Wednesday, March 30, 2022

What I’m Watching: Bridgerton

Bridgerton: Season 2, Episode 2 “Off to the Races” (B+)

I’m loving the prominent showcase that Kate is getting as she’s literally having all of the potential suitors – with the deliberate exception of Anthony – line up outside Edwina’s door for the chance to court her. That didn’t stop Anthony from barging in and trying to one-up all of them before he was shouted down by the other men, and things got even more contentious at the race. Anthony’s big display of how the Bridgertons were a great family and his ability to get rid of Lemley by insinuating that he should have gotten the ladies drink worked well enough for him to worm his way into the seat right next to her, and his competition with Kate to back the winning horse was fun to watch. She was gleeful at his complete misunderstanding of Edwina’s horse enthusiasm, and he managed to get the upper hand again by showing up with Benedict’s poem and then taking it in his own direction. Penelope was delighted by Colin’s return, and his having sworn off women might have been worse if he didn’t consider her a woman, which wasn’t quite the insult he meant it to be. Penelope is going to great lengths to keep Eloise off the scent of Lady Whistledown, but now she’s been recognized, and Queen Charlotte is also doing her best to investigate a relatively small pool of contenders. I did enjoy the brief conversations between Kate and Eloise and between Edwina and Penelope, and I hope we’ll see more of that in the future.

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