Better the devil you know than the one you don't is the lesson Mrs. Bridges and Ruby learn after a terrible row. Upstairs, Lord Stockbridge proposes to Georgina, but there's a catch.

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Ursula Howells ...
Duchess of Buckminster
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Mabel
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Mrs. Waddilove
Deddie Davies ...
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It's Summer 1929 and Georgina and Robert Stockbridge have fallen in love and want to marry. Richard and Virginia couldn't be happier and the happy couple set a date to marry in June 1930. They don't count on Robert's parents objecting however. The Duchess of Buckminster loves her son very much and having read of some of Gerogina's exploits in the society pages, questions his choice. She meets Georgina and comes away more impressed than she likely expected. Robert's parents decide that he is to go abroad for several months and if he still feels the same on his return, they will give their consent. Below stairs, Mrs. Bridges and Ruby have a major row leading the scullery maid to resign. She quickly finds a job through an agency but finds that working for the imperious Mrs. Waddilove is anything but a joy. Mrs. Bridges has a similar experience with Ruby's replacement leading them both to reconsider what has happened. Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place during the summer of 1929. See more »

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Georgina Worsley: [after interviewing Mabel] Well?
Mrs. Bridges: She seemed a nice girl.
Georgina Worsley: Oh, not bad at all, but does it matter about her not being experienced?
Mrs. Bridges: [Chuckling] Well, I'd sooner have a clean slate to write on, miss, than to teach an old dog new tricks. I've always said that.
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What Are We Going To Do About Uncle Arthur?
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Music by Alexander Faris (1972)
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy
Instrumental version heard under closing credits
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Ruby runs away!
26 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Summer. 1929, Georgina awaits 'approval' from the 'Buckminsters' concerning her engagement to their son, Lord Stockbridge. She visits his mother in an attempt to 'win her over', but it doesn't appear that she is getting her way when Robert is sent away for a year on a world cruise!

In the meantime; Mrs. Bridges takes a step too far in her mistreatment of Ruby, and the results being, Ruby slips out of the back door late one night, and leaves without giving notice. She's replaced - temporarily by a cheeky little madame by the name of 'Mabel'. She subsequently gets a slap across the face from Daisy for her pains!

Ruby ends up working for a bully 'Mrs. Waddilove' - played marvellously by the ever intimidating, yet wonderful Joan Sanderson! Ruby writes to Daisy of her distress, and Daisy in turn passes the letter onto Mrs. Bridges, who like a mother hen goes to visit Ruby to sort things out. She tackles the woman who is abusing her. Consequently, Mrs. Bridges brings Ruby back to Eaton Place where she belongs.


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