Remix time! Instead of the old Clarissa-writes-to-Anna routine, we get a letter from Lovelace to his pal John Belford.
Lovelace lets Belford into a little secret: he really, really likes
Clarissa. Too bad he also really hates the Harlowe family.
It's not totally his fault. When Lovelace was younger, he
got punked by another man—and not in the Ashton Kutcher kind of way.
After he got dumped for a high-class dude, he swore his vengeance on all of
In the meantime, Clarissa tells it like it is to Solmes. Ain't
gonna happen, no way, no how.
Surprise, surprise. Solmes doesn't care. He's happy to have
Clarissa even if she doesn't love him
So Lovelace isn't a total creep, it turns out. When he has
the opportunity to seduce a pretty young innkeeper's daughter named Rosebud
(for real?) he declines. Actually, he even gives the girl some money for her
If it wasn't Big Brother enough in Clarissa's house already,
Lovelace has a guy on the inside. That would be Joseph Leman, a money-hungry
Lovelace isn't just content to sit around and let Joe bring
him tidbits. Nope, he waits outside for Clarissa behind a woodpile. That's not
creepy at all.
Clarissa takes it all in stride. Somehow, she's not totally
turned off by Lovelace's weird hiding scheme. Her nurse, Mrs. Norton, sees
through Lovelace's tricks and tries to get her to check out Solmes.
The Harlowes are basically desperate to make Clarissa like
Solmes. Mrs. Harlowe tries bribing her daughter with clothes and jewels, but
Clarissa is no gold-digger.
Sing it, Kanye!
Whenever Clarissa and Arabella meet up, it's a recipe for a
catfight. The two throw down in Clarissa's room when she refuses to cooperate
with the family's wishes.
Meanwhile, Anna's got her own problems. Her mom wants her to
marry this dude named Hickman, so she makes a pros and cons list.
There aren't really any cons. Hickman is such a nice guy,
blah blah blah. Way to rub it in, Anna!
But Anna really wants to help her BFF. When Lovelace visits
Anna to see if she'll be an ally, she agrees to try to bring the lovebirds