When Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix series “Bridgerton” premiered in December 2020, it captivated people and quickly became the streaming service’s most-watched show. The period drama is set in Regency-era London and follows eight siblings from the affluent Bridgerton family as they each seek love.
While Season 1 concentrated on Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dynevor) heated affair with Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), Season 2 focuses on the pressure of Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) suffers in the aftermath of his sister’s marriage.
While the eligible bachelor finds himself embroiled in an increasingly intricate love triangle with sisters Kate (Simone Ashley) and Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran), the rest of his high-society acquaintances continue to create drama and scandal in search of marriage and status.
Prudence Featherington (Bessie Carter), a notoriously single woman, secures an engagement following a series of failed proposals. To be fair, it is directed toward her fourth cousin, Lord Jack Featherington (Rupert Young), so it is not entirely a fairytale.
Prudence is far too inattentive.
Fans of “Bridgerton” are well aware that the Featherington sisters are not always the brightest, but Prudence’s desperate desire to marry causes her to miss obvious red signs. Or, more precisely, red rubies. After convincing Lord Jack Featherington (Polly Walker) to propose to her eldest daughter, Lady Portia Featherington (Polly Walker) finds the truth about her husband’s financial situation.
Lady and Lord Featherington devise a ruse to dupe investors with phony jewels to amass money. Prudence, who is already being exploited as a pawn by her mother through this forced marriage, finds herself unwittingly marketing their wares at Anthony and Edwina’s dramatic wedding.
While Prudence is milling around the reception, Lady Featherington confronts her for failing to display the ruby necklace that Lord Featherington gifted her. She initially reacts ambivalently, pointing out that he speaks to her “barely.” Her attitude softens, however, when her mother cautions her that if she botches her engagement, she, like her sister Penelope, may end up “without prospects” (Nicola Coughlan).
“Heaven forbid,” she exclaims as she spins around to show off the jewellery. Rather than raising doubts about the necklace’s importance, Prudence continues to be readily misled by those around her.