GIF Recap: Poldark, Season 2, Episode 4
It's that time of the week! The Poldark Season 2 Episode 4 GIF recap is hot off the presses. Gather ye' round:
It's been a year since we last saw the Poldarks. Time flies when you're watching television! Ross and Francis have sunk the last of their money into an engine that will pump the water out of Wheal Grace, the mine that yielded only heartbreak to Ross’ father. Ross is pretty much done with Wheal Leisure since George Warleggan owns almost all of it now and is ruining everything.
In other news, things are heating up in the village as law enforcement cracks down on smugglers. There is rumor of a mole in the whole smuggling operation, as more and more shipments are getting caught.
Caroline and—more importantly—Horace, are back in town! Her uncle Ray hosts a party, which he hopes will bring the announcement of her engagement to Unwin. Ross and Demelza come too, much to the excitement of George Warleggan.
But Fate thinks it's funny to stomp on all my dreams, so at dinner, this happens:
NO! She can't! Or he can't! YOU GUYS can't! Why does this keep happening?
Ross, infuriatingly, doesn’t exactly shut her down.
We at MASTERPIECE strongly advise against punching Ross' face on your television screens, despite your urges to do so. Seriously though, how hard is it to remember that you have a beautiful wife, WHO IS SITTING RIGHT DOWN THE TABLE FROM YOU? Ross Poldark is going to give me an aneurysm.
Like the stars in the night sky, or the sun always rising, some things remain constant: the Warleggans keep on Warleggan-ing. Bald Uncle Cary Warleggan has a new sinister plan. He found out about Ross’ most recent loan of a thousand pounds, and if the Warleggans buy it from the original lender, they can finally ruin Ross via his purse strings.
Promissory note in hand, George returns to Trenwith to creep on Elizabeth and hold her cousin's debt against her. He's less flattering with Aunt Agatha, though this bodes well for my running database of 18th century insults.
Okay, readers: Mark this day on your calendars! Buy some champagne! Because for once, there’s good news from the mine. The engine is working! So the water in Wheal Grace is draining, they’ll be able to blast through to Trevorgie, then boom:
In the lives of the rich and furry, Horace benevolently convinces his mistress Caroline to follow her heart. She decides to dump Unwin and go after her crush Dr. Enys. Dwight confesses that he might just be in love with her too, and they have a romantic rendezvous in the woods. With kissing!
But just like Horace, Caroline is a very complicated soul. She has this whole inheritance thing to worry about, and since she won't have access to any of her money until she's "of age," she has to lay low until December. To be continued.
Our BFF Verity comes back to Trenwith to nurse a sick Aunt Agatha, and Francis welcomes her back with hugs and sunshine—actually, wait. Can we talk about this?
Between his newfound passion for mining and his sudden impulse to play with his son all the time, Friendly Francis is kind of off the rails. He's just too nice, you know? No one in this show is THAT nice. So we get some weird, bittersweet pangs of foreboding when Francis is left in the mine alone, right before a dynamite blast.
But nothing bad happens, and even better, he might have found some copper! Er, I mean—
He brings the copper samples to Demelza, and they have an impromptu heart-to-heart about their wayward spouses. Demelza feels neglected, and has noticed how Ross still looks at Elizabeth. Friendly Francis gives her an amazing pep talk. +5 Friendly Points ©! But then he heads back to the mine, ALONE, and we get that sinking feeling again. Uhhh...guys? Is something bad about to happen?
Meanwhile, Ross visits his banker and gets some bad news: George Warleggan owns his very soul.
George now owns Ross' debt. Ross knows nothing good can come of this, and he's right; if he doesn't pay the loan of fourteen-hundred pounds off by Christmas, George will send him to debtor's prison. Better have Prudie check the couch cushions?
Francis is still down in the mine, hunting for copper. Alone. There’s ominous music. And it’s dark...
We're lured into safety when Francis catches a glimmer of copper. See? Francis won't die! He's finally good at something!
But just as he reaches the red vein, he slips and falls into a pool. NO! Not Friendly Francis! Take Jud!
You might remember from Season 1 that Francis cannot swim. Luckily there is a peg stuck into the rock wall of the pool, and he clings to it for dear life. How long can he hang on?
Ross gets word that Francis is missing from Trenwith, and gets a group of miners together for a search party.
Poor Francis is still in the frigid water, barely hanging on and slowly slipping into unconsciousness. He has a flashback to a moment when he almost drowned as a child, and suddenly hears Ross's call—But we sadly realize, it was just a mirage. Ross isn't there to save him, and Francis is too exhausted to carry on. He loses his grip and sinks into the pool.
Ross and the miners do find him, but it's too late. Francis is dead.
At his funeral, Ross comforts a despondent Elizabeth. As Demelza watches, her expression turns to one of dread as the realization hits: Now there's no one standing between Elizabeth and the man she's always loved. Buckle up, kids, looks like it’s going to be a bumpy road.
You haven't caught up on Poldark yet?
You can watch 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. #PoldarkPBS