‘Ladies of London’ Recap: A Feud Sparks Between Caroline Stanbury & Julie Montagu On The Season 3 Premiere

Posted on Nov 30 2016 - 2:11am by Dani-K

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Ello, cheeky monkeys! The Ladies of London are back for season three and just as wicked-fun as ever.

We begin at Mapperton Estate with Julie and her husband Luke who now run the place. I guess she’s no longer peddling her “Unbelievable Balls” or whatever they were. Talk about pressure! Because Jules is an American, everyone is waiting for her to fail, said the voices in her head. In the meantime, the future Earl and Countess of Sandwich will muddle through. Jules says Kate Middleton has nothing on her. And by nothing, she must mean everything.

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Next up is Marissa and Matt who are discussing knickers. Last we saw, Marissa she was launching her hot dog empire. Flash forward a year and now she’s preggers with her third baby and on bedrest. Unfortunately Marissa needs to have her baby girl two months early along with a hysterectomy. It’s life or death situation for her, so off they go to the hospital. No word if Marissa’s last meal was a hot dog.

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Caroline Stanbury and her sister-in-law, Sophie, are incredibly hung over after Caroline’s 40th birthday blow out. Excuse me? Where were the Bravo cameras? I’m glad that on a scale of 1 to 10, Caroline and Sophie are hurting on an 11. But let the healing begin. They ladies are soon hooked up to IV’s filled with the good stuff and a stiff upper lip is underway. Last year, Caroline Stanbury was dealing with the loss of her business “Gift Library” and this year she’s a bored housewife, but not a like a real housewife. The kind of housewife that has nannies, cooks, maids, gardeners and has agreed to move to Dubai.

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Sad news for Sophie, though, after 11 years of togetherness with Caroline’s brother, the two have decided to divorce. During the last year Sophie and Alex have only made each other miserable. It seems the “life of the party” we met last year was all an act. Even Caroline is ready for their divorce, since hanging with the Bickerson’s can be so tiring. But here’s a twist, Caroline Stanbury blames Jules as the “village fog horn” for driving a wedge between herself and Sophie. Sophie is in a fragile state, and frankly the more friends she has, the better, but Caroline is not happy with Jules and Sophie’s close friendship.

Onto Caroline F who is packing while her son eats a cookie in the bed, trying not to get the dreaded crumbs on the sheets, but of course he will. Caroline is traveling to Denmark to visit her father who has cancer. Their relationship has always been embedded with conflict, but love conquers all, except for Caroline’s personal love-life, that is. She promises her adorable, messy son that she’ll be back before he knows it.

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Back at the hospital, Marissa is still with child, and mummy and baby are doing fine. She’s very scared and the power couple feels powerless. Matt is not allowed to be with Marissa during the C-section and must go to the waiting room and wait, and wait, and wait. Matt says he hates being impotent, but that’s a totally different problem, right? Finally, Matt learns that everything is great with mom and baby girl. Hip, hip, hooray!

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Over at Caroline Stanbury’s rental house, her assistant/bff Luke stops by. Caroline has rented out her Surrey estate and the renters wanted to move in immediately. The whole family will eventually be moving to Dubai, however, everyone who’s anyone knows you don’t go to Dubai in the summer. For the time being, Caroline has rented another home in London and boxes upon boxes of personal effects are scattered about. Her friends are shocked over her decision to move to the Middle East, but Caroline says if she doesn’t like it she will make like a tree and leave. Will Caroline be a mighty oak or a weeping willow? Can’t wait to find out.

Enter Adela, our newest friend of the ladies. She and Caroline Stanbury go way back and Adela has big boobs and big hair, according to Caroline and that makes her a big deal. Adela says it’s a misconception that Caroline Stanbury is an ice queen. Apparently Adela has found a way to chisel through to Caroline’s heart. Cheers to you, Adela!

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Across town, a sad Sophie is walking with Jules, discussing a ladies luncheon she’s planning for her new beginning. She tells Jules that Caroline Stanbury thinks her loose lips are dangerous. This really bothers Jules and she goes off, but thankfully doesn’t burst into a puddle of tears due to her HSP (highly sensitive person) she was diagnosed with last season. Jules, who has grown balls instead of making balls, fires back at Sophie about how wrong she is. Lady Julie feels Caroline is threatened by her title, something she doesn’t have and can’t buy.

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We get to know Sophie a little better as she works out to get her newly single body back in tip top shape. Once upon a time, Sophie was a girl about town, and around the world, working for a hedge fund manager. Then Caroline Stanbury introduced her to her brother, Alex, and 11 years and two little boys later, Sophie is on her own again. Her marriage failed because she was ready to go from party mode to mummy mode, yet hubby Alex wasn’t ready to end the party.

Moving on, it’s time for the re-birthing luncheon. Speaking of birthing, Marissa won’t be there but Caroline F is ready to soak up all that temperamental London sun. And Caroline Stanbury is ready to take on Jules. Sophie called her sister-in-law and told her all about Jules’ tiff. However, at the party Jules has decided she no longer wishes to confront Caroline Stanbury and that it’s better to not get mad, let it go, rise above, and whatever inspirational quote of the day she got from her calendar.

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As the ladies toast, American Juliet finally shows up. She was a constant source of annoyance to Caroline Stanbury, yet now the two are great gal pals. When Sophie extracts herself from kissing Jules’ bum, she goes over to Caroline Stanbury, who tells her she’s ready for the confrontation to commence. Caroline S says she wants Jules to start it so she can finish it.

So Jules joins the ladies to discuss the comment “dangerous.” Caroline Stanbury explains “dangerous” means “manipulative.” Juliet jumps into the fray only because she’s Caroline’s service bitch. Jules is confused. Basically, Caroline Stanbury is marking her territory around Sophie. But Sophie defends Jules, blames herself, starts to cry and this irritates Caroline Stanbury even more. Meanwhile, Caroline F just doesn’t understand why grownups can’t act like grownups, and btw, where’s the sun?

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Jules has had enough, she kisses everyone on both cheeks, even the one’s she doesn’t like, and leaves, like an American elm tree. Now Caroline Stanbury can say whatever she wants, which is, she’s only cruel to people she loves, therefore Caroline would never take the time to be cruel to Jules. There’s a compliment in there somewhere.

Tune in next week when we meet Marissa’s new baby girl and the three-way fight between Sophie, Caroline Stanbury, and Jules continues.

 

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  • Sandy Wood

    Loved every minute of it, although I did feel the conflict between Caroline S. and Jules is somewhat manufactured.

    • I agree. Please don’t tell me that they’re trying to turn Jules into some kind of countess diva. It appears so; it’s all she talks about…

      • Sandy Wood

        I am happy for a peek into the lives of “the Nobility”, I just hope they don’t drag it down to street level as we see in some of the other HW shows.

        • Me too and I get the pressure that Jules is under not to fail. No doubt she’ll never hear the end of it if she’s not able to make the estate profitable. I wish them luck and I’m sure they will be fine. Switching gears, I don’t care for Sophie. She’s a hot mess. Caroline S rubbed me the wrong way last night, but I get a sense that they’re playing up her role too this season. I really like Caroline F.

          • Sandy Wood

            Caroline F’s interaction with her son seemed real and I totally get the “Princess and the Pea” aspect of crumbs in the bed.
            Seems like something that might have happened in my own life, you know what the outcome will be, but let it happen anyhow.

          • margaret

            Ditto, except I tend to flip around with Caroline F. Sometimes I like her, other times I want to punch her in the face. IDK why?

        • Dani-K

          I think Tuesday nights will be an interesting comparison starting next week with RHOBH at 8 then LoL at 9. We’ll see who sinks lower.

          • margaret

            Are we placing bets? I’ll put $20.00 on BH please. 😉

  • Sandy Wood

    What is this magical hangover cure that was being administered by IV. Dextrose?

    • Dani-K

      Not sure, but on Married to Medicine Toya and her Doctor husband are opening up a business for the hangover cure.

      • Sandy Wood

        I had a friend that was in the medical field, and he would go and take a half hour or so on an oxygen tank…said it was a real cure.

        • Why is this happening to us?

          Haha…lol…I just posted the same thing above! We used to do the same thing.

      • margaret

        So glad to see you here this morning! I am on page 26 of Three Days in Purgatory right now. Camille reminds me sooooo much of my own mother. Needless to say, I’m feeling for Beth. Loving the book so far!!!!! 🙂

        • Dani-K

          Thank you so much Margaret!!! You have know idea. Thanks for reading.

          • margaret

            I was really hoping that this was in no way based on your own experiences. Yikes. It’s a hard read only because it hits a bit close to home. I’m thoroughly enjoying it though. 🙂

          • Dani-K

            The first “day” is loosely based on me, from then on it’s my overactive imagination. I’ve always wondered wouldn’t it be great to know that our mistakes really have purpose. Thanks again, Margaret.

          • margaret

            Thank you for the great blogs, book and insight! 🙂

    • margaret

      IDK what they are hooked up to, but I know nurses who get to work early when they are hungover so they can refresh with a “banana bag”. It is just 1000cc of regular lactated ringers with an added 3cc of B-Vites. The B-Vites are yellow and turns the fluids yellow. Thus “banana bag”. The fluids re-hydrate and the B-vites revitalize. It seems to work. Hope that helps?

      • Sandy Wood

        Thx margaret…it’s been many years since I have had a hangover, but that wouldn’t have been available to me anyhow. I found a big high protein brekky usually fixed me up.

        • margaret

          Right????? LOL. I think this is an extreme measure to take and I do not endorse it. If you don’t want to feel like crap the next day, then moderate your alcohol consumption. Otherwise, deal with the consequences.

      • Why is this happening to us?

        When I worked on the ambulance, we used to use a non rebreather mask with oxygen for about 5-10 minutes. Got rid of hangovers, headaches, etc. Wish I had some right now for my headache 😕

    • Why is this happening to us?

      Probably a bunch of B vitamins…lol

  • RealitytvJunkie

    Love this show. I am surprised that Julie’s husband’s family tolerates her, as a future titled countess, she makes such a spectacle of herself on television. What with the petty, immature arguing and the ~groan~ crying. I really expected more decorum from Julie, compared to (bipolar, melodramatic) American Desperate Housewives.

    • Sandy Wood

      The cost of maintaining these manses must be staggering, I shudder to think of the heating and landscaping expenses alone. I guess the family figures if the income derived from a show like this helps to keep the old homestead in the family…so be it.

  • italiano bambino

    Sucks to see anabelle gone she was the only one who didn’t kiss Caroline Cuntbury and really tell her what time it was… Overall good show. The sister in law sophie reminds me a Jacqueline with she’s fuck either way is caroline stanbury way or the high way.

    • Dani-K

      I loved Annabelle’s disdain and apathy for the show. Hope all is well with her. I remember she was struggling during her last season.

      • italiano bambino

        Yeah i didn’t care for her the first season but during her second she grew on me she was very particular person. I hope she gets better that fall from the horse was bad.

      • ohjeez

        I loved her disdain and apathy towards most things. Her glamorous moodiness worked for me.

  • Sunflower

    Why didn’t they show Caroline’s 40th Birthday blow out Party.
    It would have been great to see her husband preparing this surprise bash: secret invitations, cake, music or band… and the fashions!
    Instead.. they showed two IV’s and small talk about a looming divorce and bickering ladies at a “Freedom Get-to-Gether”!
    Yikes…

    • Elle

      That was a mystery. 🤔

      • Sunflower

        Will not continue watching senseless bickering.
        I want to see real homelife in London, magnificent Estates and Royalty (connections).

    • Why is this happening to us?

      I agree. I would have preferred to see her party too…not watch the IV drip! lol

  • ohjeez

    Glad to read that there was very little of JuliRat! I hope it continues that way and I may have to watch.

    • Elle

      Couldn’t agree more! I cannot stand the tone of her annoying nasal voice or her weasel looks!

      • Why is this happening to us?

        She really does look like a weasel! Lol…or maybe a ferret…

  • Kell Mactell

    I find Caroline Stanbury is a nasty thing. Jules is a needy girl. And Juliet an annoying adolescent. The rest not of real interest.