Mercy Street Season 2, Episode 6 GIF Recap
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Catch up on Episode 6, House of Bondage, with an episode recap. Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Hold on to your bonnets and top hats, everyone. The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here. This is it. The big one. We have finally reached the Season 2 finale of Mercy Street and huge, wildly important things are going down. As the season comes to a close, our characters are forced to confront their demons and face tough choices after the Battle at Antietam. This is Episode 6, House of Bondage.
1. Jane Stands Up for Belinda (Finally)
Last episode, tempers flared at the Green abode after a threat from Pinkerton left them spooked. They began to point fingers every which way for the family’s downfall and even placed blame on the always-loyal Belinda, who supported them through thick and thin. Understandably, she was not here for that. Later, James expresses his disapproval of Jane’s decision not to reprimand Belinda for walking out during the Pinkerton Panic, but Jane, having been raised by her, defends Belinda as a member of the family. I mean if we had to vote anyone off the island here, it would be Alice, right?
2. Belinda Has a Beau
In another part of town, Emma stumbles upon a newly empowered Belinda and a male friend getting cozy. Just kidding, he’s just touching her cheek, y’all. Scandalous! But who is this man? Well, since we’ve learned that you do not want a Green to do covert work for you, Emma gets caught being a snoop and realizes she has interrupted the magic but doesn’t wait around for introductions. However, Belinda later reveals to both Jane and Emma that the mystery man, George, was an enslaved person she fell in love with years ago. Sadly, she was not allowed to marry George because his master didn’t want their children to become “Green property.”
3. Samuel’s Role in History
Proud of his accomplishments and ready to head off to medical school, Samuel shares the good news with Charlotte. Though she’s happy for his success, she urges him to stay at the hospital where she feels there’s more work to be done and a moment in history that he needs to be present for. When the war ends and slavery is abolished, she wants him to live that chapter along with other freedmen rather than witness it from the sidelines, letting white men and women tell his story for him.
4. The Mission
At home, the Greens lose their minds when Pinkerton receives a search warrant for their house. Though there’s not much to find, Jane pulls Alice aside after she discovers a trove of letters “of the most lewd nature” from Captain Van Der Berg. Learning the truth about Alice’s relationship with the captain, Jane conveys her disappointment in her daughter. Amid rising tensions, Alice breaks her vow of secrecy to the Knights of the Golden Circle (not that she was good at keeping secrets anyway) and reveals that what happened to the captain was part of a mission that got out of hand.
5. Jed Sides with the Union
With a bit of downtime on their hands, Mansion House besties Jed and Samuel make a trip to the Foster family plantation to deliver a prosthetic leg to Jed’s brother, Ezra. When they arrive, Samuel receives a cold greeting from Jed’s mother and Ezra who initially assume he’s a slave. Despite learning that Samuel made the prosthetic and is studying medicine, the family dismisses him and demands that he dine separately in the kitchen. Later that night, Jed, who has been changed by his time at a Union hospital and from Mary’s influence, reminds his mother that her way of life is no longer the norm.
6. The Brits Let James Green Down
Shortly after President Lincoln declares the Battle at Antietam a Union victory and that the South is a “slave nation,” James’ deal with the British Ambassador falls through. To rub salt in the wound, Lord Edward, the liaison between James and the ambassador, notifies the Greens that he can no longer stay with them. Not even a soothing British accent can make a burn like this feel better.
7. Pinkerton on the Trail
Elsewhere, Pinkerton pays a visit to Miles and William, who formerly worked for the Green family. Earlier, Jimmy had granted the men mercy when he and his partners discovered that the pair found their arms stash in the Green warehouse. The pair initially seem conflicted about their loyalty to the Greens, but Miles discloses information about the illegal business to Pinkerton, who seems quite pleased with his investigative work.
8. Who Is the Father?
While Jed struggles with his family’s values (or lack thereof), Samuel meets a man named Saga who needs his help delivering another slave’s baby. When the woman’s condition worsens with eclampsia and she begins to go into labor, Jed is called in to help and the whole family comes along for the ride. When the child is born, Ezra says he’ll sell the baby but Samuel inquires about the father. With a single meeting of the eyes and sibling telepathy, Jed comes to the swift conclusion that the child is Ezra’s, leaving everyone, including Mrs. Foster in shock. I guess Jed isn’t invited to dinner anymore.
9. Samuel Puts Med School on Hold
After a long, traumatic visit to the Foster plantation, Samuel admits to Jed that he’s having mixed feelings about attending medical school as he questions where his place should be during this period of the war. (Meeting Mrs. Foster will probably do that to a man.) After his experiences that day, and perhaps through his help with the contraband school and his meeting with former and current slaves like Caleb and Saga, it seems that Samuel finally understands Charlotte’s message.
10. Dr. Hale and Nurse Hastings: Pranksters at Work
As the rest of our characters deal with their family drama, Nurse Hastings and Dr. Hale are working tirelessly to drive Major McBurney out of the hospital, even recruiting the rest of the staff for their schemes. Mixing tartar emetic, epsom salts and sulphate of soda, Hale and Matron Brannan whip up a drink sure to make McBurney ill. It does the job and the gang manages to convince him that he’s thrown up his entrails by giving him a bucket to use, which is already filled with chicken guts. So in case you were looking for any April Fool’s Day pranks…
11. Salt bae < Fire bae
When Jane hears the news of Alice’s extracurricular activities, she has a stern mom-to-mom talk with Tom Fairfax’s mother. Yet the discussion is cut short when Mrs. Fairfax notifies the Green family of a new search warrant Pinkerton has received for their warehouse. Hysterical, James races to the building and lights it on fire to conceal Captain Van Der Berg’s body and, unknowingly, Jimmy’s arms business. Fortunately, he reacts just in time and leaves Pinkerton with all evidence ablaze. Things are heating up in Alexandria.
12. Reunited at Last
Oh, look, it’s Mary! Just when you thought you’d never see your favorite nurse again, she’s back and looking sicklier than ever. Under the weather? That's an understatement. After Jed realizes how stubborn he’s being, refusing to visit Mary should she not want to see him, he finally makes the trek to Boston. There’s no chicken noodle soup involved but he does sit with her and reassures her that she’ll recover to see the end of the war. (And obviously live happily ever after with Jed.)
13. Love is in the Air for Belinda
But wait! The dating excitement doesn’t stop with Jed and Mary. During the past two episodes of the show, we’ve watched as Chaplain Hopkins struggles with his faith and his relationship with Emma. After all, he did kill a guy after their first kiss. Luckily for him, drowning a Confederate soldier is not a deal breaker. Though he initially ignores Emma’s efforts to comfort him, he eventually sees the light and agrees to officiate Belinda and George’s wedding. The celebration is full of dancing, merriment and GLANCES. Charlotte and Samuel also participate in the fun and finally solidify their relationship with a bit of handholding. It looks like things are finally beginning to look up on Mercy Street.