GIF Recap: Poldark Season 2, Episode 2
Reconciliation! Revenge! Resurrection! Episode 2 of Poldark Season 2 had it all. Let’s look back on some of the best moments from the episode:
After winning his freedom at Bodmin, Ross Poldark is home, and all is right in the world! But not really. Ross is still drowning in debt, his mine Wheal Leisure is barely squeaking by, and George Warleggan is still the worst. All of this tension at home is taking its toll on Rossmelza (Demeloss? Polmelza?), who are starting to bicker like the married couple they are. Lest we forget, Demelza is pregnant, but hasn’t told Ross yet.
For our amusement, George “The Bourgeois Bully” Warleggan has taken up boxing in his spare time. EN GARDE!
Since he couldn’t get Ross convicted in court, he’s taking another angle: buying up as much of Wheal Leisure as possible so he can cripple our hero financially.
Which is a perfect segue into—the ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MINE SHAREHOLDERS! Huzzah! Mining! But the news is not all copper-coated; many of the mine’s investors have been selling their shares, which George Warleggan has been scooping up like caviar at an aristocratic brunch. Ross starts to realize just how messy this is going to get when Warleggan minion Tankard shows up at the meeting.
Mining hasn’t been going so well lately (or ever), but Ross has a plan: Start an exploratory tunnel to an abandoned mine called Wheal Trevorgie and see if there’s copper there. They’ll have to pull some miners away from Wheal Leisure, and throw piles of money into the endeavor, but it should all be worth it. How could this possibly go wrong?
While Ross is busy businessing, Demelza receives a visitor at Nampara—Ross’ old army buddy, Scottish red coat Captain McNeil. He says he is visiting to call on Demelza’s cow doctoring skills (?), but it becomes pretty clear that McNeil is just trying to Dem him some Melza. Ross gets home to find them sipping rum by the fire and he is not pleased.
This sparks a tiff in which Ross (pot) repeatedly calls Demelza (kettle) black—er, I mean—flirtatious and fickle, which Demelza shoots down with the all the righteous rage you'd expect from someone who has to put up with Ross Poldark's regular bouts of brooding. It's pretty hard not to be solidly on Team Demelza here; did Ross forget about Season 1's whole "will-they-won't-they" thing with Elizabeth? What's the saying? People who work in glass mines shouldn't throw copper?
Meanwhile, everyone's favorite inebriate Jud is in some trouble of his own—George Warleggan has not forgotten about the manservant double-crossing him in court, and he did not find it fit, fair, nor proper. The Warleggan thugs plan their worst. Run, Jud, run!
But they soon catch him unawares, and after a brutal beating, he’s dropped off dead at the doorstep of Nampara. Everyone assumes it was a robbery gone wrong, but when Ross finds money left in Jud’s pockets, he puts two and two together. Ross Poldark will have his vengeance.
Murder, monopolies, marital discord...If all of these problems aren’t enough to make you jump off a Cornish cliff, it gets worse: Ross’ big loan due for repayment soon. He needs a year's salary. Like this week.
He and Demelza kick it into high gear and have the most epic garage sale of all time, selling chickens, pigs, rugs, candlesticks, Prudie—just kidding. Against the odds, they cobble enough money together to keep their mine and home safe from George Warleggan’s clutches. For now.
But something good comes out of the scramble: Ross realizes that he does miss Elizabeth and Francis, and that the Poldarks are stronger together. Ross extends the olive branch, and the two families reconcile. Finally, the gang's all here! Just in time to perform some weird harvest ritual.
Speaking of the harvest—It’s just not fall in Cornwall without autumnal balls! Both the wealthy Penvenen family (by writ of gentle master Horace) and the Poldarks plan harvest parties. There’s dancing! And mulled wine! Village-idiot-turned-politician Unwin is ready to go.
Both sides use the opportunity to talk shop. At Trenwith, Francis and Ross plot to get back into mining together and stick it to George. Little did we know, Francis has some cash set aside, and he’s ready to throw it all behind an industry in which he previously proved very incompetent. Hmm. Well, at least Ross will be around to manage the whole venture using his conservative financial strategy. Oh, wait…
At the Penvenen party, George takes the opportunity to swoop in and buy some more shares of Wheal Leisure. Back, you fiend!
Upstairs, heartthrob doctor Dwight Enys is called to help Caroline with a putrid throat scare, which turns out to be nothing but a misplaced fish bone. Aww, sweet, dumb Caroline. They share some cute banter, but then Enys goes in for the kill:
Sigh. Our hero!
But everyone is too busy sipping pumpkin spice lattes to remember that Jud died. Prudie hosts a modest wake for him at Nampara, in which the guests struggle to think of anything nice to say. There’s just one problem—the body has disappeared! Wait, is this MASTERPIECE Mystery!? Somebody call Morse!
Prudie is heartbroken, for all the right reasons.
But just then in bursts—Jud? Turns out he wasn’t dead at all, just unconscious. Too bad my future husba—er—Doctor Enys wasn’t around to perform a detailed autopsy…or, you know, just check if he was still breathing.
Jud is outraged to find everyone celebrating his death, which means we finally get our first “tidn’t” of Season 2.
With fish bones and unconscious manservants, it seems all’s well that ends well. That is, until Ross and Elizabeth end up alone in the library after the Trenwith harvest party, and this happens:
WHAT? NO! Ross, put that charm away! Elizabeth, get those lips out of here! The little flirtation turns downright cringe-worthy when Demelza overhears from the hallway. But if you think Ross is going to get away with this, think again. Garrick didn’t raise no fool.
Some of Ross and Demelza's grievances finally get air time—she feels unloved, he feels vulnerable after losing Julia, and at last the pair stops fighting long enough for her to spill the good news about the new baby. We also get nice Ross back, who says he's willing risk the heartbreak of losing a child again, and embraces Demelza.
Great! Now all is right in the world. …Right?
You can catch up on select episodes from Season 2 with free online streaming, for a limited time. Keep watching Poldark on Sundays, through November 27, 2016 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS (BUT not next weekend, October 9th, because there is a presidential debate!). #PoldarkPBS