Recap: Indian Summers: Secrets of Episode 1
If Indian Summers, Episode 1 had you swept up in the dizzying, spectacular views and the characters' gripping relationships, here's a recap to help you keep track of the action…and the characters' deep secrets!
The Boy on the Tracks
When the train screeches to a halt, narrowly missing the motionless body of a young boy sprawled across the rails, Leena speculates that he was poisoned, his mixed race making him scapegoat for any number of misfortunes. But where did he get the bracelet on his wrist? And, wonders Dougie, why was he laid in front of that particular train?
Alice in Hinterland
Alice, newly returned to India with her son (but conspicuously, not her husband), has led her brother Ralph to believe that her husband had let her down. She leads the community to believe that he is dead. But what, then, to make of the letter she writes him in an appeasing tone, urging, " I can’t begin to think how angry you are. I beg you, don’t come after us."
Sooni: Not Caught, Red Handed
Aafrin warns Sooni to be careful when he spies Sooni's hand stained with the red paint used to deface the mural of Queen Victoria. But she rejects his caution, wanting to be among those advocating for home rule. She's nevertheless terrified as the police ransack the neighborhood in search of the vandal, and is comforted by her father, Darius, who knows her dangerous secret.
Because Aafrin is a Parsee and Sita a Hindu, they are forbidden to be together. But the young lovers secretly meet in the cemetery at the grave of Captain Codrington. When Aafrin reports local gossip about them, Sita claims it doesn't matter, biting his hand and sucking the blood. "I am yours now," she tells him. "And you are mine."
Behind Closed—and Locked!—Doors!
At the Simla Club's opening night celebration, Ralph is led to the library where he finds Madeleine awaiting him in response to a note that he supposedly wrote. Kaiser, Cynthia's henchman, locks them in together, and their natural chemistry takes over.
The Cupid of Simla
When confronted by Ralph after his library escapade, Cynthia admits to setting him up with Madeleine, revealing that he's next in line to become Viceroy, but he'll need to be married to advance his career. Madeleine, with her father's vast steel fortune, can get him out of debt and complete his profile as the perfect man for the job. But what's in it for Cynthia?
The Lone Gunman
The identity of Ralph's assailant is a mystery to all…except, perhaps, to Ralph? The Assistant Viceroy, upon catching him, exclaimed, "You!" When he ordered the soldiers not to speak to the shooter, was he harboring a secret? And does he know why he was called—if indeed Alice wasn't mistaken—a "rakshas," or devil?