Ripper Street Recap: “Dynamite And A Woman”

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This week’s Ripper Street begins with a suspiciously lucky break. While transporting a political prisoner through the streets of London, a jail car driver has a heart attack, and falls dead in the road. And after being handed a coin by a man in the crown, a young boy grabs the keys off the driver’s still-warm body, and frees the convict from the back of the vehicle. “There is a god,” the prisoner says—though the incident reeks of human mischief rather than divine intervention.

The fugitive is Aiden Galven, a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood who was locked up 20 years earlier for a bombing that killed 12 innocent civilians. In the decades since, the IRB has adopted more peaceful methods of activism, but Galven is stuck in his old, explosive ways. Shortly after his release, a local councillor—one with particularly stubborn views on both the Irish and electricity—gets blasted to smithereens in his bed. A charred IRB flag, found at the scene, is a clear clue to the culprit’s identity.

The H Division chief figures the easiest way to reach Galven is through those closest to him. Which means someone needs to cozy up to Evelyn, his cute barmaid daughter. This gives Flight his first chance to prove himself on an undercover mission—and if it means sneaking in a little makeout on the side, why not? Flight pouts his way into Evelyn’s good graces with a sob story about two dead parents, and pretty soon they’re kissing in her tiny upstairs room. And when she goes down to serve the bar, Flight uses his alone time to shuffle through her papers.

Flight may have found a true connection with Evelyn, but the sparks are really flying at the offices of Broadwick Machine Works, a power company trying to establish itself as the leader in direct current electricity. It’s founder, Charles Broadwick, promotes his methods with smelly demonstrations involving electrocuted goats. And you know what they say: those cruel enough to slow-fry a goat on stage would probably kill humans too.

Also, while Long Susan is unfortunately absent following her dead-eyed assertions of autonomy last week, Reid continues his flirtation with Jane Cobden. But does a stiff-upper-lip killjoy like Reid have what it takes to follow through with a rad progressive feminist like Cobden?