In quite an emotional episode, Bridgerton takes the audience back to when Anthony’s father, Edmund, died.
This recap of Netflix’s Bridgerton season 2, episode 3, “A Bee in Your Bonnet,” contains spoilers.
Bridgerton season 2, episode 3 recap
In the third episode of the second season, Bridgerton starts with a flashback to the day that Edmund Bridgerton died. After getting stung by a bee, a heavily pregnant Violet rushes out just as Edmund dies. Back to the present day, Portia decides to try and set up Prudence with Lord Jack. Her reasons are to ensure that her family remains wealthy. With Daphne back in town, Antony asks his family to help him win Edwina over. Seemingly smitten with Edwina, Anthony asks Violet for her ring. But she wants him to be sure before he makes any drastic decisions.
In another flashback, as death arrangements are made for Edmund, Violet calls for Antony as the baby has turned the wrong way. As the man of the household, it is left to him to make a choice over who should survive if it comes to it. However, he tells the staff that the decision is with Violet. Good for you Anthony!
In the present timeline, during a competitive game of pal-mal, Anthony helps Kate out of the mud. And when it seems that there could be a hint of respect between the pair, Kate accidentally knocks the ball towards his father’s memorial bench, with Anthony declaring the game over, as a result. Later that night and during dinner, as Portia attempts to ensure Prudence and Lord Jack, the Cowpers get in the way of Portia’s plan. As Edwina believes that a proposal is forthcoming, Antony realizes that it is Kate that he loves, not Edwina.
Anthony and Violet visit Edmund’s grave, where it becomes clear that Anthony does not want a marriage full of love, due to how badly Violet took Edmund’s death. During a formal dinner, as Edwina believes Anthony is about to propose, he fails to do so, and it leaves Edwina in tears. As Genevieve has agreed to keep Penelope’s role as Lady Whistledown a secret, the latest issue praises her designs. After a bee stings Kate, it worries Anthony, and they nearly kiss.
Anthony’s love triangle is well underway, and already it brings heaps of potential drama along with it. Whilst the idea of a love triangle featuring two siblings feels very icky, Bridgerton does it perfectly. The return of Daphne isn’t as big as one would have imagined. However, her return does, at least, prove Kate and Edwina are much stronger characters.
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