I really want to know the reasoning behind why this script wasn’t used and why Caroline Lee had to be so bastardized. Would it really have been so bad to get an actress for one episode? I know money was an issue, but really. This would have such an improvement to the show overall, and a much more powerful set-up to the Lizzie/Darcy finale.
It’s frustrating to know that this is out there and was considered, and they went another route.
We’ve talked about this on a few panels and some other places. It was a combination of timing - we just didn’t have the time/money to bring in another actor at that late date.
Part of it was that here was a sense that since none of the older characters (i.e. the Bennet parents, Doctor Gardiner, etc.) appeared on camera, that it would be a major break.
And the biggest reason (if I recall correctly) is that we still had to pay off the end of Caroline’s story, especially her involvement in the whole “Jane’s indiscretion” question. And this was the only place to do it.
Now don’t get me wrong - if we could go back in time and have the idea about 2-3 weeks earlier than we did, I’d have loved to have spent the time and even some extra money finding just the right Lady Catherine to appear on Lizzie’s vlog. I mean, how much could Jennifer Ehle cost for one day? :)
But when you’re working on the tiny margins and fast paced production schedule we were on, it just wasn’t feasible.
I should also say that, as flattering as it is to hear how much people like this script, don’t forget that you are all imagining the platonic ideal of how this episode would have come out. Actually producing it, who knows how it would have turned out?
And if we hadn’t made Caroline the big bad, then we wouldn’t have been able to have her reconcile with Bing and Jane, which was one of my favorite beats at the end of the story: https://storify.com/lbdiaries/come-visit-soon