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The Tudors Episode: "Tears of Blood"

Season 2, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Henry engages in more attempts to undermine the Catholic Church's power in England, and sends his personal chaplain (Hans Matheson) to Germany to learn more about the Lutherans; Anne decides it is time for her and the king to consummate their relationship; Charles Brandon begins to sow seeds of doubt regarding Anne's virtue.
Original Air Date: Apr 6, 2008
Guest Cast Krystin Pellerin: Elizabeth Darrell Gemma Reeves: Margaret More David Alpay: Mark Smeaton
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Aired: 4/6/2008
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Welcome to second season blog for The Tudors: The show that portrays the dangers, intrigues and machinations that came with living in a time before the existence of indoor plumbing (and thus cold showers). Before diving into this week's episode, here's the shortest possible, and admittedly, most superficial recap of what happened in the season opener: Henry still couldn't get the Church to grant him a divorce from Katherine and so started proceedings to break away from the Pope by appointing himself Head of the Church of England. Thomas Boleyn convinced a cook to poison Bishop Fisher - a plan which the Bishop survived, but which the cook, alas, did not. Anne convinced Henry to banish Katherine, but also found herself fending off new advances from her ex, Thomas Wyatt, while unknowingly becoming the focus of an assassination plan by the Spanish ambassador and a shadowy figure. This week, that shadowy figure left Anne some clues about her future (a future that is, if not immediate, then not exactly far off) by leaving her a playing card of herself with her head cut off. He's obviously close to the King, as he told Chapuys that he'd be going to France for the treaty negotiations, and based on the way Charles Brandon has been acting this season, my money is on him (though before you threaten to behead me, it's really just a guess). His influence with Henry has been waning ever since the imprisonment and death of Wolsey, and though he doesn't seem to have an issue with Henry wanting a divorce, he certainly has an issue with Anne and her entire family, and he was even banished from the Court at her suggestion. For her part, Anne isn't quite doing her best to win over the multitudes. Last season she was her father's unhappy accomplice in social climbing who eventually seemed to fall for the King, and now she's basically just a scheming sexpot (a sexpot with one of the unsexiest come-on lines ever: "Let me conceive"). Natalie Dormer seems to be having the time of her life portraying the Queen-to-be, and it's certainly conceivable that the ever-closer prospect of power has altered Anne's priorities. However, she has a past that she's only hinted at through her conversations with King Francis and her sister Mary, and it seems to me that on this show, if a friend tells you they won't betray you, it often means that they already have. It was bad publicity for Anne when the friar spoke against her during mass, but compared to the Catholic Church in England, she was having the best week ever. When Henry demanded that the clergy submit to him (and not the Pope), his old friend and mentor, Sir Thomas More, decided to resign as Chancellor. He did, however, throw up one last-ditch effort to convince Henry not to divorce Katherine, though he promised never to speak of the matter publicly - a promise that Henry then threatened to keep him to. Sir Thomas ended up asking his daughter for her support in his becoming a martyr, so I'm guessing that he's planning on breaking that promise. This whole situation begs the question of whether it is even possible to support the Church and not support Katherine, when she is supported by the Pope. In this regard, More, whose personal feelings for Katherine's situation are linked to the preservation of Catholicism in England would seem to be the polar opposite of Cromwell (one of the most beguiling characters - worthy of serious discussion in a later recap), who obviously cares little for Anne, except as a means to an end in reforming the Church. I hope we haven't seen the last of Maria Doyle Kennedy's Katherine. She and Anne are such strong characters, and such a nice balance to the weak-willed mistresses that we see so much of on the Court (seriously, a poem is all it takes to convince you not to be a nun Miss Elizabeth?), that it would be a shame to lose her. This show plays pretty fast and loose with the history anyway, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to bring her back. FYI: While Showtime will be making new episodes available for viewing on demand the Monday before they air, I will still be posting the recaps on Sundays to coincide with the official first presentations. Until next week, Your Graces. For clips and full episodes of The Tudors , check out our Online Video Guide. show less
Welcome to second season blog for The Tudors: The show that portrays the dangers, intrigues and machinations that came with living in a time before the existence of indoor plumbing (and thus cold showers).Before diving into this week's episode, here's the shortest possible, and admittedly, most superficial recap of what happened in the season opener: Henry still couldn't get the Church to grant him a divorce from Katherine and so started proceedings to break away from the Pope by appointing himself Head of the Church of England. Thomas Boleyn convinced a cook to poison Bishop Fisher — a plan which the Bishop survived, but which the cook, alas, did not. Anne convinced Henry to banish Katherine, but also found herself fending off new advances from her ex, Thomas Wyatt, while unknowingly becoming the focus of an assassination plan by the Spanish ambassador and a shadowy figure.This week, that shadowy figure left Anne some clues about her future (a future that is, if not immediate,... read more

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