As word of Lady Mary’s antics reaches her guard, Oscars challenger, now subordinate, remarks how like a woman this is. As Oscar complains about putting all of this time and preparation to waste, Andre jestingly points out that Oscar waited until last minute to put on her uniform.
However Oscar spies an attendant entering AFTER the commotion has already started and leave it to the woman who dresses like a man to see him recognize a man who dresses like a woman. Andre laughs her off, although rumors have already reach them about a plan to kidnap Marie Antoinette’s. So it’s rather irresponsible of Andre not to be suspicious of any little thing that might be astray. I’ll leave that to his inexperience.
So the attendant who we saw earlier (Jean) approaches Marie-Antoinette as she picks out of her hiding place, and by being in hiding rather than calling out in a panic like the real attendance, invites her to take part in the scheme of swapping places. Not being filled in on the whole context, Marie’s rebellious (and slighted) spirit throws in with this scheme.
Soon “Marie” appears and the attendants redress her hair and clothing (One only wonders how “she” will get the privacy after this stunt to maintain the surprise, while those blonde tresses are a wig, so how is that supposed to be restyled?)
Now, while Jean’s part is going off without a hitch, Marie’s falls apart as soon as she leaves. Oscar spots an attendant leaving and chases after her, characteristically not telling anyone where she’s going. Once the imposter is prepared the procession goes ahead, leaving Oscar and Marie on their own. With Duke Orlean’s Gaurds. Who greet Marie as soon as she arrives in the hideout cave. Who she strikes and insults almost immediately. Oh boy.
This is one of several times Marie Antoinette is referred to as a shrew this episode. Is that being used the same way as “bitch?” Cause it sure seems like it. But before any damage can be done, Oscar shows up. It’s hero time, baby!
So after quickly dispatching some thugs and making a break for it with the princess in tow, Oscar leads the surviving goons on a chase across the river. Dispatching their pursuers until only their leader (Hench #2 from the earlier meeting scene) remains. Easily enough, she captures and interrogates him.
To the series’ credit, she asks first if he is English. But then she quickly deduces that he’s French. But before she can get more than that, he gets a throwing knife in the back courtesy of his bad boss. Kill count is up to two.
We saw Duke Orlean’s hat and cloak in his previous kill, and now Oscar sees him in this kill. And cannot recognize him because of his cloak. I’ve got to say, that’s much more effective than a mask. It’s more in touch with the fashion of his time, and not as conspicuous as a mask. But it still shrouds his identity. Letting him him ride ahead of the procession. Speaking of which…
The Duke’s plan seems to be about to go off without a hitch. Jean (with a spiffy new wig) is being presented to the royal court. But almost immediately Oscar shows up causing a scene with a girl dressed as an attendant who she claims is Lady Marie. Given that no one in the court has seen Marie before I find it highly convenient that EVERYONE believes her, but she is Marie Antoinette’s bodyguard, and the other Marie is running away…
…only to be slain by Duke Orlean, evidently going for the Hat Trick of deadly cover ups.
Oscar raises the obvious question of why would you kill someone who could still hold valuable information. Duke Orlean uses the old “death to the enemies of the state” defense.
Marie is redressed, and introduced to Duke Orlean, the King, and her Fiance properly, though the proper wains a little when the man who is to be her husband is… shy. And unattractive. And unflattering. Marie is… unimpressed. Though her mind is blown to hear that her guardian Oscar is a woman.
And at the very end as her procession to Versailles passes through his sight, we’re introduced to Fersen. Don’t know who Fersen is? Well don’t worry, you have search engines. But unfortunately, those weren’t around in the ’70s. The episode just expects you to know who COunt Axel Von Fersun is going into a series that focuses on a completely fictitious OC.