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'The Royals' recap: 'The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune'

Eleanor reconnects with an old flame in Monaco, while Liam and Ophelia get serious.

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The Royals

TV Show
run date:
Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park
Mark Schwahn
E! Entertainment Channel
Current Status:
In Season

Doesn’t it feel good to be on top? Ophelia felt that oh-so-sweet rush during “The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune,” when she finally bested Gemma and earned her happily ever after during a weekend straight out of a fairy tale.

With the entire group in Monaco for the weekend—Ophelia, Liam, Gemma, Eleanor, Ashok, and even bodyguard Marcus—things were off to a promising start between our two lovebirds. Though in all honesty, it wasn’t that hard: during the final moments of last week’s episode, Liam had pretty much made his mind that Ophelia was Miss Right [Now]. Even the fact that Gemma was hanging after them looking super depressed and sad eyed couldn’t detract from the fact that Liam was ready to be struck by Cupid’s arrow.

Actually, make that Ophelia’s arrow. (Sorta.) Right after settling into their cushy digs, the group took to the poker tables. Gemma is a high roller—though that tacky egg-sized cubic zirconia on her finger suggests otherwise—and once she runs out of cash during a game against some dude named Omar, she bet Ashok’s McLaren coup against her hand. She loses, but Liam—who’s nothing but a good BFF to Ashok—steps in after Gemma’s plan to get back the car fails. “How about a game that requires actual skill?” Liam proposes. “What’s your game, your highness?” asks Omar.

Darts, obviously. Liam wins easily—which is a total flashback to how he earned Ophelia’s attention in the first episode—but Omar doesn’t give up the coupe that easily. There’s a physical confrontation—Omar and his boys against Ashok and Liam—when Ophelia steps in, Hunger Games-style. Seriously.

“I was raised in America where they decided guns were bad but a bow and arrow are honorable,” Ophelia says, completely straight-faced. Where the heck did she find this thing??? For the record, she’s not a great shot—in fact, she accidentally fires an arrow straight into Ashok’s leg—but she does hit her target. Liam is officially in L-O-V-E. Maybe it’s his mother & Eleanor’s influence, but it’s clear he loves a woman who’s unafraid to take charge. From here on out, it’s strictly snuggles between these two, much to Gemma’s obvious envy. But, as Eleanor puts it, “Nobody’s going to cry for a diamond heiress and a princess.”

NEXT: We meet someone from Eleanor’s past