In spite of his marriage, Richard is obsessed with the Jarndyce case, which comes to an ironic conclusion.
Lady Dedlock confesses her secret to a now-recovered Esther; Jo is found in desperate condition after her kidnapping; a malicious intruder traps Tulkinghorn.
Esther breaks out with smallpox; Krook dies in a fire; Lady Dedlock is threatened by her past indiscretions.
Captain Hawdon's missing documents are the object of an intense search; Jo is questioned about a mysterious woman; Mr. Guppy discusses Lady Dedlock's past with her.
Richard and Ada's engagement meets with disapproval from John Jarndyce; Esther meets Lady Dedlock; the court case continues.
The sinister Mr. Tulkinghorn inquires into Nemo's true identity and sudden death; Esther receives a proposal.
Lady Dedlock (Diana Rigg) takes a keen interest in the death of a mysterious law-writer; Esther (Suzanne Burden) is asked to run Bleak House.
Charles Dickens' Victorian tale begins with orphaned Esther Summerson being summoned to London by her guardian's solicitors.