Nov 12 2017 10:00pm

Things Fall Apart: Poldark Season 3, Episode 7, Romelza Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 3, Episode 7* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza), Dwight/Caroline, Drake/Morwenna

*Editors Note: This is Episode 7 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 8.

Warning: this episode has allusions to sexual assault, but nothing explicit on screen. It is mentioned in this recap.

There's a whole lot of sniping going on in this week's Poldark, but that's the least of everyone's worries. 

A lot has happened—George gets elected to Parliament, Morwenna has the idiot Whitworth's baby, Ross and George mince words in a pub, Demelza is unsure whether or not Ross is worth all of his trouble, and Elizabeth is left behind at Trenwith. 

Geoffrey Charles returns from school for the holidays and is delighted that his Uncle George isn't in town. GC and Elizabeth go to visit Morwenna and the baby after a brutal sexual assault from Whitworth mere days after having the baby. He's the worst of men in every possible way and if he doesn't reach the most brutal of ends, I don't know what I'll do.

Dr. Enys visits Morwenna after Elizabeth realizes she's unwell and tells Whitworth that he must cease all marital relations with Morwenna. And I'm not going to mince words, he's raping her as she's repeatedly saying now. It's very hard to stomach and I'm glad we don't have to actually see it play out on screen. 


Elsewhere in Cornwall...

Now, to be clear, I am not a fan of cheating. However, after Ross's idiocy of last season, Demelza enjoying the attention of Hugh is fine with me. I'm not entirely proud of this, but here we are. Ross and Demelza are to dine with Lord Falmouth and his nephew, the dashing Hugh Armitage. Demelza asks Prudie what dress she should wear, and Ross responds flippantly, telling her not to worry about what she wears, it won't rightly matter.

I really want to box Ross's ears.

Ross sees Elizabeth at the church when he's going to see Agatha's grave. Elizabeth admits that George is most upset with Ross because now George is questioning whether or not Valentine is actually his child—thanks to the seeds sown by the now dead Agatha. Elizabeth doesn't know whether Valentine is George or Ross's, and she has no intention of saying. Elizabeth and Ross figure out that Agatha is the one to plant the seed of Valentine's birth.

Ross encourages Elizabeth to lie about everything, and have I mentioned I hate Ross Poldark right now? He also encourages Elizabeth to have another child with George to assuage his fears. Ross kisses her—in friendship, not passion—but it's not seen that way by the prying eyes of Prudie. 


GC goes to visit Drake and he passes along Morwenna's message that she hasn't forgotten him and that she never will. Poor Drake. Let this poor man move on in life.

Before the party at Falmouth's Ross admits to Demelza that he met with Elizabeth and that they talked and that he kissed her. He also admits to still loving her, but not as he once does. He admits to Demelza that he's not the same man he once was because she changed him.

Except, nope. This doesn't happen. Fantasy Ross says these things. Real Ross instead snipes at Demelza and tells her he's ordering granite for Aunt Agatha's tombstone and that he'd like to dress for the party in peace.

I cannot with you, Ross. 

Ross, Demelza, Caroline, and Dwight arrive at Lord Falmouth's and are greeted by a giddy and handsome Hugh Armitage. Armitage tells Ross his uncle wishes to see him in his study, and he pledges to watch after Demelza diligently. Caroline can tell something is amiss with her dear friend Demelza, but other than a sly look or two says nothing.

Hugh, of course, isn't content to let sleeping dogs lie. He admits that he's in love with Demelza, but torn because Ross saved his life. He also says a lot of poetic stuff to her and it's all lovely, but terrible, and I don't even know any more you guys.


Ross leaves Falmouth's office to find Demelza singing and enrapturing the party, but most particularly Armitage. When Ross and Demelza get home, Demelza admits that she deeply loves Ross, but wishes she could have a day to explore the love of another.

Everything seems kind of awful this week, and it only appears to get worst for the final episode of the season. Unfortunately, this will be my final recap of Poldark for H&H. I've had a blast, and I hope you have as well.

Until we meet again. x

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1. SallyTomato
I haven't posted here before, but I've enjoyed your recaps and I'm sorry to see that this is the final one! I loved how you injected a sense of humor into all the drama. Thank you!
2. KatieD
I agree with SallyTomato! Thanks for the great recaps. I love Poldark.
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