‘Harlots’ Season 3, Episode 2 Recap

The second installment of Harlots season three was full of intrigue and kept viewers guessing about what would happen. The women portrayed on Harlots are unlike any other characters, and are all strong in one way or another. They find even more strength in each other, as we see them lean on one another through it all. This episode encompasses that especially, and we see the women work together to accomplish an end goal.

Lydia Quigley finally escapes the asylum

Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville) has been stuck in Bedlam since the first episode of season three. She found a friend in Kate (Daisy Head) who plot to get out and eventually do just that. During this time in history, women were simply diagnosed with “hysteria” and seemingly locked up for the rest of their lives. We see this with the treatment of Kate, as the doctor abuses her and paints a reminder in the audience’s mind that this kind of treatment could happen to any of the harlots on the show.

Fans sympathized with Quigley’s plight, and rejoiced when the pair manage to escape their shackles. She is finally free, but is dealt a devastating blow when she shows up to her former house and finds it has been sold out from under her. Quigley is even more distressed that Lucy Wells (Eloise Smyth) is seen inside, as she is part owner of the newly renovated Molly-house with her new business partner. She will surely seek revenge against the Wells clan for this, which will be taken as another slight against her.

The women work together to get back at Pincher

This episode shows the women working together from all camps. Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) and the girls of her house have found a way to get back at Isaac Pincher (Alfie Allen), who burned their house. Charlotte vows revenge, and finds a way to get back at him for the damages. In this scheme, she finds a way to keep the Pincher brothers at bay and out of her hair, as they promise to leave her and the other women alone.

Within this episode, we see Charlotte is so much like her mother, Margaret. She fights for what she thinks is right and she won’t stand for anything less. It’s refreshing to see things go the way the women of Harlots want them to for once.

Emily Lacey seeks an education

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Executive producers Debra Hayward, Alison Owen, actress Lesley Manville, and executive producer Moira Buffini of Hulu’s Original Series ‘Harlots’ speak onstage during Hulu’s 2017 Winter TCA Tour. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

This episode focused a lot on the women going after what they want. Emily Lacey (Holli Dempsey) is employed by the Pincher brothers and is currently in a relationship with Hal Pincher (Ash Hunter), but she has bigger dreams. She has fought and fended for herself, but she wants more.

Her ambition is what drives her, and she is going to get what she is after. Unfortunately, in the time period of the show, women couldn’t accomplish much without a man by their side. Lacey tries to manipulate the men around her, including clients to learn information, such as how trade works.

Lacey is clearly seeking more for herself, but has to use her body as a bargaining tool to educate herself. She doesn’t let that get her down, and absorbs all the information given to her. She will advance in life and no one will take that from her.