The Gunpowder Plot


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THE BORGIAS SEASON 3, EPISODE 9
"The Gunpowder Plot"
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Episode Title: The Gunpowder Plot
The Borgias Episode #: 3.09
The Borgias Season: 3
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Writer: Neil Jordan
Director(s): Neil Jordan
Guest Star(s): --


Devastated by his betrayal by Pascal, Micheletto kills his lover and subsequently disappears. Devastated by the loss of his loyal lieutenant, Cesare races to Naples to rescue Lucrezia, but she has already escaped her captors – with the aid of a sleeping potion. Brother and sister are reunited on the road back to Rome, and are so overjoyed to see one another that Alfonso (Sebastian De Souza) begins to suspect that their relationship seems more than that of ordinary siblings. Back in Rome, Alfonso becomes sullen and almost abusive, drinking heavily. Alexander, meanwhile, has come up with another plan with his friend Mattai (Brendan Cowell): they scheme to corner the market in Italian sulphur, thus denying anyone else the ability to manufacture gunpowder. Still, Alexander does not trust Cesare, who quickly uncovers his father’s plot, but it is Mattai who persuades father and son to reconcile.

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Micheletto kills his lover Pascal and embraces him in his death, as promised. He subsequently disappears heart-broken, without saying goodbye to anyone other than a scribbling on his residence's floor drawn in Pascal's blood. Cesare is worried for his head henchman and most trusted confidante but his overpowering concern for the safety of his sister drives him to act quickly and leave Micheletto's matter for later.

In Naples, a lavish Bacchus-themed costumed banquet is the setting that Lucrezia uses to put the Neapolitan court, along with King Frederigo and all the palace guards, to sleep by means of the potion she was earlier provided by the old lady herbalist in the forest. Lucrezia, Alfonso and her son escape Naples just as Cesare and his condottieri race there to rescue Lucrezia themselves. The two parties meet halfway through the distance from Rome to Naples and as the two siblings reunite and display their borderline indecent affection for one another, Lucrezia's husband Alfonso starts suspecting the impropriety between them.

With his victory against the Turkish navy still fresh, Rodrigo turns his attention to a new scheme: he plans to use the coin he saved from the holy crusade and his Jewish friend as a front-man to acquire every single grain of Italian sulphur, the key ingredient of gunpowder, thus denying all his enemies in Italy the ability to wage war against him. Rodrigo's secretly in fear of Cesare mainly, whose increased ambition and split allegiances threaten to undermine Rodrigo's authority and his masterplan for his family.

Now safely in Rome, Lucrezia and her family is established into a luxurious palace under the constant watch of Paolo Orsini, acting on Cesare's command. Lucrezia feels just as trapped in Rome as she was in Naples and her husband turns to drinking, which leads him to verbal as well as physical sparring with his vastly superior brother-in-law Cesare and creates new tensions between them.

The lack of sulphur is soon noticed by both Caterina Sforza and Cesare Borgia who starts blaming one another for the power-play and Cesare orders Prospero Colonna to trace the culprit. Colonna quickly discovers the source of the problem but schemes with Gian-Paolo Baglioni to deceive Cesare and overthrow him. Baglioni remains loyal and betrays Colonna to Cesare who furiously sets him on fire and tries to acquire the sulphur from the Jew. Surprised to learn that his wily father is behind this brilliant deception, Cesare is led by the Jew to meet the Pope.

The two men lividly argue over their past and present differences but the Jew's mediation and the need to face their strong enemies united drives them to an honest and heart-warming reconciliation.



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