Southern Charm – In the Cups & Better Late Than Never
Whitney is going to London for the 40th birthday of a relative of Winston Churchill. He is hoping that his girlfriend will be able to meet up with him. He travels to Europe every few months, where his pursuits include going to the beach and pheasant hunting. At least he admits that he sounds pretentious.
Kathryn and Thomas are decorating their new downtown house. She sounds really happy to be living in the city again. Thomas has enough on his plate right now, so he’s trying to keep Kathryn happy and out of his way until the campaign is over. That seems to be the reason for buying a new house – to give Kathryn something to do. She seems to think that they’ll be spending more time together now, though he doesn’t seem concerned with working on their relationship. There seems to be a lack in communication.
Shep is turning 35, but Whitney is missing his birthday. Shep wants Craig to help with the planning. He says that Craig listens to what you have to say, but then does whatever he wants. Sounds like Shep. Whitney and Shep discuss how fortunate they are to be able to live however they want. Shep doesn’t plan to still be partying and hooking up with 20 year olds when he’s Whitney’s age. Good for Shep.
Cameran and Shep meet up to pick out a puppy for Cameran. She’s using the dog as practice for a baby since her husband is eager to have children. They meet a standard poodle, which is the dog her husband wants. That one doesn’t work out. Then they meet a three-legged dog named Ellie. Cameran is touched by her story and wants to take Ellie home. I’m a little partial to Ellie because my BFF has a three-legged dog. Cameran sends a picture to her husband so she can get his approval. While discussing relationships, Shep admits that he was in love once. He also admits that it may be time for him to settle down with a girlfriend.
At Thomas’ office, he meets with his campaign manager and Whitney. The campaign manager doesn’t understand his relationship with Kathryn. She has also gotten negative feedback on Whitney’s ad. Whitney thinks that Thomas shouldn’t try to be a serious candidtate. The campaign manager thinks that Whitney is out of touch and that Thomas has to be serious about this. Thomas admits that the ad wasn’t appropriate for a serious candidate. He wants to present himself as a real person, rather than a caricature. Whitney follows his MO by making fun of the campaign manager and being condescending. A media consultant calls and tells Thomas that he should destroy Whitney’s ad.
Landon, Cameran, and Kathryn are borrowing jewelry to wear to Cooper’s Founder’s Bal. Cameran says that Cooper wasn’t born into Charleston society, so he created his own Bal. Landon understands that Kathryn is lonely because she was also married to a man who worked a lot. They end up looking at engagement rings for Kathryn. Oh dear. I don’t think Thomas is ever going to marry her. Dream on dreamweaver. Landon advises that Kathryn doesn’t have any options as an unwed mother, other than to try to marry Thomas. Later, we see Kathryn trying to reach Thomas so that she can set up a time to see him. He isn’t very responsive. And then she gets a response… from his campaign manager… who says that Thomas won’t be available for three days. Classy, Thomas.
Patricia doesn’t have grandchildren, so she has lots of pets. It seems that she got a dog (very rare breed of dog) for Whitney, which he may not have wanted. He now has “drop everything” to meet with the dog trainer. Because he’s sooo busy not working. It’s been a rough year for Patricia’s animals – she’s lost several pets and is now looking for a place to build her pet cemetery.
Kathryn visits her new neighbor, Craig. He’s home “sick.” He didn’t call in to work, because he doesn’t really have to go to the office at all. Yeah, cause I know a ton of young associates who don’t have to go to the office. They talk about Cooper’s Bal – which is advertised on Facebook. Men are to wear black tie and women are supposed to serve as decoration. Women can’t dance unless asked by a man. There’s traditional and there’s overboard. This Bal is overboard. The topic turns to Thomas’ campaign manager, who is in Kathryn’s way. Kathryn realizes that she has to just suck it up until after the election. Poor Thomas isn’t getting enough sleep and isn’t prepared for his debate. He believed that Kathryn would take care of the baby so he could focus on the campaign, just like his mother did. I bet his parents (who were probably married) agreed on that arrangement. Or maybe his mother was just a “better” woman than Kathryn. It sounds like he thought a family would look good but didn’t want to put in any of the work. When Thomas calls to tell Kathryn that he won’t be coming home, she decides to go out and have fun.
It’s Shep’s birthday party! It is mostly women. Craig stumbles up to Kathryn’s to go to the party. Craig thinks that Kathryn is being taken for granted. I have to agree. Landon is surprised that Thomas isn’t there. The shots begin flowing and Kathryn is baby-free for the night. Cue her letting her hair down. Cameran reads a poem that she wrote for Shep’s birthday. It’s cute and entertaining. Everything is going well, until Thomas calls. Kathryn feels that she has made all of the effort and deserves to have some fun. Her parents are keeping the baby, so she’s able to act her age for a night. However, she doesn’t seem to realize how all of the partying will affect her tomorrow. I think that Thomas forgets how young she really is.
Kathryn ended up staying the night with Jennifer and is not feeling great in the morning. Craig is eating cereal out of a pot and Shep is ironing a shirt on his bedside table. Kathryn doesn’t think that Thomas will be upset that she didn’t come home. She feels like he is withdrawing from their relationship because of the campaign manager. Kathryn feels that she is putting in a lot of work, but not getting anything in return. She thought that she and Thomas were partners. Silly girl.
Shep is showing his new house to his mother. She was able to do everything when he was young and is still helping him out. His mother is helping him decorate the new house. She has good taster and has already started buying new furniture for him. Shep doesn’t plan to use the kitchen much, but his mother advises to spend some effort on it for resale value. Shep tells her that he has a date this week, but she doesn’t want to get her hopes up. He’s looking for someone that can measure up to his mom.
Cameran and Landon meet for brunch. Landon hasn’t found a date for the Bal, despite pressure from Cooper. Cameran is bringing a gay friend. We learn that Landon, Shep, and Kathryn stayed out all night. Cameran thinks that Kathryn is a mother now and shouldn’t be staying out all night. Landon understands that Kathryn is lonely and young, so she has some compassion for her. The two agree that the early twenties is too young to get married. Landon doesn’t think that Thomas and Kathryn have really made an effort yet, so she doesn’t want them to give up.
Once again, Kathryn is home alone with the baby. She doesn’t feel that she owes anyone an apology for staying out late, especially Thomas since he didn’t come home either. Thomas finally arrives home, exhausted from the campaign. He isn’t upset that she needed some time to herself, but also wants her to be home to take care of his child. Thomas hopes that things will return to normal once the campaign is over. I’m not sure they ever established what is normal for them. They had a baby and started the campaign immediately after meeting.
Patricia is hosting a dinner party. The menu sounds amazing! It will be all men, and Patricia. She feels that some of the women in the group that bring drama, but she isn’t mentioning names. Cough, Kathryn. Thomas is the first to arrive, followed by one of Patricia’s friends and Cooper. They discuss the founding of Charleston and what a large, cosmopolitan city it was. During dinner, they discuss the Bal. Cooper requires that all women have an escort. Craig is taking Whitney and Shep to Delaware to see where he grew up. Patricia begins telling a story, but Craig interrupts her. Very rude. Talk turns to the campaign. Thomas explains that they are changing the tone of his ads. Whitney questions how he is raising funds. At this point, it’s none of Whitney’s business. Whitney takes the opportunity to again chastise Thomas for dropping the humorous ads. Thomas is mad that he spent so much money on ads that he can’t use. He blames Whitney for this and starts yelling. It gets very intense very quickly. Patricia attempts to lighten the mood. Thomas tells Whitney that, if Whitney wants to pay for the campaign, he can run it. Whitney seems to think that any publicity, even negative, is good publicity.
It’s the day of Cooper’s Bal and he is busy getting ready. He loves the tradition and history of the grand bals. His Bal will be a celebration of Charleston’s founders. Kathryn calls Thomas to remind him about the Bal. I really hope he doesn’t stand her up. Craig and Shep are getting ready at Shep’s house. Craig is taking an old college friend and Shep is taking a girl he met in a bar. Shep doesn’t take nearly as long to get ready as Craig. Landon, Cameran, and Danni are getting ready at Jennifer’s house. Landon finds it ironic that Cooper requires a date of the opposite sex, when he is gay.
As guests enter the ballroom, they are announced. Thomas arrives without Kathryn, who is still getting ready. He may not have stood her up, but he certainly didn’t seem interested in going with her. He sees this as a campaign event, rather than a night out with his girlfriend. Thomas is glad that she isn’t there yet because he has time to mingle without her. Kathryn, meanwhile, is at home waiting for Thomas. Way to tell your girlfriend that you’re meeting her there. Thomas finally realizes that he need to pick Kathryn up. Patricia doesn’t seem very impressed with the Bal, but says that Cooper has made a “start” toward a real Bal. The group notices that Thomas is missing and learn that he left to pick up Kathryn. Shep is having a good time with his date and thinks she may be a keeper. Whitney approves. Dancing commences.
This seems like a party that was held simply for the show. Kathryn and Thomas finally arrive, two hours late. Kathryn seems upset that they are so late. She notes that Thomas is trying to please everyone except her. Thomas is ready to leave, but they just got there. They don’t seem to be having much fun. Kathryn tries to explain that she upset Thomas left her at home, but he seems to have had a few drinks too many. He isn’t listening at all. Landon sees a lot of her old relationship in Thomas and Kathryn.
In the morning, Craig receives a phone call from work. They want to know if he’s coming in. Craig says that he’s going to work from home because he needs to rest. He got a lot of work done last night. So irresponsible. He’s told that his boss would like to see him, but Craig doesn’t seem too concerned. He agrees to meet his boss at his boss’s home office. Akim is waiting outside when Craig arrives. They have a glass of wine and Akim lays down the law. He isn’t happy that Craig has been skimping on work. He is disappointed that Craig is never at the office. Akim sees a lot of potential in Craig, but he isn’t living up to it. He doesn’t have a choice but to fire Craig. Who else saw this coming?