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'Reign' 1x18 'No Exit' Recap: The difference between a girl and a queen

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No Exit” is tonight’s (April 17) episode of “Reign.” Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from tonight's episode. “Reign” airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. central on the CW.

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Mary’s half-brother James stops by. An unannounced visit by a family member always means good news. Basically, he wants Mary to come to Scotland now, like right now. Some people in Scotland are getting tired of all the Frenchmen running the country, and James thinks it would be good for them to be able to bow to their Scottish Queen. Francis decides to go with Mary, which makes James start going on about how Scotland doesn't need another Frenchmen there with more French guards. I’m starting to think James isn't a fan of the French.

Catherine grows tired of Penelope every day, and the presence of a Cardinal makes her worry that Henry will reveal how un-Catholic he behaves. Do you know what this calls for? A scheme! She enlists Kenna to help out. Kenna convinces Penelope to basically tie Henry up as if he were on a cross, and then a Bishop just happens to stroll into Henry’s chambers when this is going on. Henry was already starting to fret about the religious tones of his latest sexcapade, and when the Bishop strolls in, Henry freaks out and tells Penelope to leave at once.

Lola and Lord Julien are married! Enjoy it while you, oh wait, Lola is already suspicious. She starts to notice how Julien keeps most of his past to himself. He is also rather focused on Lola's dowry. Pair this with Lola accidentally stepping on her new necklace and learning one of the jewels is a fake, and now Lola begins to doubt Julien's wealth. Greer assures Lola that it is just nerves, but Julien doesn't seem quite right. Lola decides to hold off signing over her dowry so she can make sure that everything is on the up and up.

Kenna and Bash are still working out this being married thing. Bash is trying. He even gives her a family wedding ring. Kenna, however, worries about what it means that Bash has to try at all. Being forced to wed someone has its complications. Bash and Francis share marriage woes with one another, trying to assure the other that everything is okay. It is apparently a thing in their family to wed someone that another member of their family has slept with. Things turn around for Bash and Kenna though. They move on to kissing at the end of the episode.

Francis uncovers something suspicious about James' footman. He has English gold on him. After some torturing, the footman gives up that he was tasked with killing Mary on her way to Scotland. The people who gave him this task want her brother James, a protestant, to be king of Scotland. Francis goes to Mary with this troubling news, she says that she is a queen, which means there will always be threats. However, Scotland is in bad shape and her country needs her now. France and its needs will have to wait until Scotland is secure.

Francis doesn't take this well. He and Mary have a spat about country loyalties. Mary even goes so far to accuse him of loving a girl and not a queen. There is some merit to her words. In the end, Mary decides to go without Francis, and when she tells him this, he locks her in a tower. Their marriage is definitely built on trust. This future king is out of his mind if he thinks he can come away unharmed after putting his wife in a tower. If I were Mary, I would kick his ass. Did Francis overreact?

What did you think of the episode? Oh, and Nostradamus and Olivia break up. I never really found them that interesting, did you? What or who do you think is haunting Henry? Are you falling in love with Bash and Kenna? Also, what do you think of Julien, should he be trusted? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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