Things were deliciously awkward when Cesare (François Arnaud) and Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) first bumped into each, following their night of passion. It didn’t help that Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) kept needling “blushing bride” Lucrezia about her wedding night.
Alfonso’s cousin, the King of Naples, came by the next morning to get all the lurid details about what Lucrezia was like in bed, and quickly deduced his cousin was still a virgin. Alfonso was even worse at lying about sex than Steve Carell’s character in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Defeated, Alfonso quickly admitted to his cousin nothing happened between them. READ MORE
Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) still fretted over whether Giovanni would be accepted into her new marriage, on this week’s episode of The Borgias. Determined to ensure his sister’s happiness, Cesare (Francois Arnaud) headed to Naples with Alfonso in order to finalize the marriage contract.
All seemed well enough, until the subject of Giovanni was brought up and the king again refused to accept him at court. Cesare threatened to call off the alliance between Rome and Naples (and by extension, Spain) over this, so instead cautioned the king to think it over and deliver an answer at the wedding. READ MORE
On this week of The Borgias, Caterina Sforza (Gina McKee) had Rufio (Thure Lindhart) start assembling the bastard and second sons of Rome’s most prominent families. The men were weary at first, but soon united. Cesare (Francois Arnaud) and Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) realized what Caterina was doing with the Get Borgia Gang (hereafter the “GBG”), and decided to subvert them. The Borgias men also planned to pin Juan’s murder on Caterina.
Cesare, along with his trusty manservant Michelotto (Sean Harris), intimidated various members of the GBG, and as a result, received their confirmation of Caterina’s new plan of attack. Each member of the GBG had Cardinal relatives. READ MORE
The Season 3 premiere of The Borgias picked up with the immediate aftermath of Rodrigo’s (Jeremy Irons) poisoning. Cesare (Francois Arnaud) and the rest of the Borgias family, as well as the clergy, rushed Rodrigo to the Vatican doctor.
The physician relayed it was just a matter of time before the Pope’s soul “left this Earth.” Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) was more proactive. Employing a new technique she’d read of, Lucrezia pumped her father’s stomach.
It was touch and go, but Rodrigo pulled through. He woke, disgusted. Apparently, he'd been aware of his surroundings, while lying seemingly unconscious. He'd heard all the cardinals plotting and praying for his death.
He later confessed to Vanozza (Joanne Whalley) that while he laid on the precipice of death, God did not appear to him. Might the Pope of Rome experience a crisis of faith? READ MORE
On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe and Melodie Aikels dish the latest in pop culture, celebrity, TV, movie and music topics and headlines, including:
Justin Bieber gets caught smoking weed. Bethenny Frankel files for divorce. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announce the impending arrival of baby.
Downton Abbey returns to PBS with a new season and Pop Confidential’s Jamey Giddens has Confessions of a ‘Downton’ Newbie. Once Upon a Time, Revenge and The Good Wife return with their winter premieres. The PC crew dish about Gossip Girl’s series finale, before diving into upcoming new series: The Carrie Diaries, Banshee and Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual.
Jillian Bowe shares her thoughts on Django Unchained and the controversy that has swirled around it. The PC Gang then make their Golden Globe Outstanding Drama predictions.
Adele’s album 21 was 2012’s bestselling album.
All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast!
No. 15: The Graysons, Revenge
Retribution is a dish best served over the holidays, if you're a member of the Grayson clan on ABC's smash primetime soap Revenge. Blackmail, corporate espionage, insider trading and not-quite-fatal tumbles off balconies could all be on the gourmet menu, but for the chance to break holiday bread with Queen Victoria (Madeleine Stowe), we'd risk it.