-Mary is informed by one of Queen Catherine's ladies-in-waiting that her own mother, Marie de Guise, made a deal behind her back when negotiating her marriage contract.
-As part of the deal, the contract has a secret clause that says France may claim Scotland as their if Mary dies without delivering an heir.
-Mary fears that this clause will lead to her murder.
-Mary and Francis hatch a plan to get Queen Catherine to invalidate the contract.
-Mary summons Scottish soldiers to help put her plan into motion.
-Queen Catherine has them all killed--including one whom she has just made love to.
-Mary has one more card up here sleeve--she threatens to tell all of France about King Henry's increasing madness.
-Mary and Queen Catherine both know that this would lead the destruction of the French royal court, as noblemen from all over France would attempt to claim the throne, causing a civil war.
-Queen Catherine burns the contract.
-Mary tells Francis that her greatest allegiance will always be to Scotland--not him.
-Bash and Kenna make the best of married life together.
-Lola's marriage to a nobleman proceeds, even after he finds out about her pregnancy.
My first duty is not to my mother. I am the queen of Scotland, not the queen of Marie de Guise.Mary
Penelope: Don't you think a royal crown suits me?
Queen Catherine: Of course, your majesty. Makes your head look smaller. Almost back to normal size.