‘Miss Scarlet and the Duke’ Recap: Episode 2 – WTTW News

Miss Scarlet and the DukeairsSundays at 7:00 pmand isavailable to stream. Recap the previous episode.

Eliza sneaks into a house, picks the lock on a drawer, and grabs some coins. A girl appearsshe saw Eliza watching the house. Eliza was hoping to collect a debt from the girls fatherhe stiffed her after she solved a case for himbut the girl asks for the money, or shell scream. Eliza hands it over. The girl screams anyway.

Too badEliza needs the money. She visits Rupert at his new dwelling in order to tell him that she will be late on her first loan payment. He doesnt mind; he and Eliza continue chatting with his doctor friend who is visiting.

Ruperts mother is furious that Eliza encouraged Rupert to move out, which is bad news for Eliza, given that Mrs. Parker is her landlord and the lease renewal is coming up. If Eliza cant pay in a week, shell be evicted. But Eliza cant even pay her servants: Kitty has left, although Ivy is still around.

Eliza has had trouble getting cases, so she offers her assistance to the understaffed and overwhelmed Williamfor a fee, of course. He refusesof coursebut she reads an urgent message he receives while he is occupied, and rushes off.

She arrives at the scene of a crime: two men lying on the floor, one with a slit throat. A woman walks in and screams. The other man wakes up, holding a knife. William rushes in, grabs the man, and arrests him.

William angrily sends Eliza to court for interrupting police business. She cant pay the fine, but a woman appears and offers to pay itshe is Tabitha Butler, the woman who screamed and the wife of Edward, the man who has been arrested. Edward is innocent, she tells Eliza. I want you to find the real murderer.

The murdered man, Sebastian Ridley, owned a saloon. Edward was his accountant. When Eliza visits the saloon she runs into Moses, of all people. He lost his job after she handcuffed him at the burlesque club. Eliza draws a knife for protection; he reaches under a desk for a gun.

But he doesnt want to kill her. He hires her to find his fathers snuffbox, which he kept in Ridleys safe. He doesnt have a key, but he saw Tabitha come in, open the safe, and take all its contents. His fee? Hell let Eliza live.

Eliza visits Tabitha, who immediately severs her contract and damns her husband. Eliza feigns faintness as Tabitha leaves for church, and the maid lets Eliza snoopfor a small fee. Eliza finds a bag with the items from the safe, including Mosess snuffbox and a love note from TB to Ridley.

Edward has suddenly pled guilty, so it seems Eliza has nothing more to do. But she visits the morgue, pretending to be Williams wife, and examines Ridleys body, to the morticians horror. The direction of the wound is wrong to have been Edward, who was left-handed, and theres no cotton in it, meaning the collar must have been pulled down for the slice. Ridley also has a tattoo of a blue rose.

William is frustrated by Eliza's continual interference in his work, but he begrudgingly admits her competence. Photo: Masterpiece

Eliza is once again sent to court after she tries to bribe the mortician for more time with the body. This time William saves her.

Eliza visits Rupert: his friend wore a blue rose, and Rupert has a bouquet of them. Whats the significance? Rupert fearfully admits its a signal of homosexuality. Rupert knew Ridley: he hosted a special night every week for gay men at his saloon. Ridley and Teddy Butler, as Ridley called Edward, were lovers. Rupert suggests talking to the saloons doorman for more information: Moses.

Returning to the saloon, Eliza finds Moses unconscious on the floor, glass shattered around his head. Two men emerge from robbing the place and attack her. The snuffbox falls out of Elizas pocket and one man sniffs itand falls unconscious. Pinned by the other man to a desk, Eliza reaches underneath to grab the gun Moses used against her. Her attacker flees, taking his accomplice with him.

When Moses rouses, she asks why he has an illegal amount of opium in the snuffbox. Turns out its not his, but Ridleys. He was planning to sell it. Owing Eliza his life, he tells her who the supplier of the opium is: Ruperts doctor friend.

The doctor admits he gave Ridley the opium. Ridley was dying of a tumor, and the doctor went over the legal opium limit to alleviate his pain. Tabitha also knew about Ridleys illness, and the doctor visited her the evening Ridley died, worried that she would tell the authorities about the opium. He found her angrily reading a letter addressed to Teddy and cursing his name.

Eliza goes to William and reveals everything: Ridley killed himself and wrote a suicide note to Edward. After his death, Tabitha found the note and realized they were lovers, hence her sudden change of heart. Shes keeping the letter that could exonerate Edward.

Eliza sends William off on a false lead and goes to Edwards execution, where she finds Tabitha watching. She convinces Tabitha to hand over the letter, and stops the execution.

Edward explains that Ridley wanted the two of them to run away for the last part of his life, but Edward refused. So Ridley killed himself in front of him. Edward pled guilty after realizing that Tabitha would find the suicide note and learn he was gay; he would be (and now is) condemned to life as an outcast.

Eliza finds Rupert waiting at her house, as well as his motherthough she doesnt know hes there. Hes afraid Eliza will reveal he is gay to his mother in retaliation for losing her lease, but Eliza assures him his secret is safe. She then surprises Mrs. Parker by paying her lease renewal. Giving Ivy back pay plus a little extra later, she explains that she has taken on a new employee, a sort of debt collector. Its Mosesand he got her clients to pay up.

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