Ladies Of London
S1E8 “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”
Last week we left off with Caroline’s dinner party. Caprice had decided to attend so that she and Caroline could hash things out before Caprice left for the US. Noelle had inadvertently (or intentionally) stirred the pot by telling Caprice that Caroline wasn’t happy that Marissa and Noelle were throwing Caprice a shower. Remember, Caroline was supposed to throw the shower, but Caprice declined it when Caroline refused to hold it in a restaurant in London.
Back at dinner, Juliet and Julie call Noelle out for whispering at the table. That’s definitely an etiquette class no-no. Caroline thinks that Caprice’s problem has to do with Caroline’s relationship with the Americans. I think that she may be a little jealous that Caroline has been so taken by the Americans. Caprice thinks that the whole thing is ridiculous and wants it all resolved. She arrives to dinner late, greeting Julie first, which Caroline thinks is very rude. Caprice notices that Caroline didn’t stand to greet her. I think they were both a little rude, but it’s understandable because of the tension. Juliet doesn’t like that Caprice arrived late, expecting the red carpet to be rolled out. She isn’t going to like anything Caprice does. The dinner is super awkward from that point on. Caroline had prepared a vegan meal, but Caprice didn’t acknowledge the gesture.
The ladies move to the end of the patio for drinks. Caprice tells the women that her surrogate has dilated and the baby will come any time. She’s leaving in the morning to be with her surrogate. Juliet tells her to get on a plane immediately. Caroline wonders why she didn’t immediately rush to the airport. It can take a while, even after dilation begins, so there wasn’t any rush, as the surrogate told Caprice! Noelle and Julie go to the loo, and Caroline asks Juliet to leave so she can speak with Caprice. Caroline begins by noting the elephant in the room – Caprice’s issue with Caroline. Caprice says that there’s no issue on her side. Juliet and Julie are spying from around the corner. Juliet seems to think that Caprice is going to get it from Caroline. Caroline’s only issue is the baby shower – Caprice asked her to host, then declined the shower because Caroline’s house is so far away. Caprice says that she never asked Caroline to host a shower. A lot of he said, she said, and I don’t know who to believe.
Caroline feels that Caprice declining the shower was a way of saying that her shower wouldn’t be good enough. I think that Caprice had an idea of what she wanted and it wasn’t at Caroline’s house, but that doesn’t mean she thinks Caroline wouldn’t throw a good shower. Caprice brings up the conversation with Noelle. She tells Caroline that her feelings were hurt that Caroline would bully the women about throwing Caprice a shower. Oh lord, the B-word has come out! Caroline says that Caprice also asked Matt and Marissa to host a baby shower. Caroline wants to get her phone and show Caprice the messages, but Caprice denies that it happened. Caroline goes to get her phone, as though proving Caprice wrong is going to help the conversation. The message shows that Caprice mentioned wanting a shower at Marissa’s restaurant, but it doesn’t say that she asked Matt and Marissa to host. It sounded to me like she wanted to try to reserve the restaurant for her shower regardless of who was hosting it. This whole argument is done in soft voices and low tones – there is no screaming or raised voices, a first for Bravo! These ladies even fight classy! Caprice sees that this is going nowhere and decides to go home.
Caprice thinks that Caroline is mad because the ladies who Caroline thought were on her team are now throwing Caprice a shower. I think both of these ladies expected the others to pick a side. As she leaves, Caprice says that she has something in the car for Marissa, which upsets Caroline even more because Caprice didn’t bring a gift for the hostess. Marissa notes that there are too many egos involved and points out that all of the drama is about a baby shower that isn’t even going to happen. She’s managed to stay neutral like Switzerland in all of this! Back at the sofas, Caroline tells the girls that Caprice just didn’t want to hear anything that she said. Juliet, of course, agrees with Caroline. Caroline also notes that Noelle stirred things up by telling Caprice that Caroline bullied the ladies. Poor Noelle – she should have kept her mouth shut! I don’t think she intended to stir the pot, she just so badly wants to be everyone’s friend! Juliet says that Caprice likes to believe certain things and will manipulate the truth to suit her. She then says that she’s happy not be involved in baby-shower-gate. When Noelle approaches, Caroline asks what she told Caprice. Noelle says that she never called Caroline a bully. Caroline tells Noelle that she can’t play both sides – “don’t come here, drink my wine, spend my day here, be friend, and then go and do that behind my back.” Noelle is pissed that Marissa has managed to slip under the radar in all of this. Umm, because Marissa has remained neutral, while Noelle has kind of stirred things up.
Caprice talks to Marissa and Julie outside. She tells the girls that she asked Caroline why she gave Marissa and Noelle a hard time. Marissa kind of understands why Caroline is upset because Marissa has come in and taken over Caroline’s duty. She also reminds Caprice that Caprice did call after the 4th of July party. Caprice blames pregnancy brain, but Marissa isn’t buying it. Noelle comes outside and tells the ladies that she was just confronted by Caroline. She tells Caprice that Caroline believes Noelle called her a bully. Caprice wants to clear the record – she called Caroline a bully, not Noelle. Marissa goes back inside and tells Caroline that Noelle is upset and that she didn’t call Caroline a bully. She seems to have straightened it out, but Caprice wants to be sure that Noelle isn’t getting blamed. Caprice returns, telling Caroline that she was the one who called Caroline a bully, but Caroline is over it. “Does she have an ounce of dignity left?” She points out that Caprice wasn’t there, so she doesn’t know what happened. Caprice says that, based upon what she heard, she felt that the ladies were being bullied. She calmly tells Caroline that her feelings were hurt that Caroline would question the ladies’ moment. “If you want to call me a bully, please leave and give me a call.” Caprice says that she hoped to sort things out for Noelle, but Caroline interjects that they were having a lovely time. When Caprice leaves, Caroline tells Noelle that she needs to think before she speaks. Caroline thinks that Caprice is using Noelle, and isn’t really her friend. Oh yeah, lovely time.
The next day, we learn that the Duchess of Cambridge is in labor. Marissa calls to check on Noelle. Noelle feels bad for putting herself in the middle and plans to stay out of it from now on. Marissa is on baby-watch, waiting for Prince George to arrive. Later on, Marissa travels to the hospital. She talks to some guys that have been camped out for 2 weeks, waiting on the royal baby. I’ve said it before – I LOVE that Marissa so fully embraces British culture. We see the announcement read – there is a new prince!
Juliet arrives with her kids at Caroline’s for a sleepover. Caroline tells her that she feels a little vindicated, since Caprice didn’t address her first and Caprice brought Marissa a gift. I guess now everyone sees how rude Caprice is? Juliet agrees, saying that Caprice tries to manipulate people to get them on her side. Caroline is glad that Juliet didn’t get involved. But she kind of did, since she’s there bashing Caprice right along with Caroline. Noelle calls and wants to be done with everything. She genuinely likes both Caroline and Caprice, but she feels that she can’t make both of them happy. Caroline thinks that Noelle has learned not to play both sides, which never helps anyone. Noelle doesn’t want to have to pick sides. Juliet feels that Noelle is a good girl, but is a little star-struck by Caprice.
Caprice is packing to go to the states for the births of her children. She is still upset about Caroline, but she has too much to do. Annabelle calls Caprice. She’s feeling a little better after her accident. Caprice fills her in on the dinner, saying that Caroline brought up the shower again and was very mean about it. Caprice tells Annabelle that she truly believes Caroline was a bully by trying to manipulate the ladies to be on her side. Annabelle says that calling her a bully was pretty harsh. Annabelle tells Caprice that she sees some competiveness between Caprice and Caroline, but Caprice doesn’t see it. She doesn’t know why she would compete with Caroline – she looks great, has a successful business, and has her own fame. Annabelle urges Caprice to clear the air, but Caprice doesn’t want any toxic people in her life.
Caprice and Ty are going to LA for 3 months. They will return with 2 baby boys. Maribel, her housekeeper, is holding down the fort in London. In LA, Caprice is going to the hospital, where her surrogate is in labor. She is with her surrogate all day, checking in outside of the room. Finally, the baby arrives and Caprice is able to hold her first son. She tears up in the TH when talking about her fears leading up to the birth. Now all she has to do is give birth herself!
Back in Surrey, Annabelle’s coach brings her racing silks and Julie visits. Annabelle is still on crutches, but is able to get around. She is returning to London on Monday. The race has happened, without Annabelle. She’s been pushing herself and wants to ride again. She is so positive about it – truly inspirational! The McQueen silks are amazing and Annabelle plans to wear them in the race next year. She says that she doesn’t like to ask for help, but that she’s been forced to after the accident and it has changed her outlook on people. I’ve really come to like and respect Annabelle. At first I thought she would be stuck-up, but I now think that she just takes some time to let people in.
Caprice is at her house in LA with her baby. She is going into labor herself and is off to the hospital. She looks amazing, even though she’s labor. Junior #2 is born! The look of pure love and amazement on Caprice’s face is beautiful. She wonders what she’s done in her life to deserve two perfect boys. Once both boys are home, Caprice takes to being a mom naturally. She has spoken to Julie and Annabelle. Marissa sent her flowers. Caprice hasn’t heard from anyone else. Having the boys makes her realize that nothing else matters.
The London ladies are off to the Audi Polo Cup, which is full of celebrities. It’s the last party of the summer before everyone leaves on holiday. Boujis is sponsoring a party, so all of the ladies are invited. Noelle asks about Caprice and Marissa tells them that she’s had the babies. Julie suggests that they all get together when Caprice returns. Juliet feels that Caprice has created a divide in the group. She just can’t help herself. It’s quite obvious which side Juliet has chosen. Julie thinks that they should give Caprice the benefit of the doubt because she was pregnant, but Juliet doesn’t think things will change. Marissa agrees that behavior and priorities change with motherhood.
Noelle: This summer has been tricky for her, but she realizes that she needs to be more strategic in her thinking and actions. The court ruled that Scot’s worth is 40 million pounds and awarded his ex-wife 20 million pounds. He also proposed to Noelle with a 6 carat, flawless diamond.
The ladies go to watch polo and see Prince Charles in his box.
Juliet: She isn’t going to change her American ways, but she has learned that sometimes you have to be a little British too. Her family is staying in London and she hasn’t taken any more etiquette lessons.
Caroline arrives for the Boujis party. The ladies first sit in the bleachers to catch up, then they are dancing and having a great time.
Marissa: Her relationships have changed and grown. She feels that she’s earned her stripes as her own person, rather than Matt’s wife. They have a second son now. Caroline is going to stay on the Cavalli yacht in August.
Caroline: She is sad that her relationship with Caprice has changed so much, but is glad that she met the American girls. She hasn’t spoken to Caprice since the dinner party.
Caprice: She says that there will be a different Caprice in the future, so watch out. She and Ty are back in London with their boys. She never had a baby shower.
Annabelle: She has learned to appreciate life since the accident. Her injury is healing and she’s regaining mobility.
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