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‘The Durrells in Corfu’: Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

Friendly banter at the market between Louisa (Keeley Hawes) and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis)  Photo: (Courtesy of John Rogers/Sid Gentle Films for ITV and MASTERPIECE)

Previously on The Durrells in Corfu, the family rode out an unrelenting and unusual storm. Leslie went quite literally stir crazy. Larry, who had scuttled home with a case of the mumps, exasperated everyone with his infertility paranoia. But mostly notably Aunt Hermione returned to the island with a mysterious new friend in tow. Regrettably, her companion turned out to be a fraudulent medium who pounced on Louisa’s yearning for her late husband and attempted to profit from the family’s loss.

Fortunately for the Durrells, the sun came out and the fake spiritualist was unceremoniously run off. And it would appear that after last week’s emotionally harrowing experience, everyone’s attention has turned to love…and cricket.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 2 Episode 4 Recap

Gerry (Milo Parker) and Margo (Daisy Waterstone) before the rains came    (Photo: courtesy of John Rogers/Sid GentleFilms for ITV and Masterpiece)

Last time on The Durrells in Corfu, Louisa railed against the reality of getting older; Gerry’s avoidance of a traditional education continued; Leslie discovered he has a talent for photography; and Vasilia’s seduction of Larry scored a dismaying result. Oh, and Margo was preoccupied with her spots…

This week however, an unusual weather event I’ll refer to as The Deluge commanded the everyone’s attention. Lugaretzia declares the storm an omen of death and leaves the cursed and extremely leaky house in a hurry. Gerry insists on bringing his menagerie inside which appears to be an inconvenience to which the family is resigned. And the family awaits the return of Aunt Hermione (Barbara Flynn) which has everyone on edge anyhow. Let’s look at the factors that resulted in a “too close for comfort” situation and prompted Louisa to refer to her children as Lumpy, Grumpy, Spotty and Ignorant, shall we?

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 2 Episode 3 Recap

Louisa (Keeley Hawes) and Sven (Ulrich Von Der Esch) achieve closure  (Photo: courtesy of John Rogers/Sid GentleFilms for ITV and Masterpiece)

Previously on The Durrells in Corfu, Louisa cracked down on Gerry’s wild boy ways and tried to arrange for some structured learning. Leslie showed some initiative by starting a homemade liqueur business, but no one wanted to buy his booze. Margo decided she liked boys too much to join a convent. And, following a tepid response to his novel from the town and his family, Larry decided to get a place of his own to the dismay of his mother.

Much of this week’s episode is concerned with Mrs. Durrell's birthday and her discomfort with growing older. Her children certainly aren’t making her feel any better about the passage of time.

The Durrells in Corfu: Season 2, Episode 2 Recap

Louisa (Keeley Hawes) tries to reassure Larry (Josh O'Connor) at the book reading       (Photo: courtesy of John Rogers/Sid GentleFilms for ITV and Masterpiece)

When we last left The Durrells in Corfu, Louisa had gained a potential new suitor in wealthy British businessman Hugh Jarvis and a rival in new landlady Vasilia Prifona. Gerry’s pursuit of animal conservation led to an otter breeding enterprise. Margo’s infatuation with a young monk and his peaceful lifestyle resulted in some spiritual reflection. Leslie made amends for his heinous, albeit accidental, wounding of Gerry’s canine companion, Roger. And Larry discovered a treasure trove of writing material was under his nose all along. Oh, yeah there was that village-wide “food poisoning by Scotch egg” fiasco as well.

Let me start by saying this episode featured a lot of difficult parenting moments for Louisa. Not that raising kids is ever a doddle, but we find Mrs. Durrell struggling to strike the correct balance between letting her children be themselves and properly supervising them. Essentially, she questions if she’s a good mother. More on that later, but first, let's examine what transpired in the life of the Durrell family this week in more detail.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

The Durrells in Corfu are back for a second season. A year has passed since Season 1, and we find that Gerry has yet to set free his menagerie of animals, Lawrence has writer’s block, Margo is apparently no longer employed as the Countess’ companion and Leslie still has a perpetual case of bad luck and (along with Larry) a very cheesy mustache. Meanwhile Louisa remains single and struggling to make ends meet.

Join us as we recap all the mayhem and merriment this transplanted family can generate!

'Travels with my Father' and Other Charming British Telly Excursions

Travel documentaries need not be boring when you can tour the world in the company of some of the UK's wittiest, silliest tourists.

From a family bonding gap year trip with Jack Whitehall to fulfilling a lifelong dream of riding the open road with Billy Connolly. From fitting in as many quirky cultural attractions as one can into a mini-break with Richard Ayoade to forcing a reluctant traveller like Karl Pilkington to appreciate the world's wonders, we find that comedy and travel make the hilarious companions. 

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