Episode 4 recaps the story so far but from the King’s perspective. We finally learn why he abandoned her after the wedding and what secret he’s been keeping this whole time. The episode also gives some terrifying insight into what mental health treatment looked like during Georgian times.
We recap the Netflix series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Episode 4, “Holding the King,” which contains spoilers.
Episode 4 recaps the story so far from the King’s perspective. We finally learn why he abandoned Charlotte (India Amarteifio) after the wedding and what secret he’s been keeping this whole time.
The episode also gives some terrifying insight into what mental health treatment looked like during Georgian times.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Episode 4 Recap
The installment starts with a young Queen Charlotte helping Reynolds and Brimsley clean up George following his midnight conversation with the sky and demanding to know what’s wrong with her husband.
We then cut back to George tending to his beloved farm, still blissfully unaware of his impending marriage. After hearing the news of his betrothal to Charlotte, George has some fit that leaves him near catatonic.
A week before the wedding, the King has yet to recover. The royal doctors have tried everything, including bleeding him, stinging him with poison beetles, and even tourniquets, but to no avail.
Who is Doctor Monro?
Desperate to help her son, Princess Augusta seeks out the services of Doctor John Monro (Rob Maloney), who specializes in treating patients suffering from “a disorganization of the nerves,” as he calls it.
The good doctor suggests talking to the King as a potential remedy for his condition; at first, it seems to work. By speaking firmly with George, Monro gets him fit and ready to go through with the wedding.
On his wedding day with Charlotte, George is about to have another one of his fits, but Doctor Monro slaps him to snap him out of it.
Why did the King abandon Charlotte on her wedding night?
After meeting and falling for Charlotte, George decides to live separately from her in an attempt to keep her safe. He manages to keep his distance until the day she unexpectedly confronts him in the conservatory. Knowing that he wants to be a husband to the new Queen, George decides to do whatever it takes to become well again.
However miserable Charlotte’s lonely honeymoon was, it’s nothing compared to what poor George went through. Wanting a permanent cure to his “madness,” he permitted Monro to use a questionable treatment plan.
How is Monro treating George’s condition?
Monro’s “terrific method,” as he likes to call it, consists of basically torturing the King into not having “fits” anymore. His idea of treatment includes ice-cold baths, a torture chair, and uncomfortable-to-watch shaving sessions.
As time went on, however, George started getting tired of the doctor’s extreme methods and became more interested in getting to know his new Queen.
The little pomeranian, also known as the “deformed bunny” he sent her as a present, was Monro’s lab dog that George decided to steal. When George finally moved in with his wife at Buckingham House, Monro tried protesting only to be ignored.
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Little by little, George got closer to Charlotte, and right before the triumphant Danbury Ball, he had decided to dismiss the quack for good.
What caused George’s nightime fit?
However, that same night the King found Monro in the kitchens preparing something on the stove. He tries to clarify that the doctor’s services are no longer required, but Monro makes a startling revelation; He now works for the Queen, who sought him out after discovering he was the King’s doctor.
But there’s more; Monro matter-of-factly reveals the Queen’s pregnancy to an unsuspecting George. And the news is what causes his latest fit and the first one to be witnessed by his beloved wife.
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The following day, George wakes up naked and alone as Charlotte is already in her carriage, heading to see Princess Augusta. She rudely interrupts the Dowager Princess’s social breakfast and demands an explanation.
It seems Charlotte noticed a few strange things at Buckingham House after George moved in, but seeing him the previous night explained everything. She is furious about not being told about her husband’s “madness.” For her part, Augusta is outraged at Charlotte’s lack of gratitude for her title as Queen.
Sadly, George followed his wife and overheard the fight between the two women. Feeling defeated, he walks back to Doctor Monro and his sadistic treatment plan.
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