‘It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.’
- Thomas Sowell
Allow me to offer my condolences to all you Mash shippers and congratulations to all you Frary shippers.
Well, history won out in the end this week on Reign with Mary wedding Francis after all. Also, Clarissa is still alive, Kenna knows Francis and Lola’s secret, Catherine has been pardoned and Bash is now presumably on the run.
Can I just say that I’m absolutely in love with the opening of this week’s episode? We opened this week’s episode with Catherine’s head on a literal chopping block but thank goodness it was only the dress rehearsal. Catherine definitely has plans to go out with a bang as well as to bankrupt France I suspect. Her requests certainly were extravagant. But Henry let’s her know that none of it makes a difference, that she is still going to die and implies that she is most definitely not going to heaven. But just as things were about to get dull and depressing there is trumpeting to announce the arrival of a royal visitor. That royal visitor is Mary’s mother, another Mary, Mary of Guise – Queen Regent of Scotland. And I’m just tickled pink that Mary of Guise wasted no time in letting everyone know how disappointed she was in them. What an entrance for a deliciously driven character that turned the French kingdom upside down and left before they even knew what hit them.
Let’s just jump right into this week’s jam packed episode of Reign...
Mary's mother, Marie de Guise (Amy Brenneman), arrives and advises Mary against marrying Bash. Nostradamus tells Catherine that he stopped having visions of Francis' death after Clarissa died, and had a new vision of Mary and Francis' happy future together. When Francis returns to the castle, Catherine advises him to pursue Mary and promises never to harm her again. Francis and Bash fight over Mary, and Francis tells her of the change in Nostradamus' visions. News arrives that the Queen of England is dead, and Henry pressures Mary to choose one of his sons. Mary chooses Francis and they are wed; Henry pardons Catherine for the occasion. Nostradamus discovers that Clarissa is still alive. Mary is angered to learn that her mother faked the news from England to push her into making a choice, and orders her to leave. Nostradamus has a fuller vision of Mary and Francis' future: they will be happy but Francis will die a year into their marriage. Henry makes Bash watch Mary and Francis' consummation before he is escorted from the castle. Believing his guards were ordered to kill him, Bash kills them first and escapes.
Character of the Night – Mary of Guise
Best Character Interactions – Mary and Catherine
Line of the Night – Mary of Guise: Your magic has changed, how silly and marvelous. (To Francis) You don’t believe in prophecies do you?
Scene of the Night – The wedding reception
Favorite lady-in-waiting – Kenna
Crazy Like a Fox – The character of Mary of Guise was wildly fun, over the top, commanding and conniving. I love how Amy Brenneman played her. It was so nice having Ms. Brenneman back on my screen (yes, I am a diehard Judging Amy fan).
1. Mary looks at her mother before signing the marriage contract.
2. Kenna calls Lola out on her BS story.
3. Catherine cuts her wrist.
1. Nostradamus: I’m going to tell you something, something that might enrage you.
2. Lola: I hope I never see you again. Because you’re safe, settled, married with children of your own.
3. Bash: Say that you love me. Say it to me once, because I know that you do.
Mary: I love you, I do.
Bash: Say it. Say the rest, I need to hear it.
Mary: I love Francis more.
4. Mary: I will take my life in my own hands and I will not be bullied by you.
1. Mary tells Sebastian of her decision to marry Francis.
2. Francis tells Sebastian to run far away and never return.
3. Catherine urges Francis to fight for Mary, his throne, his brothers and her safety
Biggest Surprise of the Episode
• Kenna has finally figured out how to make the most out of being at court and I’m kind of proud of her.
Style Spotlight: The wedding dress, obviously. It was gorgeous, elegant yet understated. The jewelry was a nice touch and great compliment to the overall look.
Tasty Tidbit: Was it just me, or did anyone else see this as a possible start to a more interesting Nostradamus? Turns out he’s not a sexless eunuch of lackey after all. Also, it was great to know how he got his visions (a near death experience) as well as that he welcomes them and will go to great lengths to jump start them. I hope this episode is turning point for the character and he begins to play the game and manipulate the French court into his liking.
Fun Fact: Kate Walsh (a co-star of Amy Brenneman on Private Practice) was initially cast as Mary of Guise but couldn’t due to scheduling conflicts.
Burning Question: Who put the hit out on Sebastian?
A. The King
C. Mary of Guise
1) Sorry for the cheesy title reference, I couldn’t help myself.
2) Did anyone really think she was actually going to marry Bash? If so, please tell me why in the comments. I’m very curious to hear your thought process.
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