It was dueling shop ladies, this week on The Paradise!!!
“Hit Em Up Style” Katherine decided to do some shopping at the Paradise so she grabbed a couple of her friends and went on a shopping spree, buying champagne flutes, butter knives and engraved butter covers. She informed Moray that now that they were engaged, sales at the store didn’t just benefit him, they benefited them. Ahh, Katherine knows the way to Moray’s heart is through his wallet.
“Run This Town” Trying to make the best of her situation after leaving her position at The Paradise, Denise convinces her uncle to approach the other shopkeepers about forming a cooperative. All the shops on the street can band together and sell ensembles, with an incentive of 10% off the entire price. They can dress ladies “from top to toe before they even step foot in the Paradise.” Unfortunately, the men had little vision and though they tried, they folded like cheap Midnight Ink at the first sign of a setback.
“Work B**ch” Trying to get more of his attention, Katherine spent a lot of time at the Paradise, declaring that “playing shop was quite an entertaining distraction.” Moray reminded her that he was there to work; it wasn’t all fun and games. Katherine told him she could sell anything and Moray accepted her challenge, handing her a cheap fabric in a harsh color. One loud exclamation of “the perfect cloth, the only cloth for my wedding dress” later, the Paradise had sold out of the fabric.
“Girl on Fire” The co-op had a little bit of success, but Katherine’s Midnight Ink ruse was enough to have the regular folks scampering back to the Paradise to be just like her. When Pauline let it slip about the fabric, Denise’s mind got to work again and she convinced the men to buy out the remaining fabric. They’d be the only place in town to buy the fabric Lady Katherine Glendenning was using for her wedding dress. It worked and the co-op made a lot of money, but it wasn’t long before the men ruined everything with their bickering and pride. Although initially upset, a chat with Moray brought a smile to Denise’s face, and some pep back in her step.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch:
Katherine threatened Jonas’s position with the Paradise and Moray. When Jonas snitched to Moray, he didn’t get the response he expected. That night Jonas took to the drink, and when Dudley stumbled upon him, he told Dudley a sad tale of how he came to the Paradise and the reason behind the source of his loyalty to Moray. Feeling sorry for him, Dudley put in a kind word to Moray on Jonas’s behalf. When Dudley tried to reach out to Jonas the next day, a sober and somber Jonas told Dudley not to be so damn gullible. “Do not presume to know me or anyone else, even those close to you.”
With Denise gone, Clara tells Pauline she’ll finally have a chance to catch Sam’s eye. Armed with mocking advice from Katherine, she set out to charm Sam with this winning comment: “Ah, Sam, what grisly meat. I think the cook gave you that on account of your lovely teeth. Not a rotten molar in sight…nearly.”
Katherine’s father noticed Moray’s distraction with Denise and suggested that his daughter not let anything get between her and Moray. Perhaps an extended vacation after their wedding? Katherine suggested the same to Moray, who’d just confided to Denise that he and his wife had gotten into an argument over the store, because she wanted to go on a trip and he didn’t want to leave his new enterprise. The guilt of that encounter still haunts him.
Will Moray learn the right lesson from his mistake?
We’ll wait with baited breath for the last episode of the season, next Sunday on PBS. Recapping the season finale will be the charming contemporary women’s fiction author, Lauren Clark. Don’t forget, our own Paradise co-op is running a Paradise Giveaway contest. Details on how to enter are here. You can win several prizes, including a $50 Macy’s gift card.
What did you think about this week’s episode? Do you think Moray will learn the right lesson, to find someone who shares his love of the Paradise or will he marry Katherine and go on the trip? Did you believe Jonas’s tale or think he was pulling Dudley’s leg? Are you, too, sick of Clara?