Sanditon season 2 episode 4 recap: Two marriage proposals rock Sanditon
The BritBox adaption of Jane Austen's unfinished novel continues every Monday. **WARNING: Contains spoilers for Sanditon season 2 episode 4**
Sanditon season 2 is airing weekly on ITV following its exclusive run on BritBox earlier this year.
The period drama is an adaptation of Jane Austen's final, unfinished manuscript, and stars Rose Williams as Charlotte Heywood, a young woman from a quiet village who becomes embroiled in the dramas of developing seaside resort Sanditon.
Fans might still be reeling from season 2 episode 3's big reveal about our heroine's two potential love interests this season, but episode 4 only upped the ante, with not one, but two marriage proposals.
Read on for everything you need to know about season 2 episode 4.
Sanditon season 2 episode 4 recap
The scheming Edward (Jack Fox in the Sanditon cast) proposes to Clara Brereton (Lily Sacofsky), who bore his illegitimate child at the end of the previous episode. However, far from having honourable intentions, Edward is clearly only interested in the new source of inheritance that baby George represents.
Meanwhile, the spirited Alison Heywood (Rosie Graham) is stuck in a love triangle, much like her older sister – although unlike Charlotte, she seems completely oblivious to one man's affections for her.
At the start of the episode, Alison only has eyes for the handsome Captain Carter, who plans to ask for her hand at Lady Denham's garden party.
However, his close friend and war hero Captain Fraser (who is secretly in love with Alison) councils him not to propose, reminding him that their entire courtship has been built on lies (Carter, who has never seen action on a battlefield, "borrowed" some of Fraser's own heroic exploits and passed the anecdotes off as his own in an attempt to woo Alison).
Alison soon learns the truth, however, when Carter proposes in a rowing boat. A delighted Alison leaps to her feet and accidentally falls into the lake – and it immediately becomes apparent that Carter, who claimed to have saved 50 soldiers from drowning, can't actually swim.
It's of course Captain Fraser who rescues her instead, and the enraged Alison breaks off her engagement with the "coward" Carter and resolves to return home to her family's farm.
What happened between Colonel Lennox and Mr Colbourne?
Alexander Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) and Colonel Francis Lennox (Tom Weston-Jones) come face-to-face at Lady Denham's garden party in episode 4, even competing in an archery contest.
There's still a great deal of animosity between the two men, stemming from a mysterious past connection between themselves and Colbourne's late wife, Lucy, in addition to the men's obvious shared affection for Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams).
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However, Lennox is appearing more and more villainous with each episode, racking up huge debts in town, manipulating gambling addict Tom Parker, and cruelly taunting Colbourne after the latter's teenage niece, Augusta, collapses at the garden party (due to a too-tight corset).
"She is the very image of her aunt," Lennox says of Augusta in a private exchange with Colbourne. "When she was in my arms it was as if Lucy had come back to me."
What exactly happened between Colbourne, Lennox, and the late Lucy? And how did she die? More intrigue to follow, no doubt.
Sanditon season 2 airs on BritBox in the UK, with new episodes arriving on Mondays – you can sign up for a 7-day free BritBox trial here. Take a look at the rest of our Drama coverage, or check out what else is on with our TV Guide.