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'The Musketeers' season finale fan recap: Your lies will find you out

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Trial and Punishment” | Aired Mar 21, 2015

Is everyone’s blood pressure level back to normal after last week’s heart-pounding episode? The season 2 finale of The Musketeers brought just as much screaming as Rochefort seemed unstoppable.

Constance is being led out to the executioner while Aramis awaits in prison. Treville can do nothing but stand next to Rochefort and watch as Constance bravely accepts her fate. She refuses to be blindfolded, and even though you can tell she’s terrified, she won’t let it show on her face. Just as the sword is raised, D’Artagnan appears below and shoots the executioner, allowing Constance (and everyone at home) to start breathing again.

Rochefort continues to keep feeding the King more lies about the Queen when they are interrupted by her pleas to listen. She tells him that he’s been deceived by Rochefort. Louis, however, is unfazed, telling her that he must consider the evidence against her. To ensure that none of the Queen’s pleading will soften the King’s heart, Rochefort plants the deadliest evidence he can—suggesting that Anne cheated on the King with Aramis and the Dauphin is not his son. Instead of getting angry at the accusation against his family, the King immediately believes it.

Rochefort tells Aramis that a full confession from him will save the Queen, as the King will divorce her, disown the Dauphin, and allow both of them to live in exile. This is tempting for Aramis; he would not want any harm to come to Anne and his son. Put on trial in front of the King, Aramis is accused of seducing the Queen and is told by Rochefort that he must confess the truth. That’s exactly what Aramis does, as he confesses to knowing that Rochefort is a liar and that the Queen knows that he is a Spanish spy. He denies all the claims made against him.

But Rochefort has his star witness, as Marguerite testifies that she knew Aramis and the Queen were intimate and that her own relationship happened so that he could be around his son. With this damning confession, Aramis is sentenced to be executed for treachery. Marguerite pleads at him. Come on, woman. You can’t testify against a man and then try to tell him that you love him!

Meanwhile, Porthos is trying to find Vargas (Peter Sullivan), the Spanish spy master who trained Rochefort. If they can get him to talk, he is the ONLY person who can stop Rochefort. Killing him would do nothing, as all the lies that have been told need revealing, and Vargas can discredit them. Porthos tries to hold off Vargas and his men as best he can; just as things are about lost for him, the rest of team arrives for backup. Constance is the one who holds off Vargas, giving the best retort of the night:

Vargas: You bring women to fight your battles?
Constance: Perhaps I bring men to fight mine.


The Musketeers tell Vargas that the Spanish king will come to defend his sister and will blame him for this. If he tells what happened with Rochefort, he will save her and his own life. If he runs, both of them will die.

This needs to happen quickly, as Marguerite is found dead by her own hand, unable to deal with her own guilt. The Queen tells Rochefort that she will not beg for her life. Trying to weaken her, Rochefort tells her that she was what kept him going while he was imprisoned. The Queen won’t back down and tells him she never thought of him during all those years. Seeing that he needs to try harder, he then tells her every gruesome detail Aramis will suffer during his execution, adding that love is nothing but pain. His mind games are to make her feel guilty so that she will play into his hands. Anne, however, is not as weak as her husband.

In jail, Aramis makes a deal with God that if he makes it through this, he’ll change his ways and live to serve him. Some prayers are answered faster than others, as Milady arrives to rescue him and reunite him with the rest of the Musketeers. Athos asks what she’s going to do now, and she says she’s going to England. However, that kiss from last week seems to have awakened her old life; she tells him she’s still bound to him, and if he wants to, she’ll wait for him in two days to come with her. If he doesn’t, they’ll never see each other again.

The King signs the Queen’s death warrant, and Rochefort approaches the praying Queen with a chain, ready to choke her. Vargas and the Musketeers arrive at the palace to tell the King, taking out members of the Red Guard along the way. Anne faces her death the same way Constance does, without fear but still with strength, as she tells Rochefort he will never hurt again. He takes the chain and places it around her neck, and then (cue audience screaming) Aramis bursts in, shooting Rochefort.

The two fight, and it’s a duel to the death. Rochefort tries to guilt him by saying he was the cause of Marguerite’s death, but Aramis won’t take it and stabs him in the back. It should be all over for Rochefort. The King knows the truth, and he has a knife in his back—but this guy won’t go down easily. He removes the knife on his own and keeps fighting the rest of the Musketeers. It’s only when D’Artagnan puts a sword completely through him that he’s finally taken down. Rochefort’s death is welcomed by everyone.

Afterward, the King makes up with his wife and apologizes to Aramis. He also offers the position of Minister for War to Treville, who decides to accept this time. Aramis makes good on his promise to God and leaves the Musketeers to become a monk. Milady waits for Athos, who doesn’t show up—because he’s giving away Constance at her wedding to D’Artagnan! Yes, those crazy kids are finally making it official. Unfortunately, their honeymoon is cut short, because war has been declared on Spain; the Musketeers (with their new captain, Athos) are called into action. Before they ride out, there’s one last thing to do: Bring Aramis back.

Thus ends the crazy ride that was season two! Next season, our boys will be facing war. Does that mean there won’t be a central villain? Will Athos and Milady truly never see each other again? Will Aramis readily come back to the group? We’ll find out next year! Until then, fellow Musketeers fans, all for one and one for all!

The Musketeers airs Saturdays at 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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