong and that would make for an odd man to marry her.
        Yeah, I have never been big on the idea of British royalty because it’s just a waste of taxpayer dollars in my opinion (with the exception of Diana). They all seem pretty much like sticks in the mud with me. He seemed nice enough, just a dud.

        • Livie1

          That’s what I thought of the Earl too. In his defense, he’s probably standing there while filming thinking ‘First being saddled with this friggin estate, now I’m on a reality show. Can life get anymore embarrassing?” I would appear dumbstruck myself if I was in similar circumstances…

          • Sophia Z.

            I know! 200,000 pounds a year to keep that bad boy up and going? I’m sure that’s close to a half a million for us over here. What a monkey on his back.

  • TartLemon

    Marissa said there were 2 seats now available since Caroline and Juliet would not be attending. 2? Are the spouses and children not invited to the traditionally Family celebration?

    • Livie1

      Tart I took that to be kind of a “naner naner boo boo” comment more than anything based on fact – lol.

  • TartLemon

    In S1, Julie’s edit was htat she led a charmed life. I thought it was a nice change to see the reality of it. Escapes the Giudice pretense. I find this real Julie MUCH more interesting. Just as I find CarolineS interesting because her wealth and upbringing are REAL.

    What I really like MOST about LOL the difference with the US HW series. In London, one cannot walk into society. They must be invited. In US, society is whatever one dictates for themselves and can be created with even a phony show of wealth.

    • Dani-K

      Something that Dorinda said has stayed with me and that is – Money talks and wealth whispers. You really see that with the LoL’s.

      • Livie1

        Dani, I *loved* that saying too. Still do even despite Dorinda’s drink-induced mumbo jumbo on vacation. Was that nonsensical gibberish the money or the wealth expressing itself I wondered??? lol!!

  • TartLemon

    It’s hard to understand Annabelle sometimes. I have to rewind several times to catch it. For some of the UK idioms, too.

    • Livie1

      I watched with CC on and that makes a big difference for me.

      • twifan2

        Livie1, if you need to watch season 1 of this show go over to AATT’s playlist:
        http://www.zippcast.com/video/4f06cab3cd260c7be14&pl=oHgnPypqLVbtFWa8DlQC
        All 8 episodes are there.

        • nn

          Oh awesome! Thank you.

          • Livie1

            nn I just watched 2 earlier episodes there…the site said they had some loading issues and indeed I never got season 1. episode 1. to play…but next 2 were fine.

          • twifan2

            Did you try F5, Livie?
            Just watched this morning. & just saw 2×1 on there.

          • Livie1

            Twi, what is F5?

          • twifan2

            It’s a shortcut to Refreshing paging.

          • Livie1

            haha I thought F5 was maybe something like a secret website!

            I’ll try that and see if it works for season one episode one. Thanks! The AATT playlist is awesome – thank you Twi.

          • twifan2

            Take a look at the other playlists, videos. 🙂

          • nn

            Thanks for the heads-up Livie!

          • twifan2

            YW, nn! Enjoy! 🙂

        • Livie1

          Thanks Twi!! This was great, will take me some time to go through season one.

          I did try Bravo again and nada and youtube episodes blocked/removed or pay per view.

          Thanks to everyone trying to help me get caught up to speed!!! I appreciate the tea..

          • twifan2

            There were only 8 episodes in season 1, so that might help.

          • That’s adorbs.

  • Livie1

    All I can think about when I see that first photo is: Yodel Le He Hoo!

    Swiss Miss needs to go back to Styling School.

  • Lila

    I don’t ever remember being forced to a Turkey Dinner except as a child and maybe to please family..(as I shudder thinking of that). Lol. But umm..anyway, Marissa is a bit much, and a sweet ‘no thanks I have other plans ‘ by Juliet, should have sufficed. But , this is reality tv where Everything is Drama.. Really ,Juliet has a shallow meaning of Thanksgiving. And no, she’s too old to deserve a birthday pass. Can’t believe Caroline really fell for those croc tears? Why didn’t she just have Thanksgiving at Her own house? Hmmmm Marrisa could be right about climbing that social ladder…

  • Terri L. Austin

    “Happy Turbirthkey Day” may be my favorite line evah! I snorted as I read this Dani-K. Great post!