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'Reign' 1x19 'Toy Soldiers' Recap: The will of a mad king

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“Toy Soldiers” is the April 24 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 is apparently no longer in the tower since she is having a snowball fight with her ladies. It’s been at least a month since the tower incident, and sadly we don’t really get to see Mary and Francis deal with that. However, Scotland is still in peril. Marie’s castle is surrounded, and Mary has to go to her last resort for help: contacting her uncle. What could be so bad about her uncle? Well, he likes power a bit too much, and he is not opposed to screwing people over to get it.

Greer’s father is coming to visit. Things are not well in the family. Sometime recently, her family went broke, and so her father is here to negotiate the dowry with Lord Castleroy. Is anyone else waiting for him to suddenly turn evil or have this horrible dark secret? He is just too nice. Castleroy tells Greer’s father that he doesn’t want a dowry, only her father’s blessing. Then, he gives $10,000 to each of Greer’s sisters for their dowry, and makes it so that Greer approves their weddings to make sure that her sisters marry for love.

Peasant Penelope is back. Yay – said no one ever. This time she is here to declare that she is pregnant. Catherine is so far done with Penelope, it’s rather amusing. Henry offers to send Penelope to an estate where she and her child can bond with all his former mistresses and his other bastards. Catherine opts for sticking her in the tower. It seems to be a thing with this family, locking people up in the tower. Surprisingly, Catherine offers Penelope a chance to be part of her flying squad of ladies – the ones who sleep with men for information. It’s a win-win.

Even before Henry was mad, he was mad about England. He wants it, and so the news that Elizabeth has been declared England’s next queen does not make him happy. Henry informs Francis that he has sent troops to invade. Thankfully, Catherine is on top of everything, and has already taken the generals into her confidence. She thinks of everything, really. It is times like these where her conniving ways are useful. Except for the fact that she underestimates Henry.

Mary’s uncle comes to court, and he is a no nonsense kind of guy. I kind of like that about him. He is aware what everyone thinks of him, and so he cuts to the chase. In order for him to agree to help Marie and Scotland, he wants to become Francis’ left lieutenant when he becomes king. Mary’s uncle is a very ambitious man. Even despite the tales of horror Francis knows to be true about Mary’s uncle, he agrees to the terms. Francis even wants to go on a trip to Scotland with him. There will be bonding.

Bash and Kenna are in bed the entire episode. This is not an exaggeration. Bash comes back from hunting the darkness, and Kenna decides they should have sex. However, Bash wants to take it slow. It’s amusing watching Kenna try to rush things along. Bash holds steady in his position that Kenna needs to experience a lot to make her forget about all other men. Well, Bash felt this way until he saw Mary and Francis making out, and then Bash decided it was time to actually have sex. Do you ship Bash and Kenna?

Henry knows all about Catherine’s plans to control him, and so he fires all the generals and tells the men to go siege. Henry wants to conquer the world. Now, Francis must save France, even though it means going back on what he told Mary. He decides that her uncle’s army would be best served fighting alongside of France. Talk about rude. Yeah, yeah, France would lose and be invaded and yada yada yada, but Scotland is not in good shape.

Poor Mary, time and time again Francis says that he is going to help Scotland. Then, he changes his mind. Francis puts France first once again, causing Mary to state that their marriage was a mistake. Don’t get her wrong, she does love him. However, she realizes that Francis will never be able not to protect and serve France. Their marriage is not in a good place. Any thoughts on how Francis could make things right?

What did you think of the episode? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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