RECAP: Ladies of London – Caroline Stanbury Has to Close the Gift Library [Episode 6]

Posted on Oct 13 2015 - 2:14am by Dani-K

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We begin this week’s episode of “Ladies of London” with a special mummy-moment between Juliet and her daughter. She’s telling Juliet, with great pride I might add, that her mummy is the best at bossing everyone around. Nearly brought tears to my eyes. Juliet is planning a night of bowling, beer, and burgers for the ladies, costumes included. Juliet likes wigs because it alters people’s personalities. Let’s hope it works for her.

In a different part of London, Marissa is meeting with Annabelle because they have an organic friendship. Annabelle can also pick out ballcaps with the Top Dog logo because she’s in “fash-un” don’t you know. They rehash Sophie’s party, and despite the Juliet vs. Julie fight over Caroline, they both still thought it was a civilized event. They concur that Juliet trashes friendships for Caroline – and Caroline couldn’t care less.

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Speaking of Caroline, she is preparing for the meeting of her life. CFO Pauline is going over the agenda for the board meeting. Caroline is running out of money and has a looming bank note due shortly. On the ride over, Caroline says she’s petrified, but looks cool as a cucumber. (I tweeted this to Caroline and she replied “no choice”).

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It seems as if it’s always rainy or gloomy in London. Good thing Caroline has a mohawk’d driver/umbrella holder. As she walks back to her car in the rain, having completed the no-cameras-allowed meeting, it’s hard to tell if Caroline is upset. She tells us the meeting didn’t fare well, but this woman should play professional poker. When Caroline arrives home, Michael Sam, the first openly gay American football player, and his friend, Vito, are in town visiting her. Random!

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Annabelle is live-chatting with her illustrator, Astro, for her Mememe children’s book series. He’s cute and so are his characters for Annabelle’s Pixel knock-off, “Inside Out.” So far there’s Angry Me, Messy Me and Dreamy Me. This is Annabelle’s first project on her own, without mentor Alexander McQueen’s guidance. Maybe her next book should be: Big Girl Me.

Next, we go back and forth from scenes of Caroline and Luke, her makeup artist/hairdresser/soulmate, in her closet; and the trio of ladies, Annabelle, Lady Julie, and Carol, visiting another professionally run estate. Caroline tells Luke that the investors are giving her until the following week to make the necessary changes at Gift. Let’s just say, heads will be chopped like she’s Henry the Eighth.

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Back at Beaulieu Estate, after learning rule number one was to purchase very good door mats for the estate, Baroness Carol suggests the most brilliant idea ever. Serve sandwiches at Mapperton since it was passed down from the Earl of Sandwich. I honestly have no idea why they haven’t been doing this all along. If this were Marissa’s family, she’d already have the hot dog cart in the front yard.

Caroline is on a duck tour with her boys, Michael, Luke, and Vito, laughing for the first time since…ever. They laugh at the historical churches and buildings, especially the big, blue cock. That was a real knee slapper for everyone. Back with the trio of ladies, Carol appoints herself as Juliet’s next etiquette teacher. Good luck with that.

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But Carol is a woman of her word. She has invited Juliet over for a cooking-lesson date. Carol laughs her beautiful laugh that sounds like a seal barking when she hears that Juliet considers Kraft mac & cheese to be a meal. Juliet samples the apple-butter and tells Carol that she’s sick…no wait…it’s thick. Juliet asks for a glass of water.

Fun fact about Carol: she uses coconut oil everywhere, inside and out. I wonder if that tip is in her Baroness cookbooks? Juliet asks Carol why she is still single – a question single people never get tired of hearing. Carol admits that she is dating a 30-year-old who has the soul of an old man…just not the pecker of one. Carol turns her cooking lesson into a sex talk about the proper hand job for pesto, but never mentions Juliet’s rudeness. And how could she at this point?

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Yee-haw! It’s time to bowl! Juliet has ordered matching yellow bowling shirts with annoying nick-names on the back. Lady Julie gets Loose Lips. Sophie gets Frank the Tank (Will Ferrell movie reference) and Carol is the Cougar. And not a happy cougar, I might add. But the bowling party is a hit. The ladies are having fun in their bright wigs, laughing at their skill level, guzzling the beer, having a great time. Oops. I spoke too soon. When it’s Carol’s turn to bowl, Marissa says, “Lock up your children.” Ha-ha. She’s so not funny.

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Well, Carol didn’t like it, but she lets it go. Way to shrug it off. But then, Marissa makes another dig about Carol liking children, and can I just say, if this were The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the tables would be flipping by now. Instead, Carol gives Marissa the royal evil-eye and leaves. Marissa finally puts two and two together and gets five – she crossed the line with Cougar Carol.

Juliet and Lady Julie go off to talk to one another and decide that they were actually trying to be there for each other, only it got misconstrued. As does everything Juliet’s involved in. The ladies hug it out. 

Tune in next week when Marissa and Lady Julie take a bath together with two kinds of bubbles.

 

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  • MidwestMiddie

    Great Read, Dani-K. : )
    Awful Show ……..Bravo’s been at this one. I’m expecting Icky Vicky to soon show up with
    emails of Good Wishes for the Ladies of London from the NJ Felon. woo-hoo

    Juliet’s daughter is the only cute and redeeming part of Juliet.
    Even so, Juliet needs to leave.
    Caroline’s Business Troubles must eventually work out to her satisfaction because
    I’ve seen recent photos of her everywhere looking fabulous and happy. We’ll soon find out.

    Loved seeing the beautiful Beaulieu Estates. I’ve been there. Something not mentioned
    and a part of why Beaulieu is so popular is the National Motor Museum. Worth the
    trip even if you’re only a so-so car enthusiast. Well designed and absolutely fantastic in every way. Lady Julie and her husband are going to need to do more than offer
    sandwiches but it is a start and like Dani-K said, a late one.
    Earl of Sandwich = Sandwiches!!! Duh!

    Would like to see more of Annabelle. She is one of my favorites.

    Bowling – unless you drop a bowling ball on your toes, you’re guaranteed a great time.
    The shirts and wigs were over the top but …………..
    Marissa pulled a “Juliet” with Carol. Nasty and uncalled for remarks which
    dropped Marissa way down in likeableness.
    In Europe…..many bowling alleys are called Bowling Lounges and you can see why from
    the one on this show. Germany’s Bowling Lounges are even better.

    • Baroness Breakfast Burrito

      Hi MWM it’s ohjeez i didn’t think marissa comments were a big deal at all it was a joke…i mean she was literally wearing a cougar shirt….if CS had said it as she did at her cocktail party about the buddy holly lady, no one would’ve batted an eye….this feels like manufactured drama to me

      • MidwestMiddie

        Excellent Point…….imo, one snarky comment would have been enough.
        When a person continues and doesn’t stop at one, the snark looks like
        a personal attack. Marissa didn’t stop at one.

        • Baroness Breakfast Burrito

          everyone was joking about it…it feels manufactured also because i just don’t really see CF get her nose so out of joint over petty drama and a bit of taking the piss….

          • Dani-K

            I was surprised that CF was bothered by the comments, even though it would have personally bothered me. But I wasn’t born into royalty. CF is someone who looks like she glides through life, where someone like me stumbles through life.

          • Baroness Breakfast Burrito

            aww lol…she self admittedly stumbles but yes she has a beatific grace for sure and has done well with all that she has been given…..also the guy is thirty it’s not like she could have actually birthed him so i can’t imagine her taking it too seriously except for a lil show drama

          • Livie1

            Yeah, they’re only 10 years apart in age, big whoopie, I agree BBBOJ!!

          • MidwestMiddie

            She must be in love……..
            Trying to recall – Did Marissa tell Juiliet that Carol’s BF was gross
            or did she use another equally unattractive word? Carol wasn’t around to hear the comment but perhaps in the past Marissa has given off bad vibes toward’s Carol’s new BF.

          • Livie1

            Midwest, Marissa said Carol’s BF was “kind of douchey”, that’s what I heard at any rate. And I found it an odd thing for her to say frankly.

            I vote for there being an undisclosed history between the Baroness and the Hot Dog Queen.

          • MidwestMiddie

            BINGO! : )

            Well Done, Livie. That is exactly what she. it was an unusual comment for sure.

          • Livie1

            Correct MM, and Marissa said it on camera in the little confessional thing they do – not in the scene at the bowling alley, if I recall this correctly.

      • Livie1

        OT, Baroness BB, how are you enjoying your new moniker? 🙂 I have to admit I kind of miss the old one!! 😉

      • Livie1

        BaronessBB, I didn’t catch that lady’s name at the party you referenced…but I remember CS saying that too. Do you happen to know who she is?

        Buddy Holly lady – OMG, now that was funny!!! You nailed it!

    • Dani-K

      You know, if Marissa would have said the dig at Carol once, that would have been (somewhat) fine. But to say it a second time? Uncalled for. The guy is 30. He’s not even considered “Sonja young.” Marissa must be jealous of Carol.

  • Terri L. Austin

    Great recap, Dani. I’m not going to lie–I LOVE this show. I love seeing London and the accents and the Americans trying to fit in. And I want to live in Caroline’s closet forever and ever.

    • MidwestMiddie

      It is a dream. No more seasonal Vacuum Bag Storage required.
      : )

    • Dani-K

      Thanks, Terri! I love her closet, too. If mummy needs a time-out, that’s where I’d put myself – for days.

    • Livie1

      One nit-picky thing…Caroline’s house exterior and the interior are so different they’re jarring to me!! The outside brick and ballistrades look like one thing, the marble and glass interiors appear to be appropriated from a Hyatt or Hilton lobby. Points deducted in my book for that. Closet, yes, I could live in there a long time with a hot plate and a cooler – lol.

      • Livie1

        it doesn’t flow, the 2 looks, imo

  • Sophia

    I’m so sad to see Caroline lose her business and all that is going on with that. But by visiting the website now I see that someone has apparently purchased it so maybe she didn’t lose her shorts on the deal.
    Bowling night was fun. I’m surprised no one made a snarky comment or refused to go because it was bowling. Who knew that Caroline Stanbury would actually bowl? Everyone looked cute-ish in their shirts though I think pink would have been a better choice.
    And uh-oh with Marissa (Cottage Cheese). She has been the most vocal in her judgment of Juliet and turns around and exhibits the same behavior. Double standards much? I just don’t like Marissa at all. She is as phony as it gets. She talks behind everyone’s back and acts like she’s the perfect Mom, Wife, Restaurateur and human being. The show could definitely do without her and probably improve. She is a weak, wet noodle.

    • Livie1

      Sophia, Caroline’s losing her business had to have a huge blow to her emotionally. I could sense she was devastated. What has GOT to soften the blow for her however is that she has a huge safety net in being married to a weathly and supported spouse. It may be a personal failure to her, her losing the Gift Library, but she’s still living on her Surrey estate, staff on hand, her driver keeps an umbrella handy if it rains…We all should be so lucky:-) I wish her well as she is one on my top 2 favs on the show. I love that she does not suffer fools. That alone makes me a fan!!

      • Sophia

        Caroline seems to like her independence and I would imagine that spilling over into her personal life as in probably not wanting to be dependent or ask for financial help from Cem (pronounced “Gem” as I asked her). But that is just my take on it.
        I love her estate and read what you wrote below. I like her home as it’s my favorite of all the homes. I think the skull art in Caroline F’s home is a bit creepy.
        Now I’m curious, who is your other favorite?

        • Livie1

          Hey sweet Sophia! I agree with what you said, Caroline is indeed independent and wouldn’t feel comfortable asking for a bail out from Cem. All I meant was that, even if her business did go under (which it did), it’s not like a consequence was that she was all of a sudden out on the streets. Just like if Marissa’s Hot Dog stand doesn’t succeed, Marissa won’t have lost her life savings, home, etc.

          I hate that skull painting/graphic in Carol F’s flat – ugh!!

          I don’t dislike Caroline’s Surrey home at all, it’s beautiful. What I meant is that for me, when I see the exterior, then I expect more of a….Mapperton-like interior decor? Then instead the inside looks very modern and cold with all the stone and glass and minimalist furnishings? Now that is a decorating style I personally love so don’t get me wrong. I just find the contrast in exterior and interior to be jarring. I’m a house person so I just notice that stuff, the architecture.

          Haha, you’re joking about who is my other favorite???!!!! You know I love CarolineS !!!! I just really like her good pal Carol F too 🙂

          • Sophia

            Hello my dear Livie! Lol… could you imagine Caroline out on the streets? I can’t even without getting a giggle. She would be so lost without the luxury of her closet and instead using a shopping basket.
            But I did know what you meant, sorry if I confused you.

            I hate the painting in Caroline F’s flat also. I was mortified when I saw that. It stuck out like a sore thumb and now that we kind of know her, I’m even more perplexed as to why she has that thing.

            The stone and glass minimalist is what I love most about Caroline’s home. Though it must be rough on the kids. But you’re right, the interior is much different than the exterior and there isn’t a buffer zone to tell the story of the inside/outside difference. It’s rather stark in contrast. I love architecture also. I notice the little things like you. Aren’t we a pair?

            I forgot that you like Caroline F. also. I do too. She seems to really have her act together. So what did you think of Marissa’s snark pointed at her being a cougar?

          • Livie1

            Marissa’s a mean girl at heart, my opinion of that hasn’t changed. I LOVE how the Baroness froze her out.

          • Sophia

            I loved it also. Then hypocrite cottage cheese spent time talking about it, laughing it off with Luke and others thinking it wasn’t a big deal — just like the behavior of Juliet, whom CC does not like due to her (same) behavior! Marissa is truly a mean girl and sneaky about it.

          • Livie1

            Yep, the old ‘do as I say, not as I do’ thing 😉

          • Livie1

            Sophia, THAT’S it – there’s no “buffer zone” between the markedly different outside and interior of Caroline’s house. It was bugging me but I just didn’t know why -thanks for helping me out 🙂

  • DRAM5640

    It came off as manufactured drama. The hide your children remark is a bad take from a YouTube video that went viral a few years ago when the guy being interviewed says “Hide your kids, hide your wife,”. Only problem is that when Antoine Dodson said it, it was hysterical. When Marissa said it, she was trying to be funny and it fell completely flat. The cougar comment isn’t offensive. The Baroness (my favorite) is a cougar! And a stunning one at that!! Seems like she’s a little sensitive about the age difference when she doesn’t need to be.

    I also think that this a perfect example of the clash of cultural differences. To an American, a beautiful woman who is involved with a younger man would most likely not be offended by the term cougar, probably the opposite. They even had a show called “Cougat Town”. In case no one noticed, the Americans didn’t bat an eye about it. Not because of insensitivity to the Baroness, but because they probably heard the comment before. Her worst offense was repeating a joke no one found funny.

    • Weeds1

      How old is the Baroness? She can’t be that much older than the boyfriend.

      • DRAM5640

        Didn’t Caroline S. Introduce her as cougar earlier in the season? I don’t remember if she she used the exact word. Either way, the Baroness herself that the man she’s dating is much younger than her. Either way, bravo Baroness!! I still say Marissa wasn’t being purposely malicious, just really unfunny

        • Livie1

          Dram, Caroline intros Carol F as “and…frankly she’s a MILF” – leave it to Caroline to say this and come off as being loving!! lol!! (First episode, 2nd season)

      • Livie1

        Her B’date is listed as September 9th, 1975

        • DRAM5640

          The father of the youngest is 13 years younger than her.

          • Livie1

            Right, I read that before. I’m much younger than my DH so I see nothing wrong with age differences as long as it’s not creepy like the Stoddin woman.

          • DRAM5640

            I don”t think I wrote anything wrong or inaccurate. I wrote at the very beginning that the Baroness is my favorite. I just don’t see anything wrong with being called a cougar. Any woman who is as beautiful and gracious as she is can and should hold her head up. She not not dating a minor. Her BF this time IS younger. SO WHAT!!! Own it and move on. My perception is that she just might be a little too sensitive about the subject for a reason she’s not going to go into. It’s her right. I hope she gets her own show and show some of the uptight broads how it’s done! Go Baroness!!!!

          • Livie1

            Dram I’m sorry I came off as scolding? Not understanding,, (I mean me) I meant to say Agreed!! Apologies for not saying it better….

          • DRAM5640

            The thing I love about the Baroness is she doesn’t sink to the lowest common denominator: making underhanded comments, which some of the other women engage in. She just doesn’t seem to hear it and moves on. The underhanded comments, which some people like to disguise as snark, are really passive-agressive comments that are really more reflective of the person saying them than receiving the comment. The Baroness has none of it. She apparently just freezes them out. I wish I could do that. I don’t do passive-agressive, I do aggressive-agressive. I need the Baroness to take me under her wing.

        • Weeds1

          Thanks 🙂

    • Dani-K

      I think the joke-gone-too far bothered Carol F because deep down it must bother her on some level. But Marissa is just jealous. And that really bothers me because Marissa has so much. I guess she wants to be the happiest “lady” and anyone that appears to be happier must be sabotaged. Just my take.

  • Livie1

    OK after seeing this episode (today, thanks Twi!) I can say that *I* am the Baroness!!!!

    Well except that I’m not a baroness, do not live in London, don’t have 3 kids nor 2 Doxies, don’t date a 30 year guy with a big, cough, cough, heart and have no tiered glass shelving on my DR table. But other than that, Hello my Twin!!!

    Once someone like Marissa goes out of their way to make me the object of a little passive-agressive “fun” at my expense, then the freeze out has commensed. No need for a warning, the freon is blowing as we speak!! Marissa who?

    In other news, since I use coconut oil, I took her comment about using coconut oil just to mean she uses it outside, for a skin moisturizer, hair treatment, etc and also inside, as in cooking/ingesting (which then would go inside.) I *could* be wrong however 😉

    Like the Baroness, I too make my own almond butter and will have to remember to offer a big old spoon of it to anyone I want to STFU!!! Great idea Baroness, you succeeded in muzzling Juliet where all others have failed! Mange Tak!!!

    • MidwestMiddie

      Great Read!!!
      You’re ON today, Livie.
      : )

      • Livie1

        Thank you MM, you and others here set the bar high which is inspiring to me!!

    • Dani-K

      ROFL Livie! Oh, I’m sorry. ROFL Baroness Livie!

    • XOXO

      Hilarious post, Baroness.

      I took the coconut oil comment the same way.

  • Livie1

    I’m with Annabelle that the baseball caps Marissa is agonising over to promote her hot dog joint are bascially stupid. Money tossed out an open window. I think Annabelle was as tactful as she could be trying to throw some cold water on that idea.

    • Sophia

      Honestly! And the designer for that dreadful logo did her a disservice. While the supporting artwork is adorable, I do not understand the logo which appears to be done with a bic pen, who in America does that in which he was representing?

  • DRAM5640

    I have to say that I liked seeing Caroline Stansbury the tour guide. She actually looked genuinely happy…for a change. I wished they would have shown more of that side instead of the constant nasty remarks.