Are you a fan of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and looking to catch what you missed? Have you had trouble following along? New to the show and want to know what everyone is raving about? Well look no further because I’ve got a rundown of what went down on the hit gothic series all mapped out for your cranial consumption. Shall we begin?

Here’s what we know so far from Season 2, Episode 7, “Little Scorpion”:

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In the early morning hours, Sembene (Danny Sapani) sits next to Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and tells him that he has seen animals become another animal after consuming them: “the leopard consumes the monkey and becomes leopard and monkey.” Sembene goes on to say that the shamans in the mountains of his homeland have a name for those who can change their physical form, and the ones that are not so cursed can’t remember what they become when it happens. Continuing, Sembene asks Ethan if he was born this way, or if it’s a sickness, before concluding that it’s a blessing with a purpose which Ethan can not yet see. Sembene tells Ethan he can see him past the wolf. Ethan cries, and finally asks Sembene to tell him what he saw.

In the living room, Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) is pacing back and forth, over the events at the ball the night prior. Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) says Vanessa was merely over-stimulated and had a fainting spell, but Vanessa scoffs Sir Malcolm’s explanation. Vanessa says she felt a presence closing in on her before she collapsed. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) asks Sir Malcolm if he questions Vanessa’s ability to sense things, but Sir Malcolm says that he can not see Vanessa’s blackout as nothing more than hysteria.

Vanessa tells Sir Malcolm that she must leave London, saying it’s unsafe and Ethan readily volunteers to go with her. Ferdinand Lyle (Simon Beane Russell) concurs and tells both Vanessa and Ethan to stay away for a while and tell no one where they’re heading. Sir Malcolm tells Vanessa to stay, but she insists that she must leave and Victor agrees that no one should know where she’s going. Sir Malcolm then asks why should Ethan accompany her, and she responds by saying that Ethan was the only person not present at the ball when the nightcomers attacked. Sir Malcolm asks if the group is not to trust each other and no one answers. Vanessa calls Victor to her room to speak with him as she packs.

Vanessa tells Victor that he and only he can know where she and Ethan will be staying as she trusts him. Victor says that he’s never known Vanessa to be a woman to run and hide and that’s when Vanessa lets it be known that she’s actually going to procure a weapon against their new threat Vanessa tells Victor to look at Sir Malcolm as he’s losing his heart and needs care. Vanessa hands Victor the address and tells him to be patient with his cousin, Lily (Billie Piper), as she’s just overwhelmed by the newness of London. Vanessa assures him that in time, it’ll all fade, and when Victor inquires if it doesn’t, Vanessa says that she’ll have a long talk with Lily on a dark night.

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A carriage brings Vanessa and Ethan to the Cut-Wife’s cottage and Ethan sees the tree the Cut-Wfie was burned from as well as the Scorpion Vanessa drew on the stone pillar. The look over the house and speak of the food they will need to get. Vanessa looks over the house and asks Ethan if he believes a house can be haunted. Ethan says he does and when she asks him where was said house, he replies at an Indian graveyard in Arizona of Indians he killed. Vanessa asks him if he felt alone there and Ethan said he felt like he belonged. Vanessa replies that maybe she belongs at the Cut-Wife’s cottage — as the Cut-Wife always thought.

Vanessa believes she was never meant for company and the moors suit her better. Vanessa then recounts the Cut-Wife calling her “Little Scorpion”, and only saying the name “Vanessa” once before she was murdered on the tree. Vanessa admits that ever since the Cut-Wife’s death, she’s never liked trees. Vanessa ultimately decided she will take the Cut-Wife’s old bed, and when she heads upstairs, she sees the book with the glyph.

As Vanessa and Ethan walk along the moors gathering herbs, Vanessa tells Ethan that she and Sir Malcolm had a unique relationship by creating a bond out of their mutual suffering and rage, which she treasured. Ethan questions if Evelyn threatens that, and Vanessa says she does as Sir Malcolm has lost his anger, thereby breaking their bond. Ethan reminds Vanessa that she’s the only family that Sir Malcolm has left, but Vanessa responds that Sir Malcolm’s refusal to attend his wife’s funeral shows just what he thinks of his family these days. Ethan says that the death may have been too much, but Vanessa says it’s because he’s in love and he doesn’t want to deal with the shadows of his past. She says she will not try to hold on to him for “selfish” reasons and wishes Sir Malcolm happiness.

Ethan tells Vanessa that when he was with Brona Croft (Billie Piper), that he was content for the first time in a long time — he didn’t feel the need to run away. Ethan tells Vanessa that Sir Malcolm’s just looking for where he belongs, and once he settles down, he will remember Vanessa — as Ethan never forgot about her while still with Brona. Vanessa stops their walk to set a rabbit trap, and Ethan looks her over in amazement, he tells her she’s going to be some lucky man’s wife someday. Vanessa laughs.

Back at the cottage, Ethan recounts his father forcing him to ride the biggest, meanest horse on their ranch as a child and all the Spanish hands waiting for him to fail. He fell, broke his wrist and ripped his pants.

Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME
Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

Ethan asks Vanessa for her fear as a child, and Vanessa says she never liked dolls and while she played with them out of her mother’s request, but she would knock them over at night before putting them back in place in the morning. Ethan admits he played with toy soldiers, and these were the things that make them who they are, never escaping them. Ethan asks Vanessa if the monsters just live inside them. Vanessa says she calls them “demons” and adds that when they’re released, they are themselves the most. Ethan abruptly tells Vanessa that he has to go. Vanessa’s confused by his need to leave, but he tells her that he has to get to a field. She thinks he’s preposterous, but he tells her she needs to learn how to protect herself. Vanessa grows worried and ask Ethan when he’ll be back and he says morning. When Vanessa asks Ethan what’s going on, he yells at her to bolt the door.

Ethan walks out to the moor and watches the full moon. He transforms into the werewolf, sneaks up on a heard of sheep and kills one.

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The next morning, Vanessa goes outside to find Ethan chopping wood. She asks him to tell her what’s going on, but Ethan refuses. Vanessa presses him, but Ethan tells her she needs to learn how to shoot.

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Ethan lines up bottles and (not) surprisingly, Vanessa shoots them all. She says it must come naturally, but Ethan gives her tips for shooting live targets — the biggest tip being that she should never look her target in the eye. Vanessa says she must repay Ethan for his lesson, and he asks her to teach him how to dance. Vanessa is happy for it, and he then gives Vanessa a moving target and is stunned yet again when she hits it perfectly.

Eva Green as Vanessa Ives and Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME
Eva Green as Vanessa Ives and Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

Vanessa tells Ethan that dancing is the opposite of shooting, you must look in your opponent’s eyes. For the next few days the two dance, plant herbs together, as Vanessa cooks their meals and Ethan chops their firewood.

One stormy night, the door blasts open. Vanessa says she loves storms because it feel like every bit of civilization is gone and one’s primal self is released. She says the world must of been created this way. Suddenly, the hall ceiling of the living rooms bursts into flames. Vanessa and Ethan try to douse the flames and after staring at each other for a moment, they passionately kiss.

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They make their way to kiss again, but Vanessa stops them, saying their dangerous. Ethan walks into the storm, leaving Vanessa inside panting heavily.

In Sir Malcolm’s home, Victor ponders what love is and mentions the use of the term in Ancient Egyptian culture. Ferdinand says the Egyptians called it the “Scorpion’s sting” and that it literally meant the undoing of man — especially the love between Amun Ra and Amunet. Ferdinand tries to figure out why the demon wants Vanessa, doing everything in his power — even hurting her — to get her back. Victor says they must help Vanessa, and Ferdinand concurs. Ferdinand tells Victor that he’s seeing something he hasn’t before: a refrain of Lupus Dei. They try to figure out why it keeps popping up, and conclude at the very least the the demon fears it. Victor and Ferdinand insist they must help Vanessa, though Ferdinand says she’s not entirely without protecting.

Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME
Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

While taking a stroll in the woods, Vanessa laments over the demon living within her. She says she can’t stand living with the beast scratching inside her, watching to come out. She tells Ethan that when she asked him to kill her, he thought it kind to keep her alive, but it was a cruel act. She says he should’ve killed her, but Ethan tells Vanessa that she will not die so long as he lives. She says he’s but a man, but he tells her he’s not and she knows. He tells her they’re different and have “claws for a reason.” She asks if he ever wondered what it would be like to be normal, and he says he tries not to.

Sir Geoffrey Hawkes (Ronan Vibert) encounters Vanessa in the woods, and when he addresses Vanessa, Ethan replies coarsely. Sir Geoffrey tells Vanessa that he can have his dogs kill her and Ethan as he’s taught them how to obey his every command. He then looks to Vanessa and asks if she’s ever learned, calling her a bitch. Ethan makes his way to pounce on Geoffrey, but Vanessa restrains him. Geoffrey then threatens to burn Vanessa’s cottage down, saying that her young flesh will burn nicely. He makes another snide remark before leaving.

At the cottage, Vanessa says she swore she’d avenge the Cut-Wife’s death, and Ethan tells her it’s unnecessary; Sir Geoffrey’s soul does not need to be on her conscious and he doesn’t think the Cut-Wife would approve of her taking another step into the darkness all for vengeance. Vanessa says Ethan should see her for what she really is and all she demands is justice for the Cut-Wife. Ethan tells her that she won’t be able to stop once she gets a taste for killing. When Vanessa maintains that she must kill Sir Geoffrey, Ethan tells her to do as she must, but says he sees her for who she is before storming out.

Billie Piper as Lily and Harry Treadaway as Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME
Billie Piper as Lily and Harry Treadaway as Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

At Victor’s home, Lily (Billie Piper) readies herself to leave the house. She asks Victor if he’s bothered by dining with Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), and Victor pauses, then tells her to go ahead. Lily tells Victor that if he doesn’t want her to go, she won’t, but he says that she should as he needs to get some work and she’s quite the distraction. He tells Lily not to be late, and she promises to be back, kissing him on the cheek.

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Billie Piper as Lily and Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

Lily and Dorian meet and Dorian asks if it was a problem to make time for him, as he assumes she’s been keeping company with many folk. Lily says she hasn’t, and Dorian asks if it’s her decision or Victor’s. Lily says that Victor is just protective and when Dorian says she’s perhaps more capable than she thinks, she says she’s quite useless. Dorian doesn’t believe it.

 

They make their way to the Putney’s Waxworks and Lily finds the displays awful. Dorian calls Lily mysterious, though she doesn’t think so. He says that her cool touch, sense of wonder, and familiar eyes speak to him.

They look at an exhibit featuring a criminal who watches over a man removing a corpse from its grave.  Lily asks why one would do such a thing, and Dorian explains its because the corpses can be sold to physicians for experimentation. Lily asks what kind of experiments, but Dorian says he doesn’t know. From behind the shadows, Caliban (Rory Kinnear) watches Lily with Dorian.

Dorian and Lily end their evening with Dorian thanking Lily for the company and Lily exhilarated at having a new friend. Dorian kisses her hand and promises new adventures before putting her in a carriage bound for her home.

Back at the Cut-Wife’s cottage, Vanessa takes the big book with the glyph from the shelf as Ethan makes his way through the woods to Sir Geoffrey’s house. He sneaks up to the grounds, as Vanessa opens the book to a page with a skull and crossbones at the top.  She begins to chant.

Sir Geoffrey walks over to feed his hounds at the same moment Ethan steadies his gun to shoot him from a distance. As Vanessa continues to chant, however, Sir Geoffrey’s dogs ferociously bark at him.

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Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

The dogs attack Sir Geoffrey as Vanessa continues to chant, and Ethan looks on, realizing what’s happening. Vanessa then falls to the ground and Ethan looks severely displeased. At the cottage, Vanessa cries.

Meanwhile, after a bit of traveling, Lily asks the carriage driver to stop. She hops out on the street, finding herself in a pub full of men. She makes her way to the bar and catches a man’s eye. The man looks her over, and takes Lily back to his home, where he takes her to his room and kisses her.

As they have sex, and Lily turns him on his back and continues to have sex with him while strangling him to death. The man dies and Lily looks over her work.

 

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Ethan returns to the cottage to see Vanessa standing at the door. He walks past her, and puts his gun in the holster. She closes the door, and the two don’t say anything to each other, until Vanessa asks if Ethan was going to kill Lord Geoffrey. Ethan says he didn’t get the chance, but Vanessa knows this, and he asks her if she’s pleased with being a murderer. He continues that she probably learned how to do that with the Cut-Wife — since she learned to kill babies too. Ethan tells Vanessa that she belongs here, and when Vanessa says she knows what she’s done, he asks her if she knows what it’s like to walk with someone’s death on her.

He tells her that the first time is hard, and you cry, which she did, and then after the third time, it becomes nature to do it. Vanessa yells for him to stop, but he continues and tells her that she won’t be able to get her soul back — not ever. He asks her if she understands, and she says yes. Ethan then tells her, “welcome to the night, Vanessa” and turns his back to her.

Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME
Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7): Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

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