By Jennifer Abella
Previously on “Emma Approved” … Bobby Martin charmed us all (except Emma).
Episode 14 (Hashtag Miracle Worker + Martin’s video): As you can see, Ryan basically gave Emma a political endorsement on Twitter. But Alex doesn’t believe it will spur Elton to call Emma. So Emma and Alex make a bet: Elton calls and she gets to set Alex up on a date (Me: With me!). If Elton doesn’t call, Emma finally has to have lunch with as-yet-unseen Maddy Bates, who’s been inviting her out forever. Emma is like, UGH, fine. FYI: When Alex leaves, Emma is smiling the smile of someone who’s in love but doesn’t know it yet. Then Harriet rushes in with a video from Martin, He spins a yarn about making 1,000 paper cranes to get a wish. He’s made a blue one for Harriet’s eyes, a red one for her heart, one made of a map for the adventures they could have. Then he asks if she’ll join him in his quest to make the cranes so they can share the wish. That sound you hear is the world going, Awwwwww.
Episode 15 (Ambition and Fruition): Martin’s video has discombobulated Harriet, who asks Emma for advice. Emma, of course, demurs. But the final result is — wait for it — Harriet decides to turn him down. Because apparently Martin doesn’t have goals. Harriet, listen: Calm down. Yes, Martin’s video was a little intense. But he is not asking you to marry him (in this version at least), you just have to have dinner. Jeez. Emma’s reward for her “good” advice: One sad Harriet … and a phone call from James Elton.
Episode 16 (Giving Thanks): Emma’s on a “James Elton is my client” high, while Harriet mopes about Martin. Speaking of, he stops in to say bye, because his job is done at Emma Approved, and Emma at least has the heart to look a little sad about how hangdog Martin is. Alex comes in, and Emma can’t wait to set him up per their Elton bet, but he quickly changes to subject, along the lines of, “I know something you don’t know: Harriet and Martin sittin’ in a tr –” But Emma stops him cold: She says Harriet already shot him down. And whoa, Alex is … not pleased. I like this fiery Knightley. Not afraid to tell Emma off and not in a lecture-y “I am better than you” kind of way. He says he’s having trouble even looking at her right now and stalks off, leaving her visibly upset. Good.
Episode 17 (First Impressions): After Thanksgiving, we finally meet the smarmily handsome James Elton. Emma wants to find him his “forever someone,” and in her mind that’s Harriet, whom she prompts to offer James some “celery soda.” Ew. Emma says Harriet introduced the office to the drink, which James of course is into as well. And … begin phase one of this matchmaking scheme.
Episode 18 (Practice Date): Alex and Emma have reached detente, neither apologizing for their spat over Harriet and Martin, but the fight is over by the episode’s end. Emma makes James go on a “practice date” with mopey Harriet as the volunteer. James brings up his likes: cacao nibs, boutique hot sauces and Icelandic yogurt. If you hadn’t lost me by virtue of being Elton, James, you lost me at Icelandic yogurt. Ick. The two discover a mutual love of musicals, and Harriet mentions she plays the ukelele (side note: There’s a whole “Harriet’s Music Club” set of videos that I didn’t bother watching, but feel free). At the end of the date James compliments Emma as his instructor.
Jennifer Abella is a TV/movie/pop culture/knitting/sewing/Jane Austen geek. Oh, and a total Anglophile. Follow @nextjen on Twitter. And remember to like Jane Austen Summer Program on Facebook and follow @JASPhotline on Twitter.