When Marguerite sees Colin, she is caught off guard at the start of Women At War episode 3. Marcel ignores Marguerite’s attempts to walk out of the room. After a drunken customer forcibly holds her, Colin defends her by attacking him as a consequence.
Marguerite follows Colin as he exits the brothel area. Colin suggests that she quit her position if she intends to turn down clients during their conversation. Marguerite is then reassured by Colin that he’d never hurt her. Colin waves her off with the other officers as they leave the brothel. Marcel listens to their conversations and questions Marguerite about Colin not knowing she is his mother. Marcel swears to keep the information to himself thereafter.
Marguerite is asked to come by Marcel’s desk, and Marcel hands her Colin’s badge. Marcel asks her to return Colin’s lost badge so he can use it again. Marcel continues to keep assisting Marguerite in her efforts to connect with her child for some reason. She then asks Marcel to not get close to Colin.
Since none of the vehicles were dispatched, laborers assemble around Caroline’s estate. The women were anticipating payment. When Caroline approaches the women outside to engage in conversation, they are frustrated because she is unable to pay off their debts. After a while, Caroline presents her necklace as payment and she wins over their trust as she keeps her word.
Marguerite greets Caroline when she enters the whorehouse. She then offers Marguerite an apology for something she did in the past. It quickly becomes apparent that Caroline had left Marguerite at a whorehouse. They had previously decided to escape together, but Caroline finally gave up and left without Marguerite.
Technically, Caroline had decided to wait for Marguerite, but since she was adamant about staying, Caroline was compelled to leave her behind. Victor Dewitt, Caroline’s partner at the time, had been a frequent customer. They found love, and Caroline ended up marrying him. Caroline had decided to save herself even though Marguerite played a significant role in her life.
The patients faced difficulties with their mental stability when they were back at the convent. They were experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, and a few of them even became delusional. These men just weren’t equipped to fight, so Agnes hid them in the convent. Nevertheless, the police had learned of this and insisted on retrieving them. Although Suzanne had helped Agnes with her choices, Agnes couldn’t rely on her. Many patients had been sent away to fight again, and the very last one eventually began speaking.
He was silent the entire time, and Agnes assumed that he must have lost his voice as a consequence of the war. In actuality, he was Till, a part of the German army, who was afraid to reveal who he really was.
The focus shifts to Charles at this point, who makes his way to the French head office and gets the General’s approval before obtaining the exemption documents. He makes this choice without talking to Caroline, and she is upset by his behavior. Although Charles insists that there isn’t enough time left, she wants to speak with Dewitt and seek his approval. Caroline asks Eleonore to stop Charles’ strategies because the conversion would undo everything Dewitt and her dad had accomplished in the past.
A patient who had been brought to the convent is suffocating as a blood clot forms from his wounds. Suzanne cuts a slit in his throat as soon as she takes charge to clear the clot. Dr. Duvernet shows up shortly after, and he compliments Suzanne on her quick action.
Sister Pelagie calls Agnes, but she is unable to give her any information about Jeanne Charrier. Agnes inquires regarding Suzanne, and Sister Pelagie responds that Suzanne had worked as a health care professional at Salpêtrière and that she was performing unauthorized abortions there, and she adds that officer Louis’ partner had been her last patient.
She goes on to tell Agnes that Suzanne messed up the procedure, causing the patient to pass away and that Suzanne was missing ever since.
Agnes makes a phone call to the Saint-Paulin police station to complain about Suzanne. However, before Agnes has a chance to speak, Suzanne walks in and goes on to tell her further about the patients that are admitted.
The following day, Marguerite meets Colin at the army corners, and they connect. As soon as the adversaries begin firing at them, Colin arranges to get Marguerite as well as officer Leon back to her car and they head towards the convent. He then quickly returns to the quarters.
Since Caroline decided to sell her jewelry piece to the employees, Caroline and Eleonore have an argument. Eleonore has already given Charles consent to take over the production plant, so Eleonore tries to persuade Caroline to not push further.
Shortly after, the maid shows and informs Caroline that Madeleine went to the convent by herself in hopes of spotting her dad amongst the patients.
When Caroline gets to the convent, she discovers Marguerite with Leon inside. The four women quickly work together to help ease the situation. Leon is Joseph’s younger brother, so Joseph makes every effort to save him. Sadly, though, he ends up losing his life.
The episode has a disturbing ending as Agnes sobs her heart out while Suzanne is attempting to comfort Joseph. However there seems to be a catch as a wounded visitor enters the convent and asks for his partner, Jeanne Charrier.
The Episode Review
The previous episodes were laying the groundwork, but this episode is able to emotionally latch on to your mind, and the dramatic plot elements of the show have both risen to new heights.
The four principal characters are all absolutely brilliant in their roles, and this episode in particular, their features really stand out and draw you in. Being able to empathize with the protagonists is made even more fascinating by the fact that they are complex grey characters.