The English season 1, episode 4 recap – who is the father of Cornelia’s baby?

November 11, 2022
M.N. Miller 9
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Episode 4 makes a major reveal and makes us question what has been happening throughout the series.

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Episode 4 makes a major reveal and makes us question what has been happening throughout the series.

We recap the Prime Video series The English season 1, episode 4, which contains spoilers.

Yes, The English is that kind of show. The fourth episode, “The Wounded Wolf,” opens in 1875, fifteen years before the current timeline. Trapp shows up to buy his land in Wyoming. He makes the mistake of telling the man what he plans on doing with it. The idea of filling nothing but cattle for miles means big money, so he demands an extra 120 dollars.

However, one of his hired hands, David Melmont (a very entertaining Rafe Spall), tells him he has his wife under watch, and if he is not back on time, she will die. The man frantically leaves, and when they keep walking into their new land, they encounter a terrifying scene. A man has been strung upside down and used for bow and arrow practice.

He has been dead for some time.

The English season 1, episode 4 recap – who is the father of Cornelia’s baby?

The trio comes across a wolf, and Melmont is in full form. He misses the wolf badly, and as he is being teased, he lets out a bit of information he found out about Trafford. The young Englishmen have had a couple of bad business decisions. He is menacing and aggressive, but damn, does he do his homework! Melmont later comes across a Native American settlement, but they avoid it.

They later make camp, and an execution Army patrol comes by looking for kills. The soldiers, two of whom we already know, pass around homemade grain alcohol. One is Meyers, and the other is Flynn. This gets Melmont more disrespectful and loose-lipped. He eventually tells these soldiers that they came across a settlement of Native Americans. And yes, we are guessing this is near Chalk River. Trapp tells him to shut up, but the lead soldier knocks him out with the butt of his rifle. Trapp wakes up and hears the 58-caliber machine gun in the distance.

Meanwhile, Whipp was there as well in 1875. He hears the shots and sees the village destroyed. The soldiers and Melmont catch Whipp on the way back. They all are glowing with pride and are covered in blood.

The English season 1, episode 4 ending

Melmont shows up in London later and reports back to Cornelia that Trapper is in jail. He tells the story of the massacre, and we assume blames it on Thomas. Cornelia tells him after that he should serve his time. So, Melmont, knowing he now has an issue on his hands, says the prison is more like some torturous existence, and time is of the essence. We also find out that Thomas is Cornelia’s fiance. She also convinced her father to invest in the cattle ranch.

Later, Melmont arrives at Cornelia’s and asks if the mail has arrived. It had a letter from Thomas sent to Cornelia. Melmont may have been getting to the mail for a while so that nothing would get past him. When he walks upstairs, she has read a letter from Thomas and knows Melmont has been lying to her. The whole scene is odd since it feels like time has passed. She threatens to scream and get out, but Melmont says he is taking that money to buy a large gold mine in Colorado. Melmont later leaves, and we see the same Sergeant who led the massacre at Chalk River outside Cornelia’s door.

The English season 1, episode 4 ends showing Cornelia now pregnant. So, the question now is this: Who is the father of Cornelia’s baby? If you remember from the first episode, the hotel owner talked about knowing the man, the mine that he owns, and how ruthless he can be.

Was he talking about Melmont?

What did you think of The English season 1, episode 4? Comment below.

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9 thoughts on “The English season 1, episode 4 recap – who is the father of Cornelia’s baby?

  • November 12, 2022 at 6:38 pm
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    Rate this a 3 — not good. This is all very confusing. Disjointed. Not played out well. Besides half the darker images are too dark to watch on the screen. Cinematography is poor. Reading recap pf episodes to try to figure out the episodes. Even that info is confusing.

  • November 14, 2022 at 6:07 am
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    It’s obvious from this episode that Cornelia was raped by Melmont. It’s not a mystery, clearly he is the one she’s looking for in America… he is both the father of her son and somehow his killer, which is the real mystery: how was her son killed?

  • November 15, 2022 at 6:34 am
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    Not the fiancée. Cornelia corrected him. He did propose to her, but she didn’t accept

  • November 15, 2022 at 11:10 pm
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    Ditto Ali k. I am so confused. I keep waiting for something to happen like a “lightbulb moment”.

  • November 19, 2022 at 2:54 am
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    I love many things about the series such as the cinematography and close ups. I love the ways in which the complexities of the politics of white Americas’ theft of native land is delt. There is no cover up of the greed that possessed white people and their government.
    There is no cover up of the complicity and shame of some Native Americans in accomplishing this massive theft and murder. I dislike being confused by the series for the sake of trying to keep things interesting. Mystery and foreshadow is not the same as confusion. I too keep waiting for something to happen that allows me to understand why certain things are done or not done.

  • November 19, 2022 at 3:35 am
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    Agree with Cee. It is not Trafford it is Melmont she is going to kill as he raped her. I loved this episode. How anyone can call this slow is beyond me. It’s beautifully filmed and acted.

  • November 20, 2022 at 6:40 pm
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    I don’t understand how he will get away with raping her, isn’t her dad a rich guy? Is it the shame so she won’t tell? But has to explain how she got pregnant? This doesn’t make any sense. Although maybe it’s showing that London is just as bad as America, that is it’s not the country or land that makes it bad but the people who came there. I still don’t find it realistic that she meets him alone and unprotected and that he would be daring enough to attack her.

  • December 1, 2022 at 11:28 pm
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    Who is the man playing the piano? And why are there no *servants* in the house? The idea that an aristocratic woman who can raise £2000 in a matter of days would just be… hanging out… alone, in a posh London house with no one to prevent her being raped and robbed (yet she is still leading an active social life, going to archery meets in Hyde Park) seems very odd indeed. Anyone have any idea why this isn’t just massively implausible?

  • December 4, 2022 at 6:47 am
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    He’s a piano tuner

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