At the beginning of the 5th episode, Louisa (Keeley Hawes) receives a letter from Aunt Hermione (Barbara Flynn) informing her than the family is coming for a visit. The boys are not too happy about the visit. Louisa speaks with Sven (Ulric von der Esch) and tells him the news. He admits he doesn’t want to tell them about their relationship, until the relatives are gone. To make sure everything is perfect for the arrival, Louisa asks Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) to obtain a generator. Then, she pays a visit to Florence (Lucy Black) and tells the woman about her relationship with Sven.
In return, Louisa learns that Florence has been trying to get pregnant for the past 11 years to no avail. After Louisa comforts her friend, she heads to the pier and meets with Aunt Hermione. She has also brought along Prue (Felicity Montagu), Geoffrey (Jeff Rawle) and Nancy (Lizzy Watts). While the family is transported back to the house, Angel (Jamie Ward) speaks with Margo (Daisy Waterstone). It is clear that Margo likes having the boy chase after her. Back at home, Lawrence (Josh O’Connor) and Nancy make up for lost time. The aunt learns about the family and their current jobs or hobbies.
After a disastrous night, Louisa visits Sven. They begin to kiss and undress before Spiros arrives and interrupts. Spiros agrees to keep their relationship a secret. Louisa returns home and realizes that Spiros will not be able to keep the secret for long. Therefore, she tells her children about her relationship with Sven. The kids seem fine with it besides Leslie (Callum Woodhouse). Aunt Hermione quickly goes to work trying to force Leslie to spill the beans. With little resistance, Leslie gives up a few minor details. While Prue and Geoffrey seem happy with the news, Hermione is not. She reiterates the fact that they need to make Louisa see that staying in Corfu is a bad idea.
Seconds later, Gerald (Milo Parker) arrives riding a donkey. Spiros attempts to rig up a generator, but fails. He also lets more details about Louisa’s relationship slip out. Theo (Yorgus Karamihos) speaks with Gerald and learns that he has two owls, which will not eat. Theo tells the boy that the owls will need meat. Theo also tells Gerald about Mrs. Vadrukakis (Etela Pardo), who is interested in protecting animals. Theo passes a letter along to Lawrence. Larry reads the letter and breaks down after learning the publisher has refused to publish his new novel. Margo heads to Mavrodaki’s (Leslie Caron) place only to find that she is ill. Dennis (Jeremy Swift) insists she can spend the day with him.
Theo introduces Gerald to Vadrukakis. Louisa meets the woman as well and learns about her life goal. That night, the aunt attempts to convince Louisa to return home, while simultaneously insulting each member of the family. Hermione agrees to give Louisa money and a house, if she returns. Later, Louisa consults with Lawrence and admits she has thought about returning numerous times. Lawrence manages to talk her out of it. In the morning, Sven pays a visit. Sven learns that Hermione now knows about their relationship. He also tells Louisa he loves her for the first time. She returns the favor. Louisa returns home and tells Margo and Lugaretzia (Anna Savva) that she is going to force her family to enjoy Corfu, even if she has to drag them all the way.
Spiros and Louisa load the family into the car and take them for a ride. First, they pay a visit to Theo’s place. Then, they visit the museum, which is conveniently closed. Back at home, Lawrence prepares to give up his writing and become a handyman. He quickly gives on that as well and decides to pay a visit to Sven. He is instructed to dig a hole. The family drives past Sven’s place on their way to the Countess’ palace. Angel and Margo spend time kissing in the backyard. The family breaks into the house and scares the daylights out of the Countess. Margo hears the noise and rushes inside. She is spotted outside with Angel and then told to get back to work.
Margo comforts the Countess. She learns that the woman has bad days and has since the loss of her husband. During this time, Leslie and Gerald go hunting for meat for the owls. They are spotted by Mrs. Vadrukakis and reprimanded for their behavior. Louisa and the others arrive at this time. The aunt lashes out at Louisa and also insists she could go through the courts to get custody of Gerald. Louisa becomes angered and forces Hermione into the car. She jumps in and drives off without Spiros’ permission. Louisa wrecks the vehicle and it nearly goes over a cliff. She tries to get out of the vehicle, but it slides further over.
A local farmer notices the car and approaches Sven for help. During this time, Lawrence hurts his toe and stumbles into Sven’s house. He drinks the man’s alcohol. Margo is reprimanded by Dennis and told to leave. She is approached by Angel on her way out. She chooses her job over him. Spiros and Sven save Louisa and the car. Sven and Louisa speak in private. At this time, he proposes to her. Louisa insists she’ll think about it. Theo and Gerald make things right with Vadrukakis. Lawrence returns home and is comforted by Nancy. Geoffrey and Prue follow their lead and cuddle up with one another.
Finally, Aunt Hermione and Louisa have a heart to heart conversation. Hermione agrees to allow Louisa to do things her way. Spiros manages to get the generator working temporarily. Sven visits the family and agrees to play his accordion for them. Gerald manages to get the owls to eat. At the end of the episode, Sven receives his answer from Louisa. She gives him a big yes.
The Durrells In Corfu Review
The 5th episode of The Durrells In Corfu was all about relationships. Louisa’s relationship with Sven was pushed to the next level by a proposal. She was also forced to repair her relationship with Aunt Hermione. Lawrence’s girlfriend also arrived and that shed a little light on his past relationship. For Margo, her relationship with Angel came to a screeching halt.
She came to the realization that her job and career were far more important than a boyfriend. The episode was a hoot. An 8.5 out of 10 is deserved. Catch up with our past recaps of The Durrells In Corfu now!