Southern Charm – Shep-Istotle
If you recall, Cameran enlisted Shep to give Craig some career/life advice. Not who I would recommend for career and/or life guidance, but it should be entertaining. Whitney showed his maturity (actually, lack thereof) by attempting to sabotage Thomas and Kathryn’s relationship. I’m liking him less and less every week.
This week we begin at Patricia’s, where she is showing her new butler a scrapbook that she is making for Whitney. It contains a bunch of tabloid photos of Whitney and his European girlfriend, Larissa. Patricia seems to think this relationship may be a keeper. She’s planning the wedding already. Whitney arrives and doesn’t seem too excited about the scrapbook. He launches into making fun of Thomas’ fundraiser and campaign manager. As Whitney has produced the campaign ads, he would need to answer to the campaign manager. Whitney doesn’t think that Thomas needs to be presented as a serious candidate. He seems to get a kick out of making a joke of Thomas’ campaign and his relationship with Kathryn. He needs to stay out of it.
Cameran arrives at her office and receives a call from Thomas. He lets her know that he and Kathryn found a house, but thanks for Cameran’s efforts anyway. That’s really annoying. Why enlist the help of a realtor, then find a house on your own? Out at the plantation, Thomas and Kathryn are avoiding her fight with Whitney. Thomas admits that Kathryn had a point, but says that she shouldn’t have created a scene at his event. He says that she cannot be at events if she is going to behave in this way. Of course, there is no blame on Whitney and no acknowledgement that Whitney screwed up with the ad.
Shep meets up with Craig and some ladies. He isn’t a 9 to 5 guy, and has molded his life to reflect that. Craig and Shep are partying hard, doing lots of shots. It’s a weekday, so Craig has to work in the morning, technically. He seems to think that graduating from law school was enough to warrant a big paycheck. Life doesn’t work that way. Shep is surprised by Craig’s lifestyle with no income. If Shep thinks you’re being irresponsible, you’re in trouble. Shep leaves, but Craig keeps going.
Thomas is hosting a campaign event at the plantation. His manager arrives to dress him. A consultant told Thomas that he had an issue with seeming to be above the average person, so he’s having a barbeque. I’m not sure how inviting random people to a fancy barbeque at your plantation is going to prove that you’re a regular guy. I think the last event did a better job of that. It doesn’t seem like he knows any of these people. He’s working the crowd though. Cameran and Danni arrive to support Kathryn. Cameran alerts her that there are lots of random people there. It’s a public event, so anyone can come. Kathryn is wearing a white top with an orange bra. And the shirt is a YSL t-shirt. Not what I would wear if my partner was running for Senate. Don’t think a YSL t-shirt says “we’re just like you” to the masses. Kathryn’s macaroni and cheese is a big hit. I love a good mac n cheese.
Thomas makes a speech outlining his stance on the economy. He thanks everyone except his family. Oops. Kathryn’s feelings are understandably hurt. She wants everyone to be gone soon so that she can put the baby to bed. She doesn’t want to be the one to kick people out. The campaign manager seems to be more understanding of Kathryn’s feelings than Thomas is. He invites Kathryn to walk to the barn with the group, but she decides to stay out the house. Once they walk away, the campaign manager does a complete 180, agreeing that having an unwed baby-mamma is not helpful to his campaign and that Kathryn’s drama is distracting.
Cooper’s fashion show is in a bed and breakfast on the water. It’s a beautiful location. His collection was inspired by old Charleston, so he is happy to have the show in a historic location. Landon is on hand to help the show run smoothly. Shep arrives at Craig’s to pick him up for the show. Craig is having a drink, already. Shep is appalled by the condition of Craig’s apartment. Shep isn’t the neatest person, but even he couldn’t live like that. He asks Craig about his work schedule. Craig says that he does all of his work at night. There’s no reason to go to the office since he’s just doing clerical work right now. Shep questions whether Craig really wants to be a lawyer. Craig has another month before he needs to start studying for the bar exam. Shep lays it all out from Craig – he and Cameran are worried. Craig says that he goes out and doesn’t sleep for a few days because that’s his hobby, but then he sleeps for a long time. He doesn’t want Shep’s advice. Shep knows that Craig doesn’t have family money to fall back on. Later on, Shep says that he feels a little hypocritical telling Craig to slow down when he goes out a lot.
Here’s the deal – law school sucks. I know from personal experience. But waiting to take the bar exam so I could spend time partying wasn’t an option for me, or most of my class. We needed that license so we could get, and keep, a job to pay off student loans. Craig is pretty much worthless to a law firm without a license. And, while I’m ranting, does he really think that he can just work at night? What client is going to want to meet at night? Doesn’t he realize that court, meetings, depositions, etc. all take place during the day?
Thomas and Kathryn are moving to downtown Charleston. She is ecstatic. She feels like this will be their home, not just Thomas’. She is excited to be back in town and not in the quiet of the country. Thomas likes life in the country and isn’t doing much to help the move. These two don’t seem very compatible to me. Thomas hopes that a house in town will placate Kathryn so he doesn’t have to propose soon. I can’t even imagine what she’s thinking as she watches these episodes.
Everyone at the show is asking Craig about the bar exam. Landon thinks he needs to give up on modeling and focus on a career that has a longer potential. Patricia is attending the show, which is her first since Paris Fashion Week. Whitney hopes to avoid Kathryn at the show. Craig is continuing to drink. He’s getting tired of responsible Shep. I’m kind of liking responsible Shep. Whitney thinks that Craig is partying too much and that a career in law isn’t for him. That fashion actually looks like a lot of fun, except for the obvious tension between Kathryn and Whitney. They are sitting opposite of each other and pointedly not looking at each other. Thomas just doesn’t want any drama, but seems to be taking Whitney’s side.
The group goes out for an after party. Whitney wisely declines to attend. Landon really enjoyed working on the show and getting back to work. Shep tells Cameran about his failed attempt to talk some sense into Craig. The more Craig drinks, the angrier at Shep he becomes. Thomas and Shep try to tell Craig that he needs to calm down if he plans on a career in law. Craig doesn’t think Thomas and Shep are qualified to give him advice.
Happy Birthday SJP