On last night’s Ladies of London, we were treated to all the fabulousness that the London elite social scene offers. Like headstands in cocktail dresses and humping in onesies! After last week’s (best)friendship-ending tea between Marissa Hermer and Juliet Angus, it’s time for a bit of light hearted fare, no? But tensions rise this week between Juliet, Julie Montagu, and Caroline Stanbury as Caroline’s “sharp tongue” – and pajama antics with husbands who aren’t married to her – rub both ladies the wrong way.
It’s Christmas in London, and the ladies are decking the halls with merriment, and what looks like a tropical vacation for Juliet and family. Annabelle Neilson meets Julie out for tea to catch up after the holidays and chat about Julie’s new business. She’s created “JUB” which stands for “Julie’s Unbelievable Balls” (Heeee! Am I thirteen years old? Because I love this…), an energy snack for workouts. She admits that teaching yoga won’t fund Mapperton, so mama’s gotta get those coins elsewhere. Meanwhile, Annabelle is developing a children’s book series about feelings. Annabelle grew up feeling suffocated, lonely, and fearful about school. She was sent to 20 childhood therapists to work through her anxiety, but is now finding solace in creatively expressing her struggles through books she hopes will help other children with their feelings. (Well, Annabelle: consider one book pre-ordered by me for my very own anxious kindergartner. Thank you!) Julie comments that because Annabelle is so private, she never knew this deeper side of her, or the struggles she’s faced. I have to say, these two women seem to be forging a genuine friendship, which is refreshing to watch unfold!
But first, Juliet touched on Caroline Fleming‘s dinner party, “I thought the cheese puffs must’ve been left over from a kid’s party, cheese puffs as an hors d’oeuvre at a formal dinner party? The meal Caroline cooked was absolutely delicious, she is very talented in the kitchen.“ I, too, was thrown by the Cheese Balls, but ultimately decided that Caroline the Baroness is bloody fascinating.
We might be a bit late, but RT is now officially here to recap season two of Ladies of London! Considering this season was filmed nearly a year ago, it seems we’re not the only ones running late (what’s up with that, Bravo?). Nevertheless, the ladies are back, minus Caprice Bourret and Noelle Reno. But fresh faces (and royal titles!) appear in the form of Baroness Caroline Fleming, long time friend of Caroline Stanbury, and former “friend” of the cast, Viscountess Julie Montagu.
The addition of fancy titles does not seem to offer fancier storylines, however, as this season began with the unbelievably pedestrian argument about where to eat a turkey. Last week saw tensions reach a boiling point between fellow Americans Juliet Angus and Marissa Hermer, with Caroline S stuck (or should we say, sticking herself?) in the middle, over what an American Thanksgiving should mean, where it should be held, who should attend, and how to attach one’s birthday to the holiday for a little extra helping of holiday guilt! As a fellow Sagittarius whose own birthday falls squarely on Thanksgiving day this year – and does so every four years – I have come to the understanding that the only expectation a birthday girl over the age of 10 can hope for on Turkey Day is a tossed off “Want some pie with a candle in it?” And by now, Juliet should have learned the same. Alas, reality TV is not for learning, but for manipulating and backstabbing! So, let’s jump in right where we left off…
The drama began with Marissa Hermer and Juliet Angus butting heads over Thanksgiving dinner. Last season, the most important American holiday ever was the Fourth of July. This season, it is Thanksgiving. Marissa hosts dinner at a restaurant because she climbed all the ladders and now she has too many friends. Juliet prefers a intimate dinner at home, but, alas, her family recently downsized and her new measly five million dollar home isn’t up to the challenge.
Long story short, Marissa invited Juliet to join her and a million of her closest friends at Bumpkin. Juliet turned on the waterworks and manipulated Caroline into hosting Thanksgiving dinner at her fabulous, staff-filled home. Oh, this did not end well, especially given Marissa’s insane jealousy of Caroline.
No official announcement has been made by Bravo – no shocker there – but a peek at the cast’s social media accounts suggests they’re filming. So who is in and who is out? This is total speculation on my part, but my guess is, Caroline Stanbury, Julie Montagu, Annabelle Neilson, Marissa Hermer, and Juliet Angus are in. And Caprice Bourett and Noelle Reno are out. If Caprice and Noelle were invited back, they did not join the others on a recent trip. As for newbies, Caroline Fleming and Sophie Stanbury (both in the picture above) top my list of possibilities. Caroline and Sophie, as well as Caroline Stanbury‘s friend and makeup artist Luke Henderson, went on the trip.
The polls are closed and the votes are tallied in our First Annual Reality Tea Readers’ Choice Awards! Stay tuned today as we unveil the winners for each of the categories you voted in over the past two weeks. Some of the results might really surprise you!
Our readers really loved Ladies of London and you guys made that clear with your pick of Caroline Stanbury for this year’s breakout star. And because we all love a good controversial character, Jim Marchese came in second!
See the Runners Up in order of votes received in the gallery below!