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The Paradise Revisited S2E2: The Thrill of the Chase

The Paradise Revisited S2E2: Clemence (BRANCA KATIC) and Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) Photo: Laurie Sparham (c) BBC 2013After a near-disastrous return from exile last week, Moray managed to do the seemingly impossible in proving to the incredulous Tom Weston that The Paradise could indeed be a worthwhile enterprise. With the store’s owner willing to hold onto it for the foreseeable future, it looked as though things might begin to return to normal (aside from Moray and Denise’s plots to regain control of his former empire). But of course, the definition of normalcy at the bustling department store has always been one characterized by constant flux, so it should’ve come as no surprise that Moray’s return was quickly followed up by yet another surprising arrival.

Though he certainly missed his home in England, the entrepreneurial Moray was thrilled to welcome a likeminded, and very French, friend from his time in Paris. Majestic and cultured, his one-time colleague Clemence, a supplier with whom he’d frequently worked, cut a captivating figure at The Paradise, and it wasn’t just the passersby and employees who took notice. Though ostensibly visiting to do business, she didn’t seem to mind the attention that her presence garnered – indeed, having come to sell fireworks to Moray for the store, the more attention she and her products snared, the better.

Back in ladies’ wear, Miss Audrey’s engagement to Edmund Lovett had quickly become common knowledge among the staff, and some of the professional competitiveness that drove a wedge between the shopgirls last season threatened to reemerge. With the older woman’s position soon to be vacated, it was clear that Clara hoped to take up the reins, but she worried that Denise might once again swoop in and steal her thunder. Luckily for her, the new owner took a liking to her last week, and her newly minted alliance with Weston started to look more advantageous by the minute.

The Paradise S2E2: Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) and Clemence (BRANCA KATIC) Photo: Laurie Sparham © BBC 2013

Moray welcomed a friend from France who attracted plenty of attention.

The Paradise S2E2: Denise (JOANNA VANDERHAM) and Susy (KATIE MOORE) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013

Miss Audrey’s departure meant a renewed competition to take her place.

But Audrey wasn’t gone yet, and in the meantime, the girls in ladies wear were treated to some very progressive ideas courtesy of Clemence, who proved to be something of a feminist. When she learned that Miss Audrey intended to leave her post once she had married, she couldn’t see the sense or fairness in wedded women being forced out of employment when men were allowed to stay. Though Denise was still somewhat suspicious of her closeness with Moray, she couldn’t help but agree with Clemence’s beliefs about women’s rights in a man’s world, and perhaps realized that they had more in common than she’d thought.

When Clemence described the freedom that her self-employment offered her, Denise began to feel as though she’d met a kindred spirit. However, the free spirited supplier seemed to feel somewhat more than that, and it wasn’t long before Denise understood why Moray had been so insistent that he and the Frenchwoman had had no romantic chemistry. Unfortunately, Tom Weston wasn’t quite so quick on the uptake, and didn’t gather the meaning behind Moray’s hints that he would be better off resisting the urge to pursue Clemence.

Indeed, Weston seemed to have taken a particular interest in their French guest, and made a point of inviting her to dine with him. His reasons for doing so were plain to the savvy Clemence, but she had no problem with playing along. Katherine wasn’t quite so keen on his roving attentions, and was even less impressed when it seemed that her wishes would be pitted against her husband’s in the matter of who would replace Miss Audrey after her departure. Though she denied that her husband’s behaviour irked her to Moray, Katherine began to take a greater interest in his movements, and didn’t like what she discovered. Rather than fight Tom, however, she invited Clemence to stay with them in an effort to keep his actions hidden from those at The Paradise.

The Paradise S2E2: Tom Weston (BEN DANIELS) and Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) Photo: Laurie Sparham © BBC 2013

Moray started to grow tired to Tom Weston’s constant interference at the store.

The Paradise S2E2: Katherine (ELAINE CASSIDY) Photo: Laurie Sparham © BBC 2013

Despite her insistence to the contrary, Katherine didn’t seem happy in her marriage.

Though the outcome of Tom’s ill-fated pursuits were somewhat predictable, one thing that nobody could’ve foreseen was the unexpected return of Jonas, looking near death’s door as he rolled up to The Paradise in the back of a wagon. Despite their past dealings, Moray ordered that he be taken back into the store so that he could be cared for. Once he was conscious again, however, Dudley was determined to get to the bottom of things, and grilled Jonas in an attempt to learn why he’d come back. Jonas refused to answer, and it didn’t take him long to get out of bed and back to his sneaking ways.

Perhaps the truest measure of his return his regular, terrifying form was his ability to shake even the unflappable Clemence. After an evening of baiting both Weston and Dudley, she was startled by his sudden presence, and her shock prompted a tearful confession to the shopgirls regarding the motives for her behaviour. Luckily for all of them, Weston finally grasped Clemence’s intentions, and gave up on his quest, instead agreeing to purchase her fireworks and put an end to their dealings with her.

Dudley, meanwhile, was grateful for Jonas’s help, and his softened view influenced Moray enough to let the old man stay, even as Clemence bade The Paradise adieu. All in all, it was a tumultuous hour to say the least, but in the end, most people were left more or less where they started except, of course, for the newly reinstated Jonas. As for Katherine, we got another rare glimpse into her dysfunctional marriage to Tom Weston, and were left with the distinct feeling that their subtle, but intense, battle of wills will have a hand in shaping fortunes at The Paradise – for better, or for worse.

Kate Shepherd

PARADISE MOMENT: MA CHERIE CLEMENCE

The Paradise S2E2: Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) and Clemence (BRANCA KATIC) Photo: Laurie Sparham © BBC 2013 Moray welcomed a friend from France who attracted plenty of attention.[/caption]

The Paradise S2E2: Denise (JOANNA VANDERHAM) and Susy (KATIE MOORE) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013

Miss Audrey’s departure meant a renewed competition to take her place.

But Audrey wasn’t gone yet, and in the meantime, the girls in ladies wear were treated to some very progressive ideas courtesy of Clemence, who proved to be something of a feminist. When she learned that Miss Audrey intended to leave her post once she had married, she couldn’t see the sense or fairness in wedded women being forced out of employment when men were allowed to stay. Though Denise was still somewhat suspicious of her closeness with Moray, she couldn’t help but agree with Clemence’s beliefs about women’s rights in a man’s world, and perhaps realized that they had more in common than she’d thought.

When Clemence described the freedom that her self-employment offered her, Denise began to feel as though she’d met a kindred spirit. However, the free spirited supplier seemed to feel somewhat more than that, and it wasn’t long before Denise understood why Moray had been so insistent that he and the Frenchwoman had had no romantic chemistry. Unfortunately, Tom Weston wasn’t quite so quick on the uptake, and didn’t gather the meaning behind Moray’s hints that he would be better off resisting the urge to pursue Clemence.

Indeed, Weston seemed to have taken a particular interest in their French guest, and made a point of inviting her to dine with him. His reasons for doing so were plain to the savvy Clemence, but she had no problem with playing along. Katherine wasn’t quite so keen on his roving attentions, and was even less impressed when it seemed that her wishes would be pitted against her husband’s in the matter of who would replace Miss Audrey after her departure. Though she denied that her husband’s behaviour irked her to Moray, Katherine began to take a greater interest in his movements, and didn’t like what she discovered. Rather than fight Tom, however, she invited Clemence to stay with them in an effort to keep his actions hidden from those at The Paradise.

The Paradise S2E2: Tom Weston (BEN DANIELS) and Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) Photo: Laurie Sparham © BBC 2013

Moray started to grow tired to Tom Weston’s constant interference at the store.

The Paradise S2E2: Katherine (ELAINE CASSIDY) Photo: Laurie Sparham © BBC 2013

Despite her insistence to the contrary, Katherine didn’t seem happy in her marriage.

Though the outcome of Tom’s ill-fated pursuits were somewhat predictable, one thing that nobody could’ve foreseen was the unexpected return of Jonas, looking near death’s door as he rolled up to The Paradise in the back of a wagon. Despite their past dealings, Moray ordered that he be taken back into the store so that he could be cared for. Once he was conscious again, however, Dudley was determined to get to the bottom of things, and grilled Jonas in an attempt to learn why he’d come back. Jonas refused to answer, and it didn’t take him long to get out of bed and back to his sneaking ways.

Perhaps the truest measure of his return his regular, terrifying form was his ability to shake even the unflappable Clemence. After an evening of baiting both Weston and Dudley, she was startled by his sudden presence, and her shock prompted a tearful confession to the shopgirls regarding the motives for her behaviour. Luckily for all of them, Weston finally grasped Clemence’s intentions, and gave up on his quest, instead agreeing to purchase her fireworks and put an end to their dealings with her.

Dudley, meanwhile, was grateful for Jonas’s help, and his softened view influenced Moray enough to let the old man stay, even as Clemence bade The Paradise adieu. All in all, it was a tumultuous hour to say the least, but in the end, most people were left more or less where they started except, of course, for the newly reinstated Jonas. As for Katherine, we got another rare glimpse into her dysfunctional marriage to Tom Weston, and were left with the distinct feeling that their subtle, but intense, battle of wills will have a hand in shaping fortunes at The Paradise – for better, or for worse.

Kate Shepherd

PARADISE MOMENT: MA CHERIE CLEMENCE

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