After a mini hiatus Reign returned last night, and brought with it some familiar faces. Before we get to the glorious return of the dauphin, here’s what other royal drama was brewing at French court.
Clarissa is seen rummaging though the Queen’s chambers, looks like she’s trying to get to know her mother in anyway that she can, when two servants sneak in for a little afternoon delight. Meanwhile Mary finds Bash at the stables. She says that she is worried that they haven’t heard anything from the Vatican yet, but also that she is concerned at how everything going on has affected Francis’ younger brothers. She says she wants to take them to a frost fair in the village. In the carriage young Charles asks Mary if they’ll get to see their mother again before she dies. With everything Catherine has done sometimes you forget that she still is a mother to two young children. The carriage comes under attack by angry villagers calling for the end of the Medici line.
After her afternoon romp, the Queen’s servant discovers that Clarissa was hiding in the shadows, to which Clarissa responds to by snapping her neck. Not really sure what Clarissa’s deal is anymore. Once back at the castle Mary visits Catherine in the tower. Catherine tells Mary that once she is dead the two young princes will practically become orphans. Mary promises that she and Bash will care for them as their own. In what you could call their first act of parenting, Mary and Bash have an argument over what should be done with the boys. Bash thinks that the best thing for his brothers is to send them out of the country. Mary believes that keeping them at the castle is what is best for them. Bash tells Mary that the only reason she wants to take them in to her care is because she feels guilty for taking everything from them, to which Mary replies that the only reason Bash wants to send them away is that they remind him of Francis. Ouch, looks like these two have some things to work out before they walk down the aisle.
Next we head to Paris. We find Lola meeting up with her brother to bail him out of some trouble at a gambling house. The man in charge tells Lola that the money isn’t enough to settle the debt and Lola becomes his price. Back at court Bash seems to have gotten the hang of making up after an argument, because he brings the frost fair to the castle so his little brothers can be normal children but still be safe. Mary says that is the sweetest thing she’s ever seen and they kiss and make up.
And now for the moment we’ve been waiting so (im)patiently for. Back in Paris the owner of the gambling house is relentless, Francis appears and nonchalantly offers to play for Lola for quadruple the debt. Turns out that our prince has been going under a false name trying to loose himself. The owner takes the wager, and Francis looses. Ever determined he tells the man to double it again, to which he responds how about 16 times the debt since Francis is so confident. He eats his words however because Francis wins. As he and Lola are leaving to head to his chambers the owner says don’t I know you from somewhere, to which Francis responds, “I’m told I look like the dauphin of France, only taller.” Oh how great it is to finally have our sassy wonderful prince back.
Things back at the castle aren’t as lighthearted. Greer and Lola realize the little princes are missing. Bash reveals to Mary that he orchestrated the departure of his brothers to get them out of the country. The man helping the princes escape stops to let the boys rest up for a bit since they have a long journey ahead. Clarissa has followed them and she kills the driver. She then finds the boys and tells them that she is going to take care of the boys from now on and that they’ll be a family. Clarissa is really outdoing herself with the murder and the kidnappings lately.
Back to Paris, Lola and Francis are sharing some wine in his chambers. Francis tells Lola that he feels adrift and let down by a brother that he loves. He says that he knows that Mary was trying to “save his life” but he feels that Bash had his own reasons. It is obvious that Francis has been trying to hide from his worries instead of accepting them. When Lola refers to Mary and Bash as a couple he tells her that hearing it makes it real, because it still doesn’t feel that way. During this whole scene there was some underlying and slightly awkward sexual tension going on.
When we next see Catherine she appears to have hung herself in the tower. That isn’t the case however. Nostradamus snuck her a hook in the spine of a bible so she could fake her death. Before she can depart for Italy, Nostradamus tells her that her sons are missing. Catherine may be manipulative but deep down she is fueled by love for her children. She finds Mary and offers to go with her and Bash to find her sons.
Things are heating up between Francis and Lola. Francis says that he feels lost even though he has freedom. Lola tells him that she feels the same. They kiss, but Lola says she can’t because of Mary. Francis says that he probably is never going to see Mary again (my Frary shipper heart is breaking at this point) and Lola says he probably won’t see her again either once she leaves Paris. So that’s reason enough for the two of them to throw caution to the wind. Francis, being the kind gentleman, says he can’t ask Lola to give up her virtue. Good news for him though, Lola has already been with a man before so they continue down the path of passion.
Clarissa has taken the princes down to the banks. She tells the boys that they’re going to play a game. Fill their pockets with as many rocks as they can fit, and then they’re going to go for a swim. Clarissa needs to back up because she’s got a one way ticket on the crazy train. Thankfully Bash, Mary, and Catherine find them before anything can happen. Clarissa manages to keep hold of Charles though and holds a knife to his throat. Catherine tries to talk down Clarissa, telling he that she wants her to be a part of their family. That doesn’t work however, so Mary ends up hitting Clarissa over the head with a sharp rock. With Clarissa presumably dead, the Queen must go back into the custody of the guards, she tells her sons that Mary will take good care of them, something she definitely believes now.
The long dramatic day that has Mary thinking. Safe decisions don’t always provide safe results. Mary proposes, literally, to Bash that they should get married immediately so they can force the Pope’s hand. Bash says, no but not in the way you think. He says that isn’t how it is done, and he gets down on one knee and asks her to make him the luckiest bastard in the whole world. However cute that proposal was, they’re definitely playing with fire here. Look what happened last time Mary was proposed to. Back in Paris Francis and Lola find out about the Queen’s approaching execution. This convinces Francis that he should return to court because if he doesn’t his father will get away with murdering his mother.
A few thoughts:
I’m wondering if Clarissa is really dead. We did see her body, but they didn’t bury her. I’m betting there is a chance that she is just passed out.
Francis’ return was everything I needed. His presence was definitely missed over the last few episodes, and I’m so excited for him to get back to court and have to confront Bash and Mary.
Catch an all-new episode of Reign next Thursday to see which brother Mary walks down the aisle with and if Catherine survives to see it.
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