Despite her troubled emotions, Esther keeps her word and refuses to tell Ada her secret; meanwhile, Tulkinghorn issues a terrible ultimatum to Lady Dedlock.
Smallwood reveals evidence of Lady Dedlock's past and makes a discovery that could end the Jarndyce court case.
Esther plans to visit London; Richard finds himself in dire straights; Jo becomes extremely ill.
Tulkinghorn is close to discovering Nemo's true identity; Richard hires his own lawyer in the inheritance case.
Jarndyce discovers Esther has feelings for someone else; Lady Dedlock surprises Jo; Tulkinghorn thinks he may know Nemo's real name.
Esther meets an attractive doctor; Tulkinghorn inquires about Lady Dedlock; Richard shifts his attention toward law after failing in medicine.
Orphan Esther Summerson meets her new guardian John Jarndyce and his wards, as well as opium addicted Nemo.