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The Paradise Revisited S2E4: Keeping Enemies Close

The Paradise Revisited S2E4: Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) and Denise (JOANNA VANDERHAM) Photo: Des Willie (c) BBC 2013Last week’s episode of The Paradise may have been brightened by song and dance, but if there’s one thing that the return of Jonas to the staff brought with it, it’s a heightened sense of watchfulness and suspicion at the store. That has never been so true as it was this week. We’d seen him meeting with Tom Weston in the past in an apparent attempt to help the store’s staff, and Jonas was once again conducting clandestine meetings. This time, a midnight exchange with one of the Fenton brothers that suggested an unexpected endgame in the works, though at first it was unclear who exactly would benefit from his dealings.

Moray couldn’t have suspected that anything unsavoury was afoot, however, since his aversion to appointing Denise as head of ladies wear had caused a noticeable shift in their relationship. Having won the position despite his misgivings, Denise was ready to tackle the challenge head-on, but she hadn’t forgotten his discouraging words. Rather than dwell on them, though, she preferred to remind Moray of how much they’d already achieved since his return, but it was clear that he wouldn’t be satisfied until the store was back under his sole control.

In the meantime, it didn’t take Denise long to learn that having full reign over ladies wear wouldn’t be quite what she’d expected. When her first idea for a promotion met with both Moray and Dudley’s disapproval, she realized that it would take more than ingenuity to turn her ideas into reality, and that her coworkers might not appreciate her advancement. Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t Clara who was most displeased with Denise, but Myrtle, who had hoped to finally make her way out of the kitchen if given a chance to work in the store. Feeling guilty, Denise revisited the idea of a tea party in ladies wear, with Myrtle serving, and a distracted Moray finally relented.

The Paradise S2E4: Myrtle (LISA MILLETT) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013

With a new head of ladies wear, Myrtle saw a chance to get out of the kitchen.

The Paradise S2E4: Susy (KATIE MOORE), Clara (SONYA CASSIDY) and Denise (JOANNA VANDERHAM) Des Willie© BBC 2013

Denise wanted to remain friends with the other shop girls, but her title made it hard.

While Denise struggled to please everyone in her new role, the meaning behind Jonas’s nocturnal business meetings finally became clear. Though he didn’t have the funds to buy The Paradise back from the Westons, Moray hoped that brokering a deal with Fenton might bring him one step closer. Fenton offered joint ownership of the department store, though Moray was probably right to suspect that the bargain wasn’t all that it seemed. In order to remove the Westons from the equation, he proposed that Moray come between them by stirring Katherine’s sentiments and Tom’s jealousies.

He refused, though it was hard to believe that he wasn’t at least tempted by the simplicity of the plan, and when Weston informed him that he intended to expand the store, Moray felt that his hand was being forced. Though he didn’t explain the details to Denise, he asked her if she believed he should act in any way possible to get The Paradise back. She, of course, agreed that he should, without knowing what that might mean. With Denise’s blessing (sort of), Moray went about the awkward process of reminding Katherine of how close they had once been, and both Tom and Dudley took notice.

Back at the Weston household, Moray’s intent to win back The Paradise wasn’t lost on anyone. Katherine knew full well that he’d been meeting with potential partners and investors, but she had used her influence to make sure that he wouldn’t find any success. What Katherine didn’t realize was that Fenton, whom Tom had so unceremoniously cut ties with, wanted to own the store more than any of them had suspected, and would even partner with his former enemy to achieve his ends.

Meanwhile, a robbery at Edmond Lovett’s store put the shopkeeper on edge – the last thing he needed after his wedding to Audrey. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before he found out who had broken in, as the culprit, a poor woman, soon returned to the scene of the crime. Though he initially threw her out, when he saw that she was waiting around The Paradise in the hopes of seeing a loved one, his heart softened considerably. He invited her into the store for something to eat, and learned that her daughter – Susy from ladies wear – had run away from her years before.

The Paradise S2E4: Denise (JOANNA VANDERHAM), Katherine (ELAINE CASSIDY), Flora (EDIE WHITEHEAD) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013

An incident in ladies wear left Denise defending a friend from Katherine’s wrath.

The Paradise S2E4: Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013

Fenton questioned what Moray would do — and risk — to get The Paradise back.

What she neglected to mention to Edmond was that Susy left her because of her drinking, and she had hardly been a good mother to her in the past. Her encounter with her mother in the street outside The Paradise did nothing to improve their relations, and left Susy in an unusually foul mood at work the next day. Her own frustrations bubbled to the surface while trying to attend to Flora Weston in ladies wear, leaving Denise to explain to Katherine how her stepdaughter had ended up in tears while looking for dresses. When Katherine insisted that they dismiss Susy for her outburst, Denise tried to fight the decision, but to no avail.

However, when Denise learned why Susy had been so distressed the day before, she believed that she could convince Katherine to reverse her decision. When she and Susy went to the Weston household to seek forgiveness, it was Flora who persuaded her mother to allow the shop girl back to work, and Denise was able to keep one of her most promising staff members. It was a good thing too, since she needed all the help she could get in putting on the tea party that she’d proposed. With Myrtle fitted in a new uniform for the occasion, and countless fine ladies in attendance, everything seemed to be going according to plan – until the cook began to feel nervous about serving the wealthy customers.

Though she managed to achieve quite a bit in her first few days as the head of ladies wear, there were forces in motion that could soon disrupt Denise’s run of successes. Even as she promised to keep no secrets from Moray, he concealed the fact that he had begun a dangerous game with the Westons – one into which she would surely be drawn. It’s impossible to predict if his gamble will pay off, but regardless of whether or not Moray regains The Paradise, the way in which he gets it back may spell the end of his romance with Denise.

Kate Shepherd

THE PARADISE MOMENT S2E4: BOSS LADY BLUES

The Paradise S2E4: Myrtle (LISA MILLETT) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013 With a new head of ladies wear, Myrtle saw a chance to get out of the kitchen.[/caption]

The Paradise S2E4: Susy (KATIE MOORE), Clara (SONYA CASSIDY) and Denise (JOANNA VANDERHAM) Des Willie© BBC 2013

Denise wanted to remain friends with the other shop girls, but her title made it hard.

While Denise struggled to please everyone in her new role, the meaning behind Jonas’s nocturnal business meetings finally became clear. Though he didn’t have the funds to buy The Paradise back from the Westons, Moray hoped that brokering a deal with Fenton might bring him one step closer. Fenton offered joint ownership of the department store, though Moray was probably right to suspect that the bargain wasn’t all that it seemed. In order to remove the Westons from the equation, he proposed that Moray come between them by stirring Katherine’s sentiments and Tom’s jealousies.

He refused, though it was hard to believe that he wasn’t at least tempted by the simplicity of the plan, and when Weston informed him that he intended to expand the store, Moray felt that his hand was being forced. Though he didn’t explain the details to Denise, he asked her if she believed he should act in any way possible to get The Paradise back. She, of course, agreed that he should, without knowing what that might mean. With Denise’s blessing (sort of), Moray went about the awkward process of reminding Katherine of how close they had once been, and both Tom and Dudley took notice.

Back at the Weston household, Moray’s intent to win back The Paradise wasn’t lost on anyone. Katherine knew full well that he’d been meeting with potential partners and investors, but she had used her influence to make sure that he wouldn’t find any success. What Katherine didn’t realize was that Fenton, whom Tom had so unceremoniously cut ties with, wanted to own the store more than any of them had suspected, and would even partner with his former enemy to achieve his ends.

Meanwhile, a robbery at Edmond Lovett’s store put the shopkeeper on edge – the last thing he needed after his wedding to Audrey. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before he found out who had broken in, as the culprit, a poor woman, soon returned to the scene of the crime. Though he initially threw her out, when he saw that she was waiting around The Paradise in the hopes of seeing a loved one, his heart softened considerably. He invited her into the store for something to eat, and learned that her daughter – Susy from ladies wear – had run away from her years before.

The Paradise S2E4: Denise (JOANNA VANDERHAM), Katherine (ELAINE CASSIDY), Flora (EDIE WHITEHEAD) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013

An incident in ladies wear left Denise defending a friend from Katherine’s wrath.

The Paradise S2E4: Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013

Fenton questioned what Moray would do — and risk — to get The Paradise back.

What she neglected to mention to Edmond was that Susy left her because of her drinking, and she had hardly been a good mother to her in the past. Her encounter with her mother in the street outside The Paradise did nothing to improve their relations, and left Susy in an unusually foul mood at work the next day. Her own frustrations bubbled to the surface while trying to attend to Flora Weston in ladies wear, leaving Denise to explain to Katherine how her stepdaughter had ended up in tears while looking for dresses. When Katherine insisted that they dismiss Susy for her outburst, Denise tried to fight the decision, but to no avail.

However, when Denise learned why Susy had been so distressed the day before, she believed that she could convince Katherine to reverse her decision. When she and Susy went to the Weston household to seek forgiveness, it was Flora who persuaded her mother to allow the shop girl back to work, and Denise was able to keep one of her most promising staff members. It was a good thing too, since she needed all the help she could get in putting on the tea party that she’d proposed. With Myrtle fitted in a new uniform for the occasion, and countless fine ladies in attendance, everything seemed to be going according to plan – until the cook began to feel nervous about serving the wealthy customers.

Though she managed to achieve quite a bit in her first few days as the head of ladies wear, there were forces in motion that could soon disrupt Denise’s run of successes. Even as she promised to keep no secrets from Moray, he concealed the fact that he had begun a dangerous game with the Westons – one into which she would surely be drawn. It’s impossible to predict if his gamble will pay off, but regardless of whether or not Moray regains The Paradise, the way in which he gets it back may spell the end of his romance with Denise.

Kate Shepherd

THE PARADISE MOMENT S2E4: BOSS LADY BLUES

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