Ross was back in London in this episode with Demelza holding down the fort in Cornwall. In London Ross finds that nobody will listen to his views much to happiness of a smirking newly reinstated George. Ross in this episode wanted grain prices to fall so the poor would not have to go to poor houses. This was opposed of course by George and Lord Falmouth who dislikes the fact that Ross has opposed some of his previous policies. However Ross manages to persuade the Cornish Big Wigs including Falmouth to support his temporary welfare policy so the poor will not starve. This led to George storming off like the little sulky boy he is when he does not get what he wants. However I bet he will have something up his sleeve to try and again ruin Ross. He always does. Also there is a change in Parliament in that the other MPs are beginning to listen to Ross as two men in Parliament one I think who is William Pitt mentioned that he has some interesting things to say. Therefore he thinks someone should call on him. This will be interesting and I am looking forward to seeing Ross meet Pitt. To be honest the politics are some of the best parts of Poldark in my opinion in the entire run, finally some actual history and a touch of reality. Not just the usual soapy stuff.
However Ross also had other people’s problems to deal with. Ross is currently spending a lot of time with Caroline. This involved discussions about her grief over losing her baby. I was interested to see that Ross did feel something about Julia’s death, I mean I guess he did but he has never seen to be very interested in his own children. Really they are mere card board cut outs that could be removed and no one would notice.
Anyway Ross also spent some time dealing with Jeffrey’s Charles’ problems in a wonderful scene where Ross wins a fight against a Viscount. Then this results in Ross basically saying if you do not behave I will tell your father who I know from parliament. This is so Poldark but it was fun in the face of all this misery and heartache. Then even better Jeffrey Charles was sick. Best scene in this episode for me! This led onto Ross talking with Elizabeth about Jeffrey Charles. I have the horrible feeling his infatuation with her will resurface again. I wish he would get over it. I do not see what is so wonderful about her since Demelza is way more attractive than her in many different ways.
Meanwhile Demelza also had others’ problems to deal with. She spent a lot of time in this episode with Dr Enys. This involved a conversation about if Caroline and Ross would have been a better match and them vice versa. Oh no! I hope this does not go any further. This already made my blood boil but it looks like Caroline is back next episode putting all thoughts of this behind. Anyway I think Demelza is too fiery for him and he too calm for her. To be honest I always thought Morwenna might have been good match personality wise for Dwight more so than Caroline. I am not anti her and Drake but both she Dr Enys are pretty similar in personalities and also temperament wise.
Meanwhile things got worse and better for Morwenna and Drake. Morwenna’s son was taken away from her by a nurse under the control of Lady Whitworth, so Ossie could go back to raping her. She also established the reason to Dr Enys why she had threatened to kill her son, since this was her only defence. Poor Morwenna, she could not divorce him at the time and he can basically make her life hell and get away with it. Ossie also finished his affair with Rowella but Rowella’s husband found out. This led to him beating Ossie to death. Thank god! He is dead finally. I have been praying for this moment for ages.
However this is clearly going to have repercussions and this is where Drake comes in. Drake accepting he cannot have Morwenna proposed to Rosina who accepted him despite the fact he told her he still love Morwenna. Then Demelza having heard Ossie was dead told Drake who then jilted Rosina at the altar. This led to her angry father burning down his forge. Oh no this has certainly not happened before. George also heard about Drake and wanted to hurt him. Thank God Elizabeth told him to leave him well alone this time. God George is vile. Well maybe not as vile as J.R Ewing but he is certainly well up there. Well he did not leave him well alone and sent Tom Harry after him who has resurfaced again! I thought he had gone forever. Well anyway he went to Namparra to find him. In my second favourite encounter of this episode Prudie and Demelza shoved him out the door. It looked like Prudie wanted to beat him with an inch of his life. She probably really misses beating Jod up!
Anyway Drake went to Morwenna who rejected him because of all the pain she has been through. I am sympathetic to both parties here. Does she still love him at all? However there again she has been married to vile Ossie which would put anyone off sex forever. Anyway this encounter led to Lady Whitworth thinking Drake murdered Ossie who according to her is a great horse rider and would never fall. Knowing her and her being played by Rebecca Front she will not stop until she gets what she wants. Oh no!
Now onto one thing I could not miss out sexualised males. Zero in this episode. Unless you count Ossie’s huge sweaty hand but no show of his famous toes! Oh and I suppose Drake’s shirt was undone slightly.
On a final mention. I think the fashions may be beginning to change in Poldark. Morwenna was wearing a bonnet this episode. Perhaps even more fashion changes will come to Cornwall. Next Ross will be wearing a top hat instead of a tricorn.
Overall 4.5 stars for this episode, as it was dramatic, heart wrenching yet even light at times.
P.S it looks like in the next episode Ross is batting his eyelashes at Elizabeth again and vice versa. The rivalry between Ross and George again heats up with George threatening to have him expelled from Parliament. Caroline and Dwight are back together clearly as she is telling him to administer to Elizabeth who has fallen to the ground. Oh no it looks something disastrous will happen to her. Is she pregnant? She is not doing something stupid again to bring it on early?