GIF Recap: Poldark, Season 2, Episode 6
Tinners, and gaugers, and smugglers—oh my! Episode 6 was a whirlwind of stormy, seaside action. Let’s review:
Ross and the miners have been searching for copper in all of the mines, but they don’t have enough funds to keep aimlessly digging. Ross is convinced that ex-miner Mark Daniel's knowledge is the only way to keep the operation afloat. Smuggler Trencrom has found Mark in France and agrees to bring Ross overseas for a rendezvous. Voice of Reason Demelza points out that this is a horrible idea because it means Ross will be at the scene of a smuggling crime, but our hero insists that he "has to" go. Do you, Ross? Do you?
Speaking of conflicted souls—Dwight and Caroline want to elope, but Dwight is having second thoughts. He doesn’t like sneaking away and looking like a fortune hunter, and he feels bad about leaving his patients to fend for themselves. Unfortunately Caroline's uncle would never give the couple permission to marry, so this is the only way. They shove those doubts deep down and agree to run away together within the week. Swoon!
Ah, love. It’s complicated. Especially so for George Warleggan, who apparently has no game. To win Elizabeth’s heart he’s started a weird propaganda campaign that involves “informing” her of all the bad things happening in the world. The French Revolution is scary! And so are fake prospecting laws that allow strangers to trespass on your property! It’s all slowly chipping away at Elizabeth’s fragile psyche, but Aunt Agatha isn’t worried.
Mon Dieu! Ross arrives in France and finds Mark Daniel, who is looking a little worse for wear. It doesn’t take long for Ross to realize something is…off.
Mark is a few pilchards short of a proper haul and has no idea what he’s talking about. Apparently France and its unpasteurized brie has really messed with his wiring. So that was a waste of a trip.
On the way home, Ross muses that maybe he should just be a humble farmer and less of a reckless, pseudo-smuggling, pub-brawling swashbuckler. WHOA! Did Ross Poldark just have a breakthrough?
Well, that was nice while it lasted.
Okay. Get ready, because things are about to speed up. No blinking!
Dwight and Caroline have to change their plans and leave THAT NIGHT, but as Dwight is packing he gets caught up in some last-minute medical work, which turns into some last-minute saving Ross Poldark from a redcoat ambush. It turns out that one of Dwight’s patients is engaged to (dun dun DUNN) the smuggling informer! Charlie! Dwight solves the mystery, exposes the informer, fights his way out of the confrontation, then rides like the wind to Nampara Cove.
Scottish army captain McNeil is part of the aforementioned ambush, and brings a guard to the Poldark house to keep Demelza inside.
Down at the cove, Ross and the smugglers arrive and start unloading goods. You could cut the tension with a scythe. This whole mess is about to blow up, Ross is about to go to prison, AGAIN, and this show is going to have to be renamed Warleggan.
—BUT THEN, just in the nick of time, Dwight lights a bonfire on the cliffs above the redcoats to warn Ross away. Yay, go Dwight! But does Ross run away? Nope! He stays and punches customs officers (PLURAL) in the face.
Poor Dwight is musket-whipped and arrested, but let’s remember the real victims here: Caroline and Horace, who were stood up while waiting in the elopement carriage. See the aftermath of this heartbreak in Poldark, Season 2, Episode 7: Can Horace Learn to Love Again?
Demelza manages to sneak outside and warn Ross about the guards at Nampara, so he goes through a side door and hides in the library. But when the customs officials storm the house and search the library, our hero is nowhere to be found. Is he in the woods? Is he in the house? We don’t know, but he’s not under arrest.
The next morning: Dwight is released, but it's too little too late for Caroline. She has already broken up with him 18th century-style: via poetic letter delivered by manservant.
Like a phantom with great hair, Ross reappears; he was in a secret alcove this whole time! Ta-da!
But he can’t stay hidden forever, and this crime (with many witnesses) will certainly have consequences. Does this mean we’re back to Ross vs. the noose?
Until next week, remember to catch up on select episodes from Season 2 with free online streaming, for a limited time. #PoldarkPBS