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Season Four Episode
The Shakedown
Season 4, Episode 12
The Shakedown
Air date May 12, 2017
Written by Patti Carr
Lara Olsen
Directed by Norma Bailey
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Dead of Night


Coup de Grace
"You can't expect everyone to be glad you are back at Court, Darnley. Some of us know you."
Queen Mary


Mary Must Defend Her Throne
After a tragic earthquake hits Scotland, Mary must face John Knox amidst claims that she isn’t coming to the aid of her people. Elizabeth takes drastic measures after she is discovered with Gideon, while Charles makes a decision that backfires.


(after cutting Henri's hand with an arrow)
King Charles: He's fine! But he's not the King. (Extends hand) Nicole.
Nicole: (angry whisper) My love!

Gideon Blackburn: Elizabeth, you are safe. Your food is regularly tested for poison.
Queen Elizabeth: Perhaps I'd feel more relaxed if my court were regularly tested for traitors.

Princess Claude: Mother, what in God's name are you doing?
Queen Catherine: It is none of your business. What are you doing sneaking into my chambers?
Princess Claude: Returning your earrings and uncovering your pact with the devil, apparently.

Queen Catherine: I was only trying to help Charles feel stronger.
Princess Claude: Are you telling me that this heresy is the reason Charles has been so aggressive lately?
Queen Catherine: No. Maybe.

Princess Claude: I'm not going to lie for you, Mother. That's not who I am.
Queen Catherine: (scoffs) Since when?

Queen Mary: You can't expect everyone to be glad you are back at Court, Darnley. Some of us know you.

Gideon Blackburn: Julia and Bernard have a good life.
Queen Elizabeth: I envy them. Although they are quite poor and powerless, and their clothes itch.

Gideon Blackburn: Jane has done nothing. She's only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. How will you feel with her blood on your hands?
Queen Elizabeth: Safe! And when you are the Queen of England, that is the only feeling that matters.


Death Toll [4][5]


Historical Notes[]

  • There wasn't an earthquake in Scotland in 1560. However, there was one 52 years earlier on 19 September 1508 and one 37 years later on 23 July 1597.
  • The closest earthquake to 1560 occurred on 26 February 1575 in West Midlands, England.
  • Mary Stuart wasn't pregnant in 1560.
  • Catherine de' Medici did concoct a black magic ritual that promised to preserve her family, but that was decades earlier.



  • Credit Order
Actor Character
Adelaide Kane Queen Mary
Megan Follows Queen Catherine
Rachel Skarsten Queen Elizabeth
Celina Sinden Greer Castleroy
Craig Parker Lord Narcisse
Rose Williams Princess Claude
Ben Geurens Gideon Blackburn
Jonathan Goad John Knox
Spencer MacPherson King Charles
Will Kemp King Darnley
Guest Staring
Adam Croasdell Lord Bothwell
Andrew Shaver David Rizzio
Ann Pirvu Nicole Touchet
Steve Lunk Luc Narcisse
Nick Slater Prince Henri
Megan Hutchings Jane
John Ralston Lord Ruthven
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut