by: Emily Konopka
This week on Reign the fate of nations was at stake as there was trouble in paradise for our royal couple. A few other couples at court learned more about each other and the wannabe queen was sent back to the kitchens.
The ever-noble Bash presents Kenna with his grandmother’s wedding ring, since they can’t be unmarried and they promised to at least try to act like they’re married. I think Bash’s efforts are very sweet; he truly cares about Kenna’s happiness. It’s Lola’s wedding day and she’s extremely happy. Lord Julian promises her that from this day forward their pasts will not matter it is just the two of them on the adventure of their lives. Francis and Mary are enjoying the merriment, but it doesn’t last long. Catherine interrupts them to tell them that the new papal envoy has arrived and that King Henry has neglected to show up to meet him. Mary comes up with a plan to deter any suspicions the cardinal might have and he is absolutely taken with her.
Catherine finds that Henry is tied up, literally. “Queen” Penelope has him bound and waiting for her. Catherine tells Henry that playtime is over. Penelope is dragging the King down and France along with him. After Mary is done charming the cardinal with a dance she goes out to greet a special visitor, her brother James. He tells her that the Scots are restless to see her return home and that the French are handling too many Scottish affairs. Francis isn’t happy when he finds out that his wife wants to leave for Scotland immediately. Mary says that Scotland is growing restless every day so it is now or never. Francis tells her that he needs her by his side while he tries to figure out how to negotiate on his father’s behalf with the cardinal all while trying to keep his madness a secret. Not to mention they’re trying to have a child. Mary sees all of these concerns as things that apply only to France and do nothing for Scotland. She tells him that she and her country are one in the same and that if he has forgotten that he has forgotten who she is.
Lola and her new husband wake up blissfully after their wedding. She asks him about his family, which he diverts from talking about. She also insists that they leave as soon as they can on their honeymoon so people can’t see when she starts to show. He thinks that they should wait until they have their living arrangements settled and her dowry comes through. Hmmm, something seems a bit fishy about Lord Julian, what is he hiding? Henry approaches Lady Kenna to tell her that she distracts him with her beauty. “Queen” Penelope isn’t too happy that the King’s affections have momentarily diverted from her so she demands that Kenna give her the ring Bash gave to her. Bash is obviously bothered by it, but Kenna restrains him telling him it is an ode to his good taste. Once the tension is diffused Catherine offers her sympathy to Kenna, and recruits her for a plan to help take down Penelope down where she belongs.
Bash and Francis meet up for a brotherly sword fighting session. Bash can tell that Francis’ mind is miles away. He tells his brother that what he feared from the beginning has begun to happen; their two countries are tearing them apart. He asks Bash what is worse, being a good king but a bad husband, or a good husband and a bad king. Bash says the answer is simple: be a good husband. Francis takes his brother’s advice and goes to Mary to let her know they will leave for Scotland as soon as possible. He tells her that no matter the what ifs about leaving France for a short while, Mary knowing he loves her and puts her first is more important. Mary’s brother isn’t too pleased to hear that Mary’s husband will be joining her on her trip home. She assures him that everything will be fine Scotland will be happy to great her Queen and King.
Bash and Francis are taking a stroll around the castle when they see that James’ footman seems to have more money than a man of his stature should. Kenna arrives in Penelope’s chambers to give her some advice about keeping the King’s attention, part of Catherine’s plan. She really knows how to play the game. Francis’ guards have caught James’ footman trying to sneak away from the castle. Francis notices that the gold he possesses has the wrong Queen Mary on it. He wants to know why he has English gold and is willing to summon the torturer to find out. Francis warns Mary that there is a possibility that James can’t be trusted. His footman was carrying a very large sum of English gold, plus James is a Protestant who many people want to see on the throne in Scotland. The only claim stronger than James’ is Mary’s. He tells her that accidents happen at sea all the time so he could have something planned.
Penelope has Henry tied up once again in something Kenna called “the standing cross.” A bishop and Catherine burst in to Henry’s chamber and the bishop is so disturbed he tells Henry that this is blasphemy. Catherine tells Henry that Penelope is the one who has brought on this wickedness. Penelope tries to tell Henry that Kenna and the Queen are in cahoots, but he doesn’t listen to her and tells her to leave. Francis has taken to torturing James’ footman; the gold isn’t James’s. He was paid by the English to murder Mary on her voyage home. The English want James to be Scotland’s king. Mary’s brother comes and tells her that things have worsened in Scotland. The Protestant rebels have made the decision to try to over throw her mother by force. They must leave for Scotland immediately. He asks her if she wants to be the queen she was born to be, or a pawn at French court? Mary decides that she will leave for Scotland immediately and Francis can follow if he wishes.
Lola expresses to Lord Julian that she is worried about how much they don’t know about each other. She doesn’t tell him that she has the paperwork to access her dowry because she wants to see if she can get him to fess up what he has been hiding. He tells her that maybe one day they’ll know all of each other’s pasts but right now they should just live in the moment together. He tells her that he is beginning to feel love towards her. He asks her to face life’s uncertainty with him.
Flash to the other newlyweds, Bash is impressed that Catherine’s plan to oust Penelope worked. Kenna tells him that they now have their own land because the property the King gave to Penelope was actually Catherine’s, so now it is theirs. Bash says that Kenna now has almost everything she wants. She lets him know that she got her ring back from Penelope when she saw her back down in the kitchens. Kenna says that seeing the ring gives her certainty like she’s never felt before that someone is always going to look out for her. Bash tells her that she doesn’t need anyone to look after her before they share a kiss. Without Penelope to distract him Henry continues to be haunted by hallucinations of a young man.
Francis is not happy that Mary is insistent on leaving even though he has told her that there was a plot against her life. He makes a rash decision and has his guards lock her up in the tower so she cannot leave with James. He says he is only keeping her there until her brother leaves and he knows it is safe for the both of them to depart for Scotland. She tells him that if Scotland topples she will never forgive him.
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