“I’m quite finished with you and your hopeless brood”

Episode Title: A Bride. A Box. A Body.
Original Air Date: June 2, 2017
Episode Number: 4×14

Episode Description

Mary pursues justice by launching a counterattack on her conspirators. Meanwhile, Elizabeth suffers a major setback, and it turns her world upside down.

My Review

Oh God, I can’t believe we only have two more episodes left until this show is over for good. This episode definitely packed a lot of plot into 42 minutes.

Did not see Narcisse poisoning Gideon to avenge Lola’s death and it’s not so much that Gideon had a hand in Lola’s death (which he didn’t), it was to punish Elizabeth and let her feel the pain that Narcisse felt when he lost Lola. Damn, he is not fucking around. In the end, I liked how Elizabeth and Gideon resolved their situation, but of course, it was already too late.

Their scene in the chapel was very moving and I loved how the actor playing Gideon showed Gideon’s conflicting emotions when Elizabeth was declaring her love for him and how she values him more than England. I cringed at the latter part because no man should be worth more than one’s country especially if you’re the ruler of said country. In any case, I’m going to miss Gideon and if/when Elizabeth finds out, there will be hell to pay.

I wonder if Catherine was aware that Narcisse was going to poison Gideon before Narcisse set off on his trip. I’m sure Catherine would have said no to this because if Elizabeth finds out, this will put France in peril and will make themselves an enemy of England which I’m sure they can’t afford to be since there is a lot of strife in the French court and they also have Spain to contend with.

Charles announcing in court that he chooses Nicole to be his queen has to be the straw that will break the camel’s back. How much more problems/issues will Catherine take/handle before she takes matters into her own hands? She has to worry about Spain and appease them that this is a mistake and will probably have Nicole killed so that it will force Charles to marry a Spanish noble.

Catherine could divulge that Nicole and Henri are sleeping with each other which would definitely force Charles not to marry Nicole, but at what cost? It will alienate the brothers and could put the crown in peril since this could affect Charles’ mental health and then he’ll regress to being broody and ineffectual as a king.

Luc, bless his soul, was only speaking from the heart and should not be blamed for Charles using his words to decide to marry Nicole. Catherine better not get mad at Luc because this is not his fault. Like the Spanish ambassador said, her “hopeless brood” is a complete mess and I can’t believe that these children are Catherine’s children. Did they all take after their father (aside from Francis)?

I feel so bad for Luc, still spurned by Claude and I’m actually starting to dislike Claude for the continuous
push/pull game she’s playing with him. She tells him it’s nice to see him and that he should stay for the party and invites him for a dance only to tell him that she can’t do it, be Luc’s wife in every sense of the word. Leith is not fucking worth it, Claude! Open your eyes. If Leith really did love her, he would have returned from wherever he is and staked his claim for Claude’s love. But has he? No. He’s probably already out there wooing women and moved on from her.

And we also have Henri being a cross dresser and loving it. Interesting! Is this based on history or was this a plot fabricated for the show? I’m only asking because we haven’t seen any indications of this so when it happened here, I was a bit shock. I do love that he wasn’t embarrassed about it when he was talking to Nicole and that Nicole accepted him and didn’t judge him for it. Happy Pride!

Back in Scotland, Darnley continues to manipulate his way into court and he successfully had Mary pardon him, not because of what he did/did not do, but because Mary was getting tired of all the conspiracies and the deaths and the lies and she doesn’t want anymore bloodshed so she let Darnley be released from the dungeon. Then the last scene we learned that Darnley has lost his damn mind because he truly believes that Keira is still alive and is with him. Alrighty then.

I loved the opening scene with Mary wearing her battle armor and riding on that horse leading her men. More of that, please. Loved that she kicked the “bucket” which led to Ruthven getting hanged. “This is for David Rizzio.” Indeed. More ruthless Mary and less of the emotional/crying Mary. She should listen to bothwell and have Darnley executed for committing treason. A leopard will never change its spots.

Narcisse giving Mary the box of Knox’s penis was gross as hell, but it cracked me up. Why the hell would he do that? This guy is sick.

I hope to see Greer and James back (and even Bash!) on the next two episodes because I’ve missed them.

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