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The Borgias Recap: “The Wolf and the Lamb”

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Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) was heartbroken she had to leave Giovanni with her parents to join her husband in Naples.  The king still refused to accept her child at court.  She openly slighted the king over this during her "Welcome Home" feast, but he remained steadfast. 

Micheletto (Sean Harris) had accompanied Lucrezia, and was appalled the mother was separated from her child.  Lucrezia planned on killing the king with poison, after meeting a witchdoctor in the woods, who pointed out a deadly mushroom that grew nearby.  Micheletto realized her plans, and convinced Lucrezia to let him handle it.

The king, Micheletto, Alfonso, and the rest of the king's entourage went on a hunt.  The king ended up alone with Micheletto, which was a huge mistake on the king's part.  Micheletto shoved the stunned king into his moat, which contained some sort of flesh-eating eels, and died gruesomely.  

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Rejected by her husband, Lady Gorgonzola shacked up with Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) in the Vatican.  When the pope finally insisted she return home, she told him she was pregnant.  He soon realized something was off about his lover, and called in a physician.  The doc informed Rodrigo, she was in fact sterile after a grisly c-section.  The loss of her baby had driven her mad.

Rodrigo thought it best to send her to a convent, but Lady Gorgonzola freaked out hen she saw the nuns. She locked herself in Baby Giovanni's room with a knife.  Thankfully, the child was not harmed, but Lady Gorganzola stabbed herself in the neck and died, to Rodrigo's horror.  He swore even more vengeance on Caterina Sforza (Gina McKee) and her allies for orchestrating the events.  

Elsewhere, Caterina tried to mobilize the Get Borgia Gang into action against their common enemy.  The GBG opted to wait and see what happened with Cesare in France, since they thought fighting Rome, France, and Naples/Spain would be a losing battle. It didn't matter how much they all despised the Borgias. 


Cesare (François Arnaud) went to France and ran into his friend, Machiavelli of Florence.  The master politician privately told Cesare how to impress the French court, and that the new king most desired Milan. 

Before his meeting with the king, Cesare was met by the king's adviser, Archbishop D’Amboise.  He promised Cesare a French bride, estate, a title, wealth, and pledged military support—in return for the king's annulment.  Cesare seemed unimpressed, and said it was an army he most wanted.  In return for control over the French forces, Cesare would deliver Milan, and make sure the Archbishop got a Cardinal's hat.  

The jilted queen hated Cesare accordingly, and suggested her most despised Lady-in-waiting, Charlotte d’Albert, for his bride.  She and Cesare hit it off, and quickly went to bed, then wed.  She was able to tell he was in love with someone else, and acknowledged he'd probably return to her.  Charlotte would stay in Cesare's new French palace when he returned to Rome, so who knows if we'll ever see her again.  Cesare left France after their wedding night, with his army in tow. 

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