Recap: 10 Essentials of Episode 3
Keep up with all the intrigues, attractions, and uneasy alliances of Indian Summers, Episode 3. Get 10 Episode Essential in one easy recap!
1. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?
Ralph Whelan offers Aafrin an opportunity to join the higher ranks of the Civil Service, "But, I want you to ask yourself a question: 'In a few years time, what do I want to be? Magistrate? District Controller?'" Is the promotion to recognize an unusual talent? To reward Aafrin's bravery? Or to keep him—a witness to the shooting—close?
2. You Just Threatened the Wrong Lady
On the subject of an upcoming inquest into the shooting, Cynthia very deliberately chooses her words and tone when telling Alice she'll be asked to give a witness statement: "And in your position, I wouldn’t remember a thing." Alice, hackles raised, does not respond well to being manipulated or threatened.
3. Jai Hind! (Long live India!)
Despite Ralph's protest that the arrest of Indian National Congress speaker Nalini Ayer would be "a bit severe," DS Rowntree urges the action because of the INC's alleged attempt to assassinate Ralph. The police descend on the gathering with brutality and violence, dragging Sooni away and throwing her in prison.
4. Cruel Confession
After Dougie and Leena kiss, he returns home to confess to his wife. Sarah breaks down, unable to stop the pain inflicted by Dougie's confession that he'd been "behaving in a manner that …can't be described as Christian." Sarah feigns ignorance, but later, at the tea, she unleashes all her hurt and humiliation on Leena.
5. "________ Rakshas!"
Ralph discusses the upcoming inquest with Aafrin, his guest, saying, "'You British devil.' That’s what I remember him shouting as he came towards me." Aafrin remembers the shooter shouting Ralph's name, but he acquiesces to Ralph, whose help he'd just requested for his imprisoned sister. Alice looks on in disbelief and disgust at Aafrin being manipulated just as Cynthia tried to manipulate her. Minutes later, she tells her brother, "In response to your need to have me perjure myself in concert with Mr. Dalal, the answer is no, Ralph. Unequivocally no."
6. Prison & Propaganda
Aafrin visits Sooni at the prison to assure her that he's working on her release, but when he characterizes the INC as violent, she lashes out at his complicity in their oppression: "Listen to me. This is British propaganda. You are British propaganda. The gunman is being used to smear Congress. And you... You are being used too.
7. Adam's Adornment
Ralph is shocked to see a certain bracelet on Adam's arm. With effortful nonchalance, he asks Alice, "Who is that boy?" What is the significance of the bracelet?
8. Eviction Notice
Unable to reach his evasive debtor Armitage in person, Ramu Sood is forced to personally deliver an official eviction notice from the tea plantation. But the racist and entitled Armitage won't deign to recognize it. What's more, in a fit of rage, he attacks Sood. But when he suffers a heart attack while choking Sood, Cynthia determines that Sood will pay.
9. Dual Perjury
At the shooting inquest, both Alice and Aafrin hesitate, unsure whether or not to lie for Ralph. And yet, both give the desired answer: "You British Devil."
10. Secrets and More Secrets
When the coroner temporarily leaves the inquest, Aafrin, left alone, notices an evidence file marked "Chandru Mohan." There he finds an envelope containing Mohan’s identity card and his (forged) Congress membership certificate. Sooni’s words ring out in his head: "This is British propaganda. You are British propaganda." He quickly pockets the paper as the clerk returns, then races home to hide it under the bed in a tin containing his father's war medal. Does he regret his perjury and complicity?