The Paradise! A Recap


Well, what did you think? If you didn’t have a chance to catch the two-hour premiere episode of “The Paradise,” read a recap of the first hour from Elizabeth Marx (scroll down to her link). I’m going to tell you what happened during the second hour last night…

Our Denise may be the new girl on the job, but she manages to impress both Miss Audrey (her boss) and Moray (the store’s owner) with her creativity and marketing acumen. Denise suggests to Moray that he hold a “Miss Paradise Pink” contest for the women shoppers, with a prize and some publicity for the woman deemed prettiest. Realizing that her ambition is not seen with favor by some of her co-workers (isn’t that always the way?), she asks Moray not to let on to Miss Audrey that it was her idea. Of course, Miss Audrey has virtually no creative spirit, and when she proposes the idea to her staff, it’s apparent that Denise is the only person who has any sense about selling a campaign.

Meanwhile, Katherine Glendenning, Moray’s “intended” and the daughter of Lord Glendenning, a wealthy banker, wants to be engaged in the worst way, to the extent that she offers her dead mother’s engagement ring to Moray one evening at dinner, in the hopes that he’ll use it to propose to her. Very sad. Rich women shouldn’t be so desperate. Katherine’s friend Jocelin visits and they go to The Paradise, where Jocelin chooses to buy just about everything she sees (lace gloves! oh, and deerskin gloves, too! three hats!). Yep, Jocelin must be depressed about something, because she’s buying and buying and there’s no talk of actually paying for these items. Moray introduces the idea of extending credit – ah! Every woman’s dream: buy now, pay later sometime. Jocelin’s pretty but married head is turned by the young sales associate, Sam, who is quite the charmer (the mark of a really good sales associate). When she has a breakdown in the store and doesn’t want to make a scene, he conveniently snaps the heel of her boot so she can pretend to have turned her ankle and be taken home. Later, we learn that she’s left her husband (a railroad tycoon), but the Glendennings don’t know (scandalous, right? And what’s a woman to do all on her own, anyway?). Jocelin summons Sam to the home, plies him with wine and tries to kiss him. And, of course, Sir Glendenning and Katherine walk in on the scene, which looks very bad for Sam, because he is, only a store employee and not part of the wealthy class.

Father and daughter Glendenning want poor Sam sacked (“the draper will be dismissed, the matter will be forgotten”), but here is where the otherwise slippery Moray shows some redeeming value, telling Sam, “Your word means as much to me as any member of the gentry.” He refuses to fire Sam, instead moving him to the back of the store until he can find out the truth. And once Denise provides Moray with evidence, which is confirmed by Lord Glendenning, Sam is brought back to the front of the store. He tells Denise, “I fussed over her [Jocelin] because she was a customer. That was my job.”

There is some wonderful dialogue in this show, especially as it pertains to the “upstairs/downstairs” relationship between the classes. Katherine tells Moray that he defended “the draper because he’s one of your own.” Moray counters that Katherine couldn’t possibly believe Jocelin was wrong “because of her refinement.” And poor Jocelin wails to Katherine that her husband Teddy “doesn’t know I exist! I want to kiss and be kissed back! What is wrong with that?! I married the wrong man!” Of course, back then, marrying the wrong man was a problem. Unless, of course, the wrong man died.

Perhaps my favorite line of the episode belonged to Lord Glendenning: “In the end, women make errand boys of us all.”

For more recaps of future shows, see the schedule below. And don’t forget to enter the ParadiseParty contest! In case you missed it, HERE are the details.

Episode 1 – First Hour – Elizabeth Marx
Episode 1 – Second Hour – Martha Reynolds
Episode 2 – Julie Valerie (Coming on Oct. 14th)
Episode 3 – Laura Chapman (Coming on Oct. 21st)
Episode 4 – Sara Palacios (Coming on Oct. 28th)
Episode 5 – Tracie Banister (Coming on Nov. 5th)
Episode 6 – Tracey Livesay (Coming on Nov. 11th)
Episode 7 – Lauren Clark (Coming on Nov. 18th)

“The Paradise” Contest

Some period drama-loving friends and I are throwing a big online party to celebrate Masterpiece airing season one of The Paradise.  There will be a première night Twitter chat, weekly recaps, and to kick things  off . . . a fun contest involving one of our favorite pastimes – SHOPPING! This  seemed appropriate as The Paradise is a Victorian-era department store where plucky heroine Denise Lovett is employed in the Ladieswear Dept.
Read on to find out how you can enter this exciting contest and be eligible to win several FABULOUS prizes!
1) Take a photo (camera pix are fine) of yourself shopping for one (or more) of the following items:
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Lingerie
  • Make-up
  • Perfume
  • Hats
  • Stockings/Hosiery
(Like this)

Sampling lip gloss at Sephora
Sampling lip gloss at Sephora
You will receive ONE entry per picture of an item listed above (up to 8 entries).
You can earn a bonus FIVE entries if you submit a photo of yourself  with a cute/crush-worthy shop employee (male or female).
2) You may submit your contest photos via Twitter or Facebook.
Twitter – Tweet your picture(s) to @ParadiseParty2
Facebook – Post your pictures to the Facebook group, Paradise Party. Note: You will have to join the group in order to post to the forum.
3) This contest is open to residents of the United States ONLY.
4) Contest will begin on Friday, October 4th, 2013 and end at midnight on Sunday, November 17th, 2013. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 18th,  2013.
5) Prizes are as follows:
  • Grand Prize – A $50 Macy’s gift card, which can be used online or in-store. The winner of this prize will be selected by the True Random Number Generator at
  • Bonus Prize – The Funniest Photo – A Kindle copy of The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola (this is the classic novel on which the TV series is based). The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online event.
  • Bonus Prize – Item We Most Want Photo – An audio CD of The Paradise TV Soundtrack. The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online  event.
So, you can earn up to 13 entries and there are THREE great prizes up for grabs. Cleverness and originality count with these pix, so have fun and be creative!
Be sure to check out the shopping finds from these fellow Paradise  Party bloggers: