***Many, many major LBD spoilers ahead***
*You’ve been warned*
Lizzie started out the week in Episode 87 wallowing in guilt about how she failed Lydia who was still pretty much not talking, she was so sick with grief at George’s betrayal. Jane stopped by to comfort Lizzie and brought her chamomile tea. Jane promised her that she still deserved tea even though she screwed up. Everyone deserves tea.
Then Lydia came to talk to Lizzie insisting that she wanted the camera stay on as she pours out her feelings of guilt (unwarranted!), loneliness (poor baby!), and betrayal (that bastard!). Lydia ends up sobbing in her sister’s arms as Lizzie kept repeating that she was going to be right there with her.
*sobs into empty teacup* I wanted to hug Lydia for letting that rat Wickham make her feel anything less than loved and valuable. I wanted to hug Lizzie for taking any of the blame for that manipulative jerk’s actions. I wanted to hug Jane for knowing the right thing to say to help her sisters come back together again.
On Tuesday, Gigi screwed up her courage and phoned Wickham. She can barely stand to hear the guy’s name said out loud and she called him to try and help another young woman being mistreated by George. I have never loved Gigi more. Even though she was anxious, even though Darcy and Fitz told her she shouldn’t upset herself like that, she called him on Domino. And George downloaded the Domino app and thanks to Gigi’s determination, George’s arrogance and some blinding good luck, the app allowed Darcy to track down George. Huzzah!
No video on Wednesday. But something glorious happened. The Lydia Bennet sex video site shut down. The company sent out emails to those who’d subscribed saying they would no longer be able to sell the video. Twitter and Tumblr went wild with celebrations. There’s even a Darcy as Superman going around. Even better is the Darcy/Superman, Fitz/Flash, Gigi/Wonderwoman.
So today’s LBD Episode 88, “Okay,” left me unsure what to expect. When Lydia interrupted Lizzie to say that the site had been taken down, it was great. Neither of them has any idea of how or who stopped it. Although Lizzie did take the time to look directly into the camera and thank that “wonderful person.”
I really liked how they acknowledged that although it’s great that the site is down and all, the sex tape was the least of the things that happened to Lydia. Wickham’s abuse and betrayal and her distance from Lizzie were much more weighty matters, things not so easily solved. But the episode ends with Lizzie and Lydia promising to spend more time together. Which is brilliant. It’s just what they both need, to reconnect in a less superficial way. Plus, I get to see more Lydia and I really love this Lydia.
Now I only have to wonder when will we find out what Darcy did? When will Lizzie?
After this week I think I need another mug of tea. Tea for everyone.
Except Wickham. No tea for him. Ever.
Julia Broadbooks writes contemporary romance. She lives in the wilds of suburban Florida with her ever patient husband and bakes ridiculous amounts of sugary treats for her teens' friends. Find her on twitter@juliabroadbooks.