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Reign S01E14: "The Darkness"


King Henry is a sex psycho! That’s a bold choice, kids, to turn a charismatic lead into Ted Bundy in a poet’s blouse. It’s not without historical precedent. King Henry VIII’s sense of entitlement pulled the Tudor court into a vortex of judicial murder with the ruthless efficiency of a garbage disposal. Fronch King Henry is having headaches and “passing black water” (a.k.a. black urine, yeesh not good bro), thus suggesting some foul influence may be upon him, the kind of foul influence that causes him to be turned on by Kenna sexing strangers in front of him and choking the light out of a young woman’s eye. Poor Kenna, she just wanted to be sex-positive in a 16th century world, but apparently in Fronce the slippery slope of masturbation starts with some innocent public finger blasting and ends with waking up tied to a dead woman in a crazy man’s bed! 






Naturally Kenna did what anyone would do: begged Catherine to solve all her problems. Henry responded with several pretty insane, raving-mad boasts about how he was the king and dead girls were his dirty laundry. How is Henry SO cavalier about Catherine when she’s known worldwide as the Julia Child of venom? The countdown has now begun to Catherine supplying Kenna with poison lube or straight-up clobbering Henry with a flagon and dragging him to Nostradamus. 






Not that Nostradamus even has time to purge the monarchy of madness right now. This week, his one-bed hospital/mental ward was fully occupied with Olivia, who had basically gone through Blair Witch Project + Silence of the Lambs. We saw a lot of Olivia’s ordeal in a misty series of gorgeously composed flashback shots, and thank goodness, because when the actual actress was onscreen I could not focus on anything that was happening except that damn hair. 


My gracious! The evil was all through her because the Darkness was living in her hair. Down at the roots and teased up in the ends. After Olivia had rested and imbibed many, many sips of Nostradamus’s famous kombucha she was strong enough that he could take her out to a hot spring and wash her hair, curing her of natty, crusty evil by restoring shine, luster and bounce to her tresses. 




Without the salon-quality haircare of Nostradamus, the Everdeen family was doomed. Katniss was about to say goodbye to Bash when she found blood on their hovel doorjamb and realized they’d been CHOSEN (by the Darkness; not the band, the Pagan Entity). Katniss was all, “Look mister, we don’t deal with imaginary problems like you nobles fighting over titles. We deal with REAL problems: an invisible monster who lives in the woods. This is the real world, Bash, this is what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real!” But if she was trying to scare him off, then she does not understand the depth of his bloodlust. To Bash, the thought of a Pagan Blood Cult descending on the house was Christmas and his birthday and Bastille Day at once. He was like, “OMG LET’S BUILD A MURDER HOLE!” I have never seen a young man so excited about wholesale slaughter.



Hilariously, the pagan family was just pissed that he was undermining the melodrama of their fatalism. They were like “Yes yes we all know what a murder hole is [???!?!?!?!?!!?], but this is our lifestyle, 'kay? One of us is going to be swept away by an invisible presence to which we are irrevocably bound. Don't sit there and judge our unwilling ritualistic sacrifice, judgey-pants!” but Bash wasn't hearing it—it was too good an opportunity to pass up! He was finally going to get a chance to let his Blood Lust loose! To disprove oppressive dogmas! To slice and dice the bad guys, yes, as soon as... he finished... that... kombuuuuuchhhaaaaa...





Bash’s initiative got him super drugged by the Wiccan family, who then settled in for a long night of kneeling prostrate on the floor while Hagrid came in and decided which one he wanted to presumably swallow whole. Bash did ultimately get a chance to kill someone, because his hollering made Katniss pop open her eyes, see the Darkness, and get taken! We hardly knew you, Katniss. But all kidding aside, this was a super chilling scene as well as a beautifully filmed and directed one. All those willing victims just kneeling there, waiting for it to be over, egads. It felt like a great moment from a good horror movie.  


Those of you who missed Leith, you are going to be missing him even more: Pepperpot is packing him off to Spain, but in a good way? After Pepperpot’s disastrous date in which he managed to somehow set himself on fire, Leith’s quick thinking and rudimentary fire-safety skills won him a one-way ticket out of the servant class! He’s going to be a spice merchant in Spain! Maybe he’ll come back and marry Greer? Who knows. Personally I would have gone for Pepperpot.




Okay, now let's sink our teeth into the meat of the episode: the Lola Scandal. Mary finally grew a backbone this episode and told Lola she was fed up lying to protect her (thoughtless) aggrandized servant; Lola is three months pregnant and needs to get married FAST so another guy can realistically claim her baby. Will that guy be Lola’s Truest of True Loves? Probably not boo, but since your first choice was a contract rapist maybe you should let Mary take the reigns on this one anyway. Of course, Lola was like, "Noooooo I need a chance at the dreeeam don't worry I'm not Diaaane I won't leverage my baby into a position of power since youu can't get pregnant whyyyy would I doooo that ewwww no not me."




Lola may talk big now about wanting to be her own woman and find her own true love story but girl, what love story begins, “I was pregnant with another man's secret baby so I married you and told you it was yours”? I must have fallen asleep for that scene in The Notebook! And Mary, she may SAY she doesn’t want your life/your man now, but wait until the hormones hit or she sees the baby and it looks like Francis and suddenly she realizes what a dope position Future Monarch’s Baby Maker is, historically. LOLA STOP LYING YOU WANT THAT LIFE. But Mary, Lola shouted you down in the pilot after her boyfriend tried to rape you; you really think she’s going to be chill about raising a secret lil’ royal all the way to her grave? 

It's more in character that Mary kindly backpedaled on demanding that Lola be wed before she could become Francis’s de facto Maitresse en Titre, but I really wanted her to totally lose patience with Lola. Lord knows *I* have—in Mary’s position I would've shipped Lola back to Scotland already. The idea of the two of them “finding their friendship again” or being confidantes when Lola is about to have Mary’s husband’s baby would be almost impossible to countenance in our time, never mind the very real political threat that kind of thing would've posed in the 16th century. The fit that Mary threw at Lola was completely necessary to ground the character, as was her agony at Francis’s concern about Lola’s dating life—which, really, what was THAT about? Duuuude no.




Also, let’s think about our Fronch Prince, because this is his life and baby too! And he was so heartbreakingly honest and straightforward with Mary. It's clearly killing her to deceive him, and she shouldn't have to. Surely Francis can do the mental math and figure out who the father of Lola's baby is, especially if she marries this late in the game. And if he can’t, doesn’t he have a right to know? I’m deliciously troubled about this. What do you think?


QUESTIONS:

... Is Mary deceiving Francis by concealing Lola’s pregnancy?

... Is Francis messed up for admitting he had feelings about Lola or just keeping it real?

... How would you solve a problem like Lola?

... Is Bash responsible for the taking of Katniss?

... King Henry gone psycho: Will this put an end to your spicy King Henry fantasies, or is there truly no escaping Alex Van Sprang’s charisma? Can he be cured or IS THE SICKNESS INSIIIDE?!

... Leith: gone for good or back to buy Greer’s hand?

... What'd you think of "The Darkness"?


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AIRED ON 6/20/2016

Season 3 : Episode 18

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Is it terrible that I think Lola deserved the brick to the head that Clarissa got?
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I don't like this show, sorry. But I will watch it as long as Megan Follows is on it. What a delight that she became so central to every story. I'm sure that is not just a coincidence. What would this show be without her.
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Not a great episode. I was disappointed. Mary and Francis are a bit annoying. I think Bash deserves better. I find Mary's character no longer likeable. Hope this changes. The queen's character is still a highlight of every show.
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I only just now figured out a thing about the beast in the woods - probably someone brighter caught it earlier. Olivia spoke about how she was already tainted and chosen because of that (she left the others in peril in the castle). And now this "Katniss" (sorry, I forgot the real name) instead of accepting Bash's help, betrays him and basically offers him to the beast with the lamb. So she also made a selfish decision, putting someone else in peril, and she was taken.

King's bloodlust grew rapidly, but so does everything in this show. And it's a good thing. I said last week that there will be more dead mistresses and there we had one in the first 5 minutes. The dude is going crazy, will be interesting to see what Catherine does about it.

I also loved Peppercorn, what a sweet man. I hope we see him again. And I got the feelingt hat Greer's arranged spouse would indeed get mixed up with Lola (the poor chap) even before any marriage speculations thrown around here. Lola continues to be the silliest girl, I would have praised the lord for an opportunity like that (and I'm an atheist) and she's all "but he's gaaaayy" and continues to prance around the oblivious father-to-be.

If this show was Pretty Little Liars, I'd bet my money that Lola is the A, and all this crap has actually been an ingenious plan to mess up Mary's happiness. Though if this show really was PLL, they'd have caught A by the 5th episode and introduced three other major plotlines by now.


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Yes Lola is a problem, if Mary were more evil she would get rid of her like so fast.
Nostradamus and Olivia's scene was kinda sweet and yes Olivia's hair disturbed me in so many levels it was sooo difficult to concentrate in her acting
And Henry is now like a psycho mmm that was unexpected but hell he is a all powerful king in a country with bad hygienics and bad genes due to way too much interbreeding so I guess it makes sense?
Francis is way too chill now so when he founds about everything he is going to get rabid
Poor Bash wherever he goes he meets trouble. It was so much fun how excited he was about the murder hole... ok weird fun but fun nonetheless.
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I think they may be going for porphyria (aka what was wrong with Mad King George) in Henry with the black urine thing - dark purple urine plus insanity is the hallmark of the disease. And I am sad to say, porphyria isn't sexy at all. Kenna get out while you still can girl!
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Amazing review Lilly! Murder holes? Madness? This episode setup a lot of things for the end run of the season.

A few things I loved in this episode:
1) Catherine- We know she is the HBIC and now more then ever we see that. I loved that Kenna was forced to go to Catherine for help. I loved it even more that Catherine did help her and that Catherine still deeply cares about Henry. As to Henry, he is clearly rocking a case of Porphyria. Soon as he started ranting all I could hear in my head was the Browning poem.

2)Francis. I am so glad he owned up to what happened with Lola. Generally he has been portrayed as a very honest character so I was NOT happy he was keeping that secret from Mary. I am glad that he not only owned up to it but took all the blame like a gentleman(though clearly it is on both him and Lola). Thank god he did that! I also loved that he cared about Lola finding happiness. To my mind, this isn't about feelings for lola beyond compassion and care. When they ran into each other in Paris, they confessed their loneliness and Francis knows how unhappy she is and wants her to be as happy as he is with Mary. I adored how he explained what happened and then mentioned it was over now that Mary was, "Mercifully, blessedly, thankfully his wife". After the despair of having his whole life and Mary taken away he is so so thankful to have everything back.

3) Bash- another character that has been annoying me(well just last week). I was glad to see him showing off both his best and worst traits- his nobility(best), and rushing into things he doesn't understand(worst).
4)Nostradamos' compassion- I like this arc with Olivia. Hell, I may even like Olivia now.

Things that annoy me:
1)Lola- That bitch needs to sit down. Mary is your Queen- you don't get to talk to her like that or refuse her requests. Mary should ship her off to Scotland.
2) Mary- In keeping this secret from Francis, she continues to weaken their union. As I said before, it is not feelings for 3rd parties that can damage their love or marriage but the lack of trust between them. Trust was damaged when she ran away, destroyed when she took away his life and agency, burned to the ground when he slept with Lola, and I can't even imagine what this latest secret will do to it.

I can't wait for next week.
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I agree with you. All of the Francis haters will misconstrue what happened i this episode. Francis was showing compassion for someone that he was connected with. Remember he and Lola were somewhat friends before they slept together. If he hadn't said anything she Lola would have been subjected to living in a loveless marriage for the rest of her life.
His actions did ot mena that he wants Lola. they showed that he is a human being with a heart.
i loved the line he said to Mary..."I don't makemlive to you because I want a baby. I want a baby because I love you."
Clearly he lives Mary and this secret will come between them. I actually don't like this storyline because it is soooo soap opery. Their is a secret right after a couple gets together one person will keep the secret even though they know it will be better to just trust your companion and tell him or her the truth, but they never do and the secret eventually comes out ruins the relationship which will allow the door to be open for someone else to walk in. classic soap opera.

Now I am intrigued by the Henry storyline and the darkness in the woods. I can't wait to see where these to plots are going.
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I don't think either francis or bash deserve hate. I really don't get it. They are very different men and they each represent very different things to Mary. And they both are deeply flawed.

And again it is clear to me that Francis is just trying to help Lola which I am kind of glad about. I think even Lola deserves to be happy and I would hope that Francis is not the sort who could let lola unknowingly walk into a bad marriage. It would go against his character, who for all his faults, is always shown trying- trying to be a better son, a better friend, a better lover. He doesn't always manage it successfully but it is admirable.
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OMG Nostradomas washing Oliva's hair lost it right there
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I didn't view this scene as hair washing. To me it seemed to be more of a baptism/exorcism performed by Nostradamus to expunge the Darkness from Olivia.
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I meant Lily's interepretation of the scene.
Lost it at that.
She's quite funny
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I found this episode to be a bit on the slow side. There wasn't much excitement, and there was a lot of talking instead of acting. I think Lola was out of line for claiming happiness, especially since she was foolish enough to throw away everything she had for a night with Francis. When Mary set her up with a Duke (he was a Duke, right?) and the fact that he was gay came to light, Lola was quick to back out of the deal. I am sorry, as much as I loved Lola at first, I think she's being ridiculous and extremely out of character for someone in that time. She should worry less about her own personal love life, and care more about the future of her child. I am sure that, if she would have wed the duke, they could have come to some sort of an arrangement? Isn't that how court worked way back that?
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There was a lot going on in this episode but my major complaint was there was far too much Lola. I'm getting sick of her talking back to Mary and her speech at the end where she claimed to be Mary's friend was just a joke. I would have at the very least shipped her back to Scotland by now.

I felt really bad for Pepperpot, he was trying really hard to be a better date and not tie everything back to pepper during dinner conversation. That being said it was good to have Leith back even though he's gone again. I'm intrigued by Greer's new suitor/fiance and the odd combination of sexy Nostradamus and Olivia with her matted hair was interesting but it looks like next week will be the hunt for 'the darkness' which looks like a weirdo with claws or scissor hands perhaps
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First and foremost, there wasn't nearly enough Queen Catherine time in this episode. I miss her
My first thoughts when I started watching this one was that the writers have been watching too much porn! I mean, Kenna walks into the room and.... she needs to cancel the King's subscription to his adult channels.
Lola = a skanky ho burger. It seems like they are setting up for Franny to still have a thing for her, and when he inevitably finds out about the baby.... well, I just hope that Catherine gets to cook up some crazy plan to fix everything.
I actually liked Greer for the first time in this episode. She did a nice thing for her man. I hope they man that her parents chose for her is some kind of super villain though, we need a little stirring up in that department.
The Bash and Katniss story line really didn't appeal to me, that dynamic really did seem too rushed. But it was cool, I just gazed into his eyes during whatever was happening there. Do you think he wears contacts, cos seriously, he has hypno eyes.
Lily, you are SO right about the Olivia hair thingy, I was totally thinking the same thing. What was going on there? And I was really not interested in her and Nosty, I hope they are leading up to something good there.
All in all, awesome review as always Lily. What a crazy, crazy show.
More please!!!
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Per his twitter page, that is his actual eye color. but he wears glasses hence the contacts. Go to torrancecoombs.com and there is a large photo of him with his gorgeous green eyes.
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Swoon!
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Pepperpot was adorable :) I think it would have worked much better for Greer if she had said that her parents had already found her a match. I know for the sake of suspence they left it till the end, but now it looks like she said no for Leith, which probably isn't a great impression to leave for the guy who's going to be his boss. Plus, he looked so sad at the end, after being such a gentleman ;) Also, Nostradamus and Olivia are adorable. I hope that works out.
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1. Mary is definitely deceiving Francis regarding the baby. There is no way around that. One part of my want her to tell because I don't want this secret between them. But then at the same time, I don't want the baby mama drama between them either. I'm torn about it.
2. Wait. Francis didn't admit he had feelings for Lola in that aspect I don't believe. He said he cared for her. Which they spent a night together and got to know each other. I don't think there are any romantic feelings involved. I think him going to see her and warn her off from the Count was more about the convo they had before they got back to court. He said he wishes her love and happiness.
3. King Henry is crazy. No thanks.
4. I think Leith will be back eventually, even if it's next season.
I liked the episode, but I'm more excited for the next couple eps though.
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1. Henry went full psycho and is now a serial killer. I suspect he suffers from porphyria.

2. For a Hobbit Pepperpot is quite nice. Greer should go with him to Shire, New Zealand, Spain.

3. Nice knowing you Katniss.

4. With each new episode I like Catherine more and more. I'm so happy she abandoned the idea of killing / raping Mary. She's now far more interesting character.

5. Poor Keena :( I think her life is danger now.

Thanks for review, Lily!
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  1. Pepperpot was not his nickname it was Peppercorn.
  2. His real (last?) name is Castlerod.
  3. I wonder if Catherine is going to have to poison/drug him (Henry) before a joust or something in order to save more people from death-I can't believe he puts Bash in the dungeon in chains. Where is mama Diane when you need her she always had an effect on Henry.
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I can maybe see the dungeon because Bash dared to defile his orders, but the chains are an added insult to injury (again!!). I bet Henry doesn't even give Bash the chance to explain why he's there.
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I doubt it really matters to him right now since he does not completely see to be sane at the moment.
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Pepperpots are what Monty Python called their "old ladies" that they played in sketches and is a cuter word, which is why I used it. Just a little friendly reminder that I am 87 years old.
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Oh don;t get me wrong, I understood the Monty Python reference. The fix I put on my comment so to speak was because I keep seeing him referred to as Peppercorn on this website and others and no one seems to remember his actual name so I guess I am feeling slight annoyance. It's nothing against you or anything-I love your reviews.
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Pretty sure Henry is the "Darkness" and is being poisoned by some zealot pagan working in his castle.

Mary should just claim that she's pregnant and go into "isolation" with Lola for five months and take the baby that Lola wanted to get rid of, as her own.
Boom. Problem solved.
Then Lola can marry Prince Caspian.

I could care less about Katniss and her crew. They suck and are boring.

Anyone else notice Nostradamus is getting... kind of attractive? ... just me? Oddly and weirdly attractive... maybe I just dig smart broody men...
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I actually like your idea about Mary taling Lola's baby since the child would actaully be Francis' however it would never work too many people would have to keep that secret. and as Catherine said a secret with only one person knowing is way easier to keep
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Yeah, I've been finding Nostradamus attractive too. No idea why &.
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The Henry plotline has me chilled and very interested, very surprising for a teen show for them to "go there" as much as they have been, great writing!
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I think king henry is the darkness monster.
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WORD.
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Lola should have told the gay guy she was pregnant, married him, he would have been pleased that they could get the whole baby thing done with. Then they could both pursue love outside the martial chambers.

Also, Greer could have gone for the gay guy and told him a condition of marriage was BYO kitchen hand.

I just feel that there were a lot of prospects for him at court and it's disappointing that he didn't get a lady.
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I totally agree that arrangement would have been perfect as he said he needed to produce an heir and get a wife. two for one
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I agree with this plan. Lola needs to stop pretending she has all the time in the world to play dating games and get hitched already.
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She's basically saying "If I'm going to trick my husband into raising a child that's not his, I'm damn well going to be in love with him..." Ahhh Lola, you foolish child.
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Oh my god I thought the same thing about Lola and the gay guy. I typed it earlier and lost my connection and the was busy so I could not re-post it.
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yup, I know I was thinking that for Lola. Though he might be the type to want to father his own children but leave his wife lonely for his male lovers.
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I love that this is set in a time when multiple people are likely to see your waste products.
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Wow I feel so bad for Bash, he seriously cannot catch a break. I loved the dinner scene between Greer, Peppercorn and Leith, mainly for the faces Leith was making but the best bit was when Leith tried to block Peppercorn's view of Greer. Here's hoping that I either Leith eventually comes back and wins Greer's hand back or the guy her parents set her up with is a good man. Catherine just gets better and better with each episode.
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This guy who Greer's parents sent for her could end up marrying Lola. Apparently, according to Anna P, Lola gets married by the end of the season.
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Poor Bash, always trying to do right by everyone and not getting any credit (and ending up tied, attacked or drugged instead) for it.
We love you, Bash.

Henry is going cockoo's nest, nice! I'm surprised he didn't get an STD sooner, with his sexual behaviour, but it's fascinating to watch him losing it, and from the looks of it, well, the best is yet to come.
(I only hope we don't get to the part where Kenna gets tragically sick and dies repenting for her mindless choices. Might sound cynical, but come on: you know you're with me on this one.)

And once again Catherine proves to be the show's MVP. Her scenes, if too few, are so interesting and filled with feeling (doesn't matter if it's anger, love, hope, self-pity, loathing or whatever) that she eclipses every other character (except Bash, whose lasar eyes contrast this phenomenon).

Leith... NOOOOO... I was so happy to see him again! Well, good for him that he'll be able to change his luck (plus, I don't know what the writers could have possibly concoct to make his part of the story interesting), but he's going to be missed (at least until I find out who this new elegible man is).

Mary's decision to omit Lola's pregnancy is almost surely going to backfire. Expecially if they keep ranting about it down the halls and corridors. Ok, servants and guards were considered like tapestry by nobles, but maybe that's where the old saying "the walls have ears" comes from. Smart up, ladies!
(btw, if I were in Mary's shoes I'd totally ship her back to Scotland pronto. Or better yet, I'd have her on one of those pretty ships that headed to the West Indies for exploration purposes.)
Overall, I find the Mary-Francis-Lola triangle nearly as inconsequential as the Olivia story. I can't bring myself to care for it much. Maybe it's the fact that I don't care for Lola, maybe it's knowing that the secret is going to come out anyway, or maybe the fact that I think Mary picked the wrong brother. But it feels like "who cares. Let this thing blow in Mary's face already and be over with it".

Back to Olivia, the writers had my attention at the crucifix-stabbing, and they could have developed the story in a MUCH more interesting way but they chose to head back to Snoozeville instead. Let's hope that it's just the quiet before the storm. (Being cynical again. but let's be honest again: who cares for Olivia, Nostradamus aside???)
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1) Is Mary deceiving Francis by concealing Lola’s pregnancy? I admire that Mary is more than aware that deceiving her husband could lead to serious ramifications. This is not Mary's problem to solve and she should trust Francis.
2) Is Francis messed up for admitting he had feelings about Lola or just keeping it real? Honesty, is a consistent theme between Mary and Francis and I believe that it is the writer's way of remaining true to the history in this fictional storyline. It is a well-known fact that Mary, Queen of Scots, was very much in love with Prince Francis and grieved terribly when he was lost to illness.
3) How would you solve a problem like Lola? I appreciated your strategy of just sending her home to Scotland.
4) Is Bash responsible for the taking of Katniss? Heck no!! She slept with him, drugged him, hog-tied him, and left him for chowder.
5) King Henry gone psycho: Will this put an end to your spicy King Henry fantasies, or is there truly no escaping Alex Van Sprang’s charisma? Can he be cured or IS THE SICKNESS INSIDE?! King Henry has been a grimy character from the beginning. There have been small moments of humanity, but I feel that his heart hardened long before this ludicrous power-struggle.
6) Leith: gone for good or back to buy Greer’s hand? I am hoping that the man in the carriage will be Leith. That he has posed as a servant to find his true love that will love him for himself and not for his power and that Lord Peppercorn is actually HIS servant. I feel that Greer has been a loyal Lady in Waiting and deserves to be granted this fairytale ending.
7) What'd you think of "The Darkness"? Freddy Krueger came to mind.
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I had that same thought with the carriage :) It would be nice if it worked, but I doubt there are many lords who could make bread like he can.
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Ah yourr Leith theory. That would be so awesome. I had always hoped something like that would happen.
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1) Is Mary deceiving Francis by concealing Lola’s pregnancy?

2) Is Francis messed up for admitting he had feelings about Lola or just keeping it real? idk

3) How would you solve a problem like Lola? send her away

4) Is Bash responsible for the taking of Katniss? no

5) King Henry gone psycho: Will this put an end to your spicy King Henry fantasies, or is there truly no escaping Alex Van Sprang’s charisma? Can he be cured or IS THE SICKNESS INSIIIDE?! I think he may die

6) Leith: gone for good or back to buy Greer’s hand? back to buy Greer's hand

7) What'd you think of "The Darkness"? It was good

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NOOOOOOOOO I will not be able to bear it if they kill off King Henry.
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Well, he's going to have to get killed off sometime. Francis theoretically has to be King when he dies which was what-a year into their marriage?
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Francis; yes he told Mary but he just now told her because he felt guilty, he’s been married to her for more than 2months and ONLY NOW he feels guilty. Yes, he’s really in love with Mary (note the sarcasm). He was more concerned with Lola (who he admitted to feel something for) than with romancing his wife until he suddenly figured out he should and by then it was evening.

Mary did have a backbone until she went and apologized to Lola. Don’t girl, she didn’t care about you when she slept with your then ex –fiancé, why should you care about her loveless marriage. Get her out of there as soon as possible or she’ll take your French throne and leaves Scotland queen-less. It could however create a bond between Queen Catherine and Mary.

If Lola cared about Mary at all she would marry that Lord immediately but she doesn’t so ... . Also now that she knows Francis cares there is no way she’ll be leaving court.

Kenna went along pretty fast with the threesome, kinky girl. We already knew that but still, she looked a bit uncomfortable at the start, but once the touching started, she was all in.

At first I was like ‘Good for you Lord Pepper, getting your competition out of the way’ but then it was Greer that asked him, weak. He was also ready for a part in the Hobbit, or ready to play an elf.

1. Deceiving Francis: Yes, but she’s looking out for her own just like a queen should.
2. Admitting feelings: Keeping it real, but ill timed.
3. Solve Lola problem: Make her marry. Or (I’m going to get so much hate for this) ask Catherine she’s got potions for everything, I’m sure there’s something that can get rid of that baby safely.
4. Bash responsible: Yes maybe, but if she had put a sock in it or gave him a stronger sleeping potion he wouldn’t have made a sound.
5. Spicy King fantasies: Didn’t have those, he’s a bit too old for me. Catherine will find a cure she loves being queen too much to let him go psycho and die.
6. Leith: Don’t really care.
7. Darkness: Boring for now, when Olive and Nostradamus hugged I kept waiting for her to stab him. And while you were distracted by her hair I was hating on her accent.
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I definitely agree. I think of Francis as a flighty being. One day I am with you and next I am with someone else....like a bumble bee going from flower to flower....I don't know about Mary....she had a backbone and then she loses it again and again...When will she grow up and become a Queen? She should send her back to Scotland.
I don't trust Lola at all-more surprises (although it will not surprise us). Queen Catherine as always-she is great.
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I'm pretty sure that Francis has been feeling guilty about Lola ever since he came back to court. When Lola was telling their fabricated story, he broke eye contact with both Mary and Kenna with a guilty look on his face. I think the reason Francis didn't tell Mary sooner about Lola is because she's her lady, supposed friend and they see each other every day. He' was trying to protect the relationship Lola has with Mary, His feelings for Lola seems to be that of a friend he cares about. Francis is clearly very much in love with Mary and very happy and he wants the same for Lola.
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Of course he felt guilty, isn't that why people admit to things? If he didn't care about his wife and love her immensely he would have NEVER told her. Francis even said he was racked with guilt because as fate would have it he is now married to Mary. So clearly he has been feeling guilty since they married. And Francis said he cared about Lola, that does not mean he loves her or wants to be with her. Obviously he cares about her, the slept together and their time in Paris and the ride back to french court they obviously got to know each other.
Francis was concerned only because he know the Count was gay and didn't want that for Lola. Remember the conversation they had before arriving to french court where he wished her love and happiness and all that jazz? I'm so tired of people trying to make this situation something that it's not.
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I'm a little confused...I thought Catherine said the servants told her Henry's water was running clear?? That would mean to me that he is not absorbing any nutrients? Maybe a wasting disease? I just read that clear urine can be a sign of diabetes-which can make you crazy until it's diagnosed......did they have diabetes back then??
He can't sleep-he's totally obsessed with conquering all of Europe. He's tired of everyone else calling the shots and so he had an epiphany that he is appointed sovereign by God-which how most Kings saw it back then, btw, and therefore can have as much power as God-playing with people's lives, etc.
The whole threesome thing did not surprise me-I think that's been going on for awhile-especially the Fronch lived very decadently at the time, just that CW went there. Someone suggested Kenna could have refused...no way-she is right to fear him-he is the most powerful man in the land and gets what he wants-he could easily kill her otherwise, if she got on his nerves too much. I think he may have thought about getting rid of her when he was getting frisky with her up against the window and she said, don't let go;) -he had this look on face like, ohhhhhh-not a bad idea!! But she needs him to find her a suitor, so she will comply.

I don't think Lord Peppercorn (lol) had any intention of hiring Leith, I believe he did it to make Greer happy, since she asked him to do so! And he is trying to win her.....what was the matter with her anyway? Am I wrong or if he got an apprenticeship working for Lord Peppercorn, couldn't she still have a relationship with Leith if she married pepper-dude? It didn't even seem like he'd mind. I felt bad for him when she refused him-even after he did her a favor!

Lola, Lola, Lola...sorry to say it but she probably should have "taken care of things" when she had the chance......If she's already 3 mos. along, the only thing that can possibly happen now is she miscarries-which solves the problem-and was probably not unusual-or I don't know what the hell they're gonna do!!! I do applaud her though for putting off Francis and telling him to mind his business-since she promised Mary to do so. I agree that her marrying the gay dude is a wonderful solution-eff her desire for love-she lost that privilege when she got pregnant -which could alter the course of nations! But Lola should at least tell Mary, wait a minute, so it was only "my" mistake?? Francis wasn't there?? he didn't want me?? B.S.

I'm waiting for Catherine to slip Henry a little somethin'-somethin' in his drink maybe or food, to cure him, although I don't know what she could gain from that....if he dies, then Francis becomes King and she's golden. We already know she is not above murder. But holy cow, Henry would trust a doctor from the village?? Oh well.
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Catherine said that the servants told her his water was black.
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He didn’t go to the doctor, he just told her that to make her back off
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This commentary is the best thing I've ever read.

Mary's being loyal, which is probably going to turn around and get her a swift kick in the ass later on. Lola's being an uncooperative biotch and I wish she would just take off so we can deal with this revelation in season 4 or something. Alan van Sprang continues to be a babe regardless of the fact that he appears to be in the midst of a murder spree..
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Oh and I'm totally rooting for Lord Peppercorn. I was so pleased to have him back and he is such a pleasant fellow of goodness. She definitely should marry him. Even if Leith did ascend to the merchant class it would take awhile and by then Greer would be out of marrying age. So Leith could at best be a second husband unless the guy he is apprenticed to suddenly dies and leaves it all too him. But even then the merchant class is still probably not good enough for Greer's family seeing as he won't be established high in that class.

So is the Darkness going to end up being Greer's fiance or some other noble that gets kicks from killing peasants. Or is he a child of unfortunate birth (like Clarissa) that got abandoned? Or is he a combination of both?

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Greer said that they want her to marry as high a nobleman as she can because that would mean that through that marriage that they could make better matches for her four sisters than they would have otherwise. Greer does not titled like the other ladies, but she is rich. A mere merchant would not be enough for them as it would be on the same level as them or lower (her family gets their money from mines that were playing out).
Besides, according to Anna P. Lola will be apparently getting married by the end of the season so Greer might not marry this guy who showed up in the carriage at the end.
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ugh... I wish you didn't give me a spoiler. Please do alerts.
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“I was pregnant with another man's secret baby so I married you and told you it was yours”?
Well, when the baby is the Crowned Prince's son, that might be a pleasant surprise into more wealth, comfort and a possibility at being the father to the next king of France.

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Might work, don’t think the gay lord would care all that much, might be happy if she told him before he has to bed her. He gets to keep his inheritance, rumors will stop cause he got his wife 'pregnant', he can still entertain man, and he doesn’t have to sleep with her (unless he really wants one of his own).
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C'mon guys, we clearly know his pee is black cause he is eating too much rhubarb pie.

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Another outstanding outing with our denizens of the French Court. A wonderful episode, these writers!!!, where we got to spend a little time with everyone. What do you do with a cast this full of wonderful performances?

Yeah Lieth's back but boo, he is in no position to woo one of the loveliest of Mary's ladies. She is somehow the most optimistic despite her unenviable position as the oldest unmarried girl in a family needing money - Greer. We got everything in Greer's story - stolen kisses with the really good young man working in the pantry, a humble yet very human and dare I say it in his return, charming, wealthy suitor in bumbling Lord Castleroy. He may be the most decent man of means on the whole show. He was so sincere in his clumsy wooing attempt with her and his giving Leith a position where he could earn wealth and position in society because he saw what a good man he was so very noble. Leith isn't just trying to get into Greer's lingerie - he wants to elevate himself to be worthy to marry and then make babies with this blonde beauty. And then - mom and dad to the rescue ?!?!? - an arranged husband pulls up - of course - in a shrouded carriage. THIS BETTER BE GOOD. Just kidding show, I know it will be.

Kenna - I think last week something started sinking in our beautiful seductresses head and this week seeing the fear in her eyes - which she couldn't remove from the king - as this whore was kissing and stripping her for this psycho's enjoyment and pleasure. For the first time, she isn't having any fun. Her running to Catherine after finding this lifeless body, still tied to her arm was pretty jarring. Even Catherine not recognizing the monster with the crown. This story isn't ending well for fair Kenna. He's never letting her get married. Thank goodness she did the smart thing (?? yeah, she had to) by talking to the wife.

The boys Toby and Torrence again had great stories. Francis - this cheating bastard - he just seems too good. Him explaining to Mary how it wasn't about the babies, he just loves making love to her because he loves her (I'm a dude and this is breaking my heart.) - just to soothe her worried heart (him having no idea what she was actually worried about) - boys don't do that on CW shows. And then Sebastien, he finally has something to fight about and these people he is anxious to help want to knock him out and tie him up - 'Mind your own business ya bastard!' This thing is dragging our pseudo-Mary pagan huntress - and he wants to break free and help her so much but can't because she was really good with knots. Those idiots were so frustratingly pagan. All I could think was its your own damn fault sweetheart. I have no idea where this is going but this ride is frustratingly awesome.

Who's shipping Olivia and Nostradamus now? Him and Bash are the only ones really trying to figure out what is going on in the woods. He was so good bringing this girl who really - can we all agree Olivia suffered enough for her actual transgressions and supposed transgressions against our girl Mary? - has been through a lot since failing her task of getting the girls out of the castle during the takeover. That story she wove was horrible. She was attacked by a gang, most likely repeatedly violated, and then bled nightly by a 'monster'. Nostradamus was so delicate in nursing this Italian beauty back to health. I got completely choked up when he bathed her at the spring and she hugged him so tightly. He is such a gentle person with so much nasty information brewing in his head. Does 'damas not get any because of his ties to Catherine because what girl at Court wouldn't want him? He is so delicate in all of his dealings with women unlike most of the men at Court. Women don't have to feel threatened when they are in his company. Would have thought more girls at Court would have been all about Nostradamus, maybe its just because Rossif Sutherland is so charming and handsome.

All that and no thoughts about Lola and Mary..... Mary is just too awesome. She is so in love and so brought to the pavement by this fact that one of her Ladies got pregnant with her husband's child. She has to keep this bottled up. Every time she is having sex all she can think about is Francis' babies and the fact that there already is one developing and it isn't hers. Lola, really, cut your crap out. it isn't about you and the fact that you don't want your child to become 'royal property' - if you had had any sense or loyalty you NEVER would have gone there. Your situation is precarious and Mary is doing EVERYTHING in her power to make it safe and you want to nitpick? The nerve of that girl. (I can't hate any of these girls because, again, Anna Popplewell is too good to hate and she is doing really really good as the Lady that irks us the most and defended her boyfriend who sought to rape Mary. She has the loveliest eyes.)

Another outstanding episode that I have expounded upon too much. I'm really excited about every single one of these characters and am really starting to worry about the death toll rising. We didn't even get a chance to fall completely in love with Aylee and she was gone, I'm scared whose next. Please don't bring another monster in that carriage meant for Greer. (One final note how goddamn sweet was it that Leith was so happy for just the kiss of her lips. He had no simple desire of deflowering the Lady -- no wonder Castleroy saw a really good young man worthy of being elevated. I'm all about Lord Castleroy now, lets find him a more age suitable bride show. He a'int all about the pepper anymore.)

This show has leapfrogged to my third current favorite behind 'Banshee' and 'Shameless' and its on the CW. That is just as crazy as this wonderful show. Maybe I enjoyed this episode a little too much? Nah, keep em coming!

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Yeah I cant decide if I should start shipping Olivia and Nostradamus. Its a possibility but Ill see how it progresses. But at least Olivia seems to have elevated in character. Though I suppose I wont be suprised if she decides to become a nun now.
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The way this show gives layers of reasons to its character's actions - nothing is simple. I just love how the one French actress in the cast is playing an Italian noble. I think the nunnery may be the only place she can return to now. But Nostradamus is trying so hard to make her able to return to Court. Its going to take a lot more work to 'wash' away all that has happened to her. She barely survived on her own and hasn't really been safe since her Catherine hastened return to the French Court, until now because she has this handsome protector. She's falling hard for him. Francis was never really concerned with her actually safety. Too many good stories.
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yes, their misplaced accents is an amusing and confusing factor to the show.
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I would like to thank Reign for this episode, even though that prostitute was killed, after the moroseness of the early part of TV watching this week, this was happy silliness.

Anyway, my only historical thought was that, well, Francis was technically king of Fronce for a bit and it was relatively soon after he and Mary were married. So, if Henry is going crazy because of syphilis or some other STD or other disease that makes you go nuts, this is likely the TV fun way of killing him off.

Poor Greer, I hope the guy is relatively nice since you basically likely provided the path for Leith to establish himself as merchant whose family will make it through the revolution in three hundred years (it'd be funny if we find out his family name somehow becomes part of the thinking behind the American Revolution). Humorously, it seems like the same thing someone might have done for her father, hence, her not being noble but seeming to have more money than most of Scotland.

I have a feeling Francis won't figure it out, but will just accept the fudged pregnancy math, but Mary might tell him when he is on his death bed. Which I am kind of guessing he starts his journey to next week based on the previews....

I have a question, I know they are all pretty much useless, but Aynsley's dead, Kenna is technically not really a lady in waiting any longer, Greer and Lola are going to be married off, but shouldn't Mary be looking for a new...I think the word is coterie?
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yeah I was wondering if they stay in her service or not. I think they do. But she does need replacements.
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Henry's new vendetta against women is very troubling. He is surrounded by powerful, strong-minded, intelligent, self-possessed women. And he has benefitted from his association with these women on so many levels, and in so many ways. They have given him heirs, companionship, and given his son the Scottish throne. All the acts he counted against them, i.e., Catherine having an affair, Mary "dangling" herself and England, they had to do to survive in his court. With his new "epiphany" that he is divinely ordained to break women is truly madness, but not really surprising. Henry sees his sons as usurpers and the women in his life as traitors. He has everything but appreciates nothing. I would like to see a redemption arc for him because the actor is so charming.
The whole baby-making storyline makes me sad. Since we know Francis and Mary never produce an heir, seeing their pure motivations for having a baby out of both love and duty is just heartbreaking.

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Whatever's wrong with Henry (syphilis, right?) it's not what kills him. A quick google search conducted when I started watching the series reveals that he died of an infected wound sustained in a joust. So whatever's wrong with him is going to be seen to I trust, I only did a quick search but found no mention of him having syphilis so it must have been treated without many people realizing something was wrong with him, which would mean it would have to be done quickly. Though he dies soon, this season or the next. (I trust I don't have to say spoiler for any of this seeing as it's history, hundreds of years old at that.)
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This show isn't historically accurate either. Mary didn't grow up in the convent in real life she instead stayed in France at the castle the whole time. Also there was no illegitimate child of Francis that was suspected or recorded otherwise. There wasn't a bastard son of King Henry's either that Mary was in love with. Also Nostradomus has a vision of Mary talking with Francis about their son James so obviously they will have a child. My problem is Lola and how she expects everything to be okay with her and Mary when it isn't. Back then you wouldn't have even have a choice on who you married so they should stop acting like she does.
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This show is a historical fantasy show, not the History channel. So, of course not everything is 100% accurate. However, there are a lot of things that are accurate. For example (per wikipedia):
-Mary did stay at convent for a short amount of time and it was for her safety
-King Henry did have a bastard child, it just wasn't with Diane and it was a daughter
-Mary was a favorite of everyone except Queen Catherine
-Francis younger brothers next in line to the throne were called Charles and Henry
-the story about the English Queen Mary and her sister Elizabeth is accurate
-Mary did become queen at 6 days old and her mother did run Scotland for her
-the arranged marriage between Mary and Francis when they were kids
-the Medici family was very powerful
-Catherine was not able to have kids for 10 years when they were first married
- King Henry openly took mistresses

A lot of history never makes the history books. Just look at women inventors and African American history. Mary's history is interesting, but not enough for a TV show that is going to run for several seasons. Kings and queens didn't have a choice because those marriages were political. Mary's ladies were titled and I would think they would have had many suitors, so in their case, they would have a choice. So, some things are accurate, some things are changed up a bit, and some things are totally made up. But these things make for an interesting show that keeps a lot of people tuned in.
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The vision Nostradamus had where Mary named to kids James and I believe the other was Anna. It was just a dream they had. Like if they had kids this is what they would be named or whatever. She even says she would give him children if he lives.
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Francis also says (about the kids) that it is a nice dream.
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Mary's son James was not with Francis. I know there is very little historical accuracy in this show but I don't think they'll go that far off the track.
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This was a hilarious review, almost every line had me litterally LOLing. "The Darkness; not the bad, the Pagan Entity" and they clearly don't belive in a thing called love.
Great episode. Henry goin cray cray is pretty entertaining and I like his reason behind it... he's basically just sick of all the female's shit.
Ug.. I'm starting to like Francis again; so romanitc but I feel bad for him... but everytime I see Bash's yummy blue eyes I think he and Mary should be together. Maybe he'll save Katniss and he will become HER HERO and they will fall in love happily ever after.
KOMBUCHA... hahahaa.
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Oh Bash he got drugged and hog tied by a girl. I liked this episode it was great, Henry's lost the plot and what the hell is that wolverine bear man thing, I see a Bash sword battle coming eeeeeeeeeee I can't wait.
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Rowan drugging Bash and tying him up like that. The guy just can't catch a break! Also, not a good way to start a relationship!
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This episode may seem to be a let down from the previous one, because it gets us no where. However, it did put Greya at the limelight for a moment. Quite keen to see who Greya is going to marry. Funny how people with power thinks that they are all high and mighty, 'Chosen by God to be King... blah blah blah...'. More like punish by God to be infected with Syphilis.. How can someone be so thick skin, have a sickness and still brags about being GRANTED... the first thing I would think of is being PUNISH...
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Henry's syphilis madness was really weird...even if the whole thing is actually caused by the mystical "darkness". It really undermines the entertainment value that we saw when Henry sought Catherine's help last week. I really couldn't care less about the Pagans/Druids. This was the most disappointing episode so far, and I've loved this series until now. The rivalry between Mary and Catherine was fueling the story just fine.
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It doesn't undermine the entertainment value when it is a return to them being at odds, which is what has been going on in all of the previous episodes. Henry and Catherine are so great together in any interaction, be it at odds or getting along.
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Except that Henry is clearly losing his mind. Catherine and Henry have been lucidly battling until now.
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Very true. I loved their camaraderie last week & his sudden warmth for Catherine...but maybe we shouldn't want a couple to reconnect when the hubby has attempted judicial murder of his mate?
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I'm giddy that you replied to my comment. =D
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I wasn't expecting them to reconnect as a loving couple, I was just entertained by the fact that Henry sought after Catherine's scheming skillz. I was turned off by Henry's random madness and Catherine suddenly seeming to walk on egg shells around him.
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King Henry has syphilis? Dark urine and madness. That was a quick turn of events.
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And one of the most logical. At the rate he's moving, there's going to be a mass outbreak amongst high society. That is if he doesn't kill every woman he sleeps with.
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Henry's newfound madness seems a little random and abrupt to me. I was loving the Henry-Catherine teamwork last episode. WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT AWESOMENESS??? Please bring it back!

I can't help but wonder:
1) If Henry has been going mad for a while and killed the Archduchess on purpose (instead of by accident), did he intend to kill Catherine when he asked her to stay with him? I want to keep believing in the great chemistry between the two of them.

2) If Henry's sudden insanity was brought on by Catherine rejecting him in "Dirty Laundry"? Was the fact that he can't have - now or ever - the one woman he loves and respects (and he seemingly has a right to because she is his wife) what drove him to this? Was he pissed that she was willing to sleep with Richard but not with Henry? Catherine's rejection squarely took away his power and control, so I can't help but wonder if he is lashing out now.

3) Will Diane - and by extension Bash - come back to fix this problem with Henry?

I can't wait to see what Catherine does to fix this situation. I loved how startled and disturbed she looked in her scenes today - she took it to a whole new level from even her reactions to Clarissa. Megan Follows is so boss!
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Before I saw this episode, I too, thought it was maybe going to be his rejection by Catherine to spend the night with him. But I just think he's on a power trip.
I don't think Bash is coming to help Henry any time soon. In the Canadian promo, Henry is ready to execute Bash.
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What I got from this episode (and what was summed up in that final scene bet. Catherine and Henry) was that Henry for quite some time has not been feeling like the king he is and everyone else has had his balls in their hands and now he's taking them back which is clearly coming with some consequences, even Catherine looked scared of him by the end.
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  • Oh the irony. At one time Catherine wanted Diane to kill Kenna because, "There are two things I can’t abide, betrayal and stupidity, and Kenna is guilty of both. One can be tempered; the other can never be remedied." Now she is saving her because Henry has gone nuts. Oh I love Catherine.
  • Really Kenna, you are so interested in getting possible suitors from the King that you would get into a threesome with the King and a Hooker? You are now falling even lower and what has it gotten you-fear and nothing else.
  • Yea Greer and Leith were on! Poor Greer though, possibly stuck in an arranged marriage. It was nice of Lord Castleroy ("Peppercorn") to make Leith a member of the merchant class so to speak (he'll have to work hard mind you but still). Unfortunately it does not seem to matter because Greer turned him down and now she is practically engaged to someone else.
  • Francis actually showed some of his sweetness in this episode which was nice. I'm glad he came clean about sleeping with Lola. Too bad she won;t let Mary tell him the truth though. Diane is not Lola. Diane actually somewhat had feelings for Henry and he definitely had feelings for her. In real life Henry had three short term mistresses, but Diane always remained. He even called for her when he was dying but Catherine barred her from coming.
  • Lola, Lola, Lola. What can I say? You better find a man soon that is a blonde otherwise you better pray that child takes heavily after you or you could be in trouble. According to Anna P. Lola is going to get married by the end of the season. So the question is, will it be to the man the Greer is almost engaged to or will it be someone else?
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TOOO much soundtrack!! Ease down Reign.
Also is it wrong that I'm totally starting to ship Nostradamus and Olivia?
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Nope. They had some really good chemistry this episode. I love the songs, but there sure were a lot of them this time.
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Catherine was awesome again in this episode!! I love watching her work especially at the end when she helped Kenna.
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sorry for any mistakes,english is not my first language..
yes,this is the Bash i like.apparently,if you like one character,especially if he's one that is involved in one love triangle,you should want him to be with "the girl"(in this case Mary),but i say f*ck that,Mary and Francis can be together forever for all i care (all the romantic crap It's for me the weakest part in this show),i want Bash to be out there in the woods finding out about wath this darkness thing is (Nostradamus can join,that would be an awesome team)
let everyone else take care of all the political stuff (the other interesting part in the show). this is how i think this show would be even better than already
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I love Francis with Mary and all of their scenes to me are so great. But I do love Bash as well and this is also the Bash that I love. I think he is a much better and much more interesting character when he is not pining after Mary. So I really hope they end this triangle for good.
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What is up with King Henry?

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Syphilis probably, considering his extracurricular activities it's to be expected, it could cause the black urine and strange behavior, syphilis was known to cause insanity.
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I don't think Syphilis causes dark urine. Then again, back then maybe these diseases had different manifestations. I could see the rest of it, if it was a teriary case. But before all of that wouldn't he have noticed lesions, fevers, fatiuge i.e
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