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Thanks to Lucezia's remedy for cantarella, Rodrigo makes a miraculous recovery to everyone's surprise, but there is a Sforza plot to kill the Pope's family.
With Pope Alexander poisoned but still alive, Cesare takes charge of the situation. It takes him little time to learn that Della Rovere was behind the assassination attempt but his mother suggests he think of what they will do if Alexander die. He seeks Cardinal Sforza's assistance in learning who aspires to being Pope. Della Rovere is arrested but manages to escape. He also learns that there is a second plot, this one concocted by Caterina Sforza and her new henchman. She means to kill all of the Borgias. After Alexander recovers he doesn't understand why, on the verge of death, he did not see the face of God.
Pope Alexander seems dying from Della Rovere's monk-taster cahoot's mushroom-poisoned chalice for lack of an antidote, but is saved as Lucrezia knows the novel technique of toxin-absorption by charcoal. Cesare locks down the palace and ruthlessly chases suspects with Michelotto, who also foils a attempt on the Borgia family by spotting Lucrezia's blackmailed nursemaid, after which cardinal Sforza sides against his niece Catherina and her master henchman Rufio. Della Rovere is captured but escapes thanks to a conspiring cardinal. The plot is now converted to a major conspiracy with junior members of mighty Roman families.
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