Providence Ep 163

Season 4 Episode 412


Directed by: Mairzee Almas

Written by: Karen Campbell

My basic thoughts outline is below, you’ll need to listen to the podcast to get the details!

Summary: Roger completes the initiation and remains a slave. He is known as dogface. Fergus plans. Lord John brings Brianna news. She requests an audience after reading the letter.  Brianna and Lord John share an intimate moment. Roger works in the village. A woman with a baby helps Roger. Brianna and Lord John make a visit. Roger breaks a cultural rule. Roger meets a priest. Roger learns his location. Marsalis deduces the plan. What would Jamie and Claire do? The priest is tortured. Roger prays. They dig. The priest is taken away. Brianna and Lord John arrive at their destination.  Roger escapes. Brianna says her peace. Murtagh escapes. Roger does the priest a service. His lover makes a choice.

What is Providence? From the Oxford Dictionary.

1 The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power. ‘They found their trust in divine providence to be a source of comfort.’ Synonyms: fate, destiny, nemesis, kismet, God’s will, divine intervention, predestination, predetermination.

1.1 God or nature as providing protective care. ‘I live out my life as Providence decrees.’

2 Timely preparation for future eventualities. ‘It was considered a duty to encourage providence.’ Synonyms: prudence, foresight, forethought, far-sightedness, judgement, judiciousness, shrewdness, circumspection, wisdom, sagacity, common sense, precaution, caution, care, carefulness

Conflict, Friendship, Protection, Forgiveness, and Confrontation:

  • Brianna reacts to the news Lord John bring about Bonnet’s arrest.
  • Brianna needs to move forward into freedom through forgiveness.
  • Lord John is protective… “I’m not sure that means taking afternoon tea with a murderer.”
  • Brianna misses her mother and experiences unexpected emotions when arriving in town. Lord John offers support.
  • Brianna talks to Bonnet…alone. With Lord John waiting protectively.
  • When she speaks to Bonnet, he gets a rise out of her.

Purpose and Friendship:

  • Fergus and the other Regulators refuse to let Murtagh stay in jail and be sentenced to hang.
  • Marsali supports the plan to break Murtagh from jail.
  • They wish Claire and Jamie were there to help because they would find a way.
  • While Lord John and Brianna are in the jail, Fergus and friends put the breakout plan into action.
  • Marsali and Fergus are going to the Ridge.
  • The boys make to break Murtagh out of jail and run into LJG and Brianna during the escape.
  • With the baby in a basket and all their goods in a wagon, Marsali provides the getaway vehicle.

Biding Time, Kindness, Reflection, Conflict, and Sacrificial Love

  • Roger’s put to work as a camp slave even though his arm is injured.
  • He encounters a young mother, Johiehon, who offers Roger medicinal help to help with the pain of his injured arm.
  • Kahereton is jealous and worried about Roger.
  • Roger unwittingly breaks a cultural rule and is put in a hut.
  • Roger is questioned why he was sold by his people.
  • Roger meets Pere Alexandre Ferigault in the hut.
  • Love is the common denominator between Roger and Alexandre.
  • The priest tells his story and why he’s prepared to die.
  • Roger tells his story and why he is an idiot.
  • Roger digs his way out of the hut and to the screaming of Pere he runs away.
  • Roger tries to talk himself out of going back to help Pere.
  • He cannot do it. Calls himself a stupid fool. He runs back to the village.
  • Roger returns to the village and hastens the priest’s death.
  • Johiehon walks into the flame to join her lover.
  • Kahereton is devastated and picks up the baby.
  • Roger is stunned by the turn of events, then is hauled away. “That’s it, lads, take me back to the idiot hut.”


  • Brianna finds of mind and body freedom through forgiving Bonnet.
  • Pere Ferigault and his lover find freedom in death.
  • Murtagh gains his freedom by the acts of his friends, including an unlikely ally
  • Bonnet is a cat with nine lives and presumably escaped before the prison blew up.
  • Though still a captive, Roger finds freedom in confronting his own emotions and thoughts and doing the right thing.

I CANNOT wait until the finale. See you on the flip side.

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