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The Paradise Revisited S2E6: A New Order

The Paradise Revisited S2E6: Tom Weston (BEN DANIELS) and Katherine (ELAINE CASSIDY) Photo: Des Willie (c) BBC 2013The last week on The Paradise brought with it more than a few changes, not least of which was Tom Weston’s growing interest in expanding both the store, and Denise’s responsibilities within it. Whether he truly believed in the new head of ladies wear as much as he said, or whether his newfound interest in her success was (as Moray suspected) a ploy to further cement his ownership, he was generous enough in his praise to make even Katherine sit up and take notice. All the while, Moray could feel his grip on the store he’d worked so hard to build up slipping away. But if he thought that his predicament would be enough to convince Denise to happily turn down the chance of a lifetime, he gravely underestimated the ambitions of the woman he claimed to love.

Theirs wasn’t the only relationship suffering from a certain degree of discord. Though Tom certainly seemed satisfied with the reaction that his involvement at The Paradise incited in Moray, his wife wasn’t impressed by his interest in Denise’s advancement. While both of the Westons seemed to have their own plans for the store’s future – and that of its current managers – they clearly weren’t on the same page when it came to how that future might look. Tom proved that Katherine wasn’t the only one capable of playing games with the emotions of others, and managed to turn Flora into a pawn in their power struggle yet again.

Unbeknownst to both Tom and Denise, the result of his behaviour saw Moray and Katherine growing closer, and sharing their suspicions about her husband’s motives. It was only then that Moray began to understand just how fraught Katherine’s marriage had become, and the very real fear that she felt towards Tom. Momentarily distracted from his real reasons for visiting his one-time fiancée, Moray could feel only sympathy for Katherine, but his attempts to comfort her only increased Tom’s animosity.

The Paradise Revisited S2E6: Tom Weston (BEN DANIELS) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013

Tom’s suspicions about Moray reached a fever pitch this week.

The Paradise Revisited S2E6: Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) and Dudley (MATTHEW McNULTY) Photo: Neil Sherwood © BBC 2013

Though business was brisk at The Paradise, Moray was still troubled.

The more time the two of them spent together, the more Moray learned about Katherine’s reasons for allowing him to return to the store. As he and Denise had suspected, it was more out of a desire to see the two of them suffer than it was to reward him, though she no longer wished either of them ill. But Katherine’s confession came with a warning as well, as she believed that Denise’s drive to achieve more in her career would be more destructive to Moray than her plans could ever have been. Unsurprisingly, he confided that he feared the exact reality that she’d described, in which the woman he wished to marry might soon outpace him.

Just as Katherine felt she couldn’t bear another day living under the same roof as her tyrannical husband, so too did Tom loathe the idea of sharing control of The Paradise with Moray any longer than necessary. Always close at hand when the store’s demanding owner most needed to vent his frustrations, Jonas cautioned Tom to take things slowly, as it would be unwise to oust Moray without any notice or cause. Meanwhile, Moray’s worries about Katherine’s wellbeing were brushed aside by Fenton, who rather than sharing his concern, was glad that their plan had worked so well.

With Weston in a weakened position, Fenton and Jonas went to him with some troubling news – the Fenton brothers intended to open a branch of their nationally established line of stores in the city. The direct competition that it would pose The Paradise was nothing to scoff at, and Tom saw that he was being backed into a corner. If he agreed to sell the store, Fenton guaranteed that he would cast Moray out once and for all, hoping that Weston’s hatred for the other man would be enough to convince him to give up The Paradise, if only to see him gone.

If there was one relationship that was as healthy as ever, it was that between the shop girls at the store and their customers. Blessed by the presence of a lady with a particularly generous husband, Clara and Susy were only too happy to help her pick out an array of expensive garments. The longer she stayed, though, the more it seemed that Lucille Ballentine was spending time at The Paradise as much for the company of the salesgirls as for its luxurious products. When Lucille brought her husband to visit ladies wear with her, it was obvious why that might be – she and Mr. Ballentine didn’t exactly have age in common, and other high society ladies didn’t accept her as one of their own.

The Paradise Revisited S2E6: Lucille (LIZ WHITE) and Clara (SONYA CASSIDY) Photo: Neil Sherwood © BBC 2013

Clara had to convince Lucille to just accept her good luck and be happy.

The Paradise Revisited S2E6: Campbell Ballentine (JOHN DUTTINE) and Denise (JOANNA VANDERHAM) Photo: Neil Sherwood © BBC 2013

Denise convinced Ballentine to invest, but Moray was oddly unimpressed.

While Denise was left to talk business with Mr. Ballentine, a successful brewer by trade, Susy and Clara fielded invitations to dinners and picnics from his friendly, if overwhelmed, wife. Over a beautiful lunch on the lawns of her home, Lucille confessed to her guests that she felt out of her depth and constantly judged by the wives of her husband’s friends. Unusually, it was Clara who offered the most comforting words, assuring their hostess that none of them would presume to judge her, and that there was no shame in finding a caring husband.

Back at The Paradise, Denise’s conversations with Mr. Ballentine had proven fruitful, but his interest in investing in the store didn’t meet with the approval that she’d hoped for when she proposed it to Moray. When he refused to take the funds from Ballentine, Denise finally decided to take matters into her own hands, for his sake, and enlisted Dudley to help her. Seeing that his longtime friend and partner wasn’t in the best frame of mind to make decisions about the store’s future, Dudley agreed, and in the meantime, opened Moray’s eyes to fact that Denise’s proposal to Ballentine was exactly what they all needed.

However, even as Moray decided to accept the plan set in motion by Denise, he set himself up for a fall by continuing his secretive visits to Katherine. When Edmond suffered from what appeared to be a heart attack, Denise’s concern for her uncle was almost matched by her curiosity about Moray’s whereabouts in her moment of need. After all the scheming and manipulation he’d undertaken to regain The Paradise, Moray could’ve risked the something far more valuable, as Denise’s trust and patience were worn thinner than ever before.

Kate Shepherd

WATCH: THE PARADISE MOMENT S2E6: LIVING IN FEAR

The Paradise Revisited S2E6: Tom Weston (BEN DANIELS) Photo: Des Willie © BBC 2013 Tom’s suspicions about Moray reached a fever pitch this week.[/caption]

The Paradise Revisited S2E6: Moray (EMUN ELLIOTT) and Dudley (MATTHEW McNULTY) Photo: Neil Sherwood © BBC 2013

Though business was brisk at The Paradise, Moray was still troubled.

The more time the two of them spent together, the more Moray learned about Katherine’s reasons for allowing him to return to the store. As he and Denise had suspected, it was more out of a desire to see the two of them suffer than it was to reward him, though she no longer wished either of them ill. But Katherine’s confession came with a warning as well, as she believed that Denise’s drive to achieve more in her career would be more destructive to Moray than her plans could ever have been. Unsurprisingly, he confided that he feared the exact reality that she’d described, in which the woman he wished to marry might soon outpace him.

Just as Katherine felt she couldn’t bear another day living under the same roof as her tyrannical husband, so too did Tom loathe the idea of sharing control of The Paradise with Moray any longer than necessary. Always close at hand when the store’s demanding owner most needed to vent his frustrations, Jonas cautioned Tom to take things slowly, as it would be unwise to oust Moray without any notice or cause. Meanwhile, Moray’s worries about Katherine’s wellbeing were brushed aside by Fenton, who rather than sharing his concern, was glad that their plan had worked so well.

With Weston in a weakened position, Fenton and Jonas went to him with some troubling news – the Fenton brothers intended to open a branch of their nationally established line of stores in the city. The direct competition that it would pose The Paradise was nothing to scoff at, and Tom saw that he was being backed into a corner. If he agreed to sell the store, Fenton guaranteed that he would cast Moray out once and for all, hoping that Weston’s hatred for the other man would be enough to convince him to give up The Paradise, if only to see him gone.

If there was one relationship that was as healthy as ever, it was that between the shop girls at the store and their customers. Blessed by the presence of a lady with a particularly generous husband, Clara and Susy were only too happy to help her pick out an array of expensive garments. The longer she stayed, though, the more it seemed that Lucille Ballentine was spending time at The Paradise as much for the company of the salesgirls as for its luxurious products. When Lucille brought her husband to visit ladies wear with her, it was obvious why that might be – she and Mr. Ballentine didn’t exactly have age in common, and other high society ladies didn’t accept her as one of their own.

The Paradise Revisited S2E6: Lucille (LIZ WHITE) and Clara (SONYA CASSIDY) Photo: Neil Sherwood © BBC 2013

Clara had to convince Lucille to just accept her good luck and be happy.

The Paradise Revisited S2E6: Campbell Ballentine (JOHN DUTTINE) and Denise (JOANNA VANDERHAM) Photo: Neil Sherwood © BBC 2013

Denise convinced Ballentine to invest, but Moray was oddly unimpressed.

While Denise was left to talk business with Mr. Ballentine, a successful brewer by trade, Susy and Clara fielded invitations to dinners and picnics from his friendly, if overwhelmed, wife. Over a beautiful lunch on the lawns of her home, Lucille confessed to her guests that she felt out of her depth and constantly judged by the wives of her husband’s friends. Unusually, it was Clara who offered the most comforting words, assuring their hostess that none of them would presume to judge her, and that there was no shame in finding a caring husband.

Back at The Paradise, Denise’s conversations with Mr. Ballentine had proven fruitful, but his interest in investing in the store didn’t meet with the approval that she’d hoped for when she proposed it to Moray. When he refused to take the funds from Ballentine, Denise finally decided to take matters into her own hands, for his sake, and enlisted Dudley to help her. Seeing that his longtime friend and partner wasn’t in the best frame of mind to make decisions about the store’s future, Dudley agreed, and in the meantime, opened Moray’s eyes to fact that Denise’s proposal to Ballentine was exactly what they all needed.

However, even as Moray decided to accept the plan set in motion by Denise, he set himself up for a fall by continuing his secretive visits to Katherine. When Edmond suffered from what appeared to be a heart attack, Denise’s concern for her uncle was almost matched by her curiosity about Moray’s whereabouts in her moment of need. After all the scheming and manipulation he’d undertaken to regain The Paradise, Moray could’ve risked the something far more valuable, as Denise’s trust and patience were worn thinner than ever before.

Kate Shepherd

WATCH: THE PARADISE MOMENT S2E6: LIVING IN FEAR

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