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The House of Eliott

Season 1 Episode 8

Episode Eight

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Aired Unknown Oct 19, 1991 on BBC
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Episode Eight
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Sarah White commissions some outfits from The House of Eliott but when Beatrice realises who her husband is, it puts them all in a difficult situation. It emerges that Henry Eliott was instrumental in breaking up the relationship between Philip White and Beatrice some years ago. Despite being married, Philip is keen to renew their acquaintance. Bea contemplates reciprocating his advances. Jack begins to feel jealous about Bea’s rapport with Philip. Evie continues to grow closer to Sebastian and is determined to go to Paris with him, despite Bea’s reservations. Animosity between the sisters grows as they disagree about the different men in their lives. Sir Desmond acts as an effective mediator. Work at the mission continues to occupy all Penny’s time and Aunt Lydia decides to lend her a helping hand. Jack becomes disillusioned with the photography business. Hugo has car trouble and Evie makes a lucky escape. Sebastian makes an explosive exit.moreless

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  • Love, loss and lending a hand

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    I enjoyed this episode as it helped to justify why Beatrice is such a ‘spiky’ character. The revelations about her past relationship with Philip White were quite telling, no wonder she distrusts virtually every man who comes into her life, what with her Victorian values and all. I do think it was rather too obvious that Philip was the cause of her emotional breakdown when she left the room literally seconds after he arrived though. No wonder Sarah grew suspicious. Miss Marple was not needed to explain that one. I can’t believe he was contemplating rekindling the relationship, let alone that Bea was prepared to go along with it. I’m relieved she put an end to it before things went too far. She finally manages to lay old ghosts to rest. Evie could learn a few lessons from her. Evie only seems to see good in Sebastian, who continues in this episode to be rather pleasant, if a little lackadaisical with his personal safety. I would like to say that I was moved by his sudden expiration, but I wasn’t. If anything, I was quite relieved. The character’s true intentions eluded me and I never really recovered from his bouts of greed in earlier episodes. I’d also like to be able to say that Evie will be better off without him, but unfortunately it may result in Hugo taking prime position as suitor, so I can’t say that either. Aunt Lydia’s social transformation was really enjoyable to watch. She quite clearly has no idea what to do with the pans Penny thrusts into her hands. It verges on farce. The lengths Lydia will go to in order to gain friend knows no limits. Most amusing. Jack’s increasing affection for Bea is highlighted in his jealousy towards her after finding her with Philip late at night. His brotherly attitude towards Evie is also developing as he warns Hugo not to hurt her. Perhaps he should have just punched Hugo anyway. An important episode to watch.

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Cathy Murphy

Cathy Murphy

Tilly Watkins

Stella Gonet

Stella Gonet

Beatrice 'Bea' Eliott

Louise Lombard

Louise Lombard

Evangeline 'Evie' Eliott

Aden Gillett

Aden Gillett

Jack Maddox

Judy Flynn

Judy Flynn

Madge Howell

Michael Grandage

Michael Grandage

Hugo Bunting

Guest Star

Benedick Blythe

Benedick Blythe

Captain Philip White

Guest Star

Jackie Smith-Wood

Jackie Smith-Wood

Sarah White

Guest Star

Barbara Jefford

Barbara Jefford

Lady Lydia Eliott

Recurring Role

David de Keyser

David de Keyser

Sir Desmond Gillispie

Recurring Role

Francesca Folan

Francesca Folan

Penelope Maddox

Recurring Role

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    • (Bea and Evie debate what time it is acceptable to come home)
      Bea: What time of night do you call this?
      Evie: About a quarter to twelve actually.
      Bea: You have no idea do you, gadding about till all hours with young men. Have you no thought for your reputation?
      Evie: I have every thought for it Bea, which is why I'm here precisely just before midnight as opposed to just before breakfast.

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