What a fantastic balls to the wall episode. The pacing was just fantastic.
"His rod will be his ruin" indeed. I know Lydia Quigley is a monster who's done some terribly monstrous things, but I was totally rooting for her and Catherine during the big breakout. These people are going to a madhouse to gawk at the unfortunates there being tortured and they're horrified just horrified to catch the good doctor with his pants down with one of the patients, really? Because she's Lydia and she was already on the loose, I worried for a moment that she would try to make her own break for it and leave Catherine on that table, but for once she didn't screw over someone taking one to help her. Granted, Catherine was the one snagging the keys and letting the other women out of their cells helped create more confusion during their escape, but it was still fun to see her on the right side of things for a change. With Charles as the male relative of record who had her locked away also in trouble and on the run, is anyone even going to care enough to go looking for her? I could well imagine that's one of those things where Bedlam will just officially ignore that she's gone missing unless she forces someone with power to notice that she's on the outside again.
The heist was also all kinds of terrific. All the moving parts of the women working together were great, although North really ought to know by now that both of his girls are just pig-headed and impulsive as their mother is and that it was unlikely they were going to be content to sit and wait for him to figure something out. Charlotte and Isaac/Not Theon Greyjoy have chemistry to spare, and while yes, he's done his share of throwing threats around and being an all-around prick, he doesn't quite read as truly evil either. Last episode, he was talking to Charlotte about how he'd grown up poor in the streets as a way of trying to relate to her, and right now he's reading more as scrappy and trying to use what he can to make an easy pound off people who will roll over for him. It's clear he didn't expect the kind of pushback Charlotte's been giving him and doesn't know how to respond to that. I also get the sense he's really attracted to Charlotte beyond just transactional sex and wants her to like him even as some part of him is fully aware that burning a woman's house down and threatening her is having the opposite affect on her. The actor's reading of saying he was sorry before he realized she was playing him felt sincere. Of course I do realize I'm giving the character a fairly generous read at this point because I like the actor so much, but we'll see.
Loved Isabella rolling up to the smoke-blackened house and protesting just a little too much that they probably had bigger things to worry about than her problems but then proceeded to dump them on Nancy anyway. It amuses me that the character can be oblivious to the point of thinking they're all just hanging out waiting to solve her problems even as I appreciate that she wasn't afraid to throw her much heavier social weight around to benefit them in the end.