This week on Southern Charm, the most infamous couple in Charleston welcomes a new bundle of joy into the world while the guys head off for a weekend in LA filled with bottles, models and wild nights. However, will Craig's penchant for partying get in the way of his budding career at the Gentry Group? Read on for a full recap of this week's drama...
While Whitney Sudler-Smith awaits his costars' arrival in LA for their boys trip and jokes with his German girlfriend Larissa Marolt about promise rings, a very pregnant Kathryn Calhoun Dennis hits the spa with K. Cooper Ray for pedis and facials. Kathryn's preparing for the imminent arrival of baby #2, but Cooper's concerned with where her head is at when it comes to her relationship with baby daddy Thomas Ravenel. The dapper dandy of Charleston lays down a serious reality check to Kathryn, pointing out that - in reality - the man she's now had two kids with is a 50-year-old playboy who's hit the age that most men start having a midlife crisis. So as much as Kathryn wants things to be copacetic with T-Rav, she needs to face the fact that he may not be what's ultimately best for her in the long run. However, I'm much more interested in finding out just exactly how big of a celebrity Whitney's girlfriend Larissa is on the other side of the pond. Like, are we talking the Caroline Fleming of Germany?
Meanwhile, Thomas is busy playing a friendly polo match with his best friend JD Madison. Anxious for some guy time before the new baby arrives and sends his whole world into another cycle of craziness, T-Rav laments that he can't go on the guys trip to LA. However, with Kathryn being induced three weeks earlier than expected, he has no choice but to stay in Charleston and miss out on the fun. J.D. finds the change in delivery day to be suspect, but it's fairly common knowledge that a doctor would make that decision, not Kathryn's. JD questions whether his best friend is going to demand Kathryn take another paternity test. The Gentry CEO thinks it's a good idea, but Thomas opines that most women take that kind of question as an affront to their personal integrity - Kathryn included.
Craig Conover meets his girlfriend Naomie Olindo for a dinner of calamari and oysters on the half shell. Craig's particularly excited to jet off to LA with Shep Rose for a good old-fashioned weekend of debauchery with the boys, but Naomie questions how he'll handle his work responsibilities when he's on the other side of the country. The Gentry Bourbon launch is just days away, but Craig insists that he's got everything on his to-do list under control and that he got JD's blessing as his boss to go to LA. If everything for the brand's launch has been taken care of, then there shouldn't be any problems right?
Meanwhile, Landon Clements and Cameran Eubanks are busy improving their domestic skills by taking a candle-making class. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather just go down to Target and buy a new candle. Maybe that's just me? As they take a break for their wax to dry or harden or...something, Cameran presses Landon on a little theory she's been keeping close to the vest for a while now involving the smiley brunette and Shep. The show's voice of reason asks Landon how she feels about Sheppy dating his latest girl Bailey and finally manages the brunette to admit that she maybe, sort of, kind of has feelings for her longtime friend. As Cameran points out, it's about time! Landon admits that she's always harbored the fantasy in the back of her mind that she and Shep could end up together, but is afraid to risk their years-long friendship in an attempt to take things to the next level. Cameran thinks the idea of Landon and Shep getting together could be the best thing ever and encourages Landon to think about how to make it happen.
Shep and Craig arrive at Whitney's house in sunny LA ready for a good time. However, before the nonstop partying can commence, the fallout from Whitney and Craig's argument in the Appalachians needs to be addressed. As Shep retreats with the excuse that he's going to take a shower, the other two Charmers acknowledge the elephant in the room. Craig apologizes for causing the drama on the group's trip by bringing up his theory about Kathryn, but Whitney already considers it water under the proverbial bridge. As the boys and Larissa hit up a house party in the Hollywood Hills, Shep is particularly excited to be popping bottles of champagne surrounded by blonde models. However, Whitney surmises in his confessional that the LA girls won't likely fall for Sheppy's good old Southern boy act, and the golden boy of Charleston ends up going home without a single California girl on his arm...or in his bed.
Back in Charleston, Thomas takes Kathryn to a wine and spirits bar. This doesn't seem to be the most logical place to bring a woman who is almost nine months pregnant but hey, what do I know? With the baby coming in just a few days, Kathryn is under an inordinate amount of stress and points out that this time around, it feels different without Thomas by her side to support her. In fact, in the middle of her opening up to him, Thomas gets a phone call from someone at his new house with some urgent reason for him to come home. In her confessional, Kathryn vents that Thomas isn't putting her or the baby first. After all, shouldn't she be his first priority right about now?
The next morning, JD's anxiously trying to reach Craig on the West Coast, but to no avail. After his calls go straight to the pretty boy's completely full voicemail, JD calls Shep and leaves a message for Craig on his phone. Still recovering from their wild night of partying, the boys in LA are hung over and a little worse for the wear, but Craig continues to insist that he did everything he was supposed to for work. Plus, he's going back to South Carolina the next morning just in time for the launch of Gentry Bourbon at the Charleston Cup. However, from JD's perspective Craig is passing up the chance he so desperately wanted to get more involved in the bourbon division just a few episodes ago. Instead, Craig is off in LA getting pampered with a massage from a girl who has her hands full trying to avoid Shep's flirtations as the poor woman tries to do her job.
Craig arrives back in Charleston, but blows off setting up at the race track with JD with the excuse that he's not feeling well. Naturally, JD is less than pleased to have to do all the grunt work for the launch of Gentry Bourbon by himself out in the cold, and his wrath towards Craig starts to build. Eventually, Craig arrives along with Naomie, Landon, Cameran and recurring cast members Danni Baird and Jennifer Snowden, but manages to avoid talking to JD as the crew hits the red carpet at the Gentry tent. In the blustery cold, the Charmers gamble away their money on various horses, and both Danni and JD's wife Elizabeth come away the big winners of the event. As the races draw to a close, JD finally corners Craig and gives him a stern talking to about blowing off his responsibilities for the day. Craig maintains to his boss that he really wasn't feeling well (sinus infection or two-day hangover?) but admits in his confessional that he's starting to think that he's over working for the Gentry Group. In his mind, working for JD was a way to get back to Charleston, but wasn't the end-goal for #NewCraig's comeback.
While the rest of the Charmers are off at the Charleston Cup, Kathryn and Thomas are ready for the arrival of their little bundle of joy. While Thomas admits that he's a bit trepidatious about another baby Ravenel, the former lovers finally seem to be genuinely getting along for once. They head to the hospital holding hands and six hours later, St. Julien Rembert Ravenel is born! It's a tender, touching moment for the couple, and as Thomas holds the baby for the first time, he quietly voices his hope that St. Julien won't make all the stupid mistakes he's made throughout his life. Well, here's to hoping, but it's pretty safe to say that it would take baby Julien quite a bit of effort to wrack up a rap sheet of offenses even remotely comparable to that of his dear old dad's...
What did you think of this week's episode of Southern Charm? Could the birth of St. Julien bring Kathryn and Thomas back together? Is #NewCraig turning back into Old Craig? Leave your thoughts and opinions below in the comments section!