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Krook and Mrs Flite

 Episode: 2

Tulkinghorn (Charles Dance) and Krook (Johnny Vegas) call out the doctor, Allan Woodcourt (Richard Harrington). He suspects that Nemo's (John Lynch) death was caused by an accidental overdose of opium.

The Coroner (Peter Guinness) confirms as much. Nemo is given a pauper's funeral. At the gloomy burial ground Tulkinghorn interrogates a young crossing-sweeper, named only Jo (Harry Eden), whom Nemo had befriended. He's convinced Jo knows something.

Meanwhile, Ada (Carey Mulligan) and Richard (Patrick Kennedy) are beginning to fall in love. Jarndyce instructs Richard that it's time to choose an occupation. Very quickly, he decides upon a career in medicine.

As a result, arrangements are made for Richard to study with Mr Bayham Badger (Richard Griffiths) in Chelsea. The four have dinner with him and the irrepressible Mrs Badger (Joanna David) who continually talks about her former husbands. There they encounter Allan Woodcourt. He and Esther are attracted to one another.

At Chesney Wold, Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) has taken a shine to the young maid Rosa (Emma Williams) – to the absolute horror of her existing French maid, Hortense (Lilo Baur).

However, Lady Dedlock has more serious troubles when Tulkinghorn gleefully informs her that Nemo is dead. Later, as Lady Dedlock sits alone in the darkness, she sheds a tear.

Meanwhile, Krook (Johnny Vegas) is gloating over a bundle of letters he filched from Nemo's trunk under Tulkinghorn's nose. Although he can't read, he thinks they smell like love letters.

Screenplay by Andrew Davies.

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