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VICTORIA: “The Queen’s Husband” {Recap}

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Victoria must handle the rather difficult taste of how to emasculate Prince Albert but still keep him as a lesser to his wife, Queen Victoria in this week’s episode.

Now that Albert (Tom Hughes) is married to the Queen (Jenna Coleman), there are ways in which he is stiffled by his place as her lesser royal. He is not allowed to walk her into official dinners (that honor goes to her uncle the Duke of Suffolk), but he also has no duties in the Royal life (unless you count being a blotter for Victoria’s signature).

Victoria
On MASTERPIECE on PBS
*SPECIAL TWO-HOUR PREMIERE*
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017 AT 9PM ET
Continues Sundays, January 22 – February 19, 2017 at 9pm ET
Season Finale on Sunday, March 5 at 9pm ET
Episode Five – “The Queen’s Husband”
Sunday, February 12 at 9pm ET
At loose ends in a foreign land, Albert finds a noble cause. Victoria gets her way at court and resorts to a folk cure in the bedroom. Francatelli does Miss Skerrett a favor—for a price.
Shown from left to right: Jenna Coleman as Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert
(C) ITV Plc

He, perhaps, finds a way to separate himself as his own man by speaking at an Abolitionist meeting with a few former slaves from America. Much of the episode is spent watching him trying to draft and then practice the speech. He does well with

Victoria
On MASTERPIECE on PBS
*SPECIAL TWO-HOUR PREMIERE*
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017 AT 9PM ET
Continues Sundays, January 22 – February 19, 2017 at 9pm ET
Season Finale on Sunday, March 5 at 9pm ET
Episode Five – “The Queen’s Husband”
Sunday, February 12 at 9pm ET
At loose ends in a foreign land, Albert finds a noble cause. Victoria gets her way at court and resorts to a folk cure in the bedroom. Francatelli does Miss Skerrett a favor—for a price.
Shown: Tom Hughes as Prince Albert
(C) ITV Plc

While Prince Albert struggles with his new roles, his brother Ernest (David Oakes) is still a rake, though now he is flirting rather shamelessly with the Dutchess of Sutherland. Falling in love with a married woman is too much, even for Albert.

Victoria
On MASTERPIECE on PBS
*SPECIAL TWO-HOUR PREMIERE*
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017 AT 9PM ET
Continues Sundays, January 22 – February 19, 2017 at 9pm ET
Season Finale on Sunday, March 5 at 9pm ET
Episode Five – “The Queen’s Husband”
Sunday, February 12 at 9pm ET
At loose ends in a foreign land, Albert finds a noble cause. Victoria gets her way at court and resorts to a folk cure in the bedroom. Francatelli does Miss Skerrett a favor—for a price.
Shown from left to right: Margaret Clunie as Duchess Harriet Sutherland and David Oakes as Prince Ernest
(C) ITV Plc

Albert can only persuade is brother to stay long enough to hear his speech before leaving, but there’s no satisfaction in watching Albert force someone who cares for him when he finds only hollow victories (some machinations on Victoria’s part allow him to walk at her side later in the episode), but he will always be Victoria’s husband at this point in time.

Victoria continues Sundays at 9PM/8PM Central on PBS.

Roz lives in the Los Angeles area, and has been a long time California girl. Despite her better judgment, she enjoys shows about the shallow sides of her home city, but will also find time to watch iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Arrow and much more. With a love of history, she also watches anything that is grounded in real life, including Downton Abbey and Manhattan. Having worked with children, she also follows shows she knows they watch (reminding her of those days of yore for her in the process). Contact her at roz@nicegirlstv.com.