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Elizabeth: This amount of agitation is quite serious. It can cause the baby to explode in the womb. You must have a release.

Dr. Vinodel: Self-pleasure is allowed in pregnancy, but I would have to be standing by to watch.

Catherine: Is that essential?

Dr. Vinodel: Probably not as essential as I'm making it sound.

Archie: Empress, a word?

Catherine: All right. My word is no.

Marial: Ah, off to a good start. I forgot something in the State Room. If you'll excuse me before I have to make up what it is.

Sunduk: The Sultan has sent a gift for the baby. (horse toy is being brought out) We are aware of your love of horses.

Velementov: How dare you!

Marial: You rude piece of sh*t!

Catherine (laughs): Thank you so much. What an incredibly thoughtful gift.

Sunduk: It is good to see a German with a sense of humor.

Peter (about pregnancy): It must be strange, a human creature inside you. Do you ever think, "What if he has a knife?" Hmm?

Catherine: I never do.

(Catherine is slaping herself...)

Marial: Oh! What are you doing?

Catherine: Reminding myself not to cry.

Marial: Pin a note to your dress. F**k.

(Catherine's speech at the coronation...)

Catherine: Fellow Russians, what is God? When I came here, I stood by a lake and I felt God come out of the Russian mountains and shake me, change me, so I knew what I was, who to love. Russia. I will not constrain love, for it is eternal in all of us, and yet the expression of it unique and individual. What God asks all of us is different. I believe who each person's God is can be as individual. So today, I announce my first proclamation. No more shall we be a one-church country. People are free to worship as Muslim, Hindu, Jew even, or even not at all. God would not constrain our hearts, and nor shall I do Him the insult of doing it. I will not constrain people's love for a deity, for it traps their hearts in fear and I will not lead a land such as this. We may also all have beards again because that seemed like a confusing and trivial rule.

Marial: The dress... turns out you were right.

Catherine: They looked at it and saw the future, Marial.

Marial: You mean they saw you.

Catherine: Exactly.

(Peter reads his speech to Catherine after the coronation...)

Peter: It is a strange thing to hand your crown to another, and yet I feel a peace in my heart knowing I'm handing it to one I love, the one I love who loves our great nation, despite being German. I have seen up close her wiseness and fierceness, and her naked body as it shimmers and glows like God put the sun inside her. I have also been inside her and we have made a Paul together and thus the future of Russia is assured. Give her your fear as you gave it me. F**k with her, you f**k with me.

Catherine: Strangely touching.

(Catherine's speech at the coronation...)

Catherine: Fellow Russians, what is God? When I came here, I stood by a lake and I felt God come out of the Russian mountains and shake me, change me, so I knew what I was, who to love. Russia. I will not constrain love, for it is eternal in all of us, and yet the expression of it unique and individual. What God asks all of us is different. I believe who each person's God is can be as individual. So today, I announce my first proclamation. No more shall we be a one-church country. People are free to worship as Muslim, Hindu, Jew even, or even not at all. God would not constrain our hearts, and nor shall I do Him the insult of doing it. I will not constrain people's love for a deity, for it traps their hearts in fear and I will not lead a land such as this. We may also all have beards again because that seemed like a confusing and trivial rule.

(At the coronation...)

Archie: I bless Catherine the Great, for she is our new...

Peter: You're calling yourself "The Great"?

Catherine: Of course.

Peter: It seems... arrogant.

Catherine: It is if you are not great. If you are, it is just calling things what they are.

Peter: If there's one thing you didn't like about me... a tiny aspect, and there may not be, probably there isn't, but if there is one thing I could change about my relatively flawless self, what would it be?

Catherine: Your mercurial violence.

Peter: Really? Huh. Father always thought that my best quality.

Catherine: Really?

Peter: Yeah. He'd say, "There's not much going on in there, but give him a knife and light his wick, the boy has something."

Velementov: I have a special vodka given to me by Peter the Great on the day he made me a General.

Catherine: Which you have opened in advance.

Velementov: Uh, taste testing in case it's poisoned. I lay my life before my Empress.

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