RECAP: Ladies of London “The Cougar in the Room” [Episode 7]

Posted on Oct 20 2015 - 9:07am by Dani-K

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Lady Julie is hosting a pheasant hunt on “Ladies of London.” Yay! Never mind she’s a vegetarian, we get to see a beautiful estate, rich landscaping, and guns and dogs and pubs. We begin with Lady Julie and Sophie shopping for proper shooting attire. Lady Julie wants to prove she’s cut out to be a Lady by hosting this shoot – despite her HSP and her fresh-off-the-bike look. Sophie thinks Lady Julie should step it up. Juliet joins the ladies to pick out socks. Chatting it up, Juliet and Sophie go out of their way not to address the tweed elephant in the room from the bowling party. Marissa’s “Cougar” comments to Carol. If they are still fighting, this could ruin the shoot. Lady Julie is in the dark – about many things – but especially with what Sophie and Juliet aren’t talking about.

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Over at Carol’s flat, she has received a beautiful bouquet of red roses from her young cub. Caroline drops by and says, “How sweet,” with zero enthusiasm. The two discuss Marissa’s repeated “Cougar” comments at the bowling party. Turns out, Marissa has spoken to her “dear friend” about this. Problem is, that “dear friend” happens to be Carol’s sister. Marissa has blabbed to Carol’s sister that she doesn’t think Carol’s new cub of a boyfriend is a prince of a charming.

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Across town, Marissa and her husband Matt are discussing the same topic. Turns out, Matt is chums with Carol’s sister’s husband. As Marissa explains how she was pushed out of the car by this guy, Matt rubs his face, tired of the daily drama. He advices his wife to apologize as quick as possible.

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The shooting party is at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire. This estate is the very definition of the word, estate. Poor Lady Julie. When she pulls into the circular drive, she doesn’t know how to turn off her Mercedes and proceeds to start it three times. Then she forgets her wallet and needs the car brought back to her. Her HSP is in high gear.

The ladies arrive, most have brought their husbands, some have brought friends, like Annabelle who has brought Liam—a likable odd duck. Lady Julie’s husband can’t attend because he’s too busy running Mapperton. Caroline is still mum’s-the-word on Gift Library’s dire circumstances. And Marissa did call and apologize to Carol, but Marissa is still upset about being pushed out of a car. I mean, let’s face it, wouldn’t you be? Getting pushed out of a car is a big deal. A person can get really hurt.Unless that person is totally exaggerating.

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The couples meet for drinks and appetizers in the salon. Carol and Marissa are at two different tables. Marissa can’t see the daggers that are flying at the back of her head from Carol’s eyes. Marissa has done some soul-searching and concludes to Annabelle that she “misdirected” her anger from this guy, who shall remain nameless, to Carol. But Juliet has an even more brilliant thought: What’s so bad about being a cougar? It’s like being a MILF, right?

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The acronyms of MILF have to be explained to Lady Julie again and again. She has never heard of this phrase. Ever. Try as they might, Lady Julie is unable to grasp what the letter “F” stands for. Annabelle gets up and whispers it into her ear. Lady Julie screams and turns pink. Seriously? Is Mapperton under a rock?

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The shoot is at 8:00 am and Caroline wants no part of it. She needs a spa day. The rest board the bus. Annabelle is wearing a cat on her head, and everyone’s boots are to die for, literally. The horn is blown to commence shooting. Thankfully, Carol and Marissa stay far apart. Annabelle gives her cat-hat to Carol to wear and right away she shoots a pheasant. Marissa also shoots a bird and is pleased that it’s dead.

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After her massage, Caroline arrives in the mud in her Chanel boots and chinchilla vest, ready for the pub. As per British protocol, the straight men leave and return to London and the women and their gay friends stay behind for a lavish dinner. Annabelle checks out on the pub, however she leaves Liam behind. When Liam asks Lady Julie how many birds she shot, she gets upset. In the Montague family, it’s tradition not to talk about how many birds you killed. Liam says in his family it’s tradition to take a shot for each shot. Liam’s family tradition is better!

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It’s dinner time and the ladies are decked out. All except Marissa and Lady Julie. Where are they? In a bubble bath together drinking the bubbly. Those crazy Americans! Lady “Loose Lips” Julie, spills the tea to Marissa that Carol is planning a take-down should she say anything about her boyfriend at dinner. It’s so on.

In her Talking Head, Caroline explains that Carol has a strained relationship with her parents since her divorce. Carol says she’s in love but hasn’t introduced her boyfriend to her parents. And now thanks to Marissa, the only opinion her parents have of said boyfriend is that he pushed someone out of a car.

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Downstairs, everyone is hungry and tired of waiting on Marissa and Lady Julie who is being very un-Lady-like leaving her guests waiting. Dinner was supposed to be at 8:00, it’s now 9:30. Caroline and gang seat themselves at the dinner table, tired of waiting, ready to order.

Marissa and Lady Julie finally arrive at dinner. During their walk of shame, Caroline tells them she expects they would look better after taking so long. Carol’s skin is crawling having to sit across from Marissa. Caroline makes an off-the-cuff remark about Luke “creaming” her skin. Marissa says that’s sexual. Carol seizes the moment to put Marissa in her place. Hah! Carol defends the creamers of the world! Thank you for the difficult task of spreading lotion on models during photo shoots. 

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Sensing someone’s cream was about to come to the top, Annabelle asks Carol to take a ciggy break. When they are out of the room, Caroline explains to everyone, especially Marissa, that her blabbing has created more family problems for Carol. Marissa says she didn’t blab, she simply told one “dear friend” who happens to be Carol’s sister.

When Carol returns, she leaves again for the loo. Marissa decides this is the time to “sit the little cougar down.” Carol says she tried to climb through her bathroom window after hearing Marissa’s voice, unfortunately she was unable to escape. The two ladies sit on the sofa and Marissa explains that she thought she had already apologized to Carol.

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But hold the telly – turns out, this young cub didn’t shove Marissa out of the car. According to Carol, he asked Marissa several times to get in or get out because he wanted to leave. The way Marissa says it I pictured her being tossed from a moving car. Her exact words were “shoved from a car.” Sounds like the car door was slammed in Marissa’s face. Not cool, but not as appalling as she made it sound.

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Marissa apologizes again. And Carol accepts again. They hug and kiss it out in front of the other ladies. Half the group is ready to go to bed after dinner, so Caroline and Carol go to her room. While the remaining ladies pour alcohol down Juliet’s throat through a funnel, Carol tells Caroline she doesn’t trust Marissa.

 

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  • Terri L. Austin

    Great recap. There is nothing I don’t love about this show. So glad it’s back on!

    • MidwestMiddie

      Terri, you’re so sweet to include Juliet.
      I’m not anywhere near that nice. lol

    • Dani-K

      Thank you sister blogger!

  • Great recap Dani-K! Mapperton Mapperton Mapperton…. Thats all I hear…. This fabled estate that is too expensive to keep up… so this poor woman has to raise her 6 kids alone while her husband is off to save Mapperton. LOL What a story.

    • Jennymckitty

      Are they running any businesses out of the estate? It didn’t sound like they have anything big there like a B&B. It sounded last season that it was open for public tours. What on earth are her husband and father-in-law doing 24/7 there if they aren’t operating the estate as a business?

      • Gabby

        I read that the Mapperton estate will be featured in a movie sometime soon. I believe filming has already started.

        • Jennymckitty

          Thanks, Gabby. It costs a tremendous amount of money to keep these estates running. If the families don’t use them to generate money, they are lost.

    • Gabby

      Can someone explain something to me….Lady Julie’s parents-in-law live in Mapperton house, correct? Where are Julie and her husband living?

  • XOXO

    Great recap Dani-K.

    Is it just my TV or is Lady Julie’s hair cartoon yellow? I think she is great and full of energy but sometimes her hyper dizziness has to be annoying to her friends.

    I loved the bubble bath scene. It is refreshing to have this bubble bath as opposed to the trashy RHOC scenes Bravo subjected us to.

    I just started watching this season and can’t get a feel for Carol, Juliet, or Melissa yet. At times all 3 seem to be troublemakers. And, other times all 3 seem to be peacemakers.

    Love Annabelle and Caroline.

    Also, there seems to be a lot of love between the couples. I love seeing Caroline and her husband and Marissa and her husband support each other. And, not having to hear RHONJ style Tarzan wants to hump Jane.

    Love the Ladies of London!!

    • Dani-K

      Thanks Xoxo! Agree 100% with your take on Lake Juliet. Hyper dizziness. Perfect!

    • Gabby

      I saw people on Twitter telling her that her hair is yellow lol. She said it was the lighting and it won’t look like this for season 3. During the scene with both Caroline’s, I noticed their hair was yellow too.

  • Lila

    Thanks Dani-K. Good recap. I think the most civilized of all these shows IS Ladies of London. Although sometimes the arguments/ disagreements are bit overblown. And having the husbands/boyfriends seen and not heard much, is a Plus. I’ve said from the beginning, partner/ hubby/ boyfriends/kids , need to stay in the background. These shows are supposed to be about the Women . It’s like that old movie The Women. The relationship between and among real friends.

    • MidwestMiddie

      Well Said.

      • Lila

        Thank you.

    • Dani-K

      Yes – keep the men in the background, dust them off every once in a while and bring them out, but don’t mic them up or give them private testimonials. Slade from the early years of RHOC taught me that.

      • Lila

        Exactly.

  • SaraFlatpoint

    I don’t remember Marissa being so obnoxious last season. Was she just low-key about it and now she’s trying to play up for the cameras?

  • MidwestMiddie

    Once again, Juliet is the troublemaker because she is the one who monogrammed Carol’s
    bowling shirt with the word, “Cougar.”She meant to cause trouble.
    I found it hilarious when Juliet dissed Marisa for “trying to be so British.” Jealous much?
    Marisa is a British citizen and is married to a Brit.. Did anyone else notice the camera shot
    of Juliet’s face when Carol and Marisa came back into the dinning room, arm in arm and kissing?
    OMG – too funny!!
    Next week, it appears we’ll get to see Juliet drool over Carol’s Danish Royal Heritage and Fame in her home country. We have a week to prepare for Juliet to ruin another episode.
    BTW – will someone please wash Juliet’s stringy brown hair. ugh

    Love the show, except for ………….
    Marisa and Carol’s storyline is sad due to Marisa being Carol’s sister’s best
    friend and godmother to Carol’s niece. Small slights can become big very quickly.
    Hopefully this deal ends well and soon. It isn’t worthy of a long storyline.
    Marisa’s husband was right – apologize and end this nonsense. Carol’s BF didn’t push
    her out into traffic. She delayed too long getting into the taxi and it left without her. Ha!

    Loved watching Annabelle in her glory being the very British huntsman. She needs to
    be in more scenes. Looks like we’ve got a treat coming soon showing her doing a
    lovely runway walk modeling a gorgeous gown.

    Caroline S. is hurting and is proof that sometimes hard work, integrity
    and everything required to be successful in business can end due to a bad economy.
    Her lovely hubby and chinchilla vest are keeping her warm during the hard times.

    Lady Julie needs to stop swooning over beautifully cared for Estates and get back
    to Mapperton and begin making and marketing Earl of Sandwich’s Sandwiches.
    BTW – Kudos to Bravo for footing the bill for the Hunt. Sure beats the Housewives trips.

    • Dani-K

      Middie – have you ever seen an HBO show called Doll & Em? The British actress Emily Mortimer is a dead ringer for Annabelle. We had free HBO this weekend and I just happened to catch a glimpse of it and stopped to watch it because I thought it was Annabelle. Doppleganger!

      • MidwestMiddie

        I’ve heard about the show but don’t get HBO. Netflix is my source, however
        my son is hooking me up to Apple and I think I’ll get to see “Doll & Em” then.
        I used Bing Images for Emily Mortimer and in the majority of photos she
        could be Annabelle’s Doppleganger. I wonder if they know each other?
        Thanks Dani-K. Do you have a Doppleganger?
        I’ve been told I have two. One lives in a Swedish town and one in a Midwestern city. I actually had someone come up to me at an
        airport certain I was the woman from Sweden. Big Hug …….the whole deal. LOL Funny thing, I was leaving for Stockholm.

        • Dani-K

          I’ve never been told that I have a doppelganger, though I think we all have at least one. The resemblance between Emily and Annabelle is stunning. I literally thought it was Annabelle and wondered why Bravo didn’t tell us about her acting instead of talking about her modeling.

      • MidwestMiddie

        Dani-K, Jennymckitty and I need your assistance. Can you find out for us
        when CF divorced her husband? Thanks!
        : )

        • Dani-K

          It appears as if they divorced in 2008.

          • MidwestMiddie

            Thanks.
            I wonder if CF’s divorce was the second one in 160 years?
            Yikes!

    • Jennymckitty

      Here is what I find odd. Marissa’s husband is best friends with CF’s sister’s husband and Marissa is very close friends with CF’s sister. Yet they never met before filming started and it seems they’ve only hung out while filming. Her sister asked Marissa if she had met Carol. Marissa even blogged that she routinely has the traditional Christmas dinner with said sister. This tells me that Carol and her sister don’t spend much time together. That must be some family rift. Wonder what’s behind it.

      • MidwestMiddie

        Don’t have a clue but I agree with you.
        An addition to your list – Marissa and her husband are godparents
        to Carol Fleming’s sister’s daughter, her niece. . Did she miss her niece’s Baptism? Odd.

        • Jennymckitty

          Sounds like CF is absent for some pretty important events in her sister’s life. How long ago did she divorce?

          • MidwestMiddie

            Morning,
            I couldn’t find out, however I I did find something interesting which probably has some bearing on CF’s family’s opposition to divorce.

            In 2005, Denmark’s Prince Joachim divorced Princess Alexandria.
            This was the 1st Divorce in Europe’s oldest monarchy in
            160 years. Imagine being a Royal and going to your parents with
            the same announcement. ugh

          • MidwestMiddie

            Dani-K believes CF’s divorce became final in 2008.

          • Dani-K

            That same article also said that CF’s ex happily gave her 400 million to not prolong the divorce. There was no prenup. And his family has tons more. Can’t even imagine.

          • MidwestMiddie

            WOW!
            $400 Million must put their Divorce in an Exclusive Record Book.

            Has her ex remarried?
            Hmmm
            lol

  • MidwestMiddie

    Looking forward to reading Sophia’s and Livie’s posts.
    Where are my gal pals?

  • BuckJohnson

    I noticed that when many of these reality women can’t win an argument with the other, they tend to go pick a fight or make up a story about the others husband in order to make him the bad guy. Marissa is one of those women that get men killed and in prison. Saying that he shoved her out of the car when he shut the door on her to leave. Why was she not leaving and what was the issue. There is a lot more to this story and it’s not pretty in my opinion.

  • Gabby

    Great job, as usual, Dani-K!

    LOL Soooooo…Marissa wasn’t shoved from a moving car? She truly made it sound like she was kicked, punched, shoved, etc from a moving car. Anyhow, moving on…

    Sounds like Caroline F. doesn’t have the greatest relationship with her family right now.

    • Dani-K

      I thought the same thing. What a wanker for throwing Marissa out of the car. Turns out she wasn’t even in the car. Very misleading. Marissa is very different this year.