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Pre-Nuptual
Season 1, Episode 9
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Written by Jesse Armstrong
Directed by Mark Mylod
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Synopsis[]

The Roys assemble at an English castle for Shiv and Tom’s wedding.

Plot[]

Off to meet the parents

The Roy Family assembles at Eastnor Castle in England to prepare for Shiv and Tom’s wedding. Logan Roy has decided to stay back in the United States, but after his team is unable to find a good enough reason for him to not attend his daughter's wedding, he changes his mind and decides to make the journey although it would appear, only for the good PR. Meanwhile, Kendall Roy meets with Stewy Hosseini inside an old English pub to finalize their discussions about the takeover. Luckily, with the exception of their father, everyone from Waystar Royco is attending Shiv and Tom's wedding.

The children reunite with their mother, Caroline Collingwood, who is every bit as acerbic as Logan. She has a rather dark sense of humor, and is not afraid of stepping on anyone's toes. She even alludes to the fact that Greg Hirsch's father is gay. During this time, it becomes apparent that Roman Roy is dating Tabitha from Tom's bachelor party, the same Tabitha that Tom had a sexual encounter with.

Willa Ferreyra and Connor Roy are talking to the priest, Willa says she's a playwright and jokes that Connor doesn't do anything. He is both insulted and hurt at this. Before the big party starts Ken has a walk with Frank Vernon to discuss what the Canadians in Waystar think of him. Frank says it isn't very flattering. During the big party before the wedding, Shiv Roy has a couple of conversations with Gil Eavis. At one point even her brothers Ken and Roman come over. Roman tries to start some drama, but no one is taking the bait.

Shiv and Tabitha

Shiv later talks to Tabitha, but quickly leaves when she sees Tom Wambsgans and Nate Sofrelli are talking. Nate has introduced himself to Tom, and informs him that he and Shiv used to date. Tom pulls Shiv away to talk. She says that Nate is just an old friend of Ken's, that the two used to work together in Shanghai. Shiv then changes the conversation to Tom's cover up of the cruise files. She decides she wants more details about it and asks for them. Tom reluctantly agrees.

Ken runs into his ex-wife Rava Roy. She politely offers a ear if he ever needs one, but also encourages him to nudge his lawyers along. This sets Ken off who is just finished a line of coke in the bathroom, but before he can berate her anymore, Rava leaves.

At one point, Ken sees Frank and Gerri talking and comes over with an attitude asking what they're talking about. Sensing the hostility, Gerri calmly informs him that they were just discussing the first time they came to this castle over 30 years ago. Realizing he was being paranoid, Ken quickly excuses himself.

Shiv and Nate

Shiv and Nate have a conversation outside, where they are witnessed by Greg who sees the lovers exchange between them. Logan makes his grand entrance by helicopter more than halfway through the party. He has a light, but heated exchange with his daughter. And before going to bed, finds himself on the staircase along with her political ally and his opponent, Gil. The two men have an exchange of words before they separate. Afterwords Logan's wife, Marcia Roy, has some choice and rude words for Shiv.

Before the night is over Shiv, Ken and Roman all meet down at the docks like they used to. They realize they forgot to invite Connor. They all get a little high, and just talk. Later, Shiv meets with Gerri Killman to discuss the information she just found out from Tom. She says she has no problem with them trying to say what they want about her political candidate Gil, but that once they get to the final round of the elections, all negative press must stop. In addition, she is also angling to get Tom, either moved away, or moved up from his current position at Waystar Royco to ensure he doesn't take the fall for anything to do with the cruise complaints cover-up and shredded documents.

Once the party is over and everyone is back in their rooms, Roman talks to Tabitha as they are getting ready for bed. He tells her how much he likes her, and then proposes to her. She playfully declines. Later he stares longingly at her as she sleeps.

Shiv and Logan

Ken is informed by Stewy and Sandy Furness that the hostile takeover will be moved up to this weekend. And it is going to take place tomorrow, on Shiv’s wedding as that is the perfect time with Logan out of the country. Ken begs them to reconsider, as he says there isn't enough time to get everything together. Though unsaid, he most likely doesn't want to ruin his sister's wedding.

The next morning Shiv is preparing for her wedding, while Tom does the same. Shiv gets into a classic antique white car with her father who is now comforting her. He is much kinder, and even has some sweet words for her.

Notes[]

  • This episode takes place at Eastnor Castle in England.
  • According to Caroline Collingwood, Greg's father 'used to try and sleep with all the men in Sausalito.'
  • As far as working goes, Connor Roy is safeguarding 30,000 acres of wilderness and on the verge of setting up a podcast on Napoleonic history with a considerable level of investment interest.
  • Roman Roy is dating Tabitha from Tom's bachelor party.
  • Connor was going to give Shiv away at her wedding in their father's absence.
  • Kendall Roy and Nate Sofrelli used to work and travel together in Shanghai.
  • Roman proposes marriage to Tabitha.
  • Gerri Killman is Shiv's Godmother.
  • Greg Hirsch informs Tom Wambsgans of Shiv's cheating. Tom ignores him.

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