Esther (Anna Maxwell Martin) tells Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) about Richard (Patrick Kennedy) and Ada's (Carey Mulligan) marriage.
Later, Woodcourt (Richard Harrington) visits Esther to talk about Richard's increasing ill health, and his concerns about Skimpole's (Nathaniel Parker) negative influence upon him.
Elsewhere, Sergeant George (Hugo Speer) is released from prison. His mother, Mrs Rouncewell (Anne Reid) is delighted that her son is a free man. She tells him that she's found a solution to his financial worries. She has arranged with Sir Leicester (Timothy West) that he can work at Chesney Wold, looking after the horses. Phil (Michael Smiley) will join them.
There's yet more trouble for Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) in the shape of the evil moneylender, Smallweed (Phil Davis). He obtains the love letters exchanged between Lady Dedlock and Captain Hawdon (John Lynch) and sells them to Sir Leicester.
Tipped off by Guppy (Burn Gorman), Lady Dedlock flees into the night, determined not to bring shame on the family name.
After a long search, Esther and Bucket (Alun Armstrong) find her dead at the gates of the cemetery where Captain Hawdon lies buried.
Screenplay by Andrew Davies.
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