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  1. I don’t think there needs to be any rumors about Jane having slept her way up. She is 22 in this show and may never have done it again. In her place, I would have learned my lesson. The station closed ranks around her for her lie to protect Gibbs, so they would have kept a lid on this brief affair. Plus, I suspect they would have felt pity because Bradfield died on the job and he seemed to genuinely like Jane—as opposed to it being a purely sexual fling. I call BS on Bradfield being married. I think they threw that it for shock value. It’s inconceivable that Morgan or the Police Serge
  2. I think it’s pretty unfair to call someone working in military intelligence a coward.
  3. You’re absolutely right about the meaning of a kiss or even the dinner date being more significant in those times. He has started courting her with the dinner invitation. (At first, I was surprised that going to dinner was such new thing for them, but then I realized the significance.) For a woman worried about her reputation, Eliza sure has a lot of men coming around. Frank and Moses have both snuck in (and at least one was spotted), Rupert shows up regularly in broad daylight, and William visits regularly and spent the night. If she has a nosy neighbor, her reputation is probably alrea
  4. Although she is unconventional in most ways, Eliza is very protective of her reputation as a virtuous woman. I think perhaps because her mother died and she had no female friends of her age and class, her view of what is and isn’t okay from a romantic perspective is very, very conservative. The kiss was probably the first time she did anything adult in a romantic sense—intellectually she became an adult quite young. She was likely surprised, scared of new feelings, and embarrassed, and I think the slap was her response to those emotions, as well as reflecting her conservative view
  5. I also don’t want the flashback kiss, but mainly because it would settle their argument about who did what and who liked what—and I want that to remain unclear
  6. Poor William—first Henry, now Frank. His friend circle is shrinking even as Eliza’s is widening. I hope they bring another friend for him next season. Regarding the lounging on the couch, I found myself wondering why he didn’t sleep in Henry’s room. It would have been more comfortable and more practical.
  7. Enjoyable episode, but there were definitely unanswered questions. 1. I am sad it was Frank. Now who will call William Duke? I think that Stirling was entirely an innocent manipulated by someone else. Perhaps Frank? perhaps this goes higher in the police. I can see a more senior person whitewashing this and letting Frank take the fall though. 2. Is Frank’s wife also at the bottom of the Thames? 3. I expected a kiss, but that means a lot more in those times than today. Maybe next season? However, I am not sorry it didn’t happen because William has to learn to accept Eliza as she
  8. I guess being Scottish is one more thing that Stirling can hold against William.
  9. I did like the Henry-William conversation a lot. We have been told about the relationship many times, but this is the first time we’ve shown how loving it was. Really good insight on the potential jealousy that Eliza feels about William being the son Henry never had. It never even occurred to me! Ok, you won me over on the dressing up scene. I thought it was just an excuse to show the actor shirtless and I hate feeling like any actor or actress is exploited. Your points about showing his personality and background are right on target. I agree that the superintendent is awful
  10. In all fairness, IMO they have not been using that nickname enough to justify it being in the title.
  11. I don't like Rupert marrying for show, but I don't think it's such a big deal. Marriage in upper classes at the time was less about love than transactional, and he can provide a very comfortable home for Miss Hildegard. She would likely consider it a good bargain as long as he didn't continue his other relationships. I have a feeling that the Superintendent is very much involved. A scheme like this would need police protection. However, I don't see him as the mastermind, but rather, a lackey. ******** I like the episode, but it's not my favorite, and I found the first part wi
  12. Eliza is a genuinely good person, but she is rather self-centered. She is very focused on her own goals and struggles and doesn’t really think about what challenges others may face. She was rightly challenged by Margaret Fairfax on this point and so it opened her eyes. I think that both Ivy and the Duke both really love and care about Eliza and worry about what they perceive to be her poor choices. It seemed natural that Ivy would see in him a partner in “protecting Eliza from herself”. Plus, I bet Mr. Scarlet demonstrated a lot of trust in him, so Ivy would automatically do the same.
  13. He may not be thinking that far ahead...or he is okay with her having a lover and passing off her children as his heirs.
  14. I really liked how Wellington schooled Eliza in this episode on the realities of being a detective. She treats the job almost like a game, resigning when she thinks it doesn’t suit her morals and then being shocked when told she won’t get her fee because she didn’t complete the job. Also, her behavior towards the constable was ridiculous. You don’t get to punch someone just because he’s a jerk—though many of us would love to. That’s especially true if he’s a police officer. Wellington is right that she does have to learn to be calm. Honestly, I am experiencing some flashbacks
  15. I am not a big fan of graphic love scenes in TV and movies (I'm looking at you, Bridgerton!), but I'm seriously hoping that her fancy new desk will see some action before the end of the season. Unlikely, given that this is on PBS and not HBO, so I may have to resort to fan fiction, I think you're spot on with your analysis for their feelings. His sense that he is not good enough (in general) has been ground into him for a long time. We saw evidence of it with the Superintendent. BTW, I believe that even as late as WWI, officers were primarily people of aristocratic birth, not neces
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