by: Emily Konopka
This week on Reign, Scotland saw the rise of their Queen and the King of France slipped further in to madness.
After their forced marriage Kenna moves in to Bash’s chambers. She is still bitter over the fact that Henry betrayed her. She also realizes that all Bash cares about is Mary. Bash says that since they are tied together until death they might as well start to try liking each other at least. Mary gets word from one of Catherine’s ladies that the King and Queen have betrayed her. When she wed Francis a secret clause was added to the contracts stating that if Mary dies before she produces an heir, Scotland will belong to France. Mary and Francis are determined to find out if this information is true. Mary entrusts Kenna to go to the King’s chambers to find the document. She is successful but Henry finds her in his chambers before she can leave.
When Francis sees the copy of the contract he knows that his father would kill Mary to acquire Scotland if she isn’t named heir to the English throne. He also tells Mary he found out that on the day of their wedding France paid a large sum of money to her mother for services to the crown. The royal couple hatches a plan. They will get word to the protestant faction in Scotland that Marie de Guise has betrayed their country in order to disprove it all copies of the contract will have to be destroyed making it like it never existed in the first place. To get this information back to Scotland Mary decides it is time to host a party for all the Scottish nobles near French court.
During the party Mary has her eyes on one particular nobleman to get the job done, Lord Mackenzie. Francis informs him that his Queen wants a word in private with him. Lord Mackenzie however insists that his men join him. This shakes up Mary’s plans just a bit. She tells Lord Mackenzie to invite his men inside the room because they can hear what she has to say. She asks him if when her father died if his heart died with him. He seems annoyed with Mary, a young girl who has spent most of her life away from Scotland and knows nothing of the horrors he has seen on the home front.
She tells him of the marriage contract and says that she cannot allow it to stand. She challenges Lord Mackenzie and his men to take the news back to Scotland, especially to the Protestant rebels who will no doubt use this to try to overthrow her mother. She tells them that she would defy the devil himself if he tried to buy and sell her country. Francis looks on awestruck as Lord Mackenzie and his men fall to their knees. They have waited a long time for their true Queen to rise.
Afterwards Francis is beaming with adoration for Mary. He is amazed at how she truly is a Queen in her own right. Mary tells him that no one has ever looked at her that way before and she can still feel the weight of it in her chest.
Meanwhile at the party Catherine has been causing some trouble of her own. A naïve Scottish nobleman mistakes her for a lady in waiting. Catherine seems at first offended but then thrilled by the man’s advances. He tells her she is a saucy woman, because like sauce that makes food better women like her make life worth living. They retreat to the Queen’s chamber and he is worried that they’ll get in trouble for lingering after their intimate encounter. He puts to the pieces together when Catherine grabs her robe and goes to her vanity to fix her hair. He lets it slip that Lord Mackenzie was summoned for a private session with Queen Mary and that now they’re not going to Paris but straight home to Scotland. This peaks Catherine’s interest. She goes to Henry’s chambers and finds that the copy of the contract is gone.
Amidst all the royal drama, Lola summons her new fiancé Lord Julian to her chambers. He told her earlier that his former two wives died in childbirth so he doesn’t want children. With a guilty conscience Lola reveals to him that she is pregnant. He asks if she cares for him at all to which she responds that she wouldn’t tell him this if she didn’t. He tells her that they should get married soon before she starts to show because he doesn’t need a match made in heaven, one made north of Paris will do.
We also find the dysfunctional newlyweds Kenna and Bash having a heart to heart. He asks her is she did in fact go to Henry’s chambers because his father was bragging about it to him. She tells him why she was there and that his very touch disgusts her. Kenna may seem like all she cares about is pretty dresses, but she actually cares about her country.
Queen Catherine arranges to have Lord Mackenzie and all of his men killed. Mary hears word of her countrymen’s deaths and confronts Catherine about it with a slap in the face. Catherine tells her that if Mary wants to know what it is like to be a ruling Queen she’ll have to get used to people marching off to their deaths for her. The King’s madness is getting to him. He has a hallucination of a young man, a young Henry perhaps? He seeks out Kenna because her touch comforts him. Bash comes in to the ballroom to find his Father laying his head on his wife’s lap. He seeks the look of terror in Kenna’s eyes and tells his father that Queen Penelope is getting jealous. Kenna is surprised that Bash was even there because Mary isn’t around. He tells her that he came because he was worried about her. She is not safe in the castle so Bash vows to always protect her. Looks like Bash can be the knight Kenna was hoping for.
After Mary has had some time to cool down from her encounter with Catherine she returns to meet with the Queen, who is with Francis. She demands the contract from Catherine. She tells her that if she doesn’t comply she has sent three riders with word of Henry’s madness who will spread the word to France and the Vatican unless they hear from her. If anyone finds out about the king, nobles from all over will be knocking at the castle door for their chance at the crown. She challenges Catherine to call her bluff. Francis tells his mother that she is Mary Queen of Scots, and has no doubt she is telling the truth. Catherine hands over the original contract and Mary orders her to burn it.
Later on while Francis and Mary are getting ready for bed he commends her on the bluff she pulled with his mother. Mary tells him that she wasn’t bluffing she did send riders. Mary tells Francis that if it comes down to choosing between France and Scotland, she will always choose Scotland. The couple gets in to bed with tension lingering between them.
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