‘Women At War’ Episode 2: Recap & Ending, Explained: Did Caroline Convert The Factory Into An Ammunition Unit?

The foregoing episode of “Women at War” provided a brief introduction to the lead characters of this series. Marguerite, Agnes, Caroline, and Suzanne were the four different women entangled in a maze of responsibilities. Men were busy representing the nation at the front lines while 300,000 soldiers had already lost their lives. Women were left behind to look after their children and earn at the same time. Moreover, it was a male-dominated society, and they had to struggle with their rights to claim their rightful position. The ending of “Women at War” Episode 1 revealed that Suzanne had been charged with the murder of officer Louis Compoing’s wife. At the beginning of episode two, Louis arrives at the church in pursuit of Suzanne. Meanwhile, Suzanne was preparing to leave with Yves. It was her only chance to leave Saint Paulin since the French army was going to stop railway commuting to prohibit the German soldiers from entering. Luckily, Louis couldn’t continue his search since civilians were not allowed inside the church. Moreover, to conduct an official search, Louis had to carry an official warrant. Mother Agnes and the other nuns helped the military officers to treat the wounded. She noticed how some of them were deeply traumatized by the war. They couldn’t recognize themselves and held massive pain inside their mind. On the same day, the brothel owner, Marcel’s sister, went through Marguerite’s belongings and found a secret map inside her luggage. She doubted Marguerite’s intentions since she often left the brothel and came back pretty late.

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Caroline tried to get the exemption papers for the factory workers, but the officers refused to provide any help. They told her that Dewitt’s requests were never approved. Moreover, Dewitt’s brother Charles arrived at her house to help her with the exemption papers since he knew that the Ministry of War had in fact approved Dewitt’s requests. But for some reason, the headquarters didn’t have a record of their request. Charles believed that the Ministry had misplaced the papers, and now the workers had no choice but to fight at the front lines. Caroline’s mother-in-law, Eleonore doubted his intentions and demanded an answer for his sudden arrival at Saint Paulin. But he shrugged off her doubts and told her to be at ease. Charles managed to make a deal with the Ministry. They were ready to deploy more workers from the colonies. To make it possible, Caroline had to convert the factory into a place that manufactured ammunition under the government. Charles wanted Caroline and Eleonore to grab this opportunity. But Caroline wanted to look for another solution, though they didn’t have any choice because the factory was falling back on payments. They had to pay it back, or the factory would be seized since the country was at war. The following day, Charles arrived at the brothel to meet the owner, Marcel. Marcel and Charles knew each other from childhood, and from their conversations, it was pretty clear that Charles had always bullied Marcel. He demanded 50,000 Francs from Marcel, and he belittled Charles.

Well, Charles had been a dishonest person, and because of his illegal activities, Charles was fired from the Ministry. Now, he wanted to make up for his loss by converting the factory’s truck business to ammunition trading. This way, he wouldn’t have to fight at the front lines. Charles had five days to convert the factory; until then, his life was at stake. Caroline had decided to approach her workers’ wives to work at the factory since the trucks only needed some basic upgrades. But the women were skeptical about the same and couldn’t trust Caroline and her family anymore. Caroline had to pay them what they were owed, and she promised to pay them back once the vehicles were shipped. Caroline had begged them to help her, and luckily, they agreed. The next day, Caroline celebrated her victory as she completed the orders for the Laveyre company since all the women helped her to achieve the target. Charles had no choice but to contact Marcel, and he promised Charles he would handle this situation. The next morning, Caroline got a call from the Laveyre company as they canceled her order and refused to pay the money. Charles and Marcel had bribed the company since Caroline decided to continue the truck business and prohibited the conversion.

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Back at the church, more wounded soldiers were deployed from the front lines. Looking at Agnes’ condition, Suzanne decided to join in and disguised herself as a nun. Louis had already approached a military officer from the headquarters to inspect the church. Luckily, he didn’t recognize Suzanne. This time, many soldiers came back dead, and it was a gruesome sight for the sisters. Suzanne was the person trained for situations like these, and with her efforts, she was able to triage the critical conditions of many patients. Meanwhile, some patients were completely healed, so the military officers wanted them back on the front lines, but Agnes tried to convince the officers that these patients needed more time to work on their mental health. But the Ministry refused to entertain Agnes. Moreover, Suzanne chose to come back and help.

Agnes decided to meet the Major since she wanted to talk about a proper burial for the ones who were dead. The officer promised Agnes that he would talk about this to the General. Once they were done talking about the burial, the Major asked Agnes about Suzanne, and she immediately realized who she was. But Agnes didn’t tell him anything and approached Suzanne. Agnes indirectly asked her about Lisette’s family, and Suzanne didn’t tell her anything. So, she went inside her room and called Sister Pelagie from Paris and inquired about Jeanne Charrier’s nursing career.

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The story then moves to Marguerite; she arrives at the army quarters again and tries to find someone. Marguerite was extremely happy to see a young officer; maybe it was her son. Unfortunately, some army officers caught her spying and confiscated her binoculars. They took her back to the brothel, and the officers warned Marcel to keep Marguerite and other prostitutes away from the army quarters. Marcel was extremely upset about the whole situation and took Marguerite back to her room. He demanded answers and wanted to know about the secret map that was found inside her luggage. She’d marked the troop positions and the front lines on the map, and Marcel believed that she worked as a spy for the enemies. Marcel found a picture of the same officer in her purse and demanded to know about his identity. But Marguerite refused to share any information. The following day, he visited the army quarters to supply drugs to some officers and found Colin De Régnier, a Saint-Cyriian. Marcel approached him, and on the same day, he came back and took Marguerite to meet a new customer, and it was Colin. The second episode of “Women at War” ended with a cliffhanger as Margueritte stood face-to-face with this unknown stranger, who might be her son. The next episode will reveal Marguerite’s relationship with him and Caroline’s next step to save the factory. Moreover, Agnes had doubted Suzanne’s intentions, and now she had to decide whether to save her or let her be arrested. 


Raschi Acharya
Raschi Acharya
Raschi Acharya is a Mass Media graduate and she is currently working and living in Mumbai. From a very young age, Raschi was heavily interested in reading and writing. She prefers to write everything that her mind nurtures her to do as shaping up her imagination is her forte!

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