“The Honourable Woman” Season 1 Episode 5 “Two Hearts” aired on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on BBC Two. Nessa’s days in captivity in Gaza with Atika revealed more secrets. In the present day, Nessa also uncovered secrets about business contracts and family members. The conspiracy was getting more complicated as more innocent people are killed. Read further to find out what happened in this episode with our recap below.
The episode opened with another flashback. Now almost to her term, Nessa (Maggie Gyllenhaal) asked Atika (Lubna Azabal) where she would be giving birth, and Atika told her that since they haven’t been really out of the room, it’s where she’ll have to do it. Nessa was worried. Once she got home and the world got wind of what actually happened to her, she knew that all her decisions will be judged based on this.
“I could give birth to a child. That’s not me, that’s just biology. But what I say or do or think, what I want this company to achieve, that’s me. I can have this baby and I might live. But whatever happens, I’m gonna lose my life.”
Atika suggested that when they get out, she would claim that she’s the mother of the baby so that Nessa could go on with her life as normal.
Back in London at the Stein’s, Shlomo Zahary (Yigal Naor) was wondering why Ephra (Andrew Buchan) was being erratic and emotional with his decisions for the company. There were cables to be set up at the West Bank, but Ephra has not approved this yet. Ephra lost it and cried in front of Shlomo, who grew concern, especially since they’re like family besides being business partners. But Ephra couldn’t tell him that Nessa was kidnapped in Gaza or that his hands were tied as the Israelis were calling the shots with the business. He couldn’t even tell this fact to his own wife, whose relationship with Ephra has started to strain. Shlomo could only hug him.
Ephra met with the Israeli from the last episode (“The Ribbon Cutter”) who ordered him to lay the cabling Shlomo wanted done. Ephra asked if doing this would get Nessa back, but the Israeli only said that once the cables were down, they would ask Ephra for something else again. And so, work at the West Bank started.
It was finally time for Nessa to give birth, and she labored at the room where they were held captive, with only the help of Atika and a midwife. Then Kasim was born. A few days later, with the help of Monica Chatwin (Eve Best), the attache’ to Washington from the British office, Nessa and Atika were pulled out, with helicopters literally fetching them from their room. Atika immediately took the baby from Nessa when one of the soldiers who came to save them asked whose it was. Their secret was to stay hidden beginning that night.
Now this arrangement of saving Nessa and Atika didn’t come without any conditions though because Monica wanted Nessa to head the Stein’s company with Ephra stepping down. He was more than willing to do that, without any questions. But when Monica asked why the cables at West Bank were laid down, he didn’t want to reveal his own secret with the Israelis.
Meanwhile, MI6 head Julia Walsh (Janet McTeer) was also talking to the Israelis about their deals with the Steins and the cables and came to the conclusion that Nessa was important in all these.
Back in the present day with Kasim still missing, Ephra told his sister that he just found out from Atika after seven years that the boy is really her son, which led to Ephra also admitting that he was sleeping with the nanny, as seen in the episode “The Unfaithful Husband.” Ephra also knew about the kidnappers calling Nessa. There was no shock nor surprise in Nessa’s face. Just concern and amusement that they have all these secrets. Here’s one other secret that may have to be clarified in the later episodes: Did Nessa just admit to Atika that she loves her more than a friend?
“I know how I am. I know. The first moment I saw you from that check point, I know.”
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) July 31, 2014
Meantime, Hoyle (Stephen Rae) was now asking the Israelis about the events from eight years ago, which they denied ever knowing that it happened.
Caleb Schwako (John MacKay), this eccentric character that did surveillance and research stuff for Nathaniel Bloom (Tobias Menses), Nessa’s former chief security, came by to tell Nessa another secret: Bloom was secretly meeting with Monica, and they tampered with evidence that linked Shlomo to those questionable deals with the Hezbollah. Schwako went on to say that this deals did not happen; the dates were impossible. But it seemed like Bloom had been lying to her. This made Nessa tear up, but Bloom could clarify this now as he was killed in the episode “The Killing Call.”
Monica got wind of this revelation and came to talk to Nessa, admitting that they did tamper with evidence against Shlomo, but only because he did far worse than what they were covering up. To get to the bottom of this, Nessa relied on a longtime employee on the field, Aron Yavin, who she asked to investigate the wiretaps Shlomo had supposedly done in the last seven years. Yavin found what Nessa wanted, and together with Ephra, they confronted Shlomo about it. He denied this of course, and he may as well be telling the truth because remember that Ephra had been working for the Israelis with Shlomo’s cables seven years ago?
At the Stein University in the Middle East, a professor discovered a listening post in the basement with three soldiers. He came about this while finding evidence about a student he thought would be able to get a scholarship in the school, especially after learning that a former soldier got the spot instead of this promising student. He thought there was prejudice. But the reality was the conspiracy was far deeper than that. For stumbling upon the listening post, the professor was brutally killed by the end of the episode. Which spy ordered the killing?
And there you have it for the recap of “The Honourable Woman” Season 1 Episode 5 “Two Hearts,” which aired on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on BBC Two. The show premiered its first episode “The Empty Chair” on Sundance TV on July 31,2014 as well.
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