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Season 2 | Episode 2 | “An Ordinary Man” | Aired Jan 24, 2015

The King just wants to be a normal guy. He wants to experience life outside of the palace so he dresses up as a commoner and goes out. Surprisingly, the Musketeers agree to this plan (probably part of that thing of always protecting the king) and take him to the pub. I’m not quite why no one thought alcohol and trying to stay anonymous would be a bad combination, but everyone (minus Aramis) is keen on this plan.

Somehow no one recognizes the King, who finds himself drinking, carousing with women, cheering Porthos in a brawl, and playing cards. He’s actually quite good with cards until he accuses someone of cheating. This leads to a huge bar fight and D’Artagnan must protect the King. They are led out the back door by the barkeeper, and just as they think they are safe, both of them get knocked out.

It turns out Aramis has been wooing the Dauphin’s governess, most likely in an attempt to get closer to his son. I’m sure that he’s also not minding the attention from a pretty lady. The baby, however, interrupts their canoodling, and Aramis finally gets the chance to hold his son for the first time. On returning to the rest of the Musketeers, he finds out that King has been taken. This would normally never be good news, but it’s even worse because the Dauphin’s christening is tomorrow. Upon investigation and confronting Gus the barman, they learn that he gets paid to get people drunk and send them out the back door, never to be seen again.

The Queen is upset  when she is finally told what has happened. Rochefort, surprisingly, defends the Musketeers by saying that the King is a hard man to refuse. He also calls out Constance for questioning him in front of the Queen and quietly threatens her if she does so again. Trust us, Constance, you don’t want to get on his bad side.

The Musketeers find out many people have been disappearing lately and they all lead back to Sebastian Lemaitre, a slave trader selling to the Spanish. They track down his brother Bruno, a blacksmith who has been forging chains and shackles. Lemairtre doesn’t realize that he has the King in his possession, and treats him as he does any other slave. D’Artagnan has to keep telling the King that he cannot reveal who he is just yet.

Meanwhile, Rochefort is scheming to see how this whole situation can work out in his favor. Treville does not suspect the Spanish of having any part in it, and originally, neither does Rochefort. However, he then discovers that the Spanish ambassador has known of this entire plan, as it has the French fighting for the Spanish armada. They come up with a plan to have the Queen become regent and have Spain back her until the Dauphin comes of age. This means as her trusted adviser, it would really be Rochefort in charge of the crown.

Back in the slave camp, everyone is told to get rid of their jewelry and anything of monetary value. The person in charge of looking over these items is none other than Milady! She recognizes the King’s ring and lets on to Lemairtre that he and D’Artagnan would fetch more money, and thus should not be harmed.

The Spanish ambassador tells the Gus that the King was part of that group. In order to save his own neck, he must ride out and kill everyone in that camp, including the King. However, Milady unlocks D’Artagnan and the King so they can run away to safety. Their attempts at running away are short-lived; since they are still shackled together, if one falls, both fall. Knowing that this is a good way to get both himself and D’Artagnan killed, the King finally reveals himself, then proceeds to take on Lemairtre and his gang. Way to go, Louis! This is the first time in the series we’ve really seen him act like a true king. This causes everyone in the camp to start shooting each other. Gus arrives with his crew, causing even more bloodshed, but Lemairtre is taken out by Milady.

Despite Constance’s urging that she should wait a little longer, the Queen signs a letter to her brother in Spain asking for his backing should she become regent. Rochefort is pleased at how much influence he has over her.

Milady rescues D’Artagnan and the King yet again with some horses to help them get away. The King becomes smitten with her, and she plays her role as a damsel in distress well, causing him to kiss her. Honestly, they both have the same hairstyle, so it looks like twins kissing. Athos and the other Musketeers finally arrive and are surprised to see Milady. The King then pardons her of any crimes because she has saved him. This is going to drive Athos crazy that she’ll be back in his life again.

There is one last skirmish between the Musketeers and Gus’ gang, but our boys quickly take them out. Seeing his men run away, Gus finds himself alone in his pursuit. D’Artagnan wants to be one to take him on. Then he does what is quite possibly the hottest thing ever on this show.


D’Artagnan uses that scarf to get Gus off his horse, then stabs him with his own sword.

The King arrives just in time for the christening, causing Rochefort and the ambassador to delay their plans. You’d think this experience has taught the King to be a better person, but instead he just proves that he is a coward and a bully. He tries to get D’Artagnan to kill Bruno, who helped them escape, even though he had promised him clemency. When D’Artagnan won’t, Rochefort gladly steps in and does so. The King then blames the Musketeers for allowing the entire situation to happen in the first place.

Right now, he’s not going to be winning any popularity points with the Musketeers. Adding this to Treville’s rejection from last week, the Musketeers are not looking good in his eyes either. It looks like the King finally got a taste of the outside world, and he didn’t like it.

The Musketeers airs on Saturdays 9/8C on BBC America.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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