Southern Charm – Raising the Roof
This week begins with Thomas and Kathryn loading up the family to go into town. Thomas thought his announcement dinner went well, but it’s obvious that Kathryn is still mad that Jennifer was there. She wants Thomas to clarify their relationship. He’s known her family for many years, though he’s denied that in the past. Thomas sympathizes with Kathryn’s insecurity and tries to reassure her. He wants to provide some additional security, in the form of a home. Kathryn points out that Thomas sometimes makes inappropriate comments in front of her and asks that he behave a little more respectful of their relationship. I think that she may be overreacting a little bit, but Thomas does have a reputation as a playboy so I would be concerned too.
Shep and Whitney celebrate moving into their beach house. Shep is glad that he has the chance to “totally unplug” and live on the beach. He grew up on Hilton Head, so it reminds him of his childhood. I’m not sure what Shep needs to escape from. From what I can tell he doesn’t have a job and doesn’t have any responsibilities. Typical spoiled kid. He was surprised that Whitney wanted to live on the beach, because he’s a little more moody than Shep. Whitney did not grow up with siblings or cousins, so it’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts to a roommate. They agree to have a house warming party.
Cameran and Craig are going fishing. Cameran knows how to string up her bait and isn’t afraid of touching the bait. They discuss the dinner party. Craig doesn’t think that Thomas and Kathryn really like each other and has noticed a lack of chemistry. He doesn’t think that they would still be together if Kathryn had not gotten pregnant. Cameran believes that Kathryn resents the fact that Thomas hasn’t proposed. She doesn’t think that Thomas will ever propose. Craig says that he wants to get married and have a family, just not right now. Cameran points out that he isn’t that young anymore. Craig doesn’t have a trust or investments bringing money in, like Shep or Whitney, so he has to work for a living and can’t be a beach bum. He wasn’t popular in high school, so he enjoys being popular now and getting all of the attention that he never got. Cameran is glad that Craig understands his issues, but isn’t doing anything to fix them. He’s afraid of missing out on something, so he stays out too late. Despite admitting that he has a problem saying no, Craig says that he can stay out until 5 am and still be productive the next day. It seems like Craig wants to live Shep’s lifestyle, but doesn’t want to work to make the money necessary to do so. Time to grow up. Most of us have to work full-time jobs just to make ends meet.
Landon’s sister, Powell, visits her boat house. The two are very close and Powell lives in Charleston. Landon loves the sunroof above her bed, she can see the stars at night. I couldn’t live on a boat, but that’s pretty cool. Her divorce papers have arrived, which need to be filed in Charleston so Landon can change her name. It’s been a year, so she’s now ready to handle the final legal aspects. Powell is proud that Landon had the strength to leave an unhappy marriage, when no one else in their family has ever been divorced. In her family, you make a marriage choice and stick it out. This is pretty typical of old southern families. Props to Landon for having the courage to leave, rather than stay and be miserable. She talks about how hard it was to tell her mother that she was getting a divorce. Powell notes that outward appearances matter more than what’s going on inside. Landon hasn’t seen her mother since she moved back to Charleston. She is afraid that her mother is disappointed in her. It’s awful that her mother can’t be supportive of Landon’s choice. I really feel for her.
Kathryn has called a meeting with Jennifer. She thinks that there was something between Jennifer and Thomas, and wants to get to the bottom of it. Kathryn admits that she didn’t realize how close Thomas and Jennifer were. Jennifer tells her that the two met through her mother. Jennifer says that they became close over the last few years and that Thomas talked to her when Kathryn became pregnant. Kathryn is upset that she had no idea how close they were, while she was pregnant. Kathryn is way more invested in this relationship than Thomas is. It’s kind of sad that she doesn’t see that. I’m afraid Kathryn is going to get her heart broken. Jennifer acknowledges that Thomas is a flirt, but denies that anything happened between them after Thomas and Kathryn’s relationship began. Kathryn doesn’t seem to really believe her. Kathryn admits that she trusts Thomas, but doesn’t trust other women. They agree that they’re glad the air is cleared.
Whitney is preparing for the housewarming party while Shep plays in the ocean. Whitney has higher standards for his party than Shep does. I am not surprised. Landon isn’t sure how Whitney will handle living with the childish Shep. I couldn’t do it. It would be like living with a toddler. Cameran viewed the house when it was for sale, for $1,699,000. It’s a nice party, with plenty of food and drink. Cooper, a menswear designer, is having a fashion show and wants Shep to be in it. Landon is helping him with it. She says that Shep embodies the old Charleston vibe of Cooper’s line. I love the clothes, but I wouldn’t depend on Shep to come through on the day of the show. Craig will also be in the show. Thomas is there, but Kathryn needed more time to get ready. Thomas and Whitney don’t understand what takes women so long to get ready. The party is in full swing when Kathryn arrives. Whitney wants Thomas to be happy, so he tolerates Kathryn. Whitney is directing Thomas’ campaign ads, which is hilarious to Cameran. I wouldn’t let Whitney anywhere near my campaign.
Whitney’s business partner, Brian, arrives. The two sit down to talk about their restaurant. Brian tells Whitney about some of the issues and comments that Whitney has been MIA lately. Whitney has been traveling around Europe, not helping with opening the restaurant. It’s obvious that Brian is angry that Whitney bailed on him. Whitney says that he wasn’t trying to evade work, but that Brian never told him that he needed help. Whitney believes that, because Brian has a larger share of the restaurant, he should do more work. He seems to want the profits with no work. The party moves inside and Whitney begins entertaining the group with his guitar.
Thomas’ ad is being filmed at Patricia’s house. They’ve already shot some scenes at the beach house. Those scenes show a party with Thomas dancing with several girls. A voiceover says that Thomas has been known to raise the roof, but he won’t raise taxes. Seriously? I understand that they’re trying to make fun of Thomas’ image, but I think it will just reinforce it. Whitney doesn’t care about politics, but his background as a filmmaker (he did a documentary that he says was very successful, though it didn’t get good reviews) means that he can make a funny campaign ad. People will notice because the candidate and the ads are so out there. The ads filmed at Patricia’s are more serious. Patricia comes downstairs to check out the filming. Her dog had knee replacement, so she’s pushing him around in a stroller. She doesn’t think Thomas has a chance of winning.
Cameran is cooking dinner for her husband. I love her kitchen! Cameran’s idea of cooking is to heat up a premade lasagna and pour a bag of salad into a bowl. That’s my idea of cooking too. She’s trying to make her husband happy. I think it’s cute.
Kathryn and Thomas are at dinner. She wants to make their relationship work and will let the little things go. It’s nice to see them having a date night. The age difference is still bothering Thomas. He tells her about the commercials. There will be three ads, two funny and a serious. He knows that Kathryn will not like the first commercial, but he did it anyway. She cannot believe that he made a commercial dancing with three of her friends. She is embarrassed that he is behaving like that while she is at home taking care of their child. It was pretty disrespectful. She believes that Whitney came up with the idea to cause trouble between Kathryn and Thomas. I’m not sure if that’s the reason, but it’s clear that Whitney sure didn’t care what affect the ad would have on Thomas’ family. They didn’t have the budget to make a family commercial, but he had the budget to make a commercial with other girls. That’s a load of BS. Thomas thinks that Kathryn is overreacting. I have to agree with Kathryn, the commercial will make Thomas seem like a joke. It just confirms the stereotype of him as a playboy and was really disrespectful to his family. Kathryn storms out, telling Thomas that she doesn’t want to talk to him until he apologizes.