GIF Recap: Poldark, Season 2, Episode 5
Do you like promissory notes? Fruit baskets? Old flames that won’t leave you alone? Then you’ll love Episode 5! Let’s dig in:
It’s been 7 months since Francis died—just when we were really starting to like him—and everyone is still sad about it. To add insult to injury: those copper samples he found? They were completely worthless “fool’s copper,” which is apparently a thing. So now Elizabeth and her fancy son with two names are just as broke as Ross.
Remember at the end of last episode Demelza when looked a little worried? It was probably because she realized that, with Francis gone, no one was standing between Elizabeth and her old flame Ross. As it turns out, those concerns were well-founded; Ross has been spending a lot of time at Trenwith, and everyone is noticing. Verity is very disappointed.
Of course, Francis’ death clears a path for someone else—George Warleggan. He’s had a crush on Elizabeth for a long time, and now he starts putting on the moves. Dinners with her mom? Check. Presents for her son? Check. We can’t wait to see what a Warleggan’s romantic night out looks like. Spiders? Blackmail? Expensive torture devices?
But George Warleggan isn’t being so kind to the other Poldarks; he and his bald uncle Cary bought Ross’s big loan, and they’re planning on calling in his debt the day after Christmas. That means our hero may be behind bars again soon, this time in debtor’s prison.
In other news, Doctor Enys gets an idea to help a village girl with a chronic knee injury: study cadavers. Uh, okay. But it works! She’s healed! Dr. Dwight Enys, Miracle Man. All in a day’s work.
Guess who’s back in Cornwall? Caroline (and HORACE)! She and Dwight continue to meet in the forest and kiss. He tells her all about his problems, including his friend Ross's wayward finances. Caroline wants Dwight to run away with her and set up a private practice so he can be rich like her, but he wants to keep helping the less fortunate. Then they race horses on the beach! When in Cornwall?
But Caroline’s uncle Ray is not happy that his niece is wasting her romantic prospects (and risking her honor! GASP!) on a poor person. He invites Dwight over and tries to scare him off; Ray thinks that Dwight is just after Caroline’s money, but Dwight insists that he loves her. Caroline, meanwhile, pretends to listen to her uncle, but keeps taking Dwight out for beach horse rides.
In the life of Ross Poldark: Mining is finally paying off! Just kidding, he is still making no money. All those mines are a wheal disappointment, am I right?
Remember the sub plot with ex-miner Mark Daniel? Ross is desperate for copper and is now convinced that the only way to find the alleged secret stash is to get in contact with Mark (in France). He enlists the smuggler Trencrom’s help, but that comes with a price. Trencrom wants to store illegal cargo at Nampara for a day or two, in addition to using Ross’ cove. Demelza, Voice of Reason, points out that this is a horrible idea. There’s still an informer afoot, after all!
Per usual, Ross decides to ignore Demelza and do his own thing. The smugglers bring the first load of goods to hide in Nampara, and some guy named Charlie shows up in the middle of it. He’s one of the smugglers, but wasn’t involved in this operation, so it’s all very suspicious. Could he be the snitch?
Ross stokes the engine of the bad decision train with a visit to the bank. He feels bad about Elizabeth being poor and all alone, so he wants to anonymously buy Geoffrey Charles’ shares in Wheal Grace for a ridiculously high price. The idea is SO financially reckless, even for Ross Poldark, that his banker interrupts him just to slowly repeat the plan back to Ross. Doesn’t he owe like twice the amount he’ll pay for the shares to George Warleggan? So he wants to totally screw both himself and his family over? Won’t that make Demelza, I don’t know, furious?
So, shall we start a friendly wager? How long before Demelza finds out about this little plan and bakes Ross into a pie? Share your predictions using #SeriouslyRossPoldarkIsDEADYouGuys.
But gentlefolk, forget thy woes, it’s Christmas in Cornwall! The Warleggans are throwing a fondant-coated soiree, but it’s kind of ruined by George’s bald uncle Cary being creepy and trying to set his nephew up with teenage girls.
It’s a Very Existentialist Christmas at Nampara, as Ross gives up on all hope of happiness and Demelza gets very sick of his whining.
Christmas at Trenwith is equally depressing. The whole house looks like they have a “Dickensian” Instagram filter on, and everyone gets ugly homemade clothes from Santa.
But just when it seems like Geoffrey Charles will have to eat coal for Christmas dinner, George Warleggan shows up like the Ghost of Christmas Past. He wants to whisk Elizabeth away to his soiree! He continues to flirt with/prey on her at the party, offering compliments of the season, ornate holiday cakes, and a world-class education for Geoffrey Charles. Back, fiend! Stop trying to act like you’re nice!
Before we know it, it’s the big day: the day after Christmas, the day of reckoning, the day Ross Poldark’s loans are due to George Warleggan. Ross and Demelza head to the bank to face the music. But in a rare turn of events, the banker has some good news. A Christmas miracle! An anonymous benefactor bought the debt, in full, and arranged a new promissory note with lower interest. That makes no financial sense, because Ross Poldark is a horrible investment—but awesome! The banker is under strict instructions not to tell Ross and Demelza the identity of their mysterious benefactor, but (DRAMATIC IRONY) we know it’s Caroline. Is this another attempt at Dwight’s affections? Or is the heiress going soft?
At the Warleggan mansion, our villains are sipping port and eagerly awaiting the moment they get to ruin Ross Poldark. Ah, revenge is sweet. Ross and Demelza arrive, acting appropriately downtrodden, until our hero pulls out his trump card…
Bald uncle Cary is ENRAGED, but George remains calm—dare I say, too calm. He muses there are other ways to “punish” Ross…
Such as: formidable fruit baskets! When a huge gift from George arrives at Trenwith, Elizabeth is totally smitten. Even Aunt Agatha is like, “Really, girl?”
Finally on the other side of financial ruin, Ross realizes he’s been a real jerk to Demelza this season. He tries to make it up to her with a Christmas present. What did Santa bring Demelza? Silk stockings! Looks like Ross went to Ye Olde Victoria’s Secret. He helps her try them on and it’s the blue dress all over again.
They get to kissing and um…fade to black. Whew. I’m so glad mommy and daddy aren’t fighting anymore.
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