Series Penny Dreadful
Season 1, Episode 4
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Air date June 1st, 2014
Writers John Logan
Director Dearbhla Walsh
Producers Nicholas Brown; Sheila Hockin; James Flynn; Morgan O'Sullivan; Chris King; Karen Richards; Pippa Harris; Sam Mendes; John Logan
Starring Reeve Carney; Timothy Dalton; Eva Green; Rory Kinnear; Billie Piper; Danny Sapani; Harry Treadaway; Josh Hartnett
Episode guide
"Closer Than Sisters"

"Demimonde" is the fourth episode of season one of the supernatural drama series Penny Dreadful. It was directed by Dearbhla Walsh with a script written by series creator John Logan. It first aired on Showtime on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 10:00 pm. In this episode, Vanessa Ives grows closer to Dorian Gray. Meanwhile, Victor Frankenstein seeks advice from a venerable hematologist named Van Helsing. And Ethan Chandler takes Brona Croft out for a night on the town at the Guignol Theater.

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Principal Cast[edit | edit source]

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In order of appearance.

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This series was produced in association with Sky.
  • This episode is rated TV-MA.
  • This is the first episode of the series with Michele Conroy as an editor. She works on eight episodes of the series in total.
  • This is the second episode of the series with Owen McPolin as director of photography.
  • All of the regularly billed cast members appear in this episode.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • Demimonde refers to a group of people who live hedonistic lifestyles, usually in a flagrant and conspicuous manner. The term was commonly used in Europe from the late 19th to the early 20th century, and contemporary use has an anachronistic character. Its connotations of pleasure-seeking often contrasted with wealth and ruling class behavior. On Penny Dreadful, it refers to the in-between worlds of the living conventional reality and the dark twisted underbelly of the supernatural. The term was first used in "Night Work" to describe the opium den where Vanessa Ives, Ethan Chandler and Malcolm Murray first fought the vampires.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Dorian Gray: The rarest orchid on Earth, and thus the most expensive. It's only found in one place, a particular mountain in Borneo. It can take up to 15 years to bloom. All that time, perfecting itself. A lifetime for six perfect flowers.
  • Vanessa Ives: How long will it bloom?
  • Dorian Gray: A moment.
  • Vanessa Ives: Is it poisonous?
  • Dorian Gray: Like all beautiful things, I hope so.




  • Ethan Chandler: We've all done things to survive. There are such sins at my back it would kill me to turn around.

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