The Borgias Recap: “The Purge”
To the extreme displeasure of Rodrigo, and the Bella Farnese, the pope suffered impotence. Attributed to his recent poisoning, it soon became clear Rodrigo’s feeling of helplessness more than likely caused the loss of virility. He continued to struggle with Juan’s death, and the nearly successful murder plot on the rest of his family.
Giulia went to Vanozza (Joanne Whalley) for advice. The “starter wife” told her once-replacement that if the affair was truly over, she needed to negotiate her exit. Giulia determined she wanted a palace of her own, and a cardinal’s hat for her brother. The pope would not refuse her demands.
Rodrigo also went to Vanozza to discuss his personal problems, and they continued to bond. Rodrigo confessed, “I feel safe with you,” to his former love. Soon, when they hit the bedroom, Rodrigo had no trouble performing his manly duties.
Love these two together. So glad Rodrigo has finally come back to his senses about his original ladylove.