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Secrets, lies, and a livestreamed funeral

MONARCH: Susan Sarandon in the episode of MONARCH, which airs Tuesday, September 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: FOX.

Welcome back to Monarch Recaps! In this week’s episode “There Can Only Be One Queen,” Romans rally after tragedy and two sisters battle to become country music’s next queen. Miss a week? You can Read our summaries and watch On Demand, on FOXNow or on Hulu. This TV station is owned by FOX Corporation.

The queen is dead. Long live the queen(s). After last week Dramatic premiere, the second episode of “Monarch” gets one question out of the way real quick: Though Dottie Roman may be gone, Susan Sarandon is still a part of the “Monarch” universe through flashbacks, voiceover narration, and even an honest talk-God Hologram. And that fits into an episode that explores how Dottie’s influence lingers after her death — right down to planning her own star-studded, live-streamed funeral. Talk about going out with a bang.

There Can Only Be One Queen also casually reveals that Monarch is set in an alternate universe where Dottie recorded some of country music’s most famous songs, including stealing Man! I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain, who appears to be playing herself this week. It’s a fun, if slightly wacky, idea that basically sums up this episode as a whole. There Can Only Be One Queen may be about a funeral, but that doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom. After all, the best thing about being a woman is the privilege of having a little fun.

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fun at the funeral

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After last week’s cliffhanger, Dottie’s daughters Nicky (Anna Friel) and Gigi (Beth Ditto) manage to get on the same page pretty quickly. Yes, Gigi is still mad that Nicky helped her mother take her own life. But the Roman family ties are strong. Also, the deed is done and there is a funeral to pull together.

All in all, everything is going surprisingly well this week. Even a headline about Nicky as “the new queen of the country” isn’t enough to scatter the sisters — at least not yet. Still, “Monarch” clearly plants tensions for the future. As we see in a flashback to a concert years ago, Dottie had a weird way of building Nicky’s confidence only to tear it down. And while Nicky, Luke (Joshua Sasse) and Albie (Trace Adkins) still dedicate their memories to Dottie, Gigi can see the truth a little more clearly.

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MONARCH: Anna Friel in the episode of MONARCH, which airs Tuesday, September 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: FOX.

“I really, really loved her. But she knew. She knew what she was doing to us,” Gigi explains as she recounts the years of being treated like a family outcast, being sent to “fat camps” and “gay camps” (and then “a fat gay camp” one summer). According to Gigi, Dottie played with Nicky’s feelings and purposely pushed Luke and Albie apart. And the big funeral at the center of There Can Only Be One Queen is strong evidence that if Dottie was the Queen of anything, it was the Queen of Petty.

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How else can you describe the way Dottie has Shania Twain sing a random B-side flop and then stars her younger sister Nellie (Faith Prince) in a surprising hologram duet? Dottie truly is the ultimate country music diva and you can’t help but love her for it. At least if you are someone other than Shania.

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MONARCH: Guest stars Shania Twain in the episode of MONARCH, which airs Tuesday, September 20 (9pm-10pm ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: FOX.

Rounding out the band

There Can Only Be One Queen also gives us a better feel for the supporting players in the Monarch universe – and we’re not just talking about scene-stealing beautician Earl (Kevin Cahoon) and his admirable dedication to good angles. We also learn that Nellie is something of a cautionary tale for Gigi, a talented singer who has lived her entire life in her older sister’s shadow. Elsewhere, Gigi’s wife Kayla (Meagan Holder) continues to be a sweet woman who absolutely rocks abominable Decisions about whether to continue her affair with Luke, which leaves Nicky with a moral conundrum when she sees the two kissing.

There Can Only Be One Queen also introduces two brand new characters to the series: a viral teenage music sensation named Ana Phoenix (Emma Milani) and her ambitious mother, Catt (Martha Higareda), who is determined to get her daughter some music Contract with Monarch. Looks like there’s another potential queen (or two) in town.

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Speaking of talented teenagers, We also learn a bit more about Nicky’s son, Ace (Iñigo Pascual), who suffers from anxiety but has a sweet support system in his grandfather, Albie. After a tense moment when Dottie’s funeral looks like things are about to go haywire, Albie and Ace save the day with an emotional performance from Ed Sheeran “Photograph” who gives Ace a chance to make his late grandma proud and helps the Romans start a new chapter in their lives.

Speculation corner: It’s all in the handwriting

Although Nicky and Gigi promise there will be no more secrets and lies between them, they don’t think to include poor Luke in that pact – or tell him the truth about Dottie’s death. Instead, Luke spends most of this episode following his instinct that something is wrong with his mother’s death. And although his suspicions are initially directed at his father, Albie (who’s fine with punching his son in the stomach over the accusation), Luke eventually uses a Sherlock-level handwriting analysis to realize that Nicky is indeed the one who was involved. uh-oh

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Speaking of Albie, this episode also takes a look back at his funeral mystery three months into the future. It turns out that Nicky is somehow involved as well. And when a police officer shows up at the Roman family’s home asking questions, Albie seems ready to take a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach.

Best Musical Performance: A country version of a rhythm and blues classic

Once again this week there’s no shortage of contenders for entertaining musical moments, from Dottie, Nicky and Albie’s delightful rendition of Shania Twain “Man, I feel like a woman” to Dottie’s hologram, which hilariously stages Nellie from beyond the Judds’ grave “Love can build a bridge.” And there are also emotional highlights, including not only Albie and Ace’s duet on Ed Sheerans “Photo” (what an unexpected song choice!), but also Nicky and Gigi harmonizing on a stripped down version of the main theme “Monarch”, “The card you play.”

In the end, though, we’ll dedicate this to one of the episode’s smaller musical moments: Wade Stelling’s (Callum Kerr) and his rendition of Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” which sounds really great with a little extra country twang.

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“Monarch” airs Tuesdays on FOX. Recaps run weekly.

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About the author: Caroline Siede is a film and television critic in Chicago, where she doesn’t mind the cold anyway. As a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, she spent four years analyzing the romantic comedy genre one film at a time in her column “When Romance Met Comedy” for The AV Club. She is also the co-host of the film podcast, role calland shares her opinions on pop culture on Twitter (@carolinesiede).

How to watch “Monarch”

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