If, as Bash tells Delphine, “Women who stick out are up to be killed,” then Mary’s in big trouble after the final minutes of this episode. But let’s rewind to the beginning, shall we? It’s what Mary desperately wants for her and Francis’ relationship anyway. It’s been four weeks since Condé disappeared, and the royal couple are still on the rocks. Francis thinks bringing back the troops in Scotland would make France look weak, but when Mary tries to smooth things over by telling him she’s to blame, he cuts deep. “Save your apologies,” he tells her. “Your words have no meaning for me anymore.”
The tension between the king and queen may be ice cold, but Kenna and Renaude are so hot for each other they can’t even find a proper hiding place to get handsy in—I’m just stepping in for Samantha Highfill’s recaps this week, but even I can imagine King Henry shaking his head in disdain at their relationship—while Leith and Greer are somewhere in the middle. Greer spots Leith and wants to apologize, but where Francis has no use for Mary’s words, Leith has no use for Greer’s money. And Claude? Well, all Claude likes is teasing Leith about his love for the woman who runs a brothel.
But the princess and the royals will soon have much more to be concerned about: Renaude is captured by Condé—or rather, Louis, the royal formerly known as Condé but I’m going to keep calling Condé anyway—and blackmailed into fighting for Elizabeth after they threaten his son’s life. That’s not all—Condé’s men have been ambushing Francis’ men successfully, and he sends one of them scampering toward the castle to warn Francis that Condé is on his way.
Amid all this action, there’s Bash and Delphine, our favorite googly eyed, bark-scraping, fur-donning loners who get a little less lonely out in the woods. After a roll in the…uh…dirt, Bash welcomes his “mysterious friend who lives in the forest,” as Kenna put it, to court. Kenna and Delphine scope each other out, and Kenna asks Bash to move forward with the annulment of their marriage. She’s certain she’s found the right man in Renaude, but she doesn’t know he’s been turned. Bash reluctantly agrees. At the same time, Delphine’s certain her future with Bash will involve children. Bash reluctantly… acknowledges her prediction. Later, Delphine tries to walk back her prediction but takes a shirt stained with his blood—from a cut he made on his hand when she startled him. So many red flags to this couple here.
Speaking of red flags… about an hour away from court, Narcisse and Catherine are on a date in the romantic and picturesque Middle of Nowhere, France, Europe, Earth. Catherine’s here to bring him a present: his favorite horse, one he thought he lost along with his land. He’s ecstatic, and she’s overjoyed to reward him for his loyalty. “While I may be cooped up in a castle, never forget my reach is far,” she lovingly tells him. Put that on a valentine.
Their outing is cut short when a messenger arrives telling them the castle will be coming under attack. Catherine arrives at a meeting with the rest of the royal family, where Francis insists they, including Lola and Mary, leave the castle as soon as possible. Lola is prepared to go—Francis even provides a royal blanket for the journey, to remind baby John he’s his father—but she first receives a visit from an apologetic Narcisse. Lola impressively Sherlock Holmes-es her way through figuring out why he publicly shared the drawings he made of her in the bath (because Catherine), and why Narcisse is still with Catherine (because Catherine). Narcisse, thinking this would be the last time he sees her, kisses her. And a servant girl sees them.
And Mary? She tries to stay behind, but Francis softens and tells her that he wouldn’t be able to stand seeing her in danger again. But despite his efforts, Mary is in danger when Renaude stops her carriage and reroutes her away from safety. Mary, however, has an impeccably good sense of direction and deduces that the men surrounding her are working for Condé. She barely escapes on horseback as her men battle Condé’s, and makes it back to the castle to warn Francis. Kenna is shocked—shocked!—that her newly beloved isn’t 100 percent good. But no time to rethink poor suitor choices, Kenna: It looks like Renaude and Condé’s men have breached the castle’s gates.
NEXT: The face that launched 900 to 1,000 trained soldiers provided by Elizabeth… launches herself