Man of Worth Ep 164

Season 4 Episode 413

Man of Worth

Directed by: Stephen Woolfenden

Written by: Toni Graphia

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Summary:  Roger remains imprisoned. Jamie and Claire arrive at the village but are turned away. River Run receives a guest. Brianna awaits the birth of her baby. Otter Tooth is revealed. Young Ian makes a decision. Jocasta gets some lovin’. Testosterone poisoning rears its head. Roger learns the truth. Roger reveals his experiences. A choice needs to be made. A baby is born. Uncle Murtagh enjoys the baby. Jamie and Claire return. The baby has no name. But is Bonnet dead? Roger returns. The British are coming. Tryon assigns Jamie a job.

Things I am Pondering (in no particular order):

  • Hey 1970’s Otter Tooth, how’d you bring the gemstone through the stones without it dissolving?
  • Young Ian is quite decked out in tribal ware and language coming into the episode.
  • Seriously?! They traveled for months, only to get turned away.
  • Why did the Mohawk go roughly 700 miles to bury Otter Tooth’s head and the stone?
  • Why would Murtagh, a fugitive, show up at River Run knowing Jocasta has many British friends?
  • By the way, Murtagh has terrible manners.
  • Where the heck is Lord John? EDIT: He’s away on business.
  • Phaedre’s magical skills feeling the baby’s position through layers of clothing is, well, close to reality. Her technique was decent and well ahead of the times, but hands on a bare belly are needed to really feel for the baby’s position.
  • Would the Mohawk really have taken Otter Tooth’s head and g
  • It’s a good thing Claire knows one word in Mohawk.
  • Will the banished Mohawk woman end up at the Ridge?
  • Jamie, Young Ian outwitted you, sir. He’s a man grown now choosing his own destiny.

  • It’s gut-wrenchingly sad to see young Ian left behind.
  • Who knew being told you were never liked and getting a drink in the face is foreplay? Smooth operator, “Remember where ye came from…”
  • By the way, Murtagh is looking like a fine silver fox lying shirtless in bed. Jocasta is a saucy minx.
  • Testosterone poisoning at its finest. That said, I truly enjoyed Roger’s fighter coming out on Jamie.
  • Young Ian killed the gauntlet. Clever boy.
  • Claire’s annoyed stance looks like any wife, sister, mother, waiting for the boys to stop it.
  • I am curious why Claire did not look at Roger’s obviously injured arm after he stopped hitting Jamie.
  • Roger, Roger, Roger! So many feels. Just so damn good. As he asks questions and the information he is given sinks in and as he shares what he knows, seems to deepen the loss and difficulty of the whole situation.
  • Roger needs a minute! Jamie simmer down.
  • Wait a minute. ROGER cost you a lad that you love? No. Claire did by wearing that damned gemstone of Otter Tooth.
  • One of my fave moments, when Roger says, “What?!” with disdain to Jamie.
  • A gorgeous laboring scene with Brianna being surrounded by women then cut to Brianna being introduced to her baby. What the absolute hell?!

  • “We will choose his birth date wisely, but you can be sure the lad was born in wedlock.”
  • So “Uncle” Murtagh has been hanging around River Run for several months. Interesting.
  • Brianna’s sadness that Roger is not with her parents is tough to watch.
  • But Murtagh do you really know Bonnet didn’t get out of the jail too?
  • What’s the significance of that awkward dinner Brianna decides to show up at? An olive branch of forgiveness?
  • Finally, Brianna’s love for Roger shows when she runs out the door and into his arms. Homerun that.
  • The love is there and we can feel it.
  • “Take me to see my son.”
  • Roger’s looking pretty fine with his low cut 70’s open shirt.
  • The snuggle between Jocasta and Murtagh has Jamie and Claire perplexed.
  • Murtagh’s regulating ways have him in hot water.

Ongoing thoughts:

  • Did Roger stop at the standing stones on the way to River Run?
  • Who’s tending to and settling the Ridge? One-handed Fergus with Marsali’s help and the one other tenant are not capable of doing it all these past many months. That storyline got dropped like a hot potato.
  • Has Roger processed his trauma?
  • Will Jamie fake Murtagh’s death by sending him to Canada or back to Scotland?
  • When in Season 5 will we get to see Young Ian decked out in his new Kanienkehakan manner?
  • What in the heck are the circular pin adornments for? I looked it up and couldn’t find the answer. EDIT: They are pins gained in trade. 
  • Why did Brianna not ask where Young Ian was?
  • The lack of any reconciliation between Jamie and Brianna is strange especially because she told Murtagh she already forgave him.
  • The timey-wimey-ness of Season 4 hurts my brain and made it difficult to figure out any frame of reference. Certainly, Brianna’s timeline was ahead of Roger’s. He was gone for 11 months. Jamie and Claire were gone 6.5-7 months to retrieve him even though they were only a couple of weeks behind him in theory?

See you next up for The Fiery Cross read-a-long.

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Providence Ep 163

Season 4 Episode 412

Providence

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.”

Freedom

  • 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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If Not For Hope Ep 162

Season 4 Episode 411

If Not For Hope

Directed by: Mairzee Almas

Written by: Bronwyn Garrity and Shaina Fewell

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

Summary: Roger is recaptured. Brianna uses art therapy. Brianna sketches a beautiful woman. Jocasta plans a party. Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian are on the trail. There is a worry about Brianna. Young Ian plays a marriage therapist. Fergus finds intel, but not work. Jocasta bears a gift. Marsali knows what a man needs. The eligible men arrive. Brianna commands a parlor game.  A pirate is captured. A proposal will be made. Brianna hatches a plan. Bones are discovered. Jamie and Claire makeup. Roger is put to a test.

This episode brims over with emotional vulnerability and characters being unable to hide who they are, what they are, and exist in bareness for viewers to watch. The overarching theme of hope from hopelessness is a bit over the top and lacks any subtlety whatsoever, yet the message gets brought home for each of the characters loud and clear.

Brianna The Prized Heifer:

  • Salivating single men…mostly.
  • Jocasta is persuasive.
  • A Lord joins the dinner party.
  • A game of psychology.
  • Brianna swoons and begins to gain a friend.
  • An offer he couldn’t refuse.

Lord John:

  • His presence.
  • His friendship.
  • His encounter.
  • Bonding with Brianna.

What’s Up with Roger:

  • He daydreams.
  • He’s tested by the Mohawk villagers.

Jamie and Claire:

  • The divide between them.
  • The makeup.

A Man Needs A Purpose:

  • Fergus’ plight and the wife always knows best.

Murtagh the Wanted:

  • Regulator business.
  • Capturing the pirate.
  • The Bonnet conundrum is fixed.

Lizzie the Loud Mouth:

  • She’s judgmental.
  • She’s irresponsible with her words.
  • She’s loyal.

Final Thoughts:

I wanted to love this episode. So much detail and excellence were given to the whole River Run experience, yet the Jamie and Claire makeup seemed okay but the lacking impact left something missing. The Fergus subplot is plain bizarre since he had a job when Roger ran into him at the newspaper shop. Nevertheless, Marsali shines. Murtagh and Bonnet end up going to jail together. This should prove an interesting story arc in the next episode.

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The Fraser Fire

Season 4 Episode 410

The Deep Heart’s Core

Directed by: David Moore

Written by: Luke Schelhaas

 

My thoughts are below, but you’ll need to listen to the podcast to get my in-depth perspective.

Summary: Jamie teaches Brianna a valuable lesson. Roger continues to travel with the Mohawk. Claire offers Brianna a choice. Young Ian is smitten. Claire’s at home in the garden. Homestead life thrives. Claire and Brianna play a missing game. A nightmare causes revelation. “Where’s Roger?” Brianna rages. Punches and slaps are thrown. A plan is made. Jamie asks for a favor. Young Ian proposes. Everyone departs. Aunt Jocasta meets Brianna. Roger makes an escape. A buzzing calls to Roger. An anguished decision is being made.

The Fraser Fire and Many Shades of Parenting

There’ve been glimpses of the Fraser fire in Brianna in the past couple of episodes, but tonight the emotional dam breaks and she lets loose. Following in her English parents’ footsteps, she generally doesn’t open up easily, but she can’t seem to stop herself at any point in the episode. If you’ve ever been through a serious traumatic event or events, sometimes emotions can’t be held in regardless of intent. All the internal box lids come flying off and emotional chaos ensues and hopefully, healing can begin.

Brianna’s emotional transformation begins with her telling Jamie he must hate her because she’s an unwed, pregnant, and so forth daughter. This is more about her self-image and what she believes about herself than what Jamie thinks. Jamie to his credit expresses he doesn’t hold her accountable for what someone else did to her before he jumps in and says she’ll be wed before the baby comes. Because you know it’s the culture of the time. Regardless, she has someone in the 20th, her Historian so she won’t wed anyone else. Jamie is feeling her out and giving her parental space while being reassuring.

When Brianna begins talking to herself about how she is stupid and at fault because she didn’t fight and should’ve known better than to follow “him” into a dark room, Jamie jumps in telling her it’s not her fault, but she doesn’t believe him. Jamie’s parenting style takes a dark turn for many, but demonstrating the truth is more impactful than telling it. He begins to taunt her, tells her maybe she’s lying, or she liked it. Her anger riles, and she goes to take a swing at him, he grabs her placing her into a choke hold. Brianna can’t move no matter how she fights. She takes his point and finally understands there’s nothing she could’ve done to stop the man from harming her. I love how they sit together, and he speaks into her what she is feeling. That she is a coward because she couldn’t fight off a wolf.  In my mind, this is a nod to the books, where Claire did, in fact, fight off wolves bare handed outside of Wentworth.  He knows Brianna would’ve died at her attacker’s hands had she fought.

Brianna is in a state of vulnerability that can’t sit by itself, she asks Jamie about his experience with Black Jack Randall. Did he fight back? Did seeking vengeance help? Did killing his attacker make him feel better or forget? Jamie took the questioning in stride. He’s walking a fine parenting line, having his private pain sitting next to hers without judgment, only openness, and wise guidance.

The next level to Brianna’s emotional breach is after a nightmare (a really beautiful nod to Jamie’s nightmare in Season 2 where Black Jack Randall is swapped for Claire) when she learns from Lizzie that Roger came to the Ridge and was mistakenly beaten up and sent away by Jamie. The way she barges into the cabin is the bull in the china shop we expect. She yells, growls, slaps, says terrible things to Jamie, and generally commands the room.  Jamie being the adult and the parent, takes her tongue lashing, he takes her brutal words, he lets them absorb without turning on her (even though some furniture is not so lucky). He is the Da. He learns what parenting this daughter, a Fraser daughter means during this moment. There’s no altering her course or changing her opinion. Claire is the protective mother yet is at a loss seeing her daughter unhinged when Brianna goes beyond all measure and punches Young Ian in the face.

Brianna is grown and claiming what is hers. She wants Roger back no matter how long it takes.

Last, she goes on to make her mother leave her because she doesn’t trust Young Ian and Jamie will get the job done because of their judgment and because Roger will need to see a friendly face and a doctor. She puts the pursuit of Roger in front of all else, even if that means her mama misses the birth of the baby while she is safe at River Run under Aunt Jocasta’s care.

When mentioning shades of parenting, I have to address Claire offering Brianna a surgical abortion. It’s a tender and most gentle offering. Though we don’t get the background in the show, Claire referred patients who sought an abortion to other doctors. She couldn’t do them because she could feel the life force of the fetus. She’s a healer. For her to offer the choice to Brianna by her own hand, is a very big deal to Claire as a mother and as a physician. When Brianna asked Claire If she considered it (with her pregnancy), Claire was astonished and horrified at the thought. This squeezed my heart for Brianna to get that reassurance and the truth from her mama. And it not only speaks volumes about how Claire felt about the baby she was carrying and Jamie, but how she trusted Frank even though she tried to send him away.

I like this vulnerable and fiery Brianna. I love this truly connected mother and daughter pair. For the first time maybe ever, Brianna gets her mama as she really is and shares the pieces of her heart she long concealed in the 20th century.

Brianna and Jamie have a long way to go to repair and grow their relationship, but the seeds and foundation are there to be reaped when he brings Roger back.

Run, Roger! Run!

The note about Roger is about his utter devotion to getting away from the Mohawk and back to Brianna. He accidentally escapes (boy, oh boy those Mohawk are bad trackers so far) and finds himself face to face with the standing stone we saw the ancient people dancing around in the first episode. He has the gemstones in hand. He is anguished and can escape this horrid reality right now if he wants to. We’re left hanging as he reaches for the standing stone when the camera fades to black. Could he really go without having a resolution in the 18th century? I can see why he would want to jump centuries and get the hell out of the nightmare.

Wrap Up:

  • What consequences will Jamie face over yet another secret?
  • Can Claire forgive him for Stephen Bonnet being alive and able to continue to wreak havoc?
  • Can Jamie forgive Claire for not telling him who the rapist is?
  • How will Brianna acclimate to River Run?
  • What will Murtagh do with Bonnet until Jamie returns?
  • If the Mohawk catch Roger and adopt him, who will take his place?
  • What is Jocasta scheming? You saw how she was feeling Brianna out like she is a prized beast.

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