Secrets and intrigue are revealed in this episode of Reign, “Sins of the Past,” which is really just a typical day in the French court.
Mary (Adelaide Kane) discovers Catherine (Megan Follows) in her chambers talking to Francis (Toby Regbo), who isn’t actually there. She’s having another vision. After consulting the physician, he says he believes she has syphilis, which causes sores and hallucinations – as she is suffering from both. The intense routine for a cure humbles and befuddles Catherine but puts Claude in a state of euphoria seeing her mother suffer after she tried to kill her.
Catherine is locked in a barrel as a some heat therapy. Narcisse (Craig Parker) enters her room offering her a glass of water. Questioning her physician’s diagnosis, Narcisse believes Catherine does not have syphilis. After determining her food has been poisoned, they turn their attention to King Henry’s bible, and after running a test on it, it is revealed his bible was covered in poison. Catherine was getting poisoned secondhand, but Henry was targeted. The poison caused Henry to go mad.
Narcisse, meanwhile, is doing Francis’ biding by finding out what the English are up to, who are slowly moving toward the French border. He also romances Lola (Anna Popplewell) and accepts favors from Claude (Rose Williams). However, when Claude tells him they can do anything except have sex, he leaves her saying that is not who he is and she wouldn’t want him any other way.
Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) and Bash (Torrance Coombs) are still navigating the fallout from what his mother revealed about Kenna in the previous episode. She wants forgiveness and understanding, and Bash says he needs time. Bash then goes off on an assignment in the outer realm regarding a man supposedly rising from the grave.
With Bash out of the castle, King Antoine (Ben Aldridge) buddies up to Kenna to get intel on Bash. Antoine believes Bash killed his and Conde’s brother.
Meanwhile, Conde (Sean Teale) is romancing Lola on Mary’s orders. However, when Mary asks Conde to spy on his brother, he admits he has been a loyal person to her, but he will not spy on his own sibling.
And Mary and Francis? It looks like they’re making their way back to each other. In the realm of politics, they are partners to the end, but Mary is still hesitant in the bedroom. She tries to open up and even invites Francis to sleep in the bed, but she can’t take it and gets up.
The episode concludes with Mary backpedaling and saying she and Francis need to go back to separate lives, which is disappointing. Francis is loving and supportive, and she pushes him away at every turn. I know Mary suffered a very traumatic event, but it seems like it’s only being used as a poor plot device to break Mary and Francis up.