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The Royals recap: 'Doubt Truth to Be a Liar'

The twins celebrate their birthday, and Helena has some humble pie


The Royals

Season 2, Ep. 6 | Aired Dec 20

If last week’s big reveal about Jasper’s secret scheme was any indication of the drama to come, well, I hope you have a glass of water handy because the drama up in here is about to get scorching hot. Like, you might have to get into a dunk tub hot – which incidentally, is something that actually happened during “Doubt Truth to Be a Liar.” (Yes, really.)

The big event this episode was the twin’s birthday, which they celebrate every year during a super-stuffy bash that the queen hosts for the posh set. This year’s celebration is set to be the same type of affair, laments Eleanor in a post-snuggle session with Mandy. In fact, the only non-boring birthday she’s ever had was when King Simon threw her and Liam a carnival-style 9th birthday party complete with “dodgems.” (British speak for bumper cars.) 

This provides the perfect way for Mandy to lay the groundwork for her plan to steal Britain’s biggest diamond, which goes as follows: 1) Convince Eleanor to wear the diamond as a necklace around her neck 2) Make a fake duplicate of said necklace 3) Get Eleanor drunk during the party 4) Swap out the priceless jewel for the fake one and 5) Make a run for it! Easy, right? Steps 1-3 go as planned, particularly since Mandy — in a stroke of real genius — turns the stuffy gala into a fun soiree with the help of a bumper cars setup, a dunk tank, and a huge cardboard cake for the twins to jump out of. Sure, there may have been plenty of old farts there – all kinds of ambassadors and dukes, and even Cyrus and his girlfriend, appropriately decked out in a gown and updo that might have been cute in 2005 – but the props helped transform the party into something less “senior citizen” and something a little more fun for a group of twentysomethings. 

It goes without saying that Eleanor was super-touched by Mandy’s “sweet” gesture, and Liam loved it too, especially since his Argentinean boo Wilhelmina was invited. The pair definitely seemed closer than ever this episode, with plenty of flirty dialogue, cuddles, and even a dare from Wilhelmina for Liam to try and dunk her in the dunk tank. Of course, Liam did and she got soaked, which brought up chatter about her having to take a shower and change in his rooms. And by shower and change, I mean, these two were dropping major hints about doing the dirty.

And they might have, if Mandy’s plan had gone completely as planned. See, she went as far as getting Eleanor super drunk (well, let’s be honest, that was easy) and was even successful in swapping out necklaces in a scene where Eleanor, in an effort to thank her for the party, lets her try on the pricey piece. The only problem arose when Mandy — with the necklace nestled under her clothes — tried to escape from the palace using one of the underground tunnels, only to find that Jasper had closed off the gates. Before these two can really get into it — they’re supposed to be working together! Jasper’s supposed to be a con man, why flake now? — Eleanor shows up, having followed her lady love. Jasper, sandwiched between the princess he adores and the girl who used to be his accomplice, confesses. “We came here to rob you,” Jasper tells Eleanor, producing the diamond. This of course, makes poor Lenny feel all the feels. 

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