In Review: Pennyworth (S2 -Ep7) – The Bloody Mary

Bet and Peggy Sykes set out to rescue their old friend Lord Harwood from imminent danger.
Bloody Mary

Synopsis: ‘The Bloody Mary’. While Alfred prepares to depart England for good, Bet and Peggy Sykes set out to rescue their old friend Lord Harwood from imminent danger.


The Story

Alfred is preparing to leave England for a new home in the United States, but he is beginning to have second thoughts. Further complicating things is the fact that Gully has found out about Alfie and his affair with Melanie.

Elsewhere, Lord Harewood is under house arrest at his private estate and does not particularly enjoy watching on the sidelines while John Salt rules the Raven Society using his good name. Luckily Harewood still has a friend at Raven HQ who has made contact with Bet and Peggy Sykes who attempt a daring rescue effort.

Meanwhile, back in London. Thomas Wayne and Lucius Fox have received orders from their CIA handler to not inform Prime Minister Aziz about the Raven Society’s Bio Weapon Storm Cloud. Both Thomas and Lucius are furious at the orders and decide to go on a bender before leaking the details about Storm Cloud to Aziz and his people.


The Acting

Jack Bannon puts in a solid performance as a somewhat conflicted Alfred this week. There is a great scene in the episode where some Raven Society thugs enter Alfred’s nightclub and proceed to belt out ‘Rule Britania’. Only to find themselves gradually drowned out by Alfred’s nightclub singer and a mixture of his staff and other patrons singing ‘We’ll Meet Again’. This is a bloody brilliant scene. Alfred’s mannerisms as he watches it all unfold pretty much say it all. The pride in the rebellious spirit of his staff and patrons is there for all to see. It’s a powerful moment where trumped-up jingoism and toxic nationalism get a good kick to the bollocks.

Also, fun to watch this week was the paring of Ben Aldridge and Simon Manyonda as Thomas Wayne and Lucius Fox go on their bender and turn up at Martha Kane’s place blind drunk. The two actors do drunk really well and could potentially be a great comedy act. An especially funny moment is Lucius Fox’s reaction toward Patricia Wayne (Salóme Gunnarsdóttir) who is shamelessly flirting with him.

Finally, we get to Jason Flemyng who totally knocks it out the park as a much calmer and more together Lord Harewood. It was great seeing him reunited with Peggy (Polly Walker) and Bet Sykes (Paloma Faith) for one last hurrah.

In fact ‘Bloody Mary’ delivers some great performances all around as the series begins to wind up toward ending its second season.



‘The Bloody Mary’ was a solid episode, which is slowly bringing things to a place where they need to be for the season finale, which is only three episodes away. By the close of the episode, Alfred is back with Prime Minister Aziz and prepared to act for Queen and Country. While Thomas Wayne and Lucius Fox have pretty much thrown away their CIA careers to fight on the side of the angels. Seeing that conversation between Marth and Thomas at the close of the story where Thomas says he might become a Doctor is a particularly nice touch. I’m also loving Simon Manyonda’s interpretation of a young and idealistic Lucious Fox.

Overall. All the pieces are now in place for what will hopefully be a fantastic last three episodes for this season.


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Pennyworth (S2 -Ep7) - The Bloody Mary
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4 Comments on this post.
  • Cristiana Wells
    24 March 2021 at 9:41 am -

    Why this episode is called “The Bloody Mary”?

    Is it a reference to the Queen Mary I, the cocktail, the urban legend? Or just a reference to the blood bath that occurs when Bet and Peggy go rescue Hardwood?

    I am not a native speaker, and my English teacher asked us to do some research and share our thoughts about that, but I’m not sure I’m in the good path… Thank you so much!

    • Ian Cullen
      24 March 2021 at 2:38 pm -


      To be honest. I haven’t really given the meaning behind the episode titles that much thought. Although Pennyworth has had a lot of interesting episode titles named after various figures and phrases used here in the UK. For example the season one episode ‘Shirley Bassey’ was a reference to the singer from Wales who sang two of the James Bond songs. Her most famous one being Goldfinger.

      ‘The Bloody Mary’ could be in relation to Queen Mary as you say. The Bloody Mary Cocktail was developed in New York according to Wiki. So not sure if that would work.

      Not sure if it is to do with Bet and Peg though because they seemed amazingly restrained in their rescue attempt of Heywood. It might well be a passing reference to the politics of the series. I.E. the Raven Union and the English League. And the threat of Stormcloud. Queen Mary famously had 280 religious dissenters burned at the Stake. Whereas Raven Unions Stormcloud weapon is a threat of a much bigger massacre.

  • Cristiana Wells
    24 March 2021 at 3:37 pm -

    Thank you so much, Ian!
    It really makes much more sense that “The Bloody Mary” is a reference to Queen Mary’s religious persecutions and cruelty, while being an allusion to the Raven’s Union weapon, Stormcloud, which could lead to a much bigger masscre, as you said.
    Wow, that really helped me, thank you once again. 🙂

    • Ian Cullen
      24 March 2021 at 7:58 pm -

      Glad we could help.