Day of Ashes


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THE BORGIAS SEASON 2, EPISODE 2.06
"Day Of Ashes"
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Episode Title: Day of Ashes
The Borgias Episode #: 2.06
The Borgias Season: 2
Original Air Date: May 13, 2012
Writer: David Leland
Director(s): John Maybury
Guest Star(s):

Alexander is convinced that a lightning strike on St. Peter's Basilica during mass was a sign of God's disapproval; Cesare tries to prove his worth as a military commander; the Pope pressures the reluctant Lucrezia to enter another political marriage.

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Name: Pope Alexander VI/Rodrigo Borgia
Played by: Jeremy Irons
Plot connections: Learning of Cesare's failed diplomacy with Caterina Sforza, he moves to forge another alliance by marrying off Lucrezia
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Name: Cesare Borgia
Played by: Francois Arnaud
Plot connections: Continues his efforts to cast off cardinal robes with a grand gesture and gift for his father
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Name: Micheletto
Played by: Sean Harris
Plot connections: Travels with Cesare to Florence and witnesses the cruelty Savonarola's fervor whips up
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Name: Girolamo Savonarola
Played by: Steven Berkoff
Plot connections: Strengthens his grip on the populace of Florence with continued disdain for Pope Alexander
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Name: Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Played by: Peter Sullivan
Plot connections: Tries to tempt Savonarola to Rome with a cardinal's hat
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Name: Lucrezia Borgia
Played by: Holliday Grainger
Plot connections: Realizing her father wants to marry her into an alliance again, she stalls the suitors to express her distaste for the idea
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Name: Vanozza dei Cattanei
Played by: Joanne Whalley
Plot connections: She agrees to meet suitors pursuing Lucrezia while advising her on marriage
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Name: Giulia Farnese
Played by: Lotte Verbeek
Plot connections: Continues to apply pressure to the cardinals for funds to benefit the poor
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Name: Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere
Played by: Colm Feore
Plot connections: Begins preparing his suicide assassin for the task ahead
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Name: Niccolo Machiavelli
Played by: Julian Bleach
Plot connections: Tips off Cesare to gold leaving Florence for parts unknown; escorts Piero de Medici to Rome
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Name: Piero de Medici
Played by: Cesare Taurasi
Plot connections: Fleeing angry mobs in Florence, he pleads with the Pope for asylum in Rome
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Name: Cardinal Piccolomini
Played by: Bosco Hogan
Plot connections: He and other cardinals continue to balk at the idea of giving up part of their wealth to benefit the poor
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Name: Calvino
Played by: David Alpay
Plot connections: A wealthy Genovese merchant pursuing Lucrezia's hand in marriage
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Name: Raffaelo
Played by: Tom Austen
Plot connections: Accompanies his brother Calvino to Rome; seems to show a romantic interest in Lucrezia as well
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Name: Antonello
Played by:-- Jesse Bostick
Plot connections: Prepares his body for immunity to fatal doses of cantarella, becomes sick but recovers
Additional Characters:
  • Brother Bernardino -- John Arthur
  • The Woman -- Camilla Rutherford
  • Latin Reader -- Zoltan Rihmer
  • Doge of Venice's Nephew -- Szilárd Várnai
  • Carlo Baglione -- David Papava
  • Battista Colonna -- Giacomo Gonnella
  • The Bystander -- John Rado
  • Lucio -- David Kabelitz
  • Vincenzo -- Nathan O'Toole
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Convinced that the lightning strike was a sign of God’s disapproval, Alexander begins a fastidious regime of Lenten fasting. Alexander’s political problems worsen: Cesare’s intemperate killing of Giovanni has hardened the enmity of the powerful Sforzas, while Piero de Medici flees to Rome with news that Savonarola now rules Florence and that Papal deposits with the Bank may be lost. Desperate for new allies, Alexander recruits Vanozza to persuade a reluctant Lucrezia to marry again. Lucrezia resists and plays the diva. Meanwhile, she and her mother along with Giulia, confront Cardinals Versucci and Piccolomini and demand that they channel curia money to the poor for whom it was intended. In Florence, Cesare confronts Savonarola, but is almost killed by the friar’s chilling child army. Seeking to prove to his father that he is capable of taking control of the Papal armies, Cesare and his “wild bunch” attempt a daring heist of Medici gold, but he is disappointed when he learns that Juan is coming back from Spain to take military command once again.
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At the beginning of the episode we see a very sad and humbled Pope Alexander washing the feet of an old poor woman. He tells the cardinals "God has spoken" We see Cardinal Della Rovere in black hidden in the background watching the Pope he then points out the Pope's food taster.

Cardinal Sforza is watching Savonarola as he preaches to a crowd. Many members of the crowd are on their knees chanting and whipping themselves. A woman dedicates her life to Christ and Savonarola chops of her hair.

Cardinal Della Rovere prepares poisons as he tells the young man who volunteered to kill the Pope that he was poisoned by cantarella and he survived and is the better for it. Della Rovere then has the boy drink poison and when the boy becomes sick Della Rovere nurses him back to health.

Machiavelli tells Cesare of a shipment of gold the Medici plan on hiding.

Cesare tells Lucrezia that he promised her the heart of Giovanni Sforza but all he has is the knife that killed Giovanni the Pope comes in and asks Cesare if he told Lucrezia his plans and it is obvious Cesare had not from his expression. The Pope then in his excitement tells Lucrezia of his plans for her to marry which she states firmly that she will never marry. She is determined to never marry again.

Cesare tells Micheletto of his plan to steal a load of Medici gold that the Medici plan to hide. Cesare hopes that with giving the Pope the gold as a gift he then can ask the Pope to release him from his Cardinal's robes and be allowed to become a soldier.

Alexander walks in on Vanozza while she is taking a bath and asks her if she had turned Lucrezia against marriage. He orders Vanozza to talk to Lucrezia as he also comments on how beautiful she is Vanozza orders him from her bath as she reminds him it is Lent.

Alexander tells Cesare to silence Savanola. Alexander tells Cesare if Savonarola does not comply then excommunicate him and if he still does not comply then burn him.

Cardinal della Rovere after nursing the boy back to health prepares more poison and has the boy drink it and watches helplessly as the boy has seizures.

Vanozza, Lucrezia and Giulia tell the cardinals they have chosen a place to house the poor only to be told they dont have the funds but after veiled threats from the girls the cardinals then decide that they do have the funds.

Lucrezia passes on 5 suitors only to then cast her eye on the brother of the 6th suitor.

Cesare gives his father a gift of Medici gold and hopes to be released from being a Cardinal and become a soldier only to be told no he is needed where he is and that Juan is coming home.

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  • Vanozza to Rodrigo: "Have you not forsworn intimacy for Lent?"
  • Della Rovere to Antonello: "I was poisoned by cantarella, and I am the stronger for it."
  • Pope recounting the circumstances of Giovanni Sforza's death to Vanozza: "He had an unfortunate accident...he fell onto a knife that Cesare happened to be holding."
  • Machiavelli to Cesare: "Signor de Medici values my opinion; especially as he does not have one of his own. But I am little more than his nuncio...his messenger boy."
  • Cesare being magnificent: "Trust me, my name is Borgia."
  • Cesare's ominous words to Savonarola: "You are standing too close to the fire, Brother Savonarola. You may get burned."
  • Cesare to Micheletto on his desire to leave the Church & become commander of the papal armies: "I will have only one reward and I will have it no matter what. These robes have clung to my back for far too long."
  • Cesare's promise to his faithful assassin: "And you, Micheletto, you will wear armour and be my captain."
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Page Symbol DEATHS IN THIS EPISODE
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Page Symbol THE BORGIAS EPISODE BEST MOMENTS AND BIGGEST SHOCKERS
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  • Cesare after robbing the Medici being told he must remain a cardinal
  • Expression on Cesare's face when told his brother Juan was coming back home.
  • Lucrezia turning down 5 proposals and then casting her eye on the brother of the 6th man.
  • Vanozza turning down the Pope after he remarks on how beautiful she is and telling him "It is Lent."
  • Cardinal Cesare striding magnificently into the Cathedral in Florence to serve the Pope's edict on a defiant Friar Savonarola.

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Page Symbol THE BORGIAS EPISODE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
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  • Will the Medici find out who stole their gold?
  • What will Cesare do when Juan comes back home?
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Page Symbol THE BORGIAS VS. HISTORY
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How did this episode differ from actual events? Compare the facts with the fiction below!
ON THE BORGIAS... IN HISTORY...
  • Lucrezia being courted by Genoese merchant's son.
  • Vanozza, Lucrezia and Giulia working together to help the poor and homeless.
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  • The pope had nothing less than the royal family of Naples in mind for Lucrezia's next husband
  • Nothing of this kind was recorded by Johann Burchard, but it is possible they vounteered or did church work separately
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