Before I get down and dirty with the recap of last night's episode, let's get this out of the way: SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't watched last night's episode and hate to have even one second of a show spoiled for you, please stop reading. Visit pbs.org (or click on this link) and give that episode a good watch. Then, come back and finish reading that post.
OK. If you're still with me, I'm assuming you're caught up and ready to dish. If not, well, I warned you. I'm also going to forgo the niceties of explaining the primary characters, because I'm hoping you're up to speed with the crew. If not, check out last week's recap from Julie Valerie. She did a great job breaking it down.
Now, on to the recapping...
In this week's episode of The Paradise, Denise finally has the opportunity to prove her ability as the leader of the lady's wear department when Miss Audrey falls ill. Naturally, Clara takes grave offense to this and goes out of her way to make this experience as challenging as possible for Denise. Conflict ensues.
At the same time, Miss Audrey must deal with her ailment, and it turns out to be something a little more complicated than allergies or a cold.
Moray's ex-lady friend is embroiled in a new romance. Her new suitor, Peter Adler, devotes his life to helping children in need and seems to genuinely adore Katherine. Despite him basically being too good to be true, there's trouble as Katherine can't quite seem to figure out how to quit Moray.
Ugh. Talk about a frustrating episode. Don't get me wrong -- I loved this episode. It was chock full of drama, intrigue and the totally crushable Moray and Dudley. But, it's also one of those episodes that makes you want to shout "argh."
For one, I kept wanting to smack Katherine upside the head and tell her to get over Moray ("He's just not that into you, sweetie.") and give Peter a chance ("The man is good on paper, good in person and hopefully good in... well, you know.")
When I reached this point of the series the first time I watched it, I didn't understand all of the hate toward Katherine. (I do now, but that's another issue.) In fact, I kind of felt badly for her. Wait, hear me out. To date, we've seen Katherine as a pretty spoiled socialite who always gets what she wants. But, we've also seen that she can have a sensitive side to her. For one, she seemed to derive a lot of satisfaction from helping the orphans in last week's episode. And, when she found out about her friend's unhappiness in her marriage, she wanted to help. So, it's not like she's evil.
She's just found herself in the unhappy position of falling in love with a man who doesn't love her back. Which bums me out on her behalf. We've all been there right? Crushing on a guy who we know we shouldn't want to be with, but who we still want.
And, OK, I realize I should totally be shipping Denise and Moray, because they're the stars of the show, but... I kind of really loved what Denise said in the first episode:
"I don't want to marry Moray. I want to be him."
Yes, I write romantic comedies, and I love a good romance. But I'm also going through my late-twenties spinster-phase, which means I'm really digging a protagonist who is an independent woman. One who proves she can go toe-to-toe with anyone and has the skill and talent to rise to the top professionally.
Speaking of which... there's the other big frustration of this episode. Denise and her constant battle to get the respect she deserves. Since everyone in Hollywood seems to be writing open letters these days, I figured I should go ahead and write one to the person who needs it most on this show.
We need to have a serious heart-to-heart. I'm about to get real with you, but know it's because I care about you. Ready?
STOP BEING SO FREAKING NICE TO EVERYONE!
I get it, you're a sweetheart. But you also need to stand up for yourself. You can't go through life letting people like Clara and Miss Audrey walk all over you. I know you want them to like you, but that doesn't mean it should come at the cost of your success. I'm not telling you to suddenly become a jerk who throws shoes at their heads when they're acting out. I'm saying you need to stand up for yourself and make them respect that you have what it takes to be the best, and they can't stop you.
And, OK, if you really think you might be interested in Moray in a more-than-mentor way, go for it. But be careful. Make sure he doesn't always take credit for your ideas. And make sure he opens up a little about his past. Go ahead and swim in those deep waters, girlfriend.
Speaking of ideas. Eff Miss Audrey. You have all the ideas you want. Miss Audrey needs to get a life. Maybe you should encourage her to sign-up for online dating. Or set her up with someone. I bet you wouldn't have to look that far to find a man who strikes her fancy...
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Be sure to check out next week's recap, courtesy of Sara Palacios. You can read previous episode recaps here, here and here.
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