The 1900 House

Season 1 Episode 3

A Woman's Place

Aired Unknown Jun 26, 2000 on PBS
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A Woman's Place
The women of the house find themselves restricted by society as well as their undergarments on Hour 3 of The 1900 House.

Joyce has finally decided that spending all day cleaning up dust bunnies is not for her, so the family budgets part of their weekly allowance into hiring a maid, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth, like the rest of the participants, must dress in 1900s attire, and she quickly finds the daily chores to be almost too much to handle.

Oldest sister Kathryn is feeling increasingly agitated and bored. Normally, she goes out clubbing and has pizza with her friends. Now, she's relegated to a few forms of entertainment such as lectures, and piano lessons, which the family pays for. The lessons only make her more agitated.

The twins, Ruth and Hilary, borrow a book, "The Girl's Own Magazine," with breathtaking (term used loosely) articles on the Princess of Wales (1900, of course) milking cows. The girls set out on making their own version of the magazine, ordering a typewriter and Kodak Brownie camera.

The reason for Kathryn's sullenness becomes clear when Paul, Joe, and the twins go to the pool, leaving her and mother Joyce behind. It's their time of the month.

Perhaps that is the reason Joyce ends up breaking the rules when going shopping, and buys two jars of shampoo. The girls use up one jar, then, out of guilt, pour the other down the drain.

Historian and curator of the project, Daru Rooke, is coming for a visit. Perfect reason to make a fancy dinner and plan some entertainment.

At dinner, Paul makes some rather rude remarks to Elizabeth, the maid, saying that he is taking the role of man of the house. Joe is picking up on this and is making rude comments to the maid as well.

Ruth and Hilary create a puppet show about "The Ghost of the 1900 House," a story written to warn Joyce and Paul about their trivial spats and arguments.

Joyce and Kathryn have written a small sketch about "The Woman of the Year 2000," in which Kathryn is portrayed wearing--gasp--a sweater and pants!moreless

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