Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Episode 5 Recap – how does Charlotte save the king?

May 4, 2023 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
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In the strongest episode of the series so far, Young Charlotte is struggling to cope with being pregnant, lonely, and trapped, while Agatha is dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s death.

We recap the Netflix series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Episode 5, “Gardens in Bloom,” which contains spoilers.

In the strongest episode, Young Charlotte (India Amarteifio) struggles to cope with being pregnant, lonely, and trapped, while Agatha (Arsema Thomas) deals with the aftermath of her husband’s death.

 In the present day, Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) is organizing two royal weddings, while the bond between Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) strengthens. 

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Episode 5 Recap

This episode starts in present-day Bridgerverse, with everyone’s favorite gossip columnist commenting on the Queen’s loneliness. Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton seem to also struggle with their respective loneliness.

In the Georgian storyline, Agatha is trying to figure out who she is without her husband. She was only three years old at the time of her betrothal to the dearly departed and was technically raised for him. 

Can Agatha keep her title?

There’s also the issue of succession. As Lord Danbury’s title is new, the question remains of whether his son will inherit it or if it dies with him. A lawyer confirms what Young Agatha feared; she’s now a penniless widow without the title. 

When Agatha tries pressuring Princess Augusta to acknowledge her toddler as the new Lord Danbury, the Dowager avoids the question. 

The young widow does, however, find solace in Violet’s dad, Lord Ledger, with whom she starts engaging in daily walks and flirty banter. 

Why is Young Charlotte trapped?

Charlotte isn’t having a good time, either. While Doctor Monro is torturing… I mean, treating her husband, she’s alone and pregnant. Making matters worse is her mother-in-law’s constant interference.

When the unhappy Queen writes to her brother asking for aid, he visits her. However, he’s not there to take her home. He couldn’t even if he wanted to, as Charlotte’s carrying the Crown in her belly and leaving the country would be considered an act of war.

Where is George?

Reynolds is forced to spend weeks on the sidelines, helplessly listening to the King’s screams of terror from Doctor Monro’s laboratory. When he tries to intervene, he’s violently pushed out. 

Saddened to watch his Queen sinking into despair, a brokenhearted Brimsley continuously begs Reynolds for help. But his lover refuses or is unable to help. 

Brimsley can’t stand watching his mistress suffer, and in the most heartbreaking scene of the series, tries comforting her from a distance. Five steps behind, to be precise.

READ: How Accurate is Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story?

A desolated Charlotte leaves Buckingham House and tries moving into Lady Danbury’s house. Of course, the widow isn’t keen on being responsible for the country’s future, so she secretly has Adolphus come and pick up his sister. 

While they wait, the two women bond and Agatha vows to become a true friend to Charlotte.

Gardens are blooming in present-day Bridgerverse

There’s plenty of excitement happening in the present-day Bridgerverse. Violet’s “garden is in bloom.” She confesses to Agatha that for the first time since losing her husband, she feels the need for physical intimacy. For her part, Agatha talks about how she only discovered the joys of… well, a blooming garden after her husband’s death. 

Queen Charlotte puts her plan into action and arranges two sons’ marriage with suitable princesses. Not keen on the prospect, they hilariously try convincing their older brother, George, acting regent, to intervene. 

George, however, listens to his mother and approves of the marriage without a second thought. 

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Episode 5 Ending Explained

It was, indeed, Lord Ledger with whom Lady Danbury had a passionate affair. At the end of the episode, he visits Young Agatha and brings a paper birthday hat he made as he knew the occasion was approaching and her mind was troubled. The two share a steamy scene in the young widow’s marital bed. 

How does Charlotte save the King?

Meanwhile, Young Charlotte decides to finally “be Queen” and takes charge of her life. She heads straight to Kew, demanding to see her husband. Doctor Monro tries stopping her, but she’s not going anywhere.

When she finds George, he’s strapped to a chair while the sadistic doctor’s men burn him with a hot rolled steel bar. Appalled at the gruesome sight, she demands they untie him.

Doctor Monro still can’t keep his mouth shut, so when the Queen dismisses him, she also reminds him how lucky he is she isn’t sentencing him to death for his horrific treatment of George. 

What did you think of Netflix’s Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Episode 5? Comment below.

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1 thought on “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Episode 5 Recap – how does Charlotte save the king?

  • May 6, 2023 at 2:45 am

    I loved it. I feel it’s the best one yet.

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