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Outlander Season 4 Finale, Man of Worth

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It is with great anticipation, dread, sadness, joy and all other emotions that come along with it, that the end of Season 4 has reached us. Quite a journey the first few years in the American Colonies Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) have had. With all of this seasons new characters, and a few that are still along for the ride, we have enjoyed the roller coaster and now have to survive the drought.

If you haven’t watched tonights episode, go no further. Series and book spoilers ahead.download-1

Rescuing Roger and the Mystery of Otter Tooth

Fair trade with the Mohawk is a no go for the Frasers. After months of searching for Roger, they meet another band of Mohawk who tell them where they can find the tribe that bears the symbol of Ian’s traded medallion. Upon entering the camp, Jamie showing his language acquisition skills and Ian ask the Mohawk if Roger is with them, and can they img_2440trade for his return. Kaherton (Braedon Clarke) asks them to find “Dog Face” and tell the chief that they want to trade for his return. After a few exchanges, all seems to be going well. Then as luck would have it, Claire’s huge opal necklace reveals itself and the tribe is repulsed. They refuse to trade for Roger. Claire asks what is the meaning of the stone to them. She will trade it for Roger. The chief shuts her and Jamie down, and tells them to leave.

imagesLater, when they have gone some distance from the Mohawk and are camping for the night, a small group of Mohawk come and ask them for the opal stone. Claire seeks to trade the stone for Roger, however she wants to know what it means to them. A Mohawk woman tells Claire that the stone belonged to Otter Tooth, a man who claimed to be from their future, who came to them in her grandfather’s time. He spoke of the end of the Mohawk and that they must make war on the white man before they are gone, for the Iroquois Nation will be no more. The man was ostracized from the tribe and downloadeventually killed. Claire tells of finding the skull with the opal and later being visited in the storm by a ghost, Otter Tooth, who guided her.

 

 


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Murcasta: That Relationship Thing Everyone Was Waiting For

Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) arrives back at River Run after dodging the Redcoats for weeks after his jail breakout. Jocasta feeds him and they have a somewhat tension filled img_2462meal at River Run. Jocasta brags a bit about Brianna making a fine match with Lord John, and Murtagh counters in disbelief, that Brianna will wed a Redcoat? Jocasta (Maria Kennedy Doyle) is concerned and a bit dismayed that Murtagh has returned to his old ways, getting himself in trouble with the law. He remarks it’s not the first time he’s been on a broadsheet and has managed to survive. She has heard about the jail break from Brianna, and while she will feed him, strongly suggests that he not stay long, img_2459for they will come looking for him. Bristling back he mentions that he has only come to check on the lass, and asks about her health. The conversation goes back and forth from talking to bristle. Two very stubborn personalities, and old friends from the days gone by.

Later Murtagh is spoiled by a glass of good whiskey from Jocasta as an appeasement that doesn’t last long. The conversation turns to accusations by Jocasta of Murtagh being given a gift of living in a new land, where he img_2458could have made something of himself, not inciting discord. Murtagh counters with the fact that others came to the colonies by choice, he was forced there in servitude, the mission of the Regulators as being just, protecting the poor who do not live as grand as Jocasta has been so lucky to, with 3 husbands, etc.. Jocasta jabs back with how Murtagh was always bad when he turned up at Castle Leoch, scowling and slinking about, causing trouble. We really know that was Dougal. Finally after the man defends himself, she throws whiskey in his face. He’s dealing with a MacKenzie of Castle Leoch, they will always find a way to twist and suit conversation to their needs. How does one fight back?

The only way to stop two old friends arguing so, and stop the tension, is somehow by ending up in bed together, or so it goes here. In a storyline twist perhaps telling us that Jocasta had been envious of her sister’s suitor ignoring her from years before, that secretly over the years she had liked Murtagh, something  finally had to give? Sadly, he’s a wanted man. The next morning she has of course changed her tune, she wants him to stay, even though she had wanted him gone. It is risky keeping him there, with Jocasta’s connections and him being on broadsheets everywhere. All Murtagh wants is for her to come back to bed.img_2460

It was a Outlander Fandom obsession for months, that did not go unnoticed by the writers. Many had speculated about Murtagh having the relationship with Jocasta, since he seemed to have taken the place of the book character Duncan Innes, one of the prisoners from Ardsmuir that Jamie had found. That Character marries Jocasta. Perhaps with Season 5 and if the Gathering is used there, we may see a secret wedding. What hasn’t been revealed, and this storyline from the books tells later, is that Jocasta for many years had a relationship with her manservant, Ulysses. Wether this is going to throw a cog in the works later, we don’t know. I for one had hoped that Murtagh would find someone who could fight alongside him or at least be more aligned with the rather complicated man. But as he pointed out, maybe she could use her influence to help in other ways. Yes, I’m a huge Murtagh fan. But really I was hoping for another direction on this one. Remember that bit about MacKenzies being schemers? Would Jocasta be willing to risk River Run for affiliation with such a man?

Here’s your gratuitous Murtagh shot. Enjoy it, it will be a long year. I think Murtagh would enjoy the Clash, at least their, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” song.

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Brianna Meets Her Child

Time goes by waiting on Jamie and Claire. Murtagh stays on, managing to dodge Redcoats,  and asks Brianna the difficult questions, are you going to tell me what the devil you were doing seeing Bonnet and are you really going to marry Lord John? Brianna explains that she wanted to bring peace to herself through forgiveness. She also explains that the betrothal to Lord John was just to get Jocasta off her back about marrying eligible wealthy men in the county, she is still holding out hope that Roger will eventually be found. 4137

In a birthing sequence I have to applaud, we hear music and see the birthing process and not another agonizing screaming scene. We’ve all seen them, through many series and films. This scene was done in a classy way, the emotion was there, raw, all of the actresses, Sophie Skelton, Maria Kennedy Doyle, Caitlyn O’Ryan and the amazing Natalie Simpson were superb. Murtagh pacing outside was a treat, Great Godfather that he is.


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The Mohawk faction that believed in taking the Opal Necklace of Otter Tooth as it will help them to foretell the future of their tribe, offer to help the Frasers to retrieve Roger in exchange for the necklace. Things of course do not go according to plan, and when Claire and Jamie enter the hut, the astonished Roger is distrustful. Claire hurriedly 41313explains what has happened, Jamie somewhat apologizes for beating him and selling him to the Mohawk. There isn’t time, they must get him out. A lengthly escape battle is joined. Of course they are caught, and then Young Ian is also caught after fighting so bravely to get them out of the village. Claire begs for Roger, and Jamie offers to sacrifice himself and stay in Roger’s place.

outlander-season-4-episode-13-the-drama-ends-1700295Ian decides to not translate Jamie’s offer, instead he offers himself to the Mohawk. He has decided to do what Uncle Jamie had requested of him months before, to become a man of worth. This scene is poignant, and probably would make more sense if they had shown more of Ian’s fascination of life among the tribes. However, Ian has shown his true worth and takes to his trial on the gauntlet with all out gusto and feats of street fighting we didn’t know he had in him. He makes it to the chief’s toe, and places a hand there. He rises, he is worthy.img_2465

 

jpeg image-a30dc06aaa75-1The Frasers and Roger leave Ian to the Mohawk. Claire decides it’s time to tell Roger of Brianna, what happened to her that night after he left. She goes into details about Bonnet attacking Brianna. Jamie is infuriated that Roger left her defenseless. He is also smarting at losing his nephew to the Mohawk, and what is he going to tell his sister? Roger counters with Brianna told him to leave, that he tried to come back but was forced onto the Gloriana by Bonnet. The sick realization that Bonnet has caused so much grief for the family incites anger between the two men, while at the same time it should be uniting them. Claire looks on with that “Men!” stance, when really they should be getting back to Brianna. But it’s better to let them fight it out now, then have it drag on for two months on the way back, if Roger is going back with them. Jamie continues to throw blame at Roger, even though Jamie has done terrible things to Roger.

Claire gives Roger a choice after the confrontation continues. She tells him he can make the choice to come back or not, the child may not be his. Can he stand by their daughter? Jamie is outraged that he will not stand up for Brianna, and he and Claire stand firm. Can anyone really blame Roger, after what he has been through, to be told at the last that Brianna has been raped, and that the child may or may not be his?


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Two months pass. Murtagh has managed to stay at River Run without being found by the Redcoats. Brianna’s child is now two months old and quite sturdy, but she is pining for Roger and her parents. The Frasers arrive back, however Roger is not with them. Claire and Jamie thank Jocasta for looking after their daughter, and Claire seems to mend fences with a fairly receptive Jocasta. Funny what a little love will do. While they were gone they gained a grandchild, however they have lost Ian. The Frasers measure what they have and have lost.41317

Later, in a conversation between Jamie and Murtagh, he updates Jamie on Bonnet blowing up with the jail. He is sorry Jamie did not get to exact his revenge the way he wanted. However we know that there is a set of keys. And Murtagh has been wrong before, remember a herd of Red Coos and Black Jack Randall?

img_2457Brianna starts packing and notices a lone rider coming up to River Run while she is preparing to go back to the ridge with her parents. She hesitates then runs through the house, flying down the path. It is Roger, and he has made his decision that he wants to see “his son”. Roger has now shown that he is a man of worth. Right on their tail a group of Redcoats on horseback come. There’s no time to get to warn Murtagh. Luckily Phaedra spots them from the house and warns the others, and Murtagh is secreted away. The riders enter the house and deliver a declaration to Jamie Fraser from Governor Tryon. It is a Call to Muster, to create a militiaimg_2456 to fight the Regulators. In the Call to Muster, there is a statement demanding the death of Jamie’s beloved Godfather, Murtagh as a leader of the rebellion. The deal made with a devil for land has indeed come back to haunt Jamie. This will create the tension and split of Godfather and Godson going into season 5, they will be fighting on opposite sides.

 


Outlander Season 4 2018

Much of this season worked and didn’t work for me as a fan of both the books and the series. There were some things I felt were rushed, however when dealing with action and adventure, things needed to be quick paced. I feel better about the season than I did much of season 3, and really I see where the writers were trying to please as wide of an audience as possible. However, if you look at the ratings for the season, viewership has dropped drastically this season. Let’s hope as they get through season 5 and 6 and it can pick back up, or we may not see the books through to the end.

I have been delighted in the storylines with Ian, Marsali and Fergus, and of course ultimately Murtagh that have developed so well. I feel much of the flavor of Jamie and Claire were lost, while I am not a big fan of the “Shipper” thing, I am more of a character quality person, I have tried to like the Brianna and Roger storyline. I found myself fan-girling on some of Roger’s better realization moments, and yes he was indeed odious in others. Brianna was very much a head strong princess in the first part of the season. I loved the costume, and the care that went into the Cherokee and Mohawk tribal clothing, as well as their depiction and storylines. I think that the production crews and film editors topped themselves this season. I look forward with dread to the Droughtlander we now face, it looks like it may be Spring 2020 before we have season 5, although IMdb says it will be Fall 2019. Filming hasn’t started yet, they are still in preproduction.

Droughtlander Survival

Start (re)reading The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon now.

Rewatch the season on the  Starz App until the series comes out on DVD.

Travel to Scotland,  and if you’re lucky catch them filming. Check out the filming locations for season 3. The production designer, Jon Gary Steel hinted at work starting on The Big House. If you read the books, you know what that means.

There’s a placeholder at IMdb for Season 5.1 already.

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Sam Heughan on the Outlander Season 4 Finale

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Outlander Season 4 Finale Previews

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We have reached the final episode of season 4, Man of Worth. We see a mysterious Indian wearing the opal Claire found in the skull earlier in the season. Jamie, Claire and Young Ian finally reach the Mohawk village and seek to negotiate Roger’s freedom. Brianna is about to give birth and fears parenting alone. Murtagh seeks to rally the Regulators, and discusses fighting for a cause with Jocasta at River Run. Will she betray him? And what of Bonnet, who managed to get the keys to release himself at the last minute?

The season finale episode 413 Man of Worth will air on Saturday January 26 at Midnight on the Starz® App, and Sunday January 26th at 8 PM EST on Starz® network USA, 10 PM Sundays on Canadian W Network, 6:30 PM Mondays on Foxtel Australia, and Mondays on Amazon Prime in the UK.

Episode 412 Providence

download-7Divinely Ordained Outcomes. It is what Roger (Richard Rankin) must contend with when he arrives at the Mohawk village, and the spirituality he eventually reveals in episode 412 Providence. It is the fast paced, action and regret filled episode that brings a man to question his soul, and in which Richard Rankin has a chance to shine in this moving performance as a man struggling with his own actions, his very purpose in existence, and what his previous actions have brought him to.

We open where we left off in the previous episode. Roger has failed the gauntlet in the Mohawk village. One of the Indians says he is no good, meaning if he cannot survive the simple, brutal bullying of the tribal warriors, then he is not fit to be assimilated into the clan. He must remain a hostage or slave to the tribe. Kaherton (Braedon Clarke) continues to be his main tormentor, yet in a strange way, the one Indian trying to understand why Roger would have been abandoned and outcast by his people. He asks him if he has done a dishonor to his family, frankly not understanding how he could be so treated. He must be bad.

Later he is ordered around by Kaherton to gather and distribute wood, something made difficult by the beating he has taken, his injured arm making it difficult. One tribe member to another treats him with contempt until he meets with Joheihon (Sera-Lys McArthur), a Mohawk woman who carries a mixed race baby in her arms. She asks him if he speaks French, and Roger is overjoyed that he can finally communicate with someone. This angers Kaherton who is still suspicious of Roger, and he tries to keep them from talking. He he says not to talk to Roger, he is a dishonorable man. Roger continues to struggle, he is constantly being insulted and trying to keep himself alive by not causing conflict, however he does so no matter where he turns. The one Indian that has tried to communicate with him is being told he has no honor.images

Roger later makes a grave error while being told to continue with keeping the wood fires fueled in the camp, as he sets down wood and points while trying to talk. Kaherton is offended and Joheihon intervenes, explaining that the man does not know that it is rude to point or talk while another is talking. Kaherton tells the chief that the man is no good to them, and the chief, Tehwahsehwkwe (Tom Jackson) tells the men to put him in the hut.

Koherton asks Roger where his loyalties lie as he is dragged to the hut. Was it honor, did he break his word? How did he become outcast? Roger tells him it was a mistake. It was about a woman. He is then told that he should not smile at Johiehon.


The Virtue of Forgiveness

download-6Lord John Grey (David Berry) and Brianna (Sophie Skelton) are keeping up appearances as a newly betrothed couple at River Run. Lord John brings news of Stephen Bonnet to Brianna, that he has been apprehended and is being held on his previous convictions for killing and escaping his execution. He has concerns that she need not trouble herself with the matter, or continue pursuing him for justice, that she should allow the proceedings to be dealt with, saving her honor. Brianna counters that she must see him, Lord John protests that the travel and viewing of an execution would be dangerous for her in her condition. Brianna assures him that she only wishes to confront him, prior to the hanging. Lord John is puzzled by such actions and she explains that it is about the letter that he brought her from Jamie (Sam Heughan).img_2378

Brianna is deeply troubled by the letter, which Lord John reads. In the letter, Jamie begs his daughter’s forgiveness, that he will do everything in his power to find and bring Roger back to her. He asks that she not take revenge herself, that she does not condemn her own soul for such an action. It must not be herself that kills Bonnet, to leave that to others. Brianna tells Lord John that she must go and confront the man in order to create some closure for the sake of her child.


Wilmington

As a character, Marsali (Lauren Lyle) has grown exponentially this season. She has set aside her childish distrust of Claire, and has taken on motherhood as a crown. The Goddess in her is shown in this episode as Fergus (Cèsar Domboy) comes back from the botched capture of Bonnet, and Murtagh’s (Duncan Lacroix) imprisonment in Wilmington. Fergus is plotting how to take action, and Marsali catches him using spools and other objects to represent men as he plans a Gaol breakout. She is glad Fergus is taking action, finally  finding a purpose, even if it’s an extremely dangerous one. Yes, there is a small baby to care for, but they cannot abandon Murtagh to rot in a cell. Marsali joins in with the planning, and they decide that maybe it is time for them all to make a getaway, and take the Frasers up on their offer of land on the ridge. After what they are planning, they cannot stay. Marsali leaps to the challenge and packs their belongings and readies a getaway wagon.download-4

Fergus meets with two militia men, Fyke (John Mackie) and Cranna (Martin Donaghy), he explains how Murtagh sacrificed himself when they were caught trying to leave with Bonnet. They agree they must free Murtagh.

What is taken from one of us, is taken from all of us!

The militia begins to secretly organize around the Gaol in town, getting in position and laying power lines and kegs to blast the jail and create a diversion after freeing Murtagh. The encircle the guards and force their way in.

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You are impossible not to like.

Lord John and Brianna arrive in Wilmington, and have a discussion in the street. She hesitates. Now that she has come to face her attacker, she must gather herself to cross the threshold. She tells Lord John she is ready, and is escorted to the Gaol. Arrangements have been made for them to meet with Bonnet. The jailer informs them that he has chained Bonnet to the wall for safety. Lord John keeps cautioning Brianna and intends to wait a little ways off so she can have her meeting.

download-2Brianna meets with Bonnet (Ed Speleers), and in true snarling form, and his contempt for life, he looks at Brianna as if she is but 1 inch tall. She asks if he remembers her, and he implies that he remembers parts and his pleasure, but no name. She proudly states her name as Brianna Fraser, no longer using Randall, and daughter of Jamie and Claire Fraser whom he robbed after Jamie saved him from the noose. download-1He remembers of course and acts as if it was of no consequence, but remembers the pretty bauble she had as payment after her services. Brianna stands her ground, announces her condition, and Bonnet snarls that it isn’t the first time a woman has tried to fob off a child

img_2395She is not deterred, and declares that her child will never know of him, that she was only giving him peace, knowing that something of him would be left on the earth long after he was gone. She makes to leave, he begs her back and pops a ruby out of his mouth, for the child’s maintenance. Brianna states she will not need his assistance, however foolish in her time traveling situation it is to not have a jewel at the ready. She makes to leave again.

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The militia men have forced their way in to where Lord John is and he disarms and holds one of the men. Fergus makes to free Murtagh, and on bringing him out finds Brianna in the hallway, they greet and Lord John is exasperated to of course find Murtagh in the heart of a prison break and seeks to remove Brianna from the possible danger. To add to it, the place is about to blow. Murtagh postures that he will take charge of Brianna and make sure she is safe, and Lord John argues that he won’t. Fergus, using reason, points out that a lady traveling with an escaped convict will not be safe and her reputation ruined, being with someone favored by Governor Tryon will guarantee her safety. Murtagh reluctantly concedes, but not without the air being thick with contempt, as only he can make it. She is his kinswoman. Finally seeing time is of the essence, they all make escape, including Murtagh telling the men to pick up the incapacitated jailor and they all barely make it out before the place is blown.img_2368

Brianna and Lord John go one direction, Fergus and Murtagh dash in the back of Marsali’s getaway wagon as she conceals them, and they exit in another direction.

 

 


downloadIntrospection and Journeys Taken

Roger has been kept confined in the hut that serves as the village jail. His only companion a fallen priest named Father Alexandre Ferigault. Roger realizes how many hundreds of miles he has been dragged to get there. Over the course of the day, Roger learns from the priest how he came to be at the village, Shadow Lake. This village is located in the colony of New York.

Roger asks the priest what his story is, Ferigault tells him of how the chief invited him to the village, to convert the people and they had got on well. Then he became ill and was cared for by a woman. He fell in love. They had a child, and the chief wanted the child Baptized, but he could not. He was a fallen priest and not pure. Roger tries to reason with him, that he could say some words in Latin, they would not know. But the priest is adamant about his loss of purity. He tells Roger of the punishment for refusal, that the natives will burn him by the feet on a pyre, that it can take days to die from this.

Roger is stunned by the priests lack of self preservation, or finding a way to continue for his child and woman. Roger talks about a saying back home, look out for number 1. That is what he should be doing. Roger talks about what he has gone through, and begins a self realization process. Before Roger came through the stones, he had been an academic man. He thought knowing history would prepare him, but it had barely covered the harsh reality of living 200 years before his time. He does not tell the priest of the time travel, but it is there under the surface. He speaks of his following Brianna on the impossible journey, finding her, wedding her, the terrible argument. He left her, almost went back through the stones, but hesitated and was brought back. Why had he kept coming back? Her father beat him, and had him sold to the Mohawk.

The Mohawks come for Ferigault in the morning and torture him to try to get him to Baptize the child. When he is returned, naked and battered, with his ear cut off, Roger tries to clean him and reason with him. He tells the priest he has a plan to dig out of the enclosure, it is difficult with one arm, but if they work together, they can escape. Roger tries to reason with him, to meet his woman and escape with the child. The priest is reluctant, but with his impending death, the priest comes around and together they dig through the night. At daybreak they have run out of time, Ferigault tells Roger he will go and meet his fate, it will give him more time and he can get through the rest of the hole and save himself.

Roger is frustrated with the priest, however he manages to break through to escape and makes it about half a mile from the village. He is failing at looking out for number 1. He argues with himself, don’t go back. He has given in so many times and look where it has landed him. But his conscience gets to him, and he turns around to see if he can rescue Ferigault.

Roger arrives back at the camp and takes action. I will not go into the details, it really should be seen what transpires as imagery is everything in this episode. I will say the journey that Kaherton takes in this scene will also change the young fearless Mohawk forever. Perhaps he will  have his soul to contend with and become a new ally to Roger.

The season finale episode 413 Man of Worth will air on Saturday January 26 at Midnight on the Starz® App, and Sunday January 26th at 8 PM EST on Starz® network USA, 10 PM Sundays on Canadian W Network, 6:30 PM Mondays on Foxtel Australia, and Mondays on Amazon Prime in the UK.

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Costume Insight Behind Episode 411

Terry Dresbach took to Twitter again during broadcast the weekend for Episode 411 If Not For Hope to give some insight to the design ideas for the episode. Not only some insight, but she will make you think, with her lessons on silhouettes and character logic. After many inquiries into the thinking behind the costuming this season, Dresbach has opened up more of the concept drawing cache of photos, storyboarding and mood boards for the episode.

There has been a great deal of fan questioning on where and how Claire and Brianna get their fabulous attire on the show. Much of it is pure history and practicality. As with all characters, much design thought goes in. If Claire only had Jocasta’s cast asides, even if they were not of practical cloth, she would wear what she had and adapt. Again, using remade clothing from Aunt Jocasta, or remaking Claire’s own wardrobe from 20 years before. The colonies simply did not have the textile goods since they were heavily taxed. Indeed later in the colonial period, many raw goods for textiles were shipped out to Britain, made into cloth, shipped back and heavily taxed. And in this episode, it’s Brianna’s turn for the baby bump adaptions with loose bedgowns.

Of course it’s not all about the ladies in this episode. Whenever Lord John Grey turns up, the costume elegance and verve swings in. Lord John is always impeccable, even in just his plain shirt and breeches. His is true elegance, even in his riding gear. In this episode we see him in a simply elegant dark blue with lovely gold trim, that outshines all the  suitors for Brianna.

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Previews Episode 412 Providence

Upcoming this week, we see Brianna reading the letter that Jamie has sent her. Jamie writes not knowing if he will ever see her again. He encourages her not to seek revenge. The Mohawk encourage Roger to become part of their tribe, and he struggles to assimilate and survive.  Brianna seeks Bonnet in jail to confront him and let go of what has happened to her. Marsali and Fergus pursue a mission of their own.

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Episode 411 If Not For Hope

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As always please do not read further if you have not seen Season 4 episode 411: If Not For Hope, contains spoilers.

This episode should really be titled If Not For Sacrifice. It’s the last 3 episodes of season 4, and it’s a one-two-three punch for each of them. Three storylines, three cliff hangers, endless drops. Hold on to your seats.

The Search for Roger

In the opening of the episode, we see a beaten Roger in a shower washing off. We question if he has indeed made it back, stepped through the stones and abandoned Brianna. Then we see it’s a dream sequence, he has been recaptured by the Mohawk, who are very angry with him. Roger’s luck continues to be cursed. Will he even be recognizable to Claire, Jamie, and Ian if he is found?

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Ian has grown so much in this season. He begins to show more of that growth as he corners Auntie, and tries to get her to mend fences with Uncle Jamie. He again explains the mistake, and how it has a great deal to do with what he did. Can she not forgive Jamie? Claire insists she is not angry with Jamie, she is angry with everyone. How could everyone have gotten in all so wrong to the detriment of poor Roger? However, going back to past lessons with Claire and secrets from Season 2, she mostly feels the blame herself.

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Rollo turns up with a mummified leg, as Rollo would do. Claire and Ian follow him to the half buried corpse and Claire remarks that is has been dead at least a month. Ian recognizes the tunics and the two missing fingers as having belonged to one of the Indians he sold Roger to. The three of them bury the body, Jamie remarks that he had a family somewhere who will miss him. Clearly Jamie and Claire are not effectively communicating as they should.

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Later in the tent, Claire begins apologizing to Jamie. She explains she is not angry with him, everyone has made her angry. None of what happened should have happened. For a few years after Frank’s death, it had just been her caring for Brianna. All the decisions came to her, protecting her. Brianna was closer to Frank at times. Jamie, who fears the loss of the daughter he has just come to know, the daughter he said terrible things to. Claire remarks that he did not mean what he said, and neither did Brianna, Brianna did not mean for him to go to Hell. Claire blames herself, for she had known it was Bonnet before Roger came, and had not told Jamie for Brianna’s sake. She had kept a terrible secret, it it had been wrong to do so. Jamie admits that he has never felt he could be jealous of a dead man, Frank. Claire discusses the promise they made long ago, about not keeping secrets. Claire doesn’t know if she can keep the promise where Bree is concerned.dw1w9rxwoaagbje


Murtagh’s on a Mission

96395bdd0d5177fc0c2dcc95f1964d7bf60e9008_murtaghwantedFergus is at the Tavern, asking a Captain about Bonnet. He is told that he will arrive in a week, and in leaving he notices a broadsheet with Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser on it. “Merde!”, he tears it down. Walks home to Marsali and Murtagh is in the parlor recruiting Regulators actively under their roof. Marsali is worried about their safety with the meetings and the guest being a wanted man. Fergus counters that Murtagh would do the same for him. Fergus is melancholy as he has not been able to find work with his wooden hand, no one will take him on.

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Later at night, while Murtagh sleeps on a pallet on the floor, Marsali noisily wakes him up. She is very conscious of the dangers of Murtagh’s enterprise, but asks Murtagh to take Fergus on to fight with his men. It would be good for Fergus to feel that he is a full man, and she wants a whole man as husband. Murtagh agrees to ask, reluctantly. The next day baby Germaine is wailing so, and Murtagh is lamenting about the 411fergusmurtaghfact that the militia needs weapons, that maybe they should use the child’s wail as one, since it is certainly defeating him. Fergus calms his child down, and Murtagh makes the offer to take Fergus on with the Regulators. Fergus declines, is place is with the baby and Marsali. Marsali is thrilled, as Fergus has made a statement of the impo411murtaghfergrtance of his family to him. Fergus does help however in the hunt for Stephen Bonnet, and Marsali has come with news, The Gloriana has arrived in port.

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Murtagh and Fergus wait with another captain in the tavern, and when Bonnet comes waltzing in, he is identified. Fergus makes a plan to catch him alone. In a room above the tavern, Murtagh and Fergus corner him, and the over confident sociopath thinks he’s got the upper hand, but Murtagh deals a swift blow with the butt of his pistol as only he can, and Fergus and he set to transport Bonnet back to Fraser’s Ridge. Unfortunately, as it was far too lucky to take care of the matter swiftly, Fergus and Murtagh are caught in the act as a patrol questions what the are doing. Murtagh acts like Fergus was an assailant, punches him, with his arms raisedimg_2112 giving Fergus chance at escape. He tells the men that the man tied up is none other than Stephen Bonnet,  murderer and gallows escapee. Unfortunately one of them recognizes him from the broadsheets and takes him in, they’ve bagged two wanted fugitives.

img_2107Murtagh knew it was a risk, however he had to get into Wilmington to connect with his men and do business. He chose to juggle both his own business and the hunt for Bonnet. Enlisting Fergus put him at risk, but he was the only one he could trust with capturing the man. It was a risky business and he should have probably been staying outside the city, not being out in broad daylight trying to get Bonnet out of town. Why did he risk so much all at once? A question Jamie will be asking of him if they meet again. Now, how is Fergus to  get him out of this mess?

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Brianna Survives MacKenzie Machinations

Brianna is waiting for her parents to bring Roger back to her, and as the month peel by, she is beginning to show her situation. She passes her time drawing to relieve the stress, to process all that has happened to her. She then takes to drawing young Phaedra. Jocasta has not been idle, and she is planning Brianna’s future. She lost her chance with Jamie, but now she has his young, unwed and pregnant daughter to work in her fashion. In true MacKenzie style, she starts arranging for Brianna to meet eligible, well to do men of the county.

Brianna’s arrival has created an opportunity for Jocasta to solve a problem. Time and again Jocasta has had male suitors wanting to wed her and have control at River Run. Jamie left with Claire and Ian, taking away her chance to have an heir and a male that could take the duties of River Run, one she could trust. Brianna has presented another angle for her to work. If she connects herself with another prominent family in the parts, she could have the support of a man to help her run things, but she would still have final say.

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Brianna will not be ruled so easily. Phaedra tried to create a new gown for her for the dinner, Brianna refused it. Jocasta meets with her and decides to nail down the situation, she’ll no take no for an answer. She tries to persuade Brianna with tales of her Grandmother Ellen and her fair hand at painting and drawing. Jocasta professes she has done some herself, but never at Ellen’s level. She chides Brianna and tells her she must think of her future, that being a mother with a bastard child will make the child’s future difficult. Yes, there is a possibility that the father may be brought back, but that is no guarantee, the Mohawk may have done him ill. She tells Brianna more of Ellen, that she was with child before she wed, and that even though Dougal and Colum were seeking husband’s for her, she eloped with Brian, the man she loved. But they had wed, and the child was born in wedlock.

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Brianna concedes to go to the dinner, in a remade gown of Jocasta’s. She arrives at the dinner and the eligible men flock about her like cockerels. Her suitors are Gerald Forbes, who is most ardent, Judge Alderdice, and Lt. Wolff. All of them wish to spend time with Brianna, bumble about, posturing, and ask her to go places with them. Brianna manages to keep her grace and fortitude and steer clear of the ever eager men.

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Lord John Grey arrives to check in on Brianna as requested by Jamie in a letter. The dinner begins, and during that dinner, Lord John tells of his adventures in Jamaica. Afterwards, Brianna takes the lead, and as she has been opinionated all night, continues with a game she creates called Psychology. We learn of Judge Alderdyce’s vision in a forest, and later she queries Lord John of his envisioning and finds out he had thought of her father Jamie. She begins to pick up on clues as to Lord John’s preferences in partners, and later that evening espies Lord John with Alderdyce.

dw1omfvxgaaovjdThe next morning, Phaedra hurries to dress Brianna. She announces that Forbes has come to make a proposal to her, that Jocasta is waiting with him downstairs. She quickly talks Lizzie into finding Lord John, and asks Phaedra to tell them she has gone for a walk, and will be gone an hour. She meets with Lord John and proceeds to ask him to marry her. A plan she has formulated on the run. She has it all worked out, he doesn’t have to interact with her much, he flat out refuses her impertinence. The rands on her that he should just to show her her place. When he refuses, she proceeds to tell him she will write to the Governor and others of what she saw, him with Judge Alderdyce. Lord John blasts back at her blackmail asking her does she have any idea how the punishment for such things are, reputation being the least of it, and how could she think of such things. After a bit, Brianna backs down, and in cooling down they talk further. She tells him of her troubles, that she had been violated. She informs him of Bonnet, and how her aunt is trying to make her choose a husband for the child’s sake. She admits that she must concede and go to Forbes, she must think of her child. Later she enters the hall and Lord John, in his usual grace, runs in after her, and begins a conversation about making arrangements for their wedding. Brianna falls into step, and the impromptu foil to Forbes is thrust with the man beating a hasty exit.jpeg image-54b392ae1ded-1

Whether Lord John Grey will actually marry Brianna is another matter, but for the moment it gives her protection and breathing space from her aunt’s machinations. She can rely on her father’s friend to protect her and keep others from prying into her affairs. What will happen when Jamie finds out is another matter entirely. Lord John had given Brianna a letter from her father, and after they talk on the porch some, she begins to look at it. The are fences to be mended, and in the next episode, we will come closer to seeing how tall those fences are.


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Roger finally arrives at the Mohawk village. All of the people and warriors come out and Roger is dragged through a punching and kicking gauntlet for a greeting with a beating.

Episode 411 If Not For Hope, is really all about sacrifices being made, how people will give up their own needs to save the ones they love. Each character was making a sacrifice for someone they care about, and in some cases putting their own lives on the line. Two more episodes to go.

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