Recap: 11 Essentials of Episode 7
The Brits put on a play, but the real drama went on behind the scenes! Get 11 Episode 7 essentials in a recap of the betrayals, blackmail, and broken promises as Indian Summers heats up!
1. Identity Crisis
Ralph is brought to the police station to identify Jaya's body, but says he can't help; he doesn't recognize her. After Rowntree shows him her horrible injuries, is left alone with her body. Haunted, Ralph looks down on her devastated corpse and sobs.
2. Break Promises and Carry On
Ralph incurs the ire of both Willingdon and Cynthia when he confronts them, saying, "We promised the untouchables representation, we promised them a voice. Have you forgotten that? Because they won’t have. Gandhi goes on hunger strike, and that very night all of British Simla dons its finery and heads to the theatre? He starves himself while we drink and dine and laugh. The untouchables could be forgiven for thinking we take our promises less seriously than the Mahatma." After the Viceroy's angry departure, Ralph informs Cynthia that Jaya was stabbed to death, and that Ian was at the police station. He tells her, "The past always catches up with you. That’s what people say, isn’t it?"
3. Blood Money?
Dougie returns to help Leena break the news to Adam of his mother's death, and finds they've received a big fat check from the Board of Revenue for the mission school. While Leena is overjoyed at how it can help the children, Dougie is uneasy at having Ralph to thank for the funds.
4. Presumed Guilty
Ian's efforts to be helpful, telling the police that the murdered woman had worked briefly at the tea plantation before stealing the wedding sari from Sood's house and disappearing, has backfired, making Sood suspect No.1. Sood feels betrayed, suggesting that Ian led the police to him on purpose. As he packs up to flee, Ian urges him to stay, saying, "The worst thing an innocent man can do is run."
5. Then Who Did Kill Her?
Cynthia: "You think I killed her, don’t you?"
Ralph: "No...I...Why are you laughing?"
Cynthia: "Because I’m glad. I’m glad you think that."
Ralph: "You’re glad?"
Cynthia: "Oh god, Ralph. I have been so worried. I feared the worst. But if you think I killed Jaya, it means you didn’t."
6. Choose a Hand
Singh shows up at the Viceregal Lodge to let Aafrin know he has the stolen Chandru Mohan membership certificate which Aafrin had hidden. He doesn't reveal what he will want from Aafrin, but some sort of blackmail is sure to follow.
7. Knife in the Heart!
Aafrin angrily accuses Alice of telling the police about the note—how else would they know? When she defends herself, suggesting that Sita was also involved, he replies, "You’re suggesting Sita betrayed me? The woman I love. The woman I intend to marry? I trust Sita with my life." He makes it clear that Alice is not to be trusted, telling her, "You're just like the rest of them."
8. The Secret Mourner
At Jaya's funeral, Ralph lurks at the edge of the forest. Did Alice, who only just learned that the deceased was Adam's mother, recognize him?
9. The Play's the Thing
Worried that perhaps Alice was right about Sita not delivering the note, Aafrin begs Sooni for information about it. But she is furious about his plans to attend the play, seeing it as complicity with the British. "If we let them divide us then they win. It is how they have always won. Gandhi wants us to be united, as one. And you will sit among them while he starves for that cause?" She tells him nothing.
10. A Forced Confession
Learning where the murder occurred, Ian realized that Sood couldn't have committed it, despite Sood's confession, and despite Ralph's pointed undermining of the screams that Ian had witnessed. Caught and beaten into a confession, Sood explains the hopelessness of his situation to his new friend and ally, Ian: "It was the best gift for them. For I am the very worst of my kind. I refused to lie down. I dared to stand up to them as their equal. And that—that, Mr. McLeod was my real crime. And I knew that one day—one day—I would be punished for it."
With Dougie keeping Adam's connection to Jaya secret, Leena begins to suspect that Jaya's murder may have something to do with his father. But when she asks Adam to tell her his father's identity, the boy can only say, "Rakshas."