Shopaholic and Papa
Lord Glendenning is reading his paper, The Daily Telegraph, when he hears giggling. Katherine and her girlfriends are set for some wedding shopping. He is not too happy with her rampant spending and grumbles “Katherine…,” in a warning fashion. She tells him not to worry and that it is going to be a quiet affair,”nothing too ostentatious.” Seeing that Katherine rolls around in the Pick & Mix to trim her outfits, I wouldn’t trust her judgment in determining what is or is not “ostentatious”.
So, shopping she goes and practically buys out the whole store. Lord Glendenning sees the carriage being loaded and is stunned to learn that the rest will be delivered later, “there’s more?” They spy Denise across the road working at Uncle Edmond’s shop. Katherine suggests that Moray try and get her back, adding that Pauline wasn’t any good. Dumb move, Katherine. It will serve you right for dissing Pauline!
Katherine takes off and Lord Glendenning has a word with Moray, “My daughter does not care to do anything by halves. Believe me, Moray, to ensure her happiness will require a husband’s undivided attention.” Oh dear. It seems like Lord G. is being terribly honest.
I Blame Myself
The next scene is fantastic. Lord G. and Moray are enjoying after dinner drinks and cigars, and are having a very intense discussion. Well, Lord G. is anyway. Moray is mostly listening and looking a bit worried about his future. Lord G. notes that Katherine is making a show of herself with the endless shopping. He then confesses that he has been aware of his daughter’s obsessions, presumably to shopping.
“I blame myself. After her mother died, I actively encouraged her…passions. And my indulgence resulted instead in a child both headstrong and stubborn. Of course, her obsession now is you, Moray, a desire to prove herself to you. Once you’re married, you’ll have a different job. The job of reining her in, and I trust you will perform that role more successfully than I.”
That was such a touching speech and Malahide said it with such conviction. He actually looked like he was going to cry. There is something about the way Glendenning sometimes opens up to Moray that I really like. Moray never says much when they are together, and I don’t blame him. But I can tell he is really listening and taking it all in.
An Engagement is Announced
The next day, or close to it, Lord G. is sitting down, in a very nice brown ensemble, reading The Custodian. He notices an announcement marking the engagement of the Honourable Katherine Glendenning to Mr. J. Moray of The Paradise. We find out that Katherine put the notice in, pretty much to everyone’s chagrin. It is interesting that, again, she did not use his Christian name but, rather, just the first initial.
Later on, Lord Glendenning is out riding his beautiful horse and looks so dashing in his equestrian attire. But, his ride is ruined because he sees Moray and Denise out for a walk. Moray is consoling Denise about the failed co-operative (more on that later) and giving her a bit of a pep talk. But, it is obvious they have chemistry and Lord Glendenning certainly notices that.
Back at the estate, he and Katherine are at the table. She is in a foul temper because Moray chastised her and defended some girl (more on that later, too). Glendenning perks up and asks which girl, and she describes Denise. He knows exactly who she is talking about. He claims that Moray has shown leniency to the cooperative. When Katherine becomes a bit suspicious he mollifies her by pointing out that all lovers have their quarrels and tells her that Moray must be feeling very nervous. He suggests they plan a trip to Italy or Greece for their honeymoon for “a chance to escape these…distractions and concentrate on your shared future together.”
So, he knows there is something between Denise and Moray. I expect he is also savvy enough to know that they have so much more in common, personality wise, than what Katherine has. Katherine might tend toward obsession but I do not think she could demonstrate the single-minded ambition those two show toward building business.
The Other Happenings
We finally get to see Charles Chisholm, the milliner. He is played by David Bamber. He is certainly nothing like Cheerful Charlie from Minder which is a bit disappointing. He joins the co-operative which is an idea inspired by Denise. Her thinking is that if the row of businesses could share customers and honor joint coupons, they could offer the same level of variety The Paradise does but at a higher quality. It is a great idea, but Chisholm and Uncle Edmond do NOT get along.
Katherine, in an attempt to show that she could be good for The Paradise, loudly proclaims that she wants her wedding gown made from a fabric called Midnight Ink. It is not a very good fabric but her endorsement of it causes a sell-out. It turns out she was actually fibbing; her dress will be a much more traditional fare. Miss Audrey is a bit annoyed to learn that her time was being wasted in regards to the fitting and such, but there isn’t much she can do.
When Denise learns about the Midnight Ink frenzy, she convinces the co-op to buy the remaining batch of the discontinued fabric. Only Mr. Chisholm has the money and he demands half the profits. The idea proves a successful one, but he and Edmond still argue so he grabs the profits and the co-op is closed down.
Katherine has a bit of snit about Denise’s Midnight Ink idea and Moray shuts her up by telling her she cannot have her way every single time. That is what provoked her anger at the breakfast table. Jonas and Katherine also have a bit of a head-butting session. Jonas catches her trying to take down Helene Moray’s portrait. Jonas, being devoted to the late Mrs. Moray, refuses to allow that to happen. Later he tells Moray about it, but Moray is angry at his constant intrusions. What Jonas really wants is for Katherine to go; Katherine wants Jonas out of the picture. Dudley winds up being a bit stuck in the middle as he really wants to please Katherine but takes great pity on Jonas.
Next week: It looks like the barber’s body is found. Does that mean Jonas really did kill him?