The Musketeers

Season 1 Episode 4

The Good Soldier

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 2014 on BBC
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When Aramis's old friend, Marsac (a former Musketeer), unexpectedly returns to Paris believing that he finally knows the truth behind the massacre in which his troop was killed. He comes to the Musketeers seeking Aramis's help to prove it. The Musketeers are thrown into turmoil, knowing that they're duty bound to report him for desertion. Marsac arrives at the same time as the king's sister and her husband, the Duke of Savoy, of whom the Musketeers must protect. Despite their misgivings, the Musketeers decide to help, but can they prevent Marsac from exacting his own revenge?

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The jailer describes Cluzet's spectacles to Gontard as "little round ones with horn rims." However, in all of the Cluzet scenes, the spectacles are fairly large and perfectly round with no horn rims.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Porthos: Heat, flies, boredom. I do so love parades. I'm thinking about fainting just for something to do.

    • King Louie: It's just like the Duke to be late. He's always paraded himself as my equal, when Savoy is little more than a pimple on France's chin.
      Richelieu: A strategically important pimple, Sire, the vital defence against Spanish influence on our border.
      King Louie: I'm aware of that, Cardinal. So is the Duke, otherwise he wouldn't keep us standing around all day.

    • Duke of Savoy: Cardinal Richelieu. I've seen healthier-looking corpses. You spend too much time at your desk.
      Richelieu: Well, I assure you I'm quite robust.
      Duke of Savoy: I rejoice in your good health.

    • Duke of Savoy: This outrage could work to our advantage. Find out if there's any truth to the rumour that Cluzet languishes in a French prison.
      Gontard: The matter is already in hand, Your Grace.
      Duke of Savoy: Perhaps Richelieu thinks I have forgotten my Chancellor, but he is very wrong. If France had anything to do with Cluzet's disappearance, the Cardinal can whistle for his treaty.

    • D'Artagnan: Care to tell me what's going on?
      Aramis: Marsac's an old friend.
      D'Artagnan: An old friend? An old friend who just tried to kill the Duke of Savoy?
      Aramis: Hear him out. Marsac was one of the best soldiers in the regiment.
      D'Artagnan: He's a Musketeer?
      Aramis: He was.
      Marsac: We were brothers once. For the sake of our old friendship, let me prove what I know!
      Aramis: I need you to keep quiet about this for now.
      D'Artagnan: Have you gone mad?
      Aramis: Possibly, but... I owe him my life.
      D'Artagnan: If this gets me hanged, I'm going to take it very personally.

    • Treville: How in God's name did he escape?
      Athos: We lost him in the grounds.
      Aramis: He just, er, got away.
      Treville: Didn't you see him either?
      D'Artagnan: I, um, slipped.
      Treville: You slipped?
      D'Artagnan: Wet grass.
      Treville: There's a killer on the loose, and the security of the nation hangs by a thread, but at least little D'Artagnan didn't get a nasty bruise.

    • Treville: This is your doing!
      Richelieu: Why would I seek the Duke's death?
      Treville: I want your word this is not another of your deadly games! I know how your mind works, your endless tricks and deceptions.
      Richelieu: Oh, yes, yes, yes. I am the grand deceiver, and you are the bluff, honest man of action. I'm familiar with the roles we play, Captain.

    • Aramis: I've thought of you many times... wondered how you were living.
      Marsac: Precariously. A musket for hire with thieves for company and one eye on the door.

    • Richelieu: That whole incident was a tragic misunderstanding.
      Cluzet: You forget who you're talking to. I saw the orders with my own eyes.
      Richelieu: So you did. And then you urged the Duke to violent retaliation. Now, if you hadn't given him that advice, you might still be free and the Duke would be signing a treaty with Spain. It's strange how history turns on the smallest decision.
      Cluzet: If you're trying to crush my spirit, you won't succeed.
      Richelieu: Your spirit is of little interest to me, crushed or otherwise. Total solitude. Unlimited time to reflect. I almost envy you.

    • Duke of Savoy: I will fight a duel... with this Musketeer. (points to Athos) If he wins, then we discuss the treaty. But, If I triumph... then I return home immediately.
      Richelieu: Sorry. I assume you're joking? (approaches Treville) Will your man win?
      Treville: Athos is the best swordsman in the regiment.
      Richelieu: That's not what I asked.

    • Duke of Savoy: A bodyguard of Musketeers. It's like being protected by wolves.

    • Richelieu: Honour? There is no word in the language more likely to cause stupidity and inconvenience.

    • Richelieu: Are you finally ready to sign the treaty?
      Duke of Savoy: There will be no treaty, Cardinal. Not now, not ever.
      Richelieu: Might I enquire why not?
      Duke of Savoy: Because France is a nation of liars and cheats.
      Richelieu: I appreciate a melodrama as much as the next man, but an explanation might help clarify things.

    • Richelieu: Has anyone tried to contact your guest recently?
      Jailer: How could they when no-one knows he's here?
      Richelieu: It was a simple question. A yes or no answer would have sufficed.

    • D'Artagnan: What happened in Savoy?
      Aramis: We were camping near the French border. It was a training exercise. We had no reason to be on our guard. We were attacked in the night, most of our men killed as they slept. Marsac and I knew we were going to die, but we fought side by side, regardless, like soldiers.
      D'Artagnan: How did you survive?
      Aramis: I was wounded. Marsac dragged me to safety in the woods. He didn't go back to fight. He hid in the trees, watching the massacre. When I woke the next morning, I found him sitting amongst the bodies, overcome with shame and remorse. He felt he should have died too.

    • Richelieu: Need I remind you that we are tied together by decisions we both took in Savoy five years ago?
      Treville: There's not been one night since then I haven't thought of it.
      Richleiu: You're very sensitive for a man in the business of killing.
      Treville: Death in battle is one thing, but your world of back-alley stabbings and murder disgusts me.
      Richelieu: Not everything I do is pleasant, but it's all necessary.

    • Richelieu: Young Louis Amadeus is a fine boy. He will soon make an excellent ruler of Savoy.
      King Louis: Not yet, Cardinal, the Duke is still a strong man in good health.
      Richelieu: Accidents happen, your Majesty. One must be prepared.

    • Constance: You brought a wanted man into my house? A deserter?
      Athos: Deserter and assassin.
      Porthos: I'm guessing they didn't mention that part.
      Marsac: Failed assassin, technically.
      Constance: Oh, you can keep quiet.

    • Constance: Teach me how to shoot.
      D'Artagnan: Shoot?
      Constance: Sword-fighting as well. I've always liked the look of that. Why should men have all the fun? Why do women have to be dignified and ladylike?
      D'Artagnan: Good question. I have no idea.
      Constance: So you'll do it?
      D'Artagnan: Yes.

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