Season 1 Episode 13

Fifty Cents a Dance

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 1978 on ITV

Episode Recap

The episode begins with Bertie's death. Lillie is left his fox terrier Caesar. Lillie's one regret is her estrangement from her daughter. Clem tries to bring about a truce, but Jeanne is opposed. Jeanne eventually meets her father and he speaks up for Lillie.

Clem also tries to keep Hugo's dalliances out of the papers. But Hugo does tend to make promises that he can't keep. In a fun scene at a dance hall, where it only costs fifty cents a dance, we see that, although Lillie's looks and fame may have faded, her spirit has not.

The Great War finds Lillie doing what she can for morale on the home front. After the war ends she moves to Monte Carlo. As friend after friend passes away, the loneliness of old age is made worse by Hugo's behavior.

Lillie finally meets her grandson, Victor, and he helps to bring about a meeting with her daughter. Her life begins to ebb, but her housekeeper and companion Mathilde comforts her. Lillie's memories as she dies help to remind us that this series, and the people that brought it to life, created something very special for our viewing pleasure.