If you have managed to get through the first four episodes of Poldark series 2 without shedding a tear, then this is the episode that breaks the drought. Episode 5 brings out all kinds of feelings and emotions (unless you have a heart of stone). There’s hope, jealousy, love, happiness, regret, loss and sadness – pretty much the norm but multiply the norm by ten and you’ll get how I felt the first time I watched this episode.
So, here goes the recap…
Aunt Agatha feigns sickness and calls for Verity to return home to look after her. Francis goes to work with Ross at Wheal Grace with renewed fervour and hope. He is finally taking adulthood seriously, and this includes his role as the local magistrate, which he is called to perform when one of Ross’s tenants is arrested for smuggling into Tregunna Cove. They suspect there is an informer among them. Francis manages to convince Reverend Halse (Robin Ellis) to pass a sentence of three months’ hard labour instead of prison.
In Sawle, our good doctor can’t figure out what is causing young Rosina Hoblyn’s (Amelia Clarkson) limp. She flirts with him but he assures her he is wedded to his work, but we all know he is quietly pining over Caroline, who has been in London for the past year. He thinks she is about to announce her engagement to Unwin when George casually informs him of a big dinner party at Killewarren set for that evening. When Dwight bumps into Caroline moments later, he is rude and sulky. Continue reading