Recap: Episode 5
Murder, melancholy, a jilting at the Sawleter, a new scheme from Ross, and…Harry Harry?! Revisit the moment of rough justice we’ve all been hoping for, plus our list of Episode 5’s most dramatic moments. Contains spoilers!
One Foot Out the Door
With a tantalizing (read: disgusting) wiggle of her toes, Rowella has Ossie coughing up the cash. But this visit will be one of Ossie’s last—he has plans to satisfy his perversions at home.
A Modest Proposal
It does the heart good to see Drake smile as Rosina accepts his marriage proposal, however tepid his declaration of “I like ye” seems when compared to his status update about Morwenna: “Love her I did, an’ love her I always shall.”
What the monstrous Ossie calls “congress” we call rape, and it’s unbearable to watch, let alone to ponder Morwenna’s suffering.
Numb and Number
As Ross tries to pull Caroline back from the abyss of her numbing despair, Monk Adderley squires her along its precipice. She remains indifferent but Ross, recounting his own loss of Julia, assures her that “tears must fall.” And when they do, he will be there. In a platonic way. Because we do not approve of this hint of a relationship reshuffling among our two favorite couples.
What a Drag!
In an imaginary version of the best game of Clue ever, the cuckolded husband did it with the candlestick in the woods. To Ossie! The death was necessary. The way it happened was delightful. And the reverend’s squeal of terror as he was dragged away was the cherry on top.
Jilted at the Sawleter
On learning of Ossie’s death, Drake breaks it off with Rosina. Sam is annoyed with Demelza for telling Drake just hours before the wedding, but Demelza’s just got to do her Demelza thing, championing love and truth and hope above all else.
Condolences Not Required
Can someone—anyone—please help this poor suffering woman? Paging Dr. Dwight, healer of lipsy legs, scurvy, and water-filled lungs. Paging Ross Poldark, who’s supposed to be savior to all of Cornwall. Not paging: the Warleggans, who forced Morwenna into this mess in the first place.
He could endure a noose tightening around his neck, but this—Morwenna’s banishing him forever—is an unexpected, crushing blow. After fleeing Lady Whitworth’s thugs, Drake disappears.
As You Wish, My Dear.
This is not the “As you wish” we know and love from The Princess Bride. This is the “As you wish” that actually means “You want me to keep out of this, which I’ll pretend to do for your sake, but really I’m going to secretly dispatch my double-named thug, Harry Harry, to burn Drake’s forge down to the ground.”
Before Ross kicks off his latest progressive scheme—the success of which will require Ross to play politics and bend to Lord Falmouth’s will—he and Demelza have the kind of reunion they’re sort of famous for.
She Throws Seashells by the Seashore
Suffering from PTSD, drained of hope, and considering herself sick and tainted, Morwenna throws the seashell bracelet that Drake made for her into the sea. Hurry back, Drake!
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