The Crown (S02E03) “Lisbon”

The Netflix Orginial drama continues as Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Prince Phillip (Matt Smith) finally reconnect after five months of rumors and scandals swirl through London and the palace about Phillip’s actions during the tour.

As the Royal Tour comes to a screeching halt, Queen Elizabeth deals with failures and betrayals not only politically from the Prime Minister, but from her husband as well.  As word gets back to her of Mike’s divorce, she deals with it the best way she knows how:  by trying to get his wife, Eileen, to bend to her will.  When that doesn’t work, Elizabeth has to come up with a new plan to save face in the public eye as well as keep her marriage alive.  She’s thoroughly disgusted with Phillip and his infantile behavior, more so with that than any actual betrayal there might have been I think, since the public set upon news of the possible affairs like vultures on a carcass.

She also has to deal with the fact that her government’s been lying to her again, this time through Prime Minister Anthony Eden (played by Jeremy Northam).  Elizabeth finds out that he not only knew certain elements about an attack, but colluded with Israel, putting England in a horrible situation.

This episode was about betrayals for the beleaguered queen.  Everyone close to her was seemingly betraying her.  How would you deal with it in her place?  Would you have taken Phillip back after the rumors?  Or would you have put on a “brave face” and “carried on.”  How much could she take without breaking down?  Who do you turn to when you can’t trust anyone?  Let me know what you thought of the episode down below and let’s discuss.