This week on Reign there was a new queen in the castle, a semi royal wedding, and a king gone mad.
The castle was bustling due to the annual Queen of the Bean celebration. The servant girl that finds a bean in her slice of cake gets to be queen for a day. Catherine tries to keep Henry, who seems to be getting crazier by the second, hidden during the celebration. He isn’t having that though. Greer’s new fiancé is at court and she officially introduces him to Mary, who gives her blessing on their engagement. It doesn’t go without notice that both Leith and Lord Castleroy are both a bit jealous of the new man on her arm. Mary has some bad news for Lola, the suitor she had lined up for her is going to be delayed a month. Lola is quickly running out of time to find a suitor.
The Queen and Nostradamus conspire to hide Henry’s insanity. He gives the Queen a potion that will put him in a deep sleep. When a pretty servant girl Penelope finds the bean Henry is quite happy that he has a new pretty young thing to entertain him for the day and Catherine is happy to have found a way to get Henry the potion. As if there wasn’t enough craziness going on, Bash returns to the castle to get help fighting the darkness. Henry isn’t pleased that his exiled son has returned so he throws him in the dungeon. Francis warns Mary to make sure he doesn’t find his way to her again.
Mary doesn’t listen to Francis, because she goes down to the dungeon to ask Bash why he returned and to tell him that she has arranged to help him get out of the country safely. As we know Bash’s reasons for coming back have nothing to do with Mary. He fills her in and this is enough to convince Mary to listen to him. Elsewhere in the castle Catherine helps primp Penelope up to a queen’s standards. She tells Penelope that the potion from Nostradamus is an aphrodisiac to help the King gallop to the finish more quickly since Penelope claims to have her virtue intact.
Francis goes down to the dungeons because he was concerned for Bash, but is instantly angered to find out that Mary is already down there. Bash tells Francis that he wasnts to leave a thousand times more than Francis wants him gone, but he won’t leave until he gets help from the castle’s forces to defeat the Darnkess. Of course Francis isn’t quick to believe such a superstition. Bash says if Francis doesn’t believe him, then maybe he’ll believe Olivia. Before departing with Lord Castleroy, Leith can’t help but sneak up to see Greer one last time. She tells him that while her new fiancé is everything she ever dreamed of, she can’t be truly happy because he isn’t Leith. Did anyone else need tissues? I can’t help but be so heartbroken over these forbidden lovers. As they share one last, very passionate, kiss Greer’s fiancé and some servants walk in. Greer’s fiancé tells her that he can’t have gossip surrounding his family so he cannot marry her.
Francis and Mary join Bash in visiting Olivia. She explains all that she can remember about where she was held captive. The brothers agree that they will both go find this monster and kill it. Greer is obviously devastated over the events that played out, her family will be ruined if she doesn’t get married. Greer takes a look at her friends and says that they all have brought Mary shame, except for Lola. Mary and Lola exchange an awkward glance. It’s time for Lola to let the other girls in on her secret.
When Mary goes to Henry to plead on Leith’s behalf Henry’s insanity becomes apparent to her. He asks Mary to show Penelope how to properly please a ruler while he watches. Man, Henry is really into this whole girl on girl action lately. Horrified Mary leaves. Once she is gone Penelope surprises Henry by going a bit dominatrix on him. Bash and Francis head out with a group of guards and they find the place Olivia described. Bash still is wary that Francis is going to try to have him killed. He can’t determine why Francis is so threatened by him when he is just an exiled bastard and Francis has Mary and the crown.
Turns out that Penelope is more cunning than she looks. She caught on that the king goes mad sometimes and that the potion is his “medicine.” She has the audacity to ask Catherine to get up out of her throne. Mary lets Lola know that Greer has granted Lola her blessing in trying to court her ex-fiancé. Since Lola is running out of time it’s about the only option she has. Back in the meadow Francis ends up falling through a thin patch of ice. Thankfully Bash is able to rescue him. Is this going to be the incident that brings on Francis’ deadly ear infection? I sure hope not!
At the Queen of the Bean celebration later that evening all the servants are gossiping about poor Greer. That doesn’t matter to Lord Castleroy though. He asks Greer to be his wife and she says yes. The poor guy might be a bit cuckoo about pepper, but he has a heart of gold. Olivia decides it is finally time to come back into society. There is definitely some romantic tension between her and Nostradamus when she asks him to dance. He politely declines. He reveals to her that the last person he danced with was his late wife. She was killed by the plague and Nostradamus managed to stay immune to the sickness. This is why he is so passionate about helping other people. It is so sweet to see a softer less foreboding side to Nostradamus.
Francis and Bash make it back to the castle. While Francis is warming up by the fire, he and his brother share a heartfelt moment. He promises Bash that he can leave France with the promise that Francis will track down the darkness and defeat it. King Henry finds the two brothers and goes into a fit of rage over the fact that Bash is out of the dungeon. We find out that Henry was the one who tried to have Bash killed, because he saw in Bash’s eyes that he was always going to covet what belonged to Francis. Francis stands between his brother and his crazy father. All I want is to see their brotherly bond to be restored!
Lola and Greer share a pitiful heart to heart about the way their lives have turned out. They watch as Leith leaves for the army, his punishment for what he did. Greer is desperate for Leith to turn back and see her watching, which he does. The looks on both their faces absolutely killed me. I’m so upset that things couldn’t work out for them. As Penelope’s day as Queen draws to a close she has one last surprise up her sleeve. She gave the potion to Henry so he could give to Catherine. Mary finds Catherine as she is fainting and she tells her to find Nostradamus. Francis asks Mary if his mother is all right. She tells him that Nostradamus is waking her up as they speak.
The King has something that he wants Mary and Bash to see. In a total move of insanity he literally forces Kenna to marry Bash! Kenna is angry that Henry broke his promise to find her a titled husband. Henry’s response is to appoint Bash the “master of horse and hunt” whatever that means. He has completely lost his mind at this point. Bash isn’t too trilled about this marriage either because that means he has to stay at the castle and watch Mary be in love with someone else the rest of his life.
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