Emma
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Catch up on what has happened in the sprawling world of Emma. Watch a short video recap for episode 2 or read the full synopsis below.

Emma teases Mr. Knightley about Jane, but he remains tight-lipped. Meanwhile, Frank and Emma plan a ball, and Emma wonders whether she might be in love with him. With her matchmaking officially abandoned, Emma feels cooped up and bored. Mr. Knightley suggests a day trip to Box Hill for a change of scene. He also tells Emma that he suspects Frank and Jane are secretly in love. Emma rebuffs the suggestion — she can personally vouch for Frank's indifference to Jane.

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Emma does her best to dismiss Anne's insistence that Mr. Knightley is Jane's mysterious present giver, although she is thrown when they are inspecting Jane's new piano and Knightley turns up "by chance."

Frank takes her mind off it, proposing a ball. Emma is excited about the event, until Frank is summoned back to his sick aunt, and the ball has to be cancelled. He comes to Emma, asking to speak to her alone. While Emma is mystified, Anne is sure he is about to propose. It seems he is going to propose, but he doesn't. Emma analyzes her feelings after he has gone, and decides that she must be in love.

Harriet's sadness is reignited when Mr. Elton's new bride, Augusta, arrives in Highbury. Augusta is vulgar and overbearing, and Emma complains to Mr. Knightley about how abhorrent she is. Nevertheless, she feels compelled to hold a dinner party to welcome her.

On the morning of the dinner, John Knightley meets Jane, who is out in the pouring rain to collect a letter. At the dinner that night, Jane is embarrassed when the subject of her walking in the rain, and whom her letter might be from, become the subject of speculation. Emma's interest is further piqued about Jane and a possible mystery lover.

Frank returns to Highbury, and the ball is back on. Emma wonders what it will feel like to see Frank again. However, when he arrives, she is surprised not only to find that theirs is not a romantic reunion but that she does not seem to mind. She realizes that she was not in love with him after all, and it does not stop them from enjoying the night.

Mr. Knightley watches from the side as Emma and Frank dance together. Emma asks why he is not dancing, and he tells her he is not a dancer. But when Mr. Elton rudely snubs Harriet, and she is left on her own, Knightley takes her to the dance floor. After seeing that he can dance perfectly well, Emma shares a dance with Knightley.

Emma's post-ball happiness is interrupted when Harriet arrives at Emma's home, carried in Frank's arms. He has rescued her from a band of gypsies who attempted to mug her. Later, she tells Emma that she was silly to be upset over Elton, and that there is someone far superior whom she feels for now. Emma, keen not to interfere in the way she did with Mr. Elton, decides she will not talk about the man in question (although it seems clear to her that it is Frank), but gives Harriet her blessing.

Emma teases Knightley about Jane, but he returns home and thinks only of Emma. Sensing her frustration at always having to remain in Highbury to look after her father, he suggests a trip to Box Hill. However, Mr. Weston invites Mrs. Elton, who immediately takes over the plans — and then prevents anyone from going to Box Hill because one of her carriage horses is lame. Mr. Knightley suggests they come to his estate to pick strawberries while they are waiting for her horse to recover — and Mrs. Elton announces she will come on a donkey, a requirement for dusty country lanes.

Emma is becoming increasingly frustrated with Mrs. Elton's interference, while Frank upsets Jane over a game of letters — passing her an anagram of "Dixon," the name of her suspected lover. Jane walks out, upset. Afterwards, Knightley asks Emma what it was that upset Jane and, when Emma dismisses it as a silly joke, he warns her that he suspects that Frank and Jane might be in love. Emma puts him straight; she can vouch for Frank's indifference to Jane. Knightley takes this as confirmation of Emma's love for Frank.

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