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September 25, 2016

Poldark 2 - Episode 4

Episode Four 

Poldark episode 4 review: fishing, flirting and Aidan Turner's "Mr Darcy moment"
If the sight of Aidan's Turner's Ross Poldark carrying his heavily pregnant wife off a boat and through the water – whilst having a tiff – wasn't enough to have you swooning all over the shop, then you're dead inside.
Demelza and Ross in BBC One's Poldark s02e04It was a scene straight off the cover of a romantic novel, as Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) went into labour and, thankfully, gave birth without any issues. Quite the happy ending to an episode which had its fair share of remarkable moments.
Let's get the plot out of the way first: blah blah blah, mine stuff; blah blah blah, shares; blah blah blah, navigable inlets; blah blah blah, something about copper?
We're being slightly unkind here, but there's much more rewarding elements to this episode going on elsewhere.
In particular, the ongoing love / hate / doctor / patient relationship between local handsome physician Dwight Enys (played with endless charm by Luke Norris) and Caroline Penvenen (a delightfully perplexing Gabriella Wilde).
Despite the locals coming down with a bad case of collective scurvy – 'cause, you know, the poor - the self-centred Penvenen makes demands of her favourite doctor.
After an amusing exchange of letters over the course of nearly three months (that's true love!), the couple come face to face with some of the most erotically-charged tension and filthy dialogue this side of The Great British Bake Off.
Caroline Penvenen in BBC One's Poldark s02e04We can't have been the only ones to raise a shocked eyebrow at the question: "Are you going to examine my throat or not?" from young Miss Penvenen. Add to that, "You bruised my mouth with your fingers," and there's sure to be some raised eyebrows on the latest Points Of View.
There are tender moments between the two, though Caroline manages to ruin it by practically quoting Dickens' Scrooge at Dwight regarding the possible deaths of his patients - "keeps the numbers in check."
Gabriella WildeThis does not go down well with our dashing doctor. However, the "rich and privileged" Caroline (her words, not ours) makes up for it supplying the scurvy-ridden populace with oranges.
Poldark Season 2 Couple Spotted On A Date; Episode 4 Trailer, SpoilersSadly, the two have to part. But her query of, "I wonder if we'll ever meet again?" becomes slightly redundant when the trailer for next week's episode lands but minutes later, revealing their reunion.
Another couple who finally resolve a whole lot of built-up tension - though in a very dfferent way - are Ross Poldark and his nemesis, George Warleggan (Jack Farthing).
Their scrap's been brewing for some time and didn't disappoint, a surprisingly visceral battle with George attempting to gouge Ross' eyes. It's surprising just how well Warleggan handled himself - the boxing lessons really paid off. We can't help feel, however, that there's a round two on the cards...
Farthing gets his chance to shine (and slime) as George obsequiously sleazes over Elizabeth (Heida Reed), requesting delicately a "renewal of our former intimacy," and then a "gradual increase in it." The dirty boy.
Not only that, there's a distinct whiff of emotional blackmail as he suggests this act would protect her loved ones.
Even four weeks into its second series and Poldark keeps striking gold, with another eventful and dramatic episode. With Ross indulging in some dodgy dealings and Verity's hubby finally befriended by Francis, there's no let up for fans - and we didn't even mention the Demelza ankle shot!

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